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WHAT IS THE SECRET TO GETTING YOUR PROPERTY SOLD?

Reese says, "The biggest secret is to get your property in as many REALTOR controlled Multiple Listing Services as possible, price the property competitively, and make it as easy to show as possible."

Quit wasting time and making payments on a property you want to sell.

Get it listed today. I am bringing down the walls and cutting fees to assist you.

There is a publicly traded conglomerate that owns many of the household brands you see from the stand point of real estate brokerages. All the blue, red, and white signs. Don't let them control your listing.

The real estate commission reports licensed real estate salespeople is at an all time high. And REALTOR membership is at an all time high.

Then, why are so many agents getting out of the business?

* They cannot survive because the industry is changing.

* Many have no net worth and do not even own a property of their own.

* The strong will survive. I am one of the strong and willing to assist you in the sale of your property.

Read on for more news articles and facts:


BBC NEWS

Down payment assistance bites the dust

A countdown clock on a Web site operated by Nehemiah Corp. of America is ticking off the days, hours, minutes and seconds until a new government ban will terminate virtually all seller-funded down payment assistance programs in the United States. But the clock may be stopped, now that a bill has been introduced in Congress that would reverse the ban.

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The clock will tick off its last second Oct. 1, the last day when homebuyers will be able to use seller-funded down payment assistance with any mortgage backed by the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, a division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, known as HUD.

The ban is part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which President Bush signed into law July 30. The act states that a borrower's down payment for any loan backed by the FHA can't be provided before, during or after the sale by:

  • The seller.
  • Any other person or entity that financially benefits from the transaction.
  • Any third party or entity that is reimbursed, directly or indirectly, by the seller or any other person or entity that financially benefits from the transaction.

An "entity that is reimbursed ... by the seller" clearly refers to seller-funded down payment assistance programs, which collect "donations" from home sellers and then "gift" those donations to buyers, who use the funds to purchase the seller's home. The seller also pays a fee, typically of several hundred dollars, to the organization.

More than 1 million buyers and sellers have utilized these programs, according to industry figures. The two largest organizations, Nehemiah in Sacramento, Calif., and AmeriDream in Gaithersburg, Md., have processed more than 300,000 and 250,000 transactions, respectively, according to company statements. Since 1999, AmeriDream alone has processed more than $26 million worth of the payments in chunks averaging about $3,600 per "gift." Numerous smaller down payment assistance organizations also operate throughout the United States. Both Nehemiah and AmeriDream also sponsor homebuyer counseling programs.

Nehemiah is still taking applications from buyers and accepting donations from sellers, according to CEO Scott Syphax. The housing recovery act specifies that seller-financed down payments can still be utilized as long as the borrower receives credit approval from the lender prior to Oct. 1.

Act now to tap seller-funded down payment
Homebuyers will have very few, if any, opportunities to buy a home without a down payment after the ban on seller-financed down payments becomes effective.

Conventional loan programs that allow seller-funded down payment assistance are "few and far between" and have accounted for less than 3 percent of Nehemiah's transaction volume, Syphax says.

An FHA-backed loan with a seller-funded down payment was "the last of the 100 percent loans available," says Peter Thompson, a senior loan officer with Professional Mortgage Partners in Downers Grove, Ill. "The conventional homebuyer programs have pretty much all done away with doing this. This is something that has been specific to FHA loans for quite some time."

Indeed, seller-funded down payments have become so closely associated with FHA-backed mortgages that more than 33 percent of loans backed by the agency last year included such assistance, according to FHA data. The agency is still working out the details of how the ban will be implemented, says HUD spokesman Lemar Wooley.

Buyers who want to use a seller-funded down payment may decide to "move up their time frame to (buy a home) a little quicker," so they can take advantage of such assistance, Thompson says.

 

America's house price time bomb

By Michael Robinson
BBC World Service

With the American housing market in its worst crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Bush is authorising new legislation to pave the way for massive new government intervention designed to slow the slide.

The intervention would come as a little known quirk of US law threatens to drive down house prices even faster.

Faced with seemingly never-ending falls in the value of their properties, some American home-owners are taking radical action; they are choosing to walk away from homes and their mortgages.

In May 2006, at the height of the housing boom, Karen Trainer bought a $500,000 apartment in California - with money borrowed from her bank.

