selling your northern virginia home: 7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home - 09/06/17 11:25 AM
7 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home
The expense of hiring an agent to list your home for sale is always a hot topic. For sale by owner home sales remain an extremely low percentage of the total home sales – only 8% in 2016 but, what makes hiring a real estate agent a better idea than listing your home yourself? We’re giving you 7 reasons just to give you a sample of why you shouldn’t go the FSBO route.
 
 
 
Pricing – it is important your home be priced correctly from the start to bring in the right … (33 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: 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)

selling your northern virginia home: 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)

selling your northern virginia home: 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 … (25 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: 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.
 
Odors
This tip is really about making sure that there aren’t any unpleasant odors in your home. … (22 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: 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)

selling your northern virginia home: Is Fall A Bad Time To Sell My House? - 09/26/16 06:43 AM
Is Fall A Bad Time To Sell My House?
As the days get shorter and the cool crisp air becomes more consistent potential sellers want to know if fall is a bad time to sell. If you ask agents this question most will tell you that certain seasons are more favorable to sell your home than others. So is fall one of those seasons?
 
In my opinion fall is still a very good time to sell your house. Statistically spring and most of summer are when the majority of sellers put their homes on the market. If the majority of homeowners … (24 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Selling Your Home While Going Through Divorce - 09/07/16 01:23 AM
Clermont Florida Realtor® Beth Atalay shares an excellent post with us. Divorce is never easy. Add in selling a home and it can be downright overwhelming. Hiring the right agent who understands your situation, local market, and who is there to guide you every step of the way is imperative. Thank you for such a well written post Beth! 

Selling Your Home While Going Through DivorceSelling your house under normal circumstances can be stressful enough. Selling your house in the midst of a divorce can be a total nightmare. When selling a house, sellers are advised to leave their emotions out and look at it as a business … (10 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Why Should Sellers Have Their Home Inspected Before Listing? - 08/02/15 11:19 PM
Why Should Sellers Have Their Home Inspected Before Listing?
It’s very common for buyers to pay for a home inspection when purchasing a home. It allows the buyer to know of any issues with the home and make a decision on whether or not they want to proceed with the purchase. Why would a seller want to have a home inspection prior to listing if it’s something the buyer will likely initiate and pay for on their own?

Conducting a home inspection can save sellers money in the long run. Home inspections aren’t a pass or fail. They are similar to a physical and … (47 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Taking An Overpriced Listing – I’ll Pass - 11/05/14 11:49 PM
Taking An Overpriced Listing – I’ll Pass
I met with a potential seller in February and after touring through his home we sat down to discuss comps, my marketing plan, commission etc. All was going well until we came to the comps. As with all my listings I had a folder to leave with him that contained the same comps we were reviewing together. After looking at his copy he started justifying why a $30,000 higher list price than any recent sold comp was reasonable.
I listened to his reasoning for a higher price and explained why it’s all about what the market is … (18 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your House - 04/04/14 11:26 PM
Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your House
As the Spring market takes off and many sellers consider getting their houses on the market there are common pitfalls to avoid. While this list isn’t all inclusive I wanted to share what I consider to be the top 5 mistakes to avoid when selling your house.
 
1.     Overpricing – Overpricing is like shooting yourself in the foot. Buyers know what houses are selling for and even if they don’t the agent representing them will. Listening to your agent and pricing the house appropriately from the start will set you up for showings and … (40 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Christmas Decorations, Spoiled Food, and Bug Corpses - 02/20/14 09:45 PM
Christmas Decorations, Spoiled Food, and Bug Corpses
This is the front door of a listing my clients and I went to see yesterday. We joked that I had to plow through the packages to even get to the door and it only got worse when we were inside. There were Christmas decorations everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas but, it has come and gone and the decorations need to be taken down. The pictures in the MLS portray the house as being vacant. Decorations and clutter are a terrible distraction inside for buyers viewing the property and a surprise … (19 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Home Sellers – Clean Off Your Driveways and Sidewalks - 01/09/14 09:55 PM
Home Sellers – Clean Off Your Driveways and Sidewalks
We have had a couple snows so far this winter and a mixture of precipitation in general. I’ve noticed each time I head out to show houses the next day more than half don’t have their driveways and sidewalks cleaned off. An inch of snow isn’t much but, it’s enough to cause someone to slip and when you know you are going to have potential buyers coming in to tour your home you need to clean the driveway and sidewalks off. Not only does it eliminate a safety hazard it also means … (20 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Home Inspections Aren’t Just For Buyers - 04/28/13 09:47 PM
Home Inspections Aren’t Just For Buyers
Home Inspections are more often than not something a buyer wants done prior to purchasing a home. While not mandatory in Virginia I’d never recommend anyone buy a home without getting an inspection. Sure, it costs money but, it’s money well spent on what’s likely one of life’s biggest investments. Home inspections are to a house what a physical is to a person. There’s no pass or fail but, it’s important to know the overall condition of the house before you decide to move forward with the purchase.  
 
Pre-Listing Inspections
Too many people … (98 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Curb Appeal Gone All Wrong - 04/08/13 11:16 PM
Curb Appeal Gone All Wrong
Curb appeal is equally as important as preparing the interior of a home for sale. It often gets forgotten because homeowners are focused on making the interior shine. Untrimmed bushes, weeds in the walk way, dirty windows, and chipped paint on the garage or front door are all items that should be rectified before listing your home.
 
Have your agent come over and give suggestions on what curb appeal needs to be added or enhanced before listing your home for sale. Buyers form opinions from the second they drive up to your home. Many … (15 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Seller Will Credit XYZ For XYZ At Closing - 03/04/13 10:22 PM
Seller Will Credit XYZ For XYZ At Closing
We’ve all seen it in listing remarks. The seller will credit some amount of money for some worn out something or other in the property before closing. Paint and carpet are the two I see most and I just don’t understand the thought process behind it.
 
First impressions are everything and new carpet and paint can do wonders for first impressions in real estate. It’s no secret they’ll help sell a property so why make buyers imagine what they’ll look like? Show buyers how great the place looks and take care … (11 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - Pricing - 02/21/13 10:26 PM
Selling Your Northern Virginia Home - Pricing
Pricing your home is a key factor in selling it. When it’s time to hire a Realtor® to list your home it’s imperative they know your local area and have mastered the current market data in order to properly price your home.

 
Determining The Price For Your Northern VA Home
Analyzing similar homes that have sold in your area within the past 3 months is one piece used to determine what your home will sell for. Looking at homes that are currently available is another. They’re going to be your competition so we need to know … (7 comments)

selling your northern virginia home: Top 10 Home Repair Projects For Sellers - 07/27/12 04:15 AM
Getting your home ready to go on the market isn’t always easy and attention to detail is key. Home repair projects for sellers can mean a wide variety of things but, the list below gives a good starting point for anyone working towards putting their house up for sale.  
 
1.     Patch any nail pops/holes in the walls and ceilings
2.     Replace worn carpeting
3.     Repaint dark or worn walls with a neutral color – preferably not white
4.     Change out dated light fixtures and door hardware
5.     Repair leaky faucets and toilets
6.     Have the house professionally cleaned
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