Dual Nature – Using Your Facebook Profile to Sell Your Real Estate

Some people find that it’s most expedient to create a new Facebook profile for selling their real estate. However, if you already have friends and family that are also contacts, you might want to just go with the profile they already have friended. In any case, setting up a Facebook profile to further your real estate business is easy, but requires some thought.

Unfortunately, Facebook is not yet to the point where you can automatically designate specific posts or applications as not-to-be shared. If you have your Wall open to the public or your News Feed, you may want to ensure that everything posted is client-friendly. This may mean censoring both your and your friends‘ contributions to your Facebook profile.

Setting the Privacy controls on your Facebook account will help you make this a dual account for both clients and friends. Depending on the nature of your contacts, you may want to designate certain areas as „certain friends only“ and similarly restrict who can contact you certain ways.

Deciding whether or not you want to open your entire profile to the world depends on how accessible you want to be. You can always request a client as a friend or give them your Facebook contact info to request you. However, if you want people to be able to access your real estate information on Facebook, it could be a good business move to judiciously open up a few key parts of your profile to the public.

Your basic information is probably something you should keep to a select group of friends. Your clients don’t need preconceived notions about you based on what they can read about your sexual preferences, your religion, or your political views. Unless you are aiming to sell real estate only to persons of a certain religion, noting that you are a passionate follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may cause people to pass you by, even if you aren’t actively proselytizing to them.

Your profile pictures are a good one to leave open, but make sure they are professional and simple. Don’t post pictures of your family or your dog or your wood tick farm. Your clients like to be able to see a clear photo of you, so they can recognize you. It’s okay to have a photo or two of your family in a different album (some people like to have a feeling of connection with their realtor) but don’t overdo it.

Applications are a hard one. Consider not adding too many frivolous ones. If you absolutely must have some, place them at the very bottom of your Facebook page, where only the determined ever go. And, whatever you do, don’t use them to contact clients with. Attacking someone with your zombie is generally not a good way to convey a professional impression. Applications can also work for you if you install a few good real estate-related ones, so take some time to check them out.

Your Wall may best be hidden. Many spammers will use the Wall to place ads or phishing scams. Also, if your friends are using your Wall, it doesn’t make for a professional impression if they’re posting things like „U R so hawt! Wanna see U soon, sweetcakez!“ Use your own discretion. Remember that clients can always use the Message function to send you private messages into your Inbox.

Keep an eye on your photo albums and keep your personal ones to selected friends lists. The real estate albums you will, of course, wish to keep open to the public. Make sure every photo is properly tagged and given some kind of information. A link to the listing your actual website is good, but including as much information as possible can make a photo a better tool to get people to your website.

The Search function can be modified to show as much or as little information as you want. Since you are using this profile as a business tool, you will probably want people to be able to contact you. Set the Search Visibility to Everyone, create a public search listing and allow people to find information about you and send you messages.

Your News Feed and Mini-Feed you should keep open. Every time you change something on your profile, it will be noted and is a great way to let people know what you’re doing with your real estate without actually annoying them with direct messages. This can be modified to show people certain actions and hide certain actions. Play around with the Facebook Privacy controls to find the best combination. This is where you can hide updates to personal information that clients need not see.

Use the Privacy Applications section to restrict views of anything else you don’t want people to see. It’s up to you to consider whether they would benefit from knowing which groups you belong to or events you’ve been invited to.

Look at your Facebook profile from a client’s view. Block everything that could leave them with a negative impression, but leave enough that they get a definite idea of your approach to your business. Facebook is an incredibly fast-growing social networking site which is enhanced by its easy-to-use, professional-looking layout. It definitely can be a valuable tool when used to enhance a professional image.

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Defensive Buying – 5 Ways to Buy Smart in a Down Economy

Depending on where you live, your local real estate market may be experiencing a downturn. Historically, these market adjustments have served as a natural protection against runaway price inflation, and in the long-run can be very positive, but as a buyer in one of these markets you must buy smart to protect your financial future.

