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Olmstead Team

Kathi Olmstead, CRS
Katina Olmstead, ABR
Re/Max of Eagle River, Inc.
Eagle River, AK 99577

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Selling Your Home - Simplify Your Experience

From preparing your home for sale, to setting the price, showing your home, marketing and advertising, Kathi will simplify the process for you. Keep in mind that there is much more to selling a home that putting a sign up in your yard.  You want to hire someone who knows they will get your home sold for the highest price and with the least amount of hassle to you. 

Experience and knowledge of the market is often the key to a successful real estate transaction. Kathi has over twenty-five years of proven & highly successful experience and expertise in Eagle River, Chugiak, Anchorage, JBER and the Mat-su Valley.

Pricing Your Home

Correctly pricing your property is critical. Price your home too low and you’ll lose money; price it too high and buyers will shy away.  Kathi will prepare you an updated Competitive Market Analysis on your home, which will help you determine the value of your property, as well as give advice on the condition of the present market and what steps should be taken to maximize your home's potential and prepare it for showing and selling.

Promoting Your Property

Effective advertising and marketing are essential when selling your home. From descriptive, colorful ads to internet options, Kathi's proven marketing plan will attract potential, qualified buyers. Promotional campaigns are most successful when the home is priced right and shows well.

Prepare Wisely

The presentation of your home will impact the buyer’s first impression. Buying a home is an emotional process and Kathi can advise you on simple and inexpensive ways to prepare your home for a successful showing.

Challenges and Rewards

Selling a home can be stressful and time consuming without the right resources and information. There are plenty of practical matters that need your attention. With Kathi's help, you can avoid the potential hazards.There may be a variety of reasons for deciding to sell your home. Whether you’re sizing up, down sizing, or relocating, it’s exciting to start new adventures. With the promotional placement and advertising strategies outlined in our marketing plan, Kathi will be an amazing resource for you and she is anxious to help you get your home sold.


Most home owners feel that it is better to entrust the sale of their biggest investment to a professional. There are a number of complexities that should be considered, not to mention the access to the MLS, advertising, marketing, and the screening of potential buyers which are available to assist the seller - however. Kathi will take care of all of these details for you.  She knows the market and she will be able to help you determine the value of your property with a Competitive Market Analysis.

Today's Buyers and Pricing

Buyers today are well informed and price sensitive. A property that is priced over the market can often deter buyers who are serious about finding a property. If the property is under-priced, it will most likely sell quickly – to the detriment of your net proceeds. Care and research should be taken when establishing the original listing price.

There are many factors that will affect the selling price. The following should help you determine the price you can expect to receive:

  • What are the prices (listing and selling) of similar homes in your area?
  • What is the size, layout and condition of your home in comparison to others on the market?
  • What is the location of your home, are you in a desirable area that is in demand?
  • Does your home have amenities that are currently popular in the marketplace?
  • Is it a buyers’ market or a sellers’ market?

Get Ready to Show

It is time now to look objectively at your home. Look at it no longer as your home, but as a product to be marketed. Be aware of what you can and cannot change about your home. This knowledge will allow you to concentrate on those items that will bring the highest rewards.  Try and remember what made you decide to buy your home, what you love about your home, what are some of the features and qualities of your home that you would like Kathi to focus on in our marketing, web media and promotional materials - then we can market those positives and get your home sold quickly.

First Impressions - Curb Appeal

The first thing a potential buyer sees is your home from the street – the first impression is called “curb appeal.” Take care to:

  • Remove any junk or clutter from the yard.
  • Have a clean, crisp lawn.
  • Trim shrubs, hedges and of course the grass.
  • Wash decks and porches and make sure they are stained or painted.
  • Clean and paint or stain your front door.
  • All exterior lights should be operational.
  • Exterior windows should be clean and operational.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Walkways should be swept and free of snow or ice during winter.
  • Make sure the garage door is closed.

Your Home - Well-Dressed

Some buyers do not have a vision of what your property could potentially offer – so we'll help them. We'll be sure to present your home dressed in its best!

Here are some minor investments which may have some major returns:

  • Paint – When it comes to preparing a house, fresh paint gives you the best return for money spent.

  • Flooring – At the very least, all carpeting needs to be steam cleaned. Any worn, stained or foul smelling carpet should be replaced. Any flooring that is cracked or damaged should be replaced, if possible.

  • Clutter – If something is not necessary for your day-to-day life, box it up and store it or throw it out!

  • Closets – Closets need to be neat, clean, and organized.

  • Cleaning – The cleaner, the better. Dusting, washing, waxing, and polishing everything will always make a good impression.

  • Lights – Clean the fixtures and make sure the bulbs work.

  • Windows – Replace any cracked windows.

Room to Room Tidying and Preparation for the Market

  • Clean and polish everything.
  • Make sure it is well lit.
  • Make sure it is clutter free.

