Thursday, May 10, 2018

10 Questions to Ask a Potential Agent

Choosing a real estate agent that fits your needs is crucial to the success of your home selling. Today I have a list of the 10 things you should be asking.

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If you are one of the many people thinking about selling your home, there are some things that you should know when considering a real estate agent. You probably already know that you need a good agent. But how do you find that good agent? I made a list for you of the 10 questions you may want to ask when hiring an agent so that you know what to look for.

First of all, you should interview at least three agents. You want to get a good feel for the one that is perfect for you. The following questions are a good way to find out if they are a good fit.

1. What makes you different from the others? Do they have a unique marketing plan or program in place that the other companies don’t?
2. What is the company’s track record and reputation. Ask how many homes the agent has sold in the last year. That is really more important than the company that you go with.
3. What is your marketing plan? What will the Realtor plan to do to help sell and get you top dollar for your home quickly?
4. How many homes have you sold in the last year? That is going to give you a good idea of the productivity of this Realtor. Also, make sure that they are familiar with the neighborhood you are living in.

Make sure that they are real familiar with the neighborhood you are living in.

5. Who takes control of advertising? Do you have control over your own marketing? This could make a big difference because if they own their own marketing they can advertise as much as they want to for your home.
6. What is the difference between the listing price and the sale price? Many times, it is close. That is going to tell you that they list the home correctly.
7. How long does it take you to sell a home? This is a big deal because if it takes a long time, the agent is probably not marketing as strongly as maybe they should be.
8. How many buyers are they working with at the moment? This doesn’t mean that the agent is going to sell to their buyers, but it does give you an idea how many people they can share that information with.
9. Do they have a reference list or a testimonial list that they can share with you? You may want to hear from people that have worked with them before to find out the positives and negatives.
10. What happens if you aren’t happy? Are you allowed to cancel your listing if you are not happy with the agent’s work?

If you would like to know more about what to ask when interviewing a potential real estate agent or are interested in selling your home with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Your April 2018 Market Update

What is going on in the market today? Here is an update for Lane County.

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Today I have your monthly market update for Lane County. In terms of home activity for the month of April, there is actually some good news: the number of listings is up 42% from the month before.

The bad news is that we’ve had an upswing in pendings, as well. As a matter of fact, those have wiped out all our inventory gains. We’re down to 1.4 months’ worth of inventory. That means if we have no additional listings come on to the market, we will sell all of what we have in about 42 days. 

Of course, this makes purchasing a home quite a bit more difficult for buyers, especially because there are a lot of multiple offers going on at the moment. What does that mean for all of us?

Recently we’ve seen a small increase in the number of homes people are putting on the market. The reason they’re doing that is simple: they know that at this time there’s a shortage of listings, making it a good time to sell.

Don’t let the market situation scare you one way or the other.

We also know that interest rates are starting to creep up. If you’re thinking about selling a home but aren’t sure if you should list now or wait until, say, the fall, the interest rates will be higher then. That won’t work to the advantage of the buyer or seller. Now is certainly the better time to put your home on the market.

You also need to remember that, yes, our inventory is lacking, but it’s going to improve. The average amount of inventory is six months’ worth, and the average interest rate is about 6%. We are well below both of those numbers.

If you have any questions or need help buying or selling a home, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to sit down and discuss your situation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Springtime Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist

I have some spring maintenance tips for your the outside of your home that will have your yard looking its best.

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I dressed up just for springtime today to give you a quick spring outdoor maintenance checklist. These tips will have your home looking its best in no time:

  • Clear your lawn of debris such as sticks and branches
  • Rake the leaves in the garden beds and the corners of the yard
  • Replace your old mulch with fresh new mulch
  • Divide and take care of your perennials
  • Wash off the outdoor furniture
  • Take care of and clean your bbq
  • Reattach your hoses to your faucets
  • Apply weed killer and fertilizer to your lawn and overseed bare spots
  • Power-wash, sand, and stain your deck if needed
  • Clean the siding and touch up the paint
  • Wash your outdoor wood furniture
  • Check the propane tank on your grill
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Clean your gutters and exterior windows
  • Fix and seal any cracks in your driveway
  • Plant your summer flowers and bulbs and cut down any woody stems from your plants
Lastly, a quick note on power-washing. It’s easy to select the wrong setting on a power washer and make divots in the wood siding of your house, so double-check that you have it on the “spray” cycle when you use your power washer. I know from experience!

These tips will get you ready to enjoy your first week of great springtime weather.

If you have any more questions about outdoor home maintenance items or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in our market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you.