Here are 5 ways in which you can take advantage of a down market and protect your interests for the future at the same time…

1. Look at the local job market. Know who the major employers are in town and where their employees typically live. Read the papers and pay attention to the stability of these employers. If the company is in financial trouble, or is going to lay off employees, be careful about buying in areas heavily populated by their employees. Yes, you may get a great deal, but home prices may drop dramatically around you and cause you to lose money. Plan for that in your negotiations.

2. Research new commercial developments in your area. If you discover that a new retail / commercial center is going in near an area you desire to live in, take the time to find out what stores are planned for the development, and look at how things like traffic flow and access are going to be addressed. A bad plan can negatively affect area property values, but conversely a well-planned development can draw buyers like a magnet raising property values.

3. Learn about zoning. If you buy a home right next to land zoned for commercial development and you do not realize it, your property value could be negatively affected by the increase in traffic and the type of development. If you are looking in a fully-developed residential area this may not prove to be much of a factor, but be aware of any nearby open spaces and their zoning that could make access to your residential area more challenging. Again, good developments can be to your benefit, but consider how the changes could affect value in your negotiations.

4. Drive the area you desire to live in. Take a camera and a note pad to record what you find. Look for things like for-sale signs, blighted properties, new construction or residential developments, open lots and land, road construction and access, and the availability of retail services. Lots of ‚for sale by owner‘ or real estate signs could spell trouble as numerous homes for sale could cause a price reduction war to sell. Again, it may be to your benefit, but you must consider this in your negotiations.

Blighted properties will reduce the value of homes in the immediate area, and new construction, or anything that increases housing density can ultimately reduce value in a slow market as inventory increases and the number of buyers decreases. Be wary of new developments without any noticeable construction activity as there may be financial issues that could affect the value of all of the homes in the area. Don’t be the sucker that pays top price for a home nobody wants.

Open lots and the availability of land can be a positive depending on the area you are looking in, but keep in mind that zoning can change and there are lots of commercial developers out there looking for any sliver of land possible to develop in many markets.

5. Negotiate strongly with the seller. I am a firm believer in homes being exchanged for fair market values, meaning the transaction should be a win-win, but that doesn’t mean you cannot, or should not attempt to negotiate your best terms. Do your research and come to the table armed with extensive, current market knowledge, and a willingness to set your final terms and stick with them. Be reasonable, but firm. Be aware of the long-term implications of your purchase and ensure you have an exit strategy in place. Most importantly, do not be afraid to stand your ground. If you have done your research, the numbers will speak for themselves.

I hope these ideas will help you make a smart purchase in a down market. You must keep in mind that even if you get a great deal on a home, the market can continue to slow down and negate your gains. Know your market well enough to withstand the fluctuations. Above all, secure competent, knowledgeable assistance from professionals in the real estate industry to answer your questions and educate you so you can buy smart in our current market.

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Open House Tips for Realtors

1. Advertise! A study conducted by the National Association of Realtors revealed that 92% of buyers use the internet to house hunt. Make sure your open house dates are available through Zillow. With over 130 million visits per month, Zillow is a great place to start.

2. Invite neighbors to a appetizers or a wine and cheese party at your open house. It’s a great way to network and prospect. Socialize and have fun.

3. Everyone who visited your open house is a potential buyer so create an automated nurturing email marketing campaign to stay in touch. Make sure to also follow up within a few days so you can reconnect and help with their home buying search.

4. Be strategic with open house signage. Sandwich boards are great, but also mix it up with signage that is legible from a distance of at least 30 to 50 feet. Place directional signs to advertise in a five block radius ro reach a wider audience. Add helium filled balloons to attract attention.

5. Depersonalize the property. Remove family photos, diplomas, awards and anything else in the home before the open house. By removing personal items, the home doesn’t belong to any particular group of people and visitors can see themselves in the home.

6. Clean and organize closets and other storage spaces. Buyers will open closets, drawers and anything else with a handle. Instead of an avalanche of boxes when they open the storage closet, make sure closets are clean and organized.

