Why do you care if your Realtor considers you a good client or not? Because the better client you are, the better results you will have. No, you and your Realtor do not have to be in love with each other, but effort on your part will bring you better results and a more positive transaction. Here are some best practices.
1. Be easy to educate
Most Realtors are teachers at heart, and the more you can learn, the better prepared you will be. Yes, your friends, family and various websites have lots of good information to give, but nobody has a better “boots-on-the-ground” perspective on your local neighborhood and various current trends than your Realtor. Ask all the questions you like and try to absorb as much info as possible. Yes, there is a lot to learn, but you will find that you become educated very quickly.
2. Be easy to communicate with
If your Realtor must text you five times before you respond, you will eventually miss some important info...
5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Home While Your House Is Being Shown
When you have your home up for sale, you may be told that you shouldn’t be around during the showing.
In some cases, your listing agent may not even be there for every showing. It might just be the buyers and their real estate agent. So, who will be there to make sure buyers don’t miss a thing?
You know your house better than anyone else. You can point out all of the features that a buyer or their agent might miss.
And maybe you will be able to get a read on the buyers. Are they in love with the house, or do they need a little extra push? Maybe you can pick up on it and say what needs to be said, in case their agent isn’t selling them on your home.
Plus, doesn’t it make sense to be there to make sure nothing gets touched or stolen?
Or, maybe you simply don’t want to leave. What’s the big deal if...
9 Tips For Summer Home Selling
What’s the best season in which to sell your home? That depends greatly on who you ask, and where the home is located! If you live on the coast, it’s likely that summer is your ideal time, but if you live somewhere where skiing is the main attraction, winter is probably the best time to sell. While spring and fall tend to be the most popular times to sell a home overall, it simply depends on too many factors to be able to give one single answer.
Some Realtors say that summer is the worst time to sell your home. Why? Well, people are distracted by summer vacations, the kids being off school and needing more care and attention, and all the endless summer activities that go on in communities across America. Still, if you find yourself needing to put your house on the market in the summertime, there are lots of ways to ensure that you get the most attention from buyers that could result in a sale.
Here are nine...
The 8-Hour Top-to-Bottom Deep Clean
The last thing you want to do when the weather turns nice is clean, right? You want to be outside grilling, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the warmth after a long, cold winter. That’s why we’ve created a one-day deep cleaning schedule that is bound to get your home clean as a whistle in one day, so you can get outside and enjoy yourself! Here we go!
9-10AM – Let’s start in the bathroom.
The first thing you’ll do is wipe down the walls and ceiling. Use a vacuum first to make the task easier, and remove dust and hair. Doing this now will save you time down the line because you’ll avoid the inevitable buildup that will accumulate through years of neglect. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum first, cleaning up dust and cobwebs. Don’t forget around the baseboards, too, which is where a lot of hair and dust accumulates.
Now, wipe down the walls with a gentle all-purpose...
Median Listing Price In The US Hits All-Time High
When you put your home on the market, you want the list price to be competitive—but you also want it to be high. Typically, there’s a correlation between your listing price and the offers you receive on your home—so, the higher the list price, the higher offers you’re likely to get.
And if you’re looking to get high offers, now is a great time to list.
According to recent data from Realtor.com, in March, the median home list price in the United States grew 7% year-over-year—and reached $300,000 for the first time. That means that the current median listing price is at the highest point in history.
4 Staging Secrets To Get Your House SOLD
When you’re selling your home, one of the keys to successfully finding a buyer – and getting the best price for your home – is effectively staging. Staging refers to setting up your home in a way that maximizes its saleability to potential buyers and can involve everything from minor repairs to a complete overhaul on your home decor.
Staging is an incredibly important part of the selling process, and effective staging is a key to fetching top dollar for your home. If possible, you should consider hiring a professional stager. But, in case you want to DIY and stage your home on your own, here are 4 staging secrets to make sure you get the most out of the staging process:
1. A little paint goes a long way.
One of the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective ways to update your space and make it more appealing to potential buyers is with a coat of paint. Painting a room can completely change the...
Want To Sell Your Home Faster—And For More Money? List On a Thursday
When it comes to selling your home, you want the entire process to be as quick and profitable as possible. And according to a recent study, there’s one thing you can do to make sure your home sells quickly and for the most money—listing it on the right day.
According to a recent study from Redfin, homes listed on Thursdays sell both faster and for more money than homes listed any other day of the week. But how much faster—and for how much more money? According to the study, homes listed on Thursdays typically went to contract five days faster than homes listed on Sundays (the day of the week homes sell the slowest) and, on average, sell for $3015 more than homes listed on Mondays (the worst day of the week to sell in terms of price advantage).
7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home
When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.
With that in mind, it’s important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction.
The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.
1. ‘If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!’
When sellers receive an offer from the first showing, they may be skeptical or hesitant to accept it, wondering if other prospective buyers would be inclined to pay more. Thoughts of potential...
Thinking About Renovating? These Features Can Help Your Home Sell Faster
When you renovate your home, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Not only do you want to make your home a better place for you and your family to live, but you also want your renovations to add to your home’s resale value.
But what, exactly, are the features that will help your home sell faster?
According to recent data from Realtor.com (which analyzed more than 1 million single-family listings), the top three renovations that will help you sell your home quickly and at a prime price point? A chef’s or gourmet kitchen, a theater room, and a home gym. These renovation projects were named the “most profitable home features for sellers banking on quick sales.”
Those three features were deemed the most profitable. But they weren’t...
When it comes to home renovations, most homeowners think they need to go big by doing things like renovating a bathroom, finishing a basement, or adding new appliances to a kitchen. But if you don’t have a lot of money to invest, the best thing you can do? Paint your door.
According to the 2018 Zillow Paint Color Survey, painting the door black...