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Advantages of Selling Home in Winter

Home Sellers tend to think that it’s hard Selling their home in winter and for Home buyers whether first time or moving up, house hunting may not be the first thing that comes to their mind starting November to February.

Fact is that activity does reduces considerably in real estate market during these months due to reasons like harsh winter weather or due to home buying and selling timeline traditionally runs in lockstep with school calendar as parents mainly seek to relocate with minimal impact on their children.

In-spite of hurdles as above, there can be advantages to both home buyers and sellers for looking at their real estate sale & purchase options in winter months too. For home sellers who have an average looking home, this can work out just perfect as there may be lesser similar type homes in market to compete with theirs. Less comparable s may give extra edge to such homes leading to a quick sale. Likewise, home buyers will also have lesser competition as there are fewer home buyers out on house hunting at this time of the year meaning you will be in better position to negotiate and/or atleast get your dream looking home without getting into multiple offer situation, where going over asking is sometimes unavoidable.

Home Sellers, here below are top 5 ways to present your home to its best, if you decide to Sell your house in Winter. If you do it right, you can really make your house stand out.

1. Keep snow and ice at bay: If the buyer can’t get in easily, the house won’t sell. That means keeping walkways and driveways free of the frozen stuff. Just like trimming the lawn in the summer, you want to make the home look like it’s been maintained. Can’t do it yourself……then pay to hire a service to regularly salt or shovel the driveway and sidewalks.

2. Keep it Warm & Cozy: In the summer, you can’t have that fireplace going. A great house feature that might go under appreciated in warmer months should be presented well during winter months. If you are living at the property and you intend to just step out during the appointment time before a buyer comes through, turn on the fireplace and adjust the thermostat to a warmer temperature to make the house look welcoming. Consider things such as putting a warm throw on the sofa or folding back the thick comforter on the bed. To create a little atmosphere, tune the radio to the local classical station with very low volume. Anyone coming out from cold chilling winds into a warm and cozy feeling home will “Feel At Home”.

3. Give the home a nice aroma: Winter Festive smells like fresh baked cookies or hot apple cider, cinnamon and nutmeg etc. are going to be very pleasing for anyone who walks thorough those doors. But don’t overdo it, either. Scented candles in every room or those plug-in air fresheners can leave buyers wondering what you’re trying to mask. Watch the bad smells, too. Pet smells, smoke and musty odors can put off Buyers no matter whatever may be the season.

4. Take advantage of natural light. We strongly encourage showing during the high-daylight hours. Make the most of the light you do have. Have the curtains and blinds cleaned and open them as wide as possible and keep the windows as clean as possible during daytime showings. If you have to show in the evening, Clean all the lamps and built-in fixtures, and replace the bulbs with the highest wattage that they will safely accommodate. Before you show the house, turn on all the lights without fail.

5. Make your home look Inviting: To make the most of your home’s wintertime look, make sure all autumn leaves and any dead tree branches are gone. Use Christmas lights, winter wreaths, dried arrangements around the front entry door or porch to spark festive interest. Plant urns with festive greenery, the fuller the better along with cedar or pine boughs, tuck in sprigs of holy, dried berries, magnolia leaves, corkscrew hazel or red osier branches, with silver ball ornaments and perhaps gold wire ribbon woven through the arrangement. Set up the dinner table with the good china and silver. Have a plate of cookies for your guests, some warm cider or coffee etc. to make them feel invited.

To get more home staging ideas, you can download my free report from http://www.sellformax.ca/home-staging/ or simply call me for a no obligation consultation.

Can Investing in Harwood Floors Help you in Home Selling Process?

