Real estate is one of those topics that has so much information, it can go on and on for pages. These quick tips will inform you about the real estate topic and help you further your knowledge even more. There are so many things here that are helpful not only to buyers but also to sellers as well. We hope that you find something here that will guide you in the right direction.
Hiring the right agent makes the biggest difference
Sellers, if you hire the wrong agent, it can be months of nail-biting worrying. Agents that don’t know the ins-and-outs of the market aren’t the right kind of agent for you especially when it comes to selling a house. If your house sits for a long time, then you get no sale, and you worry even more. To prevent this from happening, do your research.
Don’t sell your house in the spring, but if you have to. . .
Do this! Take pictures of your house during the fall seasons when the leaves are still changing color. Trees that are barren during winter aren’t as attractive as the vibrant colors during autumn. It’s more likely that a house will look prettier and more inviting if you take photos of it during autumn. Don’t forget to do a lot of prep work before selling your home. Take inventory of all of your things and put it into storage beforehand just in case your house makes a sale in the early part of the spring season. Early preparation is key to selling your house in the spring.
It’s better to sell your house during the dead of winter.
Spring is a difficult time to sell a house. It’s a difficult time because of many factors, one of which being school in session. No one wants to be involved in the difficult house selling/house buying process while his or her children are still in school. It’s always better to sell your house during the winter when the market is low. More people tend to look for homes during this season rather than the busier ones.
Landscaping and keeping up a yard is important to selling.
Houses with “sold” signs have greener grass and the yard is well-kept. Wonder why that is? It’s because people love to see clean, beautiful yards! It’s part of human nature to factor in “yard-aesthetics” when judging the overall appearance of a home. Take extra time to invest in landscaping before you sell your home. It might be a stretch, but it’s worth it in the long run if you have something like beautiful green grass to work with. People who are looking to buy homes really love it when the yard is freshly landscaped, and it helps a lot with the overall appearance. Consider that if your yard looks like it needs a bit of TLC.
Waterfront homes need more insurance
especially in places where hurricanes and flooding are bound to happen. Consider this when looking for a waterfront home. Sure, they are beautiful, and the view of the water is something that many people love when factoring in homes, but insurance is critical. Is the house built high enough to withstand floods? Make sure to do some extra research on this.
Trulia and Zillow websites are great places to do quick research
They are not the authority on real estate at all, but they are a good place to start when researching certain neighborhoods in your local real estate market. All you have to do is click on the neighborhood you are interested in and see what homes are for sale in that neighborhood. It will give more information about schools, other homes, even reviews of the neighborhood from other users of the website. It makes researching just that much easier.
Go around the neighborhood you’re interested in
So, you saw some good reviews about the neighborhood on Trulia. Awesome! You ready to test it out for yourself? The pictures of the home you saw online is nice, but you definitely want to know more about the neighborhood and get a good feel for it before you decide on a house. Go around the neighborhood. Drive around it a few times. If it’s within walking distance, make an exercise trip of it and see how the houses look. You might find that you are extremely pleased and that everything looks nice. But you might also find that the house you want is the only nice house in an otherwise shabby looking neighborhood. So really, looking around is the best thing that you can do before deciding on a house 100%.
If you’re selling, make sure to update the interior and exterior
Do a paint job both inside and out. The fresher the paint, the nicer it looks. It will sell much easier. Don’t forget to pressure wash if your house is funky and only in need of a pressure wash. Just pressure washing can bring the life back to the exterior of a house.
Staging your house is important
Use a room that you normally never use, like an empty room. Make something out of it and use it to charm someone into buying a house. The staging elements of a house can be stressful, but it’s especially important if everything looks decluttered and organized. No buyer wants to see the way you live if they’re looking into the house for purchasing. They want to see how they will live in it.
Make sure you’re listed in several online portals
It’s important to do this because we live in an age where almost everything is online. If you have your house listed on these online sites, the chances of it selling go way up than if you did not have it online. It’s important to work with what you have online. Especially when it comes to selling your house. You get to show pictures. Make sure your pictures are beautiful and clear and that the house is staged nicely for people to become more interested in your listing.