LINGO 101: Money-Saving Glossary To Key Moving Terms | Be informed

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Moving companies have a host of terms for the details of handling household goods.

A Short Glossary

    • Accessorial service. Packing, unpacking and services other than transportation.
    • Advanced charges. Fees paid for services performed by others. They’re added to the moving bill.
    • Bill of lading. The document for shipping goods.
    • Claim. The written statement requesting reimbursement for a lost or damaged item.
    • Contract number. Identifying number of a shipment. It’s found on the order for service and the bill of lading.
    • Consignee. The person at the destination receiving goods shipped by someone else.
    • Delivery spread. The period when a mover will deliver household goods.

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  • Destination agent. The agent who will provide services at the destination.
  • Flight charge. An accessorial charge — for moving goods up flights of stairs.
  • Freight bill. The amount indicating the actual cost of the move.
  • Gross weight. Total weight of the van and the shipment.
  • Linehaul. The transportation portion of the move.
  • Order for service.The document the customer signs authorizing the movement of goods.
  • Origin agent. The agent responsible for the packing and loading of goods.
  • Pickup spread. The period during which the mover will pick up goods.
  • Storage-in-transit (SIT). Temporary storage of household goods for not more than 90 days.
  • Tare weight. Weight of the van before loading.
  • Tariff. Price schedule on file with the Interstate Commerce Commission.
  • Valuation. The value the customer places on the goods when releasing them to the carrier.

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Wilmington NC SPRING MARKET Making A Move May be Easier Than Ever Before

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In this Wilmington NC spring market, making a move may be easier than ever before. Thanks to improvements in the real estate market, employment options, housing choices and personal finances, more people today are moving to where they want to live, not where they have to live.

In fact, moving today is easier than you think. Local home sellers are finding their priced-right homes selling, allowing them the freedom to relocate down the street, to the other side of town, across the country or around the world. Plenty of buyers are out there right now, taking advantage of our springtime temperatures and increased inventory. Many want to start their new life in a new home by the beginning of summer.

What’s moving today’s buyers? Job situations for many have changed for the better. (As always, employment is a major factor driving home sales.) One reason is that more and more people are working from home, and breadwinners are less tied to living near work. Now they have the flexibility to move to where their family wants to be located, where their favorite activities are based (think sports, outdoor opportunities), and where they have relatives and friends.

Don’t miss out. If it’s time for you to make a move, now is a great time. Keep reading to learn how to make the best move to a location that is the best for you!

What Comes First?

If you’re going to move, get your home ready for sale first. We can assist you with that task, helping you create a to-do list to attend to little things that buyers notice. Plus, nail down must-do bigger items that need attention before your home goes up for sale. Although some sellers don’t care to attend to these items, to get the best price for your home, it’s important to make your home an attractive, move-in-ready property.

BEST MOVE:

Take time to thoroughly go through your home and highlight any issues that a buyer’s inspection may later find. It is wise to remedy any problems before the home goes on the market. Additionally, we can advise you whether a home warranty would help make your home desirable to the greatest number of homebuyers.


BEST MOVE:

Bring in a home stager to make your home as close as possible to looking like a model home. Home stagers do a great job of using what you own to make your home’s spaces look friendly, usable and roomy for potential buyers.


BEST MOVE:

It’s often best to sell your home first, while you look but before you buy in your new location. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it allows you to know exactly how much money you have available to buy your next home. Shop while your home is for sale, and if you find that perfect home, consult with your mortgage lender to see if you can make the move financially before selling your current home. A bridge loan may help get you there.

Where Are You Going?

If you’re still deciding where you’re going to move to once you sell your home, you need to do some research…pronto. To judge places to live, it’s wise to visit multiple times to dig into the area, understand transportation and education options, the employment situation, housing types and costs, and true cost of living.