Living Room/Family Room/Den:

  • Arrange the furniture for the flow of traffic and to give the illusion of space.
  • Remove ashes from fireplaces and woodstoves.
  • Make sure all light switches work.
  • Clean the drapes.
  • Polish/ mop the floors.
  • Clean window screens and trim.
  • Sparkle and shine throughout including glass picture frames and mirrors.

Storage Areas:

  • People love having a place to put stuff - the basement, the garage, the attic or storage shed...
  • Remove all junk and clutter.
  • If the basement is damp or musty, try a dehumidifier.
  • Make sure these areas are well lit.

Kitchens Should Be Tidy

  • Clean the exterior of all appliances, including the stove hood filter.
  • Clean counter tops and cabinet faces: the shinier, the better.
  • Clutter free throughout
  • Remove magnets and messages from the front of the refrigerator.
  • Clean the floor and consider replacing it if it is worn.
  • If you have ceramic tile, make sure the grout is clean.


  • If faucets drip, repair or replace them.
  • Remove stains from all fixtures.
  • Make sure all lights have the highest wattage that is safe for each fixture.
  • Put out fresh, clean towels.
  • Check ceramic tile, make sure the grout is clean.
  • Remove any mildew.
  • Make sure drains are clog free.
  • Shower doors should sparkle.

Finishing Touches

Most of the time you will be given at least a couple of hours notice before showing your home. Before you show your home add these small but important finishing touches. Your home will then put its best foot forward!

Light and Bright
Whether day or night, a lit house gives a “welcome home” impression. So turn on all the lights, indoor and outdoor. Open all curtains, shutters, and blinds to let in maximum light. Your home looks more cheerful.

Out of Sight – Prospective buyers may feel like intruders if you are home during a showing, so make arrangements to be gone if at all possible.

Odors Be Gone – For a pleasing fragrance, add a few drops of vanilla extract on a stove burner or boil water and add some cinnamon. Refrigerator cookies are quick and easy to bake (mmm chocolate chip), as well as lighting a scented candle prior to a showing.  Both will make your home more attractive.

No Trash In Here – Empty the trash in the kitchen and any other waste baskets before a showing. Garbage does not send a positive message, even in small amounts.

Comfort Counts– Make sure the thermostat is set such that the house is at a comfortable temperature. Turn off the television. 

Pets – It is best to try and take your pets with you while your home is being shown. If that is not possible, at least keep them outside.

Moving On

It doesn’t matter if you have moved once or several times, it is never an easy task. There is a lot of emotion associated with selling a home, but Kathi will be there to quide you every step of the way. Real estate is our passion and profession, and sure looking forward to helping you.

The following are some tips you may find helpful after we have sold your home and you are getting ready:

  • Notify the post office of a forwarding address.
  • Cancel subscriptions that would not be forwarded.
  • Arrange for new checking account if needed.
  • Arrange for utilities and telephone at your new location.
  • Plan for needs of children and pets during the move
  • Plan for sufficient cash/travelers checks during the move.
  • Are you packing/moving yourself or will a professional mover handle the move?
  • Once you are reasonably sure you will be proceeding with the sale, begin weeding out your possessions.
  • Pack one room at a time.
  • Keep the weight of your boxes reasonable.
  • Start packing and marking every box according to contents and room it will go in.
  • If bubble wrap is not available, use towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
  • If possible, pack audio-video and computer equipment in their original boxes.
  • Do not pack valuables, always carry them with you.

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Kathi Olmstead | 907-244-8020 |

Re/Max of Eagle River 800-694-9026
11525 Old Glenn Hwy. - Eagle River, AK 99577
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Helping buyers and sellers in the Eagle River, Anchorage,
Chugiak, JBER and Mat-Su areas. We are ready to help you now.


Kathi Olmstead was a great help to us. Her experience, determination and commitment to get our homes sold asap paid off. We followed her suggestions on the presentation of the home, and within just 8 days of showing a offer came in that was better than expected. We were able to move out of Alaska before the winter season moved in. She was always helpful with all our questions and concerns. She also was able to sell my sisters home in short order. We do recommend Kathi very highly. Thank you. Dan and Cathy Wagner
Kathi was very easy to work with and worked really hard to get us top value! She was always available for questions and was very quick to offer great advice on the entire process. Our house sold in less than 2 days! I would highly recommend her. Nick and Carleigh Chacor
Kathi and her team are terrific! When I approached her I was in a hurry to sell my place and I thought I would list it for slightly more than what I paid for the place- I had barely lived there 3 years. But Kathi knew the market and listed my home for approximately $25,000 more than what I paid. This is the point where I should mention I made zero upgrades or improvements to the home. That first week, I called Kathi several times. I was anxious and I thought the list price was too high. Kathi reassured me. The 2nd or 3rd week, I got a full price offer! I would highly recommend Kathi and her team to all Alaskans looking to buy or sell a property. Kimberly Slone
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