Monday, November 9, 2015

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4 Ways to Improve Your Home's Energy With Feng Shui

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8 Holiday Home Security Reminders

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It's Winter -- Time to Think about Planting!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

HomeViewers Selling Tips 3

How to Sell Your Home Faster
and For More Money!

 In the previous issue # 1 & 2, I talked about the interior and exterior condition 
of your home, but one very import thing to consider is a home inspection. 

In the Residential Purchase Agreement _ RPA page 5 # 12 A. it reads as follows.
A. Buyer's acceptance of the condition of, and any other matter affecting the 
Property, is a contingency of this Agreement as specified in this paragraph
and paragraph 14B. Within the time specified in paragraph 14B(1) Buyer
shall have the right, at Buyer's expense unless otherwise agreed, to conduct 
inspections, investigations, test, surveys and other studies ("Buyer Investigations") 
etc.. etc. 

Paragraph 14 B (1) Buyer Has 17 days (or     ) Days AFTER ACCEPTANCE, 
unless otherwise agreed in writing, to: 
Complete all buyer investigations, review all disclosures, reports, etc.. etc. 

This is normally a buyers cost but if you don't want any surprises two weeks
into escrow and or give the buyer an excuse to back out of the sale. An already
done and completed home inspection sets your home apart from the competition 
and puts the (most likely ) first time buyer at ease knowing that a licensed
bonded home inspection service has been completed.

This could be a huge advantage to you as a seller negotiating a good price 
and feeling confident that their will most likely not be any significant 
issues coming up during the escrow process. 

And no this isn't all, While your at it (and most likely the inspection will mention it) 
you might as well get a licensed Termite Company out for a FREE estimate. 
I often hear from a client as I'm preparing their home for sale is "How much does 
it cost to fumigate my home"? 

From previous experience, (and I've closed over 1000 escrows) if you the home 
owner call a termite company direct they already know that in the back of your 
mind your thinking fumigation 

This may or most likely need not be necessary.. when all the property really
 needs is some wood replacement or some dry rot issues. When I call the termite
company to come out on an inspection and between you and me we don't agree
with the report (estimate)  I'll get a 2nd opinion which could be a significant
saving to you. 

Case in point. I recently had an inspection on one of my listings in Cypress which
came in over $ 3500 dollars and mentioned in the report some questionable items
so the seller and I agreed on having a 2nd opinion and it came in at $ 2200 and 
pointed out the questionable issues on the first report where irrelevent .  

Notice To Sellers

I recommend that you DO NOT DISCUSS the following types of information
with any BUYERS / Real Estate Agents, regardless of whom they represent, 
other than your Listing Agent:

1.  Reason for Selling
2. Willingness to consider an offer less than the listing price
3. What price would you accept?
4. Where are you relocating too? 
4. Or any other confidential information..

The best answer to any confidential information is contact my Real Estate Agent
and I'll discuss it along with your offer. 


Friday, August 14, 2015

HomeViewers Selling Tips # 2

How to Sell Your Home Faster
and for More Money!

The Following will guide you step by step through the process of preparing
your home for sale to achieve the highest possible sales price in the least amount
of time. I'll concentration on these six areas: (1) Repairing, (2) Cleaning,
(3) Neutralizing, (4) Space Management, (3) Neutralizing, (4) Space Management
(5) Odors, and (6) Staging

I often come across a home that the seller is getting ready to put on the market
and my appointment might be 3 to 5 days away but when I arrive the house
is a mess. this is the typical seller explanation in three words. "it's lived in"
But I'm thinking, OK, then you're expecting a "Lived In Price"? and I think we
all know what the answer to that is. 

This makes it difficult because my # 1 objective is to negotiate the best possible 
price for my clients. 

1. The rule of thumb is, if something needs repair, Fix it! If there are things in
your home that you have simply become used to over time … that may not be
working properly that you have been promising yourself that you will attend to. 

The buyer will mentally add the cost of repairing the items of those minor
flaws and end up with an amount that is generally much higher than what
it would cost you to do the repairs.
2. Check all walls for peeling paint and loose wallpaper.
3. Large repairs: In today’s climate of open disclosure 
and vigilant professional home inspections, the rule is

“Treat a buyer as you would yourself.” Repair any
problems with major systems or offer an allowance
for the buyer to make repairs after closing. Always
disclose anything that you know about the property.
Having been a consumer myself, I know that buyers
will more readily make a purchase decision with someone whom they can trust. 


4. Every area of the home must sparkle and shine! Each hour spent will be well worth it. Would you rather buy a clean car or one that you would have to detail?
5. Clean all windows, inside and out. This helps make the 
house sparkle.
6. Clean all wall - to - wall carpeting and area rugs. 
Clean and polish linoleum, tile and wooden floors.
7. Clean and polish all woodwork if necessary.
Pay particular attention to kitchen and bath cabinets.
8. Clean and polish all light fixtures.