BEST MOVE:

Even if you’ve lived in a specific location before and want to move back, realize that time changes things. It’s still ideal to visit the area and confirm your move choice.Take time to research and make sure the move is a good fit for you—and your entire family. Yes, you can always move again, but as you know, it does require time and money to pick up again if you find you aren’t happy with your new location.We know our area well. We can advise you about the types of homes available here and their price ranges. We can guide you to local information that provides reliable details on schools, shopping, transportation, entertainment, outdoor space, you name it.If you are moving out of our area, we can connect you with a top-quality real estate professional in your new location to assist you in not only getting the home you want there, but the information you need to make an informed housing decision.Some online help is always valuable. Check out websites that provide school information, walkability, traffic and crime reports, etc. Many sites provide the information for free, but some require subscriptions to view details. Remember, we can help you with finding specific details on our local area—just ask.

How To Whittle Down?

If you’re making a move to improve your situation, you want to move with only what matters most to you and your family. Before you put your home up for sale, it’s important to start going through your belongings and categorizing what is most important to keep.

Create areas to collect giveaway items (for charities, friends, family, etc.) while you evaluate your belongings.

If you have items of value you want to sell, start early and don’t underestimate the amount of time needed to sell items online, through garage sale(s), auction or classified sites or even through nearby newspaper classifieds. Have a plan in place for items that don’t sell.

Decluttering can uncover a lot of stuff you didn’t know you had, but still want. Box up items that you currently don’t have room for and store them off-site, either at a friend’s or family member’s home or in a rental storage unit.

BEST MOVE:

When boxing up items for off-site storage, be sure to pack them well the first time. When you’re ready to move with them, you won’t have to open and repack everything to safely survive a longer move.


BEST MOVE:

If you are likely to replace large/heavy items, such as appliances, a dining room set, couch or bedroom set, shortly upon arrival at your new residence, you may want to sell or give these items away before you move to cut down on the hassle and expense of moving them. Look for a local charity that helps homeless and disadvantaged families.
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How can a home warranty help me sell my home?

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Hula Dancer You need more than clever gimmicks to sell a home these days. To clinch a sale, many savvy home sellers offer home warranties. Buyers love them because warranties pay for certain home repairs for a year after the sale. Many sellers love them, too, because warranties help get the home sold – and may bring in offers closer to the asking price.

Typically, home warranties cover the repair or replacement of a home’s heating, plumbing, and electrical systems and major built-in appliances. The cost often runs $350-$450, typically with a small deductible for each repair or replacement.

Shop For The Best Coverage
When shopping for home warranty coverage, compare the following:

  • Required pre-warranty inspections.
  • Coverage for appliances and systems.
  • Deductibles and service fees.
  • Dollar caps on total or individual replacement/repair costs.
  • Limits on number of repair calls.
  • Costs, including any initial or inspection charges.
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67th NC Azalea Festival Wilmington NC 2014 | Get Your Party Hat Ready!

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67th NC Azalea Festival Wilmington NC 2014 | Wilmington NC real estate

 

 Join us for the 67th NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC. April 9 – 13 . Justin Moore, Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson for the Off the Beaten Path Tour kick things off on Thursday Night

(To purchase tickets, click here. )

Widespread Panic is playing 2 nights Friday and Saturday.  (to purchase tickets, click here)

From the Azalea Festival Website -

Welcome to our 2014 Festival Queen | Jennifer Wayne, John Wayne’s Grandaughter.  For Bio –  (http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/official-party/festival-queen/)

 

“The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event.

Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!

The Festival’s concerts, fairs and special events are viewed by more than one million people each year, in person and through media coverage. More than 200,000 are estimated to attend the annual two-day street fair, while more than 100,000 gather to watch the Festival parade. Each event is a celebration, beginning with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea at the official opening of the five-day event. Stars glitter throughout town as Southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens at the annual garden party. Everywhere the blooming azaleas offer colorful testimony to the rich heritage of coastal Carolina.”

Here is a sampling of the schedule for this years festival from the festival website.

From Last Years Festival

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Spring! A Great Time To Move | Best Move Options

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BEST MOVES
More Options Abound For Today’s Homebuyers And Sellers

In this Wilmington NC spring market, making a move may be easier than ever before. Thanks to improvements in the real estate market, employment options, housing choices and personal finances, more people today are moving to where they want to live, not where they have to live.

