Over the past few weeks I have mentioned how we are seeing a tremendous amount of activity in the upper tier of our market.
Well its across the entire spectrum. Realtors across our area are very busy with showings, offers and contracts. Nancy and I have been juggling our schedules to make it all work for our customers.
Its an interesting turn as this happened for us last year as well. However last year was more traditional for most with this being a more relaxed time of year. No matter how you look at it we are delighted with the activity and we are having a great summer.
Indeed we are busy but not so busy that we would not love more business ... after all it is our commitment to your needs that motivates and inspires us. So please give us a call we love making your desires ... reality.
How to Sell a House: 6 Tips to Entice Buyers in Record Time
By Daniel Bortz |
Jul 31, 2017
Most homeowners about to put their place on the market are most concerned with two things: getting a good price and unloading their property as quickly as possible. After all, time is money, right? The last thing you want is for your home to sit on the market for months without any viable offers.
Below are six shortcuts you can take to make selling your house easier and faster. None of 'em will break the bank. In fact, some of these efforts don't require any cash at all.
1. Shrink your staging costs
Staging your home, which entails hiring a decorator to make your house aesthetically appealing to a prospective buyer, usually pays off big-time. On average, staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than unstaged ones. But staging can be
Stagers typically charge $300 to $600 for an initial design consultation, and $500 to $600 per month per room. Most professional stagers also require a three-month minimum contract, even if you sell the home in 24 hours, says real estate professional
Crystal Leigh Hemphill.
So, if you were selling a 2,000-square-foot home, staging it could cost you over $7,000-ouch!
If you're on a budget, there's a cheaper alternative. Virtual Staging is a service where tech-savvy professionals take photos of empty (or poorly furnished) rooms and then use photo-editing software to add pretty couches, tables, and other furnishings. These doctored photos can make your online listing more appealing to home buyers. The best part? Virtual staging costs only around $100 per room-and there's no extra charge per month, because you're not renting furniture.
Whether you opt for real or virtual staging, make sure you don't overlook the foyer, because 80% of prospective buyers said they know if a home is right for them within seconds of stepping inside, a recent survey by BMO Financial group found.
2. Boost curb appeal
Home buyers form their first impression when they pull up to your house. It's no surprise, then, that curb appeal -how your home looks from the outside-can boost your property's sales value by up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found. Yes, primping your home's exterior can set you back, moneywise. For example, professional landscaping (which can include installing a stone walkway, planters, shrubs, and trees) costs an average $3,219, according to HomeAdvisor.com.
To cut costs, you can opt for a less-intensive standard lawn care treatment-including six applications of fertilizer and weed control-which costs on average $330 but yields a whopping 303% return, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2016 Remodelling impact report. Or roll up your sleeves and tend to the front yard with your own two hands. (Pro tip: Many cities offer free mulch to residents, says
Sarah Hutchinsonof LandscapingNetwork.com.)
3. Forget about snail mail marketing
While some real estate agents still recommend sellers send mailers to people in the community to announce their new listing, direct mail costs money. A free alternative is social media marketing-promoting your listing on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You could even create a Twitter account for your house like this savvy real estate agent in a Chicago suburb.
To increase how many shares your listing gets, include a video tour, floor plan, and professional photos with your listing.
4. Brighten up the living space
No buyer wants to walk into a dark, dreary house. Fortunately, there are several low-cost ways you can improve the lighting in your home. Wall mirrors amplify light, so install a few throughout the home (for example, over the fireplace, behind the dining table, in the master bedroom). Swapping out lightbulbs for ones with higher lumens can also "up the intensity of light in the room," says New York City designer
Jack Menashe. And make sure you remove or push aside heavy drapery in order to let in more natural light.
5. Promote energy-efficient upgrades
Making your home more energy-efficient-say, by insulating the attic, installing a programmable thermostat, or weatherstripping doors and windows-can be a huge selling point to home buyers. After all, a typical American family spends nearly $2,000 a year on their home energy bills, according to Energy.gov; much of that money, however, is wasted on air leaks and drafts.
So, if your home's energy bills are considerably low, you can provide prospective buyers with an energy audit -a $200 to $400 report from a professional that shows just how energy-efficient your home is. In fact, home buyers are willing to pay more for a home that has lower utility costs; on average, they'll shell out an additional $10,732 upfront to save $1,000 a year in utilities, the National Association of Home Builders reports. That might explain why 94% of home buyers recently surveyed by NAHB said they want Energy Star-rated appliances.
6. Build buzz in advance
You need to do everything you can to get people talking about your house before it hits the market. This includes promoting your home on all your social media channels, sending a mass email to your network, and knocking on neighbors' doors. Another clever way to build buzz is to have a garage sale, where you can drum up interest
and sell some of your old "junk." (Bonus: Clearing out your house will make it easier for you to move later.)
Meanwhile, your real estate agent should be spreading the word that your home is coming on the market soon to clients, investors, developers, and other agents. Who knows-you might even receive an offer before your scheduled listing date and avoid the hassle of putting your house on the market altogether.
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Based on information from the My-Florida Regional MLS, for July 31, 2017. This information may or may not include all listed, expired, withdrawn, pending or sold properties of one or more members of the My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service.
A weekend at the Beach!
In just 2 days Nancy and I are taking a beach vacation on a tropical island with our Kids and Grandchildren. As we prepare for the journey we go through the checklist of essentials ... Sunscreen, sunglasses, cash, more cash, Keys, Passport ... oops not so quick. We wont be needing the Passport on Little Gasparilla Island... nor will the cash be of much use either.
In considering where we should go this year we knew we wanted it to be special, tropical and at the beach. But the funny thing is that the Decision was unanimous. LGI it is. So thursday we head over to our good friends at Tarpon Real Estate to pick up the keys to our getaway and a couple of Golf Carts, from there we walk next door to Publix to stock up.
Thats it just that simple. A quick trip to Publix, a 10 minute boat ride and done, I wonder if Pop Pop is gonna do some chillaxing or will Olivia, Caylee, Savannah, Hudson, and Clayton wear me out?
We shall see, but whatever happens Grandma Nancy and PopPop are gonna be in heaven. Check out a couple Videos on Little Gasparilla.
If you would like to know more about Little Gasparilla or would like a private tour of "Breath of Heaven" let us know. I have served Little Gasparilla for 15 years and know it well.