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Protecting Your Home from a House Showing

Selling your house can be a daunting task. It becomes even more daunting when you consider the fact that people you don’t know will be in your home with your possessions. While you shouldn’t jump to conclusions about anyone, theft can occur during a house showing.  You can protect your home against robbery with just a few easy steps.

Remove any Valuables:
Jewels, money, and anything holding sentimental value should be either hidden or removed from a house during a showing. You should also consider removing any spare keys you might have and prescription medicine. You never know what someone may want.

Take Down Your List of Passwords:
If you have a list of passwords taped to your computer screen, be sure to remove it. The last thing you want is someone stealing your identity because you left your bank account information out in the open. Make sure that you also hide your Wi-Fi password, as some thieves can use this as a gateway to all of your accounts.

Hide any Personal Information:
You should also hide or remove any personal information like credit card statements, or even your high school diploma. These items can be used to steal your identity, and best removed when showing a house.

Keep the Security System Installed:
If you have a security system installed, wait until after the sale has closed to remove it. Keeping the security system installed means you have an extra set of eyes in the house, and the home is monitored even when you aren’t there. Make sure you tell your real estate agent if you plan on doing this.

Utilize Group Showings:
Group showings are another excellent way to gain an extra set of eyes. By having multiple people view the home at once you have others to watch the house for you, and deter thieves. Group showings can also cause buyers to become more competitive, and they may point out some of the best features of the house to each other.

Use a Sign-In Sheet:
Using a sign-in sheet allows you to have a written record of everyone who came into the house. Ask for them to sign a paper and show ID. Thieves will be reluctant to give a name. If they appear unwilling but eventually provide you with information,  tell your real estate agent to pay special attention to that person.

Check the House After a Showing:
After a showing, be sure to check the house and make sure no valuables are missing, and all the windows and doors are locked. In some instances, a thief may unlatch a window or door in hopes of coming back later.

Security is important to both you and your realtor, but you can’t keep eyes on everyone that enters your home all the time. The tips above can help you feel comfortable and confident when showing your home.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Tell Me It’s Pretty!

There are plenty of steps to selling a house, and a significant amount of them falls on the sellers. A simple vacuum and window washing session isn’t enough to be buyer friendly. Part of what may need to take into consideration is if anything needs replacing, for instance, carpets, windows, or appliances. There’s also deciding on if you want a new paint job, maybe for both interior and exterior, and cleaning up all the clutter that is still floating around and unboxed.

It’s a lot, but don’t get too overwhelmed just yet. These kinds of details need to happen one step at a time. It’s not good to have too many projects going at once, at the risk of each of them having subpar results. Luckily, there are some details of home selling that can easily be finished. One of the biggest one’s is creating a space that buyers can see themselves living in.

How do you do that? Well, there are a couple of ways.

  1. Remove Family Pictures, Trophies, Memorabilia, etc.
  • People that come to view your home want to be able to envision themselves in the space, just as much as you have. Leaving your children’s crayon pictures on the fridge and having souvenirs you got from your Bahaman cruise on the mantle, isn’t the best strategy. It will cause buyers to get distracted and focus less on the positive selling points on the home. Even if you temporarily put them in boxes in storage, it’s better to leave a house as clean and empty as possible.
  1. Fresh, Neutral Paint
  • Considering re-painting the walls? That probably is a great idea. A blue or green wall is too over personalized and may only appeal to your eye. Allow the walls to have more earthy, light tones, this gives the buyers a clean canvas appeal. Another bonus is that, in some cases, it can even help make the rooms appear brighter and bigger.
  1. Take Care of the Smaller Details
  • Is that leaky faucet in the kitchen not fixed? Then grab your wrench. Are there stains in the carpet? Get a sturdy carpet cleaner and erase as much as you can, or consider getting a small area rug. Tighten loose bolts, fix chipped tiles, and ensure your appliances are in working order, in case the buyer wants to try them out. They shouldn’t be concerned with the minor fixer-uppers that you may have chosen to ignore. While larger issues will take time, and require more professional handling, these small changes can quickly turn the state of your home around.

