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Questions That You Should Ask Your Sales Representative About Selling Your Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 02:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Questions That You Should Ask Your Sales Representative About Selling Your Home

Have you come to the conclusion that you need to sell your house or that you would like to sell your house in favor of a house that better meets your needs? There are plenty of reasons that would put you in the position of selling your house.

Unless you have sold a great deal of houses on your own, you will likely need just a little bit of help. A sales representative will help you sell your house, but you should put together a list of questions to ask them in order to make the process easier for you and everyone else involved.

Here are a few questions that you may use as a guideline to help get the information you need from your sales representative:


What Are Your Qualifications?

Questions That You Should Ask Your Sales Representative About Selling Your HomeWhen you ask your sales representative what qualifications they have to sell your house for you, you should be looking for them to offer up their certifications, licenses, and sales experience. If they do not do this, prompt them for this important set of information.


How Flexible Will You Be With Me?

The best sales representative will be just as flexible with you as you are willing to be with them. They understand that there are plenty of factors that may speed up or halt the sale of your home. If you are willing to be flexible with them and keep an open line of communication, you are likely to get the same out of them. If they are unwilling to agree to be flexible, then you can search for another agent that is willing to be flexible with you.


How Long Should This Process Take?

The length of your process really can vary depending on how quickly you need to sell the house, how much you are willing to accept for the home, and how available you are for meetings, visitations, and contacts. You may expect to hear that the sale of your home may take a few months to a year or more depending on how flexible you are willing to be with your agent and any potential buyers that would like to make you a reasonable offer. You may also expect to have a different timeline than your cousin did when they sold their lake house last summer.


How Much Is My House Worth? Why?

The value of your house can be affected by more than one hundred different factors ranging from the neighborhood that you live in to the distance your home is from an attractive body of water like a lake or river. Your sales representative will also recommend a price to you that will be competitive with the other homes on the market so you may not have as much to say about price as you thought going into a consultation. Feel free to ask questions about why your house is valued at the price they suggest and if there is anything you can do to get just a little more money out of it when you list it for sale.


What Would You Suggest Be My Next Step After This Consultation?

You may have a few options for how you will choose to continue on to the next step of actually selling your house. Your sales representative may recommend anything from having your house staged, taking photos for an online website, or helping to write a short description to simply trying to settle on a price that would make sense to you and se em appealing to potential buyers.

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Is It Time To Hire A Sales Representative And Move? Questions Before Making The Sell
Posted on Wed, 10 May 2017, 02:00:00 PM  in Home selling tips

Is It Time To Hire A Sales Representative And Move? Questions Before Making The Sell

Making the decision to sell your home is definitely not always going to be a situation that is clearly outlined or detailed. There are plenty of questions you should be asking yourself before you finally make the decision to list your home on the market.

Here are a few different questions to consider before making the decision to sell your home official:


Is Your Neighborhood Unsafe?

Is It Time To Hire A Sales Representative And Move? Questions Before Making The SellYou may have moved into your current home assuming the neighborhood is safe but later discovered that you do not feel safe when you are at home. You may have moved into this particular home 40 years ago when you had no neighbors and are now living next door to a drug dealer that has a violent history. Maybe your neighborhood is safe and your decision is not based on this at all. However, if you feel unsafe in your current home and are considering selling because of this, then make sure to let your sales representative know that this process should take place sooner rather than later.


Is Your Current House Too Big Or Too Small?

Did you buy your current home when you were just a couple with your significant other and now need a home to accommodate your children, parents, pets, or friends? If this is your situation it would be best to sell in order to buy a home to meet your current needs. Did you have a large family with lots of pets when you bought the house but now find that you are alone or live only with your significant other and have no use for the 5 spare bedrooms in the home? This would also be a great reason to sell your home and move into a home that better reflects your needs and desires.


Does Your Job Require The Move?

If you have just accepted a new job or your current job has transferred you quite a distance from where you are currently living, then you will soon have to look for a home closer to your new workplace. You may be able to take more time to think about selling if the distance to your new workplace is not too far or if the sales is not dependant on a job.


Are You Feeling Pressured?

You may be in a situation where you are completely comfortable with your current living situation but are feeling pressured to move by family members, friends, or coworkers. This happens more often than you may think. If you are happy with your current home and find no real reason to move, stand up for yourself and let these individuals know that you do not have an interest in moving. There is never a reason to feel pressured out of a great living situation.


