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If You Didn’t Ask Your Sales Representative These Questions, Then You May Be In Trouble
Sunday, 30 July 2017, 11:20:00 AM
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Buying and selling houses in Canada can be a rough and tough business to get into. Sometimes your sales representatives may be moving too quickly for you to understand. Maybe they skip over information that they assume that you already know to avoid boring you or bogging you down with the small details. Maybe they really are trying to do as little as possible in order to get the job done. You may know which of the scenarios you fall under if you have failed to ask your sales representative the following questions. Don’t get yourself into trouble that you could have avoided.ask your rep

 

What Are Your Strengths?

Everybody on Earth has their strengths and their weaknesses. That is why we have different personalities, enjoy different hobbies and items, and work at completely different jobs from one another. Your sales representative will also have strengths that will help them to buy or sell your house. This is your opportunity to ask them what they have to offer and why you should hire them to represent you during your unique process.

 

What Experience Do You Have?

Sales representatives can range from having just a small amount of experience to having decades of experience buying and selling homes for people just like you. This may bother you, but it may not bother you either. This really depends on you, your unique situation, and what you are really looking for in a sales representative. In any case, you should know what sort of experience they have and for how long they have been buying and selling houses professionally.

 

Are Your Fees Negotiable?

Any great sales representative will understand that not every sale works itself out perfectly as outlined in a textbook. There are sellers that decide that they really do not want to sell their home, buyers that find last minute offers for other homes that they’d rather live in, and professionals that drop communication at various times throughout the process. For these reasons and more your sales representative should make their fees negotiable in certain situations. If they are not willing to work with you, then you may want to look for an agent that will.

 

Are You Willing To Communicate With Me Often?

Going along with the point made above, you are going to want to make sure that your sales representative is open and willing to communicate with you as often as you feel comfortable with. This shouldn’t matter whether or not you call in on a regular basis for updates or whether you specifically ask them to notify you only when there is a significant update to share with you.

 

Will You Walk Me Through The Process Step By Step?

This is your opportunity to build a relationship with your sales representative. You get the information that you need and your sales representative will get the opportunity to impress you with their skills and knowledge.

 

What Should I Know That I May Not Already Know?

This is your sales representative’s opportunity to give you any information that they feel you need to have before signing contracts and starting a process that could change your life. If they say that there is absolutely nothing that they have that they can share with you, then you must decide whether or not they are being truthful or if they are trying to hide something from you.


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Buying a Home? How to Find the Right Community
Posted on Tue, 30 Aug 2016, 11:25:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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Are you thinking of buying a new home? If so, it is important to understand that the neighborhood that you choose can be just as important as the house that you buy. After all, you will likely be living in that neighborhood for many years to come. The last thing that you want is to buy in a neighborhood that is not a good fit for you or your family.

So, how can you find the right community? The key is to figure out what you're looking for, do research and find a neighborhood that meets your needs. Even if you have already found the perfect home, you should fully investigate the neighborhood before making an offer. Here are some things to think about when researching a neighborhood.

Do You Want to Live in the City or the Suburbs?

communityDeciding what type of setting that you prefer is one of the most important things to consider when buying a home. Do you love skyscrapers and cityscapes? Do you want to be able to walk to shops, restaurants and parks? If so, the city might be for you. One the other hand, if you are more at home living someplace quieter where you can take advantage of nature’s wonderful views then moving just outside of town might be ideal. Some folks prefer rural areas where there are no nearby neighbors.

What Type of Home Do You Want?

Would you prefer a single-family home or a condo? Typically, location is the deciding factor. If you want to be located in the middle of the city, you will likely find that condos are more plentiful. Typically, large single family homes are not as common in the city.

Is the Neighborhood Attractive?

Are residents maintaining their homes? Do the yards look like they are being kept up? If so, this is good news. An attractive neighborhood means that the residents care about it. A neighborhood that is attractive will help home prices in the area stay strong. On the other hand, lots of vacant homes or foreclosures in a neighborhood is a bad sign. They often become eyesores as they deteriorate from neglect. These properties can significantly diminish property values in a neighborhood. Be wary of any neighborhood that has a lot of these properties.

Do You Have Children?

If you have children, one of your priorities might be choosing a neighborhood in a good school system. Another factor for parents might be the number of nearby community centers, libraries, pools and parks.

What are Your Interests?

