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Tips and Tricks for Selling Your Listing for Top Dollar
A home is like a castle, and every castle needs a little TLC once in a while to keep it inviting and functioning correctly. Updated decor, a few smart renovations, and some modern touches can do wonders to make a property competitive in the real estate market. Every seller wants an answer to the question, "How can I sell my home fast?" and your experienced eye and marketing savvy can make all the difference between a quick transaction and a stale listing. It is the little things that are often overlooked when putting a house up for sale, so before placing the call to your real estate photographer to capture 3D images and virtual tours, here are a few tips and tricks to getting top dollar for every listing. Modernization, renovation, and honey-do lists Real estate agents know that upgrading to the latest appliances, a few touch-ups, and some renovations are how to sell a home for more than you would by listing it "