21 Real Estate FAQs Answered

21 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Buying And Selling Homes

As a Realtor, I always make sure to provide my clients with as much guidance and information as I possibly can.  Whether it’s your first real estate transaction or your fifth, there’s no shame in having some questions about the process; that’s what your Realtor is for!

 

While every transaction is as unique as the homeowners themselves, there are a handful of questions that tend to come up regularly.

 

Top 21 Real Estate FAQs Answered:

Questions Related To Buying A House:

1. What should I know about buying my first house?

You can never be too prepared for your first real estate transaction!  Every home purchase can be broken down into a series of small steps.  Ideally, once you’ve identified the neighborhoods where you’d like to look at houses, the best plan is to find an experienced Realtor who knows the area and can walk you through the homebuying process.

 

When you hire the right Realtor, you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly which properties can realistically fit your needs, and determine where to go from there.  A good Realtor will work with you to establish a budget, view homes for sale, and create an effective negotiating strategy.

2. What are some tips for choosing a neighborhood?

Where you choose to live can have such a significant impact on your overall lifestyle!  I recommend spending some time writing down your top priorities and using the resulting list to find neighborhoods that fit your needs.  Don’t be afraid if you can’t single out a specific neighborhood right away; as long as you know where to start your search, the rest will usually fall into place.

 

3. Can I save money by buying a fixer-upper?

Unfortunately, there’s just no way to know for certain what to expect from a fixer-upper.  Remodeling a property is always easier said than done, but if renovating a home is something that interests you, just make sure you do your research first!

 

4. How do you know if a house is overpriced?

Determining the value of a home is not an exact science, however, the following circumstances usually indicate that the asking price of a home is too high:

 

  • Similar homes in the neighborhood are being sold for less
  • The house in question has been sitting on the market much longer than other homes in the area
  • The seller in question hasn’t received any offers

 

5. How do I choose the right home for my family?

 

To find the right house, you’ll need to consider your priorities.  Here are some questions to think about:

 

  • How much space do you need?
  • What neighborhood do you want to live in?
  • What amenities are important to you?
  • What sacrifices are you willing to make?
  • Do you expect your family to grow?
  • What kind of lifestyle is important to you?
  • Would you like to be part of a homeowners association?

6. What’s the best time of year to look at homes for sale?

 

In terms of available inventory, the best time of year to look at houses is usually in the spring, before the end of the school year.  Conversely, if your goal is to save money on a home, then it’s better to start your search in the winter, when decreased competition typically results in lower asking prices.

7. Is a home inspection necessary?

The short answer is: absolutely.

 

While it may be true that home inspections won’t uncover every problem, most contracts have a home inspection contingency that allows the buyer to back out of the deal if the inspection uncovers significant problems.  Rather than trying to save a few bucks upfront by foregoing an inspection, do your research to find a trustworthy inspector; it could save you plenty of frustration in the long run!

8. What is earnest money?

 

As the name suggests, earnest money is the deposit a buyer makes to the seller to prove the offer is sincere.  In some places, this is also known as “good faith money.”

9. What is the Option Period?

After the buyer deposits earnest money, the seller will take the home off the market, signifying the start of the Option Period.  The length of the Option Period should be stated explicitly in the contract, and during this time, the buyer has an opportunity to have the property inspected and, if necessary, can back out of the deal and still recoup the earnest money.

 

10. What can I do to understand the contract?

Initially, you and your Realtor should read over the contract together to discuss its terms and address any concerns you may have.  Prior to signing, however, it’s always wise to meet with a real estate attorney who can provide legal advice and help you revise or update any sections that you aren’t comfortable with.

11. What if my offer does not get accepted?

 

Sellers may either reject your offer, make a counteroffer, or, sometimes, not respond at all.  If your offer is rejected or you do not receive a response, you can try to reach out to the seller’s agent (or the seller, if there is no agent representing the home in question) for more information.

 

If the seller has not accepted your offer because he or she is holding out for more money, you can make the decision to either accept a counteroffer or walk away.  Ultimately, your choice should be influenced by your budget and timeline.

 

Always leave emotions out of the negotiating process!

Questions Related To Selling A House:

12. What is the best way to handle multiple offers?

It may be tempting to simply accept the highest bid, but keep in mind other factors that could affect the transaction.

For example, buyers who intend to take out a mortgage typically require a longer time frame to close, so if you need to move quickly, a cash offer could be the better choice.

