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Things Homebuyers Look for When Looking at Your House

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When you sell your home, what do buyers look for when they come see it?

When a buyer pulls up to the curb, they will look for three things: fresh paint, a well-groomed lawn, and an inviting entryway. Take a step outside and examine the exterior of your home. Do you need to change anything that will make your home look more appealing?

Once inside, buyers will look for any updates you may have done. Updates to your kitchen and bathroom will go a long way to getting top dollar for your home.

Buyers are looking for space.

 

Lastly, buyers are looking for space. If you look around and see only you in your house, then it’s time to declutter. Taking your things out of the space allows the buyer to be able to see their things in your home.

If you have any questions about this topic or you’re looking to buy or sell a home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re always happy to help!

How Pre-Inspections Can Help Your Home Sale

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If you are thinking about selling your home, there are several great reasons to order a home inspection before you put it on the market.

Pre-inspections help you play offense instead of defense during your home sale. If issues arise during the pre-inspection, we can address those issues before you put your home on the market.

 

Pre-inspections allow you to play offense
instead of defense.

 

We can send you a list of inspectors that we have worked with in the past. They are incredibly professional and can even help you add value to your home.

If you have any other questions about pre-inspections or if you are interested in our list of recommended home inspectors, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

10 Reasons to Sell This Holiday Season

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If your house is listed for sale, there are 10 reasons why you should keep it listed during the holiday season.

  1. People who look for homes during the holidays are more serious buyers. I'm currently working with two relocation clients who want to get their kids enrolled in school before the new year's semester, so they really want to get a deal done.
  2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays. This means less competition and more money for sellers currently on the market.
  3. Since inventory will increase dramatically in January, there will be less demand for your home, meaning less money. You want to get sold before the new year starts.
  4. Houses show better when they're decorated for the holidays. Make the house look nice, but don't go overboard. You want buyers to be able to see themselves living in your house.
  5. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays, so they're more likely to pay your price. Seeing a crackling fire and a beautiful Christmas tree lets buyers envision having a holiday or their own in the house.
  6. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons.
  7. January is traditionally the month for employees to start new jobs. Since transferees can't wait until spring to buy, your house must be listed now to capture that market.
  8. You can restrict showings during the holidays. You can stay on the market during the holidays, you just won't have to bring in buyers during the six or seven holiday days. We can guide you to the best times to temporarily suspend showings.
  9. You can sell now for more money and we'll provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year. We can get the house under contract and then work with the buyer to see if we can close later in December and move in right after the new year starts. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy the holidays and do all the moving right after.
  10. By selling now, you may have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring when there are more homes on the market for less money. This will let you sell high now and buy low in the spring.

If you have any more questions about selling a home this winter, give us a call or send us an email. We'd love to work with you!

How to Win in the Kansas City Market

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I wanted to give you three tips for navigating the Kansas City market, which has high demand and low inventory.

Buyers today are still experiencing the frenzy of trying to work through this market. Because we only have 2.5 months of supply, the question I’m asked most often by buyers is, “How can we be sure we get the house?" Here’s how:

 

Buyers today are experiencing a frenzy.

 

  1. Hire an experienced buyer’s agent, and work with a great lender. Putting these together will help you present a strong offer that shows you as a buyer in the best light.
  2. Put your best foot forward right from the start. Make your best offer at the beginning, and let it be one you’re comfortable with no matter what. People ask about waiving appraisals and inspections, so it’s important to speak with your agent about how it will affect the transaction. Check with the lender to find out if they’re comfortable with those things as well.
  3. Be patient. Sometimes listing agents will continue to market a home even if offers are flowing in. If you made your best offer, relax and be patient knowing what you’ve presented.

We may not have a crystal ball, but what we can tell you is that even if you don’t get the house you put an offer in on, your agent is constantly working to find you a great home.

If you have any more questions about our market, give me a call or send me an email. I hope to hear from you soon!

Now’s the Time to Sell in Kansas City

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I wanted to point out three reasons why now is a great time of year to sell your home:

  1. Back to school: Now that school has started, all the summer responsibilities and vacations are over, and you’ll have lots of people coming to take a look.
  2. Relocation clients: This time of year, corporations are looking at bringing in new people to the area, and this time of year is always busy for us in Kansas City. The shortage of inventory will help you here, as well.
  3. Weather: It’s the best weather of the year with temperatures in the 70s and flowers blooming. It’s not 100 degrees out, so people won’t mind walking around seeing homes - they’ll actually enjoy the weather.

With temperatures in the 70s, people love
looking at homes.

If you have any more questions, or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in Kansas City this time of year give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to help you out!

How to Avoid Hiring a Bad Agent in Kansas City

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If you’re in the market to hire an agent with your real estate needs, there are four questions you need to ask before making a decision:

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  • What is the agent’s experience? This varies from agent to agent, so you need to do your homework. Are they new to the industry? Take a look at their track record to ensure they’ve helped clients accomplish their goals in the past!
  • What is the communication plan? Once you’ve had a showing, how quickly will the agent be able to get back to you? How candid will they be about feedback? You want an agent who has a great communication plan because that is what it takes to get a home sold.
  • Is the agent passive or active? There are two ways to sell a home, but the active method gets better results. An active agent is out in the field, constantly working to find buyers for your home.
  • Does the agent have the right tools to get your home sold? Do they have systems to capture buyer leads, great online marketing to showcase your home, and tools in place to help you get an offer quickly? An agent needs to have a great deal of real estate resources in order to get top dollar for your home!

If you have any questions about how to go about finding the right agent for you and your family, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!