home sellers: Real Estate Agents Giving Sellers False Hope On Market Value - 03/09/18 05:41 AM
Real Estate Agents Giving Sellers False Hope On Market Value
Inventory in many areas is low – extremely low, in some locations even historically low. Real Estate agents telling sellers that they can sell their home at an unrealistic price just to win the listing is nothing new but, it becomes more prevalent when low inventory is a current market trend. Low inventory is a positive factor for sellers, it all comes down to supply and demand, but, when inventory is low some agents take the path of telling a seller whatever they want to hear just to get the listing.

In … (40 comments)

home sellers: When An Internet Lead Becomes So Much More - 02/24/18 01:23 PM
When An Internet Lead Becomes So Much More
What started out as a website lead became so much more. The Dove family was looking to move from their condo into a bigger home. When we met for the first time conversation flowed naturally and it was apparent house hunting with them was going to be a fun journey. After touring homes they decided on a townhouse in a great neighborhood. They had a newborn and were looking forward to having outdoor space to spend time with him in.
A few years later they reached out to let me know they’d found a single … (19 comments)

home sellers: Take It or Toss It? A Guide To Planning For A Move - 02/16/18 01:24 PM
Take It or Toss It? A Guide To Planning For A Move
We recently wrote a post about working on getting your home ready for sale on the interior while it’s still cold out. Tackling overflowing closets by getting rid of items you no longer use was one of our main points. It got me thinking that while de-cluttering sounds easy to many of us (and for some it is) for others it poses the question of what to take and what to toss?
Clothing – start by asking yourself when the last time was that you wore it. If the answer is more than … (20 comments)

home sellers: A Mother's Love and Strength Knows No Limits - 02/06/18 07:59 AM
A Mother's Love and Strength Knows No Limits
Last summer a dear friend of mine reached out and said she had a referral for me and that it would be an emotional sale. She asked if she could take me over to the house when they were in town. We went around the corner from her house and I met Jenny and Mary  for the first time.
It turns out they were the mother and daughter of the seller who had suddenly passed away at a very early age. As I sat down on the couch to talk with them tears started to … (27 comments)

home sellers: How To Start Preparing Your Home For Sale During The Winter - 01/25/18 05:13 AM
How To Start Preparing Your Home For Sale During The Winter
Preparing your home for sale takes time and a well thought out plan. It’s not an overnight process and while winter continues to grace us with its presence now is the perfect time to start working on items that need attention inside your home. Even if you aren’t planning on selling this spring, think of taking care of items inside as New Year’s Resolution for your home.
Where to start?
Closets are a great starting point. Almost all of us have at least one closet that could use organizing. Take everything … (19 comments)

home sellers: Are Home Inspectors Ever Wrong? - 01/07/18 06:17 AM
Are Home Inspectors Ever Wrong?
Most of the time when we’re talking home inspectors it revolves around buyers hiring one to inspect the home they’re purchasing. That’s not always the case though. Homeowners and seller’s hire home inspectors too. Home inspectors can identify repairs that are needed or going to be needed in the future and that can avoid costly deferred maintenance for homeowners or give sellers a chance to correct a problem prior to going on the market.

I always like to compare a home inspection to going to the doctor to get a physical. It’s not a pass or fail activity. Home … (23 comments)

home sellers: How Does The New Tax Bill Impact Homeowners? - 01/02/18 01:36 PM
How Does The New Tax Bill Impact Homeowners?
Many homeowners, buyers, and sellers are wondering how the tax reform legislation that passed in December is going to impact them. As with most things in real estate – it depends. There are several items in the bill that affect the housing market. Below is an overview of what it means for homeowners, buyers, and sellers.
Mortgage Interest Deduction – through the end of 2025 new home buyers will only be able to deduct interest on the first $750,000 of a mortgage. This is a decrease from $1 million. The deduction cap will revert to $1 … (12 comments)

home sellers: The Importance Of Curb Appeal - 10/26/17 12:24 PM
The Importance Of Curb Appeal
Curb appeal tends to be something sellers either don’t put enough weight on in general or it’s something that is only thought of during the springtime. Curb appeal can be accomplished year round. Fall is a wonderful time of year that provides a beautiful backdrop for your home. No matter what season we’re in curb appeal should be on the list for items that need attention prior to listing your home.
Roof – if your roof looks rundown and has loose or missing shingles give it the attention it needs prior to going on the market. Buyers and … (23 comments)

home sellers: 4 Common Pricing Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home - 10/15/17 07:16 AM
4 Common Pricing Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home
Pricing is the number one reason homes don’t sell or sit on the market for months and become stale inventory. Every seller wants to get top dollar for their home and with the right plan in place that’s very achievable. However, there are pricing mistakes sellers have to avoid in order to achieve the top dollar goal.
Pricing Your Home Too High – this is the most common mistake we see. Homes that are priced too high will be passed over by buyers. You might get showings but, if offers don’t follow there’s … (38 comments)

home sellers: What Does A Realtor® Do To Sell Your Home? - 09/30/17 03:24 PM
What Does A Realtor® Do To Sell Your Home?
Being a Realtor® isn’t as easy as it might look and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to arrive at a successful closing. So what exactly does a Realtor® do during a transaction to sell your home? While no two transactions are the same this list provides a general idea of what your agent is doing to get you to a smooth settlement. This list is not all inclusive nor does every item always apply to every transaction. Different agents provide different levels of service and this list was … (23 comments)