By this year, Karen still owed $500,000 on her mortgage, but her apartment was worth $200,000 less.

So she was deep in negative equity and, to make matters worse, the interest rate on her loan was about to increase.

"I thought 'this is crazy'," Ms Trainer says. "It just does not make financial sense."

Take the hit

Is the bank going to pay for my retirement because I was a good girl and paid my mortgage
Karen Trainer

As a successful professional, Karen could comfortably have managed the higher mortgage payments her bank demanded.

Instead, she decided to stop her mortgage payments altogether and let her bank repossess her apartment.

Her credit record will be badly damaged by the decision, but Ms Trainer expects this to recover soon.

"Generally speaking, within 5 years you are about back where you were, so my husband and I decided we'll take the hit and live with it."

Over to the bank

In California and much of the rest of America, there is a powerful incentive for homeowners such as Ms Trainer to walk away from their mortgage obligations.

The dangers are extraordinary
Professor Susan Wachter, Wharton School of Business

Though banks can repossess and sell the homes of borrowers who stop paying their mortgages, under a legal quirk originating in the Great Depression of the 1930s, banks cannot easily pursue borrowers for any balance outstanding on the main mortgage on their homes.

Consequently, by walking away from her apartment, Ms Trainer has also walked away from the loss on her property.

Her bank gets stuck with that.

Unthinkable option

Traditionally in America there is a social stigma attached to those who default on their debts, which should be a deterrent to walking away from your home.

But according to Susan Wachter, professor of real estate and finance at Wharton School of Business, in the depth of this crisis the social attitudes to such actions are changing.

"This is the kind of conversation that's going on at cocktail parties, at swimming pools," Professor Wachter says. "And suddenly this option which was truly unthinkable in the past becomes thinkable."

Worrying development

Ms Trainer says she feels no moral obligation to go on paying a loan on a property that is going to go on losing her money. She says her friends support her decision.

It's a business decision for their family that the smartest thing they can do is walk away from their home
Kevin Morgan, estate agent

"I think people are taking a more cold-hearted look at it," she says.

"Is the bank going to pay for my retirement because I was a good girl and paid my mortgage, even though legally I didn't have to?"

Professor Wachter believes that, to date, most people have had their homes repossessed because they could not manage the repayments.

The trend of people now positively choosing to walk away because it makes financial sense to do so is a worrying new development.

"The dangers are extraordinary," Professor Wachter says.

"If all that is needed is that the house value is less than the mortgage value, there is a large number of homeowners in the United States who are in that situation".

No renegotiation

In the city of Stockton - the foreclosure, or repossession, capital of the US for 2007 - estate agent Kevin Morgan sells repossessed houses on behalf of the banks that now own them.

This is becoming a tsunami of voluntary defaults
Professor Nouriel Roubini, New York University

According to him, walking away has become commonplace.

"I would say it's probably 70% of the volume of our foreclosures right now," he says.

"It's a business decision for their family that the smartest thing they can do is walk away from their home."

As a sign of the changing times, some 60% of borrowers do not even bother to contact their banks to attempt a renegotiation of their loan, Mr Moran explains.

"They stop paying and they stop talking," he says. "They just plain walk away."

Total disaster

It is impossible to know for sure how many of the people who are now walking away from their homes could have gone on paying their mortgages.

But Professor Nouriel Roubini of New York University, one of the first economists to warn of the dangers of the American house price boom, believes the number of people positively choosing to walk away is growing rapidly.

"This is becoming a tsunami of voluntary defaults," Professor Roubini says.

"The losses for the financial system from people walking away could be of the order of one trillion dollars when the entire capital of the US banking system is only $1.3 trillion.

"You could have most of the US banking system wiped out, so this is a total disaster."

Which is why it is not just US policymakers who are hoping America's new, multi-billion dollar initiative to stabilise the housing market will succeed in its aims and thus make walking away less attractive.

Because if it fails, the economic fallout could be felt far beyond America's shores.

Michael Robinson's two-part series "The Trouble with Money" is broadcast on 30 July and 6 August on BBC World Service. You can hear the programmes online by going to:

Tax assessors boggled by housing dip

For less than the price of a decent used car, you can buy a home in Atlanta today.

Actually, real estate agents list a dozen choices for $10,000 or less.

