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
selling your home: Mason Ohio Home Sellers, Do You Know Your Competition?
- 03/25/13 09:39 AM
Mason Ohio Home Sellers, Do You Know Your Competition?
If you're thinking about (or actually trying) to sell your Mason Ohio home, there's something you need to understand. The real estate landscape has changed. While the pendulum has shifted back closer to your control rather than the buyers' control, there is another factor that's tilting the playing field: new construction.
For the last few years, new construction was virtually a non-issue. Gone. Market conditions didn't support the builders putting up new sticks and bricks. Values were falling, buyers were afraid to buy and afraid to overpay. So buyers picked from the sellers
selling your home: Selling Your Home is Like Picking a Restaurant!
- 07/15/12 04:31 AM
Selling Your Home is Like Picking a Restaurant!
Ever go on a vacation and wander down to the restaurant district and start trying to decide what you want to eat? You're not looking at Yelp, or Zagats, just looking for what strikes your fancy. First the restaurant needs enough curb appeal to get you to give it some consideration. And that person you're with has to like it too, right? So a few restaurants pass the curb appeal test, so you walk up and start checking out the menu. Ouch, the prices are kind of high!! How about we move along
selling your home: One No Closer To A Yes!
- 05/08/12 05:52 AM
One No Closer To A Yes!
We've got to thank one of our sellers for the title of this post! Last night we provided an email update and added that we hadn't heard back from Saturday's showing agent. Now some sellers might be a bit irritated at the lack of response from the buyer's agent, but our seller totally "gets it"! Her response? "We are one "no" closer to a "yes". And doesn't that capture the essence of trying to sell a home? In our perfect world, we list a home, launch it priced right with full marketing and there's a
selling your home: Are You Prepared to Move Quickly?
- 02/17/12 07:22 AM
Are You Prepared to Move Quickly?
As soon as you start considering selling your home, you need to assume success. When we first meet, we'll talk about many things besides how to get your home ready and expected selling price range. Among the questions you'll probably have is "How long until my house sells?" Obviously there are quite a few variables that go into that answer, some YOU control, some WE control, some NEITHER of us control. If WE team together and properly prepare, price and market your home, we can optimize the conditions that a buyer WILL find you.
selling your home: 10 Reasons We Don't Want Buyers Moving In BEFORE Closing!
- 01/28/12 01:26 PM
10 Reasons We Don't Want Buyers Moving In BEFORE Closing!
As Warren County listing agents, one of our primary jobs is protecting our sellers' best interests, and there's more to that than just getting the best possible price for them. Now ultimately we provide the advice, but it's their final decision as to what to okay or not.
And a request that comes up more often than you might think from buyers is a request to take some form of occupancy prior to closing. It may be having appliances delivered early, it may be wanting to make repairs early