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Ever wonder what potential buyers for your home are looking for? Wonder no more. The National Association of REALTORS 2013 Home Features Survey tells it all and it really depends upon whether the home the prospective buyer is looking at is new or previously owned.
According to the survey, the dream list for most buyers includes:
Walk-in closet in master bedroom
Ensuite master bathroom
New kitchen appliances
Stainless steel appliances
The percentage of buyers who ranked each of these items as "very important" was directly correlated to a new versus previously owned house. If the buyer was looking at a new home, each of these items had a high percentage of "very important" rankings. If the buyer was looking at a previously owned house, the percentage of those buyers ranking these same items as "very important" fell from 15 percent to more than 50 percent.
What does this data tell you if you're selling or thinking of selling your home? In a nutshell, buyer expectations for your home are lower than their expectations for a brand new home. Homebuilders had better put upgrades everywhere to sell their homes. You, on the other hand, will get a bit more leeway from prospective buyers who don't expect to find all of these wish-list items in your home. But if you do have some of them, that might just seal the deal.
And if you have these wanna-have features, or even if you don't, make sure your real estate agent takes a lot of photos of your home or property and posts them in your online listing. In the National Association of REALTORS 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, nearly 100 percent ranked photos and detailed information about the property as at least "somewhat useful," with more than 80 percent ranking them as "very useful."
These results aren't surprising in an age when people do most of their home shopping online. Just imagine. It wasn't long ago that buyers had to sit down with their agent and cull through one-page listing sheets with a few photos to come up with their list of contenders. The great thing about going digital is that buyers can look through hundreds of properties to get a feel for neighborhoods, features, realistic prices and more. Now, it's truly a case of "show, don't tell," so make sure your agent snaps flattering shots of your property and plenty of them to upload with your listing. That virtual tour might leave a potential buyer wanting to see the real thing.
The old saying goes that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location. And while location is undoubtedly a critical issue, not even the best location might overcome the ramifications of the five mistakes every seller should avoid.
There's an art to pricing a home correctly. An agent has to understand the dynamics of the current local market, how a property stacks up to comparables and how all of that information translates into the reasonable listing price. The Home Team knows how to set a price that will attract a buyer while not shorting your profit margin.
Mistake #2: Not preparing your home to sell
You have to get your house ready to sell before you list it. That might mean a little paint here or there, a few potted plants in the porch and a good cleaning job. Or, it might mean you go ahead and replace that ancient hot water heater or those crumbling concrete steps. The Home Team will guide you in what you should invest your time and money in to make your home sell faster and for more money.
Mistake #3: Ineffective marketing
If a perfect home is for sale and no one knows about it, does it make a sound? With apologies for the mixed metaphors, it won't make that "chi-ching" you want it to make. The Home Team combines sound traditional marketing with savvy digital marketing to let the broadest audience possible know that your home is waiting for them.
Mistake #4: Hiring the wrong agent
Basically, all of these mistakes can occur if you don't have a full-time, dedicated and experienced agent working for you. The Home Team has the best agents in northeast Missouri with a proven track record and a bevy of more-than-satisfied clients. Find out for yourself.
Mistake #5: Failure to agree before the offer
Your Home Team agent will make the entire selling process as easy as possible for you, but has to work with your preferences to make that happen. It's important that before you get the first offer on your home, you express your preferences on key items like the amount of money you need to make on the sale, closing date, compromises you're willing to make and more. The Home Team will discuss these types of things with you at the beginning of the process.
Start with the RE/MAX Home Team and you can be confident you'll avoid these top five mistakes and any others that could make the experience a bad one for you. Join the Home Team today!
The temps are cold but the market is warming up! Spring Market 2013 is here! New listings are coming on every day & interest rates remain low. If you are thinking about Buying OR Selling, NOW is the time! Get started early & take advantage of the entire Spring Market! The HOME TEAM is waiting for your call @ 665-8100!
Success in real estate -- and that means YOUR success in buying or selling your property -- means finding an agent who doesn't even have to think about going the extra mile for you. That's just how she operates. Check out the ways the Home Team is literally above the crowd:http://gocehisa.hubpages.com/hub/Going-the-Extra-Real-Estate-Mile
Unless you build a custom home, it's unlikely you'll just walk into that "perfect" house. It might be close, but you'll probably put your own stamp on it. And why not? After all, a house is essentially a box with a lot of moving parts.
You might want to think about finding your dream house while real estate prices and mortgage rates are so low. You'll probably have to invest a little time and money to make it your dream house, but start with a good box and it can be done: http://gocehisa.hubpages.com/hub/A-Matter-of-Potential
The vilified adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) has been blamed for many homeowners losing their homes in foreclosure. And 30-year fixed mortgage rates at historical lows appear to be a no-brainer right now. Contrary to popular belief, an ARM might be the better path to take for some homeowners with mortgage rates for the first five years at half of the fixed rate. Read this article and weigh the pros and cons for yourself: http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/30/adjustable-rate-mortgage/
We have several new listings on Thousand Hills Lake Road!
Four custom homes built by four motivated sellers who now find their nests too large.
Like French Eclectic? We’ve got that.
Like Modern? We’ve got that.
Like English Tudor? We’ve got that.
Like Victorian? We’ve got that too.