Step up in price to $20,000 and your choices expand 10 fold.

The prices seem absurd but they are part of a real estate market suffering with rampant foreclosures, mortgage fraud, abandoned investor properties, a collapsing mortgage industry and other ills. The market is unlike anything seen in metro Atlanta in years and it has local tax assessors and appraisers as confused as anyone.

What is the value of a lot if no one can get a loan to buy it? How should you value a home that sits on the market for a year with no offers? When a neighborhood has several foreclosures, short sales and abandoned properties, do they set the market?

The training and rules for mass appraisal say taxable values should be set at fair market value or at the price for a sale between a "willing buyer and willing seller." Distressed sales, foreclosures and short sales are not supposed to count toward setting taxable values.

Therein lies the problem for tax assessors.

As Fulton's chief appraiser, Burt Manning finds it hard to believe any parcel in Fulton is worth less than $10,000.

Still, real estate listings prove they are.

"We are trying to understand all these things," said Manning. "What's the right answer? We don't know. It's tough. I've got entire neighborhoods where all I've got is distressed sales. I don't have any good sales."

In fact, seven of Atlanta's least-expensive homes are listed on average for $8,800 but taxed at an average value of nearly $93,000.

The cheapest, at 336 Adelle Street in the Lakewood area, comes in at $5,900. Tax records list its value at $101,700.

The problems are pronounced in areas like West End, Lakewood and Vine City.

Wayne Flanagan, a RE/MAX agent who sells bank-owned properties, said in zip codes like 30310 and 30315 values have taken a nosedive faster than public officials can account for.

"There are some price ranges like $20,000-$80,000 where 90 percent of the properties on the market are foreclosures," Flanagan said. "You've got one bank competing against another. It's a spiraling situation, downward."

The agent said when tax values and true values are way apart, it can keep properties from selling and further depress values. Flanagan said he'd had a $95,000 deal on a duplex fall through recently because it was being taxed at $300,000. The buyer didn't want to be saddled with taxes at that level.

"They (government officials) are going to have to take a look at this," Flanagan said. "We are experiencing some of the same problems as Detroit, taxes are so high they drive down value."

Fulton noted the downturn in its 2008 values by marking down about 86,000 properties a total of nearly $364 million. Manning said in a typical year, Fulton tallies about 27,000 sales assessors consider as valid to set tax values. This year he counted only 20,000 due to the increase in distressed sales.

"I am less uncomfortable with values than I've been in a long time," Manning said. "These are unusual times."

Still, the issues aren't confined to Atlanta and Fulton.

Record foreclosure numbers across the region have appraisers in Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb and other counties wrestling with similar concerns. They also struggle with where to set the values for homes that don't sell or lots that normally are easy to value but now are tumbling because lenders won't give builders money to build new homes.

Thomas Stump, interim chief appraiser in DeKalb, said the number of "good sales" dropped from 12,400 last year to 8,500 this year. The lower number makes it even harder for the assessors to come up with values, he said.

"We have people in our office who want to sell but can't find a buyer," Stump said. "Still, there are buyers out there. It may take much longer. I don't think you can say a property has no value because it won't sell."

DeKalb reduced the values on about 4,500 parcels in 2008 and expects to drop many more in 2009 if the market slump continues.

"It's just a very strange market," he said. "It's very difficult to determine values."

Calvin Wimberly, a real estate agent who primarily sells bank-owned properties and has two listings under $10,000, said home prices in some areas have tumbled 200 or 300 percent in the past year. He said many suffered from mortgage fraud that artificially inflated values.

Wimberly said he'd recently sold a home in West End that tells the tale of what's happened in some neighborhoods. The home sold in March 2004 for $305,000 and then in August 2004 for $700,000. It tumbled to $122,900 in a sale last year. It sold recently for $51,000.

Those are the kind of numbers that have public officials scratching their heads.

"I had the toughest time trying to convince the bank the price was correct," Wimberly said. "They thought I was out of my mind."

FACT…

On the average… Buyers inspect 12 homes before making an offer.

That means 11 other homes are competing against yours.

What that means to you is…

In today’s market, buyers are increasingly savvy. Many sellers are “testing the market” resulting in a high number of listings. This means the competition is stiff!

Working together, we can make sure your home gets the attention it needs to stand out from the pack.