 

You might even be more comfortable accepting one offer over another based on the bidders’ contingencies, so pay close attention to these details as well!

13. How long should I wait to lower the price?

If you have effectively marketed the home and buyers are aware of the listing, but simply aren’t making offers, then it may be time to lower your asking price.  Generally speaking, the longer a home stays on the market, the less likely the seller will get the full asking price.

 

Do not be discouraged if you need to drop your price; sometimes this is the only way to get a response from the market, especially if you need to sell your home quickly.

 

On the plus side, when you do lower your asking price, you could potentially catch the interest of multiple buyers and start a bidding war!

 

14. Why is it necessary to think like a buyer?

It’s important to keep in mind that the emotions and love you feel for your home are not shared yet by the buyer.

 

Without an effective marketing plan, you cannot expect buyers to know what makes your property a dream home.  Conversely, you have to remember that buyers are also considering other options; you and your Realtor must therefore convince buyers that your home is the best choice in their price range.

 

15. What can I do to make sure my home sells?

The first thing you should do when selling your home is to carefully select an experienced Realtor who understands your local market.  He or she should be able to discuss the following topics in detail:

 

  • Asking prices vs. selling prices of comparable homes in your area
  • The average number of days homes similar to yours have stayed on the market
  • Top concerns and preferences among buyers who will likely be interested in your home
  • Appropriate marketing strategies to help you sell your home quickly

 

16. Is it necessary to hire a stager?

You want your home to look inviting in photos and during walkthroughs.  In addition to making sure the house is clean and free of clutter, it’s always a good idea to help buyers visualize themselves enjoying the space.  While it’s not necessary to stage every room, adding some strategically placed furniture and décor can leave a strong impression on buyers.

 

17. How can I determine the right listing price?

Again, the best resource is a Realtor who’s familiar with your neighborhood.  Aside from your property’s unique features and selling points, market conditions and buyer demand will have a significant impact on the price your home ultimately sells for.  By hiring a Realtor who has worked in your neighborhood before, you’ll be able to cut out the guesswork and trust an expert instead.

 

18. What do I do if my house sells before I’ve closed on a home?

Sometimes, despite careful planning, sellers find themselves in a situation where they’ve sold their home and are not yet ready to move.

 

If you find yourself in this situation and aren’t willing or able to stay somewhere else, you can usually work out an rent-back agreement with your buyer.  Like the name implies, this allows you to rent your former home for an additional timeframe while you finalize the purchase of your new place.

 

19. What’s the best time of year to sell a house?

In general, demand starts to increase during the spring and summer seasons, but keep in mind that market conditions can always vary for a myriad of reasons.

 

20. What’s the best way to market my home?

As we discussed before, you always want to put yourself in the mindset of your buyer.

 

Work with your Realtor to identify the most attractive features of your home and neighborhood; from there, you should be able to determine what type of buyer would most likely make an offer on your home.  Use this information to create a marketing strategy that gets the attention of your ideal buyer and effectively communicates the property’s top selling features.

 

21. Should I pay for professional photos?

Most buyers will see your home for the first time via online photos.  If you aren’t confident in your own photography skills or you plan to take photos using your phone, it may be best to trust a professional.

 

On top of making sure your home is represented properly in photos, many real estate photographers also create video tours that can be shared online and are quite effective in attracting the attention of qualified buyers.

 

 

Still Have Questions About Buying And Selling Houses in Houston?

 

For nearly 30 years now, I’ve proudly assisted buyers and sellers in the Houston area, and am happy to answer all of your questions!  Please contact me today if you’re thinking of making a move, and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for regular updates about the Houston real estate market!

The Truth About Buying A Fixer-Upper

8 Facts About Buying Fixer-Uppers You Won’t Learn From HGTV

If hours of binge-watching HGTV have sparked an interest in buying your own fixer-upper, it may be time for a quick reality check.  Despite what network executives may want you to believe, renovating a fixer-upper is often much easier said than done; buying a home that needs serious work is, quite literally, a gamble, as there’s no definitive way to predict just how much you’ll end up spending.  In fact, buying a fixer-upper may not be so budget-friendly in the long run after all.

 

8 Biggest Secrets About Buying Fixer-Uppers (That Reality TV Doesn’t Want You To Know):

 

1. It’s not always easy (or possible) to stay within your budget

 

When it comes to buying a fixer-upper, there’s just no telling what you’ll get yourself into.  Aside from estimated remodeling costs, you may be responsible for additional expenses like correcting building code violations, resolving open permits, and even additional costs resulting from unpaid taxes.

