Tuesday, May 2, 2023 / by Alvina Usher
There’s a surprise knock at the door… it’s your real estate photographer, all set to take shots for your real estate listing! Except dark clouds loom over head, your beanie baby collection sits out on full display, stacks of mail clutter every corner, and weeds have taken over the lawn.
Even clever angles and a brilliant professional behind the camera can’t save you now.
The moral of the story? Don’t underestimate how much coordination and prep work goes into getting the best possible photos for your home listing—it’s not a step where you can afford to drop the ball.
“You only get one bite at the apple, so it’s important to have good photos. We’re in a day and age when buyers are very visual and they look at things quickly, so you’ve got to catch their eye.”
Plus, 89% of the buyers who used the internet as part of their home search found photos to be “very useful.” And 51% recent home buyers reg ...
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 / by Alvina Usher
1. The price is too high
When it comes to reasons a home isn’t selling, if it’s not condition, it’s always price, and in fact, it’s usually always price.
What’s the fix?
In most cases, it’s time for a price drop.
A price cut may sound like the kiss of death for getting the value you’d hoped for. But in reality price reductions are quite common and sometimes necessary to reel buyers in.
2. You missed the market’s peak
Real estate isn’t as volatile as the stock market, but it can quietly shift while you aren’t paying attention.
What’s the fix?
Keep up with what’s going on in the market and examine a buyer’s options in real time.
Taking that journey with a professional allows sellers to arrive at a better understanding of how their home stacks up against others and how they can improve its appeal to buyers.
Depending on what the competition looks like, a seller may either ; ...
Monday, April 3, 2023 / by Alvina Usher
Cleaning Your House to Sell?
Checklist for Homeowners
Deep cleaning a house for sale sets the stage for professional quality photos and effective staging that enables buyers to visualize a property as their future home.
Moreover, a clean house gets your listing buyer-ready for successful showings. When your house is super clean from top to bottom, buyers see a pristine home they are more receptive to overlooking missing wishlist items like a must-have fireplace.
But the chore of deep cleaning an entire house on your own can feel overwhelming. To help make the task more manageable, we’ve put together a house cleaning checklist so you can reduce overwhelm and work at your own pace.
More information about Selling Your House and preparation of the house for sale you can find in my FREE book.
Cleaning your house to sell: checklist
Declutter and depersonalize
Stacks of papers on the kitchen table, family photos on all the walls. Toiletries left on the bathroom sin. ...
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 / by Alvina Usher
How to Clean Out Your House to Sell and Increase its Value by 3%-5%
If you took the time to count every item in the average American household at the rate of one item per second, you would be counting continuously for nearly three and a half days. And if you’re reading this article, the home you are looking to declutter and sell is at risk of being above the 300,000 items average.
Whether you’re selling the home you’ve been in for decades, or are facing an unexpected sale due to the death of a loved one, settling assets in a divorce, or getting out from underneath a mound of debt, the task of decluttering prior to a sale may feel daunting. But it doesn’t have to be.
Welcome to the ultimate guide for how to clean out your home before you list it for sale. We’ll break down the process into simple, tried-and-true steps based on our research, and the expertise of decluttering.
Ground zero: getting started when you don’t know wher; ...
Sunday, March 12, 2023 / by Alvina Usher
Selling your home in 2023?
I’ve put together a guide on how to market your house for sale with all the modern trimmings in mind.
Beautiful photos with adequate lighting, a storybook description, and online visibility have long been key tenets of effectively marketing a home
Real estate agents are marketing aficionados so if you’ve hired a great one, LIKE ME ????, I will take charge of your marketing plan. If you’re selling a house by owner, these are the marketing priorities you’ll need to consider to find a buyer.
Either way, it’s helpful to be educated on the process. So let’s take a look at how to market your listing like the prettiest gift under the Christmas tree.
More information about Selling Your House you can find in my FREE book.
Set a competitive price
Get an estimate with a comparative market analysis (CMA)from your real estate agent.
A CMA takes into account the price of recently sold properties in your ar. ...