How To Find A Real Estate Agent You Will Enjoy Working With

agentThe longevity of the relationship between you and your real estate agent depends on your ability to get along and have some type of chemistry.  While that may sounds like the requirements for a romantic relationship, they do tend to be based on the same key principles.  Chemistry and good communication between both parties is extremely important.  Dean Graziosi has shared some help tips to ensure that you find a real estate agent you enjoy working with until your deal is closed.

In today’s technologically driven world, it has become common for many prospective buyers to begin their search online long before they ever contact an agent.  During this time, as a buyer you should ask your friends and family if they have an agent that they enjoyed working with.  It is recommended that you gain some insight into your local market before you contact an agent.  This will allow you to become familiar with what is available and what the asking prices tend to be.  Once you have determined what you want and what you can afford, you should then contact an agent and begin the formal home buying process.

The next step in ensuring that you have found an agent that you can imagine working with for possibly months is to take it slow.  Take some time to get to know them and learn about their experience and history in the real estate market.  This will provide you valuable insight into whether or not you are a good fit for each other.  The process of purchasing a home can be rather emotional for some buyers, which is why you need to trust that your agent will be supportive during the process.  You are also going to be sharing a lot of your financial and personal information with this person, this means that you need to have some level of trust that you are comfortable with.  Rushing in and simply working with the first agent you contact may be a mistake you come to regret later, take your time and choose the agent that is right for you.

Another key to building a successful relationship with your agent is the ability to communicate clearly with each other.  This is perhaps the most important element of the relationship.  You should be upfront from the beginning on what you expect from them and what they can expect from you.  Don’t hesitate to express any concerns you may have during the process.  You will be spending a lot of time together, so the better you are able to work together the more successful your relationship will be.  And when it comes time to part ways, you will be able to part on good terms.

Home Selling Tips For Spring

sellingAs many home sellers know, spring is the hot season for selling their home, states Dean Graziosi.  The arrival of spring signals the start of the home buying season.  To help your home stand out from all of the others being listed during this time, I have put together some tips that will help make your home more appealing to buyers.

  • Curb Appeal – This is the first impression that your home makes on potential buyers, which is why it is so important for sellers.  Presenting buyers with a clear and eye-catching entry way helps develop a positive first impression in their minds.  Adding some potted flowers will help give your home a pop of color that will be sure to catch the eye of any buyer.
  • Home Improvements – Many sellers are reluctant to put any extra money into a home that they will soon be selling.  But simply making a few small home improvements can go a long way in helping your home stand out from the competition.  I’m not saying that sellers should invest a large sum of money in a large renovation, rather spend a small amount and make some small updates throughout the home.  This can be accomplished by replacing the fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom, applying a fresh coat of paint to some of the rooms, and any other small projects that may have gone undone while you were living in the home.
  • Staging – If you feel that you may need help making your home more appealing to buyers, you may want to consider hiring a professional staging company.  They will come into your home and add furniture or accessories that will help bring out the beauty of your home.  You do not have to have your entire home staged, you can choose to only have the main rooms done.  This will be enough to help your home be remembered and stand out.
  • Remove Clutter – This may be surprising, but many homeowners ignore this important step.  If your home is too cluttered it may appear sloppy and uncomfortable to potential buyers.  Dean Graziosi recommends that you spend a few hours and go through each room removing what it not essential to your daily life.  These items can then be placed in boxes and stored until you move.  Special attention should be paid to countertops and family spaces, these are the most common areas where clutter seems to accumulate.

During the listing process, you should share any new renovations that have been done and special features that your home may have with your agent.  They can then use this information to create a print and online description of your home that will capture the attention of potential buyers.  These simple steps will help you make your home more appealing and hopefully sell much faster than other home listed in your area.

How a Seller Can Get Multiple Offers on Their Home

sellerIf you’re a seller who has been waiting for the ideal time list your home, Dean Graziosi states that this may be the time.  With many markets experiencing a great deal of improvement, selling a home has just gotten a lot easier.  Sales are picking up and buyers are feeling more secure about purchasing a home.  But does this mean that there will be bidding wars on every home that is listed?  Probably not, but there are some things you can do as a seller to get multiple offers on your home.

One of the most important factors that can lead to multiple offers is if your home is in a desirable location.  This is the most common factor among homes that receive multiple offers.  Location is often the driving force behind many home buyers’ decision on whether or not to submit an offer.  If your home is located on a busy street, or the school district is not so great, you may not receive multiple offers on your home.  In this case, it is important that you work with your listing agent to determine the best price for your home.

In order for your home to become popular among buyers, it is important that it is priced right.  Buyers are always looking for the best value they can get, which means if your home is overpriced; it likely won’t see much traffic from interested buyers.  While there is no exact science when it comes to pricing a home, an experienced real estate agent will know the best price to list at to drive buyers to your door.  When you price your home at the bottom of the price range for your neighborhood, you will likely attract buyers and receive multiple offers on your home.