 

While no homebuyer is safe from unexpected surprises, fixer-uppers are notoriously associated with unplanned expenses that can quickly spiral out of control.

 

2. You may not end up saving any money in the long run

 

On a related note, by the time you’ve finished making your fixer-upper habitable, you may not end up saving very much, if anything, at all.  Don’t forget, aside from the cosmetic upgrades you’ll likely want to make, the home may require other serious expenses like HVAC system repairs or replacements, new appliances, mold remediatiation, or even pest control.  These types of high-priority projects require immediate work and are not often cheap.

 

Even if you buy a fixer-upper at a low price, you actually could end up spending just as much in the end as if you had purchased a move-in ready home.

 

3. Between looking at homes for sale and renovating your fixer-upper, the entire process may easily take several months

 

After money, the resource you’ll need most if you’re buying a fixer-upper is patience.

 

Regardless of whether you hire a contractor or do it yourself, most home improvement projects just don’t get finished on time.  Unfortunately, the more work your house requires, the more likely you are to fall behind schedule (and realistically, most fixer-uppers easily require at least 4-6 weeks’ worth of work).

 

 

4. Your projects won’t always be completed correctly on the first try

 

Be prepared to face setbacks.  When it comes to large-scale projects, you can usually anticipate some margin of error.

 

Materials don’t always ship on time, and sometimes arrive with damage or in the wrong quantity.  Certain projects require approval from the town, which may take days or weeks to receive.  You might make mistakes as you’re working through a project and have to start over from the beginning.

 

There are countless ways that your remodel can get delayed.  If you’re determined to buy a fixer-upper, first make sure you can handle extending your remodeling timeline as needed.

 

5. You may not actually be able to afford luxurious design features

 

As we discussed, the best way to approach a fixer-upper is with a conservative budget.  Until you know for certain how much money the home will require, don’t expect to pour the money you saved by buying a fixer-upper into high-end flooring and custom features.

 

6. Buying a fixer-upper is not exactly the most responsible financial choice

 

If you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper to avoid racking up debt with a large mortgage, make sure you crunch your numbers carefully.  Depending on the scope of work that your fixer-upper requires, you may have no other option than to take out a home improvement loan.  Even the cost of materials alone can add up much faster than you may expect!

 

Again, there’s no way to know with complete certainty just how much you’ll need to spend on remodeling projects, but keep this in mind as you’re calculating the overall cost of buying a home.

 

7. The end result may not look exactly like your “dream home”

As you begin your remodel and explore the home more carefully, you may find yourself altering your original plans in order to make room in budget for new projects that come up along the way.  Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t still create a beautiful home, but be prepared for the final product to be slightly different from what you envisioned initially.

 

8. Contractors aren’t always reliable

 

Possibly one of the most frustrating parts of owning a home is having to deal with unreliable contractors.  Before you make the decision to buy a fixer-upper, spend some time researching contractors near you.  The same goes for any other professional you intend to hire, whether that includes a plumber, electrician, landscaper, or any other type of specialist.  Avoid wasting time and money on incompetent workers that you don’t trust!

 

Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting Into Before You Make Your Next Home Purchase!

 

There are so many pitfalls and “traps” involved in remodeling a home.  I’ve seen patchwork jobs that individually looked ok, but viewed as a whole made the home look like a quilt of stitched-together projects.  My best piece of advice would be to create a “road map” for the entire project and use a qualified, reliable contractor to complete the entire job at once or to complete it in phases that make sense.   Financial restrictions will always be a factor, so plan the budget carefully, communicate with your project director, and listen to the professional advice.

 

Whether you’re a first time homebuyer, investing in real estate, or you’re moving to start a new job, you can never be too prepared when it comes to buying a property.  If you’re looking to purchase a home in the Houston area, and are interested in the Uptown, Memorial, Galleria, or Tanglewood neighborhoods, please contact me today for assistance!

 

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Things To Do In Houston This Summer

12 Exciting Things To Do In The Houston Area This Summer

If you’re new to Houston, you’ll probably learn pretty quickly that there’s always something fun to do here.  Whether you’re interested in art, music, or spending time outside with your family, you can always find plenty of activities to enjoy in your free time!

 

Check Out These Fun Upcoming Events Around Houston:

 

1. Trivia Night At The Ginger Man Midtown – 7/16, 7/23, And 7/30

The Ginger Man in Midtown Houston hosts a weekly trivia night on Mondays, starting at 7:30 PM.  Test your knowledge and win fun prizes!