Investing in hardwood floors may not only increase the value of your home but will also give you a good Return On Investment since most home buyers will actually want to buy homes with hardwood floors, meaning that when the time comes for you to sell your home you will have a better chance of getting a buyer close to your asking price. In the world of evolving real estate, many people are constantly trying to increase their home values by doing such upgrades. There are a number of ways that you can increase your home values and some of them are easy to do such as landscaping but most people have now adopted the trend to add hardwood floors to their homes as opposed to having carpeting. Hardwood floors are more likely to increase your home value thanks to a number of factors;

These floors will make your house look more inviting and give it a warm feel. Also many people have allergies, which reduce their choices only to homes and condos Listings on MLS which have this upgrade already done. This means that your home will be more appealing to prospective home buyers simply because you added hardwood floors. This durability and minimal maintenance will be further appealing to prospective home buyers.

Coming to flooring options which can help in Condo Selling process, Harwood installation will get complex as it needs a layer of plywood underneath for nailing as else you can’t install it. This is the main reason you mostly see Laminate flooring in most Condos with few even having engineered hardwood flooring, as installation of these flooring types is done by interlocking with no nailing required.

In general, hardwood floors & Engineered Hardwood flooring run $3/SqFt – $10/SqFt depending on origin & grading of the wood etc. You will find few even more then expensive then these but fact is that under $5/SqFt, you can get something acceptable to match your existing home interior in good quality. Laminate flooring can start from as low as $1/SqFt. But just take caution, as cheapest is always for a reason.

There are a number of ways that you can employ when installing hardwood floors to ensure that you get the best possible return on investment. You can appeal to prospective buyers by using eco-friendly products when installing hardwood floors. There are a lot of eco friendly materials in the market that you can choose from to use for your hardwood flooring. For instance you can choose to use bamboo flooring as amazing renewable material for your floors. The finished hardwood floors made from these eco friendly materials will have a polished appealing look that will not only add aesthetic value to your home but the monetary value of your home as well.

You should however be careful when buying the eco friendly materials as some people who are claiming to sell the materials will only be out there to cheat you of your money. Do your research to ensure that you have the right material for your flooring and that the material will be both durable and effective. If you are installing the hardwood flooring only for purpose of getting maximum ROI in your home selling process or condo selling process then just go with medium range options giving maximum durability and esthetically pleasing to eyes.

 

Importance of Curb Appeal in Home Selling Process


You have decided to put your House on Market. Your house for sale needs to start selling the movement prospective buyer parks the car. It is important that just like inside, you home for sale looks appealing from outside too.

Curb appeal means, the impact your house can make when seen from outside. If exterior of your property is tidy and well maintained before you decide to listing on MLS, prospective buyers will walk in with a pleasant feeling of expectations. But if the lawn is shaggy, weeds are popping all over, you have a old non painted original builder door, there are multiple cracks showing up on your front porch, paint of garage door is peeling off, the doorbell is not working or you have a sunken driveway, then home buyers will be entering the house with a negative feel, expecting more issues inside.

Selling starts from the movement they are outside your property and by not keeping up your curb appeal appealing enough, you have just degraded your home value. As for a home buyer, who is non sensitive to your home listing with create a judgment on your property within seconds. Many times if this judgment is too negative, they may decide not to even bother looking at that specific property from inside.

So spending some time outside your property is always a good start in a home selling process. Keep in mind that a small budget dedicated to fixing outside issues can go a long way in supporting your home value and help in selling your home faster. Infact based on our years of experience, we believe that enhancing the curb appeal is one of the highest return on investment, when you decide to choose on most important renovations to do during home selling process or preparations.

So start with a checklist on the problems you can find outside your house. As yourself, you may not notice the problem being used to seeing it everyday, ask a friends help or best your listing real estate agent. A diligent and experienced real estate agent can easily pin point the issues effecting your curb appeal and suggest you the cheapest solutions available which will cost the least.

Kitchen Sells the House


After showing 1000s of houses and condos for sale till date, I am of the opinion that kitchen have always attracted Buyers to consider a property or a well done kitchen always gives upper edge to your house or condo listing. I have seen buyers not willing to consider a property just because of basic kitchen, even though rest of the house was looking good. When we start talking about renovations, 1st consideration, in most of the cases is given to Kitchen, specially, if it is not showing up well.

