Are you getting frustrated that your home hasn't already sold? Has it been sitting on the market with little to no showings, while houses nearby are going under contract almost immediately? We're here to tell you, the solution is simple: lower the price! I know, I know, you probably already heard this from your agent and thought that it was worth the price you wanted. But the truth of the matter is, the market is hot. It's at the hottest point it has been in a long time, and if your home isn't selling in today's market, and your agent is working their butt off to market it, then the price is too high.
Staging is a great, not so secret, way to show your home in the best light. Savvy sellers know that, by staging their home, they can help buyers envision the home as their own. For vacant homes, I offer staging services and supplies. For owner occupied homes, I offer staging consultations and assistance. Here are some tips to stage for photos and showings.
Buyers are looking at lots of different features when they search for a home, and they can overlook cosmetic choices that don't match their taste. However, smells are something that many buyers have difficulty moving past. Pet odors, cooking smells, or overpowering fragrances and overuse of air fresheners can turn buyers around at the door. Here are a few tips and tricks to help combat odors and keep your home smelling fresh.
From deciding that it's time to sell your home until closing day, I'll be here and helping you every step of the way. Let's take a look at the rundown of what comes next.
You’ve already cleared several hurdles by finding the right home, negotiating the best price, and getting approved for a mortgage. The last obstacle on your home buying track is the closing, which can be both tedious and tense.
By knowing what to expect and doing some legwork, you can smoothly put your closing behind you. These seven steps will guide you.
Are you ready to sell your home and want it to have a great first impression on the market? Or maybe your home has been listed for a few weeks or months, and you can't figure out why it won't sell, and you know your agent is working hard to market it. We've listed below the top 6 reasons your home may not make a good impression and end up stagnant on the market.
Are you ready to buy a home and considering going in the route of new builds? It may seem like an easy enough process, where you get to call the shots of how you want your dream home to be, but there is a lot of risk when it comes to new construction if you are going in blindly. It's unfortunately not as trouble free as we'd like to hope, if you don't have the right representative by your side to help with the things that need to be looked out for from a professional's eye. Below, we'll dive into the many reasons you need a professional buyer's agent representing you in the sale. They are, after all, on your side. And it's their role to ensure you aren't taken advantage of by the builders and their representatives in the transaction.
Is your bathroom small? It’s the worst, isn’t it? Well, unfortunately, small bathrooms are very common, and are usually the smallest rooms in the house. I can almost bet that it almost always feels cramped and tight in there. Although the square footage doesn’t change, a change of organization and storage space can make a drastic change to how your bathroom feels. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your bathroom space feel more functional and spacious.
With the influx of new technology and web based solutions, it isn't a surprise that everything is moving fast into the era of the internet. From sites like Uber to Grubhub, we generally can pull up our phones or laptops to order what we want with ease. And with every industry being revolutionized by technology, the same methods are "attempting" to be applied to the real estate industry.
We can all agree that the simplification of the process through paperwork would be much appreciated by agents and buyers/sellers alike; but the attempt of replacing the agent by sites like Zillow and other third party resources, can lead to a snowball affect of disaster. Think about real estate being smack dab in the middle of fast food and a doctor. You can use your mobile device to quickly place your order for a $20 meal, but when it comes to getting a surgery, you'll want to put that phone down and visit a professional. Now think of your real estate agent being in the middle of all of that. You can use your devices to look for a home, look at market data the way you look at WebMD, knowing not to take it too seriously because you need a real professional's input, but it's fun and gives you a general idea of what to expect. But there in lies the issue, the data online is an oversimplified version of what goes into the process of buying and selling. The same way it oversimplifies medical diseases and surgeries, you'd still expect to get a professional's diagnosis.
