Monday, April 29, 2019 / by Elizabeth Sorensen
In this DIY-age, it is easy to want to do everything by yourself. Saving money is great, and there are so many things today that we can do on our own after a simple Google search and a YouTube video or two. While sometimes doing it yourself saves you a few dollars, that isn’t always the case when selling your home.
When looking at it from the outside, the For Sale By Owner option, or FSBO, may seem great. With a standard Realtor commission of 5-6%, wouldn’t it make sense to save yourself that money? Think again. In most cases, people choosing to take the FSBO route end up losing more than that when they try to sell on their own. Here are a few reasons to consider forgoing FSBO and hiring an agent.
1. Keeping emotions out can be difficult
Your home typically means something to you. It is where you’ve created memories. Because of that, it can be difficult to remove your emotions from a sale. Agents are there to be a mediator for rejections or nega ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Sara Koenig
What would make a buyer in this market say, "Thank you, next, next...." just like Ariana Grande's latest hit??
Here are a few reasons you might not sell and end up with an expired listing or withdrawn listing, even in our continued strong seller's market.
This is THE number one reason a buyer will not make an offer on your home. Over pricing will ensure that you either never get an offer, or you end up getting an offer below actual market value AND after several months.
As a seller this is the most important decision you will align on with your broker. When selling your home it is easy to reference sites like Zillow and determine the price to list off of that number alone. This is a big mistake. Here is why.
When you invite a professional over to tour your home before selling they can provide you with strong market comparisons since we are in homes every single day. We know what's out there. We are aware of what buye ...
Thursday, April 25, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Sellers did you know that Millennial’s make up a large portion of our home buying market. This is the generation born between 1981-1996. They are in their twenties to late thirty’s. They are expected to out number baby boomers in 2019. It is something as a seller you can’t ignore.
They know what they want in a home and they are willing to keep looking until they find it. They see home ownership as more affordable than renting. They know that owning a home makes financial sense. They stay within their budget and don’t want to overpay for a home.
They are looking for homes that have sustainable designs such as the use of green products and materials that are kind to our environment. Energy efficient appliances and smart thermostats.
They want homes that have smart technology, are eco-friendly and cost efficient. They also want homes to be a place of comfort and a quiet sanctuary. The quality of the neighborhood is at the top of their search as most impor ...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
If this is the first time you're considering buying a home, or selling your first purchase, there are a lot of possible challenges you can end up facing. Having the right agent can ensure you're able to get through these challenges, but since some of the issues are universal, let's review some mistakes you want to avoid making.
1. THE RIGHT PRICE
Pricing a property is a science of its own. There are a lot of components and factors and so many small details that ultimately lead to the value of a home. Although there are a lot of sites with estimates, namely Zillow, the technology used on online sites to determine property values are simply not accurate. Zillow even states that their numbers can be inaccurate up to a whopping 20%. Without a background as a real estate professional, it is virtually impossible for a consumer to be able to know the proper components needed to price a home. When you're purchasing a home, your eagerness to find a deal can lead to stubbornness abou ...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, and you want to make sure you've removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors and generally won’t eliminate them completely. To ensure you don't lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new.
Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays
Don't make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a ...