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First Impressions


First impressions are everything. You need a good first impression during a job interview otherwise you may not get the job. You need a good first impression when you meet new people, otherwise they may have an untrue prejudice towards you. First impressions are a big deal, especially when selling a home.

Most buyers will decide within 60 seconds if they’re interested in a home. 60 seconds! That’s less time than it takes to cook a microwaveable burrito. Within the time it takes for you to make that delicious snack, your buyers looking at the house have already decided if they want to consider it later. So what should you do to make a good first impression?

First off, it’s obvious, but have a clean home. A clean home is a must when you’re showing a house. You wouldn’t leave your house dirty if you had company over, so why treat a buyer any differently. So take out the trash, clear the counters, vacuum, etc. Buyers won’t remember your beautiful layout if all they can think about are the dishes in your sink. A good tip to keep in mind would be to make sure that your home is clean enough for your boss to walk through the front door.

Next, make sure your yard is in order. Mow the lawn, trim the trees, rake the leaves and pick up the dog feces. Also keep in mind to keep your pathways clear. This means sidewalks and other things in your yard and around your house. So clean up the weeds on the concrete, trim back the shrubbery and fill those pesky cracks. Good looking pathways in a good looking yard will delight buyers when they walk through them.

If you have vehicles, store them. Vehicles are culprits of clutter. This doesn’t just mean your everyday cars, this means your other stuff as well. Dirt bikes, quads, dune buggies, boats, Jet ski’s, etc should be properly placed, cleaned and out of the way. If you have these kinds of vehicles, show buyers how good it looks to have them, and how well they go with the house.

Also, keep in mind that porches, patios, decks, and balconies are focal points in some homes. Make sure they are clean, like everything else should be, and free clutter. The Furniture out there should be clean and well put together. Remove any furniture that doesn’t belong, and if you use your deck or balcony for storage, change that. A deck or a balcony can be a decision making point for a buyer.

Lastly, don’t forget the house itself. Clean gutters, spotless windows, and a power washed house will speak volumes to a potential buyer. It makes a fantastic first impression, considering some buyers make up their minds before they are even inside.

If you follow these tips, you’ll make a great first impression but you’ll do better if you call National Realty Group (951-684-2600) or visit our website, We’ll fix you up with someone who can answer all the questions you have and help you make that first impression and even sell your home.


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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