Selling a home is a long process and shouldn’t be started too late. You need to allow yourself time to make your space as beautiful and comfortable as possible. Remember, the buyers have their own real estate stresses that require attention. It is possible to make the whole process easier for everyone involved with your efforts, no matter how small!

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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The One Mistake Keeping You from Selling Your House

Your house has been on the market for months, but no one seems interested. You’ve hired an agent, followed all their advice and had shown up to every open house, so what are you doing wrong? You may not realize it, but I’ve already mentioned one of the biggest mistakes sellers make when trying to sell their house. The worst thing someone trying to sell a house can do is be present at all home showing events. This includes, but is not limited to:

Broker Tour and Caravans
Home Showing Appointments
Open Houses
Home Inspections Paid for by the Buyers
Buyer’s appraisal

If you show up to any of these events, you could potentially hurt your ability to sell your house.  It can be difficult to understand, how you are hurting your potential sale when you’re only trying to help. Below are just a few reasons why homeowners should stay away when trying to sell their house.

Agents Need to Talk
When a seller is at a caravan or broker tour, agents who are helping your real estate agent can’t discuss things like amenities, the condition of the house, or pricing issues. These are the exact issues your agent wants advice on. When they don’t feel comfortable discussing these issues, your agent can’t do their job, and it wastes time.

The same goes for the Buyer’s agent. A realtor’s job is to help buyers picture themselves in a home. This is going to be extremely difficult to do if the people that live there are present and keep talking about their favorite parts of the house, and all the times they enjoyed there.

Agents Need to Work
Your real estate agent won’t be able to do their job if you’re trying to do it for them. A realtor’s job is to advise, market, advertise, and produce a buyer. They don’t need you to do these things for them, and by not allowing them to their job, you’ve wasted your money.  Anything you want buyers to be aware of you can tell your real estate agent beforehand.

Have Confidence
You need to have confidence that your agent will do their job efficiently. If you feel like you have to be there to make sure your agent doesn’t mess up it may be time to find a new agent. Here’s a link to an article that has some tips for hiring a real estate agent.

Buyers Need to Talk
When you are present in the home buyers won’t feel comfortable raising their concerns to their realtor. That means anything they have questions about will go unaddressed and unresolved, and you’re less likely to get a sale.

If you’re looking to sell a house, one of the best things you can do is not be in it. Following this one rule will allow comfort for all involved and keeps you from wasting time and money.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Don’t Let the Dogs Out

Pets have always been known to be man’s best friend. When it comes to selling your home, however, they aren’t as desired. In addition to all the other matters that come with putting a home on the market, how you will handle your pets during an open house is an issue that needs consideration.

A pet can easily distract the potential buyers, along with the smells. As painful as it may be, the best option is to try and send them away. The ultimate goal is to have as many showings as possible. The buyers should feel comfortable inspecting your house, and the reality is, not every one will be able to overlook a pet.  To give yourself some extra leeway, include in your listing that an animal may remain on the premise. Remember to put the dogs’ name and have a caution sign on the door or lock box.

Also, take into consideration how your pet behaves. If you’re confident that your pet can remain calm and quiet, you may have a better chance of keeping them around. A hard fact to understand is that not all animals are friendly. If they’re trained to be wary of strangers or are a barker, then they can negatively impact how a buyer views the house. Sometimes, even the idea that a pet is living there can turn them off. There are also people who may be allergic or even afraid of pets. It’s best to keep the buyer’s interests in mind.

A mini vacation for your pets can be an affordable way to go. Although this might seem like just a fancy way of saying ‘put your pets in a cage,’ it’s a viable option. There are multiple pet hotel/care facilities that will look after your pet for a duration of time. Another option is to find a family member or friend who’d be willing to look after your furry or scaly friend, at least during open house hours. It’s not a good idea to leave the safety of your pets up to the realtor and potential buyers. While you could keep them behind a closed door, limiting full access to your home isn’t the best angle by realtor standards.

Regardless of where the placement of your pet will be, it’s important to remember what needs to be taken care of before opening your home. Be sure to remove any beds, toys, litter boxes, food bowls, and other items that show a pet lives there. Fix any damages made by the pets and odors that may linger. Steaming carpets and vacuuming can eliminate the smells and hair that pets leave behind.

