10 Tips to Sell Your HomeFaster and for More MoneyApril 9, 2013 Cumming, ORFollow: @RedfinAtlantaLike: http://www.facebook.com/RedfinAtlanta
Agenda● Intro to Redfin● Understanding the Market● The Selling Process● Pricing Strategies● Marketing your home● Repairs & updates● Curb appeal● Staging & perfect pictures● Questions?
A Little Bit About Who We Are● Redfin is a real estate brokerage that has helped over 20,000 people buy or sell a home; 97% would refer us to a friend.● New RE Model: Customers, not commissions● Buy-side: More info available +Transparency = Informed decisions = The right home for the right price● Give back a portion of our “commission”● Sell-side: We do MORE (Info, Photos, Classes, Sparking Debut, FT Coordinator, Proprietary Software for LESS ($$)
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Case-Shiller – By the NumbersCase-Shiller: Atlanta Area Up 13.4% year-over-year Peak was July 2007 Down 29.0% from peak Currently at June 1999 prices20-City Composite Up 8.1% year-over-year Peak was July 2006 Down 29.2% from peak Currently at September 2003 prices
10 Tips to Sell Your HomeFaster and for More Money1. Know the Process: Knowledge puts you in the Driver’s Seat2. Know Your Numbers: Price it right the first time3. A House Not A Home: Prepare Your Home For the Market4. Get your home inspected before listing5. Surviving the Inspection: Maintenance & Repairs
10 Tips to Sell Your HomeFaster and for More Money6. Why now?”: Upgrades & Touches that Payoff7. Sparkling Debut: Photos make the FIRST Impression8. Get Noticed: Exposure is the Key!9. Make your first week count: A listing gets nearly 4x more attention in the first week than a month later10. Setting an attractive price up front can increase the odds an interested buyer will step forward quickly
The Selling Process● Decide on selling● Meet with an Agent● Stage and prepare your Home (Open Book referrals)● Photograph your home● Take it live!● Get an offer & expert help in negotiating = Signed Contract● Work as a Team through the Inspection & Appraisal process● Signing / Funding / $$$
Pricing: An Art & Science● Consider the current economic factors ► Housing market ► Mortgage rates ► Employment & other Economic factors● Consider ► Location-Competition-Timing-Condition-Price ► Comparable homes in your area “Active”: Your direct competition “Pendings”: How many DOM can indicate final price “Solds”: Watch the trends of list VS sold prices
Pricing StrategiesWhat if we over price?● Fewer Buyers see your house● More days on market can elicit suspicion● Need price - reduction plan● Hope: One Buyer pays the higher price● Risk: Appraisal concernsWhat if we under price?● Elicit Market Interest● More buyers see your house = more potential offers● Sold more quickly● Hope: More than 1 Buyer● Risk: Timing works against you & only 1 Buyer makes an offer
Comparative Market Analysis● What is a CMA? ► Art and Science: Left brain VS Right brain ► What is my home really “worth”?● CMA VS Appraisal? ► What they each mean to you● How could 3 different Agents suggest 3 different prices? ► Experience level ► Business style ► Underlying Strategy
What is the Best Day to List?● Homes listed on Sunday get marginally more online views.● Homes listed on Friday are toured 19% more.● Homes listed on Friday or Thursday sell for slightly closer to original list price.● Homes listed on Friday are 12% more likely to sell in 90 days or less.
Front Door● The first impression of the house● Clean!● Nice hardware on door goes a long way● Clean/updated hardware - spend $100 on updated locks
Porch● Don’t put a lot on it● A place for people to sit● 1 or 2 great decorative pieces● Grill – make sure it’s clean!● Porch lights ► Make sure they work ► Buy new ones – Great touch for under $50
Paint● Things to consider: ► How much light the home gets ► What color the neighbor’s home is painted ► Specific to style (modern vs. craftsman)● Contrasting colors - Light trim/solid color● Painting door an appealing color
Driveways and Pads● Kill weeds● Cut branches and bushes back● Shovel driveway in winter● Hide garbage cans● Power wash driveway and walkway
The Backyard● Power wash patios/deck● Furniture ► Buyers will sit ► Borrow from a friend ► Bright pillows● Trim back large bushes – makes yard appear bigger● Fence ► Paint/re-stand ► Make sure gates work
EntrywayUsually the 1st and last thing a potential buyer seeswhen looking at any home/condo.Things to focus on:● Are the walls & baseboards damaged, scuffed or dinged up? ► A quick coat of paint can make a big impact.● Is the light fixture in need of being replaced? ► Adequate light is important; makes the entryway feel more open and inviting.● Does the area have proper storage (are things piled up and stuffed in corners)? ► Not necessarily on the cheaper end of updates, but a built-in storage area can be a big plus.
