HOME SOLD: Cecil St resident Kate Jauncey was over the moon to have sold her house in a matter of weeks, with the help of real estate agent Darryl Evans.
HOME SOLD: Cecil St resident Kate Jauncey was over the moon to have sold her house in a matter of weeks, with the help of real estate agent Darryl Evans. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Spick-and-span plan shifts home in tough realty market

FORTY walk-throughs, three weekends, three offers and one signed contract.

That is the story of how Cecil St resident Kate Jauncey was able to swiftly sell her home and start her journey toward a new life with her children and grandchildren in Victoria.

While the real estate market is a tough nut to crack at the moment, Ms Jauncey said she and real estate agent, Darryl Evans, were able to come up with an unbeatable plan.

Mr Evans said it was the little things that made a difference and encouraged people to ensure their properties were maintained, their asking price was reasonable and they invested in advertising.

The real estate agent said sellers were often inclined to believe a $10,000 investment in one area meant they should increase their asking price by that much.

"It doesn't increase the value, but what it does is help you compete with the other homes in that price range," he said.

Mrs Jauncey said she kept her home immaculate so potential buyers would see it at its best.

"I made sure the house was attractive, the lawns were mowed and the house was tidy and clean," she said.

"I had everything Mickey Mouse."

During the three weekends she had her house for sale, which excludes the Christmas and New Year's weekends, Ms Jauncey said about 40 people showed an interest in buying her home. Three of those made her an offer.

The soon-to-be Victorian said advertising her home was a key part of gaining her buyer and she couldn't have asked for a better response when her home was the feature home of the weekly Domain publication.

"I think that was a big part of (the sale) and really helped with the initial push," she said.

Mr Evans said it was important sellers used the best photos they could to sell their properties and advised against the usual suspects - images with the photographer in the bathroom or dirty dishes in the sink.

See more great properties for sale in the new Warwick Lifestyle magazine and improved Domain in this Saturday's edition of the Daily News.

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