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Joanne Harris
RRS, Realtor

The Best Move You'll Ever Make

Erie South Office, PA
5620 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
(814) 864-3200

The Best Move You’ll Ever Make

One of my greatest satisfactions is my passion for finding you the right home.  I understand how important it is to listen to your needs in order to form solid relationships and assist you in achieving your home buying and home selling goals.

HONEST, PERSONABLE, ENTHUSIASTIC and UNDERSTANDING are the definitions of SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, which I will use to guide you through every aspect of the real estate process.

As a real estate professional in Erie, PA, I have an extensive knowledge of the area and will provide you with the information you need on home buying, home selling and financing.  Howard Hanna provides a wide range of real estate services and utilizes the latest technology, processes and programs to assist you with all of your home buying and selling needs.  Whether you are new to the market or an experienced investor, I have the expertise, proven track record, and resources to make your real estate dreams a reality!

I am fully committed to providing you with Howard Hanna’s "One Stop Shopping", a noticeably higher level of service that will make your real estate experience as easy and as stress-free as possible.

Contact me today, to begin the process of one of the most important decisions of your life, or just to ask a question. I welcome the opportunity to make a difference for you!

  • Member of NAR (National Association of Realtors)
  • Member of PAR (Pennsylvania Association of Realtors)
  • Member of GEBOR (Greater Erie Board of Realtors)

Specialties

Country Property
Dream Home
Farm And Ranch
First Time Buyers
Military
Move-Up Home
New Home
Quality Home
Relocation
Residential

Preparing Your Home for Sale


Let your home smile a welcome to buyers...
With a little effort on your part, you home can be sold more quickly and at a better price. These 20 tips have proved invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention.

Preparation for Showing

  1. First impressions are lasting. The front door greets the prospect. Make sure it is fresh and clean. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged, and the yard free of refuse. In winter, be sure snow and ice are removed from walkways and steps.

  2. Decorate for a quick sale. Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. Why try to tell a prospect how your home COULD look, when you can show by redecorating? Neutral colors fit with any buyer's color scheme, and a new touch of paint will often result in a quick, profitable sale.

  3. Let the daylight shine in! Open draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be (dark rooms do not appeal).

  4. Fix that faucet! Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests faulty plumbing.

  5. Repairs can make a big difference. Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Have them fixed. (When prospects see things that need attention, they begin to worry about things they can't see.)

  6. From top to bottom. Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles.

  7. Safety first. Keep stairways clear. Avoid a cluttered appearance and possible injuries.

  8. Make closets look bigger. Neat, well-ordered closets show that the space is ample.

  9. Bathrooms help sell homes. Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle.

  10. Arrange bedrooms neatly. Remove excess furniture. Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.

  11. Can you see the light? Illumination is like a welcome sign. The potential buyer will feel a flowing warmth when you turn on lights for an evening presentation.

  12. Clean, Fresh Floor Coverings. It isn't uncommon to either clean or replace all carpeting and other floor covering to maximize interior appeal.

Showing the House

  1. Three's a crowd. Avoid having too many people present during showing and inspections. The potential buyer will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house.

  2. Music is mellow. But not when showing a house. Turn off the blaring radio or television. Let the salesperson and buyer talk, free of disturbances.

  3. Pets underfoot? Keep them out of the way... preferably out of the house in consideration of those afraid of or allergic to cats and dogs.

  4. Silence is golden. Be courteous but don't force conversation with the potential buyer. He wants to inspect your house, not pay a social call.

  5. Be it ever so humble. Never apologize for the appearance of your home. After all, it has been lived in. Let the trained salesperson answer any objections.

  6. Stay in the background. The salesperson who knows the buyer's requirements can better emphasize the features of your home when you don't tag along. You will be called if needed.

  7. Why put the cart before the horse? Trying to dispose of furniture and furnishing to the potential buyer before he has purchased the house often loses a sale.

  8. A word to the wise. Let your Howard Hanna Sales Associate discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the buyer. The Howard Hanna sales associate is best qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.

  9. Howard Hanna Sales Associate sell better. Show your home to prospective buyers only by appointment (or scheduled Open House event) through your Howard Hanna Sales Associate office. Your cooperation will be appreciated and will help close the sale more quickly.

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