- What makes a house sell?
There are six major factors that influence the sale: the sale price, the terms of sale, the condition of the house, its location, its accessibility, and the extent of marketing exposure for your house.
- How long should it take to sell?
Average listing times are dependent on market conditions in a particular region, town, or even neighborhood. Pricing, terms, condition, location, accessibility, and marketing exposure also play a part in how long it might take to sell your house.
- What if I do have to sell my current house first?
Property Brokers of Minnesota offers a guaranteed-sale plans, which are essentially a written promise to buy your house at a pre-determined price if it doesn't sell by a certain date.
- How do I price my house?
It is important that you are realistic about your home's value and price it accordingly. To determine the fair market value, I can supply information on comparable homes that have sold or gone under contract in your area.
- Should I fix my house up before it goes on the market?
In most cases, you will want to do some "fix ups" to get your house ready for sale. The type and amount of fix ups depend on the price you're asking, the time you have to sell, and the present condition of the house.
- How do I create curb appeal?
Clean and neat sells. Neutral paint, an immaculate lawn, trimmed shrubbery, a freshly sealed driveway, potted plants at the front door give buyers a good first impression.
- What should I do to make the house show better?
Make your house look as clean and spacious as possible. Try to fix any cosmetic flaws you've noticed. Paint rooms that need it, re-grout tile, remove or replace worn-out carpets. Replace dated faucets, light fixtures, and the handles and knobs on your kitchen drawers and cabinets if needed. Make it easy for prospective buyers to imagine your house as their home.
- What's an MLS and why do I need one?
A Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a resource to help you reach a large number of prospective buyers and dramatically increase the exposure of a property.
- How important is advertising?
As always, advertising is an important component in the marketing process. I have the knowledge and resources to market your home through an array of proven modern methods and to determine the type of advertising that is best for your property. My main focus of advertising is the Internet. Research shows that over 80% of home buyers begin their search on the Internet.
- Why use a realtor to help me buy a home?
I have the background and skills to help you through each step of the process, and make the experience of finding, buying and moving into your new home as smooth, quick and enjoyable as it can be. I can be a valuable source of information about market trends; communities and neighborhoods; and homes for sale throughout the area.
- Should I have a home inspector look at the home before I buy it?
Before you sign any written offer, make sure that it includes an inspection clause, which says that your purchase obligation is contingent on the findings of a professional home inspector.
- Do I need to use a lawyer to buy a home?
Because the legal paperwork involved in buying a home can be confusing, many people prefer to work with a lawyer. Your lawyer will review contracts and make you aware of any special considerations and potential problems. Your lawyer can accompany you to the closing to help make everything go as smoothly as possible.
If you don't know a real estate attorney, I can recommend one.