Four reasons why homeowners should consider selling in the fall.
I’m sure you’ve heard that spring is always the best time to sell your house. While spring is traditionally a good time to sell, each other season also has its advantages. Here are a few reasons why you should consider selling in the fall:
1. Inventory. There’s less inventory in the fall compared to the spring and summer months. While there may be fewer buyers out there, you’ll also have less competition.
2. Buyer quality. The buyers during this time of year are typically more serious than those out on a nice day looking at an open house or touring homes to get decorating ideas.
3. School and weather. Summer vacation is over now, and kids are back in school. The weather is also very nice this time of year.
4. Autumn marketing. Fall décor will look great in the photos of your house. A cozy house is very inviting.
If you have any questions about selling or listing your house, please reach out to me at (608) 212-5743. I look forward to helping you.
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.
Here’s why the winter is a fantastic time to sell your home.
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As we get into winter, many people are asking whether it’s a good time to sell their houses. Most people think it isn’t, but is that true?
“There are typically fewer buyers, but they’re genuine.”
In my last video, I talked about how inventory levels are very low. At the beginning of November, we hadn’t seen inventory levels that low in over a decade. However, houses are still selling, and as we head into winter, it’s an excellent time to put your house on the market.
We didn’t see much of a slowdown last year, even though the real estate market usually slows a bit in the autumn and winter. We had a slew of pent-up demand, and we’re continuing to see that. In the winter, we also have more serious buyers; would you schlepp through the snow and ice just to look at houses for fun? No, but if you need a house, you can find one. There are typically fewer buyers, but they’re genuine.
If you have questions about selling your home in the winter or anything else, give me a call or send an email. I’ve had friends and past clients say they didn’t want to bother me with something, but you’re not bothering me! I would love to help you. Also, let me know if you have a topic you’d like me to cover in a future video.
Private entry townhome in peaceful, tree lined location, yet very convenient to West side shopping, parks, bus route, and Epic! This unit features a spacious and open living area with tons of natural light, hardwood floors on the main level, and a private full bath for each of the bedrooms- a unique feature for Westchester condos! Laundry in unit, 2 car attached garage, and plenty of storage space in the basement (or could be easily finished). Low condo fees and taxes!
The Beauty of Bishops Bay surrounds this modern contemporary home with unique features around every corner. You’ll love the barrel cathedral ceiling and the columns that highlight the gallery, the bow windows in the dinette and the living room, open kitchen and family room as well as the spa like master suite. Your finished lower level features a lounge area and bar with large window seat, rec room, bedroom, full bath, exercise room, and storage. Relax on your deck overlooking the beautiful 16th and 17th Fairways.
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.
As a real estate agent, one of the most common questions we get asked is, “How is the market?” The June numbers are in, and we are here now to give you an update.
We are currently in a seller’s market, meaning sellers have the upper hand. This is measured by our level of inventory, or absorption rate. It’s a measurement of how long (given the numbers of sales over the past year) it would take all the homes currently on the market to sell if no more were listed or expired. A balanced market is around six months of inventory. Right now in Dane County, we only have a 2.37 month supply.
Compared to the end of June last year, this June we had 300 more homes on the market and 74 more homes sold. They are also selling an average of eight days quicker. The average days on market in Dane County is now 52 days.
We are currently in a seller’s market.
Moving onto condos, we have seen 45 fewer condos listed this year, but 50 more have sold compared to last year. The average days on market for condos is also down considerably – about 19 days.
What does this mean? If you’re a seller, you’re at an advantage as long as you price correctly and have the right strategy. For buyers, it’s imperative to set an appointment and do a consultation with your Realtor. For us, we want to listen and find out what your goals are so we can make our motivations match in order to get the home you want. You’ve got to be able to act quickly and decisively in a climate like this.
If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to hear 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 home to this beautiful 5- bedroom 2-Story at 539 Fargo Trail, Middleton.
As you enter this fabulous two – story home with finished lower level you are greeted by the formal dining room and
great room. Your great room features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace with a beautiful mantel and built-ins on each side and large windows with custom plantation shutters overlooking your backyard. Open to your kitchen and dinette you’ll find stainless steel appliances, plenty of storage, breakfast bar and granite counters. Off the kitchen is a large laundry and mud room and from your dinette you will access your large composite deck overlooking the back yard. There’s also a wonderful 3-season porch off your great room for those summer days perfect for enjoying company or just relaxing with a good book. To complete your main level living is the master suite with a cathedral ceiling, large window with plantation shutters, master bath with jetted tub, two-sink vanity.
Your open staircase to the second floor leads you to 3 bedrooms and a full bath. Your exposed lower level boasts a large family room with TV & speakers for your own home theater, 5th bedroom, full bath, exercise room and storage!
Close to the Beltline and Middleton in Middleton-Cross Plains schools you’ll love the feel of the countryside yet close enough to the city – the best of both worlds! The back yard backs to University of Wisconsin lands.
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