Do you like hiking, boating, and swimming? Many of today’s communities offer a number of amenities to support almost any interest or hobby. Do you want to be able to hike near your home? Maybe you are an avid tennis fan and want neighborhood courts. Whatever your interest, find out if your neighborhood has offers things that you are interested in.

Is the Neighborhood Safe?

Even a neighborhood that looks nice can have a crime problem. Often, a neighborhood’s crime statistics can be found online. Check out the local police department website to determine if they publish crime statistics information online. Do not forget to look up registered sex offenders in the area. You can get this information by searching the National Sex Offender Registry. This is especially important if you have young children. You do not want to purchase a home only to find out that a violent sex offender lives next door.


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Top Benefits of Home Inspections for Buyers and Sellers
Posted on Mon, 15 Aug 2016, 11:15:00 AM  in My services
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Many sellers forego a home inspection and find themselves going through a lot of hassles during the negotiation process with a potential buyer. Being caught up with excitement during the buying process prevents most buyers from asking for an inspection. However, regardless if you are selling your home or placing the property on the market, having an inspection done provides you with many benefits.

Exposed Issues

inspectionsFor buyers, there are many issues that go unnoticed by an inexperienced eye; however, an inspection will expose those problems. This includes anything from bad wiring to plumbing issues. When you choose to work with an inspector, she can assess major defects, potential threats, and safety concerns. In addition to finding the issues, the inspector can give you suggestions on how to fix those things. Buyers and sellers do not want to deal with code violations, which are things that an inspector can identify on the property. Finding the problems beyond the drywall is something that inspectors can do without actually ripping the walls apart, regardless of how subtle the signs are.

Accurate Estimates

Having a home inspection helps determine what needs to be fixed and the cost of those repairs. It is best for sellers to have a presale home inspection completed in order to determine if the issues are major or minor. For example, if the inspector reports that the roof is cracked or missing shingles, a buyer may believe the work will cost thousands of dollars. However, as a seller you can have a roofer come out and learn that it is just a matter of replacing a few shingles or tiles, which will cost you a few hundred dollars.

Presale home inspections help sellers fix an issue before the buyer learns about the problem and jumps to the wrong conclusion. You do not want to lose a potential buyer over a minor issue.

Peace of Mind

Purchasing a home is a big step for buyers, which is why they want to know exactly what they are getting before making this huge commitment. Although there are no perfect homes, a presale home inspection will provide buyers with a thorough report on the property before they decide to make a purchase. The inspection is assurance that the seller has taken the issues into consideration when determining the asking price. The more a buyer knows about the property, the less shocked he will be when he encounters issues in the future. In instances when the repairs are too extensive, buyers will have the option to opt-out of the contract. The home inspector could also advise the buyer on what type of maintenance he can do to avoid additional repairs.

Marketing Tool for Sellers

You will have an edge over other sellers in the community when you have a home inspection performed. Giving this full disclosure to potential buyers is a sign of good faith. The findings in the report also give you the opportunity to make repairs ahead of time, which expedites the sale of your property. The presale home inspection could increase your home’s marketability. Any repairs that you fix prior to selling the home could help justify your asking price. Having the inspection done allows you to fix the issues at your own pace, and according to your own budget. When you make the repairs ahead of time you do not have to worry about getting hit with everything at once during the negotiation process. These upgrades and repairs will add more value to your home.

Buyers and sellers are generally turned off by home inspections due to costs; however, having the inspection done can save both parties time and money in the long-run.


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Canada's Lucrative Real Estate Market
Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 02:30:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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Right now in Toronto and Vancouver foreign investors are scrambling over one another in the acquisition of luxury real estate. The reason has to do with Canada's housing market being exceptionally hot right now, and showing no sign of slowing. This boom started around 2013, and as of 2015, people were making noises concerning its reversal. As of 2016, the current average is over $500,000, and there are no signs of reversal in Vancouver. 

What Pushes Foreign Investors Toward Canada?

marketOne reason foreign investors are so intent on Canada's market right now is because purchasing the right property represents an investment that will appreciate over time, facilitating turnover profit. Furthermore, luxury properties need not be flipped, but can be increased directly through refurbishment in a way that can transcend certain market trends. Foreigners with assets have purchased approximately 25% of luxury homes on the market in Canada currently. Behind Vancouver in lucrativeness are Toronto and Victoria, B.C., respectively. 

