Tuesday, December 10, 2019 / by Amber Tice
The reality of selling a home is that the safety of you and your family can be compromised. According to Safewise 74% of all burglaries in the U.S. happen to residential properties. This number is staggering! Even the basic marketing techniques we use can put you at risk. Marketing your home address, posting a for sale sign in the yard, and hosting an open house, are just a couple of things that can make your home a target for thieves.
Here are six more things to consider before your put your home on the market:
Home staging isn’t just for looks. Staging your home will also help you in the process of packing away your personal belongings that mean the world to you. Items like jewelry, expensive wine, and collectibles are targets for someone looking to steal from you. It’s also possible that someone could walk through your home for the sole purpose of finding prescription drugs. All of these items need to be stored away fro ...
Sunday, December 08, 2019 / by Keri McCombs
This is a common question among sellers in a market that's so strongly in favor of sellers. And the short answer is yes, you absolutely should still be concerned with marketing your home. I'm going to give you the long answer, which breaks down the various ways to market your home and why they matter.
Marketing your home online is THE most important form of marketing in today's market. 78% of buyers begin their search online, before they have even connected with an agent or a lender. As the process continues, they continue to search for homes online until they find the perfect one. So you want your home to be highly visible on multiple online platforms, so that your home is visible to the largest number of potential buyers.
So how do you go about doing that? Pick an agent who spends a significant amount on online marketing. In the Spokane area market, the average realtor spends $550 per month on marketing. Various agents spend varying amounts, and it ...
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / by Keri McCombs
Congratulations! You've accepted an offer on your home, you've made it through the home inspection negotiations, and you're close to the finish line! At this point, you're probably starting to feel the emotions of moving... leaving a place you've called home for so long... and you're probably feeling the mounting stress of packing, moving, or dealing with all of the emotional roller coaster that comes with selling a home.
All of this is totally normal! But it can also have you forget the final steps you should take to make sure the home sale goes off without a hitch. Check out the following give steps you don't want to forget about before your home sale is officially all said and done.
Step #1: Don't Forget To Leave Behind The Important Stuff
When you close on your home, you know you need to leave any extra keys, garage door openers, all of the included appliances, things like that. But you also want to make sure you leave any of the extras: any access cards, mailb ...
Saturday, December 07, 2019 / by Keri McCombs
It's time for your weekly real estate market update about the housing market in Spokane, WA! This week, not a whole lot has changed, as far as months of available inventory, which probably isn't surprising to you. We're still sitting at 1.3 months of available inventory. If you've been checking out my market update blogs each week, you'll see that it's pretty much been the same over the last long while. As usual, I'm going to give you some specifics of this particular market and what benefits and challenges it provides for you - you can check this out lower in the article. But first, I'm going to share with you what months of available inventory means, in case anyone reading this hasn't read any of my previous market update blogs.
Here is a thorough explanation of what months of available inventory means. In a balanced market, which is a market where neither buyers nor sellers have an advantage, Spokane's market w ...
Friday, December 06, 2019 / by Ariadne Gold
With more and more companies coming out with tools to help you sell your home on your own, I frequently get asked why someone should use a Realtor. Here are some reasons why you should!
To get top dollar! When you’re selling for sale by owner, you usually won’t have access to accurate information about how much your home is worth (especially in the current market, which is rapidly changing.) Many sellers who list on their own end up selling for less than market value, because they don’t know that their home is worth more. Homes that are listed with a Realtor also gain more visibility, both through the MLS and through the agents own marketing.
To protect yourself! There are SO many things that can go wrong in a real estate transaction. Say you said in your listing that the counters are Corian, and the buyer finds out that they’re actually granite. Seemingly unimportant things like that can cost you a lot of m ...