7. Target local homebuyers with online advertising. You can even target potential buyers according to zip code through Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook and other online resources. With Facebook, you can add photos of the property and link to a landing page where more images of the home are available, plus a contact form to learn more.

8. Advertise by drone. Yes, drone advertising. Hoovy advertises open houses by attaching banners to drones and flying them in public places for real estate agents. Hoovy flies the drones at about 60 ft from the ground to be closer to the public.

9. Staging can help sell a home. Group your colors. Try to limit colors to just three per room. Keep larger items lower. If you have an even amount, take one away. Always keep quantities to an odd number as it is more visually appealing. Mix throw pillows and to create a spa appeal, add white towels to bathrooms.

10. First impressions are important. Simple updates to the entry can make a world of difference. Add a planter. If the door is worn, a good coat of paint can make a difference. A new welcome matt will make it more inviting. Sweep, clean cobwebs and remove anything worn.

11. In one study, 30% of people reported scented products as „irritating.“ Skip the air fresheners and candles. Instead, encourage your seller to shampoo carpets, open the windows and let in the fresh air, deodorize appliances and toss throw rugs in the wash.

12. Experiment with lighting before your open house. Try opening shades and curtains, turning on different sources of light.

13. Advertise in small local newspapers as not every buyer is internet savvy. Many retirees read local papers and you’ll get a lot of mileage for your investment.

14. Consider a themed open house. If the home is Mediterranean design, consider presenting tapas. If it is a Spanish style, nachos may be perfect. Give your potential buyers a unique experience to remember the home.

15. Have handouts with your contact info ready for buyers to take. Mortgage Loan Breakdown and a glossary are two great handouts. Neighborhood information like local schools, grocers, restaurants and the „walk score“ are great information. And attach your business card to every handout. Have a sign in sheet for visitors and capture their name, phone number, email and any other pertinent information. Follow up a few days later.

16. Email prospective buyers and invite them to your open house. Showcase the home in the email and include a professionally branded email signature. And offer to preshow the home. Why wait? Give prospects the ability to schedule time with you to tour the home early. Add an online scheduling link so buyers can set a time without fussing with the phone, call backs and waiting. After all, in this competitive market, the home could be pending by the time the open house arrives!

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Lease-Option and Rent-To-Own Properties – 11 Ways to Find Them When They’re Not on the MLS

Lease-options (also known as rent-to-own, and similar to lease-purchases or land contracts) are a good way to find properties to buy when you can’t buy traditionally. Perhaps you have poor credit, or no down payment. Or maybe you’re not sure about a new neighborhood, and want to rent before buying. The problem is: Lease-options can be difficult to find. Many aren’t listed as „lease-options“ on the MLS („Multiple Listing Service“–the real estate databases used by Realtors), and others are not on the MLS at all. Here are some little-known ways to find a lease-option when they are not listed on the MLS.

But, first, the fundamentals:

A lease option combines a lease for a piece of property and an option to buy the property at some point in the future. There’s no one „standard“ lease. But the lease can be typical for your area. (The secret to this technique lies in the option.) The lease says that the tenant has the right to occupy the property for 12 (or 24, or whatever you choose) months, paying rent of $x a month. It contains the same basic provisions as any lease: keep the property clean, no illegal activities, pay rent on time, etc. There isn’t anything unusual about the lease.

The magic is in the option. The option gives the tenant-buyer (the renter who may become the owner) the right to purchase the property for a specific amount in a specific time frame so long as he obeys the terms of the lease.

So those are the fundamentals. The problem is: How do you find them? If you go to a Realtor, he/she isn’t going to find many–if any–on the MLS. But don’t let that stop you. There are many, many of them out there. You just need to know where to look.

Non-MLS Rentals

Many rental properties-single-family homes, townhouses, and condos-are rented out directly by the property’s owner. Remember, as we pointed out above, that many owners are „reluctant landlords.“ All the points made above apply to non-listed rent-als. In addition, these owners are facing the hassle of dealing with calls from many „tire kickers“ and less-than-serious callers. So, many get frustrated pretty quickly.