Your job is to make your home bright, shiny, and clean—as close to a “model” home as possible. My job is to ‘tell the world’ and work to gain maximum market exposure.


There are 5 essential ingredients that comprise the formula for a successful sale of your home.

CONDITION


LOCATION


MARKET


TERMS


PRICE

Your home will sell at highest profit and in the quickest amount of time when all the ingredients are combined perfectly.

If only one ingredient is left out of the formula or is out of proportion to the others…

Your home will take longer to sell and will, quite possibly COST YOU MONEY.


LOCATION

The pricing of your home must reflect its location. The better the location, the higher the acceptable price. School districts, high or low traffic, and highway accessibility, all need to be considered in determining the value of your home’s location. We cannot control the location.

CONDITION

The pricing of your home must accurately reflect its condition. The general upkeep and presentation of your home is critical to obtaining the highest value for your home. Nature of the roof, plumbing, carpets, and paint all relate to condition. Basic rule: If we can smell it… we can’t sell it!

MARKET

Recession, inflation, interest rates, mortgage availability, competition, and the public’s perception of the general economy all make up the market. It may be a buyer’s market or a seller’s market. The pricing of your home must reflect the current nature of the market because we cannot influence the market. We can, however, take advantage of the market.

TERMS

The more financing terms and options you accept, the more potential buyers there will be for your property. The pricing of your home must reflect the terms available. The easier the terms, the more valuable your property becomes. (And this is where my team of professional Affiliates really shine-by offering a broad, full-spectrum of mortgage products and options to both you and all potential buyers!)


PRICE is the #1 most important factor in the sale of your home.

The consequences of making the wrong decision are painful. If you price your home too low, you will literally give away thousands of dollars that could have been in your pocket.

Price it too high, and your home will sit unsold for months, developing the reputation of a problem property (everyone will think that there is something wrong with it).

Failure to understand market conditions and properly price your home can cost you thousands of dollars and cause your home not to sell… fouling up all of your plans.

Setting the proper asking price for your home is the single biggest factor that will determine the success or failure of your home sale.

I Won’t Let This Happen To You!

Utilizing the latest computer technology and my in depth knowledge of the market, we will analyze current market conditions in combination with your personal time requirements to identify the correct price range for your home.

You can't afford any “guesswork” in this critical step!


PRICING GUIDELINES

· What you paid for your property does not effect its value.

· The amount of money you need to get out of the sale of your property does not effect its value.

· What you think it should be worth has no effect on value.

· What another real estate agent says your property is worth does not affect its value.

· An appraisal does not always indicate what your property is worth on the open market.

The value of your property is determined by what a ready willing and able buyer will pay for it in the open market, which will be based upon the value of other recent closed sales. BUYERS DETERMINE VALUE!!

DO NOT automatically list with the agent that gives you the highest price.
Consumer Reports, July 1990 stated…

“Expect the agent to suggest a price range, but don’t let that frame you in. Be aware that some devious agents will, at first, suggest a very handsome price. Then, after they have the listing and the house hasn’t sold, they’ll come back with a pitch to lower the price.”


Thinking about selling?

When you work with Reese Freyer Team, we want to act in YOUR best interests.
We’re eager to have you share your concerns & expectations about the sale of your home.

*Please take a moment to complete the survey below…

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BENEFITS OF PROPER PRICING

· FASTER SALE: The proper price gets a faster sale, which means you save on mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance, and other carrying costs.

· LESS INCONVENIENCE: As you may know, it takes a lot of time and energy to prepare your home for showings, keep the property clean, make arrangements for children and pets, and generally alter your lifestyle. Proper pricing shortens market time.

· INCREASED SALESPERSON RESPONSE: When salespeople are excited about a property and its price, they make special efforts to contact all their potential buyers and show the property whenever possible.

· EXPOSURE TO MORE PROSPECTS: Pricing at market value will open your home up to more people who can afford it.

· BETTER RESPONSE FROM ADVERTISING: Buyer inquiry calls are more readily converted into showing appointments when the price is not a deterrent.

· HIGHER OFFERS: When a property is priced right, buyers are much less likely to make a low offer, for fear of losing out on a great value.

· MORE MONEY TO SELLERS: When a property is priced right, the excitement of the market produces a higher sales price in less time. You NET more due to the higher sales price and lower carrying costs.


