Fresh Air Sells

Household smells in our own homes can be a problem because we get accustomed to them. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home, to know if a smoker lives there. The smell is in the air!

So, when you put your home on the market, think about the common smells you might have lingering in your home. Remember, you may no longer notice them, but a prospective buyer will.

These may include:window

  • A diaper bin in the baby’s room.
  • Kitty litter.
  • Model-making glue.
  • Paints, even if the cans or tubes are closed tightly.
  • Food. The aroma of a spicy meal can linger for hours.
  • Garbage cans. Even empty ones, if they are not clean.
  • Strong smelling soaps, perfumes and other cosmetics and toiletries.
  • Flowers and other plants.
  • Firewood (especially pine.)
  • Outdoor shoes.
  • Ashtrays.
  • Sinks.
  • Carpets.
  • Door mats. These are especially prone to stains and smells.

Try to eliminate as many odors as possible. An hour or so before a viewing, open a few windows to give your home a breath of fresh air.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

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Three Lists to Make When Selling Your Home


When you put your property up for sale, you want to make sure that potential buyers get all the information they need on the features of your home and its surrounding area. If, for example, buyers don’t realize there is a great school just a couple of blocks away, they might cross your property off their shortlist.

An effective way to make sure something like that doesn’t happen is to create three lists.

#1: The “I’ll miss it” list. Chances are, there are things about your home that you’re really going to miss when you move. One of those may be the spacious living room that’s ideal for entertaining or the nearby park with scenic trails that are perfect for walking and biking.

Whatever you’ll miss, put it on the list! Chances are, those are features that will also interest buyers.

#2: The “Just the facts” list. What are the facts about your property that a buyer needs to know in order to consider purchasing it? This may be a very long list including such items as total square footage, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, property taxes, size of yard, and more.

#3: The “repairs and improvements” list. Buyers are interested in the state of repair of your home, and in any improvements you have made to it. On this list include all repairs you have done during the past three years and, if possible, attach receipts. It’s especially important to include anything that has been replaced, such as the furnace or roof shingles.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

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Inspect Your Walls Before You Sell


Say you’re trying to sell a used car. Imagine that it’s a desirable make and model, the mileage is low, and, overall, it’s in great condition…except, that is, for the body.

Unfortunately, there are a few areas where the paint is scratched, and there are a couple of dents and rust spots too.

Are you going to have trouble selling that car? Probably. Many potential buyers will have trouble seeing past the condition of the body and hence not appreciate the true value of the vehicle.

The same thing can happen when you’re trying to sell your home.

Everything about it could be wonderful, but if the paint on the walls is faded in spots, and there are dents, scuffs and holes, buyers may notice those things more than the other more important features of your property.

So, it’s a good idea to inspect your walls to make sure they look great.

There are numerous products available at your local home improvement center for repairing gouges and holes. Fixing them is a relatively easy do-it-yourself job.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

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REVIEW! First Time Home Buyer

Highly likely to recommend

  • Local knowledge: *****
  • Process expertise: *****
  • Responsiveness: *****
  • Negotiation skills: *****

Shawna was perfect to work with as new and first time home buyers. She was our advocate when we weren’t sure what we needed and when we needed guidance. Her knowledge for the industry and ability to create working relationships, not only showed us that she wanted to continue to grow as a realtor,  but also that she understood the importance of relationships with our builder and everyone involved. She guided negotiations when we needed her to and as she told us she would. We felt we had her on our side the whole time. She always had the our best interest in mind. She made sure she understood what we were looking for in a home and she did as much preparation for this as possible to show us homes she knew we might like. She was very responsive any time we had questions, email, phone or text. If she didn’t know something, she made sure she found out and got back to us promptly. She was always available to do showings and once we decided on a home, she was there every step of the way. Shawna is loyal, knowledgeable, professional, and clearly passionate about what she does. We can’t thank her enough and look forward to working with her in the future as well!


Happy New Year!!

I hope your 2019 was amazing and 2020 will bring you happiness and success.

I’m grateful to those who entrusted me this past year and thank you if you referred me to others in 2019. I’ve increased my goal for 2020 and I continue to ask for your help. Can I count on you to help me this year by referring me?

If you’ve resisted using a “friend”, or someone you know socially, help you with your real estate needs due to feeling private and protective of your financial, career, or personal situation, I’d like to ease your mind with the following clarification:

As your Realtor, what I DO NOT KNOW about your financial situation in regards to the transaction will be the following:

  • Your Credit Score or anything on your credit report
  • Your income
  • Your debts
  • Your assets & investments
  • Your financial obligations
  • Your debt to income ratio
  • Medical or legal expenses, if any

As your Realtor, what I DO KNOW about your financial situation in regards to the transaction will be the following:

  • The price point of a home you are pre-qualified to purchase if you are a home buyer.
  • The loan program you have chosen to purchase your home if you are buying.
  • How much money you will need to bring to closing if purchasing.
  • Your monthly utility expenses on the home you are selling.
  • How much money you will receive at closing if you are selling.
  • The cost of your property taxes on the home (buying or selling)

My job is to help facilitate the sell/buy of your home: educating, guiding, and negotiating as your advocate. The private financial information is between you and your Loan Officer/Lender. If you choose to share with me, it remains confidential between us for life.

If you would like to discuss this further I’d love the opportunity to explain.  Let me buy you a coffee and let’s talk! 🙂

Stay tuned for info on my next home-buying seminar. If you refer someone and they attend, I will send you a gas gift card (or another card option of your choice).

If you’re thinking of making a move in 2020, it’s time to start looking and getting pre-qualified NOW. If you would like a referral to a reputable lender, I know many who would be happy to help you.

THANK YOU for continuing to support me and my family.

Shawna O’Brien
F.C. Tucker Geist Fishers
The Tumbarello Group

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