If you are listing your property, there is no point, you over spend anywhere. But sometimes, if small renovations can make the difference to your bottom line…..then why not!

Following kitchen renovations, can do the job, based on what is missing/required in your kitchen to make it look appealing:

1. Backsplash – This small 1 day project, can make your kitchen look fresh and modern. There is huge variety available in the market, you shall just make sure, it is matching your cabinets and wall paint. You should just know, where you get them cheap and how to install.

2. Cabinets – This is a 1 week project. Most of the time refacing the kitchen cabinets works just fine, rather then replacing the whole cabinet, as doing later is 4 times the cost. The basic refacing project consists of installing new cabinet door and drawer fronts and covering the exposed face frames of the cabinets with a matching wood or plastic veneer. Many times just changing the handles can make the difference. No need to go for a branded kitchen cabinets as even in Million dollar homes, look and feel matters more then the brand.

3. Counter Top – This is 2-4 days project. A Good looking granite or quartz countertop, can make a big difference in overall look of your kitchen. This involves choosing the right stone, which matches your interior, working with a fabricator, who can cut it to your requirement and finally the installer who can handle this delicate installation, which requires lots of precision and skill. Walking to a retail store for this, will put a dent in your entire budget, as they are double or even 3 times the cost of a wholesaler.

4. Appliances – Stainless Steel is in Fashion. White basic appliances can kill your kitchen…..no matter what else you have there. There are many place in Greater Toronto area, which offer you good bargains depending on time of the year. Various Scratch and dent stores can also be a good source for shopping on these, as many times you will be surprised looking at the stickers. Just do some research before finalizing, as every deal in these stores is not a bargain.

5. Floor tiles – This is the last thing you want to change, as the whole kitchen is sitting on these but many times it is just the grout between the tiles, which is making it look basic and dirty. There are solutions available in the market, which can clean the grout and/or make the existing floor tiles look fresh.

Lastly, a thorough cleaning and organizing of kitchen is also very important. It is always a good idea to keep only the amount of utensils, cutlery, cooking equipment or grocery, which can fit in your kitchen rather then over stuffing, which will only make your kitchen look small.

To help our buyers and sellers, we have tied up with various manufacturers/fabricators/contractors, who can help you accomplish all or most of the above, in almost half the cost, if you compare it doing it through a retailers.

From sellers prospective, small renovations can sometimes make 1000s of dollars difference in their bottom line. Whereas from home buyers prospective, Buying a home which requires small renovations is not a bad idea….as in most cases, you will end up saving considerably as compared to something which is ready made and shining. We can always help home buyer get mortgages, which can add a small renovations as above added to their mortgages.

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What do real estate agents do in home selling process?

Were you looking to listing a home and wondering what do real estate agents do in home selling process?

Home Selling is a specialized process for which real estate agents are trained through a provincial licensing program. It is not just about putting a lawn for sale sign and printing a good flyer for your home……there is a lot of work involved in home selling process.

As each real estate agent is independent contractor and have his own level of expertise based on his training, experience and capabilities, there is no standard process to be followed in home selling process. All qualified real estate agents will have their own home selling skill sets, which will differentiate them from others.

Who Pays Real estate commissions?
First most important thing which you need to understand before listing a home is that main decision maker in any sale & purchase is the BUYER i.e. party with money in their hand. So, even though it may sound that you are paying the cost of selling…..end of the day these are monies are paid by Buyer, which also includes selling cost. You charged him purchase price which includes selling cost. So, please don’t just concentrate on saving real estate fees, there is a lot more to this equation which is equally important. Still selling cost is an important part of the whole transaction as you don’t want someone who is asking for too low home selling commissions….which is far below normal charges…..you got to take it with pinch of salt, as home selling process requires some time and efforts dedications, which real estate agents can’t give if there is nothing or too less on the table for him. Nor you want to stick to 2-3 top real estate agents who only believe in charging full commissions just because he/she gives a full page add in news paper….as that will raise your selling cost which buyer may not be willing to pay. There are lots of experienced real estate agents who will charge you discount real estate commissions without discounting their packages….look for those.