And the person seeking a lease-option has another advantage: The ability to speak directly to the owner. Now, technically, even if a property is listed with an agent, you can speak directly to the owner. But the owner has decided to use a real estate agent, in part, to avoid all that hassle. It’s poor form, and usually not a good idea, to try negotiating directly with a seller when that seller is represented by a real estate agent. In the case of non-listed rentals, there is no such buffer. You can call and, in most cases, speak directly with the owner.

There can be another advantage, too: Not having to deal with a real estate agent who doesn’t understand lease-options, doesn’t „believe in them,“ or thinks that he or she is protecting the owners‘ interest by not accurately presenting your offer to the owners.

You can find these properties in the classified ad sections of newspapers. You can also find them on online services such as Craigslist. And you can find them by looking at bulletin boards at your local supermarket or other locations. And if you can’t find enough by looking, then place your own ads in the newspaper, on Craigslist, and on bulletin boards.

Here are some clues to properties that might work out as lease-options:

For Sale by Owner (FSBOs) Properties

These are properties that the owners are trying to sell themselves. People often try to sell properties themselves for two reasons: In a seller’s market–when there’s more demand than supply–FSBOs figure that the house will pretty much sell regardless of who the agent is, how much marketing is used, or even the price of the house. So why, FSBOs wonder, should they pay an agent 4%, 5%, 6%, or even more when all it’ll take is a „For Sale“ sign. In a seller’s market, it’s very difficult to find lease-option properties, especially among FSBOs.

The picture changes sharply in a buyer’s market-when there’s more supply than demand. In a slow market, some sellers think they can’t afford to pay an agent’s commission. They think that they’ll end up with more money in their pockets if they sell the home themselves. They’re often wrong, but that’s their strategy.

One other thing to keep in mind about FSBOs: The asking price of their house is far more likely to be too high than too low, or even properly priced. In part, they don’t have access to all the tools a real estate agent does. In part, they’re emotionally attached to their homes.

Sometimes, they had an appraisal on their property for one purpose, such as a refinance or home equity line of credit (in which cases, the appraisals tend to be on the high side), and they think that the appraisal was an accurate reflection of the value upon resale. It isn’t. And sometimes they’ve used one of the many online services, such as Zillow, to price their homes. Those services sometimes are reasonably accurate. Often, they’re not.

So, in any market, hot or cold, FSBOs are likely to be overpriced. And in a slow market, that means most will sit there and just not sell. That’s why you, the buyer, should have a real estate agent on your „Dream Team“ even if you’re planning on finding the property yourself. Your agent can quickly tell you whether the price being asked by the seller is reasonable.

When dealing with a FSBO, a lease-option buyer can offer closer to what the FSBO actually wants. The catch, of course, is that the sale will occur a year or more into the future, not today. If the FSBO needs all of his equity out of the property, this strategy won’t work. But if the FSBO can wait a year or two, there are golden opportunities for the lease-option buyer. The tenant-buyer explains to the FSBO that he can pay what the FSBO is asking (or close to what the FSBO is asking). Just not right away. It’s the same basic strategy that’s used above, for listed homes for sale. But now you can make your case directly to the seller.

Owner-Advertised Lease-Options

Sometimes owners will advertise lease-options. They understand the benefits of lease options to them-immediate cash flow, often at higher-than-market rent, plus a good opportunity to sell their homes-and decide to try it themselves. You can find these anywhere owners advertise-local newspapers, bulletin boards, Craigslist, and so on. In structured formats, such as newspapers and Craigslist, look under both properties for rent and properties for sale.

Owner-Advertised: Other Delayed Purchases

Be sure your agent also searches using other terms that describe similar structures. These terms include „lease-purchase,“ „rent-to-own,“ „rent-to-buy,“ „land contract,“ and „contract for deed.“ In each case, the owner is signaling that he or she wants to sell, but is willing to wait for the sale occurs. Some of these techniques, and some of these terms, are more often used in certain areas of the country than others. So search for them all.

