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Client Testimonial for Northwest Austin Home Sale

published on December 28, 2011

Northwest Austin

From Chris and Jill Rutland:

When we decided to sell our home in the Mesa Park subdivision near the Arboretum in north/northwest Austin, we contacted Brian Talley of Regent Property Group because we knew he was trustworthy, professional, and good at selling homes. Our home was built in the 70’s with 1 story and a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom floor plan. While we were fortunate to have purchased the home in 2001 before the real estate boom and subsequent recession, we had done little to update the house since that time.

After first conducting a comparable market analysis, Brian noticed that there was a huge disparity between the sale prices of homes selling in the neighborhood without updates compared to those homes that features updates such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen along with fresh paint. He concluded that our home was likely to sell for about $40K more if we invested around $10K in updates to our home.

The first thing that Brian did was bring in a stager ( to put together a list of recommendations and action plan to make updates to the house. We took immediate action to have the carpet cleaned, applied fresh paint, added a new front door, made improvements to the landscaping such as fresh mulch and flowers, and even installed new granite countertops and stainless steal appliances in the kitchen. All told, the cost of the work did not exceed our $10K budget. After Brian had professional photos taken of the house, we put the house on the market and despite the recession, had a full price offer 3 days later. Ultimately, Brian’s guidance along with our 10K investment and efforts in preparing the home for sale earned us around 15% in additional value.

Hiring a real estate agent can be a daunting task for us because it is difficult to know who to trust and who will do the best job. However, we are fortunate to know Brian Talley who exceeded our expectations. We do not hesitate to recommend Brian to anyone looking to buy or sell a home here in Austin.

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