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Updated: 2018-03-16T15:51:18.800-04:00


Selling Your Home And Your Pets


Almost everyone loves pets. According to Psychology Today 39% of Americans own a dog and 33% own a cat, so the chances of a potential buyer that visits your home owns a pet are pretty good. However, having a pet in your home that your are trying to sell can adversely affect how fast you are able to sell your property, as well as the price. Keep reading to find out why and what to do with your pets when trying to sell your house.Pets And Trying To Sell Your HouseIn a previous article " Tips On How To Sell Your House Fast" we covered improving your curb appeal to help welcome and be more inviting to potential buyers. However, if you have the outside pristine only to have them walk inside to smell a dirty litter box, you have a problem.First, not all people are comfortable with pets. Ya, it's hard to believe, but true. I mean what's not to love? Most pets are very lovable and only require some food and water and are willing to give you all kinds of love in return. But some people are scared of dogs and cats, while others maybe allergic to them. The Balance has this to say about why some people don't like pets:Why Don't Home Buyers Like Your Pet?Nervousness. Pets make some people very uncomfortable. Not everybody grew up with a family pet or enjoys outings at the zoo. Fur and four legs does not a human make.Fear. Real and irrational. It's not only dogs that instill fear in people. All kinds of silly wives' tales and superstitions involve cats.Inexperience. Pets are not always predictable.Your pets aren't their pets. They imagine yours bite, jump, vomit, claw, spit-up hairballs or are just plain hyper and bad -- which is not all like their pets. Their pets are perfect.Read The Full Article "Selling a House with Pets at Home" HereThe last point is pretty good, your pets aren't their pets and everyone thinks their pets are perfect, kind of like children :)Pets Can Adversely Affect Your Selling PriceIf a buyer walks in and notices a dog or cat, more than likely they are going to start looking for pet damage. This can really affect how much you are able to sell the house for. How Stuff Works has this to say about how pets can adversely affect your sale:If you want to ensure you get the highest final sale price, you'll have to properly stage your home to create the illusion you are not a pet owner -- or at least eliminate any signs that your animals were destructive. How? By fixing any major damage your pets caused that will catch the eyes (and noses) of potential buyers. In some cases, a quick fix will do. But larger problems may require more significant repairs -- or may need to be replaced altogether.Even if your house is in excellent condition, and you've done your best to keep it clean, owning pets could take up to $30,000 off of its value if potential buyers notice odors or other pet issues [source: Tuttle].Read The Full Article "5 Pet Problems to Fix Before You Sell Your House" Here30k is a lot of money to lose just because a potential buyer notices a smell of pets or urine in your house! So get rid of all of those odors and pet stains before even thinking about trying to sell your house. Now on to the last thing, which can be hard to do for a lot of pet owners -Remove Your Pets When Trying To Sell Your HouseYes, removing your pets is the best thing you can do. This way you can clean the house and not have them make a mess right behind you. There are also legal reasons why you may want to relocate your pets when selling:When selling a home with pets, at the very least, you should remove your them from your home when you are showing the property for sale. All the cute things your dog does will not help you sell your home, and will only remind the potential buyer that the house has contained pets previously.Ideally you should have your real estate agent showing the home, preferably while you are away. Having a pet in the house or yard can create complications for your agent while trying to show the house, and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the process. There are also liability issues to deal with as [...]

Where Can You Sell Your House Fast


Need to sell your house fast and don't know where to start? Is it worth the time and effort to list your house in the local newspaper? Probably not. So where is the best place to list your property for sale to have the best chance of being seen by as many buyers as possible? The answer is really pretty easy - the internet. Keep reading to learn more about advertising your house on the internet to sell it fast.Using The Internet To Sell Your House FastIn a previous article "Improving Curb Appeal To Help Sell Your House Fast" we covered making your house look as nice as possible for when buyers arrive at your property. But how do you get those people to your house? With the invention of the internet now people from all of the county, or the world for that matter,  can have a peak at your house without even leaving theirs.Just putting a sign in the front yard and hoping that a buyer will come by just isn't going to happen. In today's fast paced digital world with tons of social media sites and online listing sites, your property has to be on as many of them as possible. This is where most people start the home buying process these days, and some suggest over 90% of would be buyers start their search there. Just think about it, where would you start your search, probably on your laptop, tablet or right on your phone. The internet just makes it easier for people to look at a lot of houses until their hearts content and find a few that they like and want to visit.Even WikiHow makes this statement about making use of the internet:Use the power of the internet. The internet changed the way that houses were bought and sold. No longer did prospective home buyers need to physically visit the house to find out what it was like. Today, many potential home buyers weed out listings they don't want to invest time in online, and then visit the ones in person that look intriguing. Promoting your home's unique qualities online is a great way to generate more leads.Read The Full Article "How to Sell Your House Fast" HereIf you have the time you should read that entire article as it  gives great tips on how to sell your house fast from start to finish.Use As Many Channels As PossibleYou should know that there are sites out there like Trulia, Zillow and Redfin that you can list your house for sale and many more. But where else can you list your house for sale?  Check this out:Craigslist is one of the best websites for marketing property. You must therefore make a point of listing your home for sale on When doing this, you have to specify you are the owner and the location of your home to increase your chances of attracting buyers. It is also important to renew your ad daily to ensure your listing is visible. Make sure your add stands out above the rest of the listings by adding plenty of high quality pictures and ideally a YouTube video tour in HD.Facebook is another great resource you can use to sell your house fast. Look for active facebook groups in your area and write a post with pictures and videos of your house. It is important to note that real estate investors are more resourceful than real estate agents because they usually have cash on hand. Use Facebook’s graph search to find individual real estate investors in your area.Read The Full Article "How to Sell Your House Fast in 2018" HereCraiglist is often overlooked by a lot of sellers and so is Facebook. Go ahead and make a post on Facebook that your house is for sale with some good pictures in it, you never know who is in your circle of friends that may be looking for a house in your area. In the above article they also mention real estate investors which brings us to our last part of this article -Perform A Web Buy Houses SearchIf you really need to sell your home quickly, one of the easiest things to do is to perform a search on your favorite browser with something like "sell my house fast" or "we buy houses" with your city at the end and you will have a lot of results returned that are real estate investors that are loo[...]

How To Price Your House For A Fast Sale


There are a lot of things that come into play and have to be done when selling a house. If you need to sell a house fast then there can be even more to do in a shorter amount of time. One of the biggest things in getting your house to sell quickly is to price it correctly. Price it to high and you won't have any interest in the property and may end up holding on to it longer than you want to. This short article will give you some good tips on properly pricing your house for a fast sale.In a previous article "Tips And Tricks To Sell Your House Fast " we covered a lot of the "physical" things that have to be done to sell your house fast like cleaning and properly staging the house.  Here is the thing, no matter how nice you make your house, if it's not priced properly, it's not going to sell. Think about it, why would a buyer pay 5, 10, 15 thousand or more for a house when they can get one that is comparable or maybe even nicer for less? Would you?It's Important To Set The Price Right From The StartMany homeowners may think that if they set the price high from the start that they can always lower it if they don't get any interest. This may well be a very bad strategy, which was covered in this article:Be reasonableHensal said it is important to price a home properly from the beginning. If a seller is forced to drop the price, “it’s only human nature to wonder what’s wrong,” Hensal of the potential buyer’s perspective.“You’re just selling your competition if it’s priced too high,” she said. “You’re better off pricing it properly right out of the gate.”Cummings-Waldorf added: “It’s like anything. I may want to sell my car for $30,000, but if it’s not worth $30,000, I’m not going to get $30,000.”Pricing a home too high is the “kiss of death” in real estate, said Greenwich Realtor Jane Brash of Coldwell Banker.“You want the momentum from the very get-go,” she said.Otherwise, Brash said, it’s a downward spiral where buyers are turned off by the price while the home languishes on the market and, eventually, buyers start assuming something’s wrong with the property, causing it to linger even longer.Read The Full Article "Property Rounds: Pricing a home properly key to quick sale" HereIt's a good point that you are actually helping to sell other people's houses by pricing yours to high from the start, as well as the fact that buyers will wonder what is wrong with your house if you drop the price. Another problem could be that buyers may wonder what is wrong with the property if it has been on the market for some time and hasn't sold - all due to it being over priced.Pricing Your House To Sell FastThere is a lot to consider when setting the price of your property. This is one reason why realtors get paid what they do. If you are using a realtor then you are putting your trust in them. We would suggest that you do some investigating on your own and don't just take their word for it. If you are selling your property on your own or "FSBO" (for sale by owner), then you are going to have to do some extensive research. Thankfully the internet is here now and you can do most of your research from there.So where do you start finding the right price for your house? Check this out from The Balance which has some great info on how to get started:Pull Comparable Listings and SalesLook at every similar home that was or is listed in the same neighborhood over the past three months. Appraisers do not use comps older than 3 months.The list should contain homes within a 1/4 mile to a 1/2 mile and no further, unless there are only a handful of comps in the general vicinity or the property is rural.Pay attention to neighborhood dividing lines and physical barriers such as major streets, freeways or railroads, and do not compare inventory from the "other side of the tracks." Where I live in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento, for example, identical homes across the street from each other can vary by $100,000. Perceptions and desirability hav[...]