 

Visit The Ginger Man’s site to learn more!

2. Family Night At Palava Family Entertainment Center – 7/18-12/26

Every Wednesday from now through the end of the year, Palava Family Entertainment Center in Spring is offering a discounted package that includes 1 large 2 topping pizza, 12 baked wings, 1 family salad, and 4 unlimited play passes for laser tag, minigolf, and Playstructure.

 

Visit Palava Family Entertainment Center’s site to learn more!

3. Houston Zoo After Dark – 7/19

Thursday, July 19 will be the final installment of the Houston Zoo After Dark series.  From 6 PM to 8 PM, adults can enjoy viewing exhibits while the zoo is closed to children.  Then, from 8 PM to 10 PM, a live country band will perform so attendees can enjoy line dancing, cornhole, or a game of horseshoes.

 

Buy your tickets online!

 

4. Weekly Farmers Market At Imperial Park Recreation Center

Every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM, the Imperial Park Recreation Center hosts a festival-like farmers market, where shoppers can purchase local-grown produce and grass-fed meats while enjoying live music from local artists.

 

Learn more!

 

5. Nightly Spirits Haunted Pub Tour – Weekly On Fridays And Saturdays

Every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Nightly Spirits offers a haunted pub tour that starts at Charbar and takes guests throughout Houston.  Learn about local history and visit haunted sites while you enjoy a few drinks with friends!

 

Find out more about upcoming tours!

 

6. Summer Saturday Nights At The Blue Field Market – Weekly On Saturdays

Every week from now until August 18, Blue Field Market will host a free event from 6 PM to 7 PM, where guests can enjoy shopping from local jewelry makers, clothing designers, and makers of home goods.  Food trucks and live entertainment will also be present, and there will be plenty of games to enjoy with the whole family!

 

Learn more!

 

7. Party On The Plaza – NOLA Nights – 7/27

From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Sugar Land Town Square is celebrating New Orleans culture with authentic, live music, plus snacks and beer!

 

See more about this event!

 

8. Party On The Plaza – Summer Luau  – 7/28

On Saturday, July 28, Sugar Land Town Square is hosting a Hawaii-themed party from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Entertainment will include live music from Hanna’s Reef (a Jimmy Buffet tribute band) and hula dancers.  Bar Louie will also be selling cocktails.

 

Learn more!

 

9. Beer Fest USA – 7/28

White Oak Music Hall is hosting Beer Fest USA on Saturday, July 28!  Guests can enjoy live music, DJs, food trucks, and at least 17 different varieties of beer.  The event will take place from 1 PM to 10 PM outside the venue in the lawn area and into the parking lot.

 

Get your tickets online!

 

10. 3rd Annual Fajita Festival – 7/28

The Annual Fajita Festival will take place on Saturday, July 28 from 1 PM until 8 PM and is guaranteed to be a fun time for the entire family!  In addition to authentic Mexican food, drinks, and entertainment, there will be plenty of kid-friendly activities and even a wrestling match!

 

Best of all, the proceeds will benefit the Texas Lions Camp, a charitable organization that provides free camping experiences to children with conditions in Texas.

 

11. Bayou Bikers – 8/5

For the rest of the year, Bayou Bikers will meet on the first Sunday of every month at Market Square Park at 8 AM.  From there, cyclists will embark on long-distance rides throughout Houston, ranging between 25 and 40 miles each.

 

Learn more!

 

12. 2018 Houston Food Fest – 8/18

On Saturday, August 18, this year’s Houston Food Fest will be held in Hermann Square Park from 12 PM until 10 PM.  There will be food from more than 70 different vendors, as well as games and live music.  Kids ages 12 and under can even attend for free!

 

Purchase your tickets online!

 

Want To Learn More About Living In Houston?

As I mentioned earlier, there’s always plenty to do for fun when you live in the Houston area!  If you’re thinking of moving to a home near Houston, we should talk!  Contact me today to learn how I can assist you in your home purchase.

 

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How To Sell A Luxury Home

Selling Your Luxury Home This Year? Here’s What Buyers Want To See!

Whether you’re getting ready to move this year or you’re planning to sell at some point in the future, it’s always helpful to know what buyers want to see in a property.  

 

When you understand what buyers are looking for, you can work with your Realtor to create an effective marketing strategy and find a buyer who’s willing to pay you the full asking price.

