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Via Corinne Kaas (Harmonizing Homes LLC): Over the weekend I wrote a a blog about a house that was for sale which had no curb appeal. Although the house was cute, it lacked that slow the car down and check out this house. Your yard believe it or not has to impress potential buyers...its the first impression. Here are some tips for staging your yard by Harmonizing Homes. Your front lawn is the first thing that buyers see when they drive by, so make sure your lawn is cut, and edged. Prune any branches that may be hiding your home, as we saw in the (6 comments)
Via Sheldon Neal -- That British Agent -- (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited): TEXTING has become an increasingly quick, easy, and convenient way for many to communicate in this fast-paced world these days.
As each month goes by, more and more clients of mine decide to 'shoot me a text' with a quick answer, or they ask me to do the same.
Now as convenient as this is, there are still some things that we should remember so that we can at least keep as much professionalism as we can, while using this communication (2 comments)
Via Patsy Overton (Stage, Show & SELL Home Staging Co. Atlanta, Georgia): Decorating, Updating & Staging: What's the Difference? A week or so ago I wrote a post titled "Please Don't Tell My Husband, But We're Moving." In short form, it speaks of the fact that we began updating our home in December of 2008 to put it on the market in the spring of 2011 (only I'm still keeping this a secret from my husband, so don't tell). In case you missed tip #1, here it is again: START EARLY! This is actually the 2nd in that series and is (4 comments)
Via Richard Weisser Coweta Fayette Real Estate: Most economists agree that recent rashes of government spending will ultimately lead to significant inflation. The constant infusion of cash that is intended as a short-term solution will eventually have a long-term effect on the value of a dollar. One of the best hedges against this expected phenomenon is the purchase of a home during one of the best buyer’s markets in history. With low, low property prices and record low fixed interest rates, there has never been a better time to buy a home. But if one takes into consideration the fact (2 comments)
Via Amy Jones (Chandler, Arizona RE/Max Excalibur): So many people I talk with today seem to have a motto "same %#*!, different day". They are filled with despair and dissatisfaction. One day I was riding my bicycle, pedalling feverishly, head down and watching the pavement speed by. When I looked up I saw I was heading straight for a parked van on the side of the road. I couldn't take my eyes off the van and I knew I was going to plow right into it. I had plenty of time to swerve..but for some reason my mind could do nothing (6 comments)
Via Joan Whitebook, ABR,e-Pro,CEBA Southern New Hampshire (Buyer's Option Realty Services): The homebuyer tax credits may have expired for most home buyers, however, there still are many good reasons to consider buying a house in Southern New Hampshire this year. New Hampshire is the "live free or die" state. New Hampshire is a state where you can enjoy 4 seasons and a great lifestyle. Here are the 5 reasons to purchase a house in Southern New Hampshire. 1. New Hampshire is the most livable state in America. New Hampshire was voted the most livable state in America. In addition, New Hampshire recently was (2 comments)
Via Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations): The smartest way to sell your house is to do your HomeWork. There is so much complaining about the market - the state of real estate...doom and gloom and falling prices. What's a seller to do? I'll tell you what not to do...don't fall prey to the headlines. Many sellers in New Hampshire are doing just that. One after another they are becoming "price reduced" statistics. If you want your house to sell, take control and take action - Do Your HomeWork! Strategically marketed products sell... Those in tune with today's market know that the key to the sale is preparation.
Via Chris Hooks, Salem County, NJ Realtor, Broker Associate (Coldwell Banker Pino Agency): A settlement was supposed to take place Friday morning here in Carneys Point, NJ. The Sellers were ready. So ready, in fact, there was nothing left in the house - not even a beverage in the fridge! The Buyers were ready. Those folks have all of their monies, paperwork and boxes in order. Both the Buyer's agent and the Seller's agent were ready. All of the necessary inspections, certifications, utility transfers, etc. in their respective files. The title company wanted to be ready. The mortgage company? They just didn't have a (4 comments)
Via Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh (EOP Real Estate, LLC): I recently began working with a client who had recevied a pre-approval from her mortgage broker who she had been working with for several months. I had never worked with him before but she was pleased with the work he had done to help her repair her credit. We met at his "home office" to get the pre-approval letter to submit with an offer. When I met him I thought he was very strange. He kept yelling at his wife and ordering her to do things. Something about him did not feel right and I even asked my (2 comments)
Via Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations): Here is something important to consider if you are planning to list your house for sale. You are not just selling a house, you are selling a future. Each time you show your house to potential buyers, you are showing them a glimpse of their possible future.
