selling details: Spring into the Selling Market - 04/03/11 06:01 AM
Spring is known for Spring Market home selling in real estate.  
You may not have considered the time of the year as an issue of when you sell, but you should have.  More buyers are out in the spring than any other time of the year.  The next question is why?  The answer is simple.  In northern climates the highest percentage of buyers have children, so school is a major consideration.  Buyers want to be settled before school starts in the fall.
This is a major reason for the spring market in every area of the county.
The Next consideration … (1 comments)

selling details: Agents Selling Their Own Home (Part 2) - 02/06/11 12:29 AM
I wrote a post about agents selling their own homes a few weeks back. 
If you missed it here is the link to the post.  http://activerain.com/blogsview/2107897/real-estate-agents-selling-their-own-homesSome of us that have done this, learned from the experience.  I have used many selling experiences to help sellers understand the selling process.
In my humble opinion agents have to be pro-active in the selling process and get the seller active in helping sell their own home.  If you do not obtain seller involvement, the only thing that happens, you work twice as hard without the reward of selling the home or a commission.
A few steps are necessary … (2 comments)

selling details: The Double Whammy! - 01/31/11 07:28 AM
The Economy across the nation and where you Live.
We as real estate agents are constantly reviewing the economic conditions to help our clients buy and sell.
We look at our own towns and cities and not all that much further to see the impact of the other areas.
NPR has produced an interactive map that helps tell the story of Foreclosures, jobs with a broad stroke brush that lets you look at other areas and your area.  Here is the NPR interactive link:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111494514
The "Double Whammy" is losing your job and home. 
We can talk about issues but we … (4 comments)

selling details: When Your Home Doesn't Sell - 01/30/11 12:12 PM
How many times have we seen articles written about what to do "When a Home Doesn't Sell"? 
The reason homes don't sell is usually a combination of reasons. 
The basic reasons are usually:
Condition Location Price Advertising Market Lack of Buyer Showing Exposure Lack of Client Commitment Lack of Agent Commitment You can shuffle these reasons and add to the list if you wish.  One thing is consistent when a home doesn't sell you know a price it won't sell at.  You also can review the past marketing efforts and advertising exposure.  During the listing interview ask the right questions so you … (4 comments)

selling details: Selling Options when your home Doesn't Sell! - 01/23/11 05:17 AM
Musical Realtors may be a new term and it doesn't have to do with a Rock Band!
Your have to make a decision when you prepare your home for sale.  Will you use a full service real estate company and agent or will you try on your own.  After making that decision the anticipation of selling sends your mind into the "what if" scenario. 
What if, we sell fast?  What will we do?
What if, the offer is to low and we counter and the buyer walks?
What if, the buyer asks for concessions or large repairs?
What if, the buyer … (4 comments)

selling details: Kentwood Housing Market Trend Reports - 12/13/10 12:48 PM
Living in the Forest Hills Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Kentwood, Michigan area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to Kentwood, Michigan  neighborhood areas with a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis.
These key market trend reports for sellers and buyers will help guide your real estate process. Of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Kentwood, Michigan Real Estate … (6 comments)

selling details: Wyoming Housing Market Trend Reports - 12/10/10 08:45 AM
Living in the Forest Hills Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Forest Hills area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to the Wyoming Michigan neighborhood areas through a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis.
This will provide key market data for sellers and buyers; of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Wyoming Michigan Real Estate Market Trends data will help … (4 comments)

selling details: Grandville Real Estate Housing Market Trends - 12/10/10 08:26 AM
Living in the Grandville Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Grandville area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to Grandville neighborhoods with "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis reports.
This will provide key market data for sellers and buyers; of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Grandville Real Estate Market Trends data will help you see the activity and patterns of sales, listings … (1 comments)

selling details: Cascade Housing Market Trends - 12/10/10 08:00 AM
Living in the Cascade Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Cascade area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to Cascade neighborhood areas through a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis.
This will provide key market data for sellers and buyers; of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Cascade Real Estate Market Trends data will help you see the activity and patterns … (0 comments)

selling details: Rockford Michigan Housing Market Trends - 12/10/10 07:35 AM
Living in the Rockford Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes with listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Rockford area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to the Rockford Michigan area through a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis.
This will provide key market data for sellers and buyers; of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Rockford Real Estate Market Trends data will help you see the activity and patterns of … (0 comments)

selling details: Grand Rapids Real Estate Market Statistics, Grand Rapids Michigan - 12/10/10 07:18 AM
Living in the Grand Rapids Real Estate Market has given me some big advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Grand Rapids area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to Grand Rapids neighborhoods using a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis as a guide.
This will provide key market data for sellers and buyers; of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Grand Rapids Real Estate Market Trends data will help you see the … (0 comments)