 

Even if you aren’t planning to update your home or make renovations, knowing which features buyers are most interested in allows you to structure your online listing in a way that emphasizes your home’s most attractive qualities and sell your home as quickly as possible.

 

These Are The Top 13 Features Luxury Homebuyers Want To See:

 

1. Quiet, peaceful neighborhood

 

Luxury homebuyers looking for homes in the suburbs typically prefer calm, tranquil neighborhoods where they can relax at the end of the day without being disturbed by street noise or loud neighbors.  

 

In my experience, the buyers that can isolate the area where they would like to purchase are usually most successful in the shortest amount of time.  

 

As a buyer, when you narrow the search by geographical area, the homes that meet your physical requirements will present themselves in short order … usually!   It’s easy to filter for bedrooms, sq/ft, lot size, pool, stories etc. But, when buyers pinpoint the neighborhood, they begin to establish their proximity to schools, work and other important lifestyle concerns.  

 

Make sure your Realtor knows how to market your house as well as the neighborhood you live in, and let buyers know what makes the area a desirable place to live.

 

2. Plenty of bedrooms

 

Aside from making sure your online listing states the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, include plenty of photographs of each bedroom so buyers can appreciate how much space your home has to offer.

 

3. Walk-in closets

 

In addition to bedrooms, most luxury homebuyers prioritize having ample storage space in a home.  Walk-in closets are a major selling feature in any property, and luxury homes are no exception!

 

As you’re preparing to sell your house, empty out and photograph each closet.  If you do have walk-in closets, be sure to mention this explicitly in your online listing as well.

4. Clean, simple staging

 

One of the most effective ways to appeal to buyers is with simple, sleek staging.  Too much furniture or decor can quickly create a cluttered or cramped appearance. Instead, stage each room with just enough items to demonstrate the area’s potential, without overcrowding the space.

 

5. Well-manicured lawn

 

Maximizing your home’s curb appeal is another excellent way to attract the attention of luxury buyers.  

 

Nothing makes a home feel more luxurious than a yard with a luscious, healthy, green lawn.  As you prepare to list your house, be sure your yard doesn’t get neglected. Luxury homebuyers often prefer move-in ready homes that require as little “fixing up” as possible, and that includes the landscaping.  Keep up with regularly watering and mowing the lawn so your property makes the right impression, even before buyers see the inside.

 

6. Smart features

 

Smart features like appliances, security systems, and thermostats that can be controlled from a single device will never cease to impress buyers.  The more you can do to modernize your home and simplify everyday maintenance tasks, the better your chances will be of appealing to buyers able to pay your full asking price.

 

7. Spa-like master bathroom

 

No homebuyer can deny the appeal of an elegant, spacious master bathroom.  Whether your home includes a deep soaker tub, a wide double sink, or a spacious walk-in shower, make sure these details are communicated to buyers, and include plenty of photos in your online listing as well.

 

8. Open floor plan

 

Luxury homebuyers love seeing fluidity between common areas like the kitchen, dining area, and living room.  If your home has an open floor plan, use simple, strategic staging to show buyers just how much space is available in each room.  

 

Don’t forget to take photos from multiple different angles to illustrate the extra living space in your online listing, too.

 

9. Outdoor entertaining space

 

Homebuyers always love to see a large backyard with plenty of room to entertain friends and family in the nice weather.

 

Even if your yard doesn’t have a pool or deck, a well-groomed lawn with room for a barbecue and outdoor furniture is sure to impress your luxury buyer.

 

10. Grand entryway

 

A beautiful entryway is a classic, timeless feature that will always create demand for a home.  

 

If your house has a grand entryway, stage the area with simple decor and make sure your photos capture the full effect.  Luxury buyers love to see an entryway that makes a statement!

 

11. Clean, enclosed garage

 

Homebuyers always love seeing a space to protect their cars from the elements.

 

If your home has a garage, take the time to clean out any power tools, gardening equipment, or other belongings that you’ve accumulated prior to listing.  In your online listing, post at least one photo of the garage, and let buyers know how many cars can fit.

12. Proximity to top-rated schools

 

If your home does happen to be located near top-rated schools, make sure your Realtor includes this information to market the property effectively.  Keep in mind that luxury homebuyers will be interested in both public and private schools; talk to your Realtor to find out which nearby schools, if any, are worth mentioning in your listing.  

