Profit from Early Decisions When Selling a House
Hernando County Open House Time is Teamwork Time
According to the best estimate, something like 45% of home buyers use an open house viewing before making their purchase decision. I think that sounds about right – it might even be higher here in Spring Hill Florida. With such a high proportion of serious prospects choosing to drop by an open house, it’s important that we – client and agent — get it right. Under-preparing is seldom an issue: we all want to put our best foot forward when we invite the public into our home.
Yet while it may be tempting to go into overdrive for that preparation, overdoing it can be a problem, too – one that can actually turn off buyers. Some guidelines worth noting:
· Avoid Information Overload. It’s common practice to set out a few brochures or pamphlets that let potential buyers know something about the area. But if your flier presentation looks like it belongs in the Florida Tourist Welcome Center, or you’ve put together a local restaurant guide that comes off like a comprehensive college prospectus, your buyer may not have enough time to focus on the home while there.
· Don’t Kill the Mood. Like many agents, I like to try to set a certain ambiance for potential buyers attending an open house. Yet I also know that when a potential buyer walks through a Spring Hill FL home, he or she needs to be able to project a personal image of the future onto it. In practice, this means that soft music is nice — top 40 is too much. Subtle and neutral details are a plus: too much color or too many photos can be overkill. To cater to all demographics, be sure the house is clean and uncluttered — as minimalistic as practical.
· Keep Refreshments to a Minimum. Ensuring that potential buyers feel comfortable in your open house is the goal, so you and your agent need to draw a line between hosting a mini-buffet and being gracious but businesslike hosts. You want to provide pleasant and positive refreshments, but an elaborate spread taking over the kitchen and wafting all variety of aromas through the house is distracting. I’ve always been a fan of the classic cheese and crackers display (though I’ve sometimes found it appropriate to add a cookbook propped open to bring to emphasize an especially well thought-out kitchen design).
When you plan your own Spring Hill FL open house, you and your agent should make the most of the strong points of your offering – being careful not to upstage them. Call me anytime if you are looking for one of those kinds of agents. I am one who will be your strong partner from the moment you list until the last closing doc is signed!
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Spring Hill FL, 34609
When you want to sell your house, you want it to bring in top dollar. That means you want to find a Realtor in Spring Hill Florida who has the characteristics of a top performer. He or she may or may not have last month’s highest sales volume, may or may not have page after page of onscreen MLS listings. However, there are characteristics you can look for that are bound to point to the best candidate to represent your home in your neighborhood.
1) Understanding You: the Client
I agree withRealtor Magazine:
“One of the strongest ways to increase likability and foster a connection is to demonstrate that [the Realtor] understands someone else’s needs, and is happy to help fulfill them.”
A great Realtor in Spring Hill Florida is inherently a great salesperson, and as such, automatically adapts his or her selling skills to each client. The evidence comes through demonstrating that if the need arises to step back, he or she will do so. Likewise, when a client needs a push, he or she knows how to give them that push — gracefully.
You can test this. When you are interviewing to find a Realtor, don’t just quietly nod and agree with everything you hear. Offer a few objections, even if they are only theoretical. See how seamlessly the candidate handles the change of direction. The ability to discern and adapt to various types of clients is the same ability that will help a skilled Realtor present a positive impression of your property.
It is essential to find a Realtor in Spring Hillwho is a true professional – one who has the ability to approach your home from an unbiased perspective. Being able to provide analytical, accurate and fact-based market information is vital. It is this ability that is the basis for establishing a market position that helps sell your house for its maximum value…and in the shortest timeframe.
A great Realtor is able to successfully negotiate price and terms between you and your buyer. No matter what, there is likely to be an emotional component involved, so maximum success takes not only keen business acumen, but strong intrapersonal skills, too.
