5 Efficient Upgrades for Home Sellers

Your ready to make you next move and with minimum effort and somewhat ease. Does this sound like too much to ask? Short answer, no but how does your home compare to others in the market and how can you make your property stand out over the competition? Here are a few quick upgrades that will make your Home attractive in less than a week and overwhelming appeal.

1.)Depersonalize the House
Your house likely reflects your personality, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. But when you’re trying to sell real estate, it’s important for potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves living there and making it their own home. This requires depersonalizing the space—removing anything associated with you or your family. It may help to think of hotel rooms when doing this. You want warm, inviting rooms without reminders of previous occupants. You can depersonalize the space by:

removing all family photos from walls, shelves, and tabletops
removing artwork from children or grandchildren
removing sports trophies, ribbons, and personal memorabilia
storing bathroom toiletries in vanity drawers or linen closets
clearing bedside tables of everything except a tissue box, lamp, and clock

Depending on how many personal effects you have around your home, this might take a few days. Be sure to touch up any damage to your walls (e.g., from nails or screws).

2.)Update Lights and Fixtures
Household fixtures follow fashion trends. As such, old light fixtures can date a home, especially if they’re dented, faded, or scratched. Updating bathroom wall sconces, dining room pendants, and entryway lighting with inexpensive neutral choices can easily modernize your home, planting the idea that the home is newer and well-cared for. Consider this a good weekend project.

Lighting is also key to creating bright and inviting ambience. Swap existing light bulbs for brighter options and add a few table lamps or floor lamps to cheer up dark corners. Complete this in an afternoon.

3.)Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
Freshen up your home with a new coat of paint in a color palette that will appeal to today’s buyers. This will help to cover unsightly stains, unpleasant odors, and minor scratches. And starting at around $20 per gallon, paint is an inexpensive way to give a few rooms (or your whole home) a modern look.

Despite your personal preference, choose a warm neutral color in a contemporary shade, like wheat yellow or light gray, to appeal to the widest range of possible buyers. Visit your local paint supply or hardware store for the latest color selections or ask your realtor for advice—they should have an idea of what’s currently popular. Depending on the size of your home and how many volunteer painters you can entice (or commandeer), painting the interior of your home could take as little as a couple of days.

4.)Clean Carpets and Wood Floors
Nothing turns buyers off like stained, stinky carpeting, yet this is a relatively inexpensive fix when you’re trying to sell your home fast. Having carpets cleaned professionally costs an average of $174, ranging from $75 to $350. Focus on high traffic areas, such as living rooms, family rooms, or dining rooms, or wherever the carpets are stained.

Wood floors are popular among a wide range of homeowners, so show yours off by making sure they’re clean and shiny. This is another job that takes more effort than money. If you’re ready for a real workout, clean your floors with hardwood floor cleaner. Or you can buy a wood floor buffer machine for about $100 to clean and shine the floor—this option may be easier on your back. If your floor is scratched or stained, try a little spot repair using a blending pencil or wood stain marker, commonly available at hardware stores.

5.)Add Some Greenery
You can add extra curb appeal to your home to attract buyers by planting flowers, shrubs, or trees, depending on the season. For $100 to $200, you could plant a small tree in your front garden. To keep costs and maintenance down, choose vegetation that is native to your area and that requires minimal watering and pruning.

Selling your home doesn’t require a big budget or months of work in advance of putting it on the market. Choose one or more of these projects to tackle in a week or less, gather your supplies, and get started. Hopefully, your hard work will be rewarded with the “sold” sign in no time.

Simple Steps when Leaving for Vacation

Simple steps can avoid complicated and costly headaches when you’re not home. 

Vacation is a time to leave your worries behind, but a nagging thought that you forgot something at home can ruin the best of vacations. Take these simple steps to prevent things from going awry while you’re away from home.

Two weeks before heading out, homesite.com says you should:

  • Arrange for lawn service and pet care.
  • Check your outdoor sprinkler system.
  • Stop all routine delivery services and arrange for final trash pickup.
  • Check your alarm system.

Also, remember to make arrangements for your mail. The U.S. Postal Service can hold mail safely at your local branch until you return. You can notify the USPS as many as 30 days in advance or as early as the next scheduled delivery day by signing up for Hold Mail Service.

Trust a friend, safety.com advises, by giving them a key and contact information in case of an emergency. Also, many police departments offer vacation house checks, so check with your local precinct for details.