selling details: Forest Hills Real Estate Market Statistics, Grand Rapids Michigan - 12/10/10 06:47 AM
Living in the Forest Hills Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional.
I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Forest Hills area.
This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to the Forest Hills neighborhood area through a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis.
This will provide key market data for sellers and buyers; of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information.
The "Free" Forest Hills Real Estate Market … (0 comments)

selling details: Print-It Technology - 11/27/10 06:16 AM
Today you can use Print-It Technology to help make better real estate decisions.
Look at printing a color brochure so you have all the details of a property.  If you are a seller is a online color brochure available to buyers?
Is a map available for buyers?  Mapquest and Google Maps can lead buyers to a seller's doorstep.  Buyer's do not always want a a viewing appointment until they see the property for themselves from the street.
Another key to selling and buying is virtual tours.  You can print a link to share with family and friends if you are a … (0 comments)

selling details: Musical Realtors...Looking for Magic? - 10/26/10 02:20 AM
I have noticed over the last year that sellers have been looking for something magical to happen.
Sellers have been playing Musical Realtors!  Meaning sellers are skipping from one real estate agent to another hoping to sell.
The reason for the movement or playing Musical Realtors is in the  interviewing process. 
The agent that represents your best interest needs to have more than a nice smile and pleasant personality.  Find out when and what you can expect from the real estate agent, before signing a listing contract.
The National Association of Realtors study on sellers selecting a Realtor is very revealing.  Over 80% of … (14 comments)

selling details: Seller Anxiety After the Purchase Agreement! - 08/08/10 04:18 AM
Seller anxiety does not end with the purchase agreement.
Sellers have just as many issues to resolve as buyers after the purchase agreement.
Sellers want to make sure the sale is actually going to happen!  The anxiety level is high when attempting to sell.  Making sure the home is always ready to show prosective buyers.  Wondering how many people are going to see the home and more importantly what will be their offers.
Once an offer has been presented and a counter offer, if needed, presented back... the sellers again are on pins and needles.  Sellers wait for the answer just … (2 comments)

selling details: Holy Ghost... Batman! - 07/24/10 12:28 PM
 

Listing properties can be a challenge in a buyers’ market. 
Some properties have special issues (most) like a neighbor or repairs required, location, schools or other factor that can make the home more difficult to sell.
Very seldom do I get a listing where the seller says the home is haunted and the ghost only appears to men!  Now before you decide I flipped my cracker, I do believe in some form of energy and the possibility of communicating with those long gone souls.  How much I believe is on a case by case basis!  My mom told … (23 comments)

selling details: Future Olympians? - 03/28/10 07:05 AM
Future Olympians in your family?
We went to our granddaughters gymnastic competition yesterday.  The most notable issue is the confidence it gives young people to perform in front of others.  This can be one of the most overlooked areas for shy children. 
My oldest granddaughter has always been a great student and fast learner...but shy...shy, shy.  The study of gymnastics has brought her out of her shell.
It certainly hasn't made her an extrovert but it has given her confidence, self worth and the ability to set her sights on more than she thought she could do.
Many agents hate the … (1 comments)

selling details: Thinking Of Selling? The Right Time is "NOW" for Sellers! $6500.00 Tax Credit - 11/08/09 06:23 AM
The "New" stimulus package could make the difference in helping you decide to sell.

It might not have been right to sell before BUT now it could be "Just The Right Time"!  To put a sold sign in your yard!
Why?

The Exiting Homeowner - Buyer Stimulus package may make the difference for you.  If you have owned your home as a primary residence and lived in your home 5 consecutive of the last 8 years you could get up to a $6500.00 Buyers Tax Credit.  This means you can sell your home...get the home you need or want and get … (2 comments)

selling details: Advertisement or Come On? - 10/11/09 10:02 AM
We have all seen the ads....Act Now, Act Fast, Limited Offer sometime they are true!

I priced a property extremely competitive because the sellers wanted to sell.  It wasn't a short sale, foreclosure or a distressed property.  We were marketing the property so other listings helped sell my clients property first!
It was part of our listing strategy.  It worked and we sold fast.  The seller was all smiles and some buyers were less than happy when they called.
They had become accustomed to the "Come On" or the proverbial "Bait and Switch".
If the brokerage wants long term growth, … (2 comments)

selling details: It isn't about me.....it IS about YOU! - 10/04/09 02:47 AM
It isn't about me....it IS about YOU!
I wrote a listing from a former client today.  His words made me smile and gave me some confirmation that doing business for the client's best interest isn't just an ethical issue it the only way to have a sustained and continued business.  It isn't about the Realtor® it's about YOU!
The client called me to list his home.  The client said, I know I can trust you to market my home and get it sold.  That has to be one of the key issues you want a client can to say to you.  Clients … (0 comments)

 
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