What do real estate agents do in Listing a home @ right price?
You don’t want to be listing a home at over or under price…..you got to list it at right appraised value. This important figure is very important part of home selling process. You can’t judge it alone based on house price sold next door or lane. Real estate agents will do a professional appraisal and give you a more accurate free home evaluation to help you list your own home at right price.

What do real estate agents do to make it present the best?
Home Selling is all about proper presentation. Not just based on what you think is right but what people like to see in their home. This may involve some fix up’s through renovations or maybe doing a proper home staging. Though all real estate agents have same basic qualifications……they still get distinguished here, as very few real estate agents have eye for what are weak points in a property and for their client convenience have already shortlisted contractors who are good to handle that specific job. Once this part is done…..then the property needs to be presented to its best for which few top real estate agents will have tie ups with home staging companies or experience to help themselves to make your house present the best.

What do real estate agents do for home selling marketing?
Listing a home is done now what about the home selling marketing? 80% of the home search starts online…..so internet home marketing is important step in achieving the desired results. There are fewer real estate agents, who have strong presence online home selling marketing plans to give maximum exposure to your property. A professionally done virtual tour for homes is very important, as that is what will convince buyers to spend time on viewing your property. Plus if your property is not present on 1st page of major search engines……it is as good as not existing. As all agents don’t have the expertise more home selling marketing infrastructure in place to achieve such results, you need to be sure that the real estate agents you choose, have such capabilities. This is over and above the regular marketing required like listing on MLS, printing flyers and doing open houses.

What do real estate agents do other then all above?
After listing a home with strong home selling marketing plan, you finally get few prospects. Your qualified and experienced real estate agents will qualify the buyers to make sure they can afford the property and are qualified buyers. Your real estate agents will handle all relevant sources of prospects and bring forward only the ones who are most serious. Thereafter starts the negotiation process, which if not handled properly can make you go 1000s in minus. Negotiation is not just on price but on terms and conditions within a written contract. Experienced & Qualified real estate agents are expert in negotiating without getting emotionally involved and know which conditions are important to protect your interest and/or are fair or unfair. Once contract is finalized and deal is firm, real estate agents will provide you support till the completion of your transaction and answer all the queries/concerns which are raised by either of the parties involved.

Just like doctors and lawyers, real estate agents also expertise in their profession and provide you professional representation in Listing a home and guiding you throughout the home selling process.

Real estate values

Selling your real estate can at times become one of the most difficult tasks you would ever have to handle. Many sellers detest the idea of dealing through agents but they ignore the number of advantages that an agent brings with him. Clients today have a number of facilities at their disposal. This is the primary reason that clients prefer selling their properties via the internet or various other advertising channels. Frankly speaking, selling your home or condo without a real estate agent can really be a risky affair, here is why:

Education and experience: Full time Real estate agents have years of experience in the field and they know exactly where to look for a buyer and what exactly are real estate values for similar type of houses in your neighborhood. Their experience eyes can catch any visible flaws in your property, which may be a hindrance in making your sale. You being living on the property…..will always find everything normal. You wouldn’t need to know details about buying and selling a real estate if you hire an agent who knows his field well.

Agents are like buffers: An will filter all those good for nothing phone calls, non qualified buyers from reaching you and make sure that only serious pre qualified buyers have a shot at buying your property.

