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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 at 10:21pm. 4520 Views, 0 Comments.
If there’s one thing that will always get in the way of selling your home, it’s your emotions. So, how do you remain objective when selling something in which you have an emotional investment? Below are several important tips to aid you in this process.
- Hire a Realtor to help you set an objective price – The truth is that, most of the time, you will think your is worth more than it really is. And rightfully so; after all, you’ve likely invested a good deal of time, money and energy into making your house a home. However, buyers simply are not interested in your emotional investment. So, instead of pricing your home according to what you think it is worth, call in the advice of a qualified real estate agent who can give you an accurate price at which to…
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 12:28am. 4724 Views, 0 Comments.
So much goes into a house before a “For Sale” sign can turn into “Sold” sign. The real estate transaction begins when the seller puts the house on the market and ends when the buyer and seller meet at the closing. First time home buyers or those wishing to sell their first home may be unfamiliar with the sales process, so here is a general overview of most aspects of a typical real estate transaction.
Real Estate Sellers
Hire a Listing Agent - Although it is possible to sell a home without representation, selling a home is best accomplished with the help of a real estate professional. A real estate agent knows all the ins and outs of the real estate transaction and can be a seller’s greatest ally. The real estate agent will determine the home’s value…
Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 2:52pm. 1302 Views, 0 Comments.
The debate rages on about whether or not open houses are effective at selling homes. Some Realtors avoid them, stating that they are a waste of time, while other agents tout their ability to connect with buyers in the area and sell their listings. If you are a proponent of open houses, then you undoubtedly understand the importance of marketing your open house. After all, you likely have a number of things you’d rather be doing than sitting around for hours, waiting for potential buyers who never show.
With that said, here are a few of our favorite tips for marketing your next open house so you can be sure it is as successful as possible:
- Before you pass go, make sure the property in question is in open house-ready condition. Make sure the house is clean…
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 at 5:46pm. 1859 Views, 2 Comments.
What is the first question that sellers typically ask when they decide to put their house up for sale?
“How much is my house worth?”
The answer to this question is determined by a number of variables, one of them being the home’s “newness” factor. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out an older home that has never been updated will generally receive a lower listing price than a similar one with new appointments. In fact, just by remodeling the kitchen and master bathroom alone, you can raise the listing price and its marketability considerably, not to mention your enjoyment of the home!
Fred Spaulding, owner of Quality Home Improvements, gave a good example of how a little remodeling can make a huge difference. He said, “A few years ago, there…
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 1:16am. 1575 Views, 2 Comments.
Today's real estate market has brought out the "real estate sharks" due to the number of home sellers facing financial hardships. These sharks are looking for home sellers who are ignorant about the real estate process, and they offer to negotiate a short sale for them by talking to the lender directly. If you're a home seller in a financially distressed situation, this is a bad idea for many reasons.
Buyers Don't Care About You: Buyers/Investors are not looking out for their best interests, and they could care less about your situation. Sure, they may say they want to help you out, but in reality, they want the best deal they can get on a property.
Realtors Work In Your Best Interests: A Realtor who is experienced in the short sale process can negotiate…
Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 11:59am. 2388 Views, 1 Comments.
It's easy to put off home repairs. Often the reason is because it is felt that costs will add up quickly, but there are some types of home improvements that can be done without breaking the bank. Home repairs can not only add to the aesthetic value of your home and increase your property value, but make it attractive to home buyers if you are planning to sell your home.
The Do's And Don'ts Of Painting
Painting is the easiest type of home repair to do. If you haven't been to the paint store in awhile you may be surprised by the choices you have. Some paints come with the primer in them, cutting down on the tedious process. A paint job is a simply way to freshen up a room.
Choosing lighter colors will brighten a space. This is ideal for a kitchen. A weekend…
Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 11:03pm. 1556 Views, 1 Comments.
To Repair or Not To Repair - That is the Question
How would buyers view your house?
As a homeowner, we may think our home looks great as it is with few changes or upgrades necessary to appeal to buyers. Some flaws or imperfections that we see every day may slip under our radar and we may accept them because we are so used to seeing them.
An impersonal approach to viewing the appearance of your home will help point out changes that might be necessary. Take several pictures of the house from the front and sides. Keep in mind the importance of curb appeal so that you will see what visitors driving by to check out your home and the neighborhood see as well as those coming to your front door.
Spread these pictures out on your dining room table (after you have…
Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 4:37pm. 2538 Views, 3 Comments.
There are certain homes that just radiate good energy. You walk in a front door and say “Ahh.” These listings immediately make you feel “at home.” These are the properties that tend to be purchased the quickest. You may be unaware, but many times these homes are harboring an ancient Chinese secret—Feng Shui.
Feng Shui is a method for creating balance and tranquility in a person’s life through techniques that bring positive energy to living spaces. The effectiveness of Feng Shui has not gone unnoticed by the Houston real estate community and many Houston area realtors incorporate Feng Shui principles to help their listings sell faster. House hunters can also use Feng Shui to find their perfect home by searching for houses that match its principles.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 10:35am. 1579 Views, 1 Comments.
"Contingency" is really just a fancy word for "condition," but in real estate contracts there are plenty of them, and they are things that let the buyer or seller cancel the deal.
Some contingencies are par for the course, like home inspections and appraisals. While others are complicated, particularly in contracts that are contingent upon the sale of an existing home.
"We see more of those when the market gets slow, which is usually December through February," said Houston Realtor Doug Scott of Gary Greene Prudential. "People get more anxious to get a contract. It's one way to hopefully get something moving."
But proceed with caution when dealing with the contingent sell of the potential buyer's existing home, Scott said, and something Spring Realtor Tish…
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 3:21pm. 2593 Views, 2 Comments.
Not that long ago, having real estate listings online was cutting-edge. Now, many buyers can’t even be bothered to go to a home viewing without first seeing photos, videos, and a 360-degree virtual tour online. The tight real estate market today is pushing agents and sellers to find new ways to market homes for sale, and the tool many are turning to these days is social media.
As we are increasingly connected 24/7 via iPhones and Blackberries, potential customers - particularly younger, first-time home buyers - want quick, easily accessible information, and for their agents to be as tech-savvy as they are. Of course, anyone can have a Facebook page and Twitter feed. The real trick is using them in a way that gets results.
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