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How to Sell Your Home Before the End of Summer

DenizHome-Summer-Home-DecoratingAs the weather heats up, so does our affinity for tasks such as laying by the pool or sipping iced tea in the shade.  However, while the higher temperatures and long summer days are often conducive to relaxation and even a little—gasp!—laziness, if you have a house to sell, your down time may need to be cut a bit short.

Plain and simple, your property isn’t going to sell itself—even with a fantastic real estate agent in your corner—so it’s wise to operate under the assumption that you’ll need to get your hands a bit dirty to move things along.

Therefore, if you’re looking to get top dollar for your home before school resumes in the fall, consider the following steps:

HIRE YOUR OWN HOME INSPECTOR.  I know what you may be thinking.  “Why would I drop a few hundred dollars to hire my own inspector if the buyer will be bringing one in anyway?”  In truth, it gives you the fantastic opportunity to deal with your home’s imperfections before they have a chance to destroy a fledgling home deal.

Depending upon the age and condition of your home, the inspector may leave you with a long list of findings that will require some work, but it’s important to remember that you don’t have to remedy every single item.  Start by working with your real estate agent to tackle the most pressing issues and establish which ones can wait.

BRING IN THE SUN!  If you’re attempting to sell your home during the warm, sunny months, why not capitalize on the spirit of summer by showing buyers just how enjoyable your home can be at this time of the year?  To set the stage, consider these ideas:

  • Bid Farewell to the Clutter – Too much clutter will cause your home to feel closed-off and stuffy. The goal is to make your home feel like a breath of fresh air, so give buyers room to breathe by getting rid of those extra piles of papers, trinkets, and toys.
  • Foliage is For Inside, Too! – There’s nothing wrong with bringing in the outside. In other words, places things like vases of garden blooms, lush plants, or bowls of fresh fruit in every room.
  • Cheer Things Up – Yes, the standard advice is to keep your surroundings a bit more on the neutral side; however, add a bit of cheer by incorporating bright accents or pops of color in the form of interesting throw pillows, beachy or nautical décor, or colorful candles.
  • Beautify Your Outdoor Spaces – What’s better than a summer barbeque? Nothing!  Therefore, make a point to dust off your porch and patio furniture, add a few colorful table settings, and make sure your yard is lush and trim.
  • Entice Your Buyers – We all love the feel of cool air conditioning after spending time in the sticky Georgia heat, so make sure your buyers breathe a sigh of relief when they enter your home. While you’re at it, feel free to make a fresh pitcher of lemonade so you’ll be sure to stay at the forefront of their memory.

PRICE IS STILL KING.  Sure, you may have spent a large amount of money making your home look like something straight out of HGTV, but if it’s overpriced, most buyers won’t even cross the threshold.  Plain and simple, while buyers may appreciate the amount of work you put into your home, their main goal still involves getting a great deal.  Therefore, while you still don’t want to simply give your house away to the first interested buyer, it’s important to have an understanding of a proper asking price that will give you the most amount of money in the least amount of time.

To find this balance, make a point to work with a real estate agent with experience in establishing comparative market analysis’ (CMA).  A CMA pits your home against others that have sold near you in recent months so that you can gain a better understanding of what buyers are actually willing to pay.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH EXPERTS.  There’s no denying that, even in the best circumstances, selling a home is stressful, so make a point to build a winning team to help you get the job done.

A good real estate agent will not only help you with the heavy lifting, but will offer consistent, supportive advice throughout the entirety of the process.  Make a point to look for someone with a proven track record of sales and reputation for being the kind of person who truly treats their customers with respect.

As the 2014 RE/MAX All Properties top selling agent, I have both the experience and reputation to get your home sold quickly—and for a great price!