Owner Financing

Search for properties on which the owner is willing to hold financing. This means the owner is willing to act as the bank. He doesn’t need all the money at closing. He’s willing to take payments over time while the tenant is living in the home. And many owners don’t have the lending criteria as strict or inflexible as the big banks.

But don’t stop there. Remember: A lease-option couples a lease with an option to purchase. So look for owners who are trying to rent their properties but are open to selling, or for owners who are trying to sell, but are open to renting.

Properties for Rent and for Sale

The first step is to find properties both for rent and sale. Even if they’re not listed as „lease-options,“ owners are willing to lease and sell. All you’re asking is that they lease now and sell later.

Former „For Sale“ Properties Now Listed for Rent

These might be properties that had been listed with a real estate agent, or properties that the owner was trying to sell himself. It doesn’t matter. But the house didn’t sell, and now it’s up for rent. These are properties that the owners really would like to sell. But they weren’t able to, so they’re will-ing to rent. Again, you’re offering a solution to their problem. You’re willing to rent now, and may be willing to buy later.

Former Rentals Now for Sale

Along the same lines, look for properties that first were listed as rentals, but now are listed for sale. There probably will be fewer of these than those first for sale, now for rent, but it never hurts to look. These, too, are properties that the owner is both willing to rent and to sell.

Thus far, we’ve identified properties that we know the owners have been willing to both rent and sell. Now we’ll move on to owners who might be willing to both rent and to sell.

Vacant Houses for Sale

Start with owners who are trying to sell, and whose house is vacant. These owners may have bought a new home, but haven’t yet sold the old one. They’re paying two mortgages-usually an uncomfortable situation. You can help out by providing a quick revenue stream–your rent payments–while offering the possibility of a sale in the future. If you’re able to, target the properties that have been on the market the longest.

Rentals

You’ll find more prospects among owners who are renting out their homes. It may be their former primary residence, and they’ve moved on to a new home. Or it may be a property they’ve held as an investment property for awhile. It’s important to remember that many owners are „reluctant landlords.“ It wasn’t their original intent to rent out their property. They don’t particularly enjoy the whole rental process, and they don’t like the hassle of dealing with tenants. But somehow they’ve become landlords and they’re trying to make the best of it.

For these owners, the solution you’re offering is the immediate gratification of a rental, and the longer term possibility of a sale. It may help if the property is vacant, but even reluctant landlords whose tenants have given proper notice, and haven’t moved out, may be eager to end their landlording hassles.

Investors

Some investors put together lease-options, then market the lease-options to tenant-buyer with a markup. These are called „sandwich lease-options“ because the structure resembles a sandwich: An owner on one side (one slice of bread in the „sandwich“) lease-optioning the property to an investor; the investor in the middle (the meat in the sandwich), and the tenant-buyer on the other side (the other slice of bread in the „sandwich“).

So those are many of the ways you can find a lease-option or rent-to-own home even when the property may not be listed on the multiple listing service. And the point worth repeating is: Some homes will be „advertised“ as a lease-option. Many won’t be. You’ll reduce or eliminate your competition by looking where others aren’t looking.

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Inexpensive Improvements to Garages Offer Return on Investment

If you are considering selling your home, you are likely thinking about what improvements will increase the home’s value. Upgrading your kitchen to granite countertops and matching stainless appliances are both good investments. Bringing your bathrooms up to date can also increase the house’s selling price. These projects offer a large return on investment but can be expensive up front. If you are on a limited budget for improvements, consider investing in your carport. Garages are a major selling point for buyers and even modest improvements can boost your property’s value.

Garages increase your home’s appraisal by virtue of their existence. These structures count towards your house’s overall square footage. Any square footage translates into added value for your appraisal. Additionally, your property’s appraisal will take into account the other houses in your neighborhood. If a carport is the norm in your neighborhood, you should have one, too. To a professional appraiser, lacking a feature the other homes have means your house has less to offer. This can result in a reduction of value. In this situation, keeping up with the Joneses can actually pay off.

