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Got Realtor?

When you hear the word “Realtor,” you may think of commission or think of a yard sign or probably more common, picture that HGTV show in your head.  And depending on the type of experience you or someone close to you has had with a Realtor, will determine your opinion of us.  One thing that I can assure you is that I’ve never met another Realtor or Broker who got their license and said, “Ok now how can I sell real estate without helping people.” Besides swearing in to a code of ethics, us Realtors enjoy every aspect of helping people, it’s by far the best part of the job!

Whether it’s helping a military family find that perfect home in 7 days, helping an expired listing finally get sold or helping a widow finally sell her As-Is home so she can move closer to family, there’s nothing more satisfying than to see people elated about moving on with their lives.  More often than not, helping people is what truly drives us!  And for you avid home owners, by now you’re probably good friends with your Realtor and will remain super loyal ’til days end.

Mainly because you remember that one memorable time where your Realtor came through for you by getting you top dollar on a sale or by getting you that super investment deal that out performed the stock market by 10%.  All in all, the next time you hear or see the word Realtor, may the ideas of Moving Forward or Great Helper come to mind.  Once again, all Realtors swear in to a code of ethics, what more validity can you ask for! We’re here to help and just know that we’ll soak in all the endorphins along the way!

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Expired Listing?

So your home has been on the market for 6 months, maybe even a year or maybe even longer. And much to your dismay, your house did not sell. It’s very common to feel defeated and especially unmotivated to try again. Now is the time to take an honest look at your home’s location, condition, floor-plan and overall presentation.

— Did you have the right photography?
— How many homes did you compete against and home many would you still have to compete against if
you re-listed?
— What are the average days on market and prices for the homes that did sell in the past 6 months?
— How many showings did you have and did they share feedback?
— Depending on the feedback, is there anything you can fix before going back on the market?
— Overall, how would you compare your overall presentation of your home with other listings?
— And lastly but most importantly, by removing all of your biases, would you yourself honestly pay the
asking price for your home?

These are just some of the questions that you should be able to discuss with your next Realtor. Whatever you do, if you truly want to sell and move, don’t give up! There’s a lot factors that can change the outcome of finally getting your property Sold! Just don’t make the same mistakes that might’ve caused your home not to sell the first time around. And most of the time, sticking to the fundamentals will greatly increase the chances of getting Sold! Location, location location… price, floor-plan, local demand of beds and baths, curb Appeal, fresh paint, de-clutter and then de-clutter some more and cleanliness. Now find the right local expert and Carpe Diem!

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6 Dangers of Overpricing Your Home

So the doom and loom days of rock bottom real estate values seem to be safely gone for now and hopefully we’ll never have to see those terrible levels of foreclosures tank our property values ever again. Presently, most areas in America, especially the Florida gulf coast, are seeing higher property values and lower levels of inventory. With that said, as a seller, you need to stay grounded and understand that you could actually end up losing the chance of selling for top dollar by overpricing.

Even in a seller’s market, overpricing can make your home sit and sit, all the while accumulating unnecessary days on market. Now in a buyer/seller even keel market, the first 30 days is the most important as that’s your best time frame of gaining the highest offer using your new listing leverage factor. But in a seller’s market, with more buyers waiting on the sidelines for new houses to pop up, your first 15 days will actually play more of an important role. In lament terms, even in a seller’s market, it’s still all about leverage.

Just because inventory levels are low and appraisals are coming in higher, does not mean you can fathom a fairy tale sales price for your home. Just like when you have a water leak, you call a plumber or a roofer, always, always seek a licensed Realtor who specializes in your direct area or neighborhood. And don’t just take their word for it, ask them to show you a statistical print out with actual home addresses as well as the homes square feet, beds & baths, year built, days on market and sold or current asking price. This will give you an accurate market update of your area. Happy Selling!