One month to a sale

House lures buyers from all angles

Created date

September 22nd, 2009
Think outside the house, encourages Personal Moving Consultant Mary Wolfe, who helps futureFox Runresidents sell their homes and move. The exterior of a property is also a space worth staging, she explains. Fox Run residents JV and Jeraldine Anandan listed their house in Royal Oak just as the well-manicured and extra-deep lot that Mrs. Anandan had nurtured for decades was budding into a spectacular display of greenery and flowering plants. The house had great curb appeal you have to have something to make people want to come in, says Michele Safford, theErickson Realty & Moving Services-recommended real estate agent who worked with the Anandans. And the back was a parklike setting. We removed all the window treatments so people could see the yard s beauty. What the house didn t have were furnishings to distract potential buyers from the garden view; the Anandans had decided to move to Fox Run prior to showing their house. Before listing the property, they also made some updates with the help of their neighbor. He painted the walls with neutral colors, made a roof repair, and referred the Anandans to craftsmen who replaced an interior stair railing and did some plastering. Approximately one month after listing their house, the Anandans received an offer, which they accepted. It was the highest price per square foot that had sold in Royal Oak from May to July, Safford says. You can t just focus on the overall price. The square footage was quite a bit smaller on their house, but it did a lot better than other homes in the area. She estimates that 25 people came through the house, which is a lot for that period of time. What sold it was neutralizing the interior to make it look larger, removing all the furnishings, and showcasing that yard. Private and secluded, the yard boasted oval-shaped, brick-bordered beds, some of which were raised, plus decorative elements such as concrete benches and gazing globes. It was a lot of work, but I loved it for the first 20some years, says Mrs. Anandan. The couple s new Lansing apartment home at Fox Run, which has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den, and a balcony plus a living-dining area and kitchen is almost as big as the downstairs of their former house. From their balcony, they can see Detroit. In fact, they watched 4th of July fireworks there this summer. They also have a view of a lovely garden. Mrs. Anandan says she s enjoyed it all season long, without bending over to do one bit of weeding.