What You Should Do To Sell Your House Fast


Selling a house fast can be challenging, and nerve racking. If you have a larger home with children knowing where to start can make you want to pull your hair out. Do you start cleaning, contact an agent or start marketing if selling FSBO or maybe even packing? It's best to step back and take a deep breath, then start making a list of things that need to be done. In this article we will give you some good tips on getting your property sold as quickly as possible.What You Need To Do To Sell Your Home QuicklyIn our previous post "Should I Sell My House As Is" we talked about selling your house "as is" without making repairs or even cleaning up the property. This will most certainly affect how much you are able to get for the property if you don't make repairs. However in this article we are going to assume that you have money to make repairs and get your property in tip top shape to get it sold.Time is of the essence here, so the first thing you need to do is start cleaning. Get your house as clean or cleaner than the day you moved in. Next you need to be concerned about staging, which this article from Cameron Huddelston has some good thing to say:Stage the house. Staging involves deeply cleaning, decluttering, depersonalizing and arranging furnishings to make your house as appealing as possible. According to a survey by the International Association of Home Staging Professionals and, 95% of staged homes sell in 23 days or less, on average. So we painted the walls in a stairway that were scuffed and the ceiling of our kitchen and sunroom because they had some stains. I packed up most of my family photos that were on shelves, tables and walls. We already had a storage unit, so we were able to clean out closets and put items we weren't regularly using into it. And we turned a kid's craft room (which was cluttered with art supplies, toys and a homemade craft table covered in paint and glitter glue) into a sitting room. My goal was to make my home look like it was ready for a photo shoot for a magazine or catalog.Read The Full Article "5 Tips to Sell a House Fast" HereThe first 3 things they touch on, deep cleaning, decluttering and depersonalizing are a must. All of this will help when you show your property and as well help the potential buyer to see the property as their own. We are also believe that packing a lot of items and moving them to storage is a good idea.Painting & MorePainting can take some time to do correctly and a poor job will stand out to buyers. Make sure to set aside enough time to properly do the job.What colors should you use? Fox News has this to say about colors and more:9. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. Now is not the time to experiment with that "fun"-looking lime green. But that doesn't mean you need to go all white, either. Rich midtone neutrals like mocha and "greige" create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together.10. Create a gender-neutral master bedroom. Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom, free of personal items and clutter. You can't go wrong with clean, crisp linens, tasteful artwork and a blanket folded at the foot of the bed.11. Open those closets! Open-house visitors will peek inside your closets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage by giving excess stuff the heave-ho. Again, this is really important, so even if you need to store a few boxes elsewhere, it's worth it. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.Read The Full Article "21 Staging tips for selling your home fast" HereNot quite sure about "greige" as if it's suppose to be a mix between gray and beige. However those are both colors that we use in our properties with gray used more in new homes as of late.It's also good advice to clean your closets. Buyers will look in your closets to see how much room there is. Besure to pack up as much as you ca[...]

First Impressions Are Important When Selling Your House


You are ready to sell your house. You possibly are ready for an upgrade or maybe have a new job in another city. Whatever the case may be, getting your house ready to sell is at the top of your list. First impressions to a potential buyer are extremely important. What's the first thing they notice? Your yard. If the yard is trashed and hasn't been maintained, a buyer may leave and not even want to come in. No matter how nice the inside of your house is, if you have overgrown shrubs and bald spots in the yard, buyers are going to form an opinion about your house before stepping foot inside. Don't know how to make your yard immaculate? Then keep reading.You Get One Chance At First Impressions When Selling Your HouseIn a previous post "Tips On How To Sell Your House Fast " we touched on the fact that the front of your house and yard make the first impression. Like it or not, your yard is the first thing people notice when they arrive. How does the grass look? Do you have sod with weeds in it? Are there bald spots? How about the shrubs. Are they overgrown and maybe touching the house? Surprisingly enough, Popular Mechanics has this to say about your front yard when selling:It doesn't matter how attractive your home is if no one can see it. Trees, branches, and shrubs can obscure your home's features and make it seem dark and uninviting. Plus, trees that rub against your house can damage your siding, limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive, and offer a bridge to squirrels, mice, and other critters that want to get onto your roof or under your siding.Rent or buy a chain saw to trim back tree branches, and use a hedge trimmer to tame your bushes. Cut away anything covering a window or touching your house. Well-manicured trees and shrubs complement a healthy, green lawn.Read The Full Article "10 Ways to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal" HereEven if you aren't moving, keeping shrubs, overgrown bushes and trees from touching your house is a good idea. The thing that we notice most here in Georgia by overgrown shrubs touching the house is that it is a gateway for bugs to enter your house.Look At Your Property From A Buyer's Point Of ViewThis is pretty easy to do. You can walk across the street and just look at your property and see what needs to be done or what "jumps out" at you. An important thing to do is to park where a potential buyer would and evaluate the property from there, which was pointed out in an article from The Balance:Curb Appeal ExerciseThe next time you drive up to your house, make note of the following:Your first impression of the house and yard.The best exterior features of the house or lot.The worst exterior features of the house or lot.Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive?Take photos of the house's exterior. If you have a digital camera, view the color versions first, then remove the color and look at it in black and white. It's easier to see problems when color isn't around to affect our senses.Make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make the grounds more attractive.Read The Full Article "How to Improve Curb Appeal" HereWe like the tip of taking photos and removing the color and looking at them at black and white. That's a great idea to gain another perspective of your property. It's also a great idea to make a list of everything that needs to be done even before starting. The list will help you make sure you get things done as well as give you a sense of accomplishment checking things off the list.Tackling Large Shrubs And Flowering TreesWhile everyone that owns a house knows how to mow a lawn ( or at least you should :) ), not everyone knows how to maintain larger shrubs and flowering trees. One flowering tree that is popular in Georgia is a Dogwood. Bel[...]

Cleaning Your House Before Selling It


It's time to put your house on the market. What's the first thing you need to do? Clean it! From top to bottom. Believe it or not, if your house is dirty, you're not going to get a buyer as quickly as you would like. So what do you need to do, where do you start? Keep reading below to find out :)Clean Houses Sell FasterIn our previous post "How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast" we just barely touched on the fact that you need to clean your house and concentrated more on making repairs. The fact is, your house has to be clean.Yes, a nice and clean house will most definitely sell faster than one that is dirty. A lot of people skip this step, only to wonder why their house isn't selling as quickly as others that are similar on the market. Think you don't need to super clean your house? Don't take our word for it - check this out:Why Do I Have to Clean my House?This is a very common question. Based on houses for sale that I have visited, there are lots of people who feel that house buyers are coming to look at the layout and condition of the house, not to inspect its cleanliness. That thinking is both right and wrong - that's why I wrote this section on house cleaning tips.It's true that the reason home shoppers look at houses is to inspect the layout and condition. However, there are several reasons why cleaning it and keeping it clean are to your advantage:Showing a Messy or Dirty House1. If potential buyers get distracted by too much disorder, they may will walk away from the house with a sense that it has not been well- maintained, even if it is actually in great condition.2. If the house is dirty/messy it gives people the feeling that they will have a lot of work to clean it before they can move in.3. Some people won't be able to see past the mess/dirt. They will get a sense that the house is hard to maintain and doesn't have enough storage - neither if which are good selling features.Read The Full Article "House Cleaning Tips to Sell Your Home" HereWe couldn't agree more with what they have to say about showing a dirty house. If you have spent a lot of time and money with the upkeep of your property, you don't want potential buyers walking away because your house is dirty and think it hasn't been maintained.Getting The Job DoneNow you know without a doubt you have to "super clean" your house. Some people will have more work to do than others. Yes there are "clean freaks" out there that won't have to do as much. But there are others that will have to do much more, especially if they have a house full of small children and pets.Check out this article from Curbed that will give you some good advice on some tools to use to get the job done:Deep Cleaning—Floors and SurfacesWhile a Swiffer Sweeper with wet and dry pads is perfectly suited for everyday spot cleaning, you’ll want something with a little more power for a deep clean. Investing in a quality vacuum cleaner will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run. Look for something bagless and lightweight so you don’t have to lug a heavy machine around the house. The iconic Dyson Ball Vacuum is a splurge, but its powerful suction and multiple attachments are well worth the price tag. Bissel also makes a budget bagless vacuum that’s very well reviewed.Once you’re done with the floors, a telescoping microfiber can handle furniture, countertops, ceiling fans, and other hard-to-reach areas. For textiles, a portable steamer will help lift those mystery stains on your carpets and upholstery.Read The Full Article "Spring Cleaning 101: The best vacuums, dusters, storage bins, and more" HereYou might already have a good vacuum cleaner, however if you don't just think of it this way - if you go buy a nice one you will have it to use at your new dwelling!Summing It UpDon't think that you don't have to deep clean your house before selling it. While it is true that people are looking at the layout of the property, they will also [...]

