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Looking to sell your home this year? Curb appeal is a key

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There are more than 200 homes on the active market in Quincy alone. What can you do to make sure your house still stands out above the rest?

It's called ‘curb appeal' and it's possible a potential buyer already made a decision within the first few seconds of seeing it.

Prospective buyer Dan Moore looked at one of the 202 houses on the active housing market over the weekend and he said the first thing he notices isn't what's inside. 

"Curb appeal means something to me. To get me to take a second look, something about it has to look good," he said.  

Century 21 Real Estate Agent Katherine Barclay said you don't have to spend massive amounts of money to enhance the exterior of your home. 

"Power wash your house and get out there with the hose and spray it off, clean the windows," Barclay said. "Windows make the inside of the house brighter and make the houses gleam from the streets. Easy fixes, no money and a little bit of water."  

Barclay says the first thing people look for is the exterior and that's the biggest first impression. If it's not up to date, people are going to think it's overpriced from the beginning. But with an up to date exterior, people are more willing to think that it's reasonably priced and more willing to negotiate.  

"I have tried to sell homes that do not care about curb appeal," Barclay added. "Trash cans on the side of the road. Recycling bins, garbage out front, they don't sell as fast, it takes away a lot."

For buyers like Moore, a bad exterior can ruin everything. 

"I'm going to start wondering about the rest of the quality. If the landscaping looks bad on the outside, what else is there that's not seen immediately that I need to look for," he said.  

In just one month, Barclay said the housing market has changed from a buyers market to a sellers market. 

As for the inside, Barclay says according to the National Association of Realtors the most important things for buyers are modern kitchens, modern bathrooms, and a finished basement. 

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