9. Be cautious about selecting colors when painting or replacing
carpeting. Your objective here is to make your home appeal to the
largest possible buying segment. Ask yourself, “How many of the
available buyers would be able to move into your home with their
furniture and not have to replace the carpeting?”
Position your home on the market to be as livable to as many 
people as possible.
10. Forget your personal taste. The “market” is always demand - driven!
The average buyer will have a hard time looking beyond blue carpeting 
and bold wallpaper.
Consider replacing unusual or bold colors with neutral tones. 
The coats of white paint (semi gloss) may be the best investment you ever made. 


This involves creating the illusion of more space.
11. Arrange furniture to give the rooms as spacious 
a feeling as possible.
Consider removing furniture from rooms that are crowded. 
If necessary, store large items.
Example: Remove extra dining table leaf and chair (s) to give the impression of a larger dining room area… etc. 

12. Pack up collectibles… both to protect them and to give the room a more spacious feel. Leave just enough accessories to give the home a personal touch. Dispose of unneeded items.
13. Remove all clutter and make it a habit to pick up clothing, shoes, and personal possessions each day for possible showings.
14. Empty closets of off - season clothing and pack for the move. Organize them to demonstrate the most efficient use of space. Leave as few items on the floor or shelves as possible.
15. Use light to create a sense of space. All drapes should be open. Turn on all of the lights throughout the home before a showing, and be sure to replace any burned out light bulbs!

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16. A clean smelling house creates a positive image in the buyer’s mind. Be aware of any odors from cooking, cigarettes, pets, etc. that may have adverse effects on potential buyers. Remember that some people are much more sensitive to odors than others. Smokers rarely notice the odor of tobacco that fills their homes, and pet owners may be oblivious to cat and 
dog odors. 
17. If smoking or cooking odors have permeated your home, have your carpets and furniture cleaned, and air out or dry clean your drapes. 
18. Mildew odors are another no - no. Don’t allow wet towels to accumulate in hampers or dirty laundry to pile up in closets.
19. Recent studiess have shown that humans have strong, positive responses to certain smells. Cinnamon, fresh flowers, breads baking in the oven are all excellent ways to enhance your property for sale.

20. The effect of a vase of flowers, an open book on the coffee table, a basket of birch logs by the fireplace a scented candle can make the difference in a room.
21. The use of brightly colored pillows in a wing chair or a throw blanket on a couch can add dimension to a sterile room.
22. Add light to your rooms and maybe even replace heavy curtains with sheer white panels. Never apologize for things you cannot change. The buyer will either decide to accept or reject the property regardless of the words you say. You must present your home in the best possible way with complete honesty.
23. Remove most of the family photos from the wall (s) especially in the hallways and entry.

I know this was lengthy but it was very necessary: to help with your clean up 
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Friday, August 7, 2015

Home Viewers Selling Tips

Home Viewers Selling Tips

Thinking of selling? Well I hope that this article gives you some great selling tips.
 Having been in residential sales since 1973 and have closed over 1000 escrows, 
I always tell my clients " You have to think like a buyer" . 

The average seller believes that their home is the nicest one on the the block or in the
 tract, but is that what the buyer sees? The buyer (s) will be comparing your home 
within a 5 mile radius in most cases and every seller is competing for that buyer to write
an offer on their home. 

Some Thoughts on Condition

Of all the things homeowners control when selling their home,  the condition of the
property is one of the most important.

A crucial part of marketing any product is the presentation of the product. Corporations
and retail businesses understand this concept and pay millions of dollars each year to advertising and marketing consultants to get the best advice possible.

The same is true for real property. In order to compete effectively with other sellers, 
homeowners must present their homes to the marketplace in an attractive, desirable 

When you bought your home, you probably comparison shopped. Well, buyers are
still doing that today. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average
purchaser looks at 10 to 20 properties prior to purchasing a home regardless of how 
many properties are on the market. Buyers will always seek the best-priced property
that is in the best condition. 

Think Like a Buyer!

You are not just selling a house. You are selling shelter,
lifestyle, and dreams. People always want the best for 
themselves, and your home should represent the buyer’s
answer to this goal. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes! 
Remember, they arrive at your front door wanting to find 
the right home. Don’t make them search somewhere else 
for it. If you have done your homework, every room in 
your home will create a desire for the buyer to stay.

Start Making a List!

Walk outside and take a look at the property through the eyes of a buyer. Is there
 anything that needs repairing, looks worn, or is outdated? Start writing these items
down on your list.

Walk through the interior and do the same things. Ask for the assistance of everyone in
your family. After all, a shorter sales time will benefit everybody in the family.

Do Everything Before Putting Your Home on the Market!

Complete all of your repairs, improvements, and enhancements prior to your first showing. 

Remember, your best showings come early in the listing period (the first 30 days is the most important).   Be ready!

More Selling Tips.. 

Dan The Real Estate Man    562.618.4993    
eMail:  DanSellsRealEstate@gMail.Com