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5 Essential Strategies For Selling a Fixer-Upper Home

5 Ways To Help Your Fixer-Upper SellSelling a home can be difficult, and when it comes to selling a fixer-upper, it can feel impossible. Fortunately, selling fixer-uppers is completely possible when the homeowner knows what they’re doing. For homeowners trying to get a leg up on the competition and help their fixer-upper home find a buyer, here are 5 essential tips and strategies to keep in mind. 

1. Set a Lower Price

One of the big draws of fixer-upper homes is that ...

How to Design a Home Showing for a Better Offer

How to Design a Home Showing for a Better OfferA home showing doesn't have to have shock value to be memorable but that doesn't mean a seller shouldn't consider the ways in which they can make their home stand out. No matter how cookie-cutter a home may seem to the seller, there are ways to highlight its best features to encourage enthusiasm (and ultimately, better offers for the home.)

A Fresh Perspective

No matter what season the seller puts their home on the market, they'll need to make their home look as fresh as possible—starting with the outside. Flowerbeds, walkways, fences, yards, door stoops,...

High ROI Home Improvements For Home Sellers

High ROI Home Improvements For Home SellersWhen you're trying to sell your home, strategic home improvement projects can help boost your home's resale value. Home improvement projects can also help make your home stand out among the competition in your area. Knowing what to upgrade and which projects deliver the highest ROI can help you get started.

Deck Addition

Deck additions are relatively low in cost but they have a high ROI, which makes this type of home improvement a favorite among home sellers. With over 80 percent ROI, deck additions ...

Is Home Staging Worth It?

When selling a home, how it looks is key. Both inside and out, everything from how the furniture is arranged to the color of the paint impact what buyers think of the home. For homeowners who want to help give their home an edge on the housing market, staging is an option that can help homeowners make their home as appealing as possible to buyers. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of home staging homeowners should keep in mind when planning to stage their home or hire someone to stage their home.

Disadvantages of Home Staging

One of the biggest disadvantages home staging has is that it can potentially cost a lot of money and be time consuming. Home stagers will charge just to meet with potential clients, and that can cost anywhere from $150-400. If the homeowner decides to work with the stager, they will then have to cover the cost of furniture, which will...

Impress Any Buyer With These Low-Budget Home Staging Tips

Impress Buyers With Affordable Home Staging

When looking at homes for sale, prospective buyers often make relatively fast decisions on which homes they find attractive and which ones they see as lacking in appeal. Since many of these decisions are based solely on how the home looks in marketing photos and during the buyer's visit to view the home, sellers who want to get the best possible purchase offers are wise to make sure that their homes are clean, attractive, and well-organized before putting them on the market. But even the cleanest, most well-prepared homes may not compete as well as hoped, especially if they are vacant during the showing process or fail to stand out in competitive markets...

The Home Seller's Guide to Curb Appeal

Understanding Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Unless a seller is fortunate enough to have a professional staff of groundskeepers and maintenance personnel, the aspect of curb appeal is something that most homeowners find themselves dealing with in some capacity when deciding to sell their home. Since buyers often equate curb appeal with actual quality and value, sellers who miss the mark when attempting to improve their home's curb appeal may find themselves experiencing depressed levels of buyer interest, longer market times, and lower purchase offers than a comparable home that buyers view more positively.

If you are preparing your home for sale and want to make sure it is as appealing as possible from the curb, the...

Do I Need an Attorney When Selling a Home?

Selling a home does, indeed, carry specific legal obligations. However, depending on the applicable local and state laws, along with whether or not the home is involved in the probate process, an attorney isn’t a consistent necessity.

While many real estate transactions do not need to involve an attorney, there are instances when hiring an attorney is either preferred or required.

Understanding Legal Language

Many real estate brokers use a standardized form for selling a home. This is neither good nor bad. Yet, if the seller isn’t familiar with legal language, there may be caveats or questionable clauses embedded within the contract.