Have A Property You Need To Sell Fast In Metro Atlanta?


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Tidy Kitchens Help Sell Your House


Believe it or not, kitchens are a big selling point when selling your house. For a lot of people it is the focal point of the home, especially families with children. It's where the entire family comes together and has breakfast before heading off to school and work, and then in the evening winds down and has dinner and talks about their day. So it only makes sense that it is one of the biggest selling points of your home. Your mission, should you choose to accept it ;) -  is to clean, spruce up and organize your kitchen so that it is as inviting and "warm" as possible for potential buyers. In this article we are going to cover a few tips on organizing things in your kitchen to give it a more neat of an appearance for buyers.Declutter Your KitchenIn a previous post "Getting Your Kitchen Ready To Sell Your Home Quickly" we covered sprucing up your kitchen on a budget by replacing faucets, maybe cabinet door handles as well as painting. Now the last thing you want is someone to open up the cabinet under the sink and find all kinds of cleaning supplies haphazardly scattered throughout, or to open your junk drawer that has stuff in there that belongs in the garage.The first thing you need to do is remove things that just don't belong in the kitchen. Start with that junk drawer. Then under the sink. When you start, don't panic, we know that it can seem a little overwhelming when you look at the entire picture. Organized Home has some good info on this:Take It Step-By-StepOnce you get started, it's hard to avoid decluttering all sides at once. For example, you find a lone Christmas plate in the junk drawer, so you go to the high cabinet that holds the Christmas dishes, only to see a sack of whole oats that belongs in the cupboard where sits the bottle of window cleaner you forgot you stashed there while looking for the mop a few days ago ... stop!Declutter a single shelf, drawer or cupboard at a time, no exceptions.Use one of the boxes to hold items to be put away in another location in the kitchen, and assign a second box for rest-of-the-house put-aways.Donations or items for storage go to their respective boxes. Stick with your shelf until you're done, then put away the items from the put-away boxes before moving on. You'll stay focused when you declutter one step at a time!Decluttering step-by-step also provides a natural opportunity to break down a big job. If you're distracted by caring for small children, declutter one drawer or shelf per nap, deep-cleaning as you go.Read The Full Article "Cut Clutter in the Kitchen" HereTaking it step by step is great advice. It's kind of like "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" (we don't condone eating elephants :) ). Another great tip is that if you don't need it right now and can do without an item for a while, go ahead and pack it up and move it to storage, then you are one step ahead when it comes time to move!OrganizationOnce you have the kitchen decluttered, next you need to try and properly organize your kitchen, even under the sink. A smart buyer is always going to look under the sink to evaluate the plumbing and/or garbage disposal. Thankfully there are some inexpensive things you can do to help better organize under the sink and other areas of your kitchen. Houzz just put out a great article with some fantastic ideas:Cabinet door organizers. Make the most of your below-sink area with the addition of slim cabinet door organizers. These mini-shelves are perfect for storing small, frequently accessed items like sponges, scrub brushes and rubber gloves.Pullout shelves. Part of what makes the below-sink zone such a mess is its depth; no wonder things get all jumbled up when you can’t even see what’s in there! Install gliding shelves inside your cabinet, and when you need to reach something way at the back all you have to do is pull out the shelf.Labeled bins. If your cle[...]

Improving Curb Appeal To Help Sell Your House Fast


One of the most important things you can do to help sell your home quickly is to improve it's curb appeal. You only get one chance to make a first impression. When a potential buyer arrives at your residence they will quickly judge your house on it's initial appearance, usually within the first minute. If the yard needs mowing, shrubs are over grown and paint is peeling on the siding or front door - well they may think your house is just as rough on the inside and be turned off right away. If you want to sell your house as quickly as possible, then check out these easy and inexpensive tips to improve your properties curb appeal to get a buyer quickly.Dazzle And Entice Buyers With An Inviting Front YardIn our previous post "Tips On Selling Your House By Owner " we touched on the importance of just how important it is to clean and tidy up your house before marketing it. The same holds true for your front and backyard and all of the natural areas. If the yard is unkempt and windows are dirty along with dirt on the foundation from rain, well that's not going to give the best first impression or be all that inviting.Besides the yard, one of the first things people notice is the entry way and the front door. Making this area "pop" is a great idea which HGTV has some good advice on:Glam the Front DoorAdding pizzazz to your home's front entrance is an easy, low-cost way to up your home's curb appeal. Try painting your door a pretty hue that coordinates with your home's color. "Make sure there is a contrast between the front door and the facade of the home," says Kristine Ginsberg, owner of Elite Staging and Redesign in Morris County, N.J. If your house is gray or white with black shutters, consider painting the front door red, she suggests. Other ways to beautify your home's exterior are adding appealing house numbers to your entrance and hanging a pretty wreath on the door. For extra pop, place a potted plant or two by the front entrance.Approximate cost: A gallon of paint for the front door will cost as little as $25. Metal house numbers can be purchased for less than $4 each, while a potted mini evergreen like boxwood or a dwarf Alberta Spruce could run you less than $20.Read The Full Article "8 Budget Curb Appeal Projects" HereYou would be surprised at how much just painting the front door can change the look and feel of your property. The entire article from HGTV is full of very inexpensive ways to help boost your overall curb appeal. There is good info in there about cleaning the driveway, walkways as well as the house itself.Make The Yard As Pretty And Beautiful As PossibleWhen it comes to the yard itself there is the obvious, mow the lawn and trim up the hedges. Put the kids toys away and clean up any debris. And don't forget about the side of the house as well as the backyard.Depending on what time of year it is you can also plant some inexpensive flowers that are blooming for that season. If you need some ideas about what to plant you can ask your local home improvement store or nursery. Houzz also has some good tips on figuring out what to plant:Look at what’s nearby. An excellent way to find planting ideas for your yard is to look around your neighborhood and see what is already growing — or take a walk in a nearby natural area, if you’re looking to grow native plants. Friends and neighbors are growing in the same, or similar, conditions as you are, and they can tell you which plants, or combinations of plants, do well in their yards.With resources like Houzz, you can also see which plants do well in your area by looking online. Filter landscape photos by region to see which plants grow in your area. If you can’t readily get a plant ID from the designer, tap an online forum or network, or bring photos of what you like to a nursery with knowledgeable staff. They may be able to help you identify [...]

