Picture this: Your dream home, nice yard, great neighborhood, affordable, quiet neighbors; it’s truly more than you’d ever expect it to be. Your heart is racing, and you’re trying your hardest not to seem too eager in front of the real estate agent. That’s when it hits you. Why is this in my price range? Everything about this house points to a higher price point? What is wrong with this property? Read on to find out what a stigmatized property is!
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Don’t get caught scrambling and scrubbing when potential home buyers stop by. With a little hard work up front (and a lot of diligence), your home will stay showcase ready for even the most finicky of house hunters.
For most Americans, a sizeable chunk of their net worth is tied up in the value of their homes; the average homeowner invests upwards of 35% of their income in mortgage payments and home maintenance. It’s no wonder then that people count on recouping their investment when it’s time to sell their home. Your home’s sales price ultimately depends on making it attractive to prospective buyers. Curb appeal, fresh paint, and a good location are obvious advantages, but there are also less obvious factors that significantly impact the value of your home.
2013 has seen some major economic events, and balance probably isn’t the first word most people would think of to describe them. However, there’s some balance coming in 2014…to the housing market, at least. A recent article on CNNMoney discusses how the housing market is shifting and will provide more opportunities for both buyers and sellers, as long as you’re a savvy player in the game.
According to the NAR Community Preference Survey of 2013, most Americans prefer houses with easy walks to schools, stores and restaurants over houses with large yards, but where you have to drive to go to schools, stores and restaurants (55% to 40%). An even larger majority prefers houses with smaller yards but a shorter commute to work over houses with larger yards but a longer commute to work (57% to 36%).
One of the most effective tools you have to selling your home is quite possibly the most overlooked – photography. No matter how beautiful or wonderfully priced your home is, it’s unlikely to sell as fast as you’d like if the pictures are less than stellar. Here are some quick and easy tips for photographing your home to make sure it sells.
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!
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.
With more advantages of installing energy-efficient upgrades emerging daily, why wait to start making changes to your home? They’ll help save you money through tax incentives and cheaper energy bills, and, according to many real estate experts, these improvements help sell your home faster.
Unfortunately, scams are afoot to take advantage of struggling homeowners. Read about how short sale scams work and how to avoid them.