Tips for Selling Your Home

If you've ever thought about selling your home, now's the time. It's never been a better market for sellers. I went to Showcase Realty to find out more.



Well, now is a great time to sell a home. Here to tell us more about it, is Nancy Braun with Showcase Realty.

Nancy, first off, explain the state of the market right now. What's it like out there?


The market is so spectacular. It is really a seller's market. There are more buyers than there are homes to pick from.

So, we have actually only up two and a half months inventory supply in a true- even market, there would be a six-month inventory supply.


So Nancy, you have some tips to get the most out of your home sale. What are they?


Well, one of the things that people overlook is landscaping and they think they focus so much on the interior of the house and they don't realize that a lot can go a long way if you just, you know, prune and put some mulch down and put some beautiful flowers out, pull some weeds and- and actually add some beautiful dynamics and color to your front scape.

So, I can tell when I'm driving up to a house if the buyer is gonna be interested just by their breath, how they respond to the house. And they almost make that decision before they even get in the house.

So the curb appeal which is so overlooked sometimes can really be damaging.

It's simple, you know, go and get some new pine needles or get some new landscaping flowers. Red and yellow is Feng Shui. It's supposed to sell houses. So, put away your purples and the pink, you know, the pastels and do the red and yellow.

Colleen: Next up, you say declutter.

Nancy: Declutter. Yes, so. It is so critical that you try to make the home in the way a buyer will envision their things in the home.

So if there's too much in the home then they can't see beyond it. A lot of people don't have vision as much as we think they do.

I have clients that also say to me, “Well, you know, I don't want to paint. I don't know what color they want. Maybe they'll just paint themselves. They can replace the carpet themselves.”

They don't envision that property to look the way it should look.

So, a little can go a long way. I don't want anyone to really spend a lot of money renovating the home, rehabbing the kitchen. They're never gonna get a 100% back. If not, even more back.

But the smaller things like paint, declutter, make sure that there's a traffic pattern. They can walk through rooms very easily without having to walk around things.

And I always say, less is more.

So, after I leave I say, “You know, if you're at a point where you're not sure what to do with that particular piece of furniture, less is more.”

Colleen: Good advice.

Nancy: Just remember, less is more.

Colleen: Also, keep it clean like squeaky clean pristine, right?

Nancy: It is incredible but we get used to, even myself, you get used to the little cobwebs up in the ceiling. And you don't realize that there's a little dust on your fans and your ceiling fan. And the filters need to be changed. Those things actually get noticed.

So you're a seller, you're”¦ the buyers that come into that home, they think if you can't maintain the home, then you're not maintaining it in other ways like maintaining your furnace or maintaining your plumbing.

And it's just a visual sense. If they feel like it's squeaky clean like you say, they're gonna like the house more. They're gonna feel more comfortable in the house.

And so get that professional cleaner in there over and beyond yourself. And if you're tight on money, just you do the elbow grease and just make sure you're cleaning.

One thing that I always think is kind of funny is people always open things. People are touchy-feely. They want that connection, right?

So they go in the kitchen, they always open the microwave. Well, if you've got a dirty microwave - not that you're gonna find anything different in one person's microwave versus another person's microwave but it's like arm distance, so they open it.

Colleen: Yeah.

Nancy: So it's like, you know, go ahead and, you know, straighten out the cans in your cupboard.

Clean out the refrigerator because you don't know what they're gonna open and that just goes a long way.

Colleen: Great advice. Nancy, thank you so much. Thank you for your time.

Nancy: You're welcome. Thank you for having me.


So if you're interested in selling your home or looking for home to buy, visit,

Or better yet, call Nancy at Showcase Realty. The number's 704-997-3794. Again, 704-997-3794.

Make sure you mention Charlotte Today.

If you do, you'll receive a free copy of Nancy Braun's book, The Ultimate No Holds Barred Guide to Selling and Buying a Home in the Carolinas.

Again the number's 704-997-3794.

