Selling your home? Open houses are a time-honored way to get prospective buyers in your door – along with nosy neighbors, a six-kid family and a guy looking for your watch, your cash, your iPad or whatever else he can swipe upstairs while the realtor is the basement with the neighbor and three of the free-ranging children. In the age of the internet, with virtual tours putting a market’s living and dining rooms on a smart buyer’s handheld device, is an open house a worthwhile strategy?
Rumors are circulating through the news that an agreement to end the government shutdown and a possible debt ceiling rise, ending the current stalemate crisis that is affecting millions of Americans. I hope the rumors are true, but I’m not holding my breath.
Are you thinking about selling your home? Looking at everything that needs to get done, such as repairs, painting, cleaning, finding the right real estate agent, etc.; you may think that the listing pictures are the least of your worries. Well, it turns out that they’re a huge part of getting your home sold.
Each month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development puts out its Housing Scorecard. Think of it as a monthly report card on how well the housing market is doing. August’s report was titled “The Obama Administration’s Efforts to Stabilize the Housing Market and Help American Homeowners.” Let’s take a look and see if those efforts are paying off.
When listing your house for sale, real estate experts agree that you should stage your home to sell it quicker, easier and to beat out your competition. Staging allows potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. Basically, they want to picture their lives within these new, potential walls and all of the clutter stops them from doing so. Eliminating that hot pink princess room and frames of grandma will help their vision—and help you sell your home!
The results are in and the news is good! The 2013 edition of the National Housing Pulse Survey shows that the attitude Americans have about the housing market has improved compared to recent years
Appraisals can be confusing for many going through the mortgage process. Everything is going smoothly, the appraiser has come and gone, and then the number comes in. What exactly is this strange paperwork you’ve been given? How does it explain the value of your house? This assigned value will stick with your home until another appraisal is done, and it can have a large impact on the mortgage process. Here are a few appraisal basics to help you understand the appraisal process.
Are you considering a home improvement project in order to sell your house? Before you recruit a contractor, you may want to do a little homework on the current housing market. Of course, we all want our home to have wonderful curb appeal to sell – and sell fast! But a little analysis can help you determine whether the renovation is worth your time and money.
In June existing home prices shot up nationwide by about 10.7% according to Trulia, a leading online residential real estate firm. This is both good and bad news, depending on which side of the fence you’re standing on. Sellers are probably doing a little happy jig now while some buyers may be feeling a little blue or shocked by the news.
If you’ve been waiting for a good time to enter the housing market, wait no longer! With home values rising and inventory low, now is the perfect time to sell your home. So what do you need to do to increase your home’s value and ensure the selling process goes smoothly? I sat down with Doug Gartley, associate broker with In-House Realty, to find out. Here are Doug’s tips that every seller should know to be successful.