Here are Some Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale.


Many Home Sellers know that housing trends have shown that Spring and Summer tend to be the hottest times of the year to sell your home. These months typically highly favor Home Sellers and their bottom line financial goals. While debating your decision, if you consult a Real Estate Professional, they will probably outline to you the advantages of selling during the Fall and Winter months in your specific market area. Regardless of when you decide to sell your home,

Here are 5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale. numberone

Curb Appeal and Outdoor Your home’s outdoor and curb appeal is very important. Do not ignore this.

  • If you know the Fall and Winter months take a big toll on your lawn, protect it. Visit your local Lowes or Home Depot and ask for help. Tell them what you are trying to accomplish, and you will have a number of ways to prepare that beautiful green lawn.
  • Add color to your landscaping to appeal to that buyer’s eye.
  • Dress up the front door area inviting everyone to come in.

 

number2Home Repairs and Projects If you are like every home owner out there, projects are begun and later forgotten due to time or other arising life issues. If you started these, this is the time to complete them.

  • Were you painting the walls and never completed? Finish this now.
  • Have a leak in your roof that you have debated contacting a roofer for? This is the time to call and get that must needed quote. Get ahead of the game and get the roof repaired or replaced depending on their recommendation. Do not forget to shop around for this.
  • Are the carpets needing a cleaning? If so, this is the best time to get this done and ruled out usually in a weekend.
  • If you know there are plumbing issues, electrical concerns, anything at all; take care of it now. Keep in mind that anything you leave pending will come back to haunt you in the inspection report.

 

number3Clean and Declutter Since you have decided to Sell, start by cleaning and decluttering everything you do not need.

  • Start going through everything room by room. If it’s not in use, determine if maybe you want to get rid of it or pack away for the move.
  • Don’t be afraid to start packing. As you go through all the items in your home, start with last season’s clothes, dishware not in current use, anything that you are comfortable living without for the next couple of months.
  • Clean Everything. Yes I said it, the whole house needs to be cleaned. If you delayed cleaning the windows, refrigerator, or maybe the basement has become a storage location; you need to start the cleaning and clearing of everything. Remember that the more space you portray on your home, the bigger it will appear to the Buyer.
  • Get everyone involved. Everyone in the household plays an important role in the selling of the house. Assign duties and let them take charge for their space. No matter how old, they will all feel excited to be part of the process.

 

number4Do a complete Inspection When I say do a complete inspection, I do not mean hire a home inspector to come out to your home (Although you can do this too.). What I mean is go through every single room and look at Everything.

  • Look at the walls, do they need to be cleaned or do they need a fresh coat of paint?
  • Are there holes that need to be patched?
  • Does the flooring look right to you?
  • Are there odors in the rooms?
  • How do the windows and window treatments look?
  • Do all appliances, plumbing, fixtures work correctly?
  • Does the hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms look current? Keep in mind these items can be changed by you and modernized by just visiting your local hardware store.

 

number5Begin Researching your Market and Interviewing Realtors® 

  • Because Real Estate Market trends vary from State to State, City to City, neighborhood to neighborhood; it is important for you to begin your research early. Begin your online research by looking at the comparable homes currently in the market for sale and those that recently sold in your market area. Top sites to use for this research are Realtor.comZillow, and Trulia. Keep in mind that this is only research that you are doing. Just like everything else online, just because it states your home can sell for $400,000, this does not mean it will. There are a lot of factors that go into determining an actual listing price, and a Real Estate professional will be key in guiding you to that number.
  • Interviewing Real Estate Professionals early will help you make the best sound decision in the long run. Begin with interviewing Realtors® in your local area. Once your decision is made, they will be able to provide you with local Market Trend reports available to them as industry experts, that will enhance your research.

