While making the decision to sell your home may seem like the biggest decision, how you stage your home will have the biggest impact. If you’ve ever toured a model home or been to one of the local parade of homes, you’ll notice how well it’s decorated. From the paint color to the wallpaper, to the bed linens, curtains, and to the furniture. That’s not by mistake. The builder hired an interior decorator to style the home decor in such a way to not only show off the architectural details and all the features, but also show you some current home decor and furniture trends.
As flowers begin to bloom and the familiar sound of a lawn mowers runs in the distance, these are signs not just of Spring but of home selling season! In fact, each year existing home sales increase on average of 33% between February and March. And as the real estate market begins to adjust & alter, it’s important for sellers to know how to attract the most home buyers during the peak season. It’s not as simple as placing a real estate sign in the yard. Buyers are looking in different ways & expecting different things. In conjunction with their Realtor, sellers need to cater their advertising, their property, and the amenities to today’s buyers.Find Your Buyers [...]
In any home-selling transaction, the closing can be the most anticipated part of the entire process. However, it’s not without difficulties. With so many final details before closing, it can be tough to keep things running smoothly. Here are a few helpful tips:Consider Hiring a Moving Company
While not a requirement, it can ensure that no dents or dings are left behind when moving out. Get a few quotes from reputable companies in your area and be sure to pay special attention to pricing strategies; for example, if a company charges by weight and you own a home gym, you might consider selling your equipment prior to moving or using a different company. Be sure to [...]
In the home-selling process, buyers are usually left with the responsibility of scheduling appraisals and inspections once they submit an offer. As the seller, you can help the home inspection process run smoothly with adequate preparation.
Finish Those Back-Burner Projects That busted up walkway you’ve been meaning to re-do? Or, that leaky faucet in the upstairs bathroom that you swore you’d fix two years ago? Now is the perfect time to finally get those projects finished. You don’t want to give the inspector any idea that your home hasn’t been properly maintained, so tackle any lingering repairs or upgrades.
Tidy Up Aside from giving a home inspector a “good [...]
For most home sellers, the ultimate goal is to get the best price for their home and its smooth transition to new ownership. But what do you do when you get an offer that’s lower than you expected?
You have a few options, but before we dive in we want to encourage you: emotions might already be heightened going into the negotiation process. Maintaining open, honest and respectful dialogue should always be the top priority of yours, even if things get heated.
1.) Counteroffer the Asking Price Expecting a negotiation process, the buyer has offered a low bid. You know you’ve priced your home fairly, so run the ball back in the right direction by countering with the [...]
You’ve decided to sell your home, and you’re preparing your property for potential buyers to take the grand tour. The kitchen’s been upgraded, the bathroom is squeaky clean and you’ve staged your master bedroom like a pro. You’re officially home-tour ready!
Or, are you?
Many sellers spend so much time preparing inside the home, they forget to tackle projects outside. Your home’s exterior is as important a selling point as the interior—after all, without curb appeal your home is unlikely to attract anyone to come inside in the first place. Here’s how you can add some serious curb appeal to your home before listing:
LandscapingTrim overgrown hedges [...]
While bathrooms are typically the smaller rooms within a home, they are certainly not insignificant. Selling a home with smaller-than-average bathrooms can be an uphill battle because to make one larger is a hefty investment of time and money. Sometimes, because of structural issues, it can’t be expanded at all.
So, it begs the question: How can you make a small bathroom seem larger without breaking the bank? Answer: With the right staging and decor!
The key elements needed to visually expand your bathroom are light and simplicity. Lighter colors make a space seem larger, and keeping things decluttered evokes a sense of calm.
The WallsGive your [...]
If you’re part of the 44% of the population that have listened to podcasts, you understand the appeal. If you have not tuned into any of the 550,000+ podcasts, you might be shocked to learn that there are podcasts for just about everything: entertainment, true crime, organization, blogging, business…and, of course, real estate. As more millennials enter the world of real estate & investing, the rise of podcasts has become a common resource to learn, collaborate, & network with other investors, homeowners, and Realtors.Why A Podcast?
77% of people own a smartphone. With just the touch of a button, smartphones have transformed not only how we communicate, but how we [...]
The Academy Awards are the biggest night in Hollywood, when celebrities don their best attire for an evening of glitz and glamour. For weeks leading up to the Oscars, A-listers prepare for the red carpet fanfare with spa treatments, specialized exercise regimens, and fittings with prestigious fashion houses. After all, when they’re under the brightest spotlight of the year, every detail matters!
The same is true when you’re selling your home.
Giving your home the red carpet treatment can make all the difference between who talks about it the next day, and who doesn’t even remember it.
The Spa Treatment
Your home will feel good to [...]
Selling your home is a complex process of communication, planning and paperwork. Thankfully, real estate agents can help shoulder that burden and help you make the right decisions for your specific goals.
Working with an agent is not required to sell your home, but here’s some food for thought: Homeowners who list without an agent typically sell their homes for less than the selling prices of agent-listed homes, and can have a more difficult time finding a buyer. In fact, according to the 2018 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, agent-assisted sales have a median selling price 32% higher than homeowners who list on their own. With logic supporting [...]
If you’re thinking about selling your home, it’s important to understand the finances involved in the process. Establishing financial goals while managing expectations will make for a smoother experience for all involved, and set you up for success with your next home purchase.
Here are the top three questions to get you started:
1.) Am I Underwater in My Home? In real estate, “underwater” refers to when a homeowner owes more on their home than the home is actually worth. If you are unsure of whether you are underwater, you can usually contact the financial agency responsible for handling your mortgage.
2.) What are the [...]