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9 Reasons Why Some Homes Sell Faster

TEXT VERSION: Beyond the obvious elements such as location and size, here are nine factors that can affect how quickly your home sells. 1. Curb appeal. Realtors named curb appeal the #1 factor affecting the amount of time a home is on the market. 2. Local school ratings. Homes linked to good schools sell faster and at a premium. In one study, one in five buyers said they pay 6-10% above their...

12 Tips to Make Moving Easier

Text Version: Want to reduce the headache of moving into a new home? Follow these tips: Before You Pack 1. Plan your move well in advance. This will help you avoid a last-minute frenzy. 2. Back up your computers. Protect critical files and photos by storing copies on a portable hard drive you carry with you, or uploading the files to a free cloud server such as Google Drive or Dropbox. 3....

10 Reasons Why You Should List Your Home With a Realtor

Text Version: 1. Price. Homeowners who sell their homes on their own, typically generate $46,000 less than Homeowners who work with a Realtor.* 2. Access to buyers. Through the Multiple Listing Service, professional contacts and their own database of prospects, Realtors can help you reach the widest range of customers. 3. Sales skills. Realtors can evaluate your home and suggest improvements to...

How To Move With Pets

Update your pet’s tag with your new address. Make sure your pet’s collar is sturdy and correctly sized. The tag should also include your mobile number and e-mail address so that you can be reached during the move. Request veterinary records. Ask your current vet to send your pet’s medical history directly to the new vet. Have their contact information handy in case of emergency or if the new...

Required Paperwork – Another Reason to Hire a Realtor

Are you considering selling your home For Sale By Owner? Not knowing what papers you need to sell your property can cost you dearly. There are lots of documents and many disclosures that need to be signed and submitted for filing throughout the home sales process. A seller needs to consider scheduling appraisers, arranging necessary inspections, and meeting a whole host of other conditions. Failing...

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers: 1. An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or...

How To Recognize a Qualified Buyer

Offers can be exciting, but unless your potential buyer has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. Your real estate professional will try to determine a buyer’s financial status before you sign the contract. But it’s good for you to know what buyers with follow-through potential looks like. They are prequalified—or even better, preapproved—for a...

Real Estate Pros to Homeowners: Don’t Wait to Sell

“A lot of people are missing the best market now by waiting,” Kris Lindahl, CEO and founder of Kris Lindahl Real Estate in the Minneapolis area, told MarketWatch. Homeowners are finding themselves with more negotiating power as buyer demand remains high and housing inventories are slim. The supply of homes for sale is at a record low of 1.9 months. A six-month supply is considered a healthy balance...

How a Realtor Identifies the Correct Market Value of Your Property

In order to get just the right listing price, the property needs to be evaluated carefully, from a neutral perspective. Influenced by an emotional attachment to their properties, many sellers tend to add value to some distinguishing aspects of the house — its character, its quirks — not realizing that a potential buyer might consider those same things a hindrance. Anything from room decorations,...

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