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Tips To Selling Your Home Faster

Hire A Professional

The housing market can be tough, and the competition even tougher. Knowing the value of a home before putting it on the market can save you a lot of frustration, time, and money. Hiring the right Realtor to fit your needs will help as well.

  • Realtors Know the Market: Some think that in order to cut costs, doing a For Sale by Owner transaction is the best option. What one may not realize is the amount of time and work involved with selling a home. Realtors are familiar with market trends and are able to competitively price your home.
  • They Know How Make a Home More Appealing To Potential Buyers: Homeowners should ensure that their homes are clean and clutter free before listing it on the market. Many times, Realtors will hire a professional home stager in order to entice potential buyers.
  • Realtors Know How To Find The Right Buyers: It isn’t enough to list a home, put up for sale signs and hope the right buyer appears. Realtors conduct a screening process for potential buyers. With the knowledge of a home’s actual market value, the agent is armed with all the information he or she needs to get the most money. If necessary, the home valuation will allow the Realtor to negotiate fairly.

 

Improve the Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the first impression that your home will have on potential buyers, so it’s important to make it a good one. Try these simple budget upgrades to give your home the “WOW” factor that buyers are looking for!

  • Crystal Clean: As simple as it sounds, it is extremely important to make sure that your house is nice and clean on the outside. This is overlooked by sellers more than you’d think as they become so focused on perfecting the inside of their home that they forget about the exterior!
  • Knock Knock: Another important design feature of your outer home is the front door as it is one of the only features of the exterior that buyers will be forced to look at up-close. A new door will not only look great from the curb, the details of its quality will inevitably be seen by anyone who enters the home.
  • Raise The Roof!: If your roof isn’t in good condition; or looks like it isn’t in good condition, then upgrading it is an absolute must. Most buyers are quickly turned off when they see a roof that’s in poor condition because it can be an expensive fix.
  • Fantastic Furniture: Patio furniture is an easy and inexpensive way to differentiate your home from the rest! Add a pop of color to a neutral-colored house by placing vibrant chairs and planters on the front porch as featured pieces, or add a cute table and chairs to your lawn to show how useful the space can be. Be careful not to overdo it, as too much patio furniture or potted plants may give the illusion that your home is cluttered.

Stage Your Home To Sell

There are many great ways to stage your home that will immediately interest viewers, but some have the power to engage the senses and impress potential buyers all the more. Whether you’ve already put your home on the market or are looking for insider tips when you do, here are some ways to sway the eyes, ears and noses of the buyers you’re looking for.

  • Textures And Fabrics That Compliment: There is probably a certain kind of buyer you’ll have in mind when deciding to stage your home, so it’s important to keep in mind how your house might appear to them.
  • Keep A Handle On The Accessories: It’s certainly true that a personal style that gives off the sense that you really live in your home will draw in the offers, but you’ll want to keep some of it at bay so your decorating is not distracting the viewers. Instead of going for big, over-the-top pieces, stick to a style that’s neat and tidy with some quaint accents that will play it up. It may seem like a lot is required to properly stage a home, but by using these golden rules you should be well on your way to a successful sale.

 

Did you also know that the National Association of Realtorshttps://www.nar.realtor/sites/default/files/images/logos/NAR/web_R_blk.jpg says most people buy from looking at the photos online and so the best place to spend money is on the exterior and professional photos in addition to staging and cleanliness.

Forsyth County Named 2nd Best Place To Retire In Country

The City of Cumming has been named the second best place to retire in the country, according to a recent study by SmartAsset.

A happy, healthy retirement depends a lot on location, the study said. To find the best places to retire, SmartAsset gathered data on three separate regional factors that affect the quality of life for retirees.

First, SmartAsset looked at state and local tax rates, considering two types of taxes: income and sales. Effective tax rates were calculated based on a typical retiree earning $35,000 annually (from retirement savings, Social Security or part-time employment) and spending their disposable income on taxable goods.

 

‘Tis the season for home prep

Thinking of selling your home this Spring? If so, it’s time to get started.

I recommend clients spend several weeks getting the home ready before listing. It’s not always as simple as cleaning the place and scheduling some quick staging.

So, if you’re wanting to sell your home in the prime selling season, give me a call and we’ll talk strategy.

For starters, here’s a good list of things from US Inspect you should fix before going to market.

  1. Mystery switches: If you don’t know what it turns on, time to find out.
  2. Water stains: Big red flag on what could be a small (or previously addressed) problem.
  3. Quirky thrones: You know, toilets.
  4. Fire in the hole: That’s the fireplace. Is it working? Is it clean?
  5. Slow train drain: Another often quick, easy fix.
  6. Musty basements: May need to get a professional here, but better to be safe than sorry. You don’t need surprises here.
  7. Wiggles, shimmies, and shakes: Walk through and listen to all the weird sounds and test the handrails.
  8. Oh, oh, oh it’s magic: Check doors and windows and fix them if they stick.
  9. Trip hazards: You don’t want your open house to be a dangerous place to be.
  10. Pressure: Water pressure, that is. It’s important to people and easy for a potential buyer to check.

Every month should be cyber security awareness month

Did you know October is Cyber Security Awareness Month? Are you protected?

I, for one, like to think of every month (well, every day) as a chance to make sure my online persona and data is secure. It seems like each day you hear about another data breach or attack on personal information. In the real estate industry, the focus is on cyber security in terms of wire fraud.

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Days on market number goes down in January

Passing the info on to you! Here’s a quick look at some of the key metrics compiled by Georgia REALTORS from January…

  • New Listings went up 3 percent to 12,494
  • Pending Sales rose 22.5 percent to 9,240
  • Inventory shrank 15.2 percent
  • Days on market? Down.

Click here to take a look at the full report.

Community Resources

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2019 Welcome Services

The Dinsmore Team has created this handy guide for both Buyers and Sellers. The guide lists trusted service providers that we use personally and professionally. The providers listed service the Forsyth and North Fulton County areas.

2014 Complete Guide to Moving

This 20-Page Guide will be your comprehensive source for selling your home and planning your move. It includes tips for getting ready to sell, planning your move, packing and transitioning into your new home.

2014 Home Owners Tip Guide

This 20-Page Guide will help you develop an annual maintenance schedule for your home's systems and appliances to help you avoid bigger problems by taking care of them while they are small. It's also a great resource for trouble shooting malfunctions on your own, saving you time and money.


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