Chris Coccia

20 Easy, Inexpensive Tips for Home Sellers

At Sep 21, 2012

If you are currently selling your home or maybe considering placing it for sale you may want to think about these fast and easy sales tips. Today’s buyer is exposed to the current inventory of homes more now than ever before. The average buyer searches for a home for over 18 months by using the internet to see pictures, videos and neighborhood information. They appreciate modern looks and expect a home to be neat, clean and well maintained.

Here is a list of 20 things you can do to your home to make it more appealing to buyers and increase the sales price.

1. Clean up & de-clutter. Your home will show better and look larger if it is clean and not over flowing with stuff. Use the “less is more” approach with furniture and make the kitchen and baths sparkle. Pay special attention to mirrors, countertops and shower doors.

2. Front door and walkway. It’s true that you can never take back a first impression. Consider painting or replacing your front door. Be sure the front walkway and/or steps are in good condition and not a hazard.

3. Make the home look larger with light. When preparing for a showing of your home open those blinds and curtains. Be sure that the lights are turned on prior to the buyers arriving and choose warm, cool colors rather than fluorescents.

4. Add some color. Feel free to use plants or flowers throughout the home to add color and warmth to a space. Paint an accent wall to make a room look more dramatic or interesting. Today’s hot colors will make your home look more modern.

5. Be aware of odors. Be conscious of musty smells or pet odors and replace them with “fresh baked” smells and candles. Use a dehumidifier to help out with a humid basement. Open windows for fresh air prior to showings.

6. Take a good objective look around. Most buyers today will perform a home inspection prior to purchasing their new home. Take a good look around and fix anything obvious prior to placing it on the market. Buyers will appreciate it and your home will be viewed in the best light possible. Better a buyer sees the work is done and feel they are getting a great home especially when the work may be required to complete the sale anyway.

7. Get rid of dated wall paper and out of style ceilings. Remove wall paper prints that date your home or are no longer in style. Get rid of old “popcorn” ceilings.

8. Flooring. Consider having old carpets cleaned if not replaced and a fresh sanding of weathered hardwood floors is better than a face lift for removing years of age. This is one of the first place investors spend money to make homes more saleable.

9. Clean that garage. A clean garage is a huge selling point. Everyone looks for this space as a place for storage and convenience. Buyers appreciate clean floors and organized spaces.

10. Be conscious of electric. Make sure you have an adequate number of outlets and enough power coming in the home to power today’s modern conveniences. Bathrooms require outlets for hairdryers and razors and kitchens have “high end” appliances that use 3 times the amount of power from just 10 years ago.

11. Door Knobs. Be aware of broken or tarnished door knobs. Consider replacing them with newer more modern finishes to make your home appear less dated.

12. Landscaping. Curb appeal is one of the most important features of home. I recommend the removal of over grown and uncared for bushes, plants and trees. A clean slate to paint a picture for a buyer is easier than trying to get someone to look past a mess. New landscaping with seasonal color and fresh mulch can increase value by as much as 10%.

13. Exterior maintenance. Clean those gutters, paint that trim and make sure garage doors open and close easily. If your home’s paint is peeling or exterior is stained it is very inexpensive to paint or power wash to remove unsightly stains.

14. Clear counters. Yes, you are still living in the home but try and remove clutter from counter tops in the kitchen and throughout the home to make it look as show room ready as possible. This sort of appearance will make a buyer choose your home over others that are similar.

15. Set the scene. Stage an interesting space or room to bring out an intriguing feature or use. Try a rug, chair and lamp to feature an interesting reading space.

16. Monitor closets. Take a look at closets and clean them out so they look more spacious and organized. Consider the use of cubbies or baskets for a neat and clean look.

17. Audit your energy use. Be conscious of power usage within the home and replace energy “suckers” that buyers will appreciate. Try replacing your old thermostats with a programmable one, replace old lights with led or compact fluorescents.

18. Replace filters. Replace filters for water purifiers or furnaces. Buyers will see that your maintaining your home while also keeping these items running as efficient as possible.

19. Toss the Magazines. Throw out all those old magazines that you haven’t got around to reading yet. If you haven’t read them buy now you’re probably not going to!

20. Replace any broken or worn out furniture. Consider replacing or just removing old, torn couches or leather chairs that make a house appear un kept. A table cloth or covers for couches are great tricks to make old furniture appear new.

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Chris Coccia Participates in Global Real Estate Conference

At Apr 04, 2012

Contact: Christopher Coccia / Coccia Real Estate Group / 973-887-2500 / Info@CocciaRealEstate.com

Chris Coccia Participates in Global Real Estate Conference

East Hanover, NJ April 4, 2012 — Christopher Coccia, Broker of Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC attended the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® 2012 Annual Conference March 24-26 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL. The event was part of LeadingRE’s Conference Week, which attracted nearly 1,000 top real estate brokers, managers, relocation professionals, sponsors and guests attending from the U.S. and over a dozen countries around the world. Participating brokerages represented a significant share of the U.S. real estate market, with annual sales production of over $225 billion.

Keynote presenters included widely-recognized scientific figure Dr. Michio Kaku with a perspective on “How Technology Will Revolutionize the Next 20 Years and Beyond,” and award-winning journalist, television legal analyst and trial attorney Lisa Bloom on “Understanding Today’s Consumers and the Culture Surrounding Them.” Also featured were Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) President/CEO and former FHA Commissioner David Stevens, who commented on the unprecedented challenges the mortgage industry will face in 2012, and social media expert Spike Jones, who offered guidance on “Engaging Your Associates with the Latest in Social Business.”

