selling your home: Before You Agree To A Price Reduction On Your Home
- 08/19/16 02:26 PM
Your home hasn't sold yet. You want it sold. Seems like the only thing that can be done is drop the price, right??
STOP. Hold up just a bit.
We know you like(d) your current listing agent. He/She/They told you the right things at the listing presentation. "Your home is special and it'll sell in no time and for top dollar, hire us and our super duper excellent marketing will make sure ALL the buyers out there will see and LOVE your home."
Time has rolled by and your home didn't sell as quickly as predicted and your agent is now asking for a
selling your home: A Sure Way NOT To Sell Your Home!
- 06/05/16 03:45 PM
There are a multitude of ways to make your home tough to sell:
Price WELL above market value Paint your home colors like Pepto Bismol Pink Let the condition of your home deteriorate Let your pets decide the INSIDE of the home is where the toilet is Make your home difficult for buyers to get into (yes, we allow showings ONLY between 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays) Have REALLY bad pictures online representing your home (blurry, dark, bad angles and more) Bad MLS information (wrong lot size, age, # of bedrooms, bad map location) And yet, despite any
selling your home: Top Dollar Demands Top Condition
- 05/21/16 03:39 PM
We see it often. Our buyers like a home online. It's got the upgrades. Bells and whistles and it LOOKS perfect. But that price...it seems a bit high for the neighborhood. A good 10% over the highest sale in the last year and those homes had a LOT more square footage. Sure inventory is tight, but will the house live up to expectations?
And sometimes when we visit the house WILL be in top condition. Immaculate inside and out. The best upgrades are in place and everything is PERFECT.
But that's the exception.
More often what we encounter is a seller asking for TOP
selling your home: Will 2016 Be A Good Time To Sell My Lebanon Ohio Home?
- 12/27/15 08:03 AM
Will 2016 Be A Good Time To Sell My Lebanon Ohio Home?
If you've been thinking about selling your Lebanon home, you want to see positive indicators that selling now is indeed a good time to sell your home. You want to feel comfortable with how much your home will sell for and how long it will take. Knowing those estimates allows you to make a decision as to whether staying put, building a new home or selling your existing home and buying a different home is the best move for you.
There are a lot of variables into making your decision. Do
selling your home: Will 2016 Be A Good Time To Sell My Mason Ohio Home?
- 12/26/15 07:42 AM
Will 2016 Be A Good Time To Sell My Mason Ohio Home?
If you've been thinking about selling your Mason home, you've probably been watching the market from the sidelines and waiting for enough positive signs to make the decision to enter the market.
And depending on your NEED to sell your home vs. a WANT to sell your home, 2016 might be the time to make a move, and of course, what is your home worth? For some price points, 2016 might be optimal, for other price points you might be going up against new construction and the challenge will be a
selling your home: The Professionals Have The Tools For The Job
- 11/21/15 03:29 PM
The Professionals Have The Tools For The Job
For the last three days there's been a crew of tree cutting professionals working around our home. Our home is surrounded by woods and over the last few years the ash borer beetles have been making their presence known. It doesn't end well for the ash trees and some of them have a lean that makes our home's safety in doubt, and an unexpected branch fall placed a nice dent on one of our cars recently.
So the local professionals are doing the job. Sure, I could PROBABLY cut down some of the trees, but
selling your home: Is Winter A Good Time To Sell Your Warren County Ohio Home?
- 11/20/15 03:55 PM
Is Winter A Good Time To Sell Your Warren County Ohio Home?
It's getting colder. They're even talking about MAYBE having a few flakes of the white stuff mixing with the rain tomorrow night. Typically as Winter approaches the Warren County real estate market slows. But does that by itself make it a bad time to sell your home?
That's no cop out answer, because depending on your home and your personal situation, now may be a LOUSY time to sell your home or it may be a "just okay" time to sell your home, and maybe, just maybe, it might
selling your home: Perfect Pricing Means Nothing If Your Home Is Invisible To Buyers
- 11/19/15 12:59 PM
Perfect Pricing Means Nothing If Your Home Is Invisible To Buyers
We have it happen every now and then. A home owner calls us and indicates they want to sell their home. We meet, we discuss the market, how their home fits with the competition, how long to expect to need to sell and yes, some pricing strategies.
Some times we get hired, sometimes another agent does, and SOMETIMES it was all just a brain pick so the owner can take a try at the market without benefit of hiring a listing agent.
No worries, it's everyone's right to sell their home on their
selling your home: Use Some Social Media Discretion For Your Own Good When Selling Your Home
- 07/13/15 02:23 PM
Use Some Social Media Discretion For Your Own Good When Selling Your Home
I love social media, but it's truly a double edged sword! We're connected to people all across the nation (and that can be good OR bad depending on your outlook, especially with another presidential election cycle on the horizon!).
And what social media giveth, it can also taketh away! When I work with buyers I "read" a house to find leverage for my clients. Business cards out on the desk, pictures on the wall, clothes present (or missing) from a closet, etc. I don't have to open anything, it's
selling your home: Dear Listing Agent, Why Haven't You Brought A Buyer Through My Home?
- 06/26/15 07:28 AM
Dear Listing Agent, Why Haven't You Brought A Buyer Through My Home?
Question: Why hasn't my listing agent brought any buyers through my home? When we discussed listing the home, they LOVED our home and said they had buyers. So WHERE are those buyers and why hasn't our listing agent shown our home??!!!
I'm THIS CLOSE to firing my agent!
Recently we had a conversation with a home seller (not ours, they live in FAR FAR AWAY LAND, but they bought a house here with us) and that question came up.