Fortunately, repairs and renovations to garages are relatively inexpensive and offer a large return on investment. In fact, real estate professionals suggest even small changes can make a difference in your home’s value. For example, you can recoup nearly 75 percent of the cost of new doors. Putting up shelving on the walls for more storage will also make the space more attractive. Realtors advise against putting up drywall or cabinets, as these improvements do not offer a return on investment.

Garages can also be a turnoff to a potential buyer. Organization experts say that homeowners parking their cars on the driveway or on the street rather than inside the carport are signaling to prospective buyers that the garage is being used to store things. This suggests that the home is short on storage. Rent a storage facility off-site if you need a place to keep things during your move. Some realtors even suggest parking your cars elsewhere while showing the house so that the carport looks bigger. In this case, you should clean any spills or stains off of the floor.

Additionally, the condition of the carport matters to buyers. If you have a freestanding structure that has fallen into disrepair, realtors advise that you put some money into fixing it. Tearing down the structure means that you have no garage to advertise. Alternatively, you could leave the structure standing so that the new owners can possibly avoid obtaining permits to build a replacement. However, this option will reduce the selling price of your home. If you put a little money into bringing the structure up to par, you can list the property as having a carport and will likely recoup your costs.

Deciding which improvement projects to undertake to prepare your home for sale is an important consideration. Garages have become even more of a selling point, so it is important to make yours useful and practical. If you are on a tight budget, updating your garage is a great way to get a return on your investment.

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How To Value My House: What Is My House Worth – Being Realistic

„People only see what they are prepared to see.“

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Part 1: Being Realistic

What is my house really worth? How to value my house may seem difficult to answer when selling your house on your own, but it is not. It is important for you to value your house objectively and not subjectively by leaving your preconceived notions and emotions at the door. It is difficult to do, but you need to look at your house as if it is someone else’s house and without the personal emotions that may cloud your judgment. Yes, you do know your house better than anyone else, which will help you value your house and sell your house, but you can’t let that information over influence the value you set for your house. In this article we are going to discuss a few points on how to value your house from the many detailed strategies in our eBook Sell Your House Now: Without A Real Estate Agent and Save Thousands.

Although you likely will be selling your house on your own, the number one frustration most real estate agents have is the fact that house sellers always believe their house is worth more money than it really is. This is understandable, as we seem to overestimate the worth or value of our personal belongings while possibly underestimating the worth or value of others peoples belongings. Now I’m not saying that some real estate agents don’t try to price homes low so they sell quickly, save on marketing costs and can receive a commission more quickly. But a real estate agent’s fiduciary responsibility is to sell your house as quickly as they can while getting you the most money for your house. If a real estate agent is truly upholding their responsibilities, the price they set should be the best price based on their research and not motivated by anything other factors. The last thing they want to do is price a house too high, unless they are just trying to make you feel good and win your business, which means the house won’t sell and they’ll have to have that uncomfortable conversation with you in a month or so to reduce your asking price.

With this in mind you need to be realistic on pricing your house. Ultimately the true value of your house will be what someone else is willing to pay you for your house. Remember, the price of your house is what you are asking someone else to pay, but the value of your house is what you and a buyer ultimately agree the house is worth with the consummation of a contract. If you set your price to high initially and have to continue to reduce your price, potential buyers could see this as desperation and wait to see how far you will reduce your price. It could also increase the „on the market time“ for your house, which could convey the message to potential buyers that something is wrong with your house.

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For Sale By Owner – What You Want To Know About It

When the owners of houses want to sell their own house without the help of any real estate agent or broker, they are called for sale by owner. The National Association of Realtors did a survey report in 2006 that showed that only 7 percent of all sellers were FSBO. There are a lot of hurdles that they have to face when selling their house without the help of any professional. Some of the hurdles may be marketing techniques, timing among others, preparing and designing the house for sale and negotiations.

They need to undertake these hurdles and have to do proper planning because only then you can sale the property successfully. There are many advantages of having for sale by owner, because when there is no middleman, there are no commission fees, so profits are more. Another benefit of this method is that when the owner of the house makes the sale himself, he takes care of all the conditions and clauses in the contract. In case you take the help of a real estate agent for selling your house, the broker is more concerned for the commission and thus forgets other aspects.