So, the suitcases are packed, the gas tank is full and you are heading out for that long-awaited respite! The day you leave, don’t forget to set your thermostats. If you have a manual one, set your air conditioning system to 80 degrees for homes and townhouses; 77 degrees for condos and apartments. For a programmable thermostat, set it at 72 degrees for two hours each morning before sunrise and at 88 degrees the rest of the time. This will help prevent mold by removing moisture from the air during the cooler hours.

Other last-day checklist items:

  • Run the dishwasher
  • Unplug nonessential appliances
  • Turn off water to washing machine and toilets
  • Set timers and lights
  • Check window locks
  • Throw away food that might spoil
  • Get rid of the trash
  • Set the alarm

Most importantly have fun, relax and recharge!

It’s Officially National Martini Day!


What better way to start off the new week than celebrating thisiconic stress reliever.  It’s National Martini Day and Sacha Blanchet would like to remind everyone to Drink Responsibly & always be cautious when drinking and searching for Real Estate.

But if you are going to drink & shop for homes use an expert in the Arizona market and use Sacha Blanchet Real Estate.

Let’s have a productive week!




Coldwell Banker announces $20,000 Summer Giveaway

Awesome promotion for our company to support and need to point out this applies to California residents as stated below.  Read on for rules and regulations and pass along to anyone that may fit the description.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has launched a $20,000 Summer Cash Giveaway inviting San Diego, Orange County, and Desert Area residents to enter at www.ColdwellBankerGiveaway.com or by contacting a Coldwell Banker independent sales associate in their area. Entries will be accepted from May 16, 2017 to Sept. 1, 2017. The winner will be drawn Sept. 30, 2017.

“Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage takes great pride in being Southern California’s number one choice for buying and selling homes. The company created the $20,000 Summer Cash Giveaway program to thank clients throughout the region for their continued loyalty, and we look forward to announcing the big winner when the promotion ends,” said Leeann Iacino, Vice President of Operations for the Southwest Region at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

No purchase is necessary to enter the giveaway. If an entrant’s property is currently listed with another brokerage, it is not Coldwell Banker’s intent to solicit the offerings of other real estate brokers. Complete rules are available online at www.ColdwellBankerGiveaway.com.

What A Successful Realtor should look like.


When embarking in any transaction requiring the knowledge of a Real Estate Agent, experience prevails.  But what exactly does that mean and what does that individual look like in Arizona?

Well there quite simply are numerous factors to look into before entering into a working with a Realtor but here are 5 traits/ characteristics we believe to be the most relevant.

1.) Find a Realtor who is knowledgable & passionate about the local housing market.

Sounds obvious but all too often we hear at Sacha Blanchet Real Estate(SBRE) how a consumer hired someone via a referral and it just didn’t work out.  Interview the Realtor and question them about the local market and what their seeing from an economics standpoint, community within zip codes of interst, education rankings and any foreseeable changes.

*remember being a nice Realtor is great but being an informed Realtor offering insight is mandatory.

2.) Confirm Realtor has a reliable Network of Local & National Contacts.

Relationships are key and someone who has a built-in contact list where they can reach out and alleviate any stress in a given situation is the sign of a true professional.

Ask the Realtor your interviewing for a short list of local contacts you may contact for an over the phone assessment of their working interactions.

3.) Honest & Engaging Individual that makes you feel Comfortable beyond Conversation.

Within 15 seconds of initial contact you should know if you like the Realtor or not.  This is a huge decision for you as the average transaction is 12 weeks and you will speak quite often.  Not to mention they will be conversing with countless individuals on your behalf and need to make them feel comfortable as well.

4.) Knowledge of Technology & how to use Appropriately

The digital world is here and used by 80% of US consumers in a Real Estate transaction.  But beware as each and every generation uses the internet offerings in a unique manner.  For instance 99% of Millineials search online for Real Estate with 58% of them finding their home via mobile.  Quite different than a person (55+) looking for a second home Near Sedona.

It’s really easy to investigate if your Realtor has a Twitter or Instagram account and view exactly what they are using it for, better be marketing your property.

5.) Aggressive yet Polite

Slightly different from what we’ve stated earlier as this is in reference to when your business transaction becomes real.  Remember this is a negotiation and at some point the other side will be asking for something of value and you want someone who is polite but firm as everyone needs to feel they won.

The criteria discussed above is key to having an enjoyable business experience and guidance we believe will enable you to find a Realtor that works for you and with your best interests in mind.












Coldwell Banker New Commercial hits over 3.8 million views


Check out this new commercial which features a creative interaction between a man, dog and their home. At Coldwell Banker, our calling is to help people find a place to call home, and if love is what makes a house a home, we wanted our campaign to highlight how even the smallest of things can fill it with love.