For more information, please feel free to contact me.  I’d love to help you along the way.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

323100_fences-gates-02Sure, you might be preparing your home for the summer real estate market, but working towards a great sale price is a process that may be worth starting well before you’re ready to sell.  In short, no one wants to take a hit on their investment, so taking stock of where you can make a few upgrades or adjustments is important.  Yes, some of them may have a greater impact on your wallet than others, but it’s worth remembering that adding value to your home doesn’t have to break the bank.

To get you started, pay attention to the following tips:

Homogenize Your Lawn.  Sure, some buyers may not be too concerned with the state of your grass, but there’s truth to the notion that a patchy lawn takes away from your home’s overall appearance.  To make things a bit more standardized, consider re-seeding any unhealthy areas.

Organize and Clean.  Cluttered home’s not only look smaller, but dirtier.  To help buyers envision their belongings in your home, it’s always wise to remove excess personal effects or trinkets that simply take up space.

Add Insulation.  Depending upon when your home was built, it may be lacking in proper insulation.  If this is the case, taking the time to add additional insulation is not only considered one of the most inexpensive way to increase your home’s energy efficiency, but it’s also the quickest ways to reduce your heating and cooling costs by more than 25%.

Give the Kitchen Some Love.  Most buyers have a tendency to gravitate towards the kitchen before anywhere else in the home, so kitchen upgrades can make a huge difference.  If the idea of remodeling your entire kitchen seems daunting and generally out of the question, consider updating your appliances or replacing old cabinet doors and hardware.

Add a Fence.  While it’s important to remember that certain fences go over better than others (installing a chain link fence may actually hurt your home’s value), buyers with children or pets will generally appreciate the added privacy and security of an enclosed backyard.

Improve Your Bathroom.  Much like the kitchen, a little change can make a big difference.  By updating simple features such as your faucet or sink, you can easily bring an outdated bathroom into the current decade.

Add Outdoor Lights.  Curb appeal isn’t something relegated to the daytime hours.  If you’re looking to beautify and increase your home’s outdoor space, consider adding outdoor lighting that will make your entire property seem not only more appealing, but safer as well.

Check Your Gutters.  Sure, it’s a pain to clean your gutters, but ensuring that your eaves are clean is crucial when it comes to protecting your home from water damage.

Increase Storage Space.  Most buyers are looking for homes with ample storage; however, if your home seems to be lacking in that department, make a point to organize your closets in a way that will make them look larger and more efficient.

Don’t Neglect the Basement.  Basement remodels add usable space and subsequently, value.  Therefore, instead of adding an additional room to your home, consider turning the basement into a everything from a fantastic workroom or home office to a guest or media room.

If you’d like some assistance or need help deciding which aspects of your home may need a bit of attention, please feel free to call me—I offer free, no-obligation consultations.

Marie Dinsmore | www.DinsmoreTeam | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

Featured Neighborhood: Post Oak Glen in Cumming, GA

picture-uh=475f9a16cf4f9ff71f50df65d7641625-ps=d7d8ea577078b455bfdf3fd885d726b6-Sinclair-Plan-in-Post-Oak-Glen-Cumming-GA-30028Poised on 40 acres of pristine North Georgia rolling hills and wooded glens, Post Oak Glen is the newest community for adults over the age of 55 in the Atlanta area.  Situated on the Northwest edge of Cumming, this stunning subdivision will boast 94 ranch and two-story homes upon completion.

Currently in the pre-sale phase, homes in this beautiful neighborhood start in the low $300,000’s and include gorgeous landscaping, resort-quality amenities—that comprise a sprawling clubhouse and pool—and convenient access to GA-400, as well as a wide assortment of distinctive shops and fine dining.  In addition, residents will also enjoy close proximity to wooded hiking trails and picnic pavilions, as well as the grandeur of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve and Lake Sydney Lanier.