Tips And Tricks To Sell Your House Fast


Sometimes selling your house can be challenging. If you need to sell your house fast it can add even more stress and seem overwhelming. What do you do if there are multiple homes for sale in your area that a buyer has to choose from? How do you make your house stand out from the rest and get someone to buy your house rather than your neighbors? We're going to cover a few things to help you sell your house fast, and hopefully faster than another that's on the market.Preparing Your House So That It Will Sell FastIn our previous post "Remodeling Tips To Sell Your House Faster " we covered some tips on upgrades and updating your house to help make it outshine the other properties on the market. If your house hasn't been updated in 30 years, then this is something that you are going to have to do. If your house has been updated then you are ahead of the curve. All you really need to do then is super clean the house and stage the house.Now you may not know what staging is. Wikipedia actually gives a great description:Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property's appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want. People usually use arts, painting, accessories, lights, greenery, and carpet to stage the home, to give potential buyers a more attractive first impression of the propertyRead The Full Article "Home Staging" From Wikipedia HereWe couldn't have explained it better. Now you maybe asking yourself "do I really need to stage my house?". The answer is yes, which is explained well in this article from Redfin:Redfin listing specialists recommend staging for two reasons: The first is that a staged home results in better photos. Photos are your home’s currency online, and the more appealing they are, the more views your listing will receive. A new listing gets three times more views in its first week on the market than at any time after that, so first impressions really matter. This is why we recommend launching your home fully staged, rather than waiting to “see how it goes” and investing in staging if the home doesn’t sell.Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer, a staging firm based in Seattle, Portland and Palm Springs, says, “Staging is visual merchandising for your house so that you can sell it for more money.” Another way to look at it: if you were headed on a job interview or a first date, you’d make sure your hair was brushed and your outfit was just right, wouldn’t you? The same reasoning applies here.Secondly, staging allows buyers to understand how they would actually live in the home. The typical person shopping for a home isn’t a trained designer and won’t naturally envision how an empty space could function.Staging can also help overcome challenges such as odd angles or demonstrate how creating “zones” within a small space make it more functional than it may appear when vacant.Read The Full Article "Why You Still Need Staging in a Seller’s Market" HereWe like the last point made. We always stage our properties that have been renovated because it helps buyers see the functionality of a space. We think that it does help them visualize living in the house and just exactly what each room is for.Always Be Prepared For Visitors To Look At Your HouseNow your house is clean and staged. The next thing is, keep it that way! We know this can be challenging, especially if you have children. However it is extremely important to keep the house spic and span and ready to show at all times. The importance of this is emphasized in this article from HGTV:Selling Secret #2: Alw[...]

Tips When Trying To Sell Your House Fast


If you are trying to sell your property quickly, there are things that you need to do to make the sale actually happen faster than normal. Getting a buyer for your property right now will take some work on your part, and there are some things that you can do to make sure you are not stuck holding on to a property for months that you need to liquidate. Get it right and you will have a buyer in no time. Get it wrong and you will have to hold on to your property longer than you want to.Selling Your Home QuicklyIn a previous post we covered how important it is to price your house right as well as cleaning and tidying up the property in "How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner". The next thing you need to recognize is that there are things that you can control, and things you can not. The Washington  Post had this to say about it:Some basics: Selling speed depends in part on matters that you can control, but there are also factors you can’t control: the strength of your local economy, employment and income growth. If the economy is on fire and there’s a low inventory of homes for sale to serve market demand, you’re going to see houses zipping from listing to contract rapidly.Now for things that you can control: Anyone can sell a house super fast simply by cutting the price far below what it’s worth. There are investment companies in most large markets that will buy your house for cash in almost no time — an hour, a day, a week — but at 40 to 50 percent below market value.Read The Full Article "Do’s and don’ts for people who want to sell their house fast" HereRight now it's a pretty good market as a whole in North Georgia. However if your property has been neglected and needs expensive repairs and/or updating, selling to an investor may be your best bet. Most new homeowners don't want to spend a lot of time renovating and repairing a house. That's when investors really come in, especially if you need to sell fast. That's when the 40 to 50 percent below market value comes into play. If your house is in dire need of expensive repairs, it's not going to bring top dollar and will have to be sold considerably below market value.Getting Buyers To Check Out Your HouseWhat you really need to do is think outside the box when trying to sell your house fast. actually has some good advice on this:YouTube your houseA YouTube tour gives the buyer your personal perspective on what’s special about your house and can be linked with most major search sites. If you choose this method, you should be proactive in getting the video seen. Send links of the video to any interested parties and make sure your broker is doing the same. Insist that your broker get it on to their company’s Web site.Go beyond traditional realtor networksTwo out of three homebuyers start their search online. The five highest-traffic Web sites are:#1 homes.comMake sure people visiting these sites are seeing your home. If you are unable to do this yourself, ask your broker to do it for you.Organize a neighborhood open houseJoin up with other neighbors on a Sunday to lure more buyers in. Include a latte cart or a giant inflatable house in the backyard for kids to jump on.Read The Full Article "Dump this house! How to sell your home fast" HereVideo is an excellent way to help promote your house for sale. Everyone has a smart phone now and can take some really nice video to show off their house. Just be sure to remember to turn your phone sideways so that it's not a skinny video. Once you have the video you can share it all over social media announcing your house for sale and help bring in potential buyers.Summing It UpSelling your house quickly will take some work on your part. How much work you are willing to put into it will[...]

Selling Your House Without An Agent


Is it time to sell your house? Are you thinking of doing it yourself without an agent? There is good news and bad news that goes along with selling a house yourself. The good news, with the web it's much easier these days to do it yourself. The bad, it will take you some time and effort. If you tend to be on the lazier side of things, you may want to hire an agent. However, if you are motivated and stay at it, you can sell your house without an agent.Why Choose FSBO?Why would someone want to try and sell their house themselves? The main reason is because they are trying to keep as much of the sale proceeds themselves. However there is a lot of debate as to whether or not you can get more for your house if you choose to use an agent.Susan Johnston Taylor wrote a very indepth article covering this and is one of several websites that let consumers list their properties on the Multiple Listing Service, or, instead of paying a real estate professional to do it for them. Eddie Tyner, general manager of, says the website has seen listings grow by 14 percent in the past year. "If a person has the time and willingness to invest in the process, we believe that almost anybody could do this," he says. "The benefits are pretty substantial."Beyond saving on commission (5 or 6 percent is typical when both parties have an agent), Tyner says FSBO gives homeowners more control over negotiating price and other factors. "If you take out the person in the middle and you're able to negotiate with the actual buyer, you're the only two people who have an interest in it," he says. "If you add other people, some of their interests get put into the equation."Jane Hodges, author of "Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice," offers a different point of view. "Most people choose to FSBO because they want to keep as much of their post-sale proceeds as possible," she says. "However, the Realtor argument against this is that a good Realtor can get you sufficiently more for your sale, or accomplish the sale faster, such that their fee and your higher sale price still wash out in a way where you make the same or better money."Read The Full Article "How to Sell Your Home Without an Agent" HereIf you search the internet for pros and cons of using a realtor you will find a lot of opinions on the subject. From the article above though, we have to wonder about being able to sell the house faster. We would recommend that you do your homework on the realtor you choose. Ask a lot of questions and check their online reviews to make sure that they can sell your house quickly.Anyhow - let's move on.Selling Your House Without A RealtorThere are a few things that you are going to have to do, whether you choose to use an agent or not. The first, which we have covered in other articles, is that you HAVE to clean up the house, inside and out! Your average home buyer isn't going to be impressed with trash and toys in the yard, or dirty floors, laundry that needs to be done and dirty dishes in the sink and counter top. You have to make your home look it's absolute best. There's just no way around it, unless you choose to sell to an investor, which is another topic.Something that a lot of people fail to do is to consider the timing of their sale. Sometimes it's unavoidable and you have to sell now. But there are better times than others to sell your house.WikiHow has some good info on this:Determine a good time to list your home. There are certain times of the year more likely to yield a profitable sale. Generally you want to sell when the weather is good, before school begins and not near the December holidays.In the U.S. some suggest that the week after the Super Bowl is the best t[...]