In fact, moving today is easier than you think. Wilmington NC real estate sellers are finding their priced-right homes selling, allowing them the freedom to relocate down the street, to the other side of town, across the country or around the world. Plenty of buyers are out there right now, taking advantage of our springtime temperatures and increased inventory. Many want to start their new life in a new home by the beginning of summer.

What’s moving today’s buyers? Job situations for many have changed for the better. (As always, employment is a major factor driving home sales.) One reason is that more and more people are working from home, and breadwinners are less tied to living near work. Now they have the flexibility to move to where their family wants to be located, where their favorite activities are based (think sports, outdoor opportunities), and where they have relatives and friends.

Don’t miss out. If it’s time for you to make a move, now is a great time. Keep reading to learn how to make the best move to a location that is the best for you!

What Comes First?

If you’re going to move, get your home ready for sale first. We can assist you with that task, helping you create a to-do list to attend to little things that buyers notice. Plus, nail down must-do bigger items that need attention before your home goes up for sale. Although some sellers don’t care to attend to these items, to get the best price for your home, it’s important to make your home an attractive, move-in-ready property.

BEST MOVE:

Take time to thoroughly go through your home and highlight any issues that a buyer’s inspection may later find. It is wise to remedy any problems before the home goes on the market. Additionally, we can advise you whether a home warranty would help make your home desirable to the greatest number of homebuyers.


BEST MOVE:

Bring in a home stager to make your home as close as possible to looking like a model home. Home stagers do a great job of using what you own to make your home’s spaces look friendly, usable and roomy for potential buyers.


BEST MOVE:

It’s often best to sell your home first, while you look but before you buy in your new location. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it allows you to know exactly how much money you have available to buy your next home. Shop while your home is for sale, and if you find that perfect home, consult with your mortgage lender to see if you can make the move financially before selling your current home. A bridge loan may help get you there.

Where Are You Going?

If you’re still deciding where you’re going to move to once you sell your home, you need to do some research…pronto. To judge places to live, it’s wise to visit multiple times to dig into the area, understand transportation and education options, the employment situation, housing types and costs, and true cost of living.

BEST MOVE:

Even if you’ve lived in a specific location before and want to move back, realize that time changes things. It’s still ideal to visit the area and confirm your move choice.Take time to research and make sure the move is a good fit for you—and your entire family. Yes, you can always move again, but as you know, it does require time and money to pick up again if you find you aren’t happy with your new location.We know our area well. We can advise you about the types of homes available here and their price ranges. We can guide you to local information that provides reliable details on schools, shopping, transportation, entertainment, outdoor space, you name it.

If you are moving out of our area, we can connect you with a top-quality real estate professional in your new location to assist you in not only getting the home you want there, but the information you need to make an informed housing decision.Some online help is always valuable. Check out websites that provide school information, walkability, traffic and crime reports, etc. Many sites provide the information for free, but some require subscriptions to view details. Remember, we can help you with finding specific details on our local area—just ask.

How To Whittle Down?

If you’re making a move to improve your situation, you want to move with only what matters most to you and your family. Before you put your home up for sale, it’s important to start going through your belongings and categorizing what is most important to keep.

Create areas to collect giveaway items (for charities, friends, family, etc.) while you evaluate your belongings.

If you have items of value you want to sell, start early and don’t underestimate the amount of time needed to sell items online, through garage sale(s), auction or classified sites or even through nearby newspaper classifieds. Have a plan in place for items that don’t sell.

Decluttering can uncover a lot of stuff you didn’t know you had, but still want. Box up items that you currently don’t have room for and store them off-site, either at a friend’s or family member’s home or in a rental storage unit.

BEST MOVE:

When boxing up items for off-site storage, be sure to pack them well the first time. When you’re ready to move with them, you won’t have to open and repack everything to safely survive a longer move.


BEST MOVE:

If you are likely to replace large/heavy items, such as appliances, a dining room set, couch or bedroom set, shortly upon arrival at your new residence, you may want to sell or give these items away before you move to cut down on the hassle and expense of moving them. Look for a local charity that helps homeless and disadvantaged families.

