It is official– the first year of partnership for the Blankenship Team is under our belt.
We have learned a lot about working together, capitalizing on our various strengths, and learning how to push one another when needed. It has been a profitable and successful year filled with growth and learning.
Thanks for helping us along the way. Here’s to many more!!
3 ST. LOUIS REAL ESTATE SELLING TIPS
Thought this month we would circle back around and talk about TIPS for the seller to consider. Several of the following ideas come courtesy of Laura Agedoni writing for Turlia.com, but are supported by our personal experiences.
- Scents can help! We have all heard about baking cookies before an Open House to help make the house feel warm and cozy. Another favorite scent for many is the smell of fresh cut grass. So, think about a quick lawn mowing before the Open House or right before it goes on the market. The lawn will look better, but the fresh, breezy smell will also be a plus.
- Watch for Black Holes! “Black Holes” are times when listings get lost to the weekends of sun, vacations, and non-business topics.” Think Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day. You want to get the biggest interest the first weekend the house is listed, avoid holidays and special events in your area.
- Get the right-sized band! We are talking pricing bands. Not too long ago we had a client with a darling home in the Carondolet area. We suggested she put the house on the market for $99,900. Not surprisingly, she was hoping to get $105,000 or maybe $110,000. Here is the problem. By pricing herself over $100K she lost all the prospective buyers who were looking 100K and under—a major portion of the market for that home. Since the home needed some work the higher figure was a stretch and now the people looking in the 100-125K range would be the only ones checking the property out. Also those interested in 100-125K probably were hoping for more for their money that her house had to offer. Fortunately, she understood our reasoning and listed for $99,900. The house sold in less than a week for full ask, with some buyers claiming it was priced just right, some saying it was priced too high (no one ever says it was priced too low). By getting it in the correct band we insured that her house sold quickly and for the right price.
THE BLANKENSHIP SIPS
This month we thought we would share several twists on classic cocktails. Grab the cocktail shaker and have some fun. We are happy to help come taste!!
Cranberry Gimlet: by the Food Fanatic
- 2 ounce gin
- 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
- ½ ounce lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- Whole cranberries for garnish
I believe you could substitute Rose’s Lime for the lime juice and simple syrup. Start with a ½ ounce and adjust according to taste.
Put all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake pour and garnish.
Vanilla Rum and Coke: by My Life Food
- In a pitcher add small ice cubes
- 3 cups of cola
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of dark rum
- ¾ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- Six orange slices for garnish.
Think this one is self-explanatory!!
Manhattan Transfer: from Food 52
This is basically a rum Manhattan, give it a try.
- 2 ounces Zacapa Rum
- 1 0unce sweet vermouth
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish with a slice of lemon, lime or orange
Well, that ends the latest addition of Tips and Sips. Hope you enjoyed reading it, because we certainly enjoy putting it together for our friends, colleagues and clients.
Please remember that our business flourishes because you share our information with your friends, family and co-workers, and we hope you will continue to do so. We are most appreciative of the help you have given us in the last year and look forward to a prosperous and productive year two together.