BEFORE you list your house - consider this question: What future does your house offer?
BEFORE you list your house - identify the areas where a grim future is predicted for buyers and then change the future!
Example 1 Upon entering your house, the (2 comments)
Via Linda Yates (Foreclosure.com): I came across an interesting article today about a foreclosure study, which researched 1.8 million home sales in the state of Massachusetts between the years of 1987 to 2009. The study, conducted by MIT and Harvard researchers, revealed that foreclosure lowers a property's value by 27 percent on average. The report added that when a home sells after the death of an owner, the price drops 5 to 7 percent on average. The value will dive 3 percent if the homeowner files for bankruptcy. I also found it interesting that the authors of the study estimated that when (0 comments)
Via Karen Fiddler Broker/Realtor (Great Western Realty Group/eVantage Real Estate): I've been a Realtor® for a while now...but I am still surprised by the day-to-day issues which arise during transactions. In the current environment, it seems that every new escrow has it's own novelties. It's really keeping us all on our toes. And that's OK.....this is how we learn! I have never felt uncomfortable saying "I don't know" but that's because it's always followed by "but I'll find out." It doesn't diminish me by admitting that a situation is new to me....or challenging. The qualities that define a professional include honesty, (10 comments)
Via Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (Richard P. Zaretsky P.A. - Bd Certified Real Estate Attorney): I just can't get a day of rest! One of my clients had a rotten experieince this week with a home inspector. REDC, the California company that does default solutions and auctions for lenders, has gotten a nice niche for doing home inspections for lenders just prior to the lender accepting and filing a deed in lieu of foreclosure. They hire local inspectors and contractors to review the interior and exterior of the home and make necessary remedial actions if necessary. The problem is (4 comments)
Via Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley (JFIVE HOMES REALTY LLC): Oh I get it you don't believe me so get it appraised! It should not be a big surprise that there are still home sellers who have not caught up with the market. If you are a listing agent you might be asked why is my property not getting shown, or how come the price reduction didn't work? The truth is, the market has shifted and is nothing like we were accustomed to just a few years ago. I really feel for home owners who need to sell, especially those who bought (10 comments)
Via J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip LLC) Westchester County NY: You would think that all the stuff published by financial advice websites would have some consumers more educated about the role of real estate agents, especially in the case of a short sale. They don't. I have to educate many who reach out to me and set them straight on certain ideas in their head that they get from who knows where- most likely these asinine "what your agent hopes you never know" online columns that sow discord rather than educate. A few brief examples: The Open Listing. The guy is essentially a (2 comments)
Via Gary Woltal - Associate Broker REALTOR® Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): No one would doubt that today's homebuyers and sellers are much more savvy with their knowledge about the whole real estate market. Pricing from Zillow, searches for homes on Realtor.com. How valid all that information is and how they process it is another discussion but there is definitely an abundance of information out there. So it begs the question, What is the secret to having homebuyers and sellers find you, the superstar or budding superstar agent? First some guesses that are ALL wrong. Information can be learned about (4 comments)
Via Dorie Dillard: Canyon Creek & NW Austin Living (Coldwell Banker United): Know what the #1 Energy Efficiency Killer for Your Home is?It's your failure to change your heating and cooling filters on a regular basis!It's July and for many of us in Texas we are beginning to experience the hottest temperatures of the year! The U.S. Department of Energy encourages us to make sure our homes are energy efficient. Check out this great energy savers booklet provided: www.eere.energy.gov Here are 12 items that commonly cause loss of heat and air to check in your home: 1. Dirty filters2. Dropped (4 comments)
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