Monday, January 16, 2017

Sold! A First Timer’s Checklist For Selling Your Home


As a homeowner, the selling process can be an overwhelming experience – especially for first timers. Since they’ve never been through the experience of selling a home, many homeowners feel a bit lost as to what they need to do before they can pass their keys over to the next owners.
But not to worry! Here’s a checklist that covers all the essentials for homeowners getting ready to sell their first property:

Sprucing Things Up

Before homeowners list their home, they will want to handle any minor fixes that might keep them from getting top dollar for their property and spruce things up to make the home more attractive to potential buyers.
While every home is different, some areas that homeowners will want to revamp before listing their home include:

Painting

Painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix, but it can really make a difference in how a home presents. Before listing, homeowners should plan to refresh both the exterior and interior paint.
It also helps to use neutral colors when repainting a house that’s about to go on the market. Bold colors can be off-putting or distracting to potential buyers. Using neutral colors like white, beige, or gray, will help potential buyers see the property, not the paint.

Landscaping

The first thing potential buyers will notice when viewing a home is the landscaping. If the yard is in shambles or there are human-sized weeds sprouting from every corner, it can be a deal breaker.
Investing in landscaping upgrades will add to a property’s curb appeal and can help land a higher selling price. If the outdoor area hasn’t been landscaped, adding flowers, small trees and greenery can go a long way. If the property already has a garden, cleaning the area up (including raking, pruning and adding additional plants to fill in any visible gaps) will suffice.

Cosmetic Repairs

If there are minor and/or inexpensive repairs that need to be done to the property, it can be helpful for the homeowners to take care of them prior to listing. Small repairs, like steam cleaning the carpets or fixing a leaky shower, are quick, easy and inexpensive fixes, but can make a big difference when showing the home.
While homeowners will want to leave more major repairs and remodels for the potential buyers, cleaning up small problems will yield big results when they put their home on the market.

Staging

It’s important for homeowners to stage their home in a way that’s appealing to potential buyers. Staging can either be done with the help of a professional organizer and decorator or independently, but proper staging should include:
  • Decluttering the home
  • Removing any personal items
  • Reorganizing, rearranging and/or removing furniture to make the home feel more open and spacious
  • Thoroughly cleaning the home
  • Arranging the home to highlight the property’s best features (for example, pulling back curtains to showcase a gorgeous view or moving any furniture that blocks interesting architectural details)
  • Adding decorative items to enhance the space
Staging a home in a way that appeals to buyers can have a huge impact on the selling process. Professional stagers typically cost a few thousand dollars, but if homeowners want to save the extra cash, HGTV has some great tips on how to best stage a home for maximum impact.

Choosing An Agent

Once the property is ready to be shown to potential buyers, it’s time to find an agent.
Choosing the right real estate agent is HUGELY important, particularly for first time sellers. Having the right real estate agent representing the property can mean the difference between a quick, painless and positive selling process and a long, drawn out nightmare.
When choosing a real estate homeowners should consider:

Does this agent specialize in this type of property and in this area?

Whenever possible, homeowners should work with an agent who possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience selling the type of property they’re looking to sell within their market.
Different types of properties and different markets have different nuances, and working with an agent who understands those nuances can help homeowners sell their home quicker and for a higher price than working with an agent who isn’t as knowledgeable.

What’s the agent’s track record?

One of the best predictors of future success is past success. When choosing a real estate agent, homeowners should ask what their track record of success is. How many homes have they sold in the past year? What’s the average time their properties stay on their market? What percentage of their deals come in at the asking price or above?
Understanding a real estate agent’s past performance can help homeowners understand what they might expect during the selling process and helps to set up proper expectations for both the homeowners and the agent.

What’s the agent’s plan for selling the property?

Homeowners should also ask what their agent’s plan is for selling the property. What marketing channels will they leverage to make sure the property gets in front of the right people? How aggressively do they plan to market the property? What’s their backup plan should they not be successful with their typical marketing strategies?
It’s an agent’s job to sell a property, but there are many ways to do that. Homeowners will want to find out upfront what their agent’s plan is to make sure it’s in line with what they’re looking for.
Selling a property can be overwhelming for first time sellers. But by following the steps in this checklist, homeowners can take the necessary steps to selling their home quickly, easily and with as little stress as possible.

