• Home Search - Internet vs In-Person Home Search - Internet vs In-Person

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    Home Search - Internet vs In-Person

    Millions of people are shopping online these days. From a pin to shoes, from dresses to jewellery, from fish to juices – we simply log in and order. So, when it comes to looking for a house it is no different. Most buyers these days first visit the popular online portals to select their dream home. There are several websites that will give you all the necessary information regarding its location, price, number of rooms, amenities and so on. All websites will also give you detailed written description of the home along with some excellent images. But when you actually visit the place in person, you might be shocked with the reality. Here we find out reasons why shopping property online is a lot different than shopping offline.

    Photos do not always reveal the truth

    Photographers use different angles to post images on websites. So a room which really looks big on the website might be actually quite small. As a buyer you will feel fooled when you see the actual dimensions. So before you finalize your deal by simply depending upon the online version, do give a personal look. Good photographers always know the best angle to take the best photograph of the room from where the ceilings will look taller than they are.

    Is it or is it not a new home

    Well all homes when you see them online look like a new home; newly built and not inhabited before. But wait till you visit it personally. Do a thorough...

    Millions of people are shopping online these days. From a pin to shoes, from dresses to jewellery, from fish to juices – we simply log in and order. So, when it comes to looking for a house it is no different. Most buyers these days first visit the popular online portals to select their dream home. There are several websites that will give you all the necessary information regarding its location, price, number of rooms, amenities and so on. All websites will also give you detailed written description of the home along with some excellent images. But when you actually visit the place in person, you might be shocked with the reality. Here we find out reasons why shopping property online is a lot different than shopping offline.

    Photos do not always reveal the truth

    Photographers use different angles to post images on websites. So a room which really looks big on the website might be actually quite small. As a buyer you will feel fooled when you see the actual dimensions. So before you finalize your deal by simply depending upon the online version, do give a personal look. Good photographers always know the best angle to take the best photograph of the room from where the ceilings will look taller than they are.

    Is it or is it not a new home

    Well all homes when you see them online look like a new home; newly built and not inhabited before. But wait till you visit it personally. Do a thorough...

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  • Typical Reasons Why Your House Might Not Be Selling Typical Reasons Why Your House Might Not Be Selling

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    Typical Reasons Why Your House Might Not Be Selling

    So you’ve listed your home for sale and it’s been showing, and showing, and showing, and…not selling. That means it’s time to make some changes, especially if your home has been on the market more than 30 days.  

    Most realtors would agree that buyers right now are really savvy. They have a lot of ways to do market research. If it’s sitting on the market for more than 30 days, typically buyers are asking, ‘What’s wrong with it?’”  

    If home has spent too many days on the market, this is usually interpreted as a negative quality signal, as buyers speculate that there are may be flaws which made the property hard to sell to previous buyers.

    Having your home sit on the market is more than just frustrating—it’s probably costing you money.  The longer a listing sits, the more the sale price will fall below list price. So every day that your home isn’t selling, it is, statistically, going to sell for less. 

    Here are some likely reasons your home isn’t selling.

    The Price Is Too High

    Pricing a house too high is a common mistake: according to area real estate agents, pricing a home incorrectly is the biggest error sellers make.

    Pricing a home for sale is tricky. There are a lot of ways to slice the data to determine your home’s fair market value. And while data, usually from sales of comparable homes in the area, is important, a top agent’s experience can be invaluable when...

    So you’ve listed your home for sale and it’s been showing, and showing, and showing, and…not selling. That means it’s time to make some changes, especially if your home has been on the market more than 30 days.  

    Most realtors would agree that buyers right now are really savvy. They have a lot of ways to do market research. If it’s sitting on the market for more than 30 days, typically buyers are asking, ‘What’s wrong with it?’”  

    If home has spent too many days on the market, this is usually interpreted as a negative quality signal, as buyers speculate that there are may be flaws which made the property hard to sell to previous buyers.

    Having your home sit on the market is more than just frustrating—it’s probably costing you money.  The longer a listing sits, the more the sale price will fall below list price. So every day that your home isn’t selling, it is, statistically, going to sell for less. 

    Here are some likely reasons your home isn’t selling.

    The Price Is Too High

    Pricing a house too high is a common mistake: according to area real estate agents, pricing a home incorrectly is the biggest error sellers make.

    Pricing a home for sale is tricky. There are a lot of ways to slice the data to determine your home’s fair market value. And while data, usually from sales of comparable homes in the area, is important, a top agent’s experience can be invaluable when...

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  • Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home

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    Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home

    Halloween begins the holiday season when home decorations, both outdoor and indoor are on display through the new year. If you home is on the market now, you can still bring out the decorations, but with some cautions.
     
    Curb appeal is the first step to entice buyers through the front door. First impressions alone can sell your home. Little goblins and ghosts are accompanied with parents who are in the home buying frame of mind. Be prepared to make the most of your curb appeal by toning down the decorations, especially for Halloween, so that potential buyers can actually see the beauty of your home.
     
    Safety first. Always. Keep the walk in front of and to your home clean and debris-free. Make sure the walkway is well lighted to avoid accidents. This Halloween, go more for the fall look with pumpkins and flowers rather than a collection of screeching bats and frantic witches. You’re selling a home and it should always feel warm and inviting, not frightening.
     
    Be sure that all your windows are nice and clean and let the sunshine in. This year, avoid taping paper decorations to your windows. Turn the lights on and create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room. This coziness will help buyers see themselves sitting by the fire.
     
    Take down the decorations the day after Halloween except for the Thanksgiving fall type décor. It’s back to staging the best curb appeal possible. Sellers who leave decorations up long...
    Halloween begins the holiday season when home decorations, both outdoor and indoor are on display through the new year. If you home is on the market now, you can still bring out the decorations, but with some cautions.
     
    Curb appeal is the first step to entice buyers through the front door. First impressions alone can sell your home. Little goblins and ghosts are accompanied with parents who are in the home buying frame of mind. Be prepared to make the most of your curb appeal by toning down the decorations, especially for Halloween, so that potential buyers can actually see the beauty of your home.
     
    Safety first. Always. Keep the walk in front of and to your home clean and debris-free. Make sure the walkway is well lighted to avoid accidents. This Halloween, go more for the fall look with pumpkins and flowers rather than a collection of screeching bats and frantic witches. You’re selling a home and it should always feel warm and inviting, not frightening.
     
    Be sure that all your windows are nice and clean and let the sunshine in. This year, avoid taping paper decorations to your windows. Turn the lights on and create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room. This coziness will help buyers see themselves sitting by the fire.
     
    Take down the decorations the day after Halloween except for the Thanksgiving fall type décor. It’s back to staging the best curb appeal possible. Sellers who leave decorations up long...

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