Posts Tagged Property

Real Estate Tips: Quick Staging when you are selling your home

Friday, March 9th, 2012

You might have a great set of furniture but your unique wallpaper might not appeal to a lot of potential buyers. You should see the home from the perspective of a buyer and this should guide you how to enhance the property. Here are some practical and quick fixes to dash up your home:

Make the entrance inviting

People who are looking for a home to buy usually drive by to check the property out before deciding to contact the seller. The area near the front door should be nice and you will almost likely be contacted so the interior can be checked.

No Clutter

Put away any stuff which may distract your target buyer from focusing on the property. Put away boxes, knickknacks, and photos so the square footage of the house can be clearly appreciated.

Showcase your space

You need to arrange the furniture so you can show how big the spaces are. Remove unwanted pieces so you can create a smooth flow of traffic when you give a tour of your house. Clear the walls of your furniture so the buyer can go around the perimeter of a certain room and it will also help to make the room look bigger.

Reduce odors

Smells will make an impression to potential buyers. Make sure you remove odors of cooking, smoking, or of pets. Make it as fresh as you can. Open the windows before you do an open house. Boil some cinnamon or bake some goodies to make it smell nice and fresh. Clean the rooms and fixings thoroughly and make everything squeaky clean.

Do necessary repairs

Go around your home and make sure you fix the things that need some fixing. Check the walls, ceilings, faucets, cabinets, and other parts of the house. Pretend that you are buying the home and check what the buyer might check out.

Some Ways To Make Your Home Greener: 2

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

2_eavesNow that we have talked a little bit about adding in a covered porch – the next step that you should take is actually making sure that your roof hangs over a little bit.

The reason for this is actually so that way, it keeps the sun off of the windows and exteriors, which will help the house, stay extremely cool in the summer.  It also really helps to protect the siding from the weather, which means you can go twice as long between repainting.

Next, you want to make sure that you reuse and remodel.  If you are planning to really tear down your home and start over, why waste?  Why not try to salvage your home or even your first floor and build around it.

Finding Real Estate When You Are Out Of State: 2

Friday, October 16th, 2009

relocatingNow that you have figured out exactly what neighborhoods or towns you are going to be looking into, the next logical step is going to be researching them.  You want to make sure that they are safe for you and your family so go ahead and look online and make sure that these neighborhoods and towns are going to be extremely safe.

Next, you are going to have to figure out if you want to rent a place or if you are going to buy a place.  Honestly, this is going to be the biggest decision, because if you buy – you might be stuck there but if you rent, it makes it easier for you to relocate again.  After this decision is made, go ahead and contact a real estate agent.

What most people don’t realize is that real estate agents can actually help you with renting and buying, so no matter which one you want, make sure that you keep your agent informed.

How You Can Repair Your Credit To Buy A Home!

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Credit repair Repairing your credit is something that can be difficult – there are many different things that you need to do and to be honest, it is going to be a long process and one that isn’t easy.  Your credit history is something that is going to follow you for the rest of your life and if you have made some bad credit choices, it is not the end of the world – you can bring up your credit score.

The first way to bring it up is to ensure that you have paid off any debt that you might owe.  That way, you can be sure that you are starting with a fresh and clean slate.  Next, get yourself a credit card that has a very low minimum and only spend on it when you really need something – and always make it small. 

The idea is that you want to pay off your credit card every single month, as that is going to be what brings up your credit score.

Internet Leads — Are They Worth It?

Friday, July 31st, 2009

internet-searchUsing the internet is something that I personally love in order to create new prospects.  I love the blogs that I have set up and the website that I have created – did you know that using the internet to create leads for your real estate business is a great way to really and truly get your name out there?

Internet leads – while some associates do not think they are worth it, really are.  Personally, I have had internet leads turn out to be truly huge opportunities and all they wanted to do was use the internet to execute it because it is faster.

