Jul 1, 2020

Consider Upgrading before You List




Most people have wandered through new home developments and wished their own home looked as modern and chic. Model homes showcase the latest upgrades and decorating trends; for home sellers these homes are their competition, and it can feel daunting to offer an older floorplan and design.  

While it might seem like a smart idea to simply offer a buyer credit and list, there are downsides to this plan, and taking the time to update a bit on your own first could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket. Here are a few reasons why offering a credit might not be the best strategy: 

Buyer Impression –A dated home looks old and not all buyers can see the potential.  

Lower Offers –Offering a credit could be viewed as high seller motivation, resulting in lower offers.  

Value Differences – You and your buyer might disagree on the value of needed upgrades. For example, you might feel $7,500 is a fair cost for a new countertop whereas your buyers might expect considerably more; this can lead to more negotiations and lower sales price.  

Home Condition – A property that shows its age can prompt the buyer to worry about the overall condition.  

Loan Approval – Lenders are wary of buyer credits; in fact, upgrade credits are no longer possible. You might have a buyer unable to take advantage of the credit at all and you could lose the buyer. Home design trends change quickly. If you’re ready to sell, it could be tempting just to list your home in its current condition. 

Before you just add a credit to the listing, consider some simple updating so your buyers can see the value of your home.

Jun 17, 2020

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May 31, 2020

3 Tips to Quickly Make Your Home Show-Ready




Everyone dreams of living in a model home – a beautiful modern room with the perfect vase of flowers sitting decoratively on a glass side table.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work this way. Our homes tend to look more “lived in” with a pile of shoes by the front door, school books on the kitchen table, and cat hair on the sofa. If you have your home listed for sale, then you also know the stress of looking around your home after a phone call requesting a showing with a few minutes’ notice. You want your home to show well so the buyers can see the beauty of the home you love, but with such short notice, how can you convert the lived-in look to a show-ready property? 

Fortunately, there are a few tricks for helping you keep your home show-ready at any time.

•Plan in Advance –Before you even list your house, consider the adjustment you’ll need to make in your lifestyle. Move non-essential items to a storage unit, to not only create visual appeal but make it easier to clean quickly.

•Containers – A simple way to quickly eliminate toys, clothes, shoes, sports equipment, and other items is storage bins. Keep some handy to throw excess items into before a buyer shows up, and move them to the garage or basement, or even the back of a vehicle.

•Establish a Routine – Get everyone in the family involved in establishing a daily routine. The less clutter that accumulates, the easier it is to move out of sight quickly. All family members should have morning and evening duties to keep the home tidy. If things are kept up on a daily basis, it will make the clutter and mess less overwhelming.Unfortunately, your life doesn’t stop just because you’ve listed your home for sale. Keep it show-ready by preparing in advance, so those last-minute buyers can see your home’s charm and not the day’s clutter.

if you are planning to sell your home and need tips to get it sold fast, contact me today.

Apr 18, 2020

Home Staging Printable Checklist




Staging your home is a very important part of the selling process.
In this blog I have included a staging list you can print.

Here are 3 important facts about home staging.

1. Realtors who work with buyers say most buyers are willing to offer more money for a staged home compared to one that is similar but not staged.

2. 81% of buyers say home staging makes it easier to visualize the property as their future home.

3. 45% of buyers say it will positively impact the value of the home if it is decorated to the buyer’s tastes.

 A few other important facts about staging your home:
 

 Staged Homes Sell Faster
Home Staging Increases the Perceived Value

Reports about the benefit of staging your home for sale.

https://www.nar.realtor/reports/2015-profile-of-home-staging

http://realestateagentu.com/11-incredible-home-staging-statistics/

https://www.nar.realtor/infographics/infographic-effectiveness-of-home-staging





Apr 16, 2020

Mar 30, 2020

5 Questions Homebuyers Have During the Virus Outbreak Answered



Everyone is being affected in some manner by the outbreak of Covid-19 virus. During this time, buyers will have more questions than normal about the home buying process and their ability to buy a new home.

I will be happy to work with you and answer your homebuying questions.

While we can’t predict what the next few weeks and months will bring, the more we can educate ourselves, the better we can help buyers navigate the buying process smoothly during the pandemic. Here are a few common buyer questions as they related to the Covid outbreak and real estate answered.

1.Can we still go see home listings in person? – This is the hardest question to answer and it will depend on the home, the seller, the agent and any fast-changing governmental policies put in place. Agents should be able to offer a Skype or Face Time home tour virtually. Talk to your agent to find out what they have available for the buyers to pre-screen the home virtually before setting up the visit; they might have virtual tours already available which can help rule out those that don’t suit their needs.

2.How can I stay safe while visiting homes? – Everyone’s health has to be the priority; this includes the buyers, sellers, and agents. If you are going to see a home in person during this time, carry hand sanitizer and wipes to use before, during and after the tour. Drive separately from your agent meet at the homes. During the tour, designate one person to open doors, drawers, and closets and use disposable gloves during the showing.

3.What happens if I lose my job during the escrow period? –Most real estate contracts include a contingency that protects the buyer in the event they can’t get final loan approval and close the loan. Typically during the process, this contingency is removed after a set time frame, or after receiving the loan approval. Since every aspect of real estate is negotiable, consider asking for the contingency deadline to be extended and in place until the close; talk through this aspect with the seller and their agent in advance to set the right expectation.

4.Will I still have access to the home during the escrow period? – It’s very common for the buyer to have easy access to the home during the escrow period; home inspections, appraisals and just measuring are all common reasons to visit the home during escrow. Consider grouping these activities whenever possible.

5.Will I get a better deal if I wait to buy a new home? – We all know there’s no crystal ball, but with everything that’s going on, sellers on the market should be very motivated to sell. There are also historically low-interest rates on home loans. There is no way to predict the future, so if the right home comes along, it makes sense to consider it.

Classification: PublicClassification: PublicThe Covid-19 outbreak is causing some uncertainty among home buyers, sellers, and even agents. However, with the use of technology and following best practices, you can still find the home you’ve been waiting for during this time.

Mar 12, 2020

Find Yourself in Rockport-Fulton Texas




AND IF YOU LOVE IT, CALL ME TO FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!
NELI SPURRELL
214-597-8751
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Consider Upgrading before You List

Most people have wandered through new home developments and wished their own home looked as modern and chic. Model homes showcase the l...