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"Buyers want to envision themselves in ...
"Buyers want to envision themselves in the home, and it's difficult to do so if your clutter is in the way," said Shannon Aalai, of CitiHabitats.
Cleaning out closets is especially important since many city house hunters are obsessed with closet space and will surely open all doors, she
2. Add a fresh coat of paint, and fix anything that's broken, especially if it's squeaky.
"When people walk into an apartment they're nitpicky and want to find something wrong even if they like it," Aalai
"Take down anything I tell you is offensive or weird, and remove anything personal," Aalai
When taking a couple to look at a SoHo loft, Aalai
heard the prospective buyers talking nonstop about the series of "creepy" collage boxes hanging on the wall instead of chatting about the home.
"The husband said you'll never get rid of that energy," she
"Allow open houses, and let brokers show the property after work and on weekends," Aalai
"Buyers are never honest in front of sellers, and frankly it often makes them uncomfortable," Aalai
"People will notice if it's dirty," Aalai
said, especially in bathrooms where prospective buyers often turn on faucets and use toilets.
"They move the shower curtain when they want to turn the water on, so make sure there's no hair in the tub," she
said, also advising sellers to make sure there's soap, and the good towels are hanging.
10. Take the dog or cat out; hide litter boxes and feeding bowls.
Not all house hunters are animal lovers.
"If a dog is there, sometimes people are worried about the dog jumping on them, and they're freaking out, so they're not looking at the apartment," Aalai
"And with cats, a lot of people have allergies."
11. Add simple, nice touches.
likes to bring flowers or set out a bowl with lemons or pears.
People often get accustomed to their homes' odors, said Aalai
, who will often light a scented candle in the bathroom.
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Shannon Aalai, a broker at Citi Habitats who specializes in finding apartments for people relocating for work, says the first thing she has to do is educate a client about the realities of the market.
"People have this notion that they are going to find this great, cheap rent-stabilized apartment," she
It is understandable, she
said, since many people either know someone or have heard a story about a successful search for a stabilized apartment.
"But the reality is, the really cheap stuff never even hits the market," she
$1,300 rent-stabilized apartment in the Gramercy area because other brokers lived in the building, knew the landlord and gave her
a heads-up when an apartment became available.
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Citi Habitats' Shannon Aalai recently represented two different buyers who were able to land one-bedroom apartments, initially priced over $1 million, for less than their asking prices.
A one-bedroom co-op at 77 East 12th Street that was asking $1.4 million sold for $35,000 under, she
said, while a one-bedroom condo at 454 East 54th Street listed at $1.2 million went for $30,000 under.
"Perhaps we have reached the tipping point, and 'buyer fatigue' will be a new trend going into 2015," she
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Shannon Aalai, a broker with Citi Habitats, said Manhattan's rental market was "steadily competitive" in the third quarter and many clients offered $50 to $100 more to land an apartment.
"This summer, more than any other, I had more people go over asking price," Aalai
said by phone.