 

13. Energy-efficient laundry room

 

While it’s certainly not necessary to replace your appliances prior to moving, if your home already has an energy-efficient washer or dryer, luxury buyers will absolutely appreciate this.  Make sure you include photographs of the machines in your online listing, and any helpful information about the appliances should be included within the written description.

 

Get Personalized Assistance When You Sell Your Luxury Home!

 

If you’re in the Houston area, please contact me today for help selling your home.  From setting the right listing price to creating a customized marketing plan, I’ll walk you through each step of the selling process and help you sell your house with ease.

 

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How To Sell Your House Quickly

7 Mistakes You Need To Avoid If You Want To Sell Your House Quickly

It’s every seller’s biggest fear: putting your house up for sale and then hearing nothing but crickets.  Waiting for weeks on end to receive an appropriate offer.  Having to put off moving because buyers aren’t showing interest.  Worrying about plans being ruined if your home doesn’t sell quickly enough.

 

Luckily, there are several precautions you can take to prevent unwanted delays when selling.

 

Beware Of The Following 7 Mistakes If You Want To Sell Your Home Quickly:

 

1. Setting the wrong listing price

 

Nothing can deter buyers like setting your listing price too high.  And while there’s no definitive way to determine the exact value of a home, there are certainly steps you can take to ensure your asking price is within the realm of reality.

 

The first step is to consult your Realtor and discuss whether or not the asking price you have in mind is, in fact, appropriate.  Determining the right asking price may require a fair amount of research, however, hiring a Realtor who’s familiar with your neighborhood can help expedite this process.

 

Once you and your Realtor have settled on a number, prepare the property to your best ability in order to get the full asking price.

 

2. Sharing low-quality photos online

 

Many buyers begin their home searches online and won’t even entertain the thought of visiting a listing in person if they aren’t impressed by the photos first.

 

Your Realtor will probably know of at least one professional photographer who specializes in real estate photos and can help you effectively market your home.  While it may be tempting to take your own photos for free instead, this small investment can make all the difference in attracting a qualified buyer, saving you time and money in the long run.

 

3. Neglecting to emphasize your home’s top selling features

 

Sellers who create their own online listings tend to organize their photos as if to create a tour through the home, starting with a shot of the home’s exterior, followed by subsequent photos of the home’s entryway, and so on.  While this organization may seem perfectly logical, you need to remember that prospective buyers are looking at multiple listings online; if your listing doesn’t demand attention, a buyer may only look through a few of your photos before choosing to explore other options.

 

Make sure your photos and written descriptions highlight the home’s most attractive features right from the start, so buyers are eager to visit in person.

 

4. Not offering flexible showing times

 

Possibly one of the toughest challenges sellers experience is making their homes available for buyers to view at a convenient time.  A good rule of thumb is to make the home available until at least 8 pm, so buyers are able to walk through the property after the workday.

 

5. Being present during showings or home inspections

 

Make arrangements ahead of time so you can avoid being present when buyers are viewing the property.  Instead, leave a key in a lockbox for the agent to let the buyer in.

 

Watching a buyers or inspectors walk through your home creates unnecessary tension, and may even cause buyers to reconsider whether or not they’re interested in the listing.

 

6. Having open permits

 

Open or expired building permits are generally viewed as problems that buyers do not want to deal with.

 

Depending on the type of work that has been done to your home, you may run into problems trying to close on a sale if the appropriate permits have not been secured.  The best way to avoid these unwanted delays is to research your town’s unique requirements for whichever renovations or modifications were made to your property and take the necessary steps to make the home compliant.

 

7. Marketing the home without thinking about your buyer

 

One of the most effective ways to sell a home quickly is to identify the needs and characteristics of the type of person most likely to buy the home for the asking price.  While this may be a challenging task for homeowners to take on, experienced Realtors can provide valuable insight to help create a profile of the ideal buyer.

 

Factors such as your neighborhood, local schools, the size of your home, and any other unique amenities the property includes are all examples of the type of information that Realtors use to determine an appropriate marketing strategy.

 

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to trust your Realtor.  Your agent is on your side; he or she is on your team!  Communicate openly and ALWAYS LISTEN to what your agent suggests regarding improving or marketing the property (did you notice I didn’t say “your home”?).

 

Begin the emotional detachment and review he feedback your agent provides to see the property from the buyer’s eyes.

 

Planning to sell your luxury home?

 

If you live in the Houston area and are planning to sell your home, we should connect!  I specialize in using creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to help my clients sell their homes as quickly and with as little stress as possible.  Get in touch with me today for more information about how I can assist you!

 

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