Real estate Values: This is a very important part in process of selling a property. Determining wrong real estate values can lead you towards failure. Some of the home owners judge real estate values by what have recently sold on their neighborhood. This strategy can some times backfire at them as there are many other factors and data to be accounted for to judge the right real estate values. A real estate agent will help you sell your property for the maximum amount possible, as they are qualified to do a comparative market analysis for your property and based on local market conditions suggest you the maximum real estate values for your specific property. In an ever fluctuating real estate market, the prices of your property would depend on a number of factors. An agent will take all these factors into consideration and than develop a negotiation strategy with the buyer to get you the best price possible. A real estate agent has complete information of all the factors that might cause your real estate values to change. Professional contacts: Agents deal with a number of professionals whose services you may require during selling your property. These contacts can be related to professional appraisal, pre inspection, renovations, appliances technicians, staging professionals etc. In addition agents also have contacts of serious buyers interested in buying a property in your area. This would help you to sell your property without wasting a lot of time on the market and without any hassles.

Negotiation skills: Most of experienced real estate agents are trained individuals and have great negotiation skills which would help you in getting the best price for your property. A real estate agent is in a better position to negotiate because he is far removed from any sort of emotional attachment to the property and hence can negotiate like it is a business deal aimed at making the maximum profit.

Paperwork made simple: Selling a property includes piles of paperwork. Qualified and experienced real estate agents know how to do proper paperwork for such a large transaction and what comes forward to you is a simplified process. Just one mistake and you will have to make countless visits to the court and make thousands in fine or losses. You can avoid all this and more by hiring a full time & experienced real estate agent to take care of all the required real estate transaction paperwork.

Home for Sale by Owner – An Entrepreneurial Venture for the Seller

Home for sale by owner is one of the options available for people who are looking to sell their own home. People who generally adopt this option for selling, their main intention is to save on selling costs i.e. Do the job of a Real estate agent yourself. This is a particular procedure that calls for great deal of efforts on your parts. There is a good deal of preparation to be made before you jump into project where mistakes equal to loss of money. At the same time there are some documentation procedures which are going to take some good amount of time on your part before you finally decided to list your home for sale by owner. So before you make a plunge into such an act you have to get the fact that it is going to be a time consuming venture for you.

Most important starting point is Pricing your Property!
Before you proceed into a home for sale by owner you need to grab a few details first. In the first place you will be required to keep an eye on the market pertaining to the insertions of property sales. As a matter of fact, in most cases these advertisements do not generally get flaunted or flushed in the newspapers or internet or TV that much. You are to get that info from the bee hives. Generally it is the agents who are in perfect knowledge of where to get this information from. However as you are working alone you will have to take that burden on your shoulder. A Formal Appraisal can be solution.

Handling Agreement Clauses
In a business deal such as a Home for sale by owner you will be required to keep unfailing eye on some other crucial aspects as well. For example other then the sale price you will have to take care of your own interest when it comes to various legal clauses which are added in the agreement of this type. There will always be clauses which are reasonable and there are ones which may be huge hindrance to your interest in this whole real estate transaction. If you have decided to put your home for sale by owner, best is to consult your lawyer every time you get a written offer, before you put any signatures on the paper. Home selling is not same as selling cup cakes….it is one of the biggest transactions of your life, which you have decided to handle yourself. So, please don’t try to save on lawyers fees, which you may require to pay for additional consultations as above.

Be very careful about the payment procedures
Payment procedures are very crucial in real estate transactions, as amounts are large. As you have chosen the option of home for sale by owner for selling your property, you will have to take some extra measures of precaution, as you can’t use regular real estate forms, which have a lot of pre printed legal material written on them to protect both the sides. What, Why & When are important to make sure about the money exchange procedure.

Home for sale by owner- Some practical points to check thoroughly

Selling your home or selling your condo is a serious business. In any real estate transaction all parties involved have only one target…..Maximum profit with Minimum cost. Whether it is the home buyer or home seller!