Nancy Braun Shares Home Selling Tips on Charlotte Today

How to prepare your home for sale in Charlotte NC Nancy Braun

Charlotte NC Real Estate expert, Nancy Braun, reveals best home improvements that will sell a home for top dollar, on Charlotte Today at WCNC NBC

Nancy Braun, award-winning owner and broker-in-charge of Showcase Realty, has recently been invited to be a guest on the Charlotte Today program on Channel 36 on NBC to share her local market expertise. Aside from sharing her insights on the spectacular seller's market, she also revealed the simplest home improvement tips for the biggest impact on home buyers.

Watch now for top tips to prepare your Charlotte home for sale.

For more valuable real estate advice, buyers and sellers can look forward to Braun's future appearances by tuning into Charlotte Today on Channel 36 on NBC. Once every two weeks, Nancy will be sharing tips on how buyers can get the most hassle-free home-buying experience and how sellers can sell their home for top dollar.

For more information on buying and selling Charlotte NC real estate, call  Nancy Braun at (704) 997-3794 or visit

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Nancy and her team are first-rate professionals in all that they do. They are marketing gurus and will stop at nothing to provide a better service to their clients. I would recommend them to all my friends and family. - PAT GARITTY, FACEBOOK

List with Nancy Braun and get your home sold!

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What Is A HUD Home and Can I Buy One?

HUD homes – the backstory

You may have heard that HUD homes are a good deal if you are looking into buying a home. But what is a HUD home and why is it available at such a bargain cost?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a “HUD home” as “a 1 to 4 unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage”.

HUD becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim. In other words, it’s a property bought using an FHA-insured loan, didn’t meet the monthly mortgage, ended up in foreclosure, bought back by HUD, who is now selling it. That’s how it became a HUD home.

As to why it is available at a lower cost than other homes for sale in Charlotte, it is because the possible cost of repairs is reflected from the price.

HUD wants to sell these homes as soon as possible. To sweeten the deal, they even offer benefits and incentives for the buyers.

The HUD incentives

One such incentive is “The Good Neighbor Next Door Program” which seeks to “encourage renewal of revitalization areas by providing an opportunity for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and teachers to purchase homes in these communities…in the form of 50% discount off the list of eligible properties”.

If you happen be a community worker mentioned on the list, you are entitled to 50% off on top of the already low-priced home! Imagine the money you’ll be able to save from that!

If the foreclosed homes are not sold within six months, HUD has another special offer. The agency may sell them for $1 each to local governments to  “foster housing opportunities for low to moderate income families and address specific community needs”.

How can you buy one?

For the list of available HUD real estate owned (REO) single-family properties, you can visit the HUD Home Store. This site offers the public, brokers, potential owner-occupants, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations a centralized location where they can search for HUD properties for sale.

It is also the site where registered real estate brokers and other organizations can send bids on behalf of their clients who want to purchase a HUD property.

When you’ve found a Charlotte home you like, contact a HUD-approved real estate broker who can setup a showing for you to visit the home. Unlike the process of buying regular homes, you have to place bids through your agent, and there is a time period where bids are accepted. When that bidding period is over, HUD checks all the bids and accepts the best bid where their agency can get the highest net.

HUD homes are sold as is. If the home you like requires repairs, you will be the one responsible for it. Which is why HUD encourages interested home buyers to get a home inspection before submitting an offer for the home.

Are you considering purchasing a HUD home? Call me, Nancy Braun, at (704) 997-3794.

🏠What Are the Steps to Getting Your Charlotte NC Home Sale-Ready

Homes for sale in Charlotte NC

Are you getting geared up to put your home on the market?

As a seller, it's your responsibility to ensure that your home is going to show well to potential buyers. Each new visitor is a "first-date" for your house, so you'll want to do everything you can to make sure it's looking its best. You want the buyers who walk in through your doors to be impressed, and for someone to make an offer as soon as possible.