 

 

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TAKE ONE: How To Package Your Home To Sell | Wilmington NC real estate

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After a full day of house hunting in Wilmington NC, even the hardiest shopper has difficulty remembering each home visited. A selling display featuring your property’s benefits is a great way to be sure your home stands out in the shopper’s memory. We’ve used the following marketing strategies to successfully sell many homes. They could work for you too!

Creativity Counts

{short description of image}Your home’s memory points can be mounted attractively on a poster or in a looseleaf binder or photo album and displayed on your dining table or near the front door.

Home shoppers appreciate a memory-jogging take-home flyer, summarizing the display information for later study. The flyer should always include the property address, price, brief description and agent’s name and phone number.

Focus On Features

Each home will have its own outstanding features. When we talk about a marketing strategy for your home, we will consider what to include in your display and on the flyer. Here are some worthwhile ideas:

Capital improvements.

Include project description, year completed and your investment in the improvements.

Upgrades or replacements.

List new appliances, paint, wallpaper, attic fan — anything you’ve accomplished that buyers won’t have to do after move-in. Mention special features and benefits. For example: “Easy-care kitchen range with self-cleaning oven, sealed burners, electronic ignition, digital controls; 1992.”

Energy-saving features.

Cite money-saving extra insulation, high-efficiency heating/cooling system, thermal double-pane windows, etc.

Average annual utility bills.

Also mention affordable property taxes. Buyers want to know!

Floor plan.

Show room arrangement and dimensions. New-home builders and renovators can often provide floor plans, or one can be drawn for your home.

House illustrated.

Picture your home in your display and on the flyer. Architect’s renderings may be available from the original builder.

Gardening highlights.

Sketch the landscaping plan to show the work you’ve done. Identify trees and plants, especially if you have unusual ones. Provide photos of bushes and flowers in full bloom, if you’re selling off-season.

Pre-listing home inspection report.

Impress buyers with proof of your home’s excellent condition. Show receipts for correcting any problems the inspector noted.

Neighborhood map.

Highlight nearby schools, convenient transportation, shopping, parks, libraries, hospitals, and any other amenities or points of interest. Your kids can help color the map!

School data.

Feature excellent schools. Mention honors and awards, good student-teacher ratios, sports and athletics, drama presentations, and special programs (i.e. for learning disabilities or English as a second language).

Neighborhood information.

List neighborhood association dues (if any), annual community events, Neighborhood Watch programs, and the like. If yours is a friendly, quiet neighborhood, be sure buyers know it!

Community services.

Include helpful information such as days for recyclable-material and bulk trash pick-ups, availability of swimming pools, children’s summer day-camps, adult education, and so on.

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1,2,3 Home Buying Kit | Wilmington NC real estate

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HOME BUYER KIT
Before you shop for your first home, read our First-Time Home Buyer Kit to help make your experience a pleasant one!

Click on the tabs below to find everything you need to know about buying your first home. Or, check out our other kits, identified below. Contact us for more assistance. We’ll be happy to help.

Getting
Started
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Buyer Kit | Seller Kit | Loan Kit | Relocation Kit | Contact Us

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NEGOTIATE: How To Buy The Home You Love At The Price You Want | Wilmington NC real estate

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Found the home of your dreams? Now the negotiations begin.The agent you’re working with can guide you through the process of making a purchase offer. You’ll want to start by learning as much as you can about how much the property is worth.

Check the comparables

spartanburgYour agent has up-to-the-minute price data at hand to help you analyze any comparable properties; just ask. Although every home is unique, here’s some of what makes a home “comparable” to the one you’re considering purchasing:

same neighborhood;
same age and condition;
same size lot;
same home style–equivalent living space, number of rooms and baths;
similar terms of sale.

Follow sales price trends

Ask about recent pricing trends in the neighborhood. Specifically, what has been the average difference between listing price and sales price for recent sales of comparable homes? What is the ratio of assessed tax value to market value?

Offer what you think the house is worth

Some asking prices have built-in padding, but others are already priced to sell. You could lose a well-priced home with a low-ball bid. Remember, a lower mortgage interest rate will allow you to borrow more and pay a higher price for a home without increasing your monthly payment.