Whatever style you prefer, imagine yourself living on multi-acre, wooded lots where you can enjoy privacy and serenity just minutes from Kirksville and even closer to Forest Lake in Thousand Hills State Park.
The Home Team is turning 1 this month! It has been a great first year serving the Buyers & Sellers of Northeast Missouri! We are thankful for all of our wonderful clients & look forward to serving the community for many years to come. In honor of our 1 year anniversary we would like to get 100 additional "likes" on our facebook page by 5/11/12! Help us out by going to www.facebook.com/REMAXHomeTeam Like Us & share with your friends!
The girls of the Home Team celebrating at the annual Northeast Central Association's Award of Excellence Meeting~ Congrats to Vicki Benson on her Pinnacle Level Award, closing more than $5,000,000 in transactions in 2011!
Our office specializes in a small team approach, offering you a more personal & effective experience. Results don't come from large numbers. They come from full-time agents who are hard-working and dedicated to their clients and their needs. Ask the big companies how many of their agents are depending solely on real estate for their income...Who says bigger is better?
The Spring Market continues to go crazy! Several Buyers found new homes last week & several Home Team Sellers got their properties SOLD last week! New listings are coming on daily but they are selling fast too! Call today to get in!!! 665-8100
Rates have dropped again!!! Call your banker & call the HOME TEAM! Now is the time to make your dreams a reality~New Listings on the market every day! 665-8100 or view ALL the Listings, ALL the Time @ www.remax.com
The HOME TEAM is planning a Government Financing Seminar for February. This will be a great opportunity for interested Buyers to learn about the loan products offered by our local lenders, including First Time Home Buyer Loans! Details coming soon!
Thank you so much to all who contributed to our Coat Drive. We collected 148 coats! We have distributed them to numerous organizations throughout the area. Thanks for helping Share the Warmth this Christmas Season!
We have collected 37 coats & still need your help! We are hoping to collect 100 by next Monday (Dec. 20). Please drop your donations by our office at 111 S. Baltimore, Suite A. New or gently used and any sizes accepted! Thank you!
Help share the warmth this Holiday Season! We are having a Coat Drive between now and Christmas! Please drop any donations by the office @ 111 S. Baltimore, Suite A--hopefully we can get at least 100 coats to distribute to those in need in Adair County!
The new office of the RE/MAX HOME TEAM is almost complete! Carpet coming tomorrow, we will post lots of new pictures! While you are waiting, check out all of the NEW listings we have added in the last 2 weeks!
Big changes to the building project coming this week!!! Roof, windows, stone & more to be completed by Friday! Watch for pictures & log on to www.facebook.com/REMAXHomeTeam and "Like" us to follow all of the action!
Want to stay on top of all of the HOME TEAM news & listings? Follow us on Facebook! Go to www.facebook.com/REMAXHomeTeam and click on the "Like" button at the top of the page. Once you have "liked" us you can watch all of the HOME TEAM happenings in your News Feed.
Have you ever checked out Hamilton Meadows Subdivision? Great family neighborhood across from Kirksville public school campus. Not many lots left, but good news is on its way! Ask me about PINEBROOK…Coming Soon!
Looking for ways to save energy? Ameren Missouri offers several great money saving tips at ActOnEnergy.com! Just a couple of their tips: 1) Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. Hot water accounts for nearly 25% of an average energy bill. 2)Plug your TV, DVD, DVR and other electronics into a smart plug to eliminate vampire power—which is energy electronic equipment uses, even when its turned off. This could save you around $100 a year.
In the market for a Magnificent 60 acre (m/l) Estate? There is a true show place listed just outside of Brookfield on Highway 11 in Linn County & it truly has it all! List price $2,000,000 and its worth every penny! Call me for the details 660-626-4500
Looking for a 3-4 bedroom house to rent? 611 N. Elson is available August 1, 2011. Great for 3 or 4 students-- Hardwood floors, fully applianced including washer & dryer, central air, 2nd bath, on and off street parking, storage shed, walking distance to downtown! Call me and I will make you a deal!
Looking for a rental for the upcoming school year? I have two great units left at Woodwinds that are going fast! They are 2 bedroom, 1 bath updated condos that are fully applianced with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer & dryers. Woodwinds offers carports, storage units, swimming pool, tennis courts, bbq areas, play areas, etc. Check out the Rentals-Woodwinds page of the website for a virtual tour!
Shopping locally is becoming easier! Glik's recently opened a new location on Kirksville's south end & it's neighbor Stage is becoming a Goody's. We are excited about what the two new stores will bring to Kirksville's retail enviroment. Watch for Goody's Grand Opening March 23rd & help support our new businesses!
March 2, 2011, 10:00a.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic School for kindergarteners and their families considering an awesome Christian education! Call with questions--I have 12 years of very rewarding experience!
Congratulations Kirksville! We have received the green light for the next phase of the ATSU Dental School! Keep up the positive energy as we move forward! For more details check out the article in The Kirksville Daily Express
Welcome to my new website! The face has changed but the content is even better than before! Vickibenson.net is the source for all of your Kirksville & Northeast Missouri Real Estate needs! Check out our open houses, search the entire MLS, or simply login to the Auto Home Finder and let the system do the searching for you!
Let me know what you think of the new look and features, and check back often as we perfect our new website.