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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 5/25/2017

Let's face it – selling your home has been a long, complex and stressful journey. Now, you're only 24 hours from finalizing the sale of your house and moving on to the next chapter of your life.

Although most of the home selling process is complete, a homebuyer still needs to finalize the home purchase agreement. As such, there are several things that you may want to do before a homebuyer completes his or her final walk-through of your residence, including:

1. Clean Your Home's Interior

A messy interior is unlikely to ruin your home sale. At the same time, it is always better to err on the side of caution and provide a homebuyer with a fresh, clean residence that he or she will be able to enjoy instantly.

Spend some time mopping the floors, wiping down the walls and ceilings and ensuring your house's interior looks pristine. By doing so, you can minimize the risk that a homebuyer will find last-minute problems that could delay his or her home purchase.

2. Remove Your Belongings

If you have any belongings still at your residence, you'll need to remove them quickly.

When it comes to last-minute moving, you may need to rent a moving truck. With a moving truck at your disposal, you can remove items from your property and put them in storage or move them to your new address.

Also, don't hesitate to ask family members and friends for assistance. These loved ones may be able to provide a helping hand as you prepare to relocate from your current residence. Plus, they may be able to help you alleviate stress as you wrap up the home selling cycle.

3. Cancel Any Home Services

Contact your home cable, internet and telephone service providers to inform them about your upcoming move. You may be able to move various services to your new address, or you may need to cancel some of these services entirely.

Don't forget to contact any utilities providers as well. That way, you can avoid the risk of utility bills after you leave your current address.

4. Consult with Your Real Estate Agent

Your real estate agent has been a game-changer throughout the home selling cycle. As the home selling process draws to a conclusion, your real estate will continue to do what he or she can to ensure you can get the best results possible.

If you're uncertain about what to do to get ready for a home closing, be sure to give your real estate agent a call. This housing market professional will provide details about how the home closing process will work so that you can plan accordingly.

Moreover, your real estate agent is happy to respond to any home selling concerns, at any time. He or she will go the extra mile to provide you with the home selling support you need.

Get ready to finalize a home sale – use the aforementioned tips, and you'll be able to prepare for a home closing.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 4/13/2017

Preparing to add your home to the real estate market? You'll need to price it accordingly to generate significant interest in your residence and accelerate the sales process. Finding the right price for your house, however, might make you feel like you're walking a tightrope. Of course, you'll want to maximize the value of your home. But at the same time, you'll want to ensure that you can avoid the dangers of asking too much or too little for your residence as well. So what does it take to price your residence effectively? Here are three factors you need to consider:

  1. Competition
Take a look at the prices of similar homes in your area that are currently listed on the real estate market. By doing so, you will be better equipped to determine the right price for your home. Active listings are accessible here on my website and can help you minimize guesswork during the pricing process. This information offers substantial value, as it gives you a glimpse into the current state of the real estate market in your area and where it may be headed. Also, you should examine past home sales data. This information can help you identify home pricing trends over the course of several months or years. It is essential to use home pricing and sales data to gain a leg up on your rivals. However, this information should serve merely as a starting point to help you get a better idea about what your home may be worth in today's real estate market. And ultimately, you should feel comfortable with your home's price, regardless of whether this price matches or varies from similar residences that are available.
  1. Homebuyers
How would a homebuyer view your house? Considering the buyer's perspective before you list your home is paramount, as this enables you to take a critical look at your residence's strengths and weaknesses and price your home appropriately. For example, if you recently revamped your home's kitchen, you can highlight your first-rate kitchen to homebuyers. This feature may help your home garner interest from large groups of buyers. Thus, it may be a good idea to consider the total cost of your kitchen renovations when your price your residence. Comparatively, a home that needs a lot of work, aka "a fixer-upper," may require a discounted price. You can market your residence as a fixer-upper to set the expectation that your house boasts a below-average price but may require significant repairs. Therefore, if you establish realistic expectations for a fixer-upper, you will be better prepared to garner attention from the right homebuyers consistently.
  1. The Real Estate Landscape
The real estate market constantly evolves, and those who study market trends can set the right price for their home at the right time. In a seller's market, you may be able to offer a higher price due to a limited supply of quality residences. On the other hand, in a buyer's market, you may need to set a below-average price to draw attention from homebuyers who can choose from a wide range of top-notch residences. Studying the real estate market can help you become an informed seller. As a result, you'll be able to determine the ideal price for your residence and improve your chances of speeding up the sales process.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/30/2017

Ready to sell your home? You'll want to work with a friendly, experienced real estate agent to streamline the home selling process.

Although many real estate agents are available, only the best will suffice, particularly for home sellers who want to maximize the value of their residences. Fortunately, home sellers who devote the necessary time and resources to search for a real estate agent can improve their chances of finding a trusted real estate professional to sell their houses.

When it comes to searching for a real estate agent, it is important to remain on the lookout for red flags too. In fact, there are many red flags that may help you differentiate a great real estate agent from a mediocre one, including:

1. Lack of Communication

Ideally, you'll want to find a real estate agent who will keep you up to date throughout the home selling process. By doing so, this professional will ensure you are able to make informed decisions.

Ask a real estate agent how he or she communicates with clients. If you employ a real estate agent who will stay in touch via emails, phone calls and text messages, you should have no trouble remaining informed about any offers on your residence.

Also, request client references from a real estate agent. This will allow you to get firsthand insights from past clients and understand how a real estate agent communicated with them during the home selling journey.

2. Poor Negotiation Skills

Your real estate agent should have your best interests in mind at all times. And if a homebuyer submits an offer that fails to meet your expectations, your real estate agent should be equipped to negotiate on your behalf.

