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Friday, October 28, 2011

Buy Herself

Women are a force to be reckoned with in the real estate market. 
20% of all homebuyers last year were women compared with 12% of men. 
This doesn’t surprise me since women are usually so well organized, really know what they want in a home, and make it a haven. 
Women are earning and saving more money than ever before in our nation’s history.  They are getting their credit in order and getting informed of the home buying process to make their American Dream come true.  

The top 3 Factors Women look for in a home include:
  1.  Safety:  Security is paramount to the female buyer, over schools & community features. 
  2. Low Maintenance:  More time to spend with friends & family
  3. Move in Condition:  Don’t have the time to do it (or the patience)
I purchased my first home as a single 27 yr. old.  It felt exhilarating to buy on my own at such a young age.  Not to mention, the value appreciated about $10k in six months.  It served my needs, was low maintenance with a great pool & tennis courts and a one car garage.  I painted rooms, added personal touches and enjoyed.  Two years later, I sold it for a $40k profit!  Not too shabby.  I knew what I wanted, and I went after it.  You can do the same.

The top 3 leading demographic factors that have opened up the real estate market for women include:
  1. Women Marrying Later
  2. Divorce
  3. Women Live Longer than men
In new home construction, builders are responding to this trend by installing extras such as security systems, gourmet kitchens, low maintenance yards and larger walk-in closets for all of those shoes that were just too good to pass up. 
Buying a home on your own is a huge accomplishment and will provide you with a great sense of confidence and self-worth.  Not to mention, you can finally paint that bathroom pink like you’ve always wanted.  
Don’t wait for Mr. Right.  Save money and provide for yourself.  The sense of pride you’ll feel is priceless.  If home ownership is your dream, call me, I’m here to help you make that a reality.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Benefits of an Open House

To have an open house or not to:  That is the question.
In my experience, this type of marketing can only help sell your home.
Over 75% of my listings resulted in a sale from buyers who came to my open house.

It’s always nice to have a personal touch with some refreshments.
This can help engage your potential buyers in conversation and keep them around a bit longer.   The longer they stay, the more they can picture themselves living in the home.

So keep up the good work when you’ve been busy baking those apple pies and cookies.

Nosy neighbors are also a useful tool in selling real estate. 
They are always welcome and know of people that want to move into the neighborhood.

All visitors can provide helpful feedback in selling your home faster.  It’s nice to have an objective eye see something you may have overlooked.

You want someone who’s approachable, friendly and knowledgeable about the marketplace to help represent your home.
Your realtor should be warm and welcoming to all visitors and thank them for coming to the open house.

It may be an outdated custom to some; but the bottom line is that open houses work!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3 Quick Tips to Sell Your House Now!

If you're ready to sell in today's market, I'll share with you the three keys to make a quick sale at a fair price.

1.  Prep and De-Clutter:
Buyers are on a blind date with your home and they want love at first sight.  So make it shine!  Have your house cleaned from top to bottom, power wash, trim the shrubs and get the clutter out.

2.  Price it Right:
If you want to sell your house fast for top dollar, you'll need to compromise.  Realtors look at the recent comparable properties that have sold in your area.  We don't pull a number out of thin air.  If you start too high, you may get a few nibbles but today's buyer wants the cheapest house on the block.
You'll need to start off lower than your competition to generate traffic but you can always say not to unacceptable offers.

3.  Protect Your Deal:
Choose your buyer whose financing is most likely to go through.  Twenty percent down gives you a feeling of security, fifty percent is beautiful and all cash is great! 
When comparing multiple offers, sometimes the one with the highest price may not be the best.  If you're anxious to move on, cash is king and the more money down the better. 

Many first time buyers will have a laundry list of inspection items to be repaired.  You can protect yourself from excessive costs by setting a limit on that from the start.

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