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Why Now Might be the Best Time to Sell Your Home

Trying to decide when is the best time to sell your home can be tricky, but also is determining the final profit on your home.

Here is some information to help you make that decision.

  • Home prices are trending upward. According to Georgia Realtors, home prices from 2018 to 2019 increased by 3%. Prices are looking to trend even higher for 2020. That is good news for the seller, but if you are also buying, it’s another consideration.
  • Housing markets are low. When the housing inventory is low, buyers tend to contemplate all options in the market area and make quick offers. This is good news for sellers because it often leads to bidding wars in attempts from buyers to get the best house in the area.
  • Homes are spending less time on the market. As with inventory being low, buyers are acting fast. The average time on the market in 2019 was 56 days. That was a 5% decrease over the previous year’s statistics.

So, are you still trying to decide when is the best time to sell?  Still wondering what your final profit might be? We can help with that. We are now iRep certified.  What does that mean? We can test the market for you without doing a formal traditional listing. We can help you receive cash offers on your home and a retail market valuation in 48 hours. Then you can decide whether or not to accept the offers or go the traditional route of selling your home.

The time is right. All the pieces are falling into place. With increased housing costs, lower inventory, and fewer days on the market, now is the best time to sell a home.  Let the Dinsmore Team help you through the process.

There’s More than One Way to Sell a Home

When it comes to selling your home, it’s a big undertaking.  Unless you’ve maintained your home in pristine condition, it make take a few months to get it to the point you can list and show it.  And what about those repairs that need to be done?  And do you invest in doing those upgrades or not?  Which upgrades will bring you your best ROI?  Just so much to take into consideration.

What if there was a way to get an idea of what your home value would be in it’s ‘as is’ condition?  Well, you may be thinking, I can just look at the other homes in my neighborhood.  Or call a Realtor who can give you an assessment.  Yes, those are viable options, but what if there was a way to present your property to multiple sources and receive multiple offers without the guess work?  What if I told you, there is a way?

I am now iRep certified.  Which means I can assess your property and put together a presentation to all those companies who advertise to give you cash offers on your home.  But you’re probably thinking, well can’t I just do that myself?  Yes, you could, but by using my services and expertise, I can help get you the best offer.

Typically, what happens when you go directly to one of these companies, they do no prior assessment of your property.  They just look at the basic information and what has sold around you and send you an offer.  If you want to proceed, then they send someone out to inspect your property and then give you the real offer, which is much lower than what they initially offered.  Why, because they see all the things that needs to be repaired, replaced, upgraded, etc. and lower their offer.  When you use my services, I provide the assessment to the company upfront which includes any repairs, etc. that need to be done.  You then get an offer of the true value of your property because they know upfront the condition of the property.  Plus, since I am representing you, you won’t be bombarded with emails and phone calls should you decide this is not the route you want to pursue.

Using my iRep services can help the home selling process in a couple of different ways.  First, if you’re thinking about selling and want to get a really good idea of what your home will bring, this is a good option.  Second, after receiving your offer, you can decide if you want to go through the listing and showing of the traditional route.  Perhaps you have small children, animals, or elderly parents that going the traditional route would be very disruptive to your home life.  Perhaps the difference between getting a cash offer and what it would take to get your home ready to list and show is not in your time constraints.  Perhaps you have a reason that you need to sell and move quickly.  All of these are very valid reasons to consider using the iRep process.

To learn more about the iRep process give me a call and we can discuss what is best for you and/or see our webpage at https://www.dinsmoreteam.com/irep/ for more information.

Should your real estate agent be a real estate professional?

A seemingly logical question might be, aren’t all real estate licensees professionals? One would hope so, but how does one distinguish this? A dictionary definition would likely say that professionals of any stripe are those that make a living in a particular trade. In that sense, any licensee actually working in the trade could be considered a professional. But can you afford to leave it at that?

By a more critical standard, real estate professionals are those that truly commit themselves to their trade. Not only do they strive to make a living out of the trade, they spend extra effort assuring competency in the work they do. They find themselves among a fellowship of like-minded people who take exceptional pride in their work. And there are plenty of statistics available that indicate that REALTORS© are far more productive, better servants.

So for a consumer to determine if their prospective agent is a professional, they might begin by asking if the agent is a REALTOR©. REALTORS© are licensed tradesmen that have committed to serve and be bound under a professional code of ethics. Licensees that do not choose to be REALTORS©, choose not to be bound by those high ideals—although surely there are some among the uninitiated that philosophically subscribe to the professional standards of the REALTOR©, they just don’t want to officially commit, for some reason.

Maybe that’s the question to ask. Why is a licensee not a REALTOR©? It’s a fair question, and one that consumers might want to ask, because if consumers become unhappy with the licensee’s work, they have a singular, logical recourse for remedy—through the judicial process, ideally via the office of the state’s real estate commissioner. On the other hand, REALTORS© have a formalized process for addressing grievances though state associations and local boards. At the associations and boards, a consumer may choose to mediate or arbitrate the matter. In such cases, a panel of REALTOR© professionals may be appointed to judge the behavior of the REALTOR© in question, and decide whether that person should be allowed to continue serving in the brotherhood. Then, if the consumer remains unsatisfied that sufficient atonement has been achieved, there is always the court system to fall back on.

Finally, please don’t forget to thank a REALTOR©, if you know one, because REALTORS© are your advocate in government. The fellowship they comprise represents the most influential voice in the entire country committed to protecting individual property rights for homeowners—from the White House all the way down to the local municipality. REALTORS© are the consummate professional.

Just remember that not all real estate licensees are REALTORS©, and there is a difference. So ask the question. Are you a REALTOR? And if you suspect a devious answer, asks to see a membership card. There really is such a thing.

Must-fix items when looking to sell your home

Building on the theme from last month, let’s consider this the time to do some prep before a Spring listing. This is the most popular time to sell a home and you want yours to stand out. Take a look at some nuggets from this article about some of those “must fix” items.

  1. The mystery switches — Don’t know what that switch goes to? Time to find out. Hope you don’t find a big problem. But, if you do, now is the time to fix it.
  2. Water stains — Don’t try to hide water issues. Use these as signs to fix something before an inspector finds it.
  3. Weird toilets — At least make sure it stops running.
  4. Fireplace faults — Make sure it’s clean and functional.
  5. Slow drains — A BIG turnoff. Likely an easy fix with some cleaning products or a cheap clog remover.
  6. Smelly basements — What’s the first thing you’d think? Wet basement. You don’t want that for your house or potential buyers. Address with a dehumidifier and check if the walls need sealing. Likely a place you’ll need to call in a professional.
  7. Shakes and wiggles. Pretend that you’re the buyer. Go through and find handrails or doorknobs that need securing.
  8. Stuck windows or doors — Beyond being annoying, they’re unsafe
  9. Trip zones — Fix the loose carpet or uneven floors. You don’t want that buyer falling down.
  10. Water pressure — Not out of the question for the potential buyer to flip on the sink or shower. Be ready.

All else fails? Remember buyers don’t like surprises. A little prep can go a long way to a sale and quick closing.

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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Community Resources

WELCOME

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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