Ali Palacios, ABRMCNETAHS
Realtor
Today's Home Realty
ali.palacios@todayshomerealty.com
Mobile - 832-418-0670
Fax - 832-201-7492
www.todayshomerealty.com
www.ilovehappyclients.com

9119 Hwy 6 S #230-116, Missouri City, TX 77459
Source: http://www.bestrealestateblog.com/sold-first-timers-checklist-selling-home?m=JnojPGPgYwNqRUqKIeuc

6 Books You Should Read Before Buying or Selling Your Home


Buying a home for the first time or selling a home for the first time are both huge endeavors. And most homeowners go into the process blind. Having never experienced the process of buying or selling, homeowners can easily find themselves losing time, losing money and losing patience, all because they were under or ill-informed.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are a ton of incredible resources out there for first time buyers or sellers to help walk them through the process, including the good old-fashioned book.
Here are 6 books you should read before buying or selling your home to save you time, money, energy and a bundle of frustration.

For Buyers

1. Homebuying For Dummies, Eric Tyson and Ray Brown

Homebuying For Dummies, now in its 4th edition, is the quintessential guide for any newbie homeowner getting ready to make the purchase of a lifetime. Just like the rest of the contributions to the massively popular For Dummies series, this book gives step-by-step instructions on how to buy your first property. The volume covers everything from finding the right property, understanding your lending options and the tax implications of purchasing a home.

2. Mortgages For Dummies, Eric Tyson and Ray Brown

Sticking with the For Dummies series, first-time homebuyers who don’t fully understand what it means to purchase a house with a loan should definitely check out Mortgages For Dummies. Not only does this volume break down the basics of mortgages, like what they are, the difference between fixed rate and variable rate mortgages and how to secure your loan, it also breaks down how to determine how much house you can afford, how to get your finances in check before you apply and even tips for raising your credit score to clinch a lower interest rate.

3. 100 Questions Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Ask, Ilyce R. Glink

Written in easy to understand question and answer format, this first-time homebuyer guide from real estate expert Glick digs deep into virtually any question a first-time homebuyer might have in today’s market.
In 100 Questions Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Ask, Glick leveraged expertise from top real estate brokers around the world to create what is essentially the encyclopedia for buying your first home. Questions run the gamut from how to have your potential purchase tested for harmful substances like mold or radon to how the purchasing process has evolved in recent years – and how you can make those changes work for you.

For Sellers

4. House Selling For Dummies, Eric Tyson and Ray Brown

Tyson and Brown created another essential how-to guide, this time for sellers, with House Selling For Dummies. This edition will give you all the information you need to make the most out of the home selling process and get the maximum profit for your home. Topics include how to best prepare your home to put on the market, the best time of year to list your home, how to find the best real estate agent and negotiating tips to ensure you get the best offer on your property.

5. How To Sell A House Fast in a Slow Real Estate Market: A 30-Day Plan For Motivated Sellers, William Bronchick and Ray Cooper

Whether you’ve already purchased a new home or you’re in the red on your mortgage, there are going to be times you need to sell sooner rather than later. For those sellers who are looking to unload their property fast, How To Sell A House Fast in a Slow Real Estate Market: A 30-Day Plan For Motivated Sellers is a great guide for securing a quick selling process, even if the market in your area runs slow. This guide is full of practical advice on how to leverage marketing techniques, advertising and improvements to the property to get your house sold quickly and (relatively) easily.

6. The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Staging Your Home To Sell, Julie Dana

One of the major components of selling your home for a prime price is showcasing your property in its best light. Staging your home in a way that makes it most appealing to potential buyers can mean the difference between getting an offer you’re excited about or consistently falling short on your asking price. The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Staging Your Home To Sell gives you step-by-step instructions on how to effectively stage each room in your home for maximum impact. This book is especially helpful for the design-challenged and will have even the most novice interior designer staging rooms like a pro.
If you’re gearing up to buy or sell your home, grab a cup of tea, get comfortable and read these books. Your wallet – and sanity – will thank you.


Ali Palacios, ABRMCNETAHS
Realtor
Today's Home Realty
ali.palacios@todayshomerealty.com
Mobile - 832-418-0670
Fax - 832-201-7492
www.todayshomerealty.com
www.ilovehappyclients.com

9119 Hwy 6 S #230-116, Missouri City, TX 77459
Source: http://www.bestrealestateblog.com/6-books-read-buying-selling-home?m=JnojPGPgYwNqRUqKIeuc

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Use This Spring Clean-Up Guide To Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Spring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time to get the outside of your home in top shape before the summer months. A little sprucing can go a long way with enhancing your home’s curb appeal. In fact a property’s outdoor appeal can dictate people’s home buying decision. And while it’s not always necessary to keep a perfectly manicured lawn and flawlessly trimmed trees and bushes, little updates and refreshers, such as washing the windows and re-painting the front door, can make a positive impact. Plus, yearly maintenance can prevent big, costly overhauls down the road. 
Use this infographic from The Grass People to hit all the bases—from the lawn and gardens to outdoor lighting and walkways.
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