selling: Beat the Competition or The Competition Will Beat You
- 03/05/17 05:26 PM
Had Lots of Showings? Got No Offers?
Sellers putting their homes on the market in Clarksville TN want to know how quickly they can expect an offer. With a 3-4 month supply of homes, if a home is not getting offers then this is a clear indication that something needs to be done quickly.
It is even more troubling when there are lots of showings and no offers. Why are the buyers rejecting the home? The main reason there is no offer is the competition is better. Buyers are moving on to something they perceive that's better.
What can be done to increase the chances of getting an offer?
Check the condition of the
selling: 7 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sell
- 01/07/17 04:42 PM
Low Cost Fixes for the Kitchen to Make it Look Good and Sell
There are many inexpensive things you can do to brighten up a kitchen and make it look more current. Especially when you are ready to sell, you don't want to invest tens of thousands in your kitchen. Some easy, do-it-yourself ways can improve the look and make the appearance more inviting to buyers and to you.
Clean everything. Appliances, cabinet fronts and insides, baseboards, flooring, ceiling corners and over the cabinets all need a cleaning cloth put to them. I mean really deep clean. Once you have a clean
selling: Keep An Eye on the Market
- 11/11/16 12:22 PM
We Are in a Quickly Changing Market
Other parts of the country have been in multiple offer situations for months. We in Clarksville, TN are experiencing inventory shortages and escalating prices.
We all know that supply and demand is the economic principle that fuels the real estate market. Too little supply will push prices upwards. This in turn puts a strain on the home buyer's buying power.
How does a seller know when it is time to sell? When the need to sell presents itself, it is time to talk with an agent. Even if the idea is in the back of your mind, it may be
selling: 10 Low Budget Fixes That Bring a Bigger Bottom Line
- 10/24/16 01:37 PM
A Little Money in the Right Places 10 Places Produces Big Results
A seller doesn't have to spend tons of money to make his house competitive. Many of the items he can do are low budget items and if done correctly can bring significant dollars to the seller's bottom line.
Let's start with the outside and work our way inside. If we can get the buyers in the door we have a much better chance of getting an offer, a Really Good Offer.
1. Landscape Is an Attention Getter.
Prune, trim, edge, pull weeds and mow. Adding some fresh flowers and mulch makes it look fresh and
selling: 10 Signs Telling You It's Time to Sell
- 10/18/16 12:48 PM
10 Reasons It's Time to Sell Your Clarksville TN Home
You have a home and your partner has a home. Now you want a home for the two of you. This is a sign it's time to sell.
You need more space and have outgrown your present home. This is a sign it's time to sell.
Your home needs improvements and updating. This is a sign it's time to sell.
A job opportunity has come along requiring a transfer. This is a sign it's time to sell.
The kids are gone and you no longer need all the space. This is a sign it's time to sell.
Your health has
selling: 5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Sell Your Home
- 09/21/16 12:54 PM
Fall is Here and It's a Great Time for Selling
Don't worry that now that school is back in session buyers are no longer buying. That is not the case. Buyers continue to buy all year long in Clarksville, TN. There are some very good reasons that now is the time to sell your home and can even be the best time to sell of any time of the year.
1. Buyers that looked earlier this year and got discouraged are back looking. Don't you want them looking at your house?
2. Much of the inventory over the summer has been absorbed. Putting your home
selling: Think Skinny When Selling Your Home
- 09/04/16 07:12 AM
Selling Your Clarksville Home, Think Skinny.
When you are getting ready to sell your home think lean, think skinny. By getting it right before you go on the market, your chances of a higher price, quicker sale and less negotiation are likely to happen.
I have been advising sellers for years on how to make their homes look their best for selling. Getting your home ready takes time, a plan and follow through, pretty much like making your mind up to lose weight or start an exercise plan.
Start By Thinking Skinny.
Don't get overwhelmed. Keep the mental picture of how it is to look in your
selling: Don't Get Bent Out of Shape, It's Just Business
- 08/26/16 01:52 PM
Keep You Emotions in Check, It's Better for Business and Your Health
Selling a home can go smoothly or it can be a rocky journey. For first-time home sellers especially, it may seem that all the cards are stacked in favor of the home buyer with the real estate agent coming out a winner no matter what.
You have lots of company in your thinking but you need to remember when you choose the right agent, your agent is on your side and will advocate for you. Emotions can get out of control especially when talking price, selling expenses and personal property. It is
selling: The Real Truth About a Little Fix Up
- 08/26/16 01:05 PM
Sellers, Buyers Don't Want to Hassle with Fix Up
When getting your Clarksville TN home ready for market, keep one thing in mind, buyers want your home move in ready and don't want the hassle of fix up. Leaving it for the buyer to do a little fix up will cost you big time.
Your competition in Clarksville is new construction and these homes smell new, feel new and have all the new features. Your home needs to compete well and that means do your repairs and make sure there is a fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim. This will keep more
selling: Mr. Seller, Take a Chill Pill and Go for a Drive
- 05/15/16 07:35 AM
Selling Your Home Creates Stress but Don't Add to It
When a seller puts their home on the market it should be market ready and the seller should be prepared for the showings to start. If the advice of the agent has been followed then the price is right and the home is in great shape to impress buyers. That is the job of the seller agent to advise and the seller to cooperate and allow the showings and having the home looking its best.
