charlotte home seller tips: What’s Wrong with This Picture? - 10/27/14 12:34 PM
What’s Wrong with This Picture?
 
Sometimes as agents, we have to step out of the ‘data’ box and view a listing from a buyer’s perspective.  We tend to fall into the '4-beds-4-baths-1/2-acre-fenced-yard-with-pool' mentality and truly need to take a fresh look at our listings.  
 
How do our listings actually LOOK in the eyes of the prospective buyers?  I’m constantly amazed that agents ‘think’ their iPhone photos are primo and that their $1M+ listings are not deserving of professional photos but, sometimes those iPhone photos do eventually sell a home or two!
 
Seriously, I know I’m guilty of overlooking the bad photos on many listings … (80 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: TOP 10 Tips for Charlotte Home Sellers - 02/13/14 07:53 PM
Top 10 Tips for Charlotte Home SellersIf you’re considering selling your Charlotte home, then you may want to take inventory and identify what needs to be addressed before placing your home on the market.
First Impressions are CriticalPut yourself in your buyers’ shoes.   Enter your home starting at the front door and ‘tour’ your home as though you were a buyer.  When a buyer is viewing your home, they have every right to be critical of every single aspect of your home – remember, this may very well be their new home!   Does your home ‘flow’ nicely?  Are your colors coordinating?  Are all repairs made?  Does your home … (18 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Mistakes Charlotte Home Sellers Make That Could Cost Them a Sale - Refusing Repairs - 01/19/14 10:56 AM
Mistakes Sellers Make That Could Cost Them a Sale - Refusing Repairs
It's a long and winding road we travel when selling our Charlotte homes.  Home prep and showings are only the beginning in the process of home selling.  Then comes the Offer to Purchase and negotiating with a Charlotte home buyer (or 3, if you're lucky)!  A good negotiator on your side is essential! 
Having inspectors who leave footprints in your luxury Jacuzzi tub in the master suite or tracking mud in from the crawl space onto your new $10,000 gorgeous, oval Stark rug in the foyer - well, that's not fun … (31 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Let That Holiday Cheer Help You Sell Your Charlotte Home This Month - 11/22/13 11:22 AM
Let That Holiday Cheer Help You Sell Your Charlotte Home This Month
Ahh, a cozy fire, the smell of freshly cut pine trees and a plate of warm molasses cookies may just be all it takes for buyers to envision themselves celebrating THEIR holidays in your Charlotte home!   So take the time this season to channel Mrs. Claus and cheerfully enhance your house for the holidays with these festive tips:
Don’t Neglect the Winter Curb Appeal – Remember that the first impression for buyers is VERY important in the home selling process.  In the dead of winter, yards can look barren and … (22 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Online Valuation Services Miss the Mark on the "Human Factor" - 11/21/13 03:29 AM
Online Valuation Services Miss the Mark on the "Human Factor"
It is not uncommon for Charlotte real estate agents to arrive at a listing appointment facing eager sellers who have previously visited an online home valuation and found their home value to be significantly higher than the actual value.  Sellers then question OUR estimated Charlotte real estate values. 
Homeowners utilize several valuation tools provided by a variety of online sources.  It's relatively simple to explain in one word - HUMAN - why it's best NOT to rely on these sources.  You may find one that is absolutely spot-on with the bare data but, I don't … (12 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Top 7 Reasons to List Your Charlotte Home for Sale During the Holidays - 11/20/13 10:11 AM
Top 7 Reasons to List Your Charlotte Home for Sale During the HolidaysI am hearing this question more and more these days – “Why should I even think of listing my Charlotte home for sale during the holidays?”   It’s a very logical question but, let me explain the reasoning behind why I recommend listing your Charlotte home for sale during the holidays…
1. While there may be fewer buyers out there shopping for Charlotte homes for sale during the holidays, the buyers who are looking, are serious buyers and they are READY to buy!
2.  Relocation buyers are still shopping for homes … (7 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: I Have a Buyer for YOU! Fact or Hogwash? - 11/16/13 04:24 AM
I Have a Buyer for YOU!  Fact or Hogwash?
The Charlotte Observer’s Deon Roberts wrote an article today about real estate brokers using letters, post cards and calls to nab listings.  Deon phoned me for my commentary on the matter and I gave my quick answer to his question about agents sending out letters.  I’d like to expand on my thoughts on this matter, as just today, I had a call from a client who has been receiving these letters and calls.
Charlotte is currently suffering from inventory shortage.  YES, we do have buyers desperately seeking housing in very targeted areas.  However, clients … (72 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: What’s In Your Charlotte Neighbor's Home Sale for YOU? - 11/12/13 01:48 PM
