Thursday, February 20, 2014

8 tips to Get the Full Asking Price When Selling Your Home

Selling your home is a complex process and there are a lot of factors that you will need to consider. Your goal will be to sell your home in a timely manner, while getting the highest price you can.
However, many properties sell at a discount because the buyer is able to negotiate a lower price on the property.
Although it is impossible to guarantee that you will receive your full asking price when you sell your home, there are things that you can do to increase the likelihood of this happening. You will need to have a strategy that attracts highly motivated buyers and improves competition.
Here Are Some Tips To Keep In Mind That Will Help You To Get The Full Asking Price When You Are Selling Your Home:
  • First of all, make sure that you have a reasonable asking price to start with. Research your local real estate market and find out what other buyers paid for homes comparable to yours.
  • Hire a home inspector to perform a full inspection of your home, so that you can fix any problems. If you can show the buyer the repair receipts and inspection report, you will be in a better position to ask for full price.
  • First impressions are very important and can improve a buyer’s perception of your home’s value. Make sure that your property has plenty of curb appeal and feels welcoming.
  • De-clutter and clean your home – this makes it appear more spacious and luxurious and will make a buyer willing to pay more.
  • Ask your real estate agent to create a flyer that compares your home’s price to other similar listings in the area – showing that your home is a great deal. This will convince buyers that your asking price is already discounted.
  • Schedule your property tours as close together as possible. This can mean that you get multiple offers at around the same time, which will encourage the buyer who is eager to seal the deal to pay full price.
  • If you have any rooms with bright colors that might not appeal to the average buyer, give them a quick makeover with neutral tones. These are safe colors that will increase the odds that your home will sell.
  • If you have the budget to renovate one of the rooms in your home, it should be the kitchen or the bathroom. Studies have shown that renovations and upgrades in those two rooms have the most impact on the potential selling price of the home.

With these tips, you should be more likely to achieve the full asking price when you are selling your home. For more tips, contact me and we can go over a plan to make sure you get the most out of your home, As there are a lot of factors that you will need to consider. Your goal will be to sell your home in a timely manner, while getting the highest price you can.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Newsletter- what you need to know this month

National Home Prices Continue to Rise

Median home prices are showing strong year-over-year growth. Annual prices reached the highest rate in the past eight years in November, when the national median existing-home price climbed to $196,300. The median time for a home to stay on the market in November was 56 days—a slight drop from October's median of 54 days but a significant improvement over November 2012's... Read More
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Investing in Real Estate

There is money to be made in real estate, but you need to think about real estate investing as the business it is. Here are some common mistakes that beginning investors should avoid. 

1. Getting emotionally involved.
This is the biggest and most common mistake beginning investors make. Emotions and business do not mix well. In this case, falling in love with a property will almost always ensure that... Read More
What a Home Inspection Can
Do for You

While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work. 

"In some cases, a building inspector is not going to crawl underneath the deck looking at the hardware. A good home inspector will," says Salomon... Read More

Monday, February 3, 2014

10 reasons you will love living in Arizona

#1 Weather- With over 300 days of sunshine a year….you can’t really go wrong.   I can assure you though, that we are ok braving the heat for 3-4 months out the year and being in the 70-80’s the rest of the rest of the year.

#2 Golf- If you are a golf fanatic….I don’t know why you aren’t here already.  Phoenix has over 185 golf courses in just the metro area. 9 months a year of perfect weather…3 months of dirt cheap rounds….no brainer.

#3 Natural Wonders- Home of the Grand Canyon…but we don’t stop there.  You are missing out if you don’t go see Kartchner Caverns, Petrified Forest, Lake Havasu, Sedona, Lake Powell, Saguaro National Park, Ciricahua National Monument, and Antelope Canyon, Boyce Thompson Aroretum.

#4 Spring Training Games- It’s that time of year...where we just want to lay out in the sun, grab an ice cold beer and hot dog and watch our favorite baseball teams.  We love it…because we get to watch The San Francisco Giants, Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and (many more teams) all for the low, low cost of a $7 ticket. Love it.

#5 Sunsets- Most everyone will agree you can’t find a more beautiful sunset as Arizona.

#6 Snow- I have often had clients tell me that they are unsure about living in a place that doesn’t have 4 seasons, or snow I can assure you that we have both…if you want them.  Three hours north of Phoenix is Flagstaff, and The White Mountains, 1-1/2 hours to Mt Lemon.  Each of these places gets 4 seasons and snow…if you ever decide you get homesick and want to see it.

#7 Location- Phoenix is in one of the best locations.  We constantly get cheap flights to LA, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Mexico….or if you are feeling up to it…it is just a 5.5 hour drive to LA or Vegas, and only a 3 hr. drive to the beach in Rocky Point, Mexico

#8 Zero Yard Work- No shoveling snow off the driveway, no mowing the lawn on the weekend.  Most of us go for “desert landscaping” which requires practically no work at all….maybe a weed or 100 if you care to take care of it… but for the gardener, you can grow many of your favorites with little to no effort...Just ask and I can provide a list!

#9 Jobs- According to a recent Forbes article, Phoenix is listed as #1 for job growth for the next 5 years.  No matter if you are looking for a new job or if you are thinking of Starting up a company, there are many perks to do it in Arizona.

#10 Affordable Living/Housing- With low property taxes and average home prices hovering around the $200,000 to 230,000 it is the perfect place to move to, have a second home, or retire to.