Are You Financially Prepared?

You may be contemplating moving but are held back from making the decision official because you are unsure of your financial situation. This is not at all uncommon. If you need help calculating your savings, your income, and your budget to assess whether or not you can afford to sell, consider contacting a sales representatives. These individuals will be more than happy to give advice and send you in the right direction.


Take Home Advice

Only you can come to the clusion that it is time to move. There is never a need to feel pressured to move if you are not completely sure that this is what is right for you and your unique situation.

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Top 4 Features that Every Buyer Looks For
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017, 03:20:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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When it is time to sell your home, you may be reluctant to upgrade the property. Perhaps you have been in the home for a long time, and you love every feature it currently has. Another reason why you might hesitate on remodeling the property is due to unnecessary expenses. However, the costs and time that goes into upgrading a property prior to putting it on the market is very important; this could be the difference between multiple bids and no offers at all.

Here are some of the top features that every buyer looks for when searching for a home.

 Top 4 Features that Every Buyer Looks For

Exterior Lighting

A well-manicured yard can grab the attention of potential buyers before they step foot into your home. Exterior lighting is one of the top outdoor features that buyers want. The lighting not only looks great, but it can serve as a safety feature. For example, a majority of sensor lights turn on each time there is movement outside of the home.

Here are the top lighting features that you should consider adding to the exterior of your home:

  • Spotlights
  • Pendant Lights
  • Motion Lights
  • Walkway Lights


Energy Efficient Upgrades

Most buyers in today’s market are looking for ways to cut utility costs, which is why energy efficient appliances and windows are in high demand. Buyers want to live in a home full of smart, energy features that do not limit their comfort, or cost them a lot of money in the future. You should have energy-efficient windows installed in your home, complete with glass coating, sturdy weather stripping, and vacuum sealed spaces that are filled with inert gas between each pane. This gives your property an upgraded look, and it helps to regulate the home’s temperature by reducing its exposure to extreme heat or cold.

Be sure to add an energy-certified dishwasher to your home as well, in addition to stainless steal appliances and granite or quartz countertops.


Hardwood Floors

Years ago, people wanted homes with thick carpet throughout the property; however, hardwood floors are in high demand because they give the home a cleaner look. Hardwood floors are also easier to maintain, in comparison to carpeted floors, which typically need to be replaced every eight to 10 years. Hardwood floors only need to be refinished periodically; other than that, these types of floors can last for a lifetime.

If you are on a budget, consider installing pre-finished hardwood flooring. This floor is already colored and comes directly from the manufacturer. The cost to install pre-finished hardwood flooring is actually cheaper than the installation of unfinished hardwood.


Laundry Room

Most homeowners want a room, other than the bedroom, where they can stack clean clothes until they have the time to put the items away. Buyers of all ages, including millennials and seniors, want enough space in the laundry room to fold and iron their clothes, instead of going into the living room to handle these tasks. If you do not have an existing laundry room, or a room with plenty of space, you should add one. The best area of the home to add a laundry room in is the basement. You normally don’t need to demolish anything in the basement; the utility lines are there, and the upgrade will be easy and cost efficient.

Sellers will want to purchase a home that has modern features and necessary upgrades. To stay within budget, make sure you concentrate on the most popular features when upgrading your home. These are the features that will attract potential buyers and help you receive quality bids.

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Real Estate Tips That Help Sell Your Home
Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 12:00:00 PM  in Home selling tips

Many sellers have a lot of clutter in their homes in the form of photographs, collections and other mementos. They simply do not realize that this can keep their house on the market longer. Today’s buyers are looking for homes that are simple and free from clutter. A space that is free from clutter makes a good impression on prospective buyers. Read the following tips for organizing your home.

How to Organize Your Clutter

The first step in organizing your home is to start with one room only. Choose drawers, shelves or any open space in the room. You will need to create three piles on the floor. The first pile is for items you want to keep. The second one is for broken or otherwise unwanted items. The third pile is for donating to your favorite charity. 

Move from room to room without stopping. Place items that you want to keep in plastic storage containers and label with contents. Remove any extra furnishings from the home, and store somewhere else besides your home. You can retrieve these items once you sell your home. Decluttering your home may take a long time. Set aside a few weekends until the entire house is finished. Do not forget about the exterior of your home. Clutter on the porch, driveway or backyard can make potential buyers uneasy. 

