With all the preparation of putting a home on the market curb appeal, or more specifically, landscaping and outdoor maintenance, can end up as a less than impressive afterthought. Throwing a few colorful perennials in the midst of overgrown shrubs and lackluster edging can come off as more of a last minute all-nighter than a cultivated piece of land. An integral part of curb appeal, a well-maintained piece of property can increase your home's perceived value by as much as 10%. Here's how to get it ready to sell...
The Seattle real estate market is frustrating for buyers, that’s for sure. Every time I turn on the news there is another report on Seattle housing and the high demand that is increasing competition and prices. But there’s more to the problem than just supply and demand. There’s a problem with the process.
Many home buyers have spent thousands of dollars on home pre-inspections only to lose out in a bidding war. Others have spent hours with their agent writing up offers that ultimately get rejected. Frequently, offers that are submitted with excitement and hope are met with no feedback from the seller. Not a good experience, right?
The process of getting your home ready to sell can be more than a bit daunting. From inspections and repairs to decluttering and even remodeling, the list only seems to grow. When the paint dries, the photos are taken and your home is finally listed on the MLS, you are then faced with the task of showing your home to potential buyers. To ensure that all this work you've put into preparing your home shows in the best way possible, home staging might just be the way to go.
Staging your home can be the difference between a good offer and an amazing offer. According to HomeGain.com, staged homes spend 83% less time on the market than non-staged homes. So what exactly is Home Staging? Read on to find out...
Curb appeal. Chances are you've heard this term often as its one of the many buzz words thrown around in real estate. Curb appeal is exactly what it sounds like - the (strictly) visual appeal your home has when viewed from the front, or curb. Drive down any street and you'll immediately get a sense of which homes have it, and which don't.
Faira has been experimenting with a new concept: Smart Pricing. One of the most difficult tasks for sellers is determining the list price of the home. If the list price is too high, then the home may sit on the market for too long and eventually sell at a lower price than if Smart Pricing was utilized. On the other hand, if the list price is low, many sellers may think that somebody may snatch their home at a low price. Indeed, a typical listing agent contract says that if there is a bona fide offer at or above the list price, the full listing agent commission is due.
If you're getting ready to sell your home chances are its been a few years since you've renovated. Though not always critical to get on the market, to increase your home's value there are usually a few rooms that could benefit from being 'brought into the now'. As this can be a slippery slope down the money pit, its important to make smart decisions and get the best bang for your buck. Luckily, there are several inexpensive ways to update your home without having to spend your savings.
Let me be the first to say decluttering is no easy task. It's not that the physical requirement is so difficult, its simply because going about making "your home" look like "anyone's home" involves much more than putting some picture frames in a drawer. More often than not, you've put years and memories into your home and have a hard time parting with a lot of those pieces. Sometimes, its not parting with all the odds and ends that's the issue, it's how to get rid of them properly. Either way, its a process.
Still, decluttering your home is one of the best things you can do to increase its sale potential. So, before you dive in and start emptying your attic, here are a few hints and simple solutions to aid in your endeavor...
The team at Faira is working hard to create new alternatives to the conventional home sales process. We have made some significant changes in our process to increase transparency and simplify the transaction.
One of the main questions we get is: Can I use Faira with my agent? The answer is yes! Please read on to learn how you can use Faira on your own or with an agent to buy or sell a home.
Selling with Faira
Agents can provide market intelligence, emotional support and offer personalized advice on how to prepare your home to sell. Some sellers need this guidance. Faira gives you a choice. If you want this support, bring an agent. If you don't, you can use Faira free as a seller!
With or without an agent, Faira's process adds value:
- Offers are transparent on Faira's website so all parties know the timing and value of the offers submitted.
- The inspection, title report and seller's disclosures are all posted on the website for potential buyers to review.
- There is no earnest money so the contract is simple.
It's been almost 2 years since I sold my house in Chicago...and it still hurts. I made a mistake in the process that I regret and it cost money, time and stress. I'm writing this post with the hope that I can help others avoid making the same mistake I did.