Make sure to set yourself apart from the competition. Remember that the effort and money you'll spend on getting your house ready will affect your chances of securing a successful sale.

There are many things you can do to increase the odds of selling your Charlotte NC home fast and for your full asking price. You can start with these simple steps.

1. Think about First Impressions

The most important aspect of a home showing is the buyer's first impression. However, buyers don't form their first impression of your home when they walk through your door. It happens when they look at the photographs on your online listings.

When looking for a home online, buyers like to see what the home looks like. Without photos, it will be hard for them to determine if it's a home worth considering. Make sure your online photos show your home in its best light.

2. Declutter and depersonalize

This is a task home sellers should never ignore. Get rid of any clutter and personal touches, like many portraits. When people walk into a home that's for sale, they want to be able to picture themselves in it, not the previous owners. Your goal is to create a welcoming, neutral home for every potential buyer.  It' s a simple step that will have a major impact on how your house shows.

3. Stage the house

Home staging can help make your home attractive to buyers. It is also an essential part of marketing a property for sale.

You can either do this yourself or hire one of the staging companies in your area. A professional home stager will have expertise in planning and choosing furniture and accessories, and arranging them in a way that shows off your home to its best advantage so that it sells quickly for maximum profit.

4. Make small repairs

Nothing good comes out of telling an interested buyer. oh, we've been meaning to do that, but we never got round to it. So before you put your home on the market, make all the small repairs you've been putting off.

Your home should be finely tuned before you put it on the market if you want it to attract more buyers and sell for top dollar.

Preparing a home for sale can be a lot easier with the help of the top real estate agent in Charlotte NC!

Enlist my help today!

Call me, Nancy Braun, at 704-997-3794. I can help you maximize your home's appeal and secure a swift sale.

Read: How to Sell My Home Fast in Charlotte - a Comprehensive Guide

106 Epworth St Chester SC 29706 | Home for Sale

106 Epworth St Chester SC 29706 | Home for Sale

Check out this cozy mill style home in Chester and dont miss out today!

Great value for a home that comes with two good size bedrooms, 1 bath, and a bright kitchen. Home needs TLC but just waiting on new buyer to put their finishing touches.

This property can be yours for ONLY $30,900.

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137 Marwood Dr Chester SC 29706 | Home for Sale

137 Marwood Dr Chester SC 29706 | Home for Sale

Don’t miss out! Check out this cozy mill style home in Chester!

This property comes with two good size bedrooms, 1 bath, and a bright kitchen. Home needs TLC but just waiting on new buyer to put their finishing touches.

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127 W Lacy St Chester SC 29706 | Home for Sale

127 W Lacy St Chester SC 29706 | Home for Sale

Don’t miss out! Charming bungalow style house in Chester!

This property has many period details with multiple fireplaces, spacious rooms and nice trim details. Home needs TLC and just waiting for new owner to put finishing touches. Brand new water heater!

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PRICE REDUCED! Lots 8 9 10 Primose Dr and Lots 74, 75/76 Brook Cir Salisbury NC 28147

PRICE REDUCED! Lots 8 9 10 Primose Dr and Lots 74, 75/76 Brook Cir Salisbury NC 28147


Don’t miss out on these 5 lots for sale with endless opportunities perfect for a builder!

Build a home on each lot, build a mini subdivision, build a private estate!

With 1,400 sq ft building minimum – pick your floor plan, bring your builder and start your new dream home today. Wooded lot for privacy! No city taxes. No well or septic currently on property.

Purchase individual lots or as a whole with lots 8, 9, 10 on Primrose Dr and lots 74, 75/76 on Brook Cir.

All lots can be yours – a total of 8.2 acres – for ONLY $60,000!

Lot 8 Primrose Dr – $15,000

Lot 9 Primrose Dr – $10,000

Lot 10 Primrose Dr – $22,000

Lot 74 Brook Cir – $5,000

Lot 75/76 Brook Cir – $10,000

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