Beautiful Homes in Marlen Grove, Phoenix, Arizona

Marlen Grove is a high demand central area in Phoenix. With 211 days of Sun and mild winters it’s no wonder why it’s Central Phoenix’s high demand area. Located off of Bethany Home Rd and 11th Street nestled in the amazing architecture and green lawns you will find homes in Marlen Grove. Check out these wonderful listings in Marlen Grove or any other areas in Phoenix.

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5725 N 11th Street Phoenix 85014, Marlen Grove

  • $519,000
  • Bedrooms: 3, Baths: 1.5
  • Home size: 1,770
  • Lot size: 8,790
  • Year built: 1951
  • MLS #: 5635566
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   State of the Arizona Home Market Reported By Brian Richards

         State of the Market Reported By Brian Richards Manager, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Builder Services The new Market Letter with results through September has been issued from RL Brown.

keysAnother  phenomenal month in regards to permit activity.  There should be no complaints whatsoever about the performance of the Phoenix housing market  in September 2015! New­home permits were up 52% over the same month last year, with 1391  new­home permits issued in the region. Year to date RL Brown counted 12,293 permits for new homes versus 8,541 for the same period  last year. That’s an increase of almost 44% over just the last nine months. Brown counted 1489  new home permits issued in the Metro area during the month compared with 838 permits issued  during the same month last year. New­home closings for the month were up 24% from last September and are up 12.2% year to  date so far in 2015. In spite of the increases in new­home sales, resale home activity in the region  is also up. September saw 7,878 resale closings (including for sale by owner transactions). That’s  an increase over the 6,663 resale closings from the same month last year and calculates to an  18.24% improvement over last September, suggesting that no one should be complaining about  the state of the resale housing market here in Phoenix. Year to date resale transactions have  been almost 9,000 more than for the same nine months period in 2014.

RL Brown explains, ‘In many respects, this is a remarkable market performance, especially  factoring in the gyrations of the financial markets, the relatively modest performance of the overall  USA and global economies, the bubbling strife in the Middle East, the political uncertainties in the  nation overall, and the growing violence in our streets.” An examination of new home versus resale home average and median prices, allows a  comparison of the trends in median and average pricing market­wide over the last 13 months. It  appears that both median and average prices have tended to level out over the data period. It is pretty obvious from the market data that RL Brown examined, the Metro Phoenix housing  market continues to perform well and that a recovery from the “great recession” continues. As is always the case in any housing market, all geographic areas, all price ranges, and all  product types (and all builders) don’t recover at the same pace or at the same time. This  suggests that the key to optimizing a builder, contractor or supplier’s results remains the careful  positioning of the builders particular strengths against the market conditions that really do exist. It isn’t just a matter of buying the right land, or discovering exactly what housing consumers are  looking for plan­wise, or pricing product below that of the competition, but some kind of an  intelligent combination of all of the above. RL Brown says, “As we look to the future of this housing market we see little in the way of  probable disruptions of activity generally consistent with the levels that we currently are seeing.  As we have noted before, based upon current levels of economic activity, job growth, and  population growth, we can expect the current market to continue to moderately improve over  time.” Brown does not expect this marketplace to soar to the heights of 2005 until and unless global and  regional economic conditions result in local job and population growth comparable to what  occurred in the 2004­2005 timeframe. Phoenix will continue to grow, and this housing market will continue to be profitable, as long as  new populations are attracted to the region through economic development and through the  traditional retirement and pre­retirement migration. The challenges of effective private and public economic development activities, preservation of a  desirable quality of life, and preserving and developing natural resources appropriate to  sustaining growth, and the development of competent civic leadership will remain dominant and  potentially limiting in the future, becoming more important as the community continues to grow. We should expect that California should continue to mitigate its resource and home price  problems and will remain attractive to those moving from other places, suggesting that Phoenix  ensure that it also competes favorably for both jobs and housing.


Sept 2015 Sales for Month 1,185

Same Month Last Year       956

Percentage Change         23.95%

Year to Date Closings              8,412

Year to Date Last Year            7,497

Percent Change                 12.20%



Permits for Month 1,391

Same Month Last Year    915

Percentage Change  52.02%

Year to Date Permits                  12,293

Year to Date Last Year               8,541

Percent Change               43.93%



Resales Last Month 7,878

Same Month Last Year               6,663

Percentage Change                                     18.24%

Year to Date Resales                72,478

Year to Date Last Year            63,857

Percent Change         13.50%