Spell out the details

Consider getting a pre-purchase appraisal and home inspection. The appraisal will give an independent valuation of the property, and the inspection will help identify any potential problems you may have overlooked. Consider including a contingency making the contract subject to a satisfactory appraisal and inspection.

Evaluate contingencies

The contract can also be contingent upon an attorney’s review, previous home sale, and acceptable mortgage loan terms, etc. Contingencies are typically used to smooth acceptance of an offer without delaying the final decision. Too many contingencies, however, weaken your bargaining position.

Know what’s important to you

Prioritize the elements of the sale on paper (“must” and “want”) and decide where you have negotiating room–what you’ll give up or accept in exchange for a concession. Items frequently negotiated include adjustments for needed or requested repairs, what personal property stays and what goes with the seller, points and closing costs, and move-in date. Knowing exactly what you want and where you are willing to bargain is your most important negotiating tool.

Put everything in the first purchase offer

If the first offer is accepted it may be too late to add anything. Include a financial statement. Do all negotiating in writing with a deadline for a response, often 48 hours. You are free to cancel an offer until it is accepted by the seller. Require that your binder or deposit be held in an escrow account with the interest credited to you.

Be Patient

Negotiating could take several days. Be patient; you won’t want to rush into one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make.

We can help

If you’d like help finding your dream home, please call or e-mail us. We’ll help with your home search and will give you all the important information we can provide to help you make the right offer for the right home. bakerwyaneassocaites@ec.rr.com

 

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Home Selling In Wilmington NC

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WE HAVE EXTENSIVE MARKETING RESOURCES THAT ARE ATTRACTING REAL ESTATE BUYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!

jones 91011 268The market has been hot, the prices are going up and day’s on the market are decreasing.  There is an inventory shortage, so if you have been thinking of selling, now might be the right time.  We can help you decide if it is the right time.  For many years, we have achieved success in marketing properties to buyers in all market conditions and our proven track record of excellent negotiating skills coupled with enthusiasm, integrity, professionalism is truly the key to a successful sale of your home. We have been ranked in the top 1% of the Coldwell Banker agents nationwide and have been #1 agent in North Carolina for units sold. The teams strong performance record will ensure you the competitive edge.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BE THE TOP SELLING WILMINGTON NC REAL ESTATE TEAM 2012 FOR COLDWELL BANKER SEA COAST ADVANTAGE!

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HOW TO OBTAIN TOP DOLLAR FOR YOUR HOME

If you are considering selling your home in the next 3-6 months, you are probably asking yourself questions like these:

  • Should I replace the tile counters in the bathroom with granite?
  • Does the wallpaper make the house look dated?
  • Is the cost of installing new kitchen cabinets worth the expense?
  • Do I need to put on a new the roof or can I just have it inspected and replace the deteriorated areas?
  • Is it necessary to paint all the interior walls, or would touching-up the obvious areas work just as well?
  • Would installing new carpets and/or refinishing the wood floors be worth the expense?
  • What about exterior paint-should I have the house painted before putting it on the market, or use that as a bargaining point in negotiating the sale?

These are all good questions. And none of them has an easy yes or no answer. Your home is unique, as is the neighborhood you live in.

Part of my expertise is helping sellers prepare their homes with the right improvements that bring in top dollar. I would be happy to stop by and do a simple walk-through to point out areas to focus on to improve your house\’s market value-as well as what projects will not likely give you a good return on your money or time.

There is no charge for this service. My goal is to be the neighborhood expert. The more neighbors I talk to and the more familiar I become with the homes in our neighborhood, the better level of service I can offer to families moving into our area.

If you are interested in having me doing this free walk-through to get your house market-ready, please feel give me a call or email me. I’ll also do my best to answer any other questions you have.

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IN/OUT What’s In, What’s Out For 2014 Buyers & Sellers| Wilmington NC real estate

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     IN/OUT
What’s In, What’s Out For 2014 Buyers & Sellers

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For the past few years the Wilmington NC housing market hasn’t been easy for home buyers or sellers. Waves of distressed sales, dropping prices, tightened mortgage standards…then rising prices, bidding wars, low inventory…oh, my…pot holes along the path to homeownership lurked around every corner.