DRAWBACKS OF OVERPRICING

· REDUCES ACTIVITY: Agents won’t show the property if they feel it is priced too high.

· LOWER ADVERTISING RESPONSE: Buyer excitement will be with other properties that offer better value.

· LOSS OF INTERESTED BUYERS: The property will seem inferior in amenities to other properties in the same price range that are correctly priced.

· ATTRACTS THE WRONG PROSPECTS: Serious buyers will feel that they should be getting more for their money.

· HELPS THE COMPETITION: The high price makes the others look like a good deal.

· ELIMINATES OFFERS: Since a fair priced offer will be lower than asking price and may insult the seller, many buyers will just move on to another property.

· CAUSES APPRAISAL PROBLEMS: Appraisers must base their value on what comparable properties have sold for.

· LOWER NET PROCEEDS: Most of the time an overpriced property will eventually end up selling for less than if it had been properly priced to begin with, not to mention the extra carrying costs.


RESPONSE ADVERTISING
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24-HOUR MARKETING

Unlike most agents that run “image” advertisements that focus on themselves and how great they are, Reese utilizes Response-Generating Marketing that focuses on potential buyers and what they really want!

These ads are much different than those that most agents run. A very high number of prospects call because of these non-threatening, emotion-arousing ads!

These strategies, combined with the cutting edge technology of our 24-hour Automated Marketing System provide us a steady stream of qualified buyers.

This incredible system allows callers to receive detailed information about your home – even have a feature sheet on your home faxed to them… 24 hours a day!

The system also allows Reese to track exactly how many calls are received on every house and from each ad – it even captures the caller’s phone number and most names and addresses.

Reese will give you a quick demonstration at our meeting; it’s really quite amazing.


THE HOME HUNTER SYSTEM

The Reese Freyer Team has a unique system to attract buyers and ensure that each buyer will be properly assisted in finding the home that they are searching for. My team has a system that focuses specifically on assisting the large inventory of buyers that our innovative marketing strategies produce.

Each buyer is interviewed to determine the features and specifications that they are looking for in a home. That data is then entered into a computer system that will list the homes that match the buyer’s criteria.

Buyers are given the features and benefits of those homes that meet their criteria, and will be assisted through each step of the process.

We focus all our efforts on finding a buyer for your home, unlike traditional agents who passively wait for a buyer to come along.

The system allows us to give exceptional service to a large inventory of buyers.

WE VERY WELL MAY ALREADY HAVE A BUYER FOR YOUR HOME!



INTERNET EXPOSURE

175+ COUNTRIES
100+ MILLION PEOPLE

In keeping pace with innovation and advancements in computer technology, we now will place your home on our Internet site.

We are constantly looking for ways to give our clients advantages over competitors in the marketplace that go beyond the traditional methods of marketing and promotion.

Full color pictures and a detailed description of your home, where targeted areas of your home will be highlighted. These amazing digital photo montages will be available to well over 100 million people worldwide - anyone with access to the Internet on their computer!

And the best part… Reese will take these digital photos immediately and they will be submitted the same day your home hits the MLS!!!


REFERRALS / RELOCATION

Significant portions of our buyers come from outside the local area. These are often job transfers, corporate relocations, and Tri-State area buyers seeking a more rural lifestyle.

As a member of several relocation and referral networks, I get the information on these buyers before anyone else.

This provides more potential buyers for your home, since we always try to show our own listings first to these qualified buyers!

Senior’s Real Estate Specialist Network

Accredited Buyer Representative Network

e-PRO Internet Referral Network

Certified Finance Specialist Network

Property Systems International Referral Network

Local Chamber of Commerce

RealTalk Group of Top Agents Across The Country


CONTRACT & NEGOTIATION

When an offer is presented on your home, you will have three basic choices in deciding how to respond.

1.Accept the offer.

2.Reject the offer.

3.Make a counter offer.

Together we will thoroughly analyze the offer, and discuss its strengths and weaknesses. After studying the entire contract, I will give you my recommendation, and then you will decide how to respond.

This is where a competent agent can be worth their weight in gold, because having the right wording or contingency clause in the contract can mean the difference between a smooth transaction and a messy court battle.

