Wednesday, January 02, 2019 / by Emily Cowart
With the growth of online tools, companies are quickly building products to serve the real estate community. After all, it’s a lucrative industry, home buying and selling will always be a thing - even if it does slow down, and companies around the world are diving in to make as much money off consumers as possible.
What are they selling? The ease. The ease of buying or selling a home online. The catch? You actually don’t benefit from these online quick-sale services. In fact, you could find yourself out of tens-of-thousands in cost difference. If you’re in the market to buy or sell, and are considering foregoing a real estate agent for an online service, be sure you read the fine print. You’ll often times find that you aren’t benefiting at all. Will they buy your home upfront to resale, so you don’t have to worry about the headache? Sure, but you may have been able to get $50,000 more for your house using a Realtor. Can you see and purchase your ...
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 / by Keri McCombs
In what will likely be the biggest investment you make in your life, buying a home needs the attention and assistance a professional real estate agent can provide. But not just any real estate agent, it's important to find the "right" one. With the ease of being able to land a license, you want to make sure you're hiring an agent who has the experience and drive to ensure you're provided the tools and skills to walk away from a closing knowing your needs were met. Let's jump into issues you can face if you don't have the right agent on your team.
1. The "Wrong" Agent Won't Listen
It's important to find a real estate agent that sits down with you and actually listens to your needs. What type of home do you want? Where do you want to live? Does the commute to school or work have to be a certain distance? Etc. Working with an agent that doesn't take the time to listen to your real estate needs will end up wasting your time and sending you homes to look at that don't match your ...
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 / by Jody Lee
Why Selling Your Home during the Holidays is a Good Idea!
No one thinks about selling their home during the holiday season, right? It is a fact that spring and summer are the two times of the year when hectic selling activity is seen in the real estate market. The number of listings is at its peak and the most real estate transactions are also recorded during this period. But you can also sell your home during the winter season when it is snowing outside, and everyone seems to be enjoying the festive spirit. Here are some good reasons why you should try to sell your home during the holiday season.
1. There are fewer buyers, but they are motivated ones
Few people plan to buy a home in the holiday season. Most of them are visiting family and friends and busy preparing for the Christmas and New Year parties. If you find any buyers in the housing market, they are all serious ones really looking for a home for their loved ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018 / by Connie Tracy
Staging your house can make you money. Fifty percent of homes increased in value when they were staged. Helping buyers fall in love with your property takes more than running the vacuum and fluffing the pillows: It’s all about decluttering, repairing, updating, and depersonalizing. Did you know that de-cluttered homes sell on average 80% faster? It helps buyers envision the home as their own. Before your eyes turn into dollar signs, keep in mind staging isn’t guaranteed to get you more money. But it’s an important marketing tool to help you compete at the right price, which means you can sell faster. So, as you are preparing to sell your home, think about what buyers will want to see as they walk through your home.
Here is the ultimate home staging checklist to use as a resource as you prepare to sell your home:
* Remove unnecessary furniture...you want the room to feel spacious.
* Pull your furniture away from the wall and ...
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 / by Amber Tice
I recently had the pleasure of working with a young and successful couple who moved to the Spokane area from the west side of Washington. Like so many other Seattle city dwellers, their main reason for moving to Spokane was the unrealistic housing market that had driven out so many before them. Familiar with the area, and with the help of friends and family, they decided to move on.
Not only were these two lovebirds successful in their own right, but they were also smart and well prepared. They made the decision to compare lenders, get preapproved, and visit the area several times to look at homes before taking the leap. They also heeded my advice every step of the way.
One piece of advice that they really took to heart was that sellers are people too. Families who are in the process of uprooting their lives have feelings attached to the home they are about to sell. They may have raised a family there, inherited the property from a ...