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4 Reasons Why Fall is a Great Time to List Your Home for Sale

While spring is typically the hottest time for real estate, the fall season has its perks as well! With summer coming to an end, many people and their families are getting back into their routines with school and work. If you are thinking of selling your home this fall, please feel free to give me a ring – I’d be happy to answer any and all questions about real estate. Whether you are thinking of listing this fall, or are planning to list in the spring, I’m here for you! Read more

Protecting Your Privacy While Your Home Is On The Market

Selling your home can cause potential anxiety about your personal privacy. With your doors open to a nearly constant stream of strangers through your home, you may worry that your personal information is at risk. Protecting your personal information is a top priority. Here are a few tips for protecting your privacy while your home is on the market.

Ask Your Agent To Accompany Potential Buyers And Other People Entering Your Home

Some REALTORS® allow buyers to walk through the property on their own. If you are concerned with allowing strangers to tour your home unaccompanied, let your agent know ahead of time.

Remove Your Mail And Financial Information

Don’t leave mail sitting out. You don’t want your personal information made public, and you would be surprised what thieves can use to steal your identity. Also remove all checkbooks and banks statements and place them in a secure filing cabinet or lockbox.

Remove Personal Effects

From diplomas to wedding photos, don’t provide potential buyers with any personal information about yourself or your family. Depersonalizing is also an important part of successfully staging your home for sale, so removing these things will allow you to accomplish two things at once.

Don’t Leave Your Computer On During Showings

A professional identity thief can access personal information from your computer in only a few moments, so shut your computer off before buyers arrive.

These simple tips can keep your privacy secure while selling your home.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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When Should I Reduce My List Price?

It can be disappointing when your home isn’t selling as fast as you thought is was. When you set a listing price for your home, unless you and your agent misread the market, you expect your home to sell by a certain time. So what do you do when your expectations haven’t been met yet? It may be time to reduce your price and re-think the marketing strategy. It’s important to understand when it’s a good time to reduce your price.

Price Reduced words on a home for sale sign to illustrate a home owner in distress and needing to sell immediately as a short sale or negotiated lower value to the right buyer

Good Ole’ Supply and Demand

In today’s market, there is relatively low inventory, and lots of buyers. Homes are selling fast. So when your home is in a hot market, and it’s not selling, the market is trying to tell you something: your home is overpriced. If you aren’t seeing much activity in your home, or have been getting feedback from buyers that are expressing it’s over priced, it’s time to sit down with your real estate agent.

Hurry Up & Wait

If your home has been listed on the market for what is considered to be a lengthy time for your area, it may be time to consider a price reduction. This is especially true if you are in a hurry to sell, which may be the case if you are planning to purchase another house upon selling yours. In some cases, a homeowner will make an offer on another house and that offer will be contingent upon selling their current home. When this happens, the homeowner is likely to be in a hurry to sell so that they can honor the terms of their new agreement before it expires. Real estate can often be a waiting game, but sometimes it may be necessary to hurry up the process, through a price reduction, if you need to complete the sale.

Adapt to the Always-Changing Market

We all know how the market fluctuates. If you own real estate, property values can go up one year and fall the next. If your house is currently listed and the property values have fallen, you may want to consider reducing the price in order to remain in the running with potential home buyers. If your house is priced far above market value, most lenders would refuse to approve a loan for your asking price. Having an appraisal would be one way to know how much your home is worth.

What Does Your Agent Say?

If you’ve hired a real estate agent, you obviously trust him or her to guide you through the process of selling your home. If your real estate agent suggests a price reduction, it may be in your best interest to consider it. Nobody knows the business like a real estate agent. They know what buyers want and, in most cases, what they are willing to pay. If you’ve trusted a real estate agent enough to hire them, trust them enough to value their opinion.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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4 Tips to A Quick Home Sale

The hopes of many homeowners is to sell their property quickly, for the most amount of money. The home selling process can be stressful and overwhelming, however, my team and I are here to make that process as simple as possible for you. Here’s a few tips to getting your home sold quickly and at a reasonable price!

Hire A Real Estate Professional While this may seunnamedem like a simple concept, there are many people out there that try to sell their home without professional consultation. Using a professional to handle the transaction of your most valuable asset is extremely important – we have the experience and expertise to make sure that that transaction is handled with care.

The Price Is Right Many people are disappointed when they hear where their home stands in the current market. Trust your real estate agent and their research – we know the local market and can properly align your home with other similar properties that have sold recently.