Canada has political and financial systems which are, in practice, much safer than a lot of other countries. This has been attracting foreign investors also. Furthermore, Canada is extremely open to differing lifestyles, as well as immigration. Additionally, a somewhat stable energy market is ensuring stable infrastructure; a further security against continuously volatile markets without Canada. 

Crunch The Numbers

Just to give you an idea how much the market has expanded in Canada, consider that a luxury home sold in 2005 for around $2.6 million would end up coming in at about $6 million today. That's a 125% increase. Think of the investor who purchased that home, hired a property manager at $20,000 a year, and then sold the exact same property today for $6 million. He'd make a profit of $3.3 million. The same wise investor might purchase three luxury homes at $1 million apiece today in Vancouver, Toronto, and Victoria B.C., then sell them in five years for another tidy sum. It is very rare when a P.I.G., or Passive Income Generator, can be facilitated solely by the market. Usually renters are required!

An Accommodating Market

Hot markets aren't exclusive to buyers without extensive purchasing capital, however. It's just that buyers with a smaller price range have to look to differing communities. Quebec is amenable to the millennial home buyer right now, as is Ontario and Atlantic Canada. For an extensive list of markets friendly to millennial home buyers, this website has handily compiled them.

A Reasoned Approach

As expensive as the market seems to be today, that doesn't mean mortgages are non-negotiable. Certainly, 25% of luxury homes have been purchased by foreign investors in Canada right now. But that's only one homeowner's market. For those simply looking for a good place to live, there are yet a bevy of properties whose monthly mortgage expenses can be adjusted to fit individual needs. And, when one considers that a market continually increasing stands to add to a property's value, it's not a bad idea to get involved with the right property. Certainly, hasty decisions are usually not good; it makes sense to take some time and do a projection of one's existing financial situation and what its future may be. But in a hot market, opportunities become available that would not be possible elsewhere.

The Future

Currently no one knows where this market will end up going. The cycle has to end eventually; it's not done yet, though. Since it is May, buyers from all over the world are about to make purchasing choices. While Springtime is generally the most busy for real estate markets, there is also a spike after graduation among millennial buyers and newly-emancipated individuals. 

Real Estate cycles take longer than other market cycles do. If you can get in, get in.


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Benefits of Lease to Own Homes
Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 09:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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One of the hottest real estate trends sweeping the world today is something called lease to own packages. In the same way that rent to own stores let you make small payments to buy a product, lease to own homes let you make small payments to buy a home outright. The trend started during the worldwide recession as many buyers couldn't afford home loans, but the trend continued as buyers found it harder to qualify for home loans. Buying a home through a lease to own agreement has some big benefits that appeal to many buyers.

 

Smaller Down Payment

Saving money to make a down payment on a house may take you years or even more. Many lenders ask that you put down 10% or even 20% of the total purchase price as a down payment. You're also responsible for closing costs and other fees that add to the total amount you need to put down upfront. With a lease to own home, you generally make a smaller down payment. Some sellers require a down payment equivalent to three months of rent, which also covers your security deposit.

 

Fewer Monthly Payments

Banks offer mortgages that range in length from 10 years to 30 years. That leaves you making payments every month for 120 months or more. Sellers who uselease lease to own contracts often ask that you make payments for as little as six years. The amount you pay each month is equivalent to one month of rent, and the seller agrees to put that money into a special account. If you decide to buy the home once your lease expires, the seller will use that money and any additional money to pay off the house.

 

More Time to Save

With a traditional mortgage, you may find yourself scrimping and saving every month just to make your payment, which leaves you little savings for the future. A lease to own contract gives you more time to save. Once you reach the end of your lease, the seller gives you the option to buy the house outright or walk away from the sale. If you walk away from the sale, you can use your savings as a down payment on another property or rent another home. If you want to buy the house, you can use your savings to cover the final balloon payment and take over ownership of the home.

 

Freedom to Make Changes

When you rent a home, you must follow the rules in your rental agreement carefully. Most landlords forbid tenants from making any significant changes to the property. The landlord may not let you paint the walls inside, make repairs to the exterior or even plant new flowers outside. With most lease to own contracts, you have complete freedom to change the house because the seller expects you to finish buying the property later. You can replace bathroom fixtures, change the floors, paint the walls and even do landscaping outside.

