I've been looking for the right MCM in my price range for over 2 years now. Just 2 weeks ago, had the owners family been present, I KNOW that house would have been mine! I found it the same day it went on the market and called my realtor who showed the home to me the same day. Soon as I walked in, I knew this was my home but instead, this home got another offer and an impartial lawyer handling the estate made the choice. The person taking my house from me went 20k over asking (I went 10k over asking) and he waived his option period. Nasty! But other than this kind of scenario, I would say that the owners should boot scoot and allow the lookers some privacy. We like to ask our realtor how much is fair, what are comps, etc, or in my recent case, 'ED! What do I need to do to GET THIS HOUSE?' And we want to do that in privacy. However, I would have loved it if someone had been able to contact the family immediately after I said those words so I could have sealed that deal. Owners and Fam members can answer questions particular to the house and its history that your realtor will never know. That stated, your realtor is impartial, knows the market and can help steer you before you get all emotional. I am still upset over losing this home.... more
If you are a for sale by owner the post is not allowed, you can however try blogging about the property; if and when you do list with an agent, ask; or consider any flat fee realty company that feeds into the site....... more
Fred Holland at one time was the BIG real estate name on Folly Beach and his office is downtown Folly Beach. He is easy to find. If not, there are 4000 agents in Charleston SC that would be happy to assist!... more
No, the good ones don't but we certainly aren't crazy about having to work with them as the owners don't know what their doing and actually make the entire process much more difficult than it needs to be. I generally end up selling one or two a year and have for over twenty years. Based on my experiences here's what I have found. Most FSBO's are seriously overpriced and most owners are delusional as to the condition of their home, what's reasonable in terms of repairs, timelines etc. Most require me to explain every standard form their going to have to sign to them, and then want to discuss or argue them with me. (Their standard forms, I've not written a single word of any of them and it's not my job to explain them to a seller who has elected to do their own thing. In general, their time consuming challenging transactions and generally overly stressful because one side doesn't really have any idea what their doing.... more
No one is going to supply you a list of investors nor is this how you sell your home. Investors are looking to buy homes as inexpensively as possible. Their investing and it's all about generating a return on their investment, not paying a seller a fair price let alone top dollar. You should reach out to an experienced Realtor and get it listed.If you've done this and it hasn't sold quickly here's the reason why, "You don't have it priced right" Period, end of discussion. There is no other reason and what you want for the house and feel you need are both utterly irrelevant. You will sell your home for market value and a good experience Realtor can give show you true market value quickly and can market it appropriately to get it sold for whatever top market value may be in short order. I've attached a link below on what you should be looking for when you are interviewing Realtors.
Good Luck and best wishes for the coming year.... more
Your listing agent wants to get the price down to where it will sell. The two things he's mentioned--price and curb appeal--are two of the most common reasons why houses aren't shown.
You can yap--umm, debate--all you like about a beautiful shed. I don't know what lash landscaping is or a luster floor. The shed adds about 50 cents to the value of your house. Your house isn't worth $449,000.
In fact, even YOU admit that your house, at best, is comparable to houses that sold for $420,000. In the same neighborhood? That's important, too.
If you want to cancel the contract, ask to speak to your agent's broker. His boss. Technically, in fact, your contract is with the broker, not your agent.
However, the real point is that your house won't sell for $449,000. It likely won't sell for $420,000. And if you keep the price at $449,000, it's possible that your agent may not go out of his way to promote what he considers to be an overpriced house.
Incidentally, what prompted you to list the house at $449,000?
I have had several contracts, great appraisals but my problem is the lenders. Only one Mortgage Co. (mine) will finance and has to be conventional. So my buyers aren't able to purchase due to not able to put 20% down.... more
Investors rarely want to pay market price for a home. Often they will discount it 30 to 40%. My recommendation is to list the home with a real estate agent to see if you can get the highest price for the home. You are going to get some low ball offers from investors. Turn down the offers until you are 45 to 60 days away from moving. Then call them back with a modest counter and see who bites.
This way you can try to get the most from your house with the investors as a last minute back up.... more
As a listing agent, I would like nothing better to do than show my own listings, but as I tell my sellers, its me against some 5000 other agents in our area. If I get the right buyer, I absolutely do, but then that doesn't happen unless I happen to get a drive that calls off the sign or picks up a flyer. Like the others have mentioned, I am being compensated to market the home, not actually sell it. Now if it's not being shown at all, then I would be the one to point the finger at my listing client as to determine the reason why.
It really depends on "why" you want to remodel. Do you plan to stay in your home for the next 5-10 years, or are you remodeling to improve your home's value to sell within the next few years.
Budget is, of course, the first consideration but prices are all over the board depending on what you'd like to do. Cosmetic changes are inexpensive: New countertops, sinks, faucets, lighting, appliances, etc. You can renovate your kitchen for as little as $5,000 in that case.
Where the BIG money starts happening is when you start tearing down walls, relocating electrical, etc. In other words, major renovations. Whatever you do, interview at least 3-5 contractors before making a decision. I'm a Realtor who owns my own renovation company called "Affordable Home Renovations." We can do large and small kitchen and bath updates, but definitely are not focused on anything major.
My advice is go to Angie's List and join if you're not a member. It's super cheap (I think around $50 per year) and it is the best resource around for any home improvement jobs. It'll be the best money you'll spend :-)
If I can help further, don't hesitate to reach out. Best wishes and Happy Holidays!
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC and Affordable Home Renovations