A real estate agent who lacks negotiation skills may struggle to get the best offers for your residence. However, if you learn how a real estate agent will handle a tough negotiation in advance, you can employ a real estate professional who is ready for any challenges that come his or her way.

To learn about a real estate agent's negotiation skills, ask this professional to provide an example of a time when he or she faced a tough negotiation. Ultimately, this will help you understand whether a real estate agent has what it takes to handle a difficult negotiation.

3. Insufficient Expertise

It often is better to err on the side of caution when you choose a real estate agent. Thus, if you are forced to decide between two real estate agents, you may want to consider expertise as a determining factor.

A real estate agent who has sold a broad array of homes over the years likely is equipped to deal with buyer's and seller's markets. As a result, this professional knows the ins and outs of the housing market and will do whatever it takes to help you optimize the value of your house.

Take the guesswork out of selling your home – hire a courteous, talented real estate agent, and you can improve your chances of maximizing the value of your house.





Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 3/23/2017

Your home represents a dazzling choice in any housing market. However, real estate market conditions can change rapidly, which means you'll want to do everything you can to ensure your house stands out from other residences in any housing sector, at any time.

What does it take to guarantee your residence will stand out from the competition consistently? Here are three tips to ensure you can improve your chances of differentiating your residence from similar homes in your area.

1. Offer a Competitive Price.

If you'd like to sell your home as quickly as possible, you may want to offer an attractive price. That way, you're sure to improve your house's chances of garnering plenty of interest as soon as it hits the real estate market.

Although setting a competitive price may allow you to generate interest from many homebuyers, it is important to note that you should review all of your home offers closely before you accept a bid. Ensure that any offer you accept matches your expectations. And of course, don't be afraid to decline an offer or make a counter-proposal if an initial bid fails to meet your needs.

2. Promote Your Home to the Right Homebuyers.

Regardless of whether you own a one-bedroom, one-bathroom residence in the city or a four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse outside the city, you'll want to ensure you promote your house to the right audience at the right time, every time. This will enable you to garner interest from homebuyers who may be serious about your residence and could submit an offer for your home quickly.

Consider the homebuyer's perspective before you list your residence on the housing market. By doing so, you'll be able to determine your target audience and market your house to this group accordingly.

There are many wonderful online platforms that you can use to promote your house to the right homebuyers as well. Facebook remains a top option, as it enables you to share photos, videos and details about your home with ease. Also, don't forget to use YouTube to put together a video tour of your home, or email your home listing to friends and family members so they can share it with homebuyers who may be interested in your residence.

3. Employ an Experienced Real Estate Agent.

Your real estate agent will devote the necessary time and resources to help your residence stand out from similar houses in your city or town. This professional understands the local and national housing markets and will do whatever it takes to market your residence accordingly. Plus, your real estate agent can offer tips and guidance to ensure you can improve your residence's curb appeal, revamp your home's interior and exterior and more.

An experienced real estate agent will be able to provide you with ongoing guidance throughout the home selling process too. And if you ever have concerns or questions as you sell your home, your real estate agent will be glad to address your queries at all times.

Use the aforementioned tips, and you can help you house stand out in a crowded real estate market.




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Posted by Marilyn Ellis, CBR, CHMS, LMS, HAFA on 2/23/2017

Looking for an effective way to boost your home's value? You can take a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to numerous home improvement projects. By doing so, you can learn how to enhance your residence on your own without breaking your budget. In addition, there are many wonderful DIY home improvement projects that you can complete over the course of a given day, including:

  1. Adding a fresh coat of paint.
A blotchy, inconsistent paint job remains an eye sore that homebuyers are sure to notice. Fortunately, you can add a fresh coat of paint in any room of your home to give this space a fresh, clean look. You can pick up a gallon of paint, rollers, painter's tape and other painting supplies at any home improvement store. And ultimately, this home improvement project may allow you to bolster your home's value as well.
  1. Perform basic landscaping. 
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and other landscaping projects offer an ideal opportunity to improve your home and work outside simultaneously. Basic landscaping is paramount for home sellers, and those who ignore landscaping tasks altogether may damage their home's value significantly. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and homebuyers remain unlikely to purchase a residence with high grass and weeds scattered throughout its front yard and backyard. But home sellers who devote the necessary time and resources to perform basic landscaping tasks can improve the appearance of their home's exterior, and eventually, their home's value.
  1. Update fixtures.
Switch plates, outlet covers, curtain rods and other fixtures that have been in place for years could use an update. Luckily, you can pick up stunning fixtures that can easily be replaced and may make your home more appealing to homebuyers, too. Updating your residence's fixtures represents a fun day project for any ambitious home seller. Each fixture is usually inexpensive to purchase and can be installed quickly and effortlessly. Meanwhile, even a minor fixture replacement could make a big difference in the eyes of a homebuyer, particularly if this individual is searching for a residence with awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind features.
  1. Replace cabinet knobs and drawer handles.
Who says you need to replace all of your kitchen cabinets and drawers to add a touch of glamour to your kitchen's décor? Comparatively, you can replace your kitchen cabinet knobs and drawer handles, which serves as a cost-effective alternative to a full-scale kitchen remodeling project. Revamping your kitchen hardware is essential for homeowners who have ignored their kitchen cabinet knobs and drawer handles for years. But with a simple hardware update, you can improve your kitchen's décor instantly.
  1. Pick up a new front door mat.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so why not make the most of it? With a fun, exciting new front door mat, you can make a bold statement any time potential homebuyers check out your residence. Front door mats come in a variety of styles and designs, and you're sure to find one that suits your personality perfectly. Also, the right front door mat may help bring a smile to a homebuyer's face before he or she even enters your home, thus delivering a positive first impression. Take advantage of DIY home improvement projects, and you may be able to boost your home's value and help your residence stand out in a competitive real estate market.