Don’t take the considerations as a slap in the face toward your pets. It merely is a means to give you the best chance of selling your home and having successful showings. The stress and change during this time are never easy to get through, so consider what can be done to help alleviate some of the burdens.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Spend as Little Money as Possible

Selling a home is a huge investment of time. It’s not as simple as vacuuming the floors and washing the windows to have a house ready to be put on the market. However, people tend to think that it does require a large portion of their own money spent on renovations. That idea is simply not the case. The reality is that the smaller changes made to the exterior and interior can make a lot of difference. Things like painting the outside, adding landscaping, and de-cluttering the rooms all help enhance the quality of the home. While there may be a few expensive items to fix, like updating appliances and replacing carpets, it all goes back to how much you are willing to spend to help sell your home. To help figure this out, there are several different options to consider so you can make the most off your house.

Hire an Experienced Listing Agent

This is one aspect of marketing that you should not cheap out on. A cheaper agent may charge lower commissions, but that doesn’t guarantee their marketing strategies or services would bring in more profit for the final sale of your home. An experienced agent will tell you what return you could expect from any personal investment and has extensive knowledge of what the real estate market entails. Plus, they provide pricing guidance based on market supply, demand, and conditions to help the sellers choose the best listing price.

House Pricing

You don’t want to undersell your home, but at the same time, you don’t want to overprice it and turn away potential buyers. To figure out the perfect medium, compare prices on homes sold in the past three months. It will determine what competition there is, what area pricing is in, and what kinds of homes people are buying. It also helps to tour open houses that may be happening in your neighborhood. This gives you time to check out housing trends and see what most appeals to buyers.

Correctly Market Your Home

If you want the phones to ring, it’s essential to have quality marketing. It will make the phones ring and, for buyers, it can amount to whether the house is sellable or if its appeal has expired. Clean and well-taken photos are a great place to start. Take pictures of the front in good daylight, shoot up-close and angled photo’s, show off the space of the property, and clear all items blocking any features of the home. For interior photos, be sure to turn on lights and catch details that might appeal to buyers, like fireplaces and the condition of the floors and countertops. With advancements in technology, it’s now even possible to have virtual home tours! This allows a complete 360 view, providing probably the best overall look of the house and its features.

Real estate can be a risky business and requires a great deal of knowledge. Properly investing in your home should result in you making more than you spent, while still taking pride in what you’re selling.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Seven Quick Tips for Selling Your House While You Are Still Living There

Whether you plan on selling your house yourself or hiring a real estate agent, it’s important to keep your house looking it’s best to sell it quickly. Here are a few quick tips on how to do just that.

  1. Clean up: This one may seem obvious, but it’s harder to maintain than you think. You need to get in the habit of putting things back after you use them. If you leave glasses out or laundry on the couch, that’s all people will notice.
  2. Throw All Your Trash Into One Trash Bin: When cleaning up your clutter, you need to take out the trash or, better yet, stop using the little trash cans you keep in the bathroom and bedrooms. These are often the bins we throw our dirty tissues and q-tips in. These are also the trash bins that get forgotten in the last quick clean up before showing the house. To keep buyers from seeing these items, start throwing all your trash into one bin, that way you only have one to empty.
  3. Make Your Home a Blank Canvas: This means removing any photos of your grandkids or kids and taking down the turkey hand your granddaughter drew from the fridge. Just like you are looking for a fresh start and new place, so are the people viewing your home. You need to clear out those things so whoever is viewing the home can picture themselves in it.
  4. Remove Personal Items You Don’t Want Anyone to See: People are going to be walking through your house and rummaging your draws and desks. This is the time to start clearing out anything you don’t want anyone to see. View this as a packing up, because if you follow these tips it won’t be long before you are moving out.
  5. Display your storage space: So you’ve removed personal items and cleaned up all the clutter, but you still have items you need to store. Often you don’t need to move these items out of the house. Instead, use it as a selling point for buyers. People love to see the amount of space in a house; use that to your advantage.
  6. Prep Your House: When you’re trying to sell your house, you need your house to be ready for staging. Lighting, music, room temperature, all contribute to the final product. Real estate agents may not come in enough time to prep the room to perfection. Remember, you want your house to sell as quickly as possible. In order to make it happen, it needs to be seen from all of it’s best angles.
  7. Maintain or Fix Up the Lawn: The outside of your house is just as important as the inside. If you plan on selling, invest in some landscaping. Keep in mind that this is the first impression buyers are going to get from your home, so it needs to be good.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Be Confident In The Asking Price

