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Monday, April 29, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

Why FSBO Can Be a No-Go

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 ...

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Monday, April 29, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

8 Things Home Sellers Should Never Reveal (Except To Their Realtor)

When homeowners decide to sell, they may find themselves justifying their choice to anyone who’ll listen. But, as the old saying goes, “Loose lips sink ships.”
In today’s world where sharing is the norm, sometimes keeping your rationale for making a move all to yourself is the right move. Though sellers would never intentionally want to harm their chances of securing the best deal possible, by being a little too honest, they can ultimately lose leverage when it comes to negotiating.


The following are 8 things home sellers should never reveal (except to their Realtor).
1. “These taxes are killing me!”
No one enjoys paying property taxes, but watching them spike over time can be a huge turnoff for some homeowners — particularly those who don’t take advantage of public school districts or other amenities funded by tax dollars. Still, sellers who share that they believe they’re grossly overpaying will cause buyers to think twice ...

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Friday, April 26, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

Thank you, Next, Next.....

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.



PRICE


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 ...

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Sunday, April 21, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Buyer When Selling Your Home

Your agent has told you the dangers of staying in the home during showings, but you just KNOW if you can really highlight all of the features that aren’t obvious, you can sell your home better.  And besides...who wants strangers walking through their home without them?? So, against your agent’s advice you decide to be the personal tour guide for prospective buyers.



First and foremost, Buyers feel very uncomfortable spending time in a stranger’s home with that stranger still in the home, let alone looking over their shoulder. The goal is to have the buyer feel immediately comfortable upon entering the home and create an atmosphere where they can linger and begin to imagine themselves and/or their family living in this home. Buyer’s love to snoop and look in closets and kitchen cabinets evaluating how they can utilize the potential use of space. They want to know how clean you’ve kept it, how well it has been maintained, how it smells, scrutini ...

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Friday, April 19, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

6 Reasons Why I Fell in Love With Real Estate

We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:


1. The people


You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized travel mug for your daily caffeine dose — you’re always around people. It would be dishonest to say that it always goes smoothly, but the relationships and interactions are a huge part of the overall experience, and allow you to connect with people in a way you don’t get to in many other careers.


2. No two days are ever the same


If the drudgery of five days a week at the same office, with the same snack machine, and the same coworkers telling the same lame jokes kill ...

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