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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Main Reasons Homes Don’t Sell

Thanks for joining me today. We have had a hot market lately; with low inventory, homes are flying off the market. Why then are some homes not selling? I have a list of five common mistakes sellers make when they put their home on the market.
  1. Poor marketing - If people aren’t aware that your home is for sale, you can’t expect it to sell. Properly exposing your home is the key to getting more interested buyers visiting your home. 
  2. Poor photos - I’m sure you’ve seen the homes online with the dark photos or bad angles. With more than 90 percent of buyers starting their search online, those photos are really the very first impression a buyer has of your home. That’s why we hire a professional photographer to come in and get the best quality.
  3. Curb Appeal - Once a buyer decides to visit your home, the first thing they will see is the front of the property. Make sure the lawn is mowed, fresh flowers are planted, paint the front door if it needs a fresh coat, etc. 
  4. Staging - Some people confuse staging with decorating. Staging is about making the home aesthetically pleasing as well as more spacious. It may involve removing furniture or changing where you put the couch. 
  5. Price vs. condition - Price and condition are directly correlated. If you want a great price for your home, you need a home in good condition. Buyers in today’s market are smart and they want a good, quality home.
I hope these five tips help you get your home sold. If you have any questions, please give me a call at 706.621.6085. Also, if you know of anyone thinking about selling, please forward this to them. Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

5 Tips to Protect Buyers

Welcome back! Today I wanted to give buyers a few tips on how to make the buying process easier.

The first thing you need to do is find a good agent. You want someone who is full-time and specializes in working with buyers. If you have a good agent, the other steps fall into place.

You also want a good mortgage lender. I’ve worked with a lot of different lenders; some are timely and good communicators while others just can’t seem to get their act together. You don’t want to miss out on a home because your lender didn’t meet the deadline.

Thirdly, I recommend a home inspection. Inspectors check every nook and cranny for only $300-$400. This can help protect you from buying a home with damage or needing of repairs.

Along with a home inspection, getting a one - year home warranty is also a good idea. A home warranty is your best defense against unexpected repairs during your first year of owning the home.

The final tip I have for buyers is to get title insurance. More than likely you won’t need this, but it’s always good to have in case.

I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any questions, please give me a call. I’d love to help!