Experts from top real estate brokerages were also in the line-up, addressing timely topics impacting the real estate market. The Awards Gala, which recognized top performing members in various areas of brokerage achievement, was another conference highlight.

“The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World annual conference is the most important event I attend. Not only is it an excellent networking opportunity to meet other Real Estate professionals from around the globe but a terrific place to learn and share ideas. This conference makes my company better and better year after year!” Coccia said.

“The conference brought together some of the top names in real estate to explore the ever-changing landscape and the best ways to serve those buying and selling homes,” notes Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “It was gratifying to hear so many of our members anticipate positive trends in the market, and the ideas exchanged will ensure that our brokerages retain their positions as market leaders.”

Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC is the local representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest network of 550 premier locally-branded firms producing $225 billion in annual home sales. Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC was selected for membership in LeadingRE, which recruits only the best among locally and regionally branded firms. As a member of this global network, Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC can assist home buyers and sellers worldwide and can access LeadingRE’s full range of brokerage services, including lead generation, branding support, luxury marketing, web exposure, technology systems, and state of the art learning and credentialing.

For more information on Coccia Real Estate Group, LLC, visit CocciaRealEstate.com or call 973-887-2500 or for our Hanover Twp office 973-599-9500.

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Coccia Real Estate Group launches blog site

At Apr 07, 2011

Coccia Real Estate Group launches blog site

Guidemehome2morriscounty.com

Morris County, N.J. – Coccia Real Estate Group is proud to announce their blog site called GuideMeHome2MorrisCounty.com. The site is a team effort by Realtors at “Coccia” and include Christine Nagy, Marie LaQuaglia, Regina Quartararo, Tracey Franco and Lois DeCaro. This is an outstanding group of agents due to their activeness in their respective communities.

Lois DeCaro is the office manager at the Whippany office. She is a lifelong resident of Whippany and served on the town planning board. Regina Quartararo is a twenty year resident of East Hanover and has three children that have attended the school system. Marie LaQuaglia is another long time resident of the town and is very active in the community and local church. Christine Nagy is a twenty year resident in East Hanover and has been active in the school athletics program as well as receiving the Silver level, Circle of Excellence award.

Please visit GuideMeHome2MorrisCounty.com to find information about local things to do, restaurants, parades, carnivals, hot buys in the area and everything else that is going on or “hot” in Morris County. The blog will be updated Monday through Friday with new editorials and news.

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Coccia Real Estate Group attends Leading Real Estate Companies of the World National Convention

At Mar 11, 2011

On March 8-10th Leading Real Estate Companies of the World held there yearly national convention. It was held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This year there was record setting attendance of it’s members.

This annual convention is so important to Coccia Real Estate not only for building relationships throughout the network but for keeping up with the latest Real Estate trends, education and the ever changing technology which is very important in our industry right now.

“Every year when I return home from this convention I am reenergized to push my staff and organization to the next level. It is a inspirational experience to see what other industry leaders are doing throughout the county. I am so excited to pass along a lot of what was discussed to my agents. This knowledge will put real dollars into the pockets of our sellers and buyers.”, said Chris Coccia.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is not only a Global Relocation Network but also a member driven company offering a suite of services with an emphasis on education, communication and teamwork.

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Lois DeCaro launches

At Mar 04, 2011
Lois DeCaro launches www.HanoverTownshipChat.com
Lois DeCaro, Broker/Manager of Coccia Real Estate Group’s Whippany office launched HanoverTownshipChat.com today. The website is dedicated to “all things” Hanover Township (Whippany and Cedar Knolls). There is a forum section where guests can sign up and become a “posting” member of the community. Some topics currently being discussed are: Whippany Village, Hanover Township PD, Alcatel-Lucent Property and much more. The site has over 7,000 views so far and the list of members is growing every day.
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Christine Nagy Awarded Silver Level NJAR Circle of Excellence, 2010

At Feb 08, 2011
Coccia Real Estate Group is proud to announce Christine Nagy was awarded the silver level NJAR Circle of Excellence Award for the year 2010. This award recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship. In order to qualify for the Silver level award a Realtor must sell no less than Twenty homes for a total sales volume of no less than 7.5 million dollars in one year. Christine Nagy sold over 9 Million dollars of Real Estate during the calendar year of 2010.
Christine is a resident of East Hanover for over twenty years. She is very knowledgeable of East Hanover and the surrounding areas. She raised three children in town and is very familiar with the school system as well as the athletics program. She possesses a Business Economics Degree from Oneonta State University in New York.
Christine’s drive, education and ability to listen and work for her clients, makes her a favorite for both buyers and sellers.  She recently obtained her ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) Designation as well as attending a course on servicing today’s new generation of buyers. Christine can be contacted at her office in East Hanover, 973-887-2500 or feel free to email her at Christine@CocciaRealEstate.com.
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Christopher Coccia installed as 2011 Trustee for North Central Jersey Board of Realtors

At Jan 25, 2011

On Thursday, January 20th the NCJAR held their annual Installation Gala at the Villa at Mountain Lakes. The 2011 officers as well as the Board of Trustees were sworn in. Christopher Coccia was installed as North Central Jersey Association of Realtors Trustee for 2011.

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