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Exploring The Essential Steps Of Selling Your Home: Part 1

real estateIt’s no secret that moving can be one of the most stressful occasions of a person’s life. However, it can be especially difficult for homeowners, who first must sell their home before relocating. Just like buying a house, the process of selling a home is incredibly complex. Even though 78% of recent buyers found their real estate agent to be a very useful information source, it’s important for homeowners to have some semblance of knowledge before they can even think about adding their home to the real estate listings. Here are some essential steps of the home-selling process.

  • How Much Is My Home Worth? Consider Your Area’s Market
    First, consider the current real estate market in both your geographical area and your specific neighborhood. The real estate market ebbs and flows just like the tides, and understanding the current market is essential to putting your home up for sale at the right time of year and getting as much as you can for it. If you have further doubts, talk to not just one, but multiple industry professionals to develop the most well-rounded and informed sale price.
  • Get An Inspection
    Many homeowners end up waiting too long to get their homes inspected and end up paying the price later — literally. Uninspected homes often get appraised for less because of the serious work that may need to be done on them. Even though buyers will inevitably get the home inspected before sealing the deal, a preemptive inspection can alert homeowners to potential repairs and damages that will affect the sale.
  • Invest In Small, Aesthetic Repairs
    When it’s almost time to put your home on the market, invest in some small but necessary aesthetic updates to increase the value and market visibility of your home. These include giving rooms new coats of paint, pressure washing the outside of the home and porch, cleaning the windows, and replacing lighting. It’s also a good time to invest in small landscaping projects if you have the budget for it. If you’re unsure of other steps that can boost the appeal of your home, take the advice of Eric Tyson, co-author of ‘House Selling for Dummies’: “Maximize your chances of people being excited about your listing when it hits the market.”

Ultimately, taking the time to go through these initial steps will help you sell your home faster and more efficiently. Stay tuned for the next post, where we’ll discuss the next steps to take when selling a house.

Why Spring is the Best Time To Sell Your Home

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One of the most common questions real estate agents hear is, “When is the best time to sell my home?” While it’s entirely possible to list and sell at any time of year, the verdict on prime selling time is in. Data has shown that the best time of year to sell your home is during the spring.

The real estate market is always subject to change, but a 2016¬†study conducted by Zillow¬†found that March, April, and May are the magic months for selling a home. Houses listed for sale during the first half of May sold an average 18.5 days more quickly than home listings that went up outside that time frame. Those houses listed for sale during that part of May also ended up being purchased for approximately 1% more than the average home listing. That 1% may seem small, but that equates to around $1,700 more in those sellers’ pockets.

But why is spring such a great time to sell a home?
There are actually several reasons that homes tend to stay on the market for a shorter period and sell for a higher price during this time of year. The temperate weather can make for appealing listing photos and makes buyers want to spend time outdoors. They’ll be more likely to check out listings or drive by desired areas in hopes of spotting a for sale sign. But even areas that don’t experience extreme seasonal differences notice that the market tends to pick up in spring. It’s the time of year where holidays won’t interrupt home viewings, and most families will want to start looking in spring to ensure they’re settled by fall. Since buyers look at a median of 10 homes over a 10-week period, they’ll often start in March, April, or May — which means your home listing will be right on target.

Of course, the right time to list your home will depend on your regional market and on your home itself. Working with an experienced real estate agent can help take the guess work out of deciding when to list your home and for how much. In Oregon, spring tends to be a great time to sell a home, and because it’s still a seller’s market, there’s no better time to start making plans. If you want to sell your home this year, spring is right around the corner. To learn more, contact Keller Williams today.

All about Buying a Vacation Summer Home in the Ozarks

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Finding a second home for family vacations and private get aways can be one of the best decisions that home owners make. These home often stay in families for generations as that one perfect property that can represent a family best. With the real estate market ticking back up, more home sellers are putting more into their homes to get them sold. This means that finding that perfect home might be easier than you think, even if it is on Missouri’s lakefront real estate on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lakefront real estate with everything you dreamed of can be just a property search away. The key to success is knowing what to look for and where to get the right help. Since there is more t Continue reading