Finding A Reputable Company That Buys Houses


These days you have to be concerned with scams everywhere. On Craigslist, Facebook and everywhere you turn. Unfortunately the same thing applies to "we buy houses" companies. So how do you ensure you are dealing with a legitimate company? That's what we are about to cover :)Legitimate We Buy Houses CompaniesYou have probably seen all of the signs on the side of the road "We Buy Houses". But how do you know if that company is really legit? The first thing - is it a hand written sign? If so, if they don't have the money to pay for a nice custom sign do they really have the money to buy your house??Do An Internet SearchCan you easily find them on the web? After you call one of those we buy houses signs and get their information, do yourself a favor and Google them. Do they have a website? Can you find who the owners are of the company? If not, you may want to think twice about using them.The next thing is reviews and do they answer the phone? This was covered in a good article from Active Rain:Tip #2 - Reviews from past clientsIf you can't find any reviews or only find bad reviews online for a company, this is another red flag. Check Google, check Facebook, and even look at a company's website for customer testimonials. If you can't find those, what is the company hiding? If the reviews are bad, read through them to see what went wrong and what people didn't like. You might end up saving yourself lots of time and money....Tip #3 - Does the company answer the phone or call you back quickly?Bad companies are impossible to reach on the phone and never return your call. They might have a working phone number but their reluctance to talk to people on the phone is a read flag you should be wary of. Legitimate companies will answer the phone or call you back quickly. They ar eeager to talk to you and answer questions. If you do get a company on the phone, ask them questions about how it works or their company.Read The Full Article "Avoiding we buy houses scams"  HereA couple notes on reviews. Customers with a bad experience are 10 times more likely to leave a bad review than a satisfied customer. Also, even with careful monitoring, some companies pay for reviews, so always take them with a grain of salt.Reputable Companies That Buy Houses For CashNow are they really cash buyers? And are they giving you a written Purchase And Sale Agreement, or is it just a verbal offer? Susan Jones has some good info on this:Unrealistic high offers. We have found out that amongst other tricks is that sometimes the property organisation, company or person who claims to want to buy your house fast will make you an un-realistic high offer to get your initial interest. Then they will try to reduce the amount they will pay at the last minute or near completion (when you are most vulnerable – and need to sell your property quickly or facing home repossession).Are they real cash buyers? You should also be aware that there are only a handful of real cash property buyers operating in the market (our buyers being one of them!) which means that many advertsing here on the internet and within your local paper for example dont have the financial means to purchase your property as quickly as they say they can, or to provide you with the professional service you deserve and demand.Read The Full Article "WARNING: Watch out for The Buy My House Scams!" HereWe have had customers in the past that have run into the first problem of unrealistic high offers only to try and drive down the price before closing. This is a real problem when someone needs to sell in a hurry and either has to sell the property to them for a lower price or has to hold on to the property longer. This is why we always recommend that no matter who you are dealing wit[...]

Tips On How To Sell Your House Fast


Having to sell your house and move can be a real headache. Add in having to sell your house fast - that can add even more stress. Unfortunately people do find themselves in situations where they need to sell their home quickly, usually because they have a new job in a different area. If you are one of these people and are looking for some tips to help you sell your house quickly, keep reading :)How To Sell Your House FastThe first thing you need to be concerned with is how the house shows. Is it clean? Is everything put away in it's place so that the house doesn't look cluttered? We covered some of this in a previous post "How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner" about making sure your house is clean and de-cluttered, so check that out.But what your really need to pay attention first is this - how does the house look when you first drive up to it?Besides making sure your house is clean, how your house looks from the outside is extremely important. You only get one chance to make a first impression. We have heard that people make up their mind if they like a house or not within the first minute of looking at it when arriving.Laura Adams wrote an excellent article concerning "curb appeal" and much more in an article on Quick And Dirty Tips:Selling Tip #1: Improve Your Curb AppealNothing is more important than a first impression. So consider what a potential home buyer may think as he or she drives up to your property for the very first time.Walk out into your street and look--and I mean really look--at your home to see its shortcomings. Is it attractive, clean, and well-kept, or does it need maintenance that you’ve been putting off?After you’ve been in a home for a while, it can be difficult to see it objectively. So take suggestions from a real estate professional, friends, or prospective buyers about how to make it show better.When your home is on the market, it’s critical that your landscaping is well-groomed and your lawn is mowed 24/7. Plus, your driveway, exterior porches, and exterior walls must be clean, too.If you put money into cleaning up the outside of your home, I can guarantee that buyers will be more likely to take a tour of the inside. Curb appeal is what draws buyers in, helps maintain their interest, and sets your home apart from the competition.Continue Reading The Full Article "6 Tips to Sell a House Fast in Any Market" HereReally good advice from Laura! We especially like the tip of asking your friends and anyone you can to look at your house from the outside to see what they think. They may spot some things that you haven't.Getting Your Home Sold QuicklyOnce you have the property cleaned up on the inside and outside it's time to get the place sold. So just how do you go about that? Of course you can list your house with an agent, but that may take longer than you have. You might want to try and sell it yourself, or maybe even try and do both. Just make sure that if you decide to do both that in your contract with your realtor that you don't owe them money if you sell it yourself.Elise Sole wrote a great article with some tips to help in getting your house sold quickly:Set a hard deadlineWant to bring buyers out of the woodwork quickly? It's easy: Set a deadline for offers.You can make this clear in your listing by saying you will be accepting offers only until a certain date—even as tight as one to two weeks after your home is listed for sale. That said, you should probably not announce why you need to sell quickly due to a new job or other circumstance, because buyers will smell desperation and take advantage of that. Just state your deadline without further explanation, and watch the offers roll in.Selling your house to a flipperThere's no faster ho[...]

Packing & Moving Tips When Selling Your House


When it comes time to sell your house one of the most important things is to clean and declutter for showings. You will have a much harder time trying to sell your house, either with or without an agent, if your house is dirty or cluttered. One of the best things you can do is to go ahead and pack some things away and store them to help give your house a more spacious feeling. But just how do you go about that? We are going to give you some good tips for packing and putting things away in this short article.Packing Things UpAn important thing to remember when selling your house is that you want to de-personalize it as much as possible. Put away family photos and nick knacks so that a potential buyer can visualize their own belongings in the house. You do want to leave your furniture and properly stage the house to further help the buyer visualize the house as theirs.When it comes to packing things up, a lot of people make things harder on themselves than it has to be. You want to be able to unpack in your new dwelling to go as smoothly as possible, as well as being able access things that are already packed just in case you need too.The Denver Post gives some really good tips:6. Don’t pack airMany folks empty dressers and chests before they move. Don’t. This adds to packing time, and wastes usable truck space. Leave dressers full. If a chest is empty, fill it with linens, said Howell. You will also get less load shift. Likewise, don’t pack empty suitcases. Fill them.7. Trash bags are treasureBoxes are great because they stack, but so are sturdy trash bags, because they squish. Fill large trash bags with soft nonbreakables. They can be stuffed into trucks and morph into shapes that boxes can’t.8. Hang ’em highDon’t pack hanging clothes. Keep them on hangers and put them in the back of your car. flat. Then hang them back up in the new place.9. Pad, stack, and packDon’t pack blankets or beach towels; use them as pads and save on boxes. Wrap and tape blankets around artwork and lamp bases. And stack and pack lampshades; they often take a beating in a move. Remove each shade; stack them small to large, then put them together in one box to ensure that they arrive intact.10. Label on two sides.Mark every box with its contents and destination (kitchen) on more than one side. Also note if contents are fragile. Though movers likely won’t care, you’ll know to go easy on them.Read The Full Article "Home design: Pack fast, move fast, with these 12 tips" HereReally good tips there. Some people may frown on using trash bags, but they do have a point about how they squish. This would be great for clothes that are out of season and can be stuffed in between things in storage. We also like their advice for using blankets and towels for wrapping things. Moving places, and truck rental services usually charge for extra blankets.One word of caution though, some dressers are extremely large these days and if you leave them full of clothes, you will make it much more difficult to lift and maneuver into the truck and storage.Putting Things In StorageHave you had things in a storage unit before, need them and practically have to complete move everything out to find it? That's a real pain! Houzz gives some excellent advice for making the most out of your storage unit :Make sure clothing and other fabric items are clean.Put heavy items in small boxes and light items in large boxes.Put clothing in wardrobe boxes.Put the heaviest stuff on the bottom of the unit and distribute weight evenly.Put anything you need to access often at the front of your unit.Leave a pathway to the back of the unit.Elevate things off the floor.Store mattresses, protected with a c[...]

