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CLUTTER AND PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE

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QUESTION:   I have a small home and have accumulated a lot over the years.   What are some of your suggestions in getting ready to put my place on the market?

ANSWER:  (BY LAURIE DEVEREUX)

It is very important to prepare your home for viewings once it is on the market.  You only get one chance to be a new listing.  Opening up your space can go a long way.  You want potential buyers to come in and feel comfortable moving about.  I always recommend clearing off as  many surfaces as you can and remove small (extra) pieces of furniture to help with flow of foot traffic.   If you have a lot of family  pictures, take most of them down ad leave just a few.   You do not want a buyer walking into your home and seeing your life there.   We want them to start picturing themselves there.   If needed, rent a pod and pack things up that you won't need including non-seasonal items, extra furniture, bins from weeding out your closets, items in the attic and basement that won't be needed.   The pod can be stored and delivered to your new place the day you move.   Many sellers with a lot of extra stuff have found this to be extremely helpful.   And of course, take advantage of your town's refuse removal.  

Should Boomers Buy or Rent after Selling?

In a recent CNBC article, it was reported that many baby boomers are selling their current homes and moving into rentals, rather than purchasing another home.

“Between 2009 and 2015, the number of renters aged 55 or above rose 28 percent, while those aged 34 or younger only increased 3 percent…

Meanwhile, more than 5 million baby boomers across the nation are expected to rent their next home by 2020, according to a 2016 analysis from Freddie

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Why Is It Important to Use a Professional to Sell Your Home?

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When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes sold.

In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the first step that “…44% of recent buyers took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale.

However, the report also revealed that 96% of buyers who used the internet when searching for homes purchased their homes through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their homes directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online but then depend on an agent to find the home they will buy (50%), to negotiate the terms of the sale (47%) & price (36%), or to help understand the process (61%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers who reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots.” This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who have used agents to buy their homes has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process.

5 Reasons to Sell This Summer

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As the temperature rises, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream homes. The summer is a great time to list your home for sale. Here are five reasons why:

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demandremains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing and able to purchase… and are in the market right [...]

PRICING YOUR HOME RIGHT

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In today?s market, where demand is outpacing supply in many regions of the country, pricing a house is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face. Sellers often want to price their home higher than recommended, and many agents go along with the idea to keep their clients happy. However, the best agents realize that [...]