What’s In Your Charlotte Neighbor's Home Sale for YOU?Recently, I’ve written a couple of articles to better assist Charlotte home buyers with regards to doing due diligence on neighborhoods which they are considering residing.  There are neighbors that you just can’t do anything about–how will their very existence affect your home values?  Then, there are neighbors that may just need a little help from you or your HOA to improve upon their "neighborly" status.
Perhaps more importantly, have you thought about how YOUR neighbor’s home sale affects YOUR home's value?  We all worry about the home next door that may be being … (4 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: 5 Simple Repairs to Do on Your Charlotte Home For Sale BEFORE Listing It - 11/06/13 11:33 AM
Charlotte Home Sellers | Get Those Simple Repairs Done on Your Charlotte Home For SaleThinking of listing your Charlotte home for sale?   Regardless of the season, your home needs to stand out from the crowd in order to achieve your selling goals.  One of the easiest things you can do to make your home shine is to complete all the basic repairs that you’ve been putting off.Here are 5 simple repairs that make a BIG difference to potential buyers who visit your Charlotte home for sale:
Perk up your exterior: As we all know, first impressions are crucial. Give your picket fence, … (11 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte Home Seller Tips - 4 Quick Tips To Closet Cleanout - 11/03/13 08:42 AM
4 Quick Tips To Closet Cleanout - Charlotte Home Seller TipsHaving met with a moving company this week to obtain an estimate on our local move early next year, reminded me that the more ‘clutter’ we have, the more costly our move will be!  Not only will Charlotte home buyers judge our home as being too cluttered but, the increased moving expense is simply not worth it to me to move belongings that have been stored in the backs of closets, accumulating over the years!  
Your living spaces are the most important rooms in your home. They’re where you read bedtime stories, … (7 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte Home Seller Tips | Deferred Maintenance and Home Inspections - 11/02/13 11:29 AM
Charlotte Home Seller Tips | Deferred Maintenance and Home InspectionsWhat If You Were Staying In Your Charlotte Home for Another Year?Charlotte home inspections always bring about more anxiety than the actual price negotiations from both buyer and seller perspectives. It’s often the worst part of the entire transaction for home buyers AND sellers!
I ask myself if it’s because, as agents, we don’t adequately prepare our buyers and sellers for this portion of the transaction? Do we focus too much on the bottom line negotiations for the purchase and once that aspect of the transaction is complete, we drop the ball?
As buyers … (2 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Buying a New Home Before Your Charlotte Home Sells - 10/19/13 05:37 AM
What Happens if You Find Your New Home Before You Sell Your Old One?This is a common question that I get from sellers who have found their Charlotte dream home but, have not yet sold the home that they’re living in.  So what does happen when you find that dream home that you want to buy, before you have made the sale on your old property?
Ideally you would have sold your current home before you buy your new property. However, sometimes the transition doesn’t work out that way.  You don’t want to give up the sale if you have found a … (5 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: How to be Your Charlotte Real Estate Agent’s Wingman! - 07/21/13 12:35 PM
Market Your Charlotte Home for Sale Like a Professional…WITH a ProfessionalHow to be your Charlotte real estate agent’s wingman!If you are preparing your Charlotte home for sale, you certainly understand how one can become focused on all the little updates one needs to make before the home is ready to be put on the market.   However, once your Charlotte home for sale is actually listed, don’t just sit back and wait for the Offers to roll in — there’s always something to be done!
For a quick sale of your Charlotte home, successful real estate agents know that the work never ends.  … (16 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 4 Things That Will Turn Buyers Away - 04/14/13 12:01 PM
Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 4 Things That Will Turn Buyers Away in a HeartbeatYou’ve decided to list your Charlotte home for sale, you’ve de-cluttered, rearranged furniture, removed all unnecessary furniture and you’ve cleaned it from top to bottom. Even though you have a good start, maintaining a clean household may just not be enough; you also need to be prepared to cater to discriminating buyers. By updating just a few features, you’ll immediately increase your property’s appeal to buyers looking at Charlotte homes for sale.
Selling a house is stressful enough without having to worry about every little detail and anticipating exactly … (24 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Home Seller Tips - Yes, Less IS More! - 03/31/13 03:20 PM