When you are ready to find a Realtor for your Hernando County property, look for experience, a full skill set, and confidence. Add in a touch of panache, and together you will make up a team that is fully armed to come to market. I hope you will consider me for your candidate list: I work tirelessly to help every one of my clients meet their own selling goals. Give us a call to hear what my marketing plan can do for you.
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Spring Hill FL, 34609
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If you are organized and willing to put in some serious spadework, buying a Lakewood Ranch foreclosure can save you thousands of dollars. A new wave of foreclosures could be heading our way later this year. According to RealtyTrac, the leading source of foreclosure statistics, one in every 665 national housing units received a foreclosure filing in June. More foreclosures mean more opportunities; but it also means that more buyers will begin to think seriously about going after them. In other words – more competition.
If you have never looked into what is involved in snagging one of the foreclosures in our area, a few basics will greatly improve your chances for success:
Do Your Research So You Can Act Quickly.
The foreclosure market performs differently from the traditional market. Arming yourself with accurate comps and knowledge of Lakewood Ranch trends will enable you to recognize the right opportunity as soon as it arises – ideally, before other buyers catch wind of it. Working with a knowledgeable agent who keeps you informed is the quickest way to get up to speed. It will help you avoid being dragged into bidding wars with other deal-shopping buyers. Since under-bidding will cause you to miss the best opportunities, and over-bidding will defeat your whole purpose, up-to-the-moment market knowledge is essential for formulating a canny offer.
Weigh in With Cash.
Time is an important factor in buying a Lakewood Ranch foreclosure. Your goal is the same as the seller’s: to close the sale as quickly as possible. Naturally, paying cash up front is the simplest route to a speedy closing. If you are buying as an investment, that means targeting only properties that are within your financial reach. As Ron Peltier of HomeServices of America puts it, “A cash buyer who can close in 10 days can certainly get the best deal.” Since closing on a house via traditional mortgage can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days, it is clear which route sellers prefer.
3. Create Clean Offers.
If, like many of my clients, you can’t really afford to propose an all-cash deal, you can still create an offer that lands your foreclosure. Writing a clean offer – one with simple terms and serious cash down — can bring a favorable reaction. Let’s face it: bank officers don’t want to fuss with complicated terms or repairs. A buyer with 20% down, a confirming loan and an “as-is” offer will get a lot more consideration than a buyer with an FHA loan and a minimal deposit. Success means targeting foreclosures at a price point where you can afford to put as much down as possible…then being ready to get dirty and make any needed repairs yourself.
As with any vigorous market, participants need to play by the rules or else be stuck on the sidelines. If you are considering buying a Lakewood Ranch foreclosure and are looking for an experienced agent to stand by your side, call me — and let’s get to work!
As usual, the first week of July brought the usual report cards on home sales and other real estate data: the “second quarter stats.” The start of summer signals the beginning of what journalists call the slow news season (in Washington, the ‘silly season’) – a slowdown in the drumbeat of nonstop crises and turbulence in world and national affairs. Sometimes I think the most welcome result is the relief that comes from realizing that we don’t even need to glance at newspapers and TV news. Nothing new is happening. Thank goodness! That’s a mini-vacation all by itself.
One side effect it that it is much more likely that you may have missed some good news that could affect Lakewood Ranch homes sales. And possibly a subtle change in the way that news is beginning to be presented.
Reports from the National Association of Realtors, the Census Bureau and others have been looking up for a while, but reports in the national media have emphasized the caution signals. Lately there seems to be a shift in emphasis, if not content. The New York Times reported on the 19.8% increase in home sales in the last 12 months – and for once, the Grey Lady spent more ink on the ‘upswing’ than on the lagging recovery. “…Real estate was far down the list [of categories] investors had to worry about,” said the Times. Coming from that source, it was the journalistic equivalent of a ticker tape parade.
USA Todayheadlined “HOUSING PRICES RISE IN MOST U.S. CITIES,” and went on to quote economist Maury Harris stressing the importance of positive headlines. “It’s a confidence builder at a time when Americans really need something good happening.” He has a point: in the past, Lakewood Ranch home sales, like those everywhere else, tend to reflect the national temper even though real estate is a very Lakewood Ranch phenomenon.