There comes a time when you’re going to have to sell your house. And whether it’s the first or third one you’ve bought, it’s going to be difficult selling at the price you want. That being said, when selling your home, make sure you are confident enough to sell at your asking price or else be prepared for a whole lot of unwanted headache.

If you have a high asking price, justify it in a manner that makes it seem foolish to take any less for your home than what you initially offered. Here’s how to be confident in the asking price when selling your house.

Set A Reasonable Asking Price

Pricing your home for its true value is extremely important. And although you’ve spent so much time and money on updating and remodeling, it’s best to be honest with the home’s full value. This means avoiding any emotional decisions or personal attachments that would leave you to raise the listing price. For instance, the room you built an extension in may be important to you, but unfortunately, it won’t be for others. So once you set a reasonable listing price, just know it will be hard for buyers to argue on it continually.

Plus, if you live in a “hot” market, chances are there are more buyers than sellers and prices are most likely being raised because of that high demand. Therefore, if you are confident enough, you can price your house more aggressively.

On the other hand, if you live in a “cold” market, it’s the exact opposite. Buyers tend to be more selective, and pricing usually needs to be below market value to attract an offer. If you are confident in your asking price, however, and are sure that your home is worth that or more, than that will definitely show the buyer it’s a good investment and a good buy.

Highlighting Your Home’s Best Features

Another way to show confidence is by highlighting your home’s many features and attributes that you are proud of or make your home shine. Doing this will only showcase your confidence in the home more because it shows how valuable the home can be. For instance, maybe you’re proud of the newly updated kitchen or remodeled bathroom. If you’re confident in these attributes then the buyers will trust in you and see the house for what it’s worth.

Be sure to highlight your home’s curb appeal. Maybe your home is the only one on the street who has the best looking lawn. If that’s the case, then use that to negotiate with the buyer. Remember, when it comes to buying a home, first impressions have a huge impact. Don’t forget to spend some time landscaping. The first thing buyers will always remember is a clean and well-kept home.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Trends in Real Estate

An important part of starting any business is being aware of the trends that go on throughout the year and knowing what is expected to change. There’s no point in continuing with a business if a person doesn’t ever change up their marketing strategies and promote what’s hot during a certain time of year. This matters dramatically for the housing market.

Changing trends in real estate affect your long-term financial status. Knowing when to buy or sell is an important one to keep tabs on. For example, according to Fortune Builders, 2017’s housing market showed homes being sold quicker than the previous year. This is important to note because another trend in housing for this year was seeing more millennials buying their first home. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the millennial population is about 75.4 million people, surpassing the 74.9 million baby boomer population. Being aware of this can put home sellers at a great advantage when trying to sell affordable homes out in the suburbs.

It’s critical for investors to evaluate the real estate market so they know what trends to market on in the future. While anything can change, being ahead of the game can make the transition into different trends much smoother. Another reason to stay ahead is so you’re aware of the type of inventory, regarding housing, that is available. Depending on the location and features, prices for homes can increase, decrease, or stall, according to Realty Times. It gives sellers and buyers a clue on what the short-term and long-term prospects are on the house and if it’s better to act now or later, even if it’s better to wait a year.

Realty Times goes on to explain that knowing real estate trends also lets people know what the process of buying or selling a home will be like. If sellers are having a good season, offers on a home are usually expected to be higher. This helps set the listing price, determine how long it will take to sell, and if there may be any delays when selling.

Investopedia makes an excellent point on how it’s necessary for a property investor to adapt. It’s the only way to be ahead of the curve when commercial and residential markets continue to get new trend developments. Another example is how live streaming and live broadcasts are increasing with new technology. This is a huge trend that the real estate market can take hold of. Sellers can provide live streaming from their house and show off the rooms and features, allowing people to watch in real time. This saves time and money preparing an open house and sparing buyers the travel, especially if it’s in a remote area from them.

