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7 Reasons Wont Mt House Sell


7 Reasons Why Your House Won’t Sell
  April-16, 2016 JON OPREA

 
 
 
 
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Are you looking to sell your house for a good price but your marketing efforts not bringing the desired result? Well, selling your house may not always be as easy as you think. There are several factors that can hamper the sale of your house making it harder than you expected. Here we discuss some of them.
Why Won't My House Sell

1. Your house is not priced right

Placing a high price tag on your home is not going to benefit you in any way. Though you may feel the house is worth that much, a high price will keep it on the market without getting picked up.
Before putting your house on the market, a considerable amount of research and work need to be done to get the price right for your home. Have the house inspected to analyze its worth. But before pinning a price on it, compare your price with other houses on the market and ensure it is not too exorbitant. By quoting a lower price, you will catch greater interest and the subsequent competition among buyers can help you get a better price

2. Your house needs renovation

If your house is completely out-of-date, getting someone to buy it will certainly not be easy. However, hasten the selling process by making a few necessary renovations so that prospective buyers find it appealing and not ancient.
Simple things like putting a fresh coat of paint on it, making sure the bathroom and kitchen have modern gadgets and a stylish look as these are places that people spend a lot of time in, will do the trick. Also make sure all repair jobs like leaky faucets or creaky doors are taken care of before showing the house to people.

3. The presence of pets can be a deterring factor

Homes with pets often don’t sell quickly. Pets tend to leave behind them not just a certain odor but also pet stains. Though pet owners may be used to this, for a person who doesn’t own a pet these things are seen as undesirable. There are ways to sell your home even as a pet owner.
Keep your pets out of sight when showing the house to potential buyers. It would be best to leave them elsewhere during the showings but if this is not possible, keep them contained in the innermost part of the house so that they don’t bite people or make themselves comfortable on your furniture in the presence of buyers.

4. Bad neighbors can reduce the desirability of your home

If you are about to make a place your home, you would certainly be interested in the kind of people you surround yourself by. Hence, neighbors do come to play an important role in the sale of your house.
In case, you have the misfortune of having noisy or abusive neighbors, it is best to inform potential buyers about this so if they really want the house, certain measures can be taken to deal with your bad neighbors. Of course, this is only if your attempts to amicably settle the situation with the neighbors have not yielded a favorable result.

5. Your neighbor’s backyard diminishes the beauty of your house

Even if your house and the yard around it are well tended, the presence of overgrown weeds in your neighbor’s backyard can dampen the beauty of your house. Thus blocking this unappealing sight will serve you well.
You can do this by planting some big, shady trees in your compound or by installing a thick fencing around your house so that only slight glimpses of that unsightly neighboring yard pass through the fence. Having vines or creepers on your fence may provide a more picturesque boundary to the place, blocking the rest out.

6. Your real estate agent isn’t doing a good job

When looking to sell your house, don’t leave the reigns entirely to your real estate agents. If your agent is not good enough, it will negatively impact the salability of your home. Agents make money selling more places so they may not always be interested in getting the best price for you.
This is why you should make sure you have the right agent on the job. Pick a real estate agent who is professional and well-groomed and has proper negotiating skills.

7. The listing language and photos used to showcase your house may lack appeal

When you list your property on a website, you have to show it in the best light so that your listing appeals to prospective buyers. Language that can entice will further facilitate the process of selling.
You can enhance the appeal of your home by showcasing some of the best rooms, those that have a comfortable and cozy feel to them. Apart from this, a front view picture that includes your well-tended yard and manicured lawns will serve you well. Since language is also important, make sure the description mentions the things that make your house beautiful.
Selling your house will only come easy when all factors are in your favor. So if you want to put your house up on the market, make sure you have avoided or taken care of all of the above factors and you will certainly get a buyer in no time.

Should I Sell My House Empty Or Staged ?



STAGING TIPS THAT DONT COST A DIME


Staging Tips That Don’t Cost a Dime

February 23, 2016 by JON OPREA
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home_stagingWhen you’re ready to sell your home, you definitely want to get the best possible price for it, and you want it to sell quickly. To make that happen, it’s important that your house is in tip-top shape for showings.
Luckily, staging your home for potential buyers doesn’t require a professional, and it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. Try these free tips to sell your home quickly.

