Here are a few of the many ways to sell your home based on your situation.
It’s no secret that this is a tough market. People looking to buy and sell a home at the same time are in a tricky spot. Sure, you can sell your old house easily, but how can you buy a new one without going homeless?
In a balanced market, it isn’t too difficult to line up your home sale with your purchase, but we are far from a balanced market. There are many ways to accomplish this goal, but I can only share a couple in this short video. Please reach out to me to go through your specific situation.
In a hot seller’s market like ours, you have two main options:
If you have questions about which option is right for you, please give me a call or shoot me an email. I’d love to talk with you about your options and your specific circumstances.
Here are a few myths about the market that you shouldn’t believe.
If you’ve been entertaining the idea of a home sale, there are five myths that you might be hearing, and I’m here today to share the truths behind them:
Myth No. 1: You can overprice your house, and it will still sell. This is simply not true. We have a very limited supply of homes, but consumers are educated. When you overprice, they know it – they may even skip over your home entirely.
Myth No. 2: You can sell your house as is. Technically you can do this, but if you do, you’re telling consumers that something is wrong with the home. You should be willing to negotiate repairs as a home seller.
“If you don’t make repairs, it will be reflected in your offers.”
Myth No. 3: My house will sell in just a few days. While there are certainly cases of homes selling the day they’re listed, it takes around 20 days to get an accepted offer. Accepting the first offer you receive isn’t always wise. You want to expose your house to the most number of buyers before you take it off the market.
Myth No. 4: I don’t need to do any repairs or upgrades before showings. There are some simple, cost-effective things you can do to maintain or even increase your sale price. If you don’t do them, it will be reflected in the lower offers you receive.
Myth No. 5: I can sell without a Realtor. This sounds a little self-serving, but it’s the truth. There’s no way you’re going to market and sell your home effectively on your own unless you are a full-time agent yourself. The contracts are complicated, and having a Realtor on your side ensures you have an expert negotiating in your best interest.
If you have any questions for me about selling a home or real estate in general, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Today’s Madison market update is geared toward what sellers need to know.
Today I’m discussing what happened in our Madison area real estate market in 2021. I’ll also talk about how that affects our current market and what it will mean if you’re considering selling this year. Based on current conditions and what’s likely to come, now may be the best time to sell your house, and today I’ll explain why.
Feel free to watch the full message above, or use these timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video:
0:00 — Introduction to today’s topic
0:58 — Number of homes on the market
2:05 — What prices are doing right now
2:35 — What interest rates are doing right now
3:03 — What to expect from the second-home market
3:58 — What all this means for you
4:34 — Wrapping up today’s topic
If you’re ready to get the selling process rolling or have any questions, give me a call or send an email. I would love to be your real estate resource.
If your home is wasting away on the market, there are a few things you can do to fix it. Here’s where to start.
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Everyone’s saying we have a hot seller’s market, and in many cases, that’s true. However, about 25% of homes still fail to sell and subsequently expire from the MLS. If you want to get your home sold, here are six things you can do to ensure your home doesn’t just become another statistic:
1. Avoid overpricing your house. Even in our fast-selling market, you need to price your home at market value in order for buyers to bite. Many people in the market have had their offers rejected, and fatigued buyers don’t want to even attempt competing for your highly priced property. If you price it correctly instead, you could potentially drum up a bidding war and sell for more than you thought.
2. Declutter and hire a stager. You need to get the home organized and free from clutter. I also suggest you hire a professional home stager to make your home look its best. They’ll determine how to present it in a way that truly appeals to buyers.
25% of homes fail to sell.
3. Have your house show ready. You always want to have your home prepared and in good condition—showings can occur in a moment’s notice, and you don’t want to let buyers down by denying a visit. Live in your home like you’re selling it, not like you’re living in it.
4. Be willing to make repairs. If there’s something glaringly wrong, you should have it fixed before you list. If you can’t, at least explain to buyers what you’ll be doing to fix it.
5. Be willing to negotiate. You have to let the buyer win a little bit sometimes, so make some concessions if you need to in order to seal the deal.
6. Listen to your home stager. They’re a professional, and if you listen to what they say, a lot of the items on this list will be taken care of for you.
If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
When you get ready to sell your home, every inch of it needs to be neat and tidy. That even goes for your garage.
A lot of home sellers tend to neglect the garage when getting their home ready for sale. That’s a mistake, and we are here today to explain why.
Let’s look at things from the buyer’s perspective. They know what they want in a home, so they look at homes they like. On the inside, they could check off all the boxes on their list. However, if they come and see a dirty garage, it might immediately turn them off.
Just like the inside of your home, you want your garage to be clean and appear as nice as possible. A messy garage often raises questions for buyers. You need to have everything neat and organized so it shows off your storage space, as well as the car space that the garage has.