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10 Steps: How to Make a Successful Relocation Move

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Moving to a new, unfamiliar community can be stressful and demanding. To make your transfer go smoother, consider these suggestions:

  1. SELECT THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT. Working with a good agent is one of the most important aspects of a successful home purchase. Key qualities to look for: experience with relocating clients, strong local market knowledge and solid communication skills. If your agent has earned the ABR® designation you’ll know they also have special training in representing buyers.
  2. GET PRE-APPROVED (NOT JUST PRE-QUALIFIED) FOR YOUR MORTGAGE. Pre-approval means your application has already been processed and final approval is only contingent upon an appraisal and other issues. Mortgage pre-approval puts you in a more favorable negotiating position with sellers and allows you to make faster decisions.
  3. SEPARATE YOUR NEEDS FROM YOUR WANTS. The difference may seem subtle, but this makes it easier to quickly narrow your options and find the best home for your needs.
  4. KEEP COPIOUS NOTES. You’ll probably see many homes in a short period of time. Detailed notes, photos, and listing sheets can help you recall each property after a busy “home shopping” trip.
  5. THINK ABOUT SELLING WHILE BUYING. Transferees often face future relocations, so it’s important to consider a home’s resale value. If your agent is pointing out a home’s flaws, they’re probably looking out for your future best interests.
  6. LEARN THE MARKET. Buyers can gather an amazing amount of information online about the markets they’re considering for their new home (although an experienced agent will always have a stronger pulse on local market prices than any website). Do your homework and rely on your agent to add key perspectives.
  7. BE PREPARED TO MAKE FAST DECISIONS. Many markets now favor sellers or simply lack adequate home inventories, causing buyers to quickly regret momentary hesitation on a desirable home. Consider making an offer right away, even if you plan to view additional properties.
  8. BEFORE PLACING AN OFFER, REQUEST A QUICK CMA. Agents can produce a comparable market analysis on any home in a matter of minutes. This is also where an agent with local market expertise can be a real plus.
  9. BE PREPARED FOR EMOTIONAL UPS AND DOWNS. Negotiating an offer can be a draining experience. Try to remain calm and maintain perspective as offers and counter offers are exchanged.
  10. LEARN FROM HOME INSPECTORS. The level of detail in home inspections has improved dramatically. If at all possible, attend the inspection in person. You’ll also gain many valuable tips about maintaining your home in the written report. As far as renegotiating on repair items, remember that in strong markets, sellers will be unwilling to make any concessions based on the inspector’s report.

Do you want this guide in PDF? How to make a Successful Relocation Move.

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The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is awarded by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), a subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). To learn more about REBAC and access various home buyer resources, please visit REBAC.net.

Here are 5 Ways to Prepare your Home for a Spring Sale

Many Home Sellers know that housing trends have shown that Spring and Summer tend to be the hottest times of the year to sell your home. These months typically highly favor Home Sellers and their bottom line financial goals. While debating your decision, if you consult a Real Estate Professional, they will probably outline to you the advantages of selling during the Fall and Winter months in your specific market area. But if after that discussion you still decide to wait for the Spring, then Here are 5 Ways to Prepare your Home for a Spring Sale. 

 

numberoneCurb Appeal and Outdoor

Your home’s outdoor and curb appeal is very important. Do not ignore this.

  • If you know the Fall and Winter months take a big toll on your lawn, protect it. Visit your local Lowe’s or Home Depot and ask for help. Tell them what you are trying to accomplish, and you will have a number of ways to prepare that beautiful green lawn.
  • Add color to your landscaping to appeal to that buyer’s eye.
  • Dress up the front door area inviting everyone to come in.

 

number2Home Repairs and Projects

If you are like every home owner out there, projects are begun and later forgotten due to time or other arising life issues. If you started these, this is the time to complete them.

  • Were you painting the walls and never completed? Finish this now.
  • Have a leak in your roof that you have debated contacting a roofer for? This is the time to call and get that must needed quote. Get ahead of the game and get the roof repaired or replaced depending on their recommendation. Do not forget to shop around for this.
  • Are the carpets needing a cleaning? If so, this is the best time to get this done and ruled out usually in a weekend.
  • If you know there are plumbing issues, electrical concerns, anything at all; take care of it now. Keep in mind that anything you leave pending will come back to haunt you in the inspection report.