While trying to accomplish above goals, many times home sellers end up taking the route of selling home privately. Home for sale by owner is a double aged business proposition for the home owners. There are high prospects of making some quick bucks by means of a smart deal. However there are some typical challenges which you need to be aware of. When you do it alone without the intervention of an agent it can prove to be a nightmare if you are not prepared enough. There are multiple pitfalls…..which can really drag you from maximum profit DREAM to maximum loss REALITY. You are required to look at Home selling as a serious deal which will belch out immense profit at the successful closing of the transaction, if it is done right from the beginning. Therefore two things are extremely important before you jump into it. They are preparation and planning. With a sudden surge in the real estate market people actually have ample choices around them. In order to get your property noticed you will be required to present it in an appealing package of comfort and luxury. A balanced combination of research into the market, proper pricing strategy and specific marketing tactics can get you a good deal.

Settle on the right price for the home for sale

Proper pricing is a very important step in home selling process. In order to sell your house at the right kind of price it is important that you decide a suitable price for the property. It is actually a must when it comes to a home for sale by owner….as you have no one to guide you on what price is the right price. Be assured neighborhood sale is not the only price deciding criteria. You have to put in some labor as well as adequate time in search out the pricing that goes well the features, Upgrades and amenities of your home. When it comes to a home for sale by owner, people can not choose to ignore a typical problem called ‘overpriced listings’. You have to avoid its temptation and quote the correct pricing for your property. You may choose to hire a professional appraiser, if you don’t want to take chances with such an important step in home selling process.

Market your property in a smart fashion

During the preparation of a home for sale by owner, people have to wager on a sound marketing strategy for the property for sale, as there is no body to guide them on the process. You just don’t list your property without working on your marketing strategy…..that is a disaster. You will be required to work on a proper marketing campaign for the home and you have to add an alluring impact into the campaign.
Which you can accomplish by hiring a professional stager, photographer and renovations contractor etc, based on the state of your property. Idea is to presentment your home for sale by owner to the maximum potential. Once your property is fully prepared, you need to decide on the balance portion of your for sale by owner home marketing campaign. If you were thinking of simply putting a for sale sign outside your house or hire some fsbo website link like comfree or property guys etc., will sell home…..you are strongly mistaken. There is a lot more involved including that. However while doing so you have to make sure that you put up truthful accounts or descriptions about the property. By using false claims or statement you might jeopardize yourself. You can do much of a strong as well as positive marketing campaign by highlighting the salient features of your home.

Apart from that there are couples of stuffs which will get you fruitful result in your home selling process. For example you can try your luck with the following activities such as getting advice or assistance from your friends and family, who have experience in home selling, choosing a proper facility that offers you multiple lists of prospective clients or customers for the property, understanding the subtle techniques of a masterful negotiating skill, understanding the psyche of the prospective clients etc.

Also feel free to read my complete cost analysis of “for sale by owner” home selling approach. Please click on the icon below to link to “Top 10 Expert Tips on How to Sell Your Home Privately without a Real estate Agent for Maximum Price”

Some Tips on How to Sell Your Home

There are good ways by which you can sell your home at an attractive price. But before that, you have to know the norms of how to sell your home. It is not easy selling a property. There are lots of things involved in the process.

Preparing Your Home for a Sale

Once you have decided to sell your home, it is necessary that you make yourself and your home ready for the sale. There are certain steps for making a home ideal for selling.
• You first need to detach yourself from your house. Let your emotions loose and try to convince yourself with the words, “this house no more belongs to me”. A mental disassociation is necessary. Think of your house as a product about to go on the market and your job is to make it look the best before you put your home for sale. This is one of very important steps of “How to Sell Your Home”.

• When preparing your home for sale….fixing & renovating the problems in your home is your next step. No one buys home with flaws unless it is priced lower then market value. I am sure….this is not the route you want to consider…..you want to rather sell your home for maximum price. You need to do this exercise before your house goes on the public mls. Potential buyers are generally not interested in hearing about your good intentions to look after defects before closing takes place, home buyers may not be able to visualize what your home will look like when the work is finished. You are discouraging buyers by showing them something, which gives them the feel of “Not very well kept home” i.e. you are yourself degrading your home value. If you are not aware of what needs to be fixed….take help of your professional Real Estate Agent and a Certified Inspector.