Real Estate Tips That Help Sell Your HomeHome Staging

Staging a home for sale simply means it is free from personal items and clutter. Many professional home staging consultants will rearrange furniture to make the most of the existing space. If you do not have time to declutter and stage your home, then you can hire a professional. Selling a home is all about making people want to live in your home. However, if there are personal effects, then your potential buyers cannot make a connection to your home. 

Many real estate professionals recommend you simmer something that smells good on the stove when you hold an open house event. Research studies indicate that the sense of smell is a powerful tool you can use to your advantage. You can simply simmer fresh cinnamon sticks on the stove. The aroma will fill your home with the smells of baking and form a good impression on your potential buyers. Home staging is also about making rooms look larger. If you decide to hire a professional home stager, expect to pay approximately $200 to $300 or more in some areas.

Real Estate Buying Tips 

Many real estate agents will tell you that location is number one on their client’s list for buying a home. The house in a good location that needs work is often a good buy. Buyers can repair and upgrade a distressed home if there are minor repairs needed. Once repairs are completed, the home should be worth approximately the same as surrounding homes. Not everyone wants to buy a home that needs work. Some potential buyers want to buy a home in good condition. 

First time homebuyers may get frustrated at the prices for homes in good neighborhoods. The solution would be to find a condominium in the neighborhood to purchase. A condominium in a good neighborhood will be worth more than condominiums in less desirable neighborhoods. The first step for buying a home is to understand how much you can afford to spend. 

Many potential buyers find out that they do not qualify for a home mortgage because the price is too high. Instead, get preapproved before searching for a new home and you may have an advantage over other buyers when the time comes to make an offer. 


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Creating Curb Appeal on a Budget
Posted on Mon, 11 Apr 2016, 10:10:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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Whether you are trying to attract buyers or are moving into your dream home, you want your home’s appearance to create a good first impression. Giving your home a facelift does not have to cost thousands of dollars or require a team of contractors. The following are a few DIY curb appeal projects you can do in a weekend without breaking the bank.

Spruce Up the Front Door:
Your front door should create a focal point that attracts the eye of visitors or potential buyers. The easiest way to add pizzazz to your front entrance is to paint your door in a bright colour that contrasts with the rest of your house and shutters. For example, a red door will pop on a traditional white house with black shutters. Don’t forget to add shiny new hardware and house numbers to complete the updated look. You can personalize the effect by adding potted plants and a door wreath. 

Add Lighting:
Solar light fixtures are affordable and easy to install. You can use them along the drive to draw the eye toward the house or to doorhighlight landscape features. It is also a good idea to consider upgrading any outdated or builder-grade garage or front door lighting fixtures. Most exterior lights can be purchased for under $50 each. Don’t forget to also purchase a live-wire testing device for safety. 

Give Your Mailbox a Makeover:
Your mailbox should express your personality as well as complement your home’s exterior. If you have a curbside mailbox, you can coordinate the colour of the post to match the trim on your house or surround it with colourful plants. If you choose an attached hanging drop box, try to find one that matches the rest of your home’s exterior hardware.

Give Your House a Power Wash:
Removing built up dirt and grime will instantly make the front of your home, driveway, and sidewalk look fresh and new. The easiest way is to turn the nozzle on your garden hose on full blast, taking care not to get any water under your siding. You can rent a power washer for less than $100 a day, but they can be difficult to manage and can damage windows and siding.

Add Window Boxes:
Window boxes are relatively inexpensive and can be found a virtually any home improvement store. A wooden box in a colour that contrasts with your shutters will give your home a cottage feel. Choose an iron or copper box for a more traditional look. Choose plants and flowers that best complement your home’s colour scheme and are suitable for the climate and available light.

Add Seating:
A porch swing or rocker instantly makes a home look inviting and conjures up images of lazy summer afternoons spent relaxing over a glass of lemonade. If your porch is too small, consider adding a small bench in the corner of the yard surrounded by plenty of flowers to create a peaceful oasis. 

Finally, remember that symmetry creates the best curb appeal. It is the easiest pattern to arrange and is visually pleasing since the eye naturally looks for balance. For example, add identical light sconces to each side of the front door or have the same planters and box firs on each side of the front steps. 


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