 

number3Clean and Declutter

Since you have decided to Sell in the Spring or Summer, then start by cleaning and decluttering everything you do not need.

  • Start going through everything room by room. If it’s not in use, determine if maybe you want to get rid of it or pack away for the move.
  • Don’t be afraid to start packing. As you go through all the items in your home, start with last season’s clothes, dishware not in current use, anything that you are comfortable living without for the next couple of months.
  • Clean Everything. Yes I said it, the whole house needs to be cleaned. If you delayed cleaning the windows, refrigerator, or maybe the basement has become a storage location; you need to start the cleaning and clearing of everything. Remember that the more space you portray on your home, the bigger it will appear to the Buyer.
  • Get everyone involved. Everyone in the household plays an important role in the selling of the house. Assign duties and let them take charge for their space. No matter how old, they will all feel excited to be part of the process.

 

4Do a complete Inspection 

When I say do a complete inspection, I do not mean hire a home inspector to come out to your home (Although you can do this too.). What I mean is go through every single room and look at Everything.

  • Look at the walls, do they need to be cleaned or do they need a fresh coat of paint?
  • Are there holes that need to be patched?
  • Does the flooring look right to you?
  • Are there odors in the rooms?
  • How do the windows and window treatments look?
  • Do all appliances, plumbing, fixtures work correctly?
  • Does the hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms look current? Keep in mind these items can be changed by you and modernized by just visiting your local hardware store.

 

5Begin Researching your Market and Interviewing Realtors® 

  • Because Real Estate Market trends vary from State to State, City to City, neighborhood to neighborhood; it is important for you to begin your research early. Begin your online research by looking at the comparable homes currently in the market for sale and those that recently sold in your market area. Top sites to use for this research are Realtor.comZillow, and Trulia. Keep in mind that this is only research that you are doing. Just like everything else online, just because it states your home can sell for $400,000, this does not mean it will. There are a lot of factors that go into determining an actual listing price, and a Real Estate professional will be key in guiding you to that number.
  • Interviewing Real Estate Professionals early will help you make the best sound decision in the long run. Begin with interviewing Realtors® in your local area. Once your decision is made, they will be able to provide you with local Market Trend reports available to them as industry experts, that will enhance your research.

 

Do you have any questions or comments? Please let me know!

Are You Selling your Home as a For-Sale-By-Owner? Read this First.

In the current Real Estate Market, many Sellers have begun putting out their For Sale By Owner (FSBO) signs throughout the different communities.

If you are new to Selling your Home or perhaps know You can do this on your own, then please read this article first.

Here are 4 Things You need to know when Selling a Home as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

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Agents can get your Property Sold Quicker and for More

Overall, Agents are able to get a property Sold for far more because of their Market knowledge, work at it Full-time, and are able to Price the home more accurately.

Agents can view Property Objectively

As a property owner, you have sentimental value attached to your home. An Agent, would be able to see the home with its faults and values, and further use current local market trends and conditions to objectively sell the home.

Agents can Market Property on a Larger Scale

Have you considered the Marketing an Agent does with your home? The full extent of it can vary from Agent to Agent. But consider this: Agents have the ability to put the property in front of a much larger Audience than a Home Owner would be able to on their own.

Buyer Agents are more willing to work with a Property that already has a Selling Agent

The reasons behind a Buyer’s Agent preferring to work with a Seller’s Agent can be Numerous. Working with a Selling Agent for starters, would mean the Buyer Agent would only be responsible for their end of the work. There is also confidentiality issues, Dual Agency Laws and Code of Ethics violations that can result from handling both sides of the transaction.

I hope this post answers some of the reasons why hiring a Real Estate Professional is in your best interest as a Home Seller.

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January 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter is out!

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Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends January 2015 Newsletter.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, consumer videos, blogs, real estate glossary, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, and REALTOR.com local community reports.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report.

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and I am happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and I look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTOR® in the future.

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