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Posted by Ari Koufos on 3/19/2019

Anyone who has been into real estate long enough knows that the home buying process is entirely different from the home selling process. Most home sellers are first-time sellers who intend to move from their current home due to job search, increasing family, or maybe just to experience a new neighborhood. They tend to run into several roadblocks because they are not familiar with the process. Which is why this guide was compiled to help you navigate your way through the real estate world.

  1. Make Your Home Market Ready. A recurring mistake first-time home sellers make is to wait until their homes are listed before preparing it for the market. Such a delay can cost you both your time and potential buyers. Like every other commodity in the market, home buyers take the time to inspect a house thoroughly before closing the deal on the sale. Little home improvements will go a long way to increase your chances of attracting more buyers and closing the deal sooner. Therefore, it is advisable to take the time and run a complete makeover on your home before listing it. Of course, it involves putting out some cash. You should see this effort as an investment because it will increase your chances to upsell the house.
  2. Get a Real Estate Agent. Hiring a real estate agent is a crucial step in selling your home as a first-time home seller. You apparently lack the know-how to strike and close a good deal. A professional agent, on the other hand, has all it takes to sell your home at the fastest possible time and the highest possible price. Be sure to evaluate more than one agent before choosing an agent with whom to list. The agent who helped you with buying your home is not always the smart choice when selling your home. Agents differ. Look for one who has a good record and not one struggling to find its feet in the real estate world. Why? Because your chances of striking and closing a great deal at the fastest possible time depend primarily on your agent. Go for the pro!
  3. Timing! Timing!! Timing!!! You cannot overemphasize the effect of timing. Yes, location matters but the timing matters just as much. Endeavor to study the market and know the right time to list. The market usually fluctuates throughout the year. Learn about the sellers' market, the buyers market and the balanced market before listing. Listing during the sellers' market drastically increases your chances of selling your house faster and at a great price too. Know your market!
  4. Set the Right Pricing. Pricing is one of the primary reasons some homes stay forever in the market. Who wants to buy an overpriced property? Nobody! Home buyers want to get the bang out of their buck. Therefore, it is safe to set the pricing after a careful analysis of the current market. This task is better handled by a professional real estate agent who knows the best pricing method to apply at different Ďstates' of the market.

If youíre ready to put your home on the market, call a local realtor today. 





Posted by Ari Koufos on 2/26/2019

When youíre buying a home, itís important to offer a good price to be able to land the property of your dreams. You also donít want to overpay for the house youíre buying. If you want to know for sure that youíre paying a good price for a home, youíre going to need to do some price comparisons. Take a look at recently sold homes in your neighborhood of choice and see what the going rate is. If all of the homes are similar in the area, it will be easy to find out how much the home youíre buying is worth. There are a few ways that you can do comparisons to make it easier for you to determine the right price for the home you want to buy. 


Take A Look At The Neighborhood


There are certain features that attract nearly everyone to certain neighborhoods. From the safety and friendliness of an area to the schools that are nearby, to the stores, and public transportation access, people are attracted to what makes their lives easier and more enjoyable. The bottom line is the more desirable the neighborhood, the higher the price of the homes in it. 



Check Out Public Records


With the Internet, itís pretty easy to access public records these days. You can take a look at what properties have been bought and sold for in recent times int the area of the homes that youíre looking at. You can even take a peek at some historic information to help you see if the area is up-and-coming.


Is The Neighborhood Going To Become Trendy?


Sometimes, you can find a great property for less in a neighborhood that hasnít quite reached itís full potential yet. If thereís a slot of new construction going on, thatís a good sign that the neighborhood is moving on up! Especially attractive features in a neighborhood are new schools, new shopping centers, or new parks.                


There Is A Tipping Point To Growth


If it seems that a neighborhood is growing a bit too much, it may actually decrease the value of your home. Huge commercial developments can actually be detrimental to the value of a property. Where thereís a lot of people, thereís also a lot of noise and traffic. Thatís usually not a desirable factor in a neighborhood.    


Meet In The Middle


When youíre looking at the price of properties, the best bet is to meet somewhere in the middle for what is reasonable. While you donít want to buy the highest priced home in the neighborhood, you probably donít want to lowest price for that neighborhood either. Working with a more average number is a good option because your home helps any home lower priced than yours, while any higher priced homes help to increase the value of your home. Itís a win-win situation when you choose a property based on price and keep this strategy in mind.    





Posted by Ari Koufos on 1/16/2018

Many home buyers approach house hunting from the same angle as an employer searching for the ideal job candidate. It's almost like they have a split personality. On one hand, they're hoping that each prospect will be the one they ultimately choose. On the other hand, they're also looking for flaws and weaknesses -- reasons not to choose the house (or the job candidate) they're considering.

The solution to that dilemma for home sellers is simple... but not necessarily easy! Follow the advice of songwriter Johnny Mercer, who penned the lyrics to the 1944 hit song "Accentuate the Positive" (eliminate the negative)! Presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers not only helps attract more offers, but it also increases your chances of receiving your asking price -- assuming it's based on hard facts, such as recent sales data of other comparable homes in the neighborhood.

Getting It Right The First Time

An experienced real estate agent can be immensely helpful in determining a realistic listing price that will reflect your home's fair market value without being too high. (The last thing you want is for the price to scare away qualified prospects!) Although it's not an exact science, there is a methodology that helps make sure the listing price is reasonable and in the right ball park.

There are several challenges that homeowners face in staging their home for quick sale and determining the best price for all parties involved. In addition to the potential pitfall of allowing one's emotions to inflate a home's asking price, it's also difficult for the owner to view their home through the eyes of potential buyers. That's why professional advice can often make the difference between success and failure in real estate sales.

Being able to identify cost-effective ways to enhance the curb appeal and overall marketability of a house for sale can be difficult for someone who doesn't do it on a daily basis. A real estate professional with a trained eye can zero in on necessary changes, repairs, and cosmetic improvements that can accentuate the positive and eliminate -- or at least, downplay -- the negative!

If it's been a few years since your house or rooms have received a fresh coat of paint, then that might be one of the first improvements a real estate agent or home staging consultant recommends. To "cast as wide of a net" as possible, neutral paint colors typically have the broadest appeal to prospective home buyers. Fresh flowers -- both in hanging baskets and vases -- are an inexpensive way to add some color and appealing touches to the look and feel of your home. Doing your best to get rid of clutter, weeds, and objectionable odors in and around your home are other basic steps you can take to make a positive impression on potential buyers.