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Cutler Real Estate Agent to Be Featured on House Hunters

When Karleya Chard, a Cutler Real Estate agent from our German Village office, was offered the chance to appear on the HGTV series "House Hunters," she had a pretty good idea of what to expect. As it so happens, this wasn't her first time on the popular show — having filmed an episode in 2015.

Karleya and her husband, Bryan

Nearly four years ago, Karleya helped her college friend Megan Charney and her husband Richard find a home on the show. The couple viewed three homes and ultimately fell in love with a four-bedroom, two-story home in Hilliard. This time around, when House Hunters Producers asked Karleya if she had any clients that would be interested in filming this year, she immediately thought of her friends Katie and Carter, who had recently gotten engaged and were looking for a home in the Upper Arlington area. "They are great people and were kind, reasonable clients which made them fun candidates to share the [House Hunters] experience with," she said. The couple was looking for a three-bedroom home with a two-car garage in either Upper Arlington or Grandview due to the area's accessibility to downtown and other amenities. "Katie was focused on the home being move-in-ready," said Karleya, "and Carter was focused on staying under budget. They both wanted a home with a yard suitable for their dogs." We asked Karleya if she could give us some information on Katie and Carter's final choice, but she declined to answer. "I don't want to say too much about which home they chose because I don't want to spoil the reveal at the end of the show. But I will say they landed on a perfect compromise," she said with a smile. While the hunt for Katie and Carter's new home ended like most of Karleya's house hunting journeys do — a success — the process was much different than usual. "Filming the show is exhilarating and exhausting," Karleya said of her experience working on the episode. She then described what a typical day of filming House Hunters looked like.

Karleya during the filming of her most recent episode of House Hunters

"The day typically begins with the clients approaching the home, hearing about the stats (bed, baths, style, price) and gauging their initial reaction," she said. "We then film each room on the interior, sharing the buyers' thoughts on the pros and cons. And the day ends by filming individual confessionals where the producer prompts you with questions and you respond." It's common knowledge that the show is partially staged, using clients that already have one of the homes under contract and two other "decoy homes" to film the episode, but that didn't make the episode any less fun for Karleya. "At first it is nerve-wracking to be filmed but as the days progress and you become familiar with the crew and fall into a rhythm, the filming process becomes more fun and natural," she said. "That being said… don't sign me up for a reality show." Instead of becoming a reality TV star, Karleya is focused on building her real estate business and helping people in the Columbus community. "My favorite parts of being a Realtor are helping people meet their goals by managing the home buying and selling process and minimizing the stress that comes along with such a large transaction and life transition."  

Karleya and her family

When she isn't busy being a real estate superhero, Karleya enjoys spending time with her two little boys: Bennett and Adler and her husband Bryan. "They are the highlights of my life and the reason I put 100% into what I do." The big episode will premier sometime this fall and we could not be more excited to see Karleya in action. Will you be watching?

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Home Staging Finishing Touches In Time For Spring

Home Staging Finishing Touches You know the drill. You have listed your home for sale and now it's time to stage and beautify the rooms to attract a buyer to make an offer. After much of the de-cluttering process and organizing has been completed, you need to make your home feel warm and inviting for open houses and showings. These simple floral projects will put the finishing touches on your staging process and draw buyers into your home. Spruce Up The Entry First impressions are everything, so start with your front door. For as little as $10 and a little hot glue, you can craft an inviting, seasonal wreath that will welcome your guests to their future home. Roll Out The Welcome Mat In your entryway, pick up a neutral rug and showcase it with a green, hardy houseplant, such as an Areca Palm or Peace Lily. Set Up the Dining Room for a Celebration Set the table and include a silk floral centerpiece that complements the rest of the dining room décor. Help your buyers imagine hosting their family and friends for the next holiday. Sprinkle Life All Around Add small living plants and flowers all around your home. In the bathrooms, add a small succulent or single bud vase to display a colorful daisy or carnation. In the kitchen, place a small ivy plant in the windowsill. Adding little elements of living things around the home will be noticed. Arrange a Decorative Vignette Make it cozy and inviting! In your home office or master bedroom, group a few items together on top of a dresser or bookshelf. Include bright colored vases, a homemade terrarium, books, lanterns and more. For balance, group things in odd numbers and in varying shapes and sizes. Remember, a little goes a long way. Don't clutter any surfaces just add elements of life and color and get ready to negotiate your sale. 

Sellers Act Now! Get a Jump on the Spring Market!

Sellers Act Now! Conventional wisdom says spring is the best time to list a home. However, there are plenty of reasons why it's advantageous to put your home on the market in late January or February.  Here are eight reasons to list today. 1. Early bird gets the worm Listing in spring means lots more competition! Capitalize on the largest pool of buyers in winter, when supply is low. 2. No playing around Buyers who are braving snow, ice and freezing temperatures to look at houses are serious buyers. This means homes listed in the winter months will tend to have fewer showings and quicker offers. 3. Houses tend to sell more quickly That doesn't mean trudging through ice and snow is enjoyable, however! Winter buyers are more likely to make quick decisions in an effort to avoid endless house hunting.  4. Buyers are antsy The threat of rising interest rates in the spring pushes some buyers into the market earlier than usual—buyers may start making more offers as early as February figuring that higher interest rates will make homes less affordable when spring does arrive. 5. Avoid market saturation If your house is the only comparable one on the market, you'll have a lot more interest than when two or three similar houses in your price range are for sale in your neighborhood. 6. Exterior projects can wait Listing photos certainly look nicer with green grass and leafy trees, but putting your home on the market in the dreary months does have advantages. You'll get to skip the constant mowing and upkeep, and buyers won't pay as much attention to landscaping. 7. Influx of transfers Many large corporations often transfer or hire employees at the beginning of the year, which makes for lots of motivated winter buyers. 8. Buyers are trained to look 24-7 Whereas in the past buyers waited until spring to start house hunting, today's buyers look at listings all day, every day from their smartphone and email. There's no reason not to act now! Connect with a Cutler Realtor to list your property. Our real estate professionals can put together a marketing package with beautiful photography, video tours, social media promotion and more.

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