By Janet Jacobs

Daily Sun

Corsicana isn’t feeling the same real estate crunch as the Metroplex or other states, but it’s still a buyer’s market, said Keller Williams Realtor Denise Harper, at a recent Better Gardens Club meeting.

“The days of 100 percent loans, those days are gone,” Harper told the gardeners last week.

“Navarro County has not felt the (same) crunch. Navarro County is $10 million ahead of last year (in real estate sales),” she said. “We didn’t have the problems a lot of big cities in other states have had.”

Still, Harper and Debbie McElhenney, also a Realtor with Harper Smith, advised the gardeners on how to present their property for a quicker sale, or to just make a nice impression on guests at the holidays.

“You’re in competition with other people on the market,” McElhenney said. “If it looks good, you can get 10 to 20 percent more, if the curb appeal is pleasant.”

To make the sale, the Realtors advised clearing out clutter inside, putting away personal touches such as family photos, and neutralizing bold colors or lawn decor. They also recommended thoroughly cleaning the house inside and out, including scrubbing the front door and windows.

“I think a lot of us would be shocked, because we don’t use our front door,” Harper said. “First impressions are important.”


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