Charlotte Home Seller Tips | Staging Tips – Less IS More!Staging is the art of preparing your Charlotte home for sale before showing it to prospective buyers.  The point of staging is to highlight the house’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and make it more appealing.  Remember that you want your home to show like a model–not like it’s being lived in!  Take staging tips from home builders–remember less is MORE!
With proper staging, you can win buyers over the moment they step through the door.  Below are a few staging tips to help make your Charlotte home for sale absolutely irresistible to potential buyers.Put … (1 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte Home Seller Tips | Staging Tips – Less is MORE! - 03/17/13 08:57 AM
Charlotte Home Seller Tips | Staging Tips – Less is MORE!Staging is the art of preparing your Charlotte home for sale before showing it to prospective buyers.  The point of staging is to highlight the house’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and make it more appealing.  Remember that you want your home to show like a model–not like it’s being lived in!  Take staging tips from home builders–remember less is MORE!
With proper staging, you can win buyers over the moment they step through the door.  Below are a few staging tips to help make your Charlotte home for sale absolutely irresistible to … (2 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte NC Home Seller Tips – 4 Simple Steps for Setting the Stage - 03/16/13 10:07 AM
Charlotte NC Home Seller Tips – 4 Simple Steps for Setting the StageSelling your Charlotte home is not as easy as it once was!  Buyers seem to be a bit more persnickety than ever before–as I wrote earlier in the week, they either want to do a full rehab or they want move-in ready with NO modifications to be made.  Yes, that means no, “Let’s let the buyers select the appliances.” or “I’m sure they’d want different granite countertops than we would!”  Just DO the modifications BEFORE you list your Charlotte home for sale.  Doing this will command a higher price … (3 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts When Listing Your Charlotte Home - 01/24/13 11:16 AM
Top 10 List of Do’s and Don’ts When Listing Your Charlotte Home for SaleIf you’re thinking of listing your Charlotte home for sale, you’re probably thinking about what you must do to do to get it SOLD.  Here is our top 10 list of do’s and don’ts when listing your Charlotte home for sale:
Do’s when listing your Charlotte home for sale DO clean and de-clutter.  What may look like a normal, lived-in to you may not be appealing to your potential buyers. DO check your home for ‘general’ maintenance work that needs to be addressed and take care of it NOW.  I suggest to my … (20 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte Home Seller Tips | If You Know It, Disclose It - 12/25/12 11:59 AM
What You Need to Know About Charlotte Real Estate Disclosures When buyers step into Charlotte real estate that is listed for sale, the may notice the seller has applied a fresh coat of paint or installed new carpet.  While most sellers make updates like this to make their home more appealing to buyers, some are also trying to hide faults within their home, such as water damage or cracks.
As a Charlotte home seller, you are obligated to disclose all major property issues.  A Charlotte home buyer should double-check the disclosure statement before signing any sort of Contract to purchase the … (21 comments)

charlotte home seller tips: Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 7 Painful Consequences of Overpricing Your Home - 12/16/12 12:58 PM
Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 7 Painful Consequences of Overpricing Your HomeWith the recent change in the Charlotte real estate market, many sellers are finding themselves feeling quite confident that they are soon going to sell their home.  One of the main problems that we are seeing with some sellers are that with this added confidence in the real estate market, they feel even more confident about their higher list price.
When you overprice your Charlotte home for sale, you may well suffer from 1 or even all of these 7 overpricing consequences:1.  You may actually help sell similar homes that are … (5 comments)

 
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Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

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Author Bio: Debe Maxwell is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) in the Charlotte Metro region with a focus on the Charlotte luxury home market. My team of agents each have their own specialty areas, a benefit to anyone buying a home in Charlotte NC. If you're thinking of listing your home, I would love to meet with you and share our marketing success package with you. My homes sell faster and for more money and after all, isn't that what every seller wants?! We'd love to help you buy or sell in the Charlotte Metro region.          Tweets by DebeInCharlotte


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