KitchenAs you have probably heard, kitchens & bathrooms sell homes!
Kitchen Floors: Tile● Tile: many times the tile is in good shape but the grout is either falling apart or discolored from the foot traffic pattern.● A cheap do-it-yourself fix is to buy some industrial cleaner and a good firm bristle scrubbing brush and go to town on the grout.● Another option would be to hire a company like The Grout Dr. They come out and rout out the old grout and re-grout the whole area with new material. This is also a much cheaper option than ripping up the old tile and having to pay a contractor to retile the entire kitchen.
Kitchen Floors: Hardwood● Hardwood: If you have hardwood floors you already know they can show wear and tear easily.● A quick & easy do-it-yourself fix to minor scratches and moderate signs of wear, is to use a hardwood floor cleaner/polisher. It will remove light signs of wear immediately.● For heavy scratches and damage, a good option aside from replacing the flooring would be to hire a company to refinish the floors. They will come in and sand down the floors and apply a coat of polyurethane. Your floors will usually look like new!
Kitchen Counters and Cabinets● Backsplash: ● Cabinets: ► A tile backsplash can make for ► Often are in good shape but a nice upgrade from just wall show normal signs of wear paint between your from daily use. countertops and cabinets ► Painting cabinets that are in ► There are new products out good shape but show signs of there that can make tackling moderate wear & tear is an this type of project much easier inexpensive alternative to if you want to try to take on this replacing them. upgrade yourself. SimpleMat is ► Re-facing is another cost one example. effective alternative to putting in all new cabinets.
BathsThis is the second place that people are going to really focus on.
Baths: Floor● Floors: ► Basically the same idea as the kitchen: either clean or re-grout. ► New tile installation can also make a big impact in any bathroom.Before: After:
Baths● Shower enclosures can show signs of wear and water damage to the grout and caulking. An effective & inexpensive fix is to strip and re-caulk any material that shows signs of mold or discoloration.● Retiling a shower enclosure is also a nice facelift but is going to be more costly than touching up the tile.● Vanity/Toilet: If they are in poor shape, replacing them is not a very expensive option and can make a big difference from run down fixtures.● Swapping out the faucet/shower control and shower head can also make a worn down bathroom look new if the rest of the items are in good shape.
Tips for Staging Your House● De-clutter! De-clutter! De-clutter!● Get rid of ALL smells (even the ones you like!)● Get the dust and film off of everything● Wash windows – Inside & Out● Make all beds & add throw pillows to couches● New fixtures and drapes in the bathroom or kitchen● Neutral colors
The Importance of StagingYour Home Will Spend Less Time on the Market● The Real Estate Staging Association studied 174 homes previously on the market an average of 156 days.● Those same homes were professionally staged, relisted and sold in 42 days on average after staging. This is 73% less time on the market.**2011 RESA study
The Importance of StagingYour Home Will Show Better in Photographs● 90% of all home purchases begin with an Internet search● Photos begin to sell your home before buyers even enter it
The Staging Process ExplainedFor an Unoccupied Property:● Staging generally takes 2 days● Stagers make recommendations for improvements and maintenance● Stagers bring in all furniture, rugs, lamps, window treatments, art and accessories
The Return on Investment ofStaging Your Home● If, for example, staging your home costs $2,600 - and results in a $26,000 increase in your homes sale price - thats a $1,000% return on investment● "The investment in staging your home will always be less than a price reduction on your home." - Barb Schwarz, founder of home staging● "This home was on the market for 90 days with no offers. At the insistence of the homeowner, I was contacted to stage the property. It sold two days after staging. What does that tell you about the importance of staging?" - home stager, St. Louis, MO
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