Looking For Real Estate Advice? Proceed With Caution!

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Have you noticed how willing people are to advise...on any topic...with complete authority.

Whether you are looking for it or not, everyone from your cousin to your hair stylist has suggestions and advice to share.

I think it's great when people are willing to help others. It's a wonderful thing when someone can share their first hand experience and spare others from making the same mistakes, save others time or help save them some money.

 

If you are looking for real estate advice,

advice on selling your home in particular,

it's really important to weigh all advice received.

Proceed with caution.

 

People can be quick to throw in their  two cents when it comes to selling  your  house. Two cents is about all their advice is probably worth. You usually get what you pay for.

 

 

When it comes to real estate advice.....everyone has some to offer.  

Your sister may know all about selling "for sale by owner" because that is how she sold her house. No agent needed....much more money to be made if you don't pay out a commission.

Your mother knows how much you should ask for your house because she knows the amount her neighbors got for their house last year.

Your co-worker knows all about home staging. All her friends say she is the best decorator. She can help you prepare your house for free.

 

All of this advice comes with good intentions, but remember that it's based on their opinions and their past experiences. It may be based on things they have read online or, even worse, saw on HGTV.

They mean well, but following their advice could be costly...you could lose valuable time and money.

 

Anyone can (and usually will) give advice, but it's the advice received from an experienced professional that is the most valuable. 

 

Looking for advice on selling your home? Ask the professionals.

Meet with several agents and choose the agent that you are most comfortable with.

Choose an agent who knows your local market and who has a proven track record.

Choose an agent who has a strategic marketing plan. 

Choose an agent who uses quality photos of their listings online.

 

Have a Home Staging Consult to determine what should be done prior to listing your house to guarantee the best mls photos and the most positive response from potential buyers. A two-hour home staging consultation usually only costs between $200 and $400 and can mean the difference between selling and sitting on the market.

 

The sale of your house is not something to be taken lightly. Whether it be a sellers' or a buyers' market, or somewhere in between...there really are no slam dunks in real estate. There are so many things that can go wrong if you don't have experienced professionals guiding you.

 

Choosing the right professionals is the key to a fast and profitable sale!  

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Rainmaker
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sharon - that is a good comeback.  I won't cut hair if you don't advise on real estate.

Oct 03, 2018 04:56 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This is cetainly a subject where everyone is an expert...ooh not...

Oct 03, 2018 05:08 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sharon, such a great post and I am so glad it's featured! Real estate is an area where I notice people always have an opinion and are willing to talk about it. The majority of the time they don't have the expertise it takes to really provide valuable or accurate information. I once had a clients Mom who told her daughter to make sure the house is vacant because buyers don't want to see a sellers furniture. Oy vey!

Oct 03, 2018 05:10 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  Exactly! Without that experience and knowledge a number of things can go wrong!

John Dotson  The underlying wish to save money or get a deal is within all of us. Not always wise to let that influence our decisions, especially on such a valuable asset as a house!

Dan Tabit  More harm than good is usually the case. Best to have professional experience by your side!

Oct 03, 2018 06:13 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Will Hamm  Thank you! Listening to professionals is the best choice, even though there are some bad ones out there. Choose wisely!

Lisa Von Domek  Thank you! Hopefully this helps sellers!

Tammy Lankford,  If I were an agent I would be the same way. Some things just aren't worth the hassle.

Jeff Dowler, CRS  A very good point...those giving the bad advice don't have to face the consequence....the one following the advice does!

 

Oct 03, 2018 06:17 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michael Jacobs  I like to spread my sage around as much as possible. LOL

Grant Schneider  Exactly! Imagine. LOL

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  They certainly believe they are, and sometimes they are very convincing.

Amanda S. Davidson  I've heard that one many many times. Lucky for my clients I've got the reasoning behind my suggestions to back them up! I can be very convincing when it comes to vacant or furnished. 

Oct 03, 2018 06:21 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Sharon Tara, when it comes to real estate and related areas, people have so much wisdom to offer to others, even if they live in different states. The sad part is, buyers, listen and sometimes lose out on great homes. Well deserved feature!

Oct 03, 2018 07:05 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beth Atalay  Thank you! One man's wisdom....well you just never know do you?

Oct 03, 2018 01:12 PM #37
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experience Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I should have thought about blooging about this topic--it is so true! And it irks me when someone offers 'advice' who isn't in the business. Like they know the market!

Oct 03, 2018 01:22 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This is possibly the most foolish thing I ever heard: " People have so much money, they're just dying to spend it on something so price the house higher."

Oct 03, 2018 03:41 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Pieces of advice are like butts: everybody’s got one and thinks they know so much about your particular topic.

Oct 03, 2018 09:44 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR  That happens to me all the time! I see other posts and it seems so obvious that I should have thought to write on that very subject! You still can...just put your own spin on it!

Jill Sackler  OMG....there are some of those people out there...I do know someone that only wants things that are very expensive so they can then brag about how much they spent. Those people are not generally house hunting unfortunately. LOL

 

Oct 04, 2018 07:39 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Laura Cerrano  So true...everyone's got one and most of them stink. LOL

Oct 04, 2018 07:40 AM #42
Rainer
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Indy Home Vault
Indy Home Vault - Westfield, IN
Indy Home Vault

this is so true

Oct 04, 2018 08:10 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

it can become confusing fast when we open ourselves up to everything that comes our way and that is the injury. The insult to it is that we go along with it all. At some point, we must engage our senses and let it go to work. It will if we let it. LET IT!

Oct 04, 2018 09:25 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Indy Home Vault  Thank you for stopping by!

Richie Alan Naggar  Insult to injury...a great observation. Thank you!

Oct 04, 2018 10:01 AM #45
Rainmaker
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James (Jim) Lawson, DBA
DomainRealty.com LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Self-proclaimed residential real estate gurus seem to grow on trees these days. A little knowledge can be dangerous. Conveying this fact without ruining the relationship is the trick. Great topic Sharon.

Oct 06, 2018 08:17 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

James (Jim) Lawson, DBA  The key being "self proclaimed".  Do your homework to confirm that status or pay the price!

Thank you Jim!

Oct 07, 2018 07:35 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Sharon.  So true.  It does seem like everyone we meet is an expert on real estate.

Oct 11, 2018 04:43 AM #49
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Gabe Sanders  I think everyone seems to be an expert on EVERYTHING these days. And, they defend it to an extreme, especially when they just happen to be wrong. LOL

Oct 11, 2018 05:53 AM #50
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