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       Subject: Scary Doesn't Sell ~ Getting your house ready for the market, from
       Christine Prater, Moreland Properties

                           All Things Austin
                                     an e-newsletter by christine prater
                                             October 2009
                Scary Doesn't Sell ~ Getting your house ready for the market

                                     Dear Christine,

                                     Mini-Mansion Makeover
                                     When we first set out to buy our very first home, we didn't have
                                     much of a budget to work with. We poured over all 3 homes in
                                     MLS in the area we wanted for the price we could afford and then
                                     headed out to see our slim pickings. One of the homes went
                                     under contract that day, one was so cute but way too small for us
                                     and our herd of pets, and one was so ugly, I refused to even get
                                     out of the car and go inside. So a week later, I finally gave in and
                                     drove back out the "Ugly Duckling" because there just weren't any
         Christine Prater, Realtor   other choices. I distinctly remember pulling up and thinking "This
           Moreland Properties       is never going to work." The house was peach with mustard yellow
              (512) 413-5855         trim and had one blade of grass and one bush of some sort in the        front and that was it. It lacked curb appeal in a major way. But it
                                     was a house and it was in our price range, so I took a deep breath

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           In This Issue        and went in. It didn't fare much better on the inside to tell you
           Mini-Mansion         the truth. It was plain, plain and plainer through and through. But
             Makeover           it was a house and it was in our price range, so I kept looking. I
         Make a Difference      mean, I AM a Realtor after all. I should have SOME vision. And the
               Fest             more I visualized, the more it had potential. It had a great floor
           Meet Princess        plan and good bones and I started thinking it could someday be
                                something nice. And it was a house and it was in our price range.
                                So we bought it. And right off the bat, I started decorating and
            Quick Links         changing the inside. New flooring, new paint, new décor all
        My Featured Listings    throughout.... It was so much fun. Then a hailstorm hit and Viola!
             Search MLS         We had money for a new roof and a new paint job! No more
            Austin Stats        Peach Prater Mini-Mansion!
          Spicewood Stats
            Market News         Now here we are finally deciding to make a change and make that
          Mortgage Rates        move and there is one major thing still decidedly lacking and that
                                is that "wow factor" of curb appeal. I mean the paint looks great
                                and all, but now there are 3 blades of grass and a bush and I
                                remember clearly that I almost never came to see this house on
                                account of that myself. So being a good little seller and knowing I
                                have to practice what I preach, I bit the bullet. I mean, if anyone
                                should KNOW how important the first impression and curb appeal
                                is for the sale of a property, it is me! So I interviewed landscapers
                                and found the bravest and most talented of them all. And now I
                                stand in AWE of what a difference a little landscaping makes. IT
                                LOOKS LIKE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT HOME and I have my new
                                favorite landscaper, HGTV featured Gay Bornorden Gray (website
                                is here: to thank for the
            Animal Agent        amazing change.

                                So if you are thinking about selling your home, know that I know
                                firsthand about not wanting to spend the extra money. But even
                                in the best of markets, you have to be competitive. And chances
                                are, there is more than just your house in that potential buyer's
                                reach. The first impression is SO important and curb appeal sets
                                the tone for the rest of the showing and the buyer's perception of
                                your property's value. If you need a little "Mini-Mansion Makeover"
               Princess         landscaping is a great place to start. Call me or call Gay or visit
       Ms. Princess is a 3-5    my Favorite Vendors page (scroll down to lawns/landscapers) to
            year old 45lb       see how to make it happen for you and to see before and after
         German Shepherd        pictures of my home.
         mix. It was such a
        sad sight when we       As always, I love being your resource for all things real estate
         first visited her at   related.  If you don't see what you need in this newsletter or on
       the shelter. She was     my site, please let me know and I will get you the information as
       covered in ticks and     soon as possible.
        was very depressed
       and shut down after      Sincerely,
       being surrendered to     Christine Prater, Realtor
         the shelter by her
       family. But once she
          was in her foster
       home, she found her      (512) 413-5855
           confidence and
        happy smile again .
          Princess is such a
           lovely girl with
                                Doing Good in the Neighborhood

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          wonderful indoor      Make a Difference Fest
          manners. She is a     Bee Creek UMC invites you to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
         gentle, sweet and      Join us Sunday, October 11th, starting at 3:00 PM at Angel's
       very patient girl. She   Icehouse in Spicewood.
       gets along great with    Tickets: $10 Children $20 Adults (available at Bee Creek UMC or
       other dogs and loves     at door of Angel's Icehouse.)
         all people! Take a     Enjoy a BBQ Dinner, great music, and help "make a difference"
        look at her video at    while you're at it! We all like to help others, but sometimes we       don't know how to begin...Malaria is one of the diseases ravaging
             and see her        parts of our world, and we're joining the effort to change that.
        exploring her newly     We are asking the question, "Can you imagine a world with no
       found life. Enjoy the    more deaths from malaria?" Join us and let's answer that question
        movie and feel free     with a definitive "YES!" See more here.
            to fill out an
         application on Ms.     Celebrate Life!
        Princess. Princess is   Shauna Niequist (author of Cold Tangerines) will be visiting Bee
         spayed, current on     Creek UMC November 7th from 4:30 - 8:00pm for a Women's
       all her vaccinations,    Ministry Mini-Retreat.  Women of all ages from Jr. High and up
       micro chipped, crate     are invited to attend this free event. For more info visit:
         trained, and house - look under Upcoming Events to
              trained.          see more details.

        Click on her photo
          for more info.

                                Know of a community event you would like the world to know
                                about?  Contact me and I would be happy to include it in my next

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                                    will fall in love.

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