Spring is here! Well, kind of. Despite the foot of snow that still covers the lawn of my Hopedale home, the gloominess of winter is slowly drifting away. If you are anything like me, you’ve been nestled in your home for the past 3 months, staying out of the cold. Bring some light into your home to get ready for Spring time with these tips! Read more
Is it true? Is Spring really coming? My Hopedale, MA home is still under 4 feet of snow, I’m going to guess we won’t be seeing grass until April. While the snow is melting, get some spring cleaning done. Nothing feels better than a clean, organized house, especially when it starts feeling like spring. Make sure you do spring cleaning the right way – avoid making common spring cleaning mistakes. Read more
I don’t know about you – but the topic of conversation the past few weeks has been how to protect your home from this crazy New England weather. More specifically, homeowners have been having major issues with ice dams forming at the edge of their roofs.
Selling your home can be a daunting process. Doing your homework thoroughly and having expert advice are the best ways to guarantee a smooth real estate transaction. Here are 4 common mistakes for home sellers and how to avoid them.
1) Overpricing the property
Don’t: Some people will overprice their property just to see if anyone will bite. This “just because” strategy really doesn’t work if you can’t back up the reason for why you’re pricing your home above what the market is currently bearing, unless you’re adding in extras that other homes wouldn’t offer. Also, some home sellers believe that they can price their home using an automated software program. While the number that a program like this might give you could be reasonable, it’s not necessarily the best price – and in fact, could be well above or even well-below what your asking price should be.
Do: The best thing to do when pricing your home is to call on a real estate professional, preferably a REALTOR, to help you research the local market and come up with the best number for your situation. It is also important to ask why they came upon that number, and how you might even be able to improve upon that number with the proper staging or cost-effective home improvements.
2) Not having the property ready to list.
Don’t: The worst thing you can do is put on rose-colored glasses and think that your home is fine just the way it is. Some people don’t probably prepare for home showings. If your home does not look its absolute best, most sellers will be turned off and never offer.
Do: Bring in a professional REALTORS, someone who has been involved in probably hundreds of real estate transactions, to help you decide what preparations to make for a home showing. Your professional may suggest hiring a professional stager, but you could be surprised about the very minor things you could do yourself to make your property ready for showing. We have a guide for the home staging tips that net you the most return on investment at time of sale for your perusal.
3) Hiring a Realtor with a Lack of Advanced Marketing Strategies
Don’t: Having a sign in your front yard and even using the Multiple Listing Service that many real estate agents provide is not necessarily enough.
Do: First of all, you want to have a presentable sign in the yard. Having a well-known agency such as REMAX on the sign certainly helps your cause, as well. But again, the sign is not enough. With over 90 percent today’s home-buyers researching online, it’s important to have someone that can market your home in places beyond just the MLS. You’ll want to share your home on social media and there are other places on the web to share real estate listings, as well. The more eyeballs you can put your home in front of, the better chance that you will have the ability to get the best offers from the best possible buyers.
4) Hiring a Disorganized Real Estate Agent With No Process or Proven Track Record
Don’t: Some people will hire their friends and relatives in trying to help them sell their home. Even if you have friends or family that have worked in real estate, don’t simply assume that they’re going to do a good job. You definitely do not want to avoid asking the tough questions, such as how many homes they’ve actually sold or how they plan to go about marketing your home.
Do: Ask your REALTOR how they keep themselves organized. Are they just good at selling real estate, but when it comes to paperwork, he or she is a living nightmare? Does your REALTOR have an assistant or a marketing department to help sell your home? Ask them about any failures your REALTOR has had. Why was that transaction ultimately a failure and what would they do differently to avoid such a failure in the future? Also, as with any professional you hire in life, you should always ask for referrals.
For more information on how to best go about selling your Metrowest Massachusetts home, contact us for a one-on-one, no-hassle consultation. Also, check out the many articles on our blog. We have all sorts of handy information for your reference. Hopefully, we can help you avoid the common pitfalls that often come with home selling and get the best price and the fastest sale possible for your home.
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Some people may be skeptical of REALTORS®. There are those that may believe that REALTORS® are interested in only doing the minimal amount of work to get the job done, and that they care mostly for their commissions. But this is not the case. Awhile back, we posted an article about the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, and why it is best to hire a REALTOR® for all of your real estate dealings. REALTORS® are always looking out for the best interests of the communities that we serve. We love to help people solve problems, much like insurance agents and financial advisers. In fact, REALTORS® have become such trusted voices that some American political decision-makers have been taking to using REALTORS® as objective, third-party advisers.
Recently an article was posted on the National Association of REALTORS® website about how REALTORS® remain “Trusted Players” even as political environments shift. This is because we as REALTORS® must remain intimately involved in the communities that we serve. It is our duty to do so to give home-buyers the most up-to-date information about the communities that they are entering, and to be able to advise sellers on what their homes are actually worth. Not only that, we are bound to help our clients through all of the various processes that go into buying and selling a home, which can sometimes become overwhelming. We are more than happy to help our clients navigate what can often be a very complicated process.
Because REALTORS® have a Code of Ethics that binds us to offer advice with honesty and integrity, many politicians find that we make trustworthy advisers when it comes to making voting decisions. It does not matter whether someone is a Republican or Democrat. Our advice will be the same, as we understand the effect that certain bills and other political measures may impact the communities which we service. The loyalty of a REALTOR® is to the communities he or she serves.
REALTORS® are dedicated to serving the best interests of our clients. Here at Sell My MetroWest Home, we are proud to serve the great communities of Metro West Massachusetts. We will do everything in our power to keep our communities vibrant and poised to succeed, as they are currently doing. We hope that our local politicians know that they can always seek us out for honest and fair advice in making decisions that will affect our communities in both the short- and long-term. Rest assured, as a home-buyer or seller, you can always trust a REALTOR®.
If you’ve had a bad experience with another real estate agent or even another REALTOR® in the past, and are thinking of selling your home, feel free to contact us for a free no-hassle consultation. We love to help people to make the right decisions, and we hope that we can help you, too!