You are the agent so it is your call. Normally agent hold open houses for 2 reasons. #1 is because the owners think it helps and they want their agent to do something. #2 for the agent to find other buyers to sell other homes to. By far the second reason makes more sense as open houses don't sell homes very often and just allow the nosy neighbors in.... more
I think the listing (selling) agent is the most important agent. There are usually four agents involved in a home sell. The listing agent, sales agent agent and the two Brokers in charge. The most important, in my opinion, is the listing agent. He is the manager of the sale. He keeps things moving from contract to closing.
It is my opinion that an agent with a small firm is the best agent. Because he is only going to represent a few sellers and therefore, each one is vitally important to him.
Jim Snotherly, REALTOR
Raleigh, NC... more
I'm not sure if these are in demand right now. It definitely depends on the buyer. Some people would love to see solar panels, but some people don't care. I think that if you want to get solar panels on your home, then you should. I don't know if it would necessarily help or harm the chances of you selling your home quickly though.
You should have your agent check the information in the MLS. Be careful about what you are using to determine you square footage though- there have been many lawsuits over incorrect square footage.... more
If you have the money to spend, this can be a great idea to fix many things & make your home stand out in the market. But be aware that a Buyer is most likely not going to rely on your report. They will have their own inspections & find still more things to be fixed (remember, inspectors are paid to find things that need to be fixed)... more
I always recommend that Sellers not be there when a home is being shown. I have had times where clients cannot leave, so I recommend that they try and stay out of the way for the buyers. You want buyers to be able to feel comfortable and try to imagine this as their home. It is very uncomfortable to have a Seller walking around watching you as you open closets & telling everything that makes it their home.... more
Nothing is guaranteed to sell. Short sales can sometimes be considered difficult sales because buyers not only have to work with you, but also have to have the time to wait for the banks. Some buyers love short sales because they think they can get a deal from the bank, others avoid them because they worry about how a property has been maintained & how difficult the banks can be to work with.... more
You should disclose anything that you know about your property. This is to protect you as much as it is to help the buyer. If you have a known defect on your property & you try to hide it, all they will wonder is what else you might not have told them (and believe me Buyer's find out that you knew, they talk to neighbors, inspectors can usually tell if something has been an issue for any length of time, and you might be surprised how many times repairmen will tell someone "oh yeah, I've been here before for this")... more
If they have provided you with a solid offer & it is something that enables you to sell your home & move on then they can be a very good resource. Ensure that their contract is a solid contract, because there are often contingencies which allow them to easily get out of the contract & you are right back where you started.... more
I would work with a FSBO who is offering a competitive commission. The problem comes in finding the FSBO. An agent typically first checks the MLS & other reliable resources for available properties & shows the ones that match their clients needs- if they can't readily & easily find the FSBO property they are likely to sell them something else first.... more
If you can actually sell it yourself and have the time to meet buyers at your house when a buyer wants to see it and do the state required paperwork and deal with inspectors and issues that pop up, then you might be ok. It is a well known fact that FSBO buyers always want deep discounts from the asking price since they know you are saving money going FSBO and they want some of those savings too.
How much marketing will you need to spend? If you are on a busy street and sign might be all you need. If you are in an area where only GPS and a guide are needed to find you then it won't be so easy.
Most hits, I assume that is what number you are looking at, are not really people at all. Many, if not most, are robots from search engines that scour the internet for content to use in their search engines. They might hit your house many times making the hit counters go up and up which online sites like to make you think are real people looking. It''s called marketing and it is not always what it seems it is. Sorry but true... more
If you are wanting to be profitable in doing a flip then concentrate on the necessary updates. Sprinkler systems are not typical for a residential property & you will not get back dollar for dollar value.... more