Tips On Selling Your House By Owner


It's time to sell your house and you are thinking about doing it yourself. Maybe you have a new job in a new city, downsizing or the opposite, need a bigger home for a growing family. Whatever the reason you need to sell your house, you can do it yourself without hiring an agent, thus saving yourself some money in realtor commissions. However you must take some careful steps to make sure the process goes smoothly.Getting Your House Ready For Sale By OwnerYou may think that all you need to do is put a sign in the front yard "for sale by owner" and you will have a buyer for your house in no time. However without some careful planning it may take some time to get the right buyer, or even a buyer for that matter, to put your house under contract.In reality there are a few things that you must do to get your house ready to sell. People are going to want to look at your house. So a dirty or cluttered house most certainly won't entice any would be buyers. Getting the house ready to sell should be at the top of your list. For Sale By Owner has a great article that explains this and more:1. Make Your Home Look GreatPresentation is everything. Home buyers are attracted to clean, spacious and attractive houses. Your goal is to dazzle buyers. Brighten-up the house and remove all clutter from counter tops, tables and rooms. Scrub-down your house from top to bottom. Make it sparkle. Simple aesthetic improvements such as trimming trees, planting flowers, fixing squeaking steps, broken tiles, shampooing rugs and even re-painting a faded bedroom will greatly enhance the appeal of your house. Also, make sure your house smells good. That’s right, clean out the cat box and light mildly scented candles.Invite a neighbor over to walk through your house like a buyer would. Get their opinion on how it “shows.” The stuffed donkey in the family room may have to go to your in-laws for a while.2. Price Your Home RightCareful not to over price your home. Over-pricing when you sell a home reduces buyer interest, makes competing homes look like better values, and can lead to mortgage rejections once the appraisal is in. Over-pricing when selling a home is the single biggest reason why many “for sale by owner” (FSBO) home sellers don’t sell their homes successfully. The home selling market dictates the price (not what you think it should be worth).One of the best ways to correctly price your house when selling is to find out how much other homes, similar to your own, recently sold for in your neighborhood. Talk to home sellers, buyers and check out the real estate listings in your local newspaper.Typically, if you set the price of your home at 5 to 10 percent above the market price, you are likely to end up with an offer close to your home’s true value. Also, you may try calculating the cost per square foot of your home compared to the house selling prices in your area (divide list price by square footage of livable space). If your house has more features or other desirable qualities, you may want to set a slightly higher house selling price.The easiest way to accurately price your home is to contact your local home appraiser.Finally, set your house selling price just under a whole number, such as $169,900 rather than $170,000.Read The Full Article "8 Easy Home Selling Tips" HereAll good stuff. Your house HAS to be kept clean when you are trying to sell it, whether you use an agent or not. Some more good advice is to go ahead and pack some things and put them in a storage unit before you start to show the home to make it less cluttered. You don't want potential buyers to think the house doesn't have enough storage.Also pricing is anothe[...]

Remodeling Tips To Sell Your House Faster


You are ready to sell your house and it's time to get it ready to sell. But you know first you need to do some updates so that it will sell faster. When you stand back and look at the projects that need to be done can seem a little overwhelming. All the things that need to be done like new floors, maybe new cabinets in the kitchen, completely gutting the bathrooms and rebuilding them, it's enough to make you pull your hair out. However, with some proper planning, renovating your house can and will go a lot easier.Make An Itemized Budget For Your RenovationThe first thing that you need to take into consideration is your budget. If you get to the home improvement store and just start picking out things you will soon discover just how much your remodel is going to cost you and may run out of money. It's best to have a set number in mind about how much you can spend, then shop for the materials that you want to use in your project.Curbed has an excellent article that will give you some more great tips about how to properly budget for your remodel:Create a detailed budget and revise as you go. In our case, we were working with a contractor and an architect. The contractor’s fees included some materials (including paint) but not most fixtures and finishes—that’s the grab-bag term for tile, flooring, countertops, kitchen cabinets, faucets, lighting, door knobs, appliances and more). We made a room-by-room spreadsheet of all the things we’d have to buy, and then did initial research on prices. We labeled that column “Budget.” As the project progressed and some of the prices seemed too low or too high, we adjusted them in a column called “Projection.” Finally, as we ordered each item, we filled in a column called “Actual.”The three columns let us create a budget, revise it as we went without losing sight of our original plan, and track the amount we actually spent. We used a similar system for keeping track of what we paid the contractor and architect over the course of the project.Don’t forget taxes and shipping. When you’re researching costs for your initial budget, it’s easy to forget additional costs. Especially if you shop online regularly, you may be used to free shipping. But, counter-intuitively, lots of major purchases you’ll make for your renovation have serious delivery fees. And while taxes are relatively palatable on, say, a $100 pair of jeans, the taxes on $3,000 worth of kitchen cabinets makes them cost $270 more. I wish our budget spreadsheet had included a column automatically adding 9% for taxes and $100 to $500 for heavy deliveries, like cabinets, tile and appliances.Read The Full Article "What I wish I’d known when budgeting for a renovation" HereThat is excellent advice on using a spreadsheet for a detailed budget for all of your fixtures and materials. More than likely though, no matter how much you allocate for your remodel, there will always be incidentals, to so don't forget to have some money allocated for that.Proper Planning Will Go A Long WayJust starting to rip things out and planning your renovation by the seat of your pants just won't fly. Without some careful planning you will run into more issues, make the project take longer and in the long run may cost you even more money. The last thing you want is to complete your renovation and it not be functional, or look like it was haphazardly done.Zillow just put out a good article that talks about space, which is probably the biggest thing to consider before and during your renovation:Check the space allocationHaving enough space, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, can make or break a home. [...]

Should I Sell My House As Is


There is a lot to consider when it comes time to sell your house. One question that pops up quite often is "should I sell my house as is?".  This is a great question, but really needs some careful thought and consideration. You have to ask yourself how much are you willing to invest in your property, do you have the money you need to make all the repairs and lastly will you recover that money you invest getting your house in tip top condition. These are just a few of the things you need to consider. If you are wondering if you should sell as is - keep reading.Who Will Buy Your Home As Is?This is really important and depends on how extensive the repairs are that need to be done. The balance wrote an excellent article that covers some of this:Do Home Buyers Want Fixers or Fixed Up Homes?Some home buyers want to buy a fixer upper home, but generally these buyers want a home that will require light cosmetic repairs. Buyers who gravitate toward fixers are those who either don't qualify to buy a more expensive home or those who want to make a profit by fixing the home themselves.I've yet to meet a novice first-time home buyer who says, "Give me a home I can tear down to the studs." Most fixer buyers are willing to do simple repairs such as paint the walls, put in new carpeting or replace light fixtures. They typically don't want to rebuild a foundation or move walls.Fixer-upper buyers will discount the price of the home to allow for the repairs and, for the inconvenience, a bit more. Say, a home is worth $100,000 fixed up, but it needs a new roof. A new roof might cost $10,000. A buyer most likely will not offer $90,000 for this home. Otherwise, they could buy an identical home with a new roof for $100,000 and not have the hassle.A buyer for this type of home might offer $75,000, or even less. In this scenario, a seller would be smarter to pay for a new roof and sell the home for $100,000.Moreover, many buyers will not buy a home that needs a new roof. They will worry the work involved will cost more than what they anticipated. Perhaps replacing the roof would involve tearing off the sheathing and repairing rafters, which could add to the cost. Most buyers want a home that is in move-in condition. By not making repairs, you will limit the number of buyers who may be attracted to your home.Read The Full Article "Should I Fix Up My Home or Try to Sell As Is?" HereThis is generally the case when you put your house on the market and are trying to attract your regular home buyer that is purchasing the property through conventional loans. But what if you don't have the 10k that is required to put a new roof on?What If You Don't Have The Money To Make Repairs?Unfortunately this is often the case for a lot of homeowners that are living from pay check to pay check. Furthermore you may be in a position where you need to sell your property very quickly. In this situation you can always sell your property to real estate investors. You can always go to the internet and perform a search like "we buy houses any condition" to find investors that will do just that, buy your property in it's present condition.This is a good option for anyone that needs to sell quickly. But if you are not in a rush you can always list your property with an agent and market the property as "handyman special" or "fixer upper" to make sure you attract the right kind of buyer.The next thing  you have to consider is the cost of the amount of repairs that need to be performed on the property. You may actually end up spending more money on your property than what you will be able to sell the house for. [...]

