home selling: The Successful Home Sale: Step 3 – Evaluate Your Home Price - 05/31/15 06:43 AM
Consumers have a general idea of the average home price in their neighborhood. But, when the time comes for them to sell their house, opinions are expressed that their house should sell for more than it may be worth.
 
A number of factors contribute to those opinions:
List prices as seen on flyers Zestimates How much they paid for the house How much they’ve spent on upgrades How much they need to net to make their next move Price determination from an appraisal will include:
Comparison to other homes of similar size, vintage and location Recent closed sales and price per square foot … (0 comments)

home selling: Home Selling Step 3 - Market Evaluation - 04/14/14 11:14 AM
Most people pay attention to homes in their neighborhood that go up for sale, but there can be much more to the story than the price on a flyer. As agents, we encounter this a lot when meeting with prospective sellers.  They want the same price that ‘their neighbor got’.
 
Here are some of the other things we have to consider:
How long ago did you get that flyer?
How long was the house on the market?
Was the house original or completely updated?
Was the square footage of the house larger or smaller than yours?
How did the lot … (3 comments)

home selling: About Those Appliances…… - 01/31/14 04:15 AM
Buyers always have questions about what appliances stay with the property. It must have been a point of confusion since our California Residential Purchase Agreement was revised a few years back to spell it out more clearly in the contract.
In general, dishwashers, stoves and microwaves stay, but refrigerators and washer/dryers do not. If the dishwasher or microwave isn’t built in, it’s questionable. Not all stoves are built in, but they still stay. No wonder the questions come up repeatedly.
It’s important for sellers to carefully consider these items at the time they list the house.  If you just bought a … (6 comments)

home selling: Home Buying 2012 – It’s Complicated - 03/05/12 02:40 PM
Low inventory levels are a common occurrence as we start out in 2012.  This is consistent with other areas of the nation that experienced rapid appreciation previously.  But it isn’t consistent throughout the country.  As prices corrected and then fell, first-time buyer and investors took advantage of the Tri Valley and Bay Area market.  The market has spoken – real estate is on sale ladies and gentlemen, and so are mortgages. For the first time in a very long while, many are finding purchasing to be a better financial option than renting.
Multiple offers are once again part of the market. Supply and demand is in … (5 comments)

home selling: Do I Have To Tell About the Neighbors? - 09/19/11 08:51 AM
When speaking with prospective sellers about selling their homes, the topic of disclosures of course always comes up. "Do I have to tell about the neighbors? And while most people have great relationships with others on their block, there are some who have minor annoyances they share, such as:
Too many cars parked in front  Unkept yards Garbage cans left out in front of the house  Christmas light left up all year long  RV parking that obstructs a neighbor's view  Trees that overhang into a neighboring yard  Loud parties Barking dogs  Now some of these things will be apparent to prospective … (42 comments)

home selling: Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Home Selling with Noise Influences - 04/08/11 04:59 PM
If you live in suburbia, or an urban area, chances are you’ve had a listing subject to transportation related disclosures. With the advent of Google maps, it’s easy for potential buyers to see just how close a property is to an airport, the train tracks or a freeway or busy street.
While these factors can deter some potential buyers, the fact of the matter is, they don’t deter everyone. If they did, builders wouldn’t build homes there in the first place.  And as agents, it’s not up to us to judge whether this is appropriate for our buyers, and here’s why.
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home selling: What Buyers Remember About Your House – Part 2 - 09/10/10 10:36 AM
Two days I wrote Part 1 of this post relaying comments I’ve heard from my buyers as we walk through houses on their tour list. That first list was about some memorable aspect of the house or property, but not memorable in a good way. These are some of the positive comments I’ve heard from actual clients. So all you potential sellers out there, make sure your house is in a state of readiness to garner comments like these for your property too.
Wow, everything looks perfect. The colors, the upgrades. Was this a model before?
I want it to … (0 comments)

 
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