home selling: Keep up the good work. - 03/23/20 03:47 PM

We had our house painted a few days ago. I was thrilled with the outcome. The painters were very professional. They were on-time each day, quiet, respectful and cleaned up after themselves. The best part was they were reasonably priced.
I chose this company based on a referral from another agent. Referrals do not always work, but in this case, they were right on. When the salesperson came out to estimate the job, I could tell they were the company I wanted to hire. When you hear words like “We want to earn your business”, or “Here is my cellphone call me … (2 comments)

home selling: Will Anyone Notice? - 10/10/19 12:23 PM

 
Home Sellers have a challenge. How do they make their home stand out to Buyers?
There are several things that Sellers can do to attract Buyers. Staging, of course, is important. Trying to make your house look like a model is essential. Cleaning is for my money the easiest and biggest bang for the buck that any home seller can perform. No buyer at any price wants to see or smell someone else’s dirt. Availability is also critical. Having the home ready to show at short notice could make the difference between a sale and a “maybe next time” situation.
But now that … (46 comments)

home selling: I cleaned the table. I am glad I did. - 09/30/19 09:21 PM
As many of you know I am in the process of selling my personal residence. Being an experienced agent I understand the value of prepping your home for all showings. I have always believed that showing a home is like going out on a first date. You always want to put your best foot forward.
Often when a buyer visits a home they are only there for a few minutes. That means you do not have a lot of time to make a good impression.
The other day an agent from another brokerage scheduled an appointment to see the home. As usual, my … (10 comments)

home selling: More sympathy for home sellers. - 09/12/19 07:05 PM

It has been quite a few years since I last sold one of my personal properties. But recently my wife and I decided to sell our long-time home and downsize. Like a lot of people we have become empty nesters and no longer need the added expense or maintenance of a large house on a large lot.
As a real estate agent, I often sit down with clients that are considering selling their current home for a variety of reasons. When I do I walk around to assess the property both for condition and market readiness. Typically I will give the client … (5 comments)

home selling: Disclosure vs. Discovery – There is a difference. - 07/02/19 06:52 AM

When should a seller disclose material facts that could affect the marketable value of a home? That, of course, is a trick question. The answer is always.
However, does the receipt of a home inspection report immediately require an update of the Seller Disclosure documents? Well, not always.
Let’s start by explaining the disclosure and inspection processes in AZ:
Whenever a house is placed on the market the Seller is required by law to disclose known facts (including history) of the property. We use a Sellers Disclosure form for that purpose. Upon receipt, the Buyer has 5 days to examine the Sellers Disclosure and … (20 comments)

home selling: Sloppy Copy - It will get you every time - 04/23/19 11:50 AM
I cannot tell you how many times I look at property descriptions and cringe.
Sloppy Copy will make you look bad.
Never Hit “Send” Without Proofreading One day my mail brought a promotion for an exclusive training class for would-be copywriters. It was all about teaching you to write copy that sells, and how to run a successful copywriting business.
The whole message was “formulatic.”
It had the scarcity – only 20 spots, so act now. It attempted to make you want the program by saying “this isn’t for everyone – you have to qualify.” It promised to turn the … (2 comments)

home selling: "I am going to FSBOland!" - 03/21/19 01:17 PM

Sometimes finding the right house for your buyer means doing something extra or out of the ordinary. Going the extra mile.
I recently had one buyer that simply could not find a suitable property in the area he wanted to live. I showed him more than 35 houses over a period of about 6 weeks. We even wrote offers on two that did not get accepted.
Each week we wait for the new listings to hit the MLS. We began to expand the search area, nothing was working. Finally, we got with his lender and had the lender increase his Pre-Approval by $10K … (3 comments)

home selling: Using Social Media for Good, not Evil - 10/31/18 08:17 PM

 
Social media has evolved into something that the original creators likely never envisioned. Today’s social media not only connects people together but also provides a wealth of information about the users that can be employed for many purposes both good and bad.
When it comes to real estate, social media provides numerous opportunities to connect buyers and sellers with access to services, reviews and ratings, and a plethora of other information.
Like most agents, I subscribe to several social media platforms. It is one way to connect with others and help build a brand identity. But it also can be helpful to help … (6 comments)

home selling: Self-Closing Fire Doors - 10/27/18 11:34 AM
I was preparing a new blogpost on this subject because it comes up so often in home inspection reports. But Jay Markanich's 2016 blogpost said all that I needed to say. Take a look.
Self-closing fire doors.
Fire possibilities are a big deal and fire-safety codes are designed to help put people in a better position to handle themselves should a fire occur.
One such code regards fire doors.
What is a fire door?  One that seals an opening, like the house or a bedroom, against the possibility of a fire progressing from one area to another.
When there is a … (0 comments)

home selling: Some sales make you happy, some are bittersweet. - 10/19/18 07:53 PM
I was fortunate enough to close a sale this week that made me both happy and a little sad at the same time. The house was my son's first house. It is a cute little 3BD/2BA/2CG in a great neighborhood. The sale went quickly as the inventory in this price range is very sparse.
When we put the house on the market we had two goals, get the home sold in time to close on his new build home and net him enough profit to have the 20% down payment he needed for his new home. We were able to accomplish both … (6 comments)

