• Pack Punch List: February 15th

    It’s been a while since we whipped out a Pack Punch List. Though if you follow along on stories, you might have noticed our whole life is a running punch list. Sometimes it’s still nice to jot it down. We wrapped Grey’s bathroom not long ago, and put the final touches on the guest suite just last weekend. So naturally, it would make sense to completely gut the master bath now that those two are done. #NonstopNixon is always living up to his hashtag! Here’s what we’re working on over the next few days:

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  • Walkthrough Wednesday: Colonial With A Twist!

    We’ve had several people ask us to take a look at this house – and I’m thinking since we’re smack dab in the dead of winter – it’s all about that indoor pool! In this house tour, we start with tips on how to be the CEO of your listing, the one tool every homeowner needs in their arsenal, and our favorite ways to style reclaimed letters. Yes – they’re still having a moment and we don’t think that’s going away anytime soon!

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  • Do Open Houses Really Sell Homes?

    Nixon Pack Nugget: Open Houses

    Both Realtors and clients alike have been engrained with the idea that Open Houses are a must when it comes to selling your home. But the stats just don’t back it up. In fact, studies show less than 3% of buyers purchased as a result of an Open House. “Buyers” do in fact tour open houses in between their trip to Home Depot and the grocery store each weekend. Maybe pop in for a little lookie-loo and a donut hole (gosh that sounds like a sweet little Sunday!). But 9.99 times out of 10 they are not qualified buyers, working with a Realtor, prepared to make an offer on a house today.

    Realtors benefit because they have the opportunity to showcase their listing, and get to know potential buyers that may be interested in hiring them in the future. But you as the seller will have extra foot traffic through your home, on your carpets, looking through your belongings with little to no upside to you. We do however, recommend that our sellers visit open houses in their neighborhood to get a feel for the competition. Do your neighbors have a better kitchen layout than you do? More updated finishes? How does your price stack up? Open Houses serve as a great educator for comps!

    So. To host an open house, or not to host? For us, we’d rather spare our clients the headache and focus our marketing efforts elsewhere to drive real, qualified buyers to set actual showings for the property. What has your experience been? Do you like to head to Open Houses on the weekend?

  • Walkthrough Wednesday: How To “Shelfie”, Hardware DIY & Ranch Home Tour

    We’ve had our eye on this neighborhood for years – it’s such a phenomenal location, one of the best school districts in the area, and commands a pretty penny for rent. Whether you’re looking to become a first time homebuyer, or a first time landlord – this rad ranch is a must-see. So much potential and many of the big ticket items have already been covered!

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  • Pricing Your Home to Sell – What You Need to Know to Sell First & Fast!

    You know how some people get excited about cars, a shiny new kitchen, maybe a cool new gadget? I get over-the-top excited about pricing real estate (ok fine, a new kitchen, too). There truly is a science to it. And when you get the combination just right – it smells like freshly printed dollar bills. Here are the key ingredients of what you need to measure out in order to price right, and sell fast, in any market.

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  • Walkthrough Wednesday: Bed & Breakfast House Tour & Hosting Essentials

    Welcome to the jewel of the Fingerlakes, a darling B&B house tour of the Lady of the Lake! Have you guys ever stayed in a bed and breakfast before? Ever thought about owning one? In this episode of Walkthrough Wednesday presented by California Closets, we take a tour of this little (er, not so little, but no one wants to call a gal large) lady and give you a behind the scenes look at running a bed and breakfast.

    Speaking of behind-the-scenes, this B&B was actually the first house tour we shot for Season 2 after a little hiatus and we were just getting back in the swing of things. I *love* that the Call of the Loon team left in some of our hiccups instead of editing them out. Normally I blame them on Jon, but as you can see, I’m on the chopping block too 😉 For the record, his performance was indeed rewarded with Patisserie cookies.

    How nice does it sound to live for free, and get paid for hosting cool guests from around the globe?! Without further ado, grab your welcome glass of bubbly and come inside 2 West Lake Street in Skaneateles with us.

    It’s offered for sale through Michael DeRosa Exchange: https://www.2westlakestreet.com/prope…

    We can just imagine some fabulous pantry organization from our sponsor, California Closets Albany/ Syracuse in here! https://www.californiaclosets.com

    And as always, we couldn’t show you inside these incredible homes without the help of Call of the Loon Productions! www.calloftheloonproductions.com

    For more behind the scenes, DIY’s, design inspo and more, visit the Pack on IG @nixonpack!

    Kaylea Nixon is a Licensed Realtor with My Town Realty.

  • Walkthrough Wednesday: Downtown Condo, Small Space Savers & DIY Tile Floor

    Of all the homes we’ve showcased on Walkthrough Wednesday, would you believe this is our first condo?! We’re so excited to head downtown with you and check out this brownstone beauty. The location is fantastic – walking distance to the yummiest restaurants, coffee shops, shopping and more. Inside, you have a lot of opportunities to personalize, try out some new design trends, and maximize the small space to utilize every square foot.

    We are all about a Murphy bed/ office combo on the second floor in that open nook at the top of the stairs. Can you see it? We just did a live at California Closets the other day to show you what we’re talking about: https://www.facebook.com/nixonpackproperties/

    I can’t tell you how much that would have come in handy in the row home we owned in Chicago. It’s so nice to have a space that serves many purposes, but doesn’t have a bed taking up space all the time when it’s only used for guests a few nights a year.

    Interested in this listing? It’s offered by Nicole Foresti and you can see more, here: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/133-Walton-St-Apt-130_Syracuse_NY_13202_M30664-05072

    And a big thank you to our good friends at Call of the Loon for all of their video wizardry – they are the best! CalloftheLoonProductions.com

    To see more design inspiration, real estate nuggets, DIY’s and more, we invite you to join us over on the ‘gram, @nixonpack!

    Kaylea Nixon is a Licensed Realtor with My Town Realty.

  • Realtor Roulette: How to Choose the Right One

    Everyone, and I mean everyone, knows someone who is a real estate agent, if they’re not one themselves. That doesn’t make them the right Realtor for the job, or more importantly the right Realtor for you. Here’s a list of questions we want you to think about before you start interviewing agents:

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