How We Buy Houses For Cash Works


You may have heard of the "We Buy Houses For Cash" people and wonder what it's all about. You may be wondering who they are and just exactly how does it work. In this short article we will give you the answers to these questions.Who Are The We Buy Houses People?Just who are these companies? Typically they are local companies that want to buy houses that are in need of repairs or updates, or more familiarly know as "ugly houses". They want to purchase your property, make the needed repairs and updates, then turn around and sell it to another buyer at full retail price. Sometimes they purchase properties where there is a landlord that is tired of renting out a property, nicer homes where couples are getting divorced or even have to sell because of a new job in another city.Typically these companies do pay with cash. As we covered in our previous article "Who Will Buy My House For Cash?" we explained that no matter how you sell your property, rather it be to an investor or conventional buyer, whatever equity you have in the house you will walk away with cash. Whatever loans, mortgages or liens you have against the property will be paid out first. Whatever is left, you get, usually in the form of a wire transfer to your bank. The nice thing about these companies is that by paying with cash there is no waiting on mortgage approvals, so they have the ability to close in a fraction of the time that it takes with a conventional buyer.You may have seen their signs on the side of the road "we buy houses" or "we buy houses any condition". Before you choose one to do business with we highly suggest that you research them online first and make sure they are a legitimate company.How Does We Buy Houses For Cash Work?Down to the nitty gritty :)  Just how does it work? Instead of making you take our word for it we found  a good article from The Truth About Realty that explains it very well, and then some:How We Buy Ugly Houses WorksI checked out their website, read their FAQ, and think I have a pretty good understanding about how the process works. It seems fairly straightforward.Basically you ask them to make an offer on your home and they’ll show up to take a look at the property. They’ll conduct a walk-through, and probably do some appraising once they get back to the office to better understand the property market where your home is located.After all, the property itself is just one piece of the pie – its location is also key to valuing it properly, especially since the home’s current state will likely be improved before it is resold by the company.From there you’ll receive a “no-obligation all cash offer” to purchase your home that you can consider, accept, or reject. If you agree, they will apparently pay “most normal closing costs” and you won’t have to worry about things like real estate commissions or make repairs.So the upside here is that if you need/want to sell your home ASAP, you might be able to with a buyer like We Buy Ugly Houses with little or no work.How They Define an “Ugly House”Interestingly, it’s not just outwardly ugly homes that are considered “ugly.” Sure, those are ugly too, but it’s much more than that. They also consider homes ugly if they have foundation issues, if they’re in undesirable neighborhoods, or simply in an area you no longer feel is convenient (such as a long commute to a new job).They also offer to buy homes when the mortgage financing isn’t ideal, perhaps because of a high interest rate and the inability to refinance, or an adjustable-rate mortgage that becomes too e[...]

Getting Your Kitchen Ready To Sell Your Home Quickly


Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task. You may know that you need to do some things to get your house ready to put on the market and have a huge list of things to do. If your house is older you know that you have to perform some updates to compete with other properties in your neighborhood that are for sale. So where is the best place to put your money? Kitchens and bathrooms. In this short article we will cover the first - kitchens.Spruce Up Your Kitchen To Help Sell Your House FastThe kitchen in your house is usually the most used room in the house (unless you eat out for every meal). For many families it's where they unwind and talk about their day. Having a functional kitchen is a great way to spark interest in buyers looking for a new home.So how can you spruce up, or bring new life into your kitchen? Bank Rate gives some great suggestions:1. Make your kitchen really cook. The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. Potential home buyers make a beeline for this room when they first view a home for sale, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.If you’ve got a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. “Rather than spring for a whole new cabinet system, which can be expensive, look into hiring a refacing company,” says serial remodeler Gwen Moran, co-author of “Build Your Own Home on a Shoestring.”“Many companies can remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes, then add brand-new doors and drawers. With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new.”If you’re handy, you can order your own replacement cabinet doors and door fronts from retailers like Lowe’s Home Improvement or The Home Depot and install them yourself.Read The Full Article "10 cheap fixes to boost the value of your home" HereGreat tips, and ones that we actually follow. Many times when we renovate a property we keep the cabinet boxes and replace the doors and drawer faces. With that we also replace handles, lighting fixtures as well as the faucet. Something we also do is replace formica counter tops with granite, but this isn't for everyone because this can really run up the cost of updating your kitchen. After you do all of these updates you may stand back and look at it, like it and think twice about selling your property :)Kitchen ColorsThis is something that you must consider carefully. The one thing that we always look at first is the size of the kitchen as well as it's natural lighting. If the kitchen is small and doesn't have much natural light the last thing you want to do is have dark cabinets and dark walls. It will make the kitchen more gloomy and feel smaller. Instead if it's small and not much natural light consider painting the cabinets white and stick to lighter earth tones on the walls.On the other hand, if you have a large and well lit kitchen you can have darker cabinets and walls.We found an interesting article from Zillow about kitchen colors that really surprised us:2. Blue kitchens and blue bathroomsBeyond America’s obsession with lawns and all-around “curb appeal,” what’s inside your house counts a lot, too — especially the colors you’ve painted the rooms (particularly the kitchen).According to Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis, which examined more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the coun[...]

Getting Bathrooms Ready To Help Sell Your House Faster


If you are getting ready to put your property on the market one of the best things you can do to help increase your properties selling value is some maintenance or upgrades to your bathrooms. In this short article we will cover a few things that you can do on a budget as well as things you have to take into consideration when making updates.Simple Touch Ups and Maintenance To Increase ValueAlmost everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms are what really set off one property from another. A bathroom can be a relaxing oasis for many housewives and mothers to escape a hectic day. For this reason you need to pay specific attention to the bathrooms before you put your property up for sale.Surprisingly enough there are some things that you can do to help breath new life into your existing bathroom to help sell your house faster. Most people think that they have to do a complete gut and remodel. However, if you bathroom has "good bones" you will be able to save yourself a few bucks.A few of those things were covered in an article by This Old House:Brokers, one and all, say spiffing up the kitchen and bath is a sure bet for adding value to your home. Surveyed brokers say these kinds of improvements can get expensive. It may not be economical to do a major renovation if you are trying to spend as little as possible before putting a house up for sale. But some upgrades are cheap, easy, and fast...especially in the bathroom.Replace frosted glass for clear glass, clean the grout, remove rust stains, apply fresh caulk, update doorknobs and cabinet pulls, replace faucets, and install a low-flush toilet. Even buying a new toilet seat can make a difference. Bailey says, "You can spend $500 on a bathroom, and it's totally tuned up."Read The Full Article "Brokers Tell All: 10 Ways to Boost House Value" HereGreat tips, especially for being able to spend $500 or less to breath new life in to a bathroom in a house that you are getting ready to sell. However, if you do plan on replacing the toilet make sure that it is something that you feel comfortable with, or higher a professional. If a toilet is not installed correctly - well it can be a real mess and end up costing you much more!Things To Take Into Consideration For Major RemodelsYour bathroom might just be to outdated to just "put some lipstick" on to make it appealing to a potential buyer.  Your bathroom may have green or pink tile from the 60's or 70's and you need to perform a major renovation before putting the property on the market.It can be a real hassle, and the last thing you want is to get it all done and not end up with a product that is NOT functional. Some things that you have to think about before starting your project was covered by Zillow in a short article:Mistake 1: Ignoring proper spacing and layoutBathrooms may seem straightforward, but a lack of spatial awareness in the renovation planning stages can lead to problems down the road.Remember: Just because you can fit something into the bathroom design doesn’t mean it can function within that space. Always keep function in the forefront of your mind and in your design.For example, if you choose a shower with a door, your bathroom layout should leave plenty of room for it to fully open. No potential home buyer will want to squeeze out of a partially opened shower door every morning. Other considerations include providing enough space to comfortably get on and off the toilet, open cabinet doors, etc.Spatial considerations also include making sure elements of the room are close[...]

Can You Sell Your House Without An Agent?


You may be in a position where it's time to sell your house. You may need a larger property due to an expanding family, or the opposite down sizing because you are an empty nester or  a host of other reasons. Now you could be asking yourself or wondering if you can sell your house without an agent. The short answer is yes, and we are going to cover a few things in this article to help you do just that.How To Sell Your House Yourself By OwnerThere are some distinct advantages of selling your home yourself. The first and most obvious reason is the amount of money that you can potentially save yourself. It could be as much as 3 percent of your actually selling price. Simple math - if you sell your home for $100k, that's 3K that you get to keep.On For Sale By Owner's website they wrote a great article about selling a property on your own:How much money can a homeowner save by not using an agent?If you cut out all agents—meaning post your own online ad, put out a yard sign, and sold your home on your own—you would essentially cut out on average about 6 percent of commission. On a $300,000 home, that’s about $18,000 of savings. There are some markets—and I believe Maine is one of them—where commissions run even higher, I believe 7.5 to 8 percent.Why wouldn’t a home seller need to use an agent?The No. 1 reason that you don’t need an agent to sell your house is the rise of the Internet. The Internet has essentially changed the face of real estate. It’s essentially leveled the playing field across the market. The Internet allows sellers to easily market their homes to millions of people within minutes. Pricing information—recently sold homes, the competitive landscape of the homes that are being sold—is accessible within seconds on a search engine. Ten years ago, agents controlled all the information, and that’s why you had to go to them. Today, it’s a completely different ballgame.What about someone who has never sold a home before?Again, with the Internet allowing access to information, companies like ours provide information and show sellers step-by-step instructions on how to sell your home. That information is easily readable. We provide it—and other services provide it—to bring that confidence to that person who has not done it.Read The Full Article "Selling a House Without an Agent" HereGood info from them, however when they calculate saving 6% of your sales price, that is also assuming that the person buying your house doesn't use a real estate agent either. We totally agree with them that because of the internet selling a property on your own is a whole lot easier these days.Preparing To Sell By OwnerSo what are some of the things that you need to be prepared for when getting ready to sell? Bank Rate put up an article that covers a few of the things that you need to think about before putting the for sale sign in the front yard:1. Do I know the value of my home today?A common mistake FSBO sellers make is pricing their home too high, leaving the property to languish on the market.“When a home sits for a long while, buyers start to wonder what is wrong with it,” says Piper Nichole, author of “The For Sale By Owner Handbook.” “The best option is to come out of the gate priced right.”To market a home competitively, sellers should research the final sale prices of similar properties in their community.Real estate websites typically offer local sales trend information, selling prices for comparable homes (“comps”) i[...]