The internet is a great resource to collect information too – there are a ton of different forums that you can use and take advantage of so you can really be ahead of the real estate game.

How You Can Drive More Business In These Tough Times! Part 2

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

How You Can Drive More Business In These Tough Times!Now that we have talked about networking events, there are a few more things that you should be doing when it comes to driving more business in the real estate game.  One of the first things is going to be sending out a electronic newsletter.  If you have used the excuse ‘it takes up too much time’ in the past, that is no longer an excuse that you should be using.  Electronic newsletters do work and they definitely do get your name out there and that is the entire point after all.

Another thing that you want to do is ask for referrals.  While the market might not be there just yet, it never, ever hurts to ask someone for a referral, after all – if your clients liked your business, their friends and family would like your business as well.  You always need to be thinking about the future whenever you are in the real estate business and a lot of agents have lost sight of that.

Finally, you need to make sure that you are still working all of those hours you were before and you are getting to the office early enough – the business is not there if you do not promote and drive it to be there.  Remember that!

How You Can Drive More Business In These Tough Times!

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

msIf you are in the realtor business, you know that business is bad right now.  Heck, many people think there is really no way to drive business in these tough times.  While there are only so many times that you can market yourself, there are many different things that I bet you have no tried due to past failure.  For example, if you have tried going out to networking events in the past but they have not ever worked – why not try it again and see if it works this time?

Networking yourself is a fantastic way to make all sorts of connections all over the world, not just in your own backyard.  The realtor business is all about appearance and how you present yourself and if you are constantly not showing up to events that you, specifically are invited to, you are not going to be invited any longer.

Think about that when you are trying to drive business – more ways that you can capture some business in the next blog!

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Successful?

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

successful-realtor-2If there is one thing that I have noticed this year, it is the number of real estate agents that are looking for the easy way to succeed.  Most of the time, if you really listen to exactly what the real estate agent is looking for, they are looking for the easy way out, yet they want to be successful.  If you find yourself in this boat, just know that you can not be successful – really successful by taking the easy way out.

Personally, I know that you work your way from the bottom up and gain your cliental base before you do anything and to be honest, in order to do that it is going to take a lot of hard work.

Hard work is something that many people do not think that real estate agents are about.  However, it does take a special kind of person to really and truly sell a house and become that ‘people’ person that most people hate.  You just have to remember to work hard and you will be successful, it is not easy though!

Property Taxes: Are You Going Over Them?

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

couple-with-real-estate-agent-be-uid-1354683If you are a real estate agent, you want to make sure that you help your homebuyers as much as you can and if you find them a home that costs just a little bit more than they are willing to afford – but they still want it, you want to make sure that you go over the property taxes with them.  This is honestly going to be a very, very important step as you do not want to have a liability if the property taxes are not discussed with the homebuyer.

Homebuyers, as we all know are very impressionable and they sometimes think that they can stretch their budget to afford a house that they have fallen in love with.  However, that is not always the case and that is when the real estate agent really needs to check in with the reality of the situation and let the couple really know that they might be able to afford the down payment, but as far as the taxes that go with the house – that might not be the case.

So really, make sure that you go over all of the details of the house with your homebuyers, that way everyone knows everything they need to! More detailed info on San Diego Property Taxes is right here.

What Are Real Estate Commissions?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

38023Real estate agent commissions are things that are extremely difficult to understand, especially if you are not exactly in the business.  In this blog we are going to explore real estate agent commissions and figure out exactly what you may own to a real estate agent if you do decide to get one to represent your home.  One of the first things that you need to understand is that all real estate agents work for a real estate broker; companies such as Century 21 are the brokers.

All of the fees that are paid to the real estate agent have to go through the broker, so there really is no money that is passing the hands of the real estate agent themselves, keep that in mind.  Only the real estate broker can pay the real estate agent their commissions and they sign a listing agreement with you, the seller.

Real estate fees and commissions honestly vary throughout the world, so it really depends and you definitely have to do your research on that one