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Sunday, November 17, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

Pricing mistakes to avoid when preparing to sell your home!

Pricing your home can be a tricky science sometimes. There is a lot to consider such as the updates you've done, the neighborhood you live in, the size of your home and the location. What the value of your house looks like on paper might not always match the market value of your home. Ultimately the market is going to determine how much your home is worth. If you're thinking of selling your home in the near future, you should be aware of the common pricing mistakes you'll want to avoid if you want to sell your home successfully.
Pricing it too high from the start: Don't make the common mistake of starting the listing process with the mentality of "we can always lower the price later." Statistics show that homes priced correctly when they first hit the market sell closer to the asking price than homes that start out too high. It's also common for sellers to want to price their home slightly higher than what they want to get as a final sales price. The problem with this thinking is that ...

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Monday, November 04, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

Spokane Real Estate market update for the month of October 2019

What's up with our market?  I am sharing the latest market statistics from the month of October here in the Spokane real estate market.

We continue to see a strong seller's market and homes going under contract very quickly after they hit the market here in Spokane.  This continues to be driven by the fact that we have more buyer's in the market than we do seller's listing their homes for sale.  This has been the case here for the past few years with not much of a swing in the other direction.

On average, our Spokane area market has held steady around a one month's supply of available inventory of homes.  Once or twice it has ticked up to about 1.3 month's supply, but this is not even close to a balanced market which would be between five and six months of available inventory.



For the month of October 2019 we saw the following:

Home units sold:  942
Average days on Market:  23
Average price of Sold homes:  $301,935

Performing agai ...

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Sunday, November 03, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

Tips for Selling your home with less stress!

Preparing your home for sale is probably one of the most nerve wracking times for most sellers.  All of the questions begin running through your mind....Will the house looks good enough?  What will potential buyers think?  Will they find any problems?  What about inspection? What should we fix first?  What is most important?

I want to share some tips you can do ahead of time and even throughout the year to maintain your home and keep it in tip top shape!  This way, when the time does come to sell your home you won't have to worry so much or spend alot of time preparing.  You'll just need to do a few little touch-ups and you'll be ready. 

Get rid of Bathtub stains with this easy tip:



Potential buyer's will look inside your tub, so taking the time to keep this area nice and clean will go a long way for you!  They will also notice if the sinks are stained or dirty as well.  So, keep them sparkling!

This is also a great tim ...

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Saturday, November 02, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

What exactly does it mean when we say it is a "Seller's market"?

I have said this phrase time and time again over the past two years in our local Spokane market.  But, what does it actually mean when agents say that we are in a "Sellers market"?

As realtors we look at a few different statistics when we are working to determine the current market. 

Here are a few:

1. What is the current available inventory of homes?
2. How many new homes were listed in the past week/month?
3. How many homes went into escrow?
4. How many homes were sold in the past week/month?

Below is an example of what these numbers work out to estimate as far as a market being more in favor of a seller, or more in favor of a buyer.



So, basically....based on the current home sales, pending sales, and new homes being listed we can work to estimate how many months our current inventory would last if NO OTHER homes were listed for sale.

Now, obviously this is not going to happen.  Real estate is always happening, and homes are put onto the mark ...

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Saturday, November 02, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

What is ACTUALLY included in an offer?

As a seller in our current market here in Spokane, something that may not enter into your mind is what the structure of an offer may look like. 

Whether you sold a home in the recent few years, or haven't sold in several years, being aware of the current market is key.  There are ALOT of details that are included in an offer to purchase a home and you should be informed so that you make the best decision in accepting an offer and ALL of the terms.

This is an important conversation to have with your broker even before listing your home for sale.  I recommend this because, based on the condition of your home, there might be items you need to repair/fix in order to accept certain loan types, for example, an FHA loan, or VA loan.  If you agree, as a seller, to accept all the various types of loans, this means you agree to work with what requirements those loans may have when it comes to lending.

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