POG-Site-Plan_Amenity_webWhile still in the building phase, homebuyers can now reserve lot spaces for their future home purchase, which includes six floor plans with luxurious home designs and lawn cutting services.  From 2,270 to 3,111 square feet, each home has a living space of three to four bedrooms, as well as two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

For more information, feel free to visit the Acadia Homes website (www.acadiahomes.com) or contact me to set up a meeting with one of their representatives.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

What’s the Difference Between a Buyer’s and Seller’s Market?

realtor-4As the spring real estate season starts to get underway, it appears that the market is showing favor to home sellers. However, while the terms “buyer’s market” or “seller’s market” may be something we regularly hear about, especially in regards to the state of the economy, truly understanding what each expression means is important.

Generally speaking, the above terms signify what you can expect when moving ahead with a real estate transaction.

A buyer’s market occurs when you have more supply than demand, which is what occurred after the housing bubble collapsed in 2007. When this happens, since there are more people looking to sell houses than people looking to buy them, many homeowners wind up accepting less money than their homes are worth and in some cases, may even find themselves offering incentives just to secure an interested buyer.

While this obviously presents a problem for sellers, this type of market is fantastic for buyers who—if they have the money—can find themselves in possession of a fantastic home for thousands below the asking price.

On the other hand, a seller’s market is just the opposite because it indicates that the demand is larger than the supply. In healthy economies, people have more money to spend, which means sellers may see several buyers competing for their property. When this happens, prices tend to go up since people are willing to pay more for what they want.

In this case, sellers are definitely the faction that comes out on top because they are more likely to see a great return on their home investment.

Even so, when considering the buying or selling process in your particular location, it’s important to remember that there may be fluctuation within the same state—or even the same county—which is worth thinking about if you’re considering a relocation. In other words, while your current home may be listed in a so-called “buyer’s market,” the area where you’d like to move may be considered a “seller’s market.” When this happens, you may wind up paying more money than if you were to sell your home at an advantage and buy in a location where you’d also buy at an advantage.

As with anything in life, real estate tends to have a natural ebb and flow so market’s never last forever. While experts try, it’s often difficult to predict what a market will do with 100% accuracy, so when deciding when to buy or sell, it’s worth speaking to an experienced real estate agent who can offer some insight into the local area.

At the current time, North Georgia (particularly the Cumming, Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton, and Gainesville) appears to be a seller’s market, so if you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now is the time to do it!

If you’d like more information or would like to obtain a free estimate of what your home is worth, please contact me.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789

What Exactly Do Real Estate Agents Do?

bigstock_Female_Real_Estate_Agent_Handi_6207483“You hire them to help you sell or buy a home, right?”

While defining the role of a real estate agent may seem somewhat cut and dry, the truth of the matter is that many people lack a true understanding of what agents actually do during the buying or selling process.

In short, yes, a real estate agent is someone who helps you either sell or purchase a property (which may or may not include an actual structure).  However, their actual job involves everything from property valuation and the use of successful marketing techniques to negotiation and home organization.

With this, a truly great agent is someone who not only knows the immediate area, but who keeps up with local and regional market activity, as well as industry news.  In addition, they continually research active, pending, and sold listings in an effort to understand pricing trends so that their clients are better equipped to remain competitive within the market.

Furthermore, while it’s one thing to simply list a home and hope it sells, successful agents are able to assist with everything from staging advice to making recommendations for professional cleaners, painters, and contractors.  Generally speaking, most house hunters are looking for certain things when they tour available properties, so real estate agents come armed with an understanding of buyer behavior and the types of home attributes that will garner positive attention.

Therefore, even if you’re not looking to buy or sell at the current moment, real estate agents are a fantastic resource when looking to understand current housing trends, what your home is worth, or what you can do to prepare for the market.

With that being said, if you have questions, don’t be afraid to make contact with an agent who can share a bit of their knowledge with you.  Yes, they assist with the buying or selling process, but more than anything, real estate agents comprise a wide network of individuals who have an abundance of professional connections to assist you with anything you may need.

To learn more about what an agent can do for you, please contact me.  I’d love to help you along the way.

Marie Dinsmore | The Dinsmore Team | www.DinsmoreTeam.com | 770-712-7789