If you want to go for FSBO, then you must take care of all the paperwork yourself, and therefore you need the complete knowledge of the market. First of all, you must consider the market price of your house. If you overestimate the cost, you will not find buyers, and if you underestimate the price, you will be at a loss, so proper cost analysis is required. Once you get the market price of your property, you need to get all the papers that are needed to do the sale.

After all these things, now you have to place an ad of your house to attract potential buyers. For this, you can use multiple listing services, and there are various websites for this purpose. You can get the opportunity of allowing tour of your house as a lot of websites give you this kind of service. If you do not want that, you can just include the images of your property so that buyers can have an idea about your property.

You have to face many challenges and hurdles in spite of having various attractive options, like saving in commission etc. You need to sort out all the matters yourself since there will not be any agent or broker to help you out.

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The Truth For FSBO Sellers

If you are serious about selling your home, selling it on your own in this market, is not the best way to do it. Here’s the brutal truth as to why:

In a Buyer’s Market, I have been representing many buyers lately. Most are „First Time Home Buyers“, using FHA loans (that’s who’s doing the most lending these days). FHA grants loans up to $280,000.00 – ish (it fluctuates). Anything under that amount is in a hot market right now.

A First Time Home Buyer is new to the housing market, therefore they will 99% of the time use a Realtor. My 1st priority is to protect my client, such as clear title, mold, inspection, proper disclosures, Chinese dry wall, etc… Knowing that and knowing that other Realtors must abide by certain laws and ethics as I do, I am going to only show my clients homes listed by other Realtors (remember…this is truth…others may not actually say this, but they’ll do it).

Another market is the „High End Buyer“. These are professionals who unless they are in Real Estate, are too busy to sweat the details of purchasing a home. They too will go to a reputable agency, and hire us to do the hard stuff.

That’s just some of the basics as to why Realtor’s won’t show your property, and you are limiting your market base. If you want to hear more reasons, please feel free to call me.

Now here is why you might be selling yourself short…

As a Realtor I must keep up with everything that is going on in the market. There are sooooo many options available, for many different situations. For instance do you know all of the options you may have if you’re „flipped“ on your mortgage? There are ways to resolve this AND stay in your home (if that’s what you want to do), even if you have been behind on your payments. You can also do a „Short Sale“, which depending on your situation may not always effect your credit negatively. I personally do not list Short Sale properties on my own, I partner with a Realtor in my office that is a Certified Short Sale Specialist. That way my clients always get the proper representation. I handle the maintenance and marketing of the listing (that’s what I’m especially good at). The other reason why I do this, is that I am not a true believer in mitigation firms (we can discuss that at a later time if you would like).

Another reason is the temperamental mortgage market. I can’t even tell you how many deals fall through, due to financing. And many of those buyers were prequalified! Due to the current housing market, Realtors typically ONLY take out buyers that are pre-qualified, WITH a qualified lender. That also saves you time from chasing a buyer’s financing around. I am honestly in this business to help people. I have noticed many „For Sale By Owner“ properties either end up in pre-foreclosure OR listed with an Agent. Save yourself the time and aggravation. I would also recommend researching Realtors. You can quickly „Google“ their name, and see what sites they use to market themselves and their listings. Also check out their website…if it’s just a „heap“ on the web…maybe they’re not E-savvy.

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Property Investments Made Easy With Investment Property Listings

Nowadays, people interested in buying and selling properties make use of investment property listings to hasten the purchase and sale of properties. Initially, people used to advertise only in the classified sections of the newspapers, but now internet listings are becoming more popular. This is because most people access information related to real estate on the Internet during the buying process.

Keys Benefits Of Investment Property Listings

Access To A Huge Amount Of Information

To reap good profits from a real estate investment, you need to invest in the best property available. However, for this, you need to have access to a large amount of information on it on sale. Getting this information through a realtor’s agent or contacts is not possible. But now with the availability of different types of real estate property listings by government organizations, property management companies, and mortgage lenders, you can gain access to the information of a large number of investment properties. If you want to invest in a foreclosed property, you should check foreclosure them, but if you are interested in a new home, you should check new ones. For commercial property investments, there is commercial property listing.