• Take away or remove all your personal belongings and keep them in some other place. This is really very important for you to know in the process of how to sell your home. Make sure that the entire house looks absolutely clean and iridescent before you put it in the market. It needs to show well…..which means clutter free and well kept Home. Ask your experienced real estate agent on what to remove from where during the home preparation stage i.e. immediately after signing the listing agreement but before putting it on market. During this stage, most of the expert listing real estate agents, try to help you make your property look the best by helping you remove items, which are not needed during the home selling process or are personal in nature.

• Ask your Experienced Realtor…..if you need to rearrange things within the house. This may make things appear systematic and many times cover the limitations of a specific house. There is no standard method and procedure to explain on how to sell your home about this important step…..as every house is different. Your experienced Realtor will have that eye to guide you on how to rearrange your furniture to let your house present to best of its potential.

• Next step on how to sell your home is to do market valuation for your property. For this purpose don’t just use your own expert opinion i.e. how much did your neighboring house sold for or how much you feel your house is worth? Leave this to the market evaluation professionals i.e. hire a professional market appraiser or for a planned subdivision even your local experienced real estate agent can appraise your property as most of qualified realtors expertise in comparative market analysis and guide you on best pricing options based on specific market & property conditions.

The Ultimate Step in How to Sell Your Home

Choosing the Right Real estate agent is the most important and ultimate step in how to sell your home for top dollars. He/She is the one, who will make all this happen for you by marketing your property to best of its potential. Interview atleast 3 agents before you finalize one. Few Important things which you want to consider in your listing agent are as below:
• Listing Commissions effect your bottom line…..however, it is not necessary that cheapest or most expensive is the best way to go. You need to review all parts of the marketing package offered by all three agents you have interview and take your decision without any pressure.

• Check your agents websites and profile, to be sure, that he/she have strong online presence i.e. marketing capabilities over the interest as 80%-90% buyers start from internet. he is full time professional and is licensed to list your property on TREB (One of the biggest real estate boards of Canada) to give maximum exposure to sell your home.

• Try to find (in Websites and profile provided)…..What other clients say about your Realtor and make sure he is working full time in this trade…..that assures you good service as and when required to Sell your home.

• Make Sure your Listing agent is not over occupied i.e. someone for example having 30 listings and you are #31…..what do you expect??? Each listing on an average demands atleast 1 hour of service everyday for a full service package…..how can one having 30 listings service all in a 8 working hours even if he gives half the time??? Unless you are happy getting serviced through a non experienced assistants or you are comfortable leaving 10 messages for your Big brand realtor to get your call returned.
If you are thinking on “how to sell my home” consider above steps as general guidelines….which will help you sell your house for maximum price at minimum cost!!!

Is Open House Effective in Selling My Home?

Gone are the days when potential home buyer’s or buyer’s agents use to drive around looking for open house signs in their area of interest. Today more then 85% of home buyers start their home search online and don’t waste their time going house to house. If they are really convinced on what is presented to them over the web….they are thereafter willing to invest their time to go and see that property.

Yet to help home sellers understand…..most of the people who visit the open house now are like nosy neighbours who just want to see your home, tire kickers….who can’t afford a condo, but will walk in the open house of a far more expensive home, people who don’t have nearly enough money to consider putting in an offer and even criminals who are there to either steal something from the home during the open house or check out the security system so they can come back later.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to wait for a truly interested buyer, who is willing to invest his time to schedule a private appointment to see your home? That shows more serious and committed buyer rather then someone walking in an open house.

In today’s market….there are far better selling tools then doing a open house. Yet, it is still not a bad idea of giving a very limited exposure to this selling tool…..as it does generates some awareness and helps in spreading the word around. It may also help us show the property to maximum number of buyers in a very short time period. Plus it also helps in getting a first hand feedback from the potential buyers.

Experienced real estate agents help their home sellers prepare their property for an effective and secured open house.