When a call for a showing comes don't let panic set in. Take a deep breath and do a little tidying
selling: Will Buyers Buy to Have Chickens and Fresh Eggs?
- 03/25/16 06:36 AM
Will Having Chickens and Fresh Eggs Woo Home Buyers?
You never know for sure what special features are going to sway buyers into making an offer. It is not uncommon to see chicken coops in neighborhood backyards and raised gardens for the purpose of growing herbs and vegetables. These natural features are catching the attention of today's home buyers and causing some buyers to act.
As agents once we identify the location and price range we focus on specifics that meet the needs of the buyers. We know buyers like the standard specialties and of course the floor plan and room sizes matter, too. But once these
selling: Do Selling Bonuses Help Sell the Home Faster?
- 03/21/16 12:00 PM
Selling Bonuses May or May Not Make a Home Sell Quicker
If a home isn't selling the seller may ask the agent to add a selling bonus to the commission. Does this make agents want to show the property and sell it faster?
There are two theories here. One is that an agent will work harder when seeing a bonus associated with a property. The extra motivation of money will cause the agent to turn up the heat on the sale. This in fact can happen if the agent is purely motivated by money and doesn't have the buyer's best interest as their
selling: Do Kitchens Matter to People that Don't Cook?
- 03/12/16 01:07 PM
Do Kitchens Matter to People that Don't Cook?
Should you worry about your outdated kitchen when so many people do not cook? As the seller you have limited funds to make your home market ready and don't know what to do with you outdated kitchen.
A good agent knows that buyers look at the kitchens even if they don't plan to use them a lot. They tend to think nice kitchens will be good for resale. Kitchens are the soul of the house and many of our childhood memories are forged in the kitchen. To make a good impression and to help sell
selling: How Long Will It Take to Close My Clarksville Home?
- 08/03/15 01:00 PM
How Long Will It Take to Close My Clarksville Home?
From contract to close can be fast or it can be slow. Much of it has to do with whether there is financing being used by the buyer and who and where that lender is located. Cash transactions can close in just a few days.
Typically in Clarksville TN we expect a home to close in 30 days. This means there is no time for the buyer to delay in getting all documents to the lender or to delay in getting the home inspection completed and resolved. The lender will need to order
selling: 10 Signs That It's Time to Sell Your Home
- 07/23/15 10:26 AM
10 Signs That It's Time to Sell Your Home
Life brings changes and many of those changes are out of our control. Owning a home should be a pleasurable experience and one that gives you a feeling of accomplishment and comfort. It is not always the case.
Clarksville TN is a mobile town because of the staffing at Ft. Campbell KY. Soldiers like to live off post and have their own homes even though they know they may not be here for years to come. As a real estate professional it gives me great pleasure to help a soldier purchase a home. Many other Clarksville residents
selling: Sellers Vacation Prep List When Selling Your Clarksville Home
- 05/13/15 11:52 PM
Sellers Vacation Prep List When Selling Your Clarksville Home
It isn't too early to start thinking about your summer vacation. If your home is on the market for sale in Clarksville TN you will want to take steps to make sure that showings continue while you are gone and that your home remains safe. By all means go and enjoy your holiday. Maybe the stars will shine and you will have your home under contract when you return. That would make for an excellent vacation.
But to make sure this happens there needs to be some preparation on your part Mr. Seller and
selling: Price Grows Like Pinocchio's Nose
- 04/17/15 05:16 AM
Price Grows Like Pinocchio's Nose
I spoke with a seller that was interested in selling his home. It seems that the time is right with the tenant moving out. It has been leased for a couple of years. The prices in the neighborhood are stable and interest rates are beckoning buyers to make a move now.
The seller hoped to put it on the market now with the tenant in it. When we first talked he wanted it under contract in 30 days and closed within thirty days after that. The desired price was a little high for the market but until I looked at it, I would
selling: Want to Refinance, Call Your Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent First
- 04/07/15 11:40 PM
Want to Refinance, Call Your Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent First
In Clarksville TN the majority of our active duty military home buyers use a VA loan and finance 100% of the purchase price. They also finance the VA funding fee adding another 2 to 3% of the purchase price to the loan balance. This ends up making their principal amount higher than some appraised values and higher than the market value of the home.
Refinancing the home to lower the rate isn't always in the home owner's best interest. Especially if you are a military owner that financed 100% VA and is likely to
selling: NH Home Staging Tip - Consider Each Showing A Walk On The Red Carpet
- 02/27/15 10:19 AM
This week has had so much discussion about what people were wearing at the awards and how they looked. If they missed the mark the comments will stick with them for a long time.
I found this post to be very relevant and timely in relating that to having your home ready for market. Taking the time to do it right as Sharon Tara says can make your debut on the market a roaring success.
After all the hype and anticipation, the Academy Awards are over.
All that's left now is the fashion buzz.
I'll be watchng Fashion Police tonight to see who
selling: Don't Let The Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home
- 02/26/15 07:14 AM
Don't Let the Birds Ruin the Showing on Your Home
Birds played havoc with a community in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. They could be heard and seen and they would even attack adults and children. It was eerie and a real thriller and kept you on the edge of your seat. However if you are selling your home you don't want something like a family of birds to keep your home from showing its best.
The first impression can make or break the sale by stopping the rest of the showing. I have had that happen and when the