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Are you a “False Positive”?

If you don’t identify yourself as a False Positive by the end of this post, you may know someone else who fits the description. So what is a False Positive?

Someone who exudes lots of positivity, lots of smiles, lots of energy…but…who starts every conversation with a question assuming a negative response. For instance, I recently went on a holiday with the family and it was great. We stayed in a nice place, the weather was perfect and the kids had a fantastic time. We had a ball.

I run into Ms. False Positive in the street after we arrive back and the first thing she asks is; “So did the cold ruin the holiday?”

“No, no. The weather was nice” I reply.

Ms. False Positive thinks for a moment. “I hope the kids didn’t keep you up all night, holidays are meant to be relaxing.”

“Yes. It was relaxing thanks…kids were great…had a ball” I start making moves.

You see the False Positive doesn’t want to hear about the good times, they want to help you through the bad times…the uncomfortable times. Why? I may be wrong, but I think it’s the same with newspaper reporting. People like to report about things that make other people gasp and stop in their tracks. And the False Positive wants to go and report the negatives so they can say things like, “Oh the poor things were stuck in the cold and then they got a flat tyre, the kids were screaming and they ended up staying in the Bates Hotel the night…yes the one where the murders were…”

So how do you handle a False Positive? You know they’re going to do it every time and there is no changing that, so it just comes down to being prepared. I try to keep stories to three short points and then get the hell out of there. I also try my hardest to laugh about it later because my natural instinct and my Achilles heel is to get frustrated by it…and that just ruins a good holiday!

Helping you get the best “value” after a sale…

3 Top Tips to get the Best Valuation for your Home

Sometimes (though thankfully not often), a home will not value at the price it has sold for, causing the contract to crash or negotiations to re-open.
I’ve put together a list of the three top tips so that when the time comes, you’ll be prepared to get the best possible valuation for your home.
1. Overall Presentation: The home must be in a similar state of repair to your open houses. In other words, pristine. So after you’ve agreed to a deal and signed the contracts, don’t drop the ball and let clutter accumulate and the garden become unkempt.

2. Outdoors, Kitchen and Bathrooms: These are the high-price-tag rooms. If they’re well-presented and not dated, they’ll have a huge impact on your property valuation.

3. Recent Sales Evidence: Stay abreast of property sales in your area by attending all auctions or open houses leading up to and including the time of selling your home. Grab a brochure while at the auction to make your notes and hand this evidence to the valuer. This up-to-the-minute information could be very useful, as sites commonly used by valuers can sometimes have information that’s 3 or more months old.

Has this information been useful? Please drop me a line or leave a comment below.

Adam Drummond
0413 571 974