Selling Your House Online

Selling Your House Online

If you haven’t heard by now the Internet is a pretty big thing. While some people still believe that open houses and newspaper articles are still relevant to selling houses, this is in the minority now.

Any exposure is exposure, so these old methods that Real Estate agents use, can still sell a house, its just putting money into resources that can be put to better use.

Here are some key things to make sure your Real Estate agent is incorporating into your online marketing plan:

1. Social Media: This is the biggie in the last few years. Does your agent have any social media skills, (more…)

Selling Your House Online

Jimmy The Renovator: Spring Cleaning to Sell

Taking Care of Stainless Steel

To keep your stainless steel bright and clean, I suggest using a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week. Don’t put on too much — you don’t want to soak the surface and make it greasy. Wipe the mist with a clean, lint-free cloth, and never use oils to keep away fingerprints — lint will stick to the oil. Also, don’t use cleaners with bleach after you’ve put on the waxy layer, or it will dry out and lose some of the luster. And finally, don’t use (more…)

Selling Your House Online

Jimmy The Renovator: Leave Installing Floors to the Professionals

One of the biggest turn offs for buyers are floors that are not done professionally. It can take tens of thousands of dollars away from the house value. The reason being because it can cost more money to remove a bad floor and replace it then simply to change a bad floor.

Here are the worst things I’ve seen in houses:

1. Spaces between the panels. Typically if a floor is not measured and installed correctly you will see a space between the hardwood or laminate.

2. Uneven Floor: If the floor is not level and a proper under padding is not used then it will be uneven. If it is a basement you might have to fix the cement or dig to even out the floor. If there is wood underneath, it may need to be replaced to even out the floor. Ask your professional installer to make sure the necessary steps are taken to make sure your floor is even.

3. The worst offender might be the edges of the floors where they meet the wall. It is usually  not cut right. (more…)

Selling Your House Online

Hesitation Can Cost You!

The search is on. You’ve officially decided to buy a house. You hired an agent. Now you are actively looking at houses. You see one you like. You are not sure and want to wait a few days. You finally put an offer in and you then find out the house was sold two days ago. You’re not alone.

One thing I always tell my clients is that if you finally find a house with all the qualities you’ve listed then put an offer in. If you don’t see yourself living there then don’t put an offer and move on. Using your gut is the best policy.

Sometimes you might not fall in love with the house the moment you walk and it might take an extra visit. But for the most part you know if you will live there right away. Its like you know if you like somebody the moment you meet them. Or maybe you don’t like them.

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Selling Your House Online

What Real Estate Agents Do When You Make An Offer

Have you every looked at a house that has been on the market for a month and all of a sudden you are interested in the house and now there are five offers?

There are many different cycles to selling a house. One possible cycle is called the “Over Priced Cycle”

The cycle goes like this:

The house is overpriced to begin with. Like any house that hits the market there is a lot of traffic. Then there is an open house, and there is a lot of traffic. After the weekend there are a few interested buyers despite the price. These buyers submit offers way lower than asking close to comparables. The sellers reject them and all of the similar offers in the next two weeks. They then wonder what is wrong and their agent says to reduce the price. Now that the offers are gone they reduce the price. Now all of that buying pool that looked at the house thinks something is wrong with the house. More time passes.

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