home sellers: 3 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid - 09/22/17 05:36 AM
Beth Atalay, Broker and Owner of Cam Realty in Clermont FL offers excellent advice on what mistakes home sellers need to avoid. 
3 Home Selling Mistakes to AvoidIf you are a homeowner selling your house in a seller’s market with high demand and low inventory, it’s a reason to be happy. However, even in a hot seller’s market, it is possible to go weeks..months without any offers and few showings. Before you know it, your listing has become stale and you’re no longer in a seller’s market. We all know real estate market is always changing. It’s important to a home … (15 comments)

home sellers: How To Avoid Killing Your Home Sale - 06/13/17 01:31 PM
How To Avoid Killing Your Home Sale
Congratulations! Your home is under contract! While it may seem like you’ve already run a marathon to get to get to where you are there are still pitfalls to avoid. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and you don’t want to do anything to make it go dark. Sure, we might be being a little dramatic but, we’ve seen our fair share of home sales blow up over the years. Be cautious of some of the things that can cause your sale to fall apart.
Mistake #1: Don’t Make The Effort To Fix … (29 comments)

home sellers: How To Prepare Your Home For Showings - 04/12/17 05:55 AM
How To Prepare Your Home For Showings
Getting a home ready to go on the market is a detailed and tedious process. It takes a lot of time, work, and planning. The preparation doesn't stop after photos have been taken and your home is on the market. When it’s time for showings to start don’t forget there are still a few more details to take care of in order for your home to welcome potential buyers.
Temperature Setting – check your thermostat and make adjustments if needed. We all have preferences on what we consider comfortable. Try to go with middle ground – … (23 comments)

home sellers: Put Valuables Away and Out of Sight Before Showings Start - 04/06/17 05:11 AM
The spring market is in full force and Clarksville Realtor Debbie Reynolds shares a valuable and timely post. When selling your home it's important to prepare for showings and a big part of that is putting away valuables. Great post Debbie!
When Selling Your Home, Valuables Need to Be Secured

When it comes time to sell your Clarksville TN home, preparing your home for showings includes putting away valuables and not leaving temptation in the front of those walking through the house.

Of course you need to consider home staging and getting the home in show- ready condition. These things are done … (11 comments)

home sellers: For Sale By Owner - Hang On It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride - 03/07/17 12:12 PM
For Sale By Owner - Hang On It’s Going To Be A Bumpy Ride
Selling your home without hiring a Realtor® is not something I’d ever recommend – even before I became an agent I would never attempt to buy or sell a home on my own. There are far too many details that go into selling a home and while you might be able to get to closing I can guarantee you an agent who is a local expert with a successful track record will do a better job and get a higher sale price, better terms, or a combination of … (44 comments)

home sellers: How To Prepare Your Home For Sale on a Budget - 03/05/17 05:55 AM
How To Prepare Your Home For Sale on a Budget
All homes typically sell for more money when they are properly prepared for the market. That said, don’t let a small budget dissuade you from preparing your home for sale. There are a lot of ways you can make your home shine without breaking the bank.
Exterior - You only get one chance to make a first impression and that starts with the exterior. Place some flowers in pots on a pedestal by your front door. Yellow is a good color to go with. Wash your windows – this is one … (13 comments)

home sellers: Signs That Your Home Is Priced Too High - 02/27/17 01:28 PM
Signs That Your Home Is Priced Too High
If you’re selling your home it’s imperative to understand that pricing it correctly from the beginning is a critical step to get it sold – not only for the highest price possible but, also in the shortest time possible. The most common reason a home doesn’t sell is because it’s overpriced.
Overpricing a home is ultimately going to result in less money in your pocket. An overpriced home will sit on the market and become stale inventory that buyers will simply just pass over. If you make the mistake of overpricing your home it’s important … (26 comments)

home sellers: 3 Tips For Staging Your Home For Sale - 01/06/17 12:09 PM
3 Tips For Staging Your Home For Sale
It’s true that potential buyers decide whether or not they will buy a home within the first minute or two of entering the property. With that said you don’t need to go into “HGTV mode” to stage your home for sale. Yes, you could definitely paint the walls or rent furniture but, staging is really about minimizing objections to a property.  Here are some tips to make sure that your property doesn’t send buyers running for the hills.
This tip is really about making sure that there aren’t any unpleasant odors in your home. … (22 comments)

home sellers: Tips To Organize Your Storage Closet - 01/01/17 10:21 AM
Tips To Organize Your Storage Closet
Storage closets often look very messy and unorganized because they hold a lot of miscellaneous and random items. It builds up over time and you suddenly realize it's overflowing and unorganized. While they might be full of a hodgepodge of items it is possible to keep them organized and attractive. 
Take Everything Out and Sort All Items
By taking everything out you can then organize it into piles of “like” items. While you are removing everything from the closet take time to get rid of anything that you no longer use or need. If you haven’t used it in … (16 comments)

home sellers: Is Winter A Good Time To Sell My Home? - 12/18/16 08:21 AM
Is Winter A Good Time To Sell My Home?
We have been receiving this question from past clients and potential sellers frequently. We receive it every year around this time but, it seems to be more pronounced this year. With the election finally over and a shift in interest rates those considering selling have an uncertainty on the current conditions of the Northern Virginia real estate market.
We can tell you that we are moving homes very quickly right now. We are also working with a lot of buyers actively seeking their next home. They have a sense of urgency because they want … (15 comments)

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