Marketing Strategy Every home is different, which is why our team put together different marketing strategies for different types of properties. 90% of homebuyers search homes online, so that is where we focus a lot of our marketing attention. We have a multiple point marketing strategy in order to give your home that utmost exposure to reach potential qualified buyers.

Clean and Tidy When a buyer is looking at a home, they are trying to picture themselves living there. When a house is cluttered and full of “stuff”, its hard for buyers to get that image in their head. Clear out some clutter, and make sure most household items are tidied away so it makes for a clean environment for the buyers to explore.

These are just a few steps you can take to get your home sold fast. As your real estate agent, it is our job to make sure your home gets the most exposure possible. If you’d like to find out more about how we market our homes, feel free to contact us for more information.


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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Simple Ideas To Make Your Home More Welcoming To Buyers

It may seem obvious, but many sellers fail to recognize that a home that feels, looks, and smells welcoming and homey will more likely raise a buyer’s interest when they come for a showing. Of course, you think your home is pretty comfortable and welcoming already, but there are a few things you can do to make buyers feel right at home from the moment they walk in the door.

Lead With The Nose

If your home smells good, it will make buyers HomePG-Slider3want to stick around longer. The sense of smell is the strongest of all the five senses in its connection to our emotions. Certain smells simply make us feel comfortable and at home no matter where we are. There are a few smells that are almost universal. Try a flameless scented burner that is safe but releases a wonderful fragrance in your home. Choose scents like vanilla or spices, smells that remind people of home cooking and sweet treats.

Be sure your fragrance isn’t overwhelming, however, and don’t use it to mask other odors like cat litter or food smells. Buyers will know right away you are trying to hide something!

Let The Light Shine In

Clean your windows and open all of the blinds and curtains to let the sunshine into the home. The warm feeling will make your buyers want to settle in and bask in the glow. A brightly lit home looks bigger, too, while a dark home will appear smaller.

Be sure you replace burnt out light bulbs so your home will be fully lit and have a welcoming glow even in the evening or on a cloudy day.

Set The Table

It may seem odd, but a table set as though a family is about to sit down to a meal makes the home feel lived in and comfortable without being cluttered or too personal. Set the table with matching dishes and a nice but simple centerpiece, to give the dining room that ready to sit down feel.

Making buyers see your house as a home is important in getting them really interested in making it their home. With just a few simple adjustments, you can create a feeling that welcomes buyers to settle in—they will want to make an offer so they never have to leave!


Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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What To Expect When Selling Your MetroWest Home

Selling your home involves many tasks and timelines. We’re here to make the process simple for you.
Here are the basic processes to keep in mind during your sale.

Before Listing Your Home

  • Research professionals – Look for an agent who’s active in your neighborhood. The
    SellMyMetroWest Home team services many areas in the MetroWest such as Milford, Upton, Mendon, Hopedale, and Hopkinton. It’s always important that the real estate agent you work with is active online. 90% of buyers search online during the home buying process, that’s why the SellMyMetroWest Home team has developed a marketing plan that incorporates the use of targeted online marketing.
  • Work around school or employment – If you have school-age children, listing in the late winter or early spring months gives you a better chance of closing escrow and moving before school starts. If a job is prompting you to move, coordinate your self with your relocation and determine if you will be buying or renting in your new community.

After You’ve Hired Your Agent

  • Ask questions – With the SellMyMetroWest Home team, there is no question too small. Ask us what to expect during the sales transaction, and always ask for buyer feedback on what will make your house more marketable.
  • List on a Monday or Tuesday – Listing early in the week builds momentum and allows for a strong open house for the weekend.
  • Rent a storage unit – If you still occupy your home, clear clutter and store away household items you don’t need. Decluttered homes show better.

While It’s On the Market

  • Keep a cleaning service handy – Hire a professional cleaning service to come in while your house in on the market.
  • Discuss sales strategies with your agent – If your home is listed for more than six weeks without an offer, reconsider the price or improvements that will enhance your home and be more attractive to buyers.
  • Be prepared – The housing market may change. Be flexible and open to changes. This will help you sell quicker and eliminate home-selling stress.

 


 

 

Looking to buy or sell a home in the MetroWest area? Real estate agent Robert Brown of RE/MAX Executive Realty services areas such as Hopkinton, Hopedale, Milford, Upton, Mendon, and many more. To learn more about MetroWest real estate agent Robert Brown, please visit the Meet Your Agent page on SellMyMetroWestHome.com

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