Showing your home is essential in the real estate business. After all, who would purchase a property sight unseen? When a potential buyer stops in, here are ten recommended tips to follow when showing your home: Tip # 1: Welcome Your Buyers If you are still living in the home while it’s being shown, graciously greet your potential home buyers and invite them to look around. Make sure that you instruct them to take their time and to ask any questions that they may have. It may be a good idea if you leave the home for a short time to allow the buyer to look without feeling restricted by your presence. A potential buyer is less likely to voice any concerns in front of the current owner, which is why it’s better to leave your buyers with the REALTOR® and announce that you will be returning in 30 minutes. This should allow plenty of time for your potential buyer to speak candidly with the REALTOR®. Tip # 2: Be Flexible Many home buyers are on a tight schedule, whether it be work, school or other commitments. Time is tough to come by, so try to be flexible about allowing […]
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The photographs you place in your listing are in most cases the first glimpse a potential buyer will have of your home. They are vitally important to whether or not a buyer decides to make an appointment to come for a showing or visit your open house. You want to make that first impression a good one, so follow these important tips for great photos. Keep It In Focus Make sure your photos are clear and in focus. If you don’t own a good camera, borrow one. Your REALTOR® may handle taking the photos for you, and may have a high-end camera that takes better photos. If so, hold out for those pictures. Take a look at the pictures before they are published to make sure they’re in focus and sharp. Get A Good View Nobody needs to see an up close picture of the bathroom sink—a photo taken from further back showing the size and layout of the room is far more helpful. The same goes for bedrooms. The corner of a room doesn’t show much of it. Take your pictures from as far back as you can to include as much of the room as possible. When taking […]
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So you are ready to sell, but you know that there are a few things in the home that could stand some updating in order to increase your selling price. Your remodel budget is limited, and you are wondering where to spend it. The good news is that there are some solid answers. But there are certain remodeling jobs that can increase your selling price more than others. Whether you are getting ready to sell or simply want to remodel now for the best value when you do sell later, these are the remodels that give you the best return on investment. The Kitchen Remodeling the kitchen is one of the most important things you can do in your home, especially if the kitchen is dated. It is often one of the first rooms a potential buyer will see, and it should make an impression. The kitchen is often considered the soul of the home, and most people spend a good deal of time here. Upgrades to countertops, cabinets, and appliances are one of the wisest investments you can make in your home. The Bathrooms Second only to the kitchen, the bathroom is the room in the house where dated […]
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In tough economic times, saving the money that you would have to pay a real estate agent to help you sell your home can be a tempting idea. Sale by owner has become a fairly common practice in many locations, and in some cases it can be successful. But before you consider trying to sell your home without any professional help, there are a few things you should keep in mind—the downside to a sale by owner. Legal Details Selling a home is a complex legal process, and there is a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out, signed, and filed properly. While showing the home and hosting an open house by yourself are relatively easy to do, some of the more legal aspects of the home selling process might be a bit complicated for the uninitiated. When you let a REALTOR® help you sell your home, you can be confident that all of the paperwork is in order and everything is filed properly. Tricks Of The Trade A REALTOR® has the experience to know the right thing to say to a potential buyer in order to pique their interest, and how to get more people into your […]
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There is a lot more to putting your home up for sale than placing a sign on the front lawn. Selling your home quickly and getting the best price possible requires marketing your property and using the services of an experienced agent. Here are some of the strategies you can use to market your home. Hire A Professional REALTOR®—The ability to market your home is always best served by hiring a real estate expert. They have access to resources that you as an individual do not, and their experience and knowledge are certainly worth the commission. Photograph The Exterior Of Your Home—Good high quality photographs of the entire exterior of your home can really spark the interest of potential buyers. These photographs can be used in a variety of online and print marketing campaigns. Photograph The Interior Of Your Home—Be sure you also have good quality photos of every major room in your home, especially the kitchen, bathrooms, and master bedroom. Also ensure that these pictures are taken in good light, and from angles that best highlight the space they are to represent. Purchase A Virtual Tour—Virtual tours are one of the latest and most effective marketing methods in the […]
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If you are thinking of putting your home up for sale, or already have your property listed, you may want to consider hosting an open house as part of your marketing strategy to get your home sold. An open house is still one of the most effective methods for getting a quick and profitable sale, and here are a few tips to hosting a successful open house that won’t eat into your profits. Clean And De-clutter This is probably the simplest and most inexpensive way to make your home its best for an open house. Be sure the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless, all the beds are made, and messes tidied up. Also remove any personal items and photos that may make it more difficult for potential buyers to see themselves in your home. Smell Is A Powerful Tool There have been countless studies done that have shown having pleasant, homey smells present during an open house has a positive effect on potential buyers. Baking cookies or sticky buns leaves an inviting smell throughout the home, and placing flowers in the hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms can leave a lasting sensory impression. Clear Out Your Pets And Yourself Though your pets […]
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