If the seller is contracting directly with the broker, then seeking out the assistance of a real estate attorney to review the contract may establish peace of mind.

Making Changes?

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Selling an Austin Home: How to Get Top Dollar for Your Property

Real estate has long been heralded as one of the best investments to make, and it's one of the largest financial assets that many people have. Home sellers in Austin don't just want to sell – they want to sell high. The goal of most real estate transactions is to earn the most significant return possible while also securing a new home that fits your needs and desires.

The current market conditions in Austin are pretty much ideal for sellers. The average listing price is around $588,000, and home values have risen steadily over the last several months. Inventory is not as low as it is in other parts of the country, but there's an influx of buyers heading to the city for the powerful, high-paying tech jobs that are available. This means that move-in ready property is in high demand, and these buyers are willing to pay more to get what they want....

Home Selling: Should I Replace My Roof?

When you live in a home, you may only go up to the roof once or twice a year. However, the condition of the roof could affect the kinds of offers you get on the home, or even that you get offers at all. Remember the major hail storms that damagned homes in Cedar Park? Home buyers do! Few people are eager to buy a home with a roof that is obviously leaking or missing a lot of shingles. This guide walks you through the common problems with a roof that you should look at before you list the home for sale. If you need a refresher course, or are selling for the first time, consider the following about your roof before listing.

Flashings

There are a couple of ways that your roof can leak water into the interior of the home....

Tips for Selling a Home When You Own Pets

Many animal lovers would say that a home isn’t complete without having some kind of pet as a member of the household. Most often we find cats or dogs to be popular choices, and sometimes there’s several of them!

While pets can bring much excitement and enjoyment to a home, they can sometimes make the home selling process a little more difficult. So what is the most effective way to market your home when you have pets? Believe it or not, it’s rather easy to play up the benefits and overcome the challenges. If it’s a good time to sell your home, your pets shouldn’t deter you from listing!

Emphasizing The Pet Positive Aspects to Other Pet Owners

Many potential home buyers have pets of their own, or plan on becoming pet owners in the future,...

Out-of-State Workers Set Their Sights on Austin

It seems that everyone is talking about Austin these days. From the booming housing market to the ever-growing economy, Austin is the city that is topping the charts, and it's not just the residents of Texas who are starting to notice.

The Austin Job Market

Recent data shows that Austin employers — specifically those in the burgeoning high-tech industry — are recruiting more and more out-of-state workers. According to an article published on Culture Map Austin, more than 60 percent of tech jobs that were filled in 2016 went to people who lived in other states and ended up relocating to Austin. In part, this is due to the fact that the tech companies based in Austin are willing to relocate top talent from...

First Time Home Seller? Steps to Selling Success

Millions of words have been written to help first-time buyers prepare for that first home purchase, but for the first-time home seller, there seems to be far less helpful information available. Like a first-time buyer, however, home owners who are preparing to sell a home for the first time will certainly have questions and face obstacles during the process.

With this helpful, step-by-step guide, even the novice home seller can be be prepped and ready for real home-selling success. 

Be Prepared to do Some Work

Homeowners who are selling a home for the first time probably remember their own reactions to homes they viewed that had repair or condition issues. Taking time to deep clean every room and clear away accumulated clutter and excess furnishings from every room and area of their...

Selling a Home: Preparing for the Final Walkthrough

The walkthrough is the last step before buyers sign the paperwork to take ownership of a home. As such, it is the seller's last chance to confirm that the house is ready according to the purchase contract. Follow these tips to make sure all necessary and agreed-upon tasks have been performed prior to the keys changing hands.

Set Aside Time

Even under the best circumstances, your plans may not go perfectly according to schedule. Perhaps the moving truck arrives late and you have to sit and wait for several hours when you could be working on some other job. Make sure that everything brought up on the home inspection is complete. Be sure to give yourself the maximum amount of time you think you will need for each item on your checklist. Packing could take...

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