You Get Detailed Information On Each Property

A real estate listing usually gives detailed information on each and every listed property. You can get information, such as location of the property, area of the property, amenities available, age of the property, and so forth. Above all, some investment them also have the pictures of property on sale. This helps the prospective buyers have a glimpse of the property on the Internet, which helps them make decisions. Instead of visiting every listed property, a person can visit the ones he or she likes.

They Offer Affordable Services

While some investment property listings are free, some others are paid. Free listings are good, but they usually do not give detailed information on every property. Moreover, the number of properties that you can view as a free member is also limited. Paid listings usually have a huge database. They are updated regularly and give better information.

Investment property listings can help you shortlist several good properties, but to buy the best one, you need to make extra efforts. Once you have collected information about the buildings in which you are interested, you should start visiting them personally to have a reality check. It is best to take along a person who is experienced in buying and selling them, such as a realtor’s agent with you during such visits. They have good experience of assessing the them. Moreover, they know how to handle the buying process. After looking in and around the property, they can estimate its sale price. This helps you buy the building at a reasonable rate. While choosing a realtor, make sure that he or she has the experience of buying and selling them in which you are interested. For example, for commercial investment property, you should hire an agent who has the experience of dealing in offices, self storage, warehouses, commercial land, and so forth.

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3 Garage Improvement Options – Which One is Best For You?

For many homeowners, garage cleaning is one of their major concerns. Since, it is impossible to hire maid services for this aspect of your house cleaning, this task is normally considered as a daunting task by most homeowners. Surprisingly, this one is the least of worries of homeowners since they will also be confronted with other aspects related to the garage such as additions, renovations and improvements. You have to decide the scope and scale of the work that needs to be done to get the garage in tip-top shape or restore to its original pristine state.

Once you are able to get your garage in shape, you can maximize its use by outfitting it with the usual comforts of the home – heating and air conditioning system, plumbing and even phone wiring system.

There are three approaches when it comes to garage improvement:

• Additions – If you want to enhance the garage for the protection of your car, for extra storage space or for extension of your livable space – or a combination of any of these or all three – then your best option is to go for a garage addition. This aspect of garage improvement can even involve the addition of a second story when in need of extra living area. There are now a growing number of homeowners who are looking at the garage as the best starting point for their home addition projects. These garage additions are utilized as home offices, workshop or studio space.

• Remodeling – Homeowners can also enhance the function of the garage without having to spend as much as what is required in garage additions. Through remodeling, your garage can double as your home office, workshop or home studio. When you opt for this garage improvement option, you must remember that you will have to sacrifice some portions of your garage space for a particular purpose. As such, your garage becomes a multi-function room where you have your car, workshop or home office and storage space.

• Storage and Organization – Occupying the lowest tier of your garage improvement options is garage organization and storage. While organizing can be considered a simple task, it can also be a tiresome activity for a number of homeowners. The basic rule of effective garage organization is the designation of the right places for every item in your garage. This means that your primary concerns shall be to maximize the use of available space while ensuring that items are logically arranged and ensure easy access to tools needed on a daily basis.

Here are the basic ground rules that you must follow when working on garage storage and organization:

1. Begin by sorting and classifying the items and tools in your garage. An effective way to do this is by emptying your garage of all items and sorting these items into main categories, i.e. electric tools, lawn maintenance tools, sporting equipment, etc. Once you are able to determine the amount of stuff that you have to put in your garage, decide the best way to sort and store them in designated places in your garage.

2. Identify and separate seasonal items from those things that you use on a regular basis. Hire a handyman for the installation of a rack or cabinet where you can hang or store these items.

3. Add space for storage through the installation of additional cabinets or shelves. These storage spaces can be mounted on walls to maximize the use of available garage space. You may opt for plastic bins and drawers if you are considering inexpensive alternatives to storage cabinets and shelves.

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