Selling Your Home

Decluttering Is the First Step to Selling Your Home

When you decide to sell your home, a lot of things need to fall into place to make it happen. Finding the right real estate agent and completing any home repairs may be at the top of your list. But there's one step you should take first: decluttering your home. Not only will your home look cleaner and more spacious when all the clutter is gone, but it will also give you a head start on packing and moving. Here are three easy steps to get you started.

Choose one area to declutter. Start by focusing on one room or one area at a time. It won't seem so overwhelming, and you can accomplish a lot in small chunks of time. Pick the room or space that will have the most impact. If you declutter an extra bedroom, buyers will be able to picture it as a guest room or a home office. Even working on a small area like a closet or a bathroom is a great...

Home Sellers Ask: What is my Home Worth? How Accurate are the Online Tools Like Zillow?

While it's fun to check the Zillow or Trulia sites to find out an estimate for your  home's worth, most real estate experts point out the estimates are a stretch. Aspiring home sellers often wonder, "What is my home worth? How accurate are the online tools like Zillow?" In many cases, your home is likely worth more. If you own an outdated home, it will not likely appeal to some buyers. By meeting with a local real estate agent who provides a free market analysis, you find out a more realistic idea of your home's true value. According to an article by The Tampa Bay Times, the online data bases contain flaws, even though sites claim homes sell within 5 percent of their estimates.

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Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent: Save on Carrying Costs

Most potential home sellers in Omaha, understand they will likely have to pay one-time closing costs after the home sale. But few consider the horrendous carrying costs or expenses that recur as part of the monthly upkeep. One of the main advantages of hiring a real estate agent is the time factor. A real estate agent helps you sell your home quickly so you save on the carrying costs and the pile-up of bills that include the mortgage payment, property taxes, utilities and other costs. By working with an experienced Home Team real estate agent, you often save tremendous money on carrying costs as well as avoid the emotional drama of living in limbo. Consider a few of the reoccurring expenses that take away from your actual profit at the closing table. Even people who flip homes for a profit worry about carrying costs.

The mortgage payment itself

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Five Advantages of Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Help Sell Your Home

In a market where homes seem to be selling the moment they are listed, it may be tempting to forgo hiring a real estate agent, and try your hand at selling your home yourself. Certainly, selling your home on your own will save you from paying a sizable commission to a realtor. Unfortunately, not knowing the in's and out's of the real estate game may work against you, and may end up costing you more than a realtor's commission

1.  Convenience

Assuming you are not a full-time real estate agent, selling your home will be almost a type of second job. In other words, look forward to spending most, if not all of your free...

Is Granite on its Way Out?

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, granite countertops are in less demand today, while the use of quartz is on the rise.

Why? For one thing, man-made quartz countertops are offered in a far greater range of looks and feels. Reason number two: it’s a bit easier to maintain over the long haul, and it’s deemed a better environmental choice because it emits lower levels of radon—a potentially cancer-causing agent. To be fair, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains the radioactive materials in granite countertops are far too minuscule to pose a health threat.

So what, exactly, is a quartz countertop? It’s made of engineered stone, composed of at least 90% ground-up quartz mixed with a binder (like resin) then molded into a slab. Because pigment is added during the manufacturing process, the sky’s...

What Determines Your Homes Value?

The value of your home is influenced by price, time, and market conditions. As your local real estate professional, my goal is to assist you in the determination of the value of your home by giving you current, factual data on the market conditions and the average market time for homes in your area. This infographic will better explain how these three areas impact your home's value.

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Decluttering your home fast!

A cluttered home implies a few things, and none of them are positive in the eyes of a potential buyer:

  • The house is too small.
  • There must not be enough storage in the house.
  • The rooms look unkempt. Maybe the rest of the house has been poorly maintained.

A potential buyer should be able to tour your house and easily imagine their own furniture and possessions in the space. A cluttered atmosphere stymies their imagination and creates an immediate negative impression in their minds.

One of the reasons realtors suggest that you remove personal items like family photographs is for that exact reason. The buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in the rooms they're checking out. If anything, there should be less "stuff" around than you might be comfortable with. Tidy rooms that aren't overcrowded with furniture...

Increase Your Home's Value With a Home Improvements

Everybody naturally wants to get the best price possible when thinking about selling their home; but just the fact that it is your home can make you think it's worth more than it actually is. Keeping it well-maintained is a good idea and when updating it's important to weigh your return on investment. In other words, knowing which home improvement projects are going to give you the best return on investment is important. Here's a breakdown of the best home improvements:

1. Bathroom Remodel

For every dollar you spend spiffing up your bathroom, you'll get back all the money you put in, plus 2% for a 102% rate of return. Simple fixes include repainting, re-caulking the tub, removing and replacing old shower doors, and...

How to Sell Your Home in a Slow Market

A slow real estate market does not mean your home can't sell quickly. It just means that one needs a different approach. In a booming market, one can list almost any home, in almost any condition, and sell their home quickly, sometimes with multiple offers to choose from. When the market slows and affordability becomes an issue, being informed and strategic is key.

Here is our quick guide on how to sell your home in a slow market.

Repairs: One must prepare their home for market so take time for the little, quick and inexpensive reparis.  If potential buyers see little repairs that have been neglected most likely they are thinking what big repairs need to be done. Consider getting a home inspection before putting your house up for sale. You may find, even if there are no leaks, the roof is at the end of its lifespan....

What to Do if a Buyer Has to Sell His/Her Home First?

Are you looking to sell your home? If so, there's a good chance that many of your prospective buyers will actually be in the process of trying to sell their own homes before purchasing a new one; it's just the way the market works. So, just how do you work with a potential buyer who is still waiting to sell his or her own home? We've got a couple tips.

Working With a Contingency Clause

If you receive an offer from a buyer who claims he or she needs to sell an existing home before finalizing a sale on your home, make sure you have what's known as a "contingency clause" in writing. This clause essentially states that any accepted offer is contingent on your buyer selling his or her home and closing within X number of days.

Consider Adding a "Kick-Out" Clause aka "Right of First Refusal"

If you're...