Tag Archives: selling a home

Are Open Houses Still Important in Selling a Home? Three Reasons You May Want to Save Your Time

              Whether you're in the early stages of the home selling process or your home has been on the market for some time, you may be considering hosting an open houses or two in order to welcome potential buyers in to see your property. Let's take a look at three reasons you may want to consider an alternative to an Open House, which may lead to a faster sale for you. Most Buyers Start Their House Hunt Online According to statistics from the National Association of REALTORS®, the majority of homebuyers begin their house hunt by browsing through ... Click to Continue

Failed Negotiations: What to Do when the Seller is an Immovable Object

  Once you've found the perfect new home and delivered your first offer to the seller, you may find that they return with a counteroffer or a flat out refusal. Negotiation is part of the home buying process, but at times you may feel like the seller is the one holding up the deal due to their approach or attitude. In this blog post we'll share a few ways to manage an unreasonable or stubborn home seller so you can get the deal closed. Ask Yourself: Are Your Demands Reasonable? Before trying to figure out how to work the seller from a different angle in order to win the home, you'll need to assess wh ... Click to Continue

Closing Costs: Understanding What It Costs to Close on a Home and What You Can Expect to Pay

                If you're in the process of buying a new home, you've likely heard the term "closing costs" in regards to the many different fees and taxes that you'll be required to pay during the purchase process. In this post we'll look at a number of these closing costs and what you will be expected to pay when you buy that next dream home. Taking out a Mortgage? There Will Be Fees Attached If you're taking out a mortgage to finance the cost of buying your home you'll end up incurring a variety of fees. Nearly all lenders will charge a mort ... Click to Continue

Removing Smoke and Pet Odors from a Home

  As exciting as selling or buying a home should be, there's no denying that it can be a stressful endeavor for those interested in making their investment an attractive option for buyers. Nowhere is this more evident than for homeowners who were former smokers or even pet owners who have allowed their pets to do as they please on the carpets, hardwood or linoleum flooring throughout the home. While it's truly commendable to quit smoking or to train your pet, removing the smell of these preexisting odors from a home can feel like an impossible task. With that in mind, here are some of the most effective w ... Click to Continue

House Hunting 101

Knowing what you want before you start looking is a big help when house-hunting for your perfect home. Giving the list of “must-have” items to your real estate professional a few days before you begin touring listings is a great idea because they can find homes that meet as many of your criteria as possible. It also helps on a more personal level, since being organized and knowing what you want will help you quickly identify whether or not homes meet those standards. Is it a “Must-Have” or a “Nice-to-Have”? The debate between "I need it" and "I want it" is as old as time. Thi ... Click to Continue

To RealeFlow or Not to RealeFlow?

Throughout the last week and a half I decided to spend some time reviewing and using the new RealeFlow Software. Before I go into what I have learned and my thoughts on how the software works I have to give you a little background about myself. Years ago, prior to getting involved in real estate, I was hired by company that truly had no system in place to keep track of their clients and potential clients. Contact names were everywhere! Each Employee, from the General Manager to the Engineers to the Marketing Department, Regional Managers, etc. were keeping contacts in their notebooks, on a sticky pad or in the ... Click to Continue

Experiencing ‘Purchase Anxiety’? How to Calm Your Nerves Before Committing to Buy a New Home

                  Whether this is your first big purchase, or your family is moving to a new location or you are looking for more space, buying a home has its share of ups and downs. It's perfectly normal to feel anxious about whether or not you've found the right property. In fact, this “purchase anxiety” can even be found when buying home after home as a Real Estate Investor. The question is, is how can you calm your nerves, seal the deal and make the right decision? Do The Math You've probably already done this, ... Click to Continue

3 Reasons Why Changing Your Kitchen And Dining Room Lighting Fixtures Can Increase Your Sale Price

If you are considering selling your home, you may be wondering if there are things that you can do to increase your sale price. The truth is, you could spend thousands of dollars updating your home, but most homeowners will not want to put in such a large investment without knowing how much it will add to the selling price. Fortunately, there are more affordable things that can be done. One affordable change to your home that can increase your sale price is to change your kitchen and dining room lighting fixtures. There are a number of reasons why this can work. Here are three of them: Buyers are Lo ... Click to Continue

A Quick Guide to Assessing Your Home’s Foundation for Cracks – And What to Do if You Find Them

  When purchasing a home, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account. One of those considerations is the foundation of the home. No matter how perfect or suitable a property looks, taking the time to properly inspect the property for foundation problems can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs later on. While foundation cracks are usually present in older homes, that does not mean that newer and even new homes aren't prone to them. When choosing a property, the following tips can help homebuyers find signs of foundation problems and take the right action if any a ... Click to Continue