Being intricately familiar with real estate contracts, I know how to protect your best interests. My vast experience in contracts and negotiation will benefit you!


COMMON REAL ESTATE MYTHS

MYTH:

The Reese Freyer Team sells a lot of real estate. Perhaps they are too busy to pay attention to my listing.

TRUTH:

Just as great restaurants are always busy and superior doctors have a heavy patient load, The Reese Freyer Team’s success in marketing and selling homes has resulted in a busy schedule. But like good restaurants and doctors, Reese has assembled a team of top-notch people to assist with all of the details. The result is outstanding customer service and support. The long list of satisfied clients speaks for itself.

MYTH:

A “discount” broker can do just as well and save me money.

TRUTH:

Successfully marketing a property in our competitive marketplace takes skill and resources. All of the promotional costs such as photos, brochures, printing, signs, advertisements, MLS fees, direct mail, etc. are paid for by Reese Freyer. How will a discount broker offer such a complete marketing campaign? Does the discount broker have a team to personally tend to your specific needs? Do they have a proven track record of success, or are they just using the lower commission to try to win your business? Do they have the expertise to guide you through the problems that often develop during the closing process?

Remember that you only actually pay a brokerage fee if and when your property sells. Many sellers have found that their commission with a discount broker was really zero, because their property never sold! It is interesting to note that a discount broker does not have a dominant market share in any major city in the country.

MYTH:

I should select the agent that suggests the highest list price.

TRUTH:

This is the oldest scam in real estate sales: Tell the seller what they want to hear, compliment the home, and agree to list it at an unrealistically high price just to get the listing. Then, after you have the listing for a few weeks, start telling the seller that they need to reduce the price.

Reese doesn’t play any games. Reese provides a well researched computerized market analysis to determine the true realistic price that your home will bear in today’s marketplace. The decisions of which agent to list with and what price to ask are two completely separate decisions.

Never select an Agent based on the price they suggest, rather, select your agent based on their CREDENTIALS and MARKETING PLAN, and then decide on price together!

MYTH:

Property condition is not that important to buyers.

TRUTH:

WRONG! A property in superior condition will sell faster and for a higher price than a home in average condition. Buyers purchase properties that are most appealing, and a home in great condition with a reasonable asking price always tops the list. Sellers that invest in necessary repairs and keep their home clean and fresh always reap the rewards!

MYTH:

Empty homes are harder to sell than occupied homes.

TRUTH:

Vacant homes often sell faster for several reasons, but again it all depends on condition. A vacant home that is clean, in good repair, and priced fairly will sometimes sell fast because the rooms will appear larger without furniture and clutter, buyers can easily visualize their furnishings in the home, and most agents prefer to show vacant homes because they can go anytime without worrying about making appointments, etc.

MYTH:

Pricing a home for sale is a mysterious process.

TRUTH:

Your home will sell for what the market will bear. To determine the range of value for your home, it takes a solid knowledge of the market. And because every home is unique, your home will sell more near the high or low end of the range depending on its specific attributes like location and condition. Reese utilizes a computer database along with years of experience to help you decide where to set the price. It is not simple, but it isn't mysterious either.


QUESTIONS

Selling your home is a complex process, and it’s only natural for you to have some questions and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to ask any question that you may have. When it comes to selling your home, there is no such thing as a dumb question!

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When you purchased this house, you did so for very specific reasons. Reasons that might sell it as well!

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someone was looking at your home,
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5 Things to Do Before You Sell

1. Get estimates from a reliable repairperson on items that need to be replaced soon, such as a roof or warn carpeting, for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.

2. Have a termite inspection to prove to buyers that the property is not infested.

3. Get a pre-sale home inspection so you’ll be able to make repairs before buyers become concerned and cancel a contract.

4. Gather together warranties and guarantees on the furnace, appliances, and other items that will remain with the house.

5. Fill out a disclosure form provided by your sales associate. Take the time to be sure that you don’t forget problems, however minor, that might create liability for you after the sale.

10 Ways to Make Your House More Salable

  1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of –season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.

  1. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.

  1. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop and wax floors. Clean the stove and refrigerator. A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for.

  1. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows.

  1. Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.

  1. Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet, may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.

  1. Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.

  1. Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.

  1. Clean your gutters.

  1. Polish your front doorknob and door numbers.

 


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