Trends change practically every few months in multiple aspects of everyday life. Real estate is no exception and being aware of the changes can help ensure a successful home closing!

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Take A Look At Popular Homes In Your Area

Not only is selling a home about price and location; it’s also about selling the most popular feature about it. If you don’t know what yours might be, an excellent way to find out would be to take a look at other homes in your area that are popular.

Ask yourself, what makes them so special? Do they have a beautiful well-kept garden, or an enormous backyard? Then ask yourself, what do I have? Whatever it may be, find your home’s best attribute and make it your main selling point.

But if you are having trouble finding one, here are some things to look for in your home when identifying the best feature about it.

Location
The number one thing sellers can rely on when selling a home is location. Although there is nothing wrong with this, you don’t want to be seen as common. Everyone is looking for a good location, but what about yours in particular that is the best or worth buying?

Therefore, make known that your house is the only house nearest to the supermarket, or it’s the easiest to leave the neighborhood without running into traffic. Identifying these unique features of the home will sell it quickly for sure.

The Site
Aside from location, another good thing to look for in your home is the site or area. If the house is on a hill, does it have a view? Do all the windows face away from looking into the neighbor’s home? If so, these would be great features to announce about the house.

The Neighborhood
Another thing to consider is identifying if your neighborhood is the best feature about your home. Try to think about what kind of area you live in. Are the neighbors friendly? Does it feel safe, or does it look clean? By identifying these features and making it a selling point, it will be a deal breaker for some potential buyers.

The Curb Appeal
Now, the other thing that should impress buyers should be your curb appeal. Look around your house and try to guess what the overall feel of the house is. Do you live a laid-back lifestyle or a more modern one? Understanding the personality of the home will attract buyers to buy the home best suited for their needs and personal preference.

The Kitchen
Lastly, the best thing to make a selling point is the kitchen. If you have a newly renovated kitchen, this can be one of the best things about the house. It’s not surprising if a potential buyer is more focused on the kitchen then the house itself. The kitchen is, in fact, the room most spent in by a family than any other room. It is also the staple of the home, new or old. However, by advertising the new cabinets or island just added, won’t hurt during the selling process.

The key is to identify the best feature or thing about your house, then making that the main selling point of the house. You will be glad you did.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/

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Ask For Advice From Family And Friends

When selling a home, you should never make decisions on your own. Or be alone for that matter. Therefore, always ask for advice from friends and family. This is because sometimes there could be a better option for you out there that your family found before you did.

Moreover, if you have friends or family members who have sold their homes for a good amount, ask them for advice too. Even if they were just lucky selling it, it doesn’t hurt to ask for some pointers on how they did it.

So, here are some reasons why you should seek advice from friends or family members when selling a house.

The Price
The first thing you should ask advice on is about the price. For some, finding the true value of your home can be difficult. You wouldn’t know where to start because you think everything about your home is worth something. But with the right resources guiding you, it can be easy finding out what is your main asset.

Therefore, ask your friends or family member on how they decided on the price they sold it for. In doing so, can help you figure out a fair, but reasonable amount to make money off your home.

The Agent
Another reason to ask friends or family for advice is because they were probably not alone in the home selling process. Meaning, they probably worked with a real estate agent to help sell their home.

Therefore, ask them who their agent was and ask them if you can get in contact with them. This could help you get the best deal for your home because real estate agents have a lot of knowledge about home selling.

The Selling Process
You can also ask your friends and family how it went for them. Sometimes, selling your home doesn’t go the way you planned. Your house is sitting on the market for months, with no offers made. But having a friend or family member that has experienced this before, it would behoove you to ask how the selling process went for them and how they dealt with it all.

It could relieve some stress for you and help you gain some more courage to sell your house.

Refer Back To
Lastly, a good reason to ask family or friends for advice is because you have someone to answer your questions. Sometimes, your partner or agent doesn’t know you like your friends or family knows you. So, when you are having a tough time making decisions, referring back these people or asking for advice is great when selling your home.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/