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Home Staging Tips

December 11, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

If you are thinking of putting your home on the market or if your home is already listed these home staging tips may help you out.  What rooms are most important to buyers? What do buyers want to see in order to like your home? What feeling does your home give off? This short video talks about what is important for buyers, where they spend their time and what you need to do to capture the buyers that come to your home.

The Home Search Process

December 4, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

The home search process has changed over the years.  It is no longer enough to put up a sign and an ad in the newspaper.  The National Association of Realtors has published their profile of home buyers and sellers for 2012.  According to their study the following is true about home buyers:

  • 41% of home buyers searched online as their first step in buying a home
  • 11% of buyers looked for information on buying a home online
  • 90% of buyers use the internet to search for homes but for those under age 44 that number jumps to 96%
  • 87% of buyers used a real estate agent and found it useful to use one
  • The average buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 10 homes
  • 9 out of 10 recent buyers were satisfied with their home buying process

This is just a reminder for anyone wanting to sell their home in today’s market – the internet is a key factor in getting your home sold.  My listings are on well over 100 different websites for the widest possible exposure.  Give me a call or send me an email to talk about my marketing plan.

Top 10 showing no no‘s

October 26, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

What are the top 10 showing no no’s?  Realtor Magazine spoke with over 50 buyers agents to compile this list of the topp 10 worst home showing offences.  If your home is for sale, make sure you avoid these mistakes!

  1. Stalking homeowners – these are sellers that don’t leave the home for showings. They make showings very awkward for the buyers and if they try to be helpful it only makes matters worse.
  2. Pets – pets that are left to roam the house during a showing can distract buyers especially if the buyers are not animal lovers. Even crated pets create distractions if they whine or bark. Then the cat walking on the kitchen counters can also be a big turn off. If possible remove pets for showings. (more…)

Fall Market

September 21, 2012 |  Article By :   | 

We are now into the fall market in real estate, school has started, we in Minnesota are thinking about comfort foods and then the thought of selling the house enters the mind.  If you have had your home listed you tend to think it is time to take it off the market and try again in the spring.  If you want to sell you think it might be best to wait for spring.  I mean really does anyone sell a home in the fall and winter?  The answer is YES!  Keep your home listed and if you haven’t listed, go right ahead and list.  Because fall/winter are slower times, there are fewer listings on the market and simple economics says low supply, higher prices.  People that want or need to move are still shopping for their new home in the fall and winter so why not have yours out there in the smaller inventory pool?  Bake some apple crisp to make your home smell homey before a showing and see how quickly your home will sell.  Sure, spring and summer have the high sales numbers but you also have a lot more competition – if people are motivated they will buy any time of the year! So before cancelling your listing or not listing at all because of the fall market, take a serious look at the pros and cons.