1. Keep It Clean

Nothing will scare off a potential buyer faster than a dirty home. Though some Realtors will recommend that you hire a cleaning service for a top-to-bottom deep clean, you can save money by taking care of this on your own, provided you’re willing to put in the time and elbow grease:
  • Dust each room from top to bottom and vacuum everything: furniture, floors, wood trim, and curtains.
  • Dust the insides of lamps and replace bulbs with the brightest ones you can safely use.
  • Grab some glass cleaner to shine windows, mirrors, and all faucets.
  • Wipe down all appliances, including the inside of the oven.
  • If you have pets, consider having them stay with a friend to help keep your house clean. If that’s not possible, be prepared to do a lightning-fast vacuum session before each showing. Also, be sure to place a few air fresheners around the house to mask any odors.

2. Nothing Personal

You have to pack to move anyway, so you can get a jump start on it by gathering any and all personal decorative effects. This includes framed family photos on your walls or shelves, picture albums and all your personal knickknacks. Buyers like to envision themselves living in your house, and that’s much easier without things that remind them of you.
Are you a die-hard Steelers fan in Cowboys country? Do you have a collection of autographed photos from local politicians? Navy memorabilia? Items that declare your affections and affiliations should also be packed up so buyers aren’t distracted by your personal tastes while walking through your home.

3. Corral the Clutter

Living a normal life requires a fair amount of stuff, but you’ll need to keep all signs of being a regular person hidden while your house is on the market. Once you’ve finished packing away your personal items, use your spare time to pack anything you don’t need on a daily basis. Clear shelves of most books, pack away rarely used games and DVDs, and remove out-of-season clothing to make closets look more spacious.
If you live with young kids, have them choose their favorite toys to keep on hand, but only allow ones that can easily be stowed away under the bed or in a toy chest out of sight when your Realtor calls with a 15-minute warning for a surprise showing. For adults, clear a bathroom and kitchen drawer that you can sweep counter clutter into in a pinch.

4. Bonus Points: Neutralize the Walls

If you’re having trouble getting your house to sell, you may need to take your home-staging efforts to the next level. Consider taking a weekend and bribing a group of friends to repaint the interior of your home a nice, neutral shade of beige or medium tan. This tip isn’t technically free, but paint is a relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your home and erase the decorating choices you’ve made over the years.
If you’re willing to spend the time and put in the effort to stage your home, you can make your house appealing to prospective buyers without spending any money at all.

BAD REALESTATE AGENTS


Bad Real Estate Agents – Top 5 Signs

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Buying or selling homes is a daunting task made easier with the guidance of a right real estate agent. However, sometimes the agents can make your work much more challenging if they do not perform their job properly. Watch out for these red flags to know it is time to hire another one:

1. Unprofessionalism

Real estate agent’s job is to help you buy/sell the house in your best interest. It is not necessarily the estate agent’s fault if the property is not selling or if you, as buyer, are not able to find the right house. However, you would at least expect the agent to keep you posted at regular intervals about how things are proceeding at his end. Coming late for appointments, not answering the calls or texts, not maintaining proper paperwork for the various transactions, missing deadlines, changing broker fees frequently, going on a vacation/leave without informing is totally unethical. These are the signs of negligent, inefficient and unworthy person and you should get rid of him at the earliest.

2. Limited usage of resources

In today’s era of internet, information can be spread across at a very fast pace. As a professional agent, your realtor’s job is to market your house as much as he can and wherever possibly he can. Putting up a sign in the front yard and multiple listing service (MLS) is not sufficient. There are a number of websites online for buying/selling properties. Maximum number of buyers and sellers check online options for their houses. Your agent should put up a nice description and photos of your property online on various websites, and send flyers through local newspaper or to the houses in that area. If he is not doing all this, what are you paying him for?

3. Lack of communication

As a buyer or seller, you would want your agent to update you about everything related to the deal. If your agent hasn’t contacted you for more than week, it’s a sign of concern. You have hired him to work for you, not the other way around. So it’s his responsibility to inform you regardless of a deal. If a prospective buyer visited your house, you would want to know what they think about it. No communication means incompetence and lack of interest in your projects.

4. Too aggressive

If your agent is trying to rush you into finalizing a deal that you are not comfortable with, walk away. There is no reason, apart from his personal interests (mostly the commission an agent gets from another brokerage), in making you buying one particular house over the other. If you are not satisfied with the deal, do not give in. The realtor should be an advisor to you, not a car salesman pitching to buy the top end car in his dealership.

5. No confidence

A real estate agent is an expert, who takes the lead on the project and provides reasonable advice to both the parties. His motive should be to satisfy the requirements of the seller and the buyer to their best interests. He should be confident enough to know what he is providing the party with. If he gives in while you negotiate his fees, chances are steep that he’ll do the same when it comes to selling your house. He needs to be a good negotiator. If your agent is asking you for the selling price of the house and puts it on sale for the same quote, instead of doing some research to arrive at the right price, it’s time you to let go of him.