How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast


How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast Without An AgentYou may be in a situation where you need to sell your property quickly to raise capital, and don't want to lower how much money you will walk away with from the deal by listing the property. You know that it can be as much as 6% of your selling price that is paid out by selling with realtors. So you may be thinking of trying to sell your house yourself  without an agent and need to sell it quickly. Good news - it can be done.How To Get Your House To Sell QuicklyWhatever the reason that you need to sell your property quickly, there are a few things that you have to do first to make sure that it does just that. You can't just wake up one day and decide that you are going to put a for sale sign in the front yard and hope that a buyer comes in (unless you plan on selling to investors who buy houses in as is condition).The first and most obvious thing that you need to do is to put things away and clean the house. Nobody is going to buy a house that is cluttered and dirty. Then you need to look around the house and see the things that are obvious and that need to be repaired, like leaking faucets and even burned out light bulbs.Here is more along those lines about making repairs prior to marketing your property from Wiki:3 - Have your home inspected. Many standard real estate contracts are going to give the home buyer the right to inspect the property, so be prepared. Have your home inspected before you advertise. Under a general inspection you might be obligated to make major repairs to appliances, plumbing, septic, electrical and heating systems, etc. You can expect your home’s roof and foundations to be inspected, as well. Follow the recommendations and make necessary repairs. Additional inspections requested by the buyer are customarily at their expense.4 - As much as possible, get your home in move-in condition before you put it on the market. Buyers of homes are inherently lazy. If they feel like they'll need to do extra landscaping, plumbing, appliance and electrical work before they can enjoy the house, they'll balk when it comes to buy, even if the rest of your house is an absolute steal. So make it easy for them. Hire a handyman or general contractor to get the home as ready to move into as possible.Read The Full Article "How to Sell Your Own House" HereThat's really good info, especially about buyers being kind of lazy. The reality of it is that if it's a family moving into the property with small children, they really aren't going to have the time to make repairs.  Soccer games, band practice, swimming, you name it - they are just to busy being involved in their kids lives to spend a lot of time making little repairs. However, if you don't have the money to make the repairs you can always advertise the property as "Handyman Special" which will then hopefully attract the right buyer and they know from the get go that they need to work on the property.Start Marketing Your PropertyNow you have the property presentable. It's time to put that for sale by owner sign in the front yard! It can be an anxious time, but try to relax. Here are a few more things to help you to get people to call or come by to check out your property:3. Market Your PropertyIn addition to listing the home on the MLS, advertise by putting up “for sale” signs, creating brochures, putting ads on Craigslist, and building a web site to market the property. offers home-selling packages [...]

How Do I Sell My House For Cash


You may or may not have heard of selling your house for cash. You may be wondering just how to go about it and what the possible advantages could be. While it is true that when you sell your house your existing mortgage will be paid off. So what is all the hoopla about selling for cash. If you are one of the people wondering about it - keep reading because that's what we are about to cover.Advantages Of Selling Your House For CashFirst, why would you need to sell your house for cash? Typically people that want to sell their property for cash need a fast closing. When a buyer is paying cash there are no buyer mortgage contingencies to be concerned about. When a cash buyer puts your property under contract, which is usually a real estate investor, your house is as good as sold.This was covered in an article by Steve McLinden:Tops in the “pro” column are speed of sale and convenience. Once you accept a cash offer, you can often get your money in days. For folks facing a relocation, foreclosure or bankruptcy, this can be a life saver.Fewer sales fall throughA cash sale also removes the all-too-familiar drill of accepting an offer only to lose the buyers at the last minute when they can’t qualify for a loan. Once the cash is passed along, there’s no backing out or last-second cold feet. Such cash sales typically close in 1 to 3 weeks compared to about 4 to 7 weeks on a conventional sale. Also, cash sales are typically “as is,” so there’s usually no major repainting and repairs needed.Cash is king in a real estate deal … You’ll probably get a little less money out of the house, but you can avoid costly repairs and other complications.Read The Full Article "There are plenty of good reasons to sell your home for cash" HereSteven also goes on to advise that you should get professional advice for pricing your home. With all of the tools on the internet it's a whole lot easier these days. You can go online and check many house buying and selling sites like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia and find what comparables are selling for in your neighborhood. The important thing here is to make sure you are comparing apples to apples.So why would someone need to close fast? Job relocation, trying to avoid a foreclosure on their credit, divorce and many other reasons. A cash buyer will help you achieve a fast sell with little chance of the sale falling through at the last minute.How To Go About Selling Your House For CashThe great thing about selling your property to investors is that they will buy the property in "as-is" condition. No need to make any repairs, and many times, you don't even need to clean up the property like you would if you were selling to a retail buyer.However you may just be looking for any cash buyer, and they are out there. There are parents out there that buy houses for their children. In this case you will have to do some clean up and make the house look presentable.Some other things you might want to do were covered in this article:Step 1Gather up all of the pertinent information about your house. Make sure you have flattering pictures (taken in the spring or in the summer) plus the statistical information before you try to sell your homes online. Be sure that you have the square footage, the year the roof was replaced, the foundation type and everything else that might be in a listing. The more information the better. Unless it's a dump. Then you might want to be creative.Step 2List yo[...]

How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner


Quick Tips To Learn How To Sell Your House Fast By OwnerSelling a property these days doesn't have to be that difficult. You don't need to hire an agent, it can be done all on your own, provided you do a little research and preparation first. If you want to sell your property yourself quickly - keep reading for some helpful tips.Probably the easiest way to sell your house yourself by owner fast is to contact a real estate investor. Usually these investors will buy your house in it's present condition without you needing to make repairs. However this isn't always the best option for everyone. You may have time to wait on a buyer, or may just want to hold out for a better offer. Whatever the case may be, there are a few things that you can do to help sell your property quicker yourself without hiring an agent.Tips To Get A Buyer For Your House QuicklyYou need to take a little time and get your house ready to sell before you put the "for sale by owner" sign in the front yard. The last thing you want to do is have that one buyer who would have bought your house turn away because you or your property weren't ready.Stacey Bradford gives some good info for anyone wanting to sell their property themselves:1. Price it rightWith homes sales slowing and prices plunging, there’s little doubt that selling for a good price in today’s market is going to be tricky. The median existing home price dropped more than 7% last month compared with the same month last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. So if you try to ask as much for your property as your neighbor got six months or a year ago, you’re going to turn off potential buyers. Instead, price your home conservatively by looking at similar houses currently on the market, says Michael Corbett, author of “Ready, Set, Sold!” Also look at the homes that aren’t selling. Chances are those owners priced their dwellings too high, he says.“If you really want to stimulate a sale, you should under price your property by just a hair,” says Susan Singer, a New York-based real estate broker with Corcoran. Just shaving a few thousand dollars off can generate more foot traffic and create a buzz.2. Make it invitingThere’s no faster way to turn off a potential buyer than to show them a home stuffed with kids’ toys, family knickknacks and a stinky kitty litter. Even stodgy furniture can make a property more difficult to unload. That’s why many high-end real estate agents employ professional “home stagers” when they want to guarantee a quick sale. For anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, these folks will do everything from remove clutter and rearrange furniture to rent all new furnishings. Corcoran’s Singer says her staged properties tend to sell faster and for more money than ones that aren’t prepped in this fashion.Fortunately, there are some inexpensive things homeowners can do on their own to attract a buyer. Whether you live in a cozy Cape Cod or a 4,000-square-foot McMansion, make your space feel as open and clean as possible. Get rid of clutter, organize the closets and remove all personal items that may make it more difficult for someone to imagine living in your house, says Corbett. See our story for more ways to make your home inviting or watch our video for advice on how to do it on your own.Read The Full Article "Top Five Ways to Sell Your Home Fast" HereA few good points [...]