home selling: Contract falling out? Cure it! - 10/17/18 07:38 PM
Real estate contracts can be complicated. There are many actions and steps on the road to a successful close of escrow. With so many interactions required to be performed, one of the contracting parties may miss a deadline or fail to complete their obligations. When this happens there is a potential for a breach of the contract terms.
The breach can be deliberate or accidental and if not resolved could affect the overall performance of the contract. To avoid having the contract terminate without resolution many legal contracts provide for a means to resolve potential breaches.
This provision called a Cure Period gives … (1 comments)

home selling: Title Insurance – Nothing For Something? - 09/26/18 11:03 AM

I am often asked about the value of Title Insurance. Why do we need it? What does it do? Why is so expensive?
Title insurance protects the property owner in the event that someone or something causes a claim or other encumbrance on the ownership or title to real property.
Like all forms of insurance, it has no value until you need it. My father-in-law has been driving for 50 years. He has never gotten into an accident despite the fact that he has carried full coverage on his automobiles the entire time. Was it a waste of money? After all, he is … (3 comments)

home selling: Every showing should be like your first date. - 08/30/18 02:35 PM

 
Ah, the first date. The time to clean up. Get your haircut, shave and put on your best fitting clothes. No one goes on a first date in their old sweatpants, hair a mess, looking like you just got done mowing the lawn. It is a chance to be your very best.
 
Now you want to sell your house and you want to get top dollar. Shouldn’t your house be it’s very best? There are going to be a lot of people coming through your house. Looking at your bedroom, checking out your appliances, walking around your yard.
How do you want them … (30 comments)

home selling: Now You See It - Now You Don't – Under Contract in 1 Day! - 08/29/18 02:12 PM
 
The one you have been waiting for. Wonderful, well maintained, modern ranch style home in very desirable N. Phoenix neighborhood. Easy access to the Loop 101, I-17 and Rte51 means you can get anywhere in the valley quickly. Just minutes from the Bell Rd. corridor, Desert Ridge Market Place, Mayo Hospital and more.
This home is in a nice quiet community. The small well managed HOA keeps the community looking great. This 1140 sqft home features three nice sized bedrooms, two baths and, a two car garage. Updated with fresh paint, nice 20” ceramic tile and all window treatments make this home … (0 comments)

home selling: So Long Sun City, We Were Just Getting To Be Friends. - 08/25/18 05:22 PM
I recently had the good fortune to handle several real estate transactions in the Sun City, AZ area. Sun City is a large retirement community just northwest of Phoenix. This is significant for me because it is not an area that I regularly farm or advertise for business. But when your past clients call and say they want to move to Sun City you take up the task.
 
One home was a listing that sold surprisingly quickly, the other two were Buyers. They all closed without any major issues.
One of the nice things about working in Sun City is that there are … (4 comments)

home selling: Be an agent, not a salesperson. - 08/23/18 09:41 AM

I just attended a class on risk management for real estate agents. The class was taught by an attorney that has litigated hundreds of cases on behalf of buyers, sellers, and of course agents. The presenter offered some positive advice on how to avoid complaints and ultimately litigation when handling real estate transactions.
This isn’t the first class of this type that I have attended, yet regardless of how many I attend, there is always the one or two agents in the class that seem to have the wrong idea of what their role should be in the real estate transaction.
In one … (3 comments)

home selling: From Green to Gray, but hope for a more colorful future. - 08/21/18 05:33 PM
Part of my recent trip had us visiting Northern Ireland. For those of you that don’t know Northern Ireland is the part of the island that is a separate entity from the rest of Ireland.
Northern Ireland is a place that in many ways defies logic. The border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is open. With the exception of a few small signs, you would not know that you are crossing a border. Yet, the atmosphere in N. Ireland is distinctively different. The people of N. Ireland live with an uneasy peace that the government is working hard to … (2 comments)

home selling: Who needs TV when you have Bob? - 08/20/18 02:17 PM
We spent the last few weeks touring the UK, with most of our first week in Ireland. Ireland is a gay and happy place. It seemed everywhere we went people were out and about enjoying life. It is no wonder, the TV programming is terrible in Ireland.
One of my favorite towns was Killarney. Killarney is rated a “Travelers Choice” by Trip Advisor and it is easy to see why. The landscape around Killarney is simply beautiful. We spent the better part of our day on a bus tour around the Ring of Kerry, a scenic drive past mountains, lakes waterfalls and … (4 comments)

home selling: And now for a little light reading. - 07/22/18 07:49 PM
Sometimes when I am bored I sit around and think about the changes that time has brought to my body. Like most people, I suffer from the occasional ailment or disorder, but generally, I am pretty healthy.
Still, when some sort of new malady arises it can be cause for concern.
So as an example suppose I discovered that my toes are discolored. That could indicate that they are gangrenous, or it could just mean that the dye from my socks is bleeding through onto my skin.
Suppose that my face appeared to be flushed. It could be because I was anxious, stressed or … (2 comments)

home selling: Your Charm Will Lead To Benefits. - 07/20/18 08:32 AM
I am so confused. Several websites I have visited declared today to be National Fortune Cookie Day. Then again several others claim Sept 13 is Fortune Cookie Day.
Just to be safe, I decided to open a fortune cookie today. I was rewarded with this wonderful prediction.
 
"Your charm this week will lead to benefits."
 
 
I can only wait with bated breath to see what the future will bring.
Too bad it's Friday this would have been a good fortune on Monday.
 
Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix & Scottsdale metro area. You can find more great information by visiting his website … (2 comments)

 
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