The Christian Science Monitorreported on the “lift to the long-suffering housing market” provided by the record lows in mortgage rates. They pointed out that previously occupied home sales contract signings matched the “fastest pace in two years,” with prices “rising in most markets.”
The Wall Street Journal sounded a bit more encouraging, as well. “Generally speaking,” they reported, “home prices are rising again in most markets because demand is up strongly from one and two years ago, which the number of homes for sale is down sharply.”
Of course, every neighborhood in Manatee County is unique — and getting accurate home sales information for properties that are similar to yours is a necessary step when you go about evaluating your own family’s home buying or selling plans. For accurate and up-to-date information, feel free to contact us anytime for a consultation.
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Posted on Jul 08, 2012
Simple But Effective: Manatee County Real Estate Front Yard Marketing ‘For Sale’ Signs = You Mean Business
When it comes to Manatee County Real Estate property search resources, one tool house hunters rely on without hesitation is so simple they probably don’t even think about it. Although online sites and search engines are incredibly valuable, some stall users until they give up their email address. Classified ads may be tried and true, but often require searchers to make a phone inquiry to learn the address in question. But there is a low-demand, high-yield, unequivocal property search aid without any of those drawbacks: the good ol’ frontyard ‘For Sale’ sign.
It may seem like an awfully old-fashioned marketing method, but that sign remains one of the most effective tools we recommend to attract buyers. With the prices of single-family homes on the rise in half of the largest US cities, many who have been on the sidelines waiting for the market to turn around are revisiting the idea of selling. For them, what about putting out that ‘For Sale’ sign?
One advantage is obvious: signs alert the most interested potential buyers – those already on a property search in Bradenton Florida. Your agent’s posted cell phone number (or a number that plays a recorded message) will certainly draw inquiries from interested buyers. Although its reach is a tiny fraction of the Internet’s, not everyone begins a property search online. To reach potential homebuyers who have targeted your neighborhood, the humble sign can be your #1 marketing tool.
Today’s Manatee County Real Estate, property searchers have cell phones, most of which have aps which recognize a digital feature some of today’s yard signs display: a QR code. When a QR design appears on a For Sale sign, users just use their phone to scan the code and instantly gain access to the agent’s web page with full information about the property. Not so old fashioned, after all…
The main disadvantage is location location location: only people who already live in the neighborhood or pass by the property will see it. The quality of those reached is high, but their numbers don’t compare with what online listings can yield. Too, some homeowners are nervous about the idea of seeming to invite unwanted visitors – although the addition of a “call for appointment” tag usually resolves that issue. For those who are shy about announcing to the neighborhood that they are ready to move, it’s good to remember that the goal of marketing a home is to attract as much attention as possible: hiding the ‘product’ is counter-productive.
There are many ways to advertise a house for sale. Many homebuyers’ property search begins with an agent; some with an online session…but for others, that simple yard sign can be what prods them into thinking about the home that could be theirs. For anyone planning to market their own Manatee County Real Estate home, the surest first move is to hire a professional: an agent with a proven multimedia marketing plan. And you can bet that a good old-fashioned (or nowadays, new-fashioned) yard sign will be part of it!
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For quite a while, Lakewood Ranch residential real estate holders – that is, homeowners – haven’t had to work very hard to come up with a description for the U.S. real estate market. ‘Lousy’ certainly came to mind. ‘Bleak’ was a strong contender. ‘Cautiously optimistic,’ at best a distant third.
“FOREIGNERS SNAP UP PROPERTIES IN THE U.S.” was Nick Timiraos’ headline, with a caption that read, “To many Americans, plowing money into real estate has never looked like such a risky venture. But to many foreigners, U.S. housing has never looked like a smarter investment.”
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