What does the real estate market have in store for 2014. According to an article in Realtor Magazine Online, about what you would expect. Here are five of the trends that will probably continue and grow
Years ago, I was showing an old Bucks County farmhouse to a prospective buyer. We entered the house via the kitchen. The woman looked around the kitchen for a moment, walked into the dining room, turned
Install a really, really, really big sign in front of your $750,000 to $850,000 home.
There are many many ways to drive traffic to your listing. However, what you really want is buyers who are qualified, motivated and capable of making a home purchase.
Access to those strategies, that critical mass of buyers, the network of solution providers is worth paying for.
Meanwhile, you always have Craigslist, newpaper, community bulletin boards and of course Zillow and the FATAL ZESTIMATE.
By the way, just to avoid much confusion. the term 'Listing' refers to a home for sale that is 'listed' in the Multiple Listing Service by a REALTOR. What you have is not a listing. It is a FSBO. A home for sale by owner. FSBO Listing is a contradiction of terms.... more
There are dozens of communities in Bucks County. Every week or so, I will feature one of the communities in my “travelogue,’’ telling you a little about each one and what makes it unique, starting
So where do I begin? In real estate, there is so much to talk about! First I want to say that finding a real estate agent that you can trust is a really difficult process. I may not have 10+ years under
Recently, a woman I work with was home sleeping when she was awakened to the sound of a smoke detector shrieking in her kitchen. She entered the kitchen and saw flames at the back of the stove and climbing
One of the reasons buyers and sellers get socked pretty good when they buy or sell property is the simple fact that the state wants its share of the money. And not only the state wants a cut, but also
They always go down in Nov. Dec. Jan. Home sales are seasonal. They will pick up again in the Spring. This doesn't mean that no homes are selling, you just have to be more patient in the fall / winter months.... more
There is more to this strategy than listing your place at the low end of market value. Before you do this, you need to fully understand the strategy, trust your agent and the process and be realistic as to what outcome you can expect. No strategy will get you more than your home is really worth. In most cases buyer's will need a loan and require an appraisal. The key to having a great outcome is realistic expectations and the right pro on your side.... more
Your pricing should not be based on homes sitting on the market. Pricing is based on SOLD homes in the same zip code, same school district and preferably in the same neighborhood.
I love marketing homes in the winter; only serious buyers are out. Homes that are priced right will sell. Showings must be easily accomplished; if it is difficult to show, the Realtors will not fight to get in, nor will the buyers.
I suggest you do a couple of inexpensive updates. Removing wallpaper and painting a wall is not a huge item, but can make a huge difference. If you have hardwood floors, pull the carpet up and have the floors sanded and polyurethaned if needed. This will also make a huge difference.
Remove excess furniture, pack up too many odds and ends and store them in your basement or start giving away, throwing away of selling items you really don't want to move around or store.
Take down any religious items and remove family photos....minimize and simplify. You will be fine!... more
Possibly. I recommend legal advice from a licensed New York attorney. If an attorney determines you have Concurrent or Co-Ownership with a tenancy in common then it may be possible for each owner to sell, convey, mortgage, or transfer that interest without the consent of the other co-owners. Again the proper way to approach this issue is with qualified, licensed legal advice including examination of all documentation, not through this forum. Good Luck.... more
Who pays in a real estate transaction? Often, people who are starting the process of purchasing real estate have little or no idea how their agent gets paid. Do the buyers pay the agent? Does their pay
The commission to sell your home is negotiable. So you should interview several agents, and ask them that question: "How much do you charge, and what services do you provide that are included in that fee?"
Different agents and agencies might have different responses.... more
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