The perception was created from the start that the listing agent
selling your home: Sellers Flipping Buyers The Bird Doesn't Lead To A Sale
- 05/24/15 11:17 AM
Sellers Flipping Buyers The Bird Doesn't Lead To A Sale
I get it. You didn't like the offer. Your house is something special and worth EVERY penny you're asking and probably a whole lot more, right?
And yet.....you're still on the market for months and months. You haven't achieved your goal, selling your home. You've reduced the price and that didn't get it done. You switched agents and that didn't get it done either.
You need the dominoes to fall down. Showings lead to (hopefully) an offer which (hopefully) leads to an accepted contract which (hopefully) leads to you sitting at the closing table and
selling your home: A Dollar Spent Doesn't Always Add a Dollar To Your Home's Value
- 03/15/15 04:00 PM
A Dollar Spent Doesn't Always Add a Dollar To Your Home's Value
There's a misconception that spending money on your home is always a good thing. That each dollar spent on your home adds value. Unfortunately, sometimes those thoughts are far from the truth.
Many projects don't change increase the value of your home, and in some cases may even DECREASE the value of your home!
A quick cruise around the MLS looking at homes for sale and you'll quickly find some homes with statements like "$50,000 in improvements!" and a seller asking $50,000 more than they paid for the home within
selling your home: 5 Cardinal Sins of Home Selling!
- 01/28/15 09:27 AM
5 Cardinal Sins of Home Selling!
We see a lot of homes over the course of a year and there are some big reasons buyers will spin on their heels, look at us and say "NEXT!".
As a general rule, home buyers expect to see what was advertised, and the only surprises they want to see involve a home being even BETTER than the pictures indicated, or that phone call just before the showing that mentions "we just dropped price today!".
So you want to get that SOLD sign in your yard, here are some key DON'Ts if you want
selling your home: Planning To Sell Your Warren County Ohio Home in 2015? 7 Tips to Get Ready!
- 12/28/14 02:21 PM
Planning To Sell Your Warren County Ohio Home in 2015? 7 Tips to Get Ready!
Are you ready for a change? Time to bump up because you need more room? Or maybe you're heading in the opposite direction and ready to shift to a 55+ community, a patio home or a condo? Or maybe you're ready to leave the area entirely and head to warmer climes? In any case, we can help you find what you want to buy AND help you sell your existing home!
Here are some tips to help you get ready:
1. Evaluate your financial situation
selling your home: Let The Ink Dry Before Stopping Showings
- 10/26/14 10:05 AM
Let The Ink Dry Before Stopping Showings
Recently we were scheduled to show a home and got a call to cancel the showing because the home was "in negotiations". But here's our experience, A LOT can happen during negotiations. They can drag on for days and frankly many negotiations stop well short of an accepted contract! Maybe it's money terms, maybe it's occupancy timing, or any other number of terms that make a contract, but often buyer and seller won't quite get to the point of putting the pen to a final agreed upon contract.
If you're trying to sell your
selling your home: 5 Ways To Discourage Mason Home Buyers
- 09/01/13 05:12 AM
5 Ways To Discourage Mason Home Buyers
You hired an agent and put your Mason home on the market. You want a buyer, right? But there are some obvious mistakes you can make that will discourage home buyers from coming to your home, or getting them to love your home when they get there.
1) Bad Marketing. Your agent DOES make a difference. Bad photos kill buyer interest. It's that simple. Ever seen the MLS entry with 3 outside photos and NONE of the inside? There's not a buyer out there that doesn't assume that there's something wrong with the inside
selling your home: 3 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Mason Ohio Home
- 07/31/13 06:41 AM
3 Things To Do Before You Sell Your Mason Ohio Home
We're not going to go with the obvious here. Of course you should select the best possible REALTOR(R) or team that can market your Mason Ohio home and give you the service you deserve. Of course you should prepare your Mason Ohio home for sale by making necessary repairs, perhaps some fresh paint and carpet if needed. Of course you should declutter and make your home as roomy as possible.
But there are 3 things you need to consider and have a plan for BEFORE our yard sign goes in
selling your home: Are You Making Your Mason Ohio Home For Sale Seem Small?
- 07/21/13 01:32 PM
Are You Making Your Mason Ohio Home For Sale Seem Small?
It happened again yesterday while touring another Mason Ohio home for sale with one of our buyer clients. STUFF. Lots of STUFF. It's a common problem when either the listing agents doesn't know the harm, or the sellers aren't yet willing to modify the way they live to help the sale of their home.
But here's the thing:
THE WAY YOU SELL YOUR HOME IS DIFFERENT THAN THE WAY YOU LIVE IN YOUR HOME DAY TO DAY!
You can assume many things when selling your Mason home, but one
selling your home: Even The Friendliest Dog May Be Cujo When You're Selling Your Warren County Home!
- 05/03/13 06:53 AM
Even The Friendliest Dog May Be Cujo When You're Selling Your Warren County Home!
"Why do you want my dog(s) out of the house for all showings? Little Fifi is THE friendliest dog EVER!"
And while Fifi, Rex, Spot, Josh & Sammie are all QUITE friendly when you're home, all bets are off as soon as you close the door and leave the house. YOU are their reassurance, their comfort blanket that these strangers in their house are okay and they don't need to be afraid.
However, without you there the dog has to make its own judgment call when
selling your home: How Will You Sell My Mason Ohio Home?
- 04/13/13 05:54 AM
How Will You Sell My Mason Ohio Home?
"We'll put a sign in the yard, put you in MLS and hope for the best!" If that's what you're expecting, you've picked the wrong team to sell your Mason home, because that is NOT our approach when you hire The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite. Fact is our work with you starts well before that sign goes in the yard and your home goes in MLS.
It starts with knowing your needs: What's most critical to you? Best price? Quick sale? Some combination of the above? Are there