To make your home more appealing to buyers, it is important that you do everything you can to ensure that it shows well.  This includes giving your home a fresh coat of paint, make any cosmetic repairs, have the carpets professionally cleaned, and make the home as inviting as possible.  If you feel that after all of your efforts your home is still missing something, you can always bring in a professional staging company.  They have years of experience in making homes as appealing to buyers as possible, states Dean Graziosi.  Ask your agent if they have any recommendations, you do not need to have your entire home staged, just the main rooms that the buyer will see first.  This can go a long way in ensuring your home receives multiple offers.

Many homebuyers view homes online before they ever visit in person.  To ensure that your home looks as appealing as possible, you may want to consider having professional photos taken.  These types of photos are more appealing to buyers who view homes online.  The first impression your home makes on a buyer can be the difference between receiving an offer or going unnoticed.

Making Your Home Renovations Count

renovationsBefore putting your home on the market, you want to make all your home renovations count. Dean Graziosi has provided some tips to help you know which ones will help it sell.

Begin by assessing your home both inside and out. There may be changes you will be required to make. For example, plumbing or electrical issues will need to be repaired before the house is actually for sale, and sometimes it is necessary to replace the roof or flooring. There are some, however, that may not be necessary, but will help sell your home. The key is to choose wisely so you won’t be out any more money than needed.

The kitchen is among the most important rooms in the home. Kitchens are where a lot of activity takes place. People tend to spend a lot of time in this room, so make it count. Update any appliances that are no longer working properly or are not energy efficient. Home buyers of today look for energy efficiency, so place this at or near the top of your list. Replace any cabinetry or hardware that is in need of repair. Even the smallest of changes can make a huge difference. If the cabinets themselves don’t need to be replaced, at least consider painting the doors.

Make sure the flooring and countertops are in good shape. Prospective buyers will look at these types of details.

Keep in mind maintenance costs are different from renovations. As an article posted on usnews.com points out, sellers look at things like the replacement of a roof as routine maintenance rather than an actual renovation. Maintenance costs are necessary while renovations may be optional.

Renovate the bathrooms. Replace hardware and flooring is needed. Paint or put on new wallpaper. There’s nothing like a little color to brighten up a room. If your bathrooms are small, go with a color that will make the space feel and appear larger.

Consider finishing the basement. While unfinished basements have a variety of uses, many home buyers of today look for bonus rooms and spaces they can turn into game or media rooms. A finished basement with an additional bedroom and bathroom may also be a selling point because it would work well as in-law quarters.

Consider opening up smaller spaces. Open floor plans are popular these days, so knocking out a wall or two can help sell a home.

As stated above, don’t take on any renovation projects you can’t afford. Take care of the maintenance items first, then move onto the renovations. Tackle the least expensive ones first, then assess how much money you have left over for the others. You can learn more about this and other real estate topics by visiting Dean Graziosi’s website.

What to Know Before Attending An Open House

houseAttending an open house can be fruitful. It’s a way to view a property and learn more about it without the pressure that can sometimes be placed on you as a buyer when viewing on your own with a real estate agent. As a seller, you’ll need to decide whether or not you will benefit from submitting your home to one. Dean Graziosi provides some great tips for this in his real estate blog.

If you are like most home buyers of today, your search for a new property will begin online. When perusing real estate listings, look for great photos. These are what will initially provide you with visuals of the various listings. Detailed pictures are best because they really capture the different features that can really help sell a home in the end. Make a list of houses you would like to view and talk to your real estate agent about whether or not open houses will be held for these properties. If so, your agent will post the date and you can then make a list of those you would like to attend as well as their dates and times.

Go to an open house prepared. Know what you are looking for in a home and be ready to compare features of different properties. Keep in mind you probably won’t find all the features you want in one place the first time around, so you may have some decision making to do once all open houses have been visited. Then again, you just may find your dream home right away. Since you really never know how you’ll feel about a particular property until you view it, having a good idea of what you want before-hand will serve you well.

Take your time. When going through a home, don’t rush. Look at all the rooms and pay close attention to detail. This will help you decide whether or not you want to look at a particular home again or move onto the next. If you like what you see, chances are you’ll seriously consider it as the one you want to make your next home.

Open houses are a great way to view a home in person rather than simply online. As Dean Graziosi points out, sellers should take every opportunity to do this so more buyers can have the chance to see what is really for sale.

Look past the home staging. As an article in CNN Money advises, it’s easy to be so wowed by what you see that the important things are overlooked. Instead, look under window dressings and under rugs to view what may have been covered up.

Open houses can be beneficial, and you can learn a lot by attending them. You can read more about this topic by visiting Dean Graziosi’s blog.