Good news. The 2014 housing market is shaping up to be one of the best in years for both buyers and sellers. In this Special Issue we’ll take a look at what’s IN and OUT for housing in the year ahead to help you make smart real estate decisions. No question: The best way to beat the 2014 market is to get “ahead of the curve” and know how the coming changes impact your home buying power and your home selling options.

Don’t stress. We’ll be your guide. Our local expertise will help you navigate today’s IN’s and OUT’s of buying or selling a home while avoiding the pitfalls even smart consumers make.

To learn what’s on our real estate horizon — and how to make the 2014 market work for you — keep reading.

 

HOME BUYING

Fair & Final

In a rising real estate market, it’s best to make any offer your best and final price on the first go-round. Making a solid purchase offer (price and terms) gives you the best chance to get the house you want in this market. This is especially important when bidding wars erupt on the most-desirable properties or all-cash investors try to capture a bargain. Fair and final is IN.

Low-Balling

Home prices are going up, inventory remains low, distressed home sales inventory is dropping. Low-ball offers waste everyone’s time. We can guide you on rare exceptions, but you shouldn’t expect to get a home for a fraction of its listing price. Low-balling is OUT in 2014.

Flexibility

Make your home purchase offer stand out by eliminating as many contingencies and requests as possible. If you can be flexible and streamlined with your offer, it will be more appealing to the home seller. With an expected increase in offers per property, flexibility is IN to make your offer stand out.

Online Valuations

The convenience of online valuation sites is tempting, but the numbers there are only as good as the public data is recent. Real-time real estate markets are often too fluid and sites may not be able to keep up. Tip: use sites for reference only.

Shopping Lenders

It’s not just enough to compare interest rates, but you need to compare different loan products and banks to get the best deal for your financial situation. Comparison shopping for lenders and loans is IN in 2014.

Rock-Bottom Bargains

With the number of foreclosures, short sales and distressed sales dropping, it’s harder to find a steal-of-a-deal these days. This year you’ll need to research first, look closely and act fast to get the home you want at the best possible price.

 

Share This!

Don’t keep great home buying and selling information to yourself. When you’re done with this newsletter, please pass it along to friends, family and other contacts who are looking to make a move this year. Thank you for your referrals!

 

HOME SELLING

Quick Deals

With buyers being more flexible, being pre-qualified for a home loan and eager to move in, sellers need to be prepared to move out quickly…and into a new home or temporary quarters promptly. Being prepared is IN in 2014.

One Selling Season

The notion of the busy spring selling season is giving way to the year ’round selling season. Sellers sell when they need to, not because of the time of year. Buyers are looking to buy homes all year long as well, meaning a successful sale is attainable at any time.

Watching Appraisals

In a changing market, it’s not uncommon to have homes appraise for lower than contract prices. Ensure your appraiser knows all the home’s features and recent comparables to make sure your home’s purchase isn’t canceled or delayed if the appraisal comes in too low.

Strategic Default

With more options for homeowners, more programs to help those underwater with mortgages, and rising prices, homeowners don’t need to walk away from homes — or pay at closing to pay off their loan. Many different, streamlined selling and restructuring options exist to help homeowners.

Niche Marketing

If your home is a rental (or would be a perfect rental), highlight that with details. If your home is in a great school district, within walking distance to public transportation, has low energy costs, prominently feature these facts online or in a flyer, powerpoint or poster in the kitchen. Buyers want to know as much as they can about your house and sometimes only you are the best person to tell them. Merchandising your home creatively is IN for 2014.

Appreciation

Homes are expected to appreciate in many markets in 2014 compared with the past several years. Price appreciation varies, especially when looking at a specific area of the county, city, neighborhood or even small “micro-market” pockets related to local economic conditions this year.

Sellers’ Market

Generally speaking, 2014 will be a good year to sell because our local real estate market is leaning in sellers’ favor this year. With a continued low inventory of homes available for sale, buyers will be competing for fewer properties, meaning your priced-right, move-in-ready home will sell.

Local Experts

As always, we provide the most up-to-date information as of press time — but check in with any real estate question anytime — relying on our local real estate expertise is always IN.

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