Although a real estate agent isn't quite like a doctor, the industry in it's legalities, contracts, and processes is similar in the sense that it needs to be taken seriously. Looking for a house online and wanting to put an immediate offer on one can be exciting and fun, but the issues that require a professional's guidance comes after the initial contract is written up and the hard work comes into place to actually make the home your own. Same for sellers, if you decide to put your home on the market and want a website that will give you an automatic offer, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in the price? But most importantly, how do you know you're not being taken advantage of in other aspects of the contract? Because there is a lot more to the sale of the home then just agreeing on a number.
The next time you're digging through public sites for homes for sale, and getting instant home valuation estimates, keep in mind that this is a simple process to give you an idea of your market. A very general idea. But after you've found the perfect house, or after you've decided that the numbers make some sense for you to sell, call your favorite real estate agent and make sure they give you a more detailed look into the market and assist you through the full process, not just the exciting first parts. Because it's going to be in the middle of a contract when the lending is falling apart, or negotiations can't be made on repairs and emotions are at an all time high, that you are going to wish you had put down your laptop and had an agent fighting for you by your side. Use the internet, have fun with it's amazing resources, but don't let it replace your agent. We aren't in an age, just yet, where technology can do everything a professional can.
If you have been considering purchasing a home, you may be curious to know if this is the right time in the market to make your move. The market is fast changing, with new laws coming into play, interest rates are constantly rising, and a whole slew of things buyers have to face when it comes time to picking the right house. What does that mean for you? Well, that there isn't a better time to buy than now. Let's break down the benefits of purchasing a home now, instead of waiting.
Considering painting your house? Be sure to use the right finishes in each room to make the best impact in your home. Using the wrong finish can backfire for home owners if the wrong ones are used in the wrong spaces. Below, you'll find the most common finishes and recommendations on where they are best applied to.
Home ownership rates are the lowest they have been in the last 50 years, and yet, a large portion of Americans are still renting properties instead of enjoying a home of their own. Consumer reports believe this is an issue because of a buyer's lack of trust in their ability to purchase. It is still a long-standing notion that a buyer needs 20% towards the cost of the home in order to move forward, but this isn't true. With countless down payment assistant programs, and closing cost roll-ins, a home owner could move in with as little as a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars. Which is a huge difference in the time it takes to save up to make the move.
Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid.
Here in Washington state, the purchase and sale agreement includes an option to ask the sellers of a home to purchase a one year home warranty for their buyers. I often find that my first time buyers don't know what a home warranty is, and I've run across sellers that are unfamiliar with home warranties and what they do. Anyone buying or selling will need to address the issue, so let's go over the basics.
If you haven't bought a home yet, you're missing out on a wonderful feeling. That moment when you walk through your doors, throw your purse or keys on the counter, plop down on your couch and breathe a sigh of relief while thinking, "Finally, it's ours (or mine)!" There is a in joy looking at all of your boxes, rolling your eyes about the amount of stuff you have to unpack, then giving yourself a moment to take a nap because you worked hard to get here and earned it! Yes, that's a real feeling.
Congratulations! You're a homeowner. If you're new to homeownership, you may wonder what comes next or worry about how to maintain this huge investment of yours. Thankfully, we live in the age of information, so resources abound. Here are some of my favorite places to go for all things related to home. These aren't sites that I am affiliated with. These are sites that I enjoy, and find useful, as a homeowner.
Fall is my favorite season. It's cliche, I know, but I can't get over my love of sweaters, boots, fresh apple cider, football, fall festivals, and evenings by the fire. While it's easy to get lost in the joy of this season, fall is also an important time for home owners to complete necessary home maintenance to keep their home in top condition through the cold months ahead.
Summer has come to an end and many people are thinking they've lost the opportunity to sell in 2017. Plans are being pushed aside for more pressing matters (warm cider and Fireball, football, and holiday planning anyone?). However, the fall real estate market can be a fantastic opportunity for sellers looking for a more relaxed sale.
Finally ready to make the transition into home ownership? That’s awesome! In this exciting time you’ll probably turn to experienced friends and family for insight into the process. However, myths and misinformation spreading around, so let’s clear the air.