A tidy garage will help you get top dollar.
Another reason to tidy your garage is due to the inspection. If you are fortunate enough to get an offer on your home with a messy garage, you will then have to get past the inspector. When inspectors see cluttered garages, they tend to think you are trying to hide something.
The third thing that having a clean garage will do is help you maximize the price you get for your home. A tidy garage will also prevent you from scaring buyers away, which will, in turn, help you sell quicker.
If you have any questions for us about how to go about tidying your garage or anything else real estate-related, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
In order to sell your home for top dollar this spring, you’ve got to make sure it’s staged properly. We’re here with Gina Newell of Premiere Home Stagers to answer some common home staging questions from our sellers.
Gina has been staging both vacant and occupied homes since 2008 and from her experience, staging makes a big difference in the sale of your home, no matter what kind of market you are in. Even in a hot market like the one in Dane County, just because your home sells fast doesn’t mean it will sell as fast or for as much money as it could.
Statistics show that a staged home sells 50% faster and for 10% more money than an unstaged home. Whatever you spend on professional staging services is well worth the cost. We take care of the consultation cost when you partner with us. See our marketing plan here for details.
Here’s how the staging process works. First, Gina and her team start with a consultation and based on her report, you can decide what to move and how to position things to appeal to buyers.
Removing your personal items is key.
For vacant stagings, Gina recommends staging at least the main floor. For occupied homes, they tend to remove most personal items to make the home appealing to anyone who walks through the door.
You need to make your house appeal to anyone in any demographic. You can’t see those minor imperfections that the next person will because you’ve lived in the home for so long you simply don’t notice them. Removing your personal items is key to helping a prospective buyer envision themselves living in your home.
Thanks to Gina for sharing with us. Staging your house for sale is very important to help you sell faster and for more money. If you have questions for Gina, give her a call at (608) 345-9396 or visit her website here.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to our home at 8861 Sunstone Lane in Middleton, WI!
We bought this house not only as our first home but as a place to start our lives together in Madison. We had been renting for several years but knew we wanted to make the Madison area home so we began looking for houses where we could start our family. It was important to us to find a home that was in a good neighborhood with access to good schools, parks, restaurants, etc.
When our Realtor® brought us to Hidden Oaks we knew we had found what we were looking for. The moment we walked into our house, we knew we were home. It was the right size for us with an open layout on the main floor, all the bedrooms on the upper floor, master on suite, and it was a new construction on a corner lot.
After living in our home for almost seven years now, we have grown to love it even more. We added a stamped concrete patio off the dining room to add some outside entertaining space. We added a small garden area to the south side of the house to grow some seasonal vegetables for summer cookouts. We also love the carriage lane behind the house which turned out to be a great place to hang out with our neighbors and was even home to the neighborhood block party for a few years.
Now that we have one child, and another on the way, we love having the park and the bike/walking paths in the neighborhood as well. It’s a great way to get outside and have some fun without having to pack everything up in the car and head somewhere.
This is a wonderful home and we know you’ll love and enjoy it as much as we have.
To schedule a private tour of this beautiful home in Middleton, WI or other homes in the Madison area, please contact our office at 608-852-1035.
What a better way to introduce our new listing located at Eagle Island View Condominiums than with a letter from the sellers;
Welcome to our home!
We know you’ll love this place as much as we do. We bought this condo as our first home when we were engaged to be married and had just graduated college. We started looking for houses and couldn’t find anything we fell in love with. As we expanded our search to condos, we very quickly warmed up to the idea of not having to maintain a yard or shovel snow with our busy schedules.
As soon as we walked into our condo, we fell in love with the luxurious design. It was the perfect size for us with an open layout, spacious master suite, and had beautiful finishes like the gorgeous granite counter tops and tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.
After living in our home for over five years, we have grown to love it even more. The amazing shared patio is a perfect place to sip on wine and grill steaks while overlooking the Wisconsin River. Even our private patio is perfect to bask in the sun on a summer afternoon and read a book. The building is located perfectly with a grocery store, two restaurants, a bank, a park, and a library, all within walking distance! We are surrounded by great neighbors but also feel that we have enough privacy.
We’ve made many memories in our first home including regular walks around the neighborhood or to the nearby park, puddle jumping with the kids in the parking lot, and planting flowers to display on our private porch every spring. We would often walk to the grocery store to grab a few things, swing by The Blue Spoon for dinner, or even stop by the movie theater for some delicious popcorn. We really loved that we could spend time making memories and not have to worry so much about the “chores” involved with home ownership.
After we started a family, we realized that we would eventually outgrow our beautiful home. After having our second child, we knew it was finally time to move on. It is very bittersweet for us to move on to a different home but we hope you love our place as much as we do!
To schedule a private tour of this beautiful condo, please contact our office at 608-852-1035.
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