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Monday, January 23, 2017

4 Tips to Help You Sell This Spring

Are you selling your home this spring? If so, follow these four steps in order to have a successful sale.

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When it comes to real estate, spring starts in January​, especially in AZ!​

You might already know spring is the hottest season in terms of home sales.

Home buyers come out in big numbers ​right after the 1st of the new year.

​Nationally, the numbers bear this out — homes sold in the spring sell 15 days faster and for about 2% more money than the average listing.

However, in order to make the most of the spring real estate rush, you have to start preparing now.

Today, I want to show you how to do that in four easy steps.

The first step is to find out what your home is worth.  

Pricing your home correctly from the start will mean it sells more quickly. And homes that sell more quickly tend to sell for more.

To get an idea of the value of your home, check out the calculator on my site that takes into account recent Phoenix sales.

Enter your street address here to find out what your home is worth

You can also give me a call at (480) 207-2645 ​and I’ll give you an even more accurate estimate based on the unique characteristics of your home.

The second step is to decide the right time to list.

The spring market has already started!
A home's listing is viewed five times more on its first day than even one week later, so it’s important to get this exactly right.  

In addition, the ​Phoenix market has some quirks about the best time to list, depending on when you are hoping to close the sale.

If you’re thinking of selling, give me a call and I can give you specific recommendations for the perfect time to list your home.

Third, you'll want to maximize curb appeal.

The reason why is simple: 63% of home buyers will drop by a home they viewed and liked online.

Make sure you give them a good first impression by removing the lingering effects of winter.

Simple projects are often enough — ​painting the front door and adding new hardware, ​pressure washing the outside, refreshing the landscaping, and cleaning the windows.

Occasionally, upgrades such as a paint job or roof repairs also make sense and can add thousands of dollars to the value of a home.

Finally, you have to prepare for the viewings.

Tidy up the inside of your home, declutter as much as possible, and start packing away non-essential things in anticipation of a sale.

​We have a 75-point checklist to help you with this step!​

And really, that’s it. By following these simple steps, you’ll be taking full advantage of the spring boom in the real estate market.

And if you need any advice — about pricing your home, about the best time to list, or about small projects that can bump up your sale price by 10% to 15% — just give me a call at (480) 207-2645
I'm here to help.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Why Is Selling Now the Right Move?

Home prices have now surged ahead of where they were at the last market peak. This time, however, they show no signs of slowing down.

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First, home prices have hit record highs over the past few months.
In fact, home prices are now higher than they were in 2006, at the peak of the housing bubble.
In spite of this, the current market is not experiencing a bubble like we saw 10 years ago.
Instead, today's high prices are mostly driven by a lack of supply.
That's why — if you are looking to sell your home — you are in such a good position right now.
Second, we are seeing a period of low but rising mortgage rates.
For example, the average 30-year mortgage rate has been steadily increasing from its low of 3.37%, recorded last July. It now stands well above 4%.
It’s true that by historical standards, today's mortgage rates are still very low.
There is going to be healthy demand for months to come.
And when you combine this with the possibility of continuing increases in the near future . . .
. . . it's clear why so many home buyers are eager to take advantage of the current situation.
Third, we've made it to the end of the election cycle.
Many people were sitting on the sidelines because of the election and the associated uncertainty.
They are now re-entering the real estate market . . . and this will keep demand healthy in the coming months.
Now, even though it's only January, the spring season is definitely approaching.
Spring is the hottest season for the real estate market, and you have to get moving now to take advantage of it.
To get started, check out a home value calculator I've put up on my site.
It takes into account recent sales in the Greater Phoenix Area to give you a good idea of what your home is worth in the current market.
If you'd like to get an even better estimate of your home’s true value, give me a call at (480) 207-2645.
I know the Phoenix area well and I talk to home buyers every day, so I have a great feel for the current real estate market.
Once we discuss the unique characteristics of your home, I can give you my best estimate of how much you could get for your home right now, and how quickly you could sell.
And if you have any other questions about how you can take advantage of the current market, simply reply to this email, or give me a call at (480) 207-2645.