 

No Bank Intervention

One of the biggest benefits of lease to own homes is that these properties do not go through the bank. Instead of applying for a home loan, you work directly with the seller to buy the house. Each payment that you make goes to the full purchase price of the home. You won't worry that the bank might foreclose if you miss a payment or that a late payment will affect your credit score. Buying a home on a lease to own or rent to own contract may appeal to you more and have more benefits than taking out a traditional mortgage does.


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The Benefits of Open Houses for Home Sellers and Buyers
Posted on Wed, 30 Mar 2016, 08:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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The process of buying and selling a property can be very tedious and frustrating. One of the frustrations of sellers is too much waiting around and having to clean up continually and taking time off to wait for individual buyers who come to view the property. For buyers, the frustration comes with someone else seeing the property and making an offer before you do. Again, buyers and sellers depend on real estate agents to arrange for viewings, and this can be very time-consuming. An excellent way to combat these problems, whether you are a seller or a buyer, is to consider open house viewings. Open houses have many benefits that are worth considering, and here are some of them.

Benefits of Open Houses for Sellers

The following are the advantages of open houses for sellers.

1. Convenience
It is inconvenient for sellers to keep taking time off their busy schedule to accommodate one prospective buyer after another. If you have a desirable propertyopen and a good real estate agent, your property can generate a lot of interest and you can be overwhelmed with viewings. And if you have family commitments and a full-time job, it can be very inconvenient for you. But, with open house viewings, you can get most of your viewings at the same time.

2. Saving time
You don’t have to thorough-clean your property and brew fresh coffee to make your property smell nice, and keep answering monotonous questions from different viewers every other day. And here is where open houses can come in handy. You can clean your house and get all questions answered in a single sitting, and you can impress your potential buyers en-masse, and this can save you a lot of time and hassle.

3. Increase your chances of quick sales
Choosing an open house boosts your probability for a quick sale. The reason is, potential buyers can gauge the interest level in your property by the number of people that attend your open house, and if they are interested, they will most likely put a proposal quickly for fear of someone else ending up with the property.

4. More money
Depending on the attendance of your open house and the level of interest of the people attending, there can arise a bidding tug of war that will see you getting your asking price and even more than your original quotation.

Benefits of Open House Viewing for Buyers

As a buyer, you can also gain from an open house.

1. Ability to get more answers

It doesn't matter how prepared you think you are, when it comes to asking sellers and agents questions during the viewing, usually, there are a lot of things you forget to ask, and you only discern you forgot to ask some key questions afterwards. This too can be frustrating. However, with lots of people at the open house, they will ask questions and most likely you will get answers to questions that you forgot to ask, or even those that you never thought about asking.

2. Gauging the interest level

There will always be a seller who will smugly tell you of how a lot of people are interested in their property. While this may be true, usually, sellers will tell you this to rush you into making a decision. But, going to an open house will help you gauge for yourself what the interest level is, and you can make a wise decision regarding making an offer.

Open house events are the perfect moment where buyers and sellers can interact and make decisions regarding a particular property. These events give both sellers and buyers the convenience they desire in the property buying process.

 


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What to Consider before Buying a Condo
Posted on Tue, 15 Mar 2016, 08:40:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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Investing in a home, especially a condo is a terrifying proposition for most people. It is virgin ground for most people. There are things you may not be aware of when venturing into the condo market. It is advisable for prospective buyers to look into details of by-laws, rules and condo declaration documents with their lawyers. As a buyer, you should not go into a sale blindly but follow the following suggestions closely.

What should you Look to do before buying a condo?

1. Down Payment
Are you able to put down a down payment? It is the initial question you need to ask before deciding on this venture. Note that, the larger the amount you put up as a down payment, the less interest you will pay on your mortgage.

2. Mortgage
Reflect on what type of mortgage suits you. Consult your banker on eventualities like rising rates. Know the total cost of the loan. Some mortgage providers require mortgage loan insurance. Factor it in your monthly budget. If you want to pay less, make more frequent payment. You will enjoy smaller rates and your repayment period will be less.

3. Ask for the Condo Budget
Most buyers never think about it. Demand for one since most associations you are buying the condo from usually give the budget to the sellers, not the buyers. cndoSeek to find out if the budget has increased over the years and for what reason. Has it appreciated due to inflation or a ballooning cost of utilities? Another thing you should know about the budget is the total outstanding debt owed to the association and the number of owners not attending to their obligations.

4. Condo Fees
Ensure you learn everything that is there to know about the expected monthly costs. Condo fees include monthly fees. You may encounter condos with high monthly fees which may turn you off, but on the other side of the coin, it may indicate a well-maintained condo. Condo fees cover things like costs of operating swimming pools, security officers, gardens, and the concierge. 

5. Reserve Fund
Major repairs to the roof, heating, exterior of the building, plumbing and electrical need a designated fund. Part of the condo fees ends up in the reserve fund to cater for such repairs and maintenance. You may want to buy a resale condo: it is imperative you find out if the contingency fund exists and if it is adequate. 

6. Property Tax
When looking to own a condominium, be aware that you will have to pay property tax. The municipality in which you acquire the condo will advise you on how much they expect when you are buying a new condo. For a resale condo, the real estate agent has the obligation of providing the information. Ask for copies of recent taxation documents.

7. Utilities
Things like gas, electricity and water are not part of the condo fees. You will have to pay for them yourself. Find out how you are going to pay, either from the real estate agent or the municipality where you are buying the condo. You may also find out how to pay for the utilities from the cooperation which sells you the condo.

Never make a commitment to buy a condo without being absolutely sure what it is you will encounter. Get the facts right with these suggestions and you will never have to complain.

 


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Things to Ask When Buying a Vacation Home
Posted on Mon, 29 Feb 2016, 10:30:00 AM  in Marketing strategies,  My services
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If you're like many, you might think that vacation homes are only for the very rich or the very famous. While dozens of celebrities own multiple homes in North America and around the world, the majority of those who own vacation properties are just like you. They want a place that offers an escape from their everyday lives and a place they can visit year after year with their friends and loved ones. No matter how much money you have in your budget, you can find a vacation home when you know what questions to ask upfront.

What Destination is Right for You?
The absolute first thing you should consider is which destination appeals most to you. It's important that you think about the foreseeable future and what the future holds for you years from now. While investing in a vacation home in a popular city that has bars and nightclubs within walking distance might be a great option for a younger couple just starting out, it might not be as great once you have children.vac

What Does a Timeshare Offer?
While looking at vacation homes, give some thought to choosing a timeshare as opposed to a standard home. A timeshare is a property that you can visit once a year or more often based on the package you buy. Timeshares typically have dozens of other people who also own a portion of that property, and those other owners will visit the home too. A timeshare company may give you the freedom to choose when you want to stay there and even swap your home for a stay in another property in a completely different destination.

How Much Space Do You Need?
You also need to consider the amount of space that you need. If it's just you and your partner, you might opt for a studio apartment. Once you have kids, you'll need a home that has at least one bedroom and a fold out couch in the living room. Those who love traveling with kids may prefer a property that has multiple bedrooms or a large shared space that features bunk beds. A cabin that has its own bunk bed room is also great for those who want to travel with their friends or a larger group.

What Attractions and Activities are Nearby?
When choosing a new vacation home, make sure you give some thought to the nearby attractions and activities. The more things there are to see and do, the less likely it is that you'll feel bored staying there. If you keep visiting the same museums, historic parks and other attractions year after year, you'll eventually reach the point where you no longer want to stay there. Depending on the age of your kids, you may look for properties that have a range of activities nearby. Teens might love skateboarding and hitting the beach, while younger kids might prefer playgrounds and petting zoos.

How Much Can You Afford to Spend?
While there are a number of factors that determine which vacation home is right for you, you need to consider how much you can afford to spend. If you buy a stand alone vacation home, you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep on that home. Timeshares typically charge a set fee each year for maintenance costs. You should also look at how much your total mortgage costs will go up when you buy a home and take out a second mortgage. Be smart when shopping for a new vacation home before you make the decision to buy a new property.


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Four Questions to Ask a Potential Listing Agent
Posted on Tue, 16 Feb 2016, 10:10:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  My services
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Making the decision to sell your Canadian home is an exciting time as you choose how to move forward. While there are many steps to selling your property, choosing the right listing agent can make all the difference in how the process goes for you. Before you choose a listing agent, make sure that you are asking the right questions so that you are sure that you have found the right match. 


1. What is Your Marketing Plan? 
It is important to know what your agent will be doing for you to make sure your home is sold quickly. Any agent that is worth their salt will have a concrete marketing plan that fits your area and your needs. Make sure that the agent that you choose has a solid onine marketing plan as well as in an-person one, as agents who utilize both are more likely to sell your home for your asking price. 

Keep an eye out for listing agents who are vague about how they plan to market your home or who does not have one. Take the time to double-check their current listings for homes to check how they display your home, avoiding any who do a sloppy or poor job. Your listing is what will draw the right buyers to your home, so only choose a listing agent who is exemplary at their job. 

2. Are You Able To Provide References? 
Take the time to speak with any recent clients that your listing agents have worked with to see what their experience was. It is important to speak with peopelagent who listed a property in the current market, so don't settle for references from four or five years ago. People that have been helped by a listing agent in the last year will be the most helpful when it comes to learning about your agents abilities. 

It goes without saying that you should run in the other direction if an agent cannot provide any references. 

3. How Long Does it Take You To Sell a Property? 
This may seem to be a bit bold, but good listing agents will have answers for your boldest questions. Questioning a listing agents success rates is important as a high sell rate will increase your chances for a quick purchase. Ask them how many of their listings actually seell and then compare these numbers to other listing agents. 

This comparision will give you a clear guide about an agents skill. We recommend not workign with any agents who have less than a sixty percent success rate. 

4. How Many Listings Are You Currently Managing? 
You will need to fight the right balance between experience and listing overload in an agent. While an agent that is currently working with twenty to thirty other listings may have the experience to market your property effectively, will they have the time to meet your individual needs? Does an agent with a large workload have the time to take on your listing while making sure your marketing is unique and stands out? 

Choosing to list your property for sale is a time for a lot of change. It is the end of an era for your family and the start of a new beginning in another location. Making sure that you have chosen the right listing agent can make this experience flow easier so that is more enjoyable. Use these four tips to make sure that you have the perfect agent for all of your needs.

 


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Consider These Factors When Selling Your Home
Posted on Thu, 21 Jan 2016, 11:45:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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Sometimes selling a home is easy and takes only a few days, while other times a home may sit on the market for months without selling. There are several things to consider before placing your home on the market. The price you set should create excitement without being too low. Your home must look fresh and clean if you want to impress potential buyers. You must also make the decision whether to list on your own or with a real estate agent. Read about the following tips that may help you with the selling process.


Price Your Home to Sell
Most sellers want to receive a fair market value on their home. If you price your home too low, you can miss thousands of dollars that a buyer would have paid. However, it is just as important not to price your home too high or it might not sell in a timely manner. You can study public records in your county to determine the selling price of homes in your neighborhood. List your home slightly higher than the amount you want to ensure you get the right price. 

Preparation Tips
First impressions really do matter. A new listing generates a lot of interest and activity. Make sure you capitalize on the first group of potential buyers while they are excited. Potential buyers consider four main factors when searching online listings. These include price, features, curb appeal and photographs. You will needfactor to take quality photos if you plan to sell your home on your home. A real estate agent knows how to take good photos that impress buyers if you choose this path. 

Paint gives a home a fresh, new look without having to spend a lot of money. If it has been over one year since your home was painted, then consider making this low-cost improvement to impress buyers. Get rid of clutter including extra furniture that makes rooms look smaller. Clean your home from top to bottom, or hire a cleaning service for professional results. 

Make all needed repairs before you list your home. Depersonalize your space to make it easier for buyers to see themselves living inside your home. Consider home improvements that may be cost-effective such as updating the bathroom and kitchen. Do not forget the curb appeal when making your home ready for sale. It does not cost a lot of money to add beautiful potted plants to your porch. Update your front door with a new one or give it a fresh coat of paint. Make sure the landscape looks manicured with trees and shrubs pruned and mow the grass. 

Owner or Agent?
There are advantages and disadvantages to selling your home on your own. Many homeowners assume they will make more money on the sale. However, if you consider the experience and professionalism of a real estate agent, then many times choosing an agent is the best decision. Most real estate agents know the neighborhood and have the connections to advertise and contact potential buyers. The advantage is the fact that you do not have to pay a commission, but your home may take longer to sell without an agent. 

Consider the fact that when you receive multiple offers on your home, an experienced agent can help you make a decision. An agent will help you fill out the right paperwork to accept an offer. Real estate agents go to school to learn about your state’s rules and regulations for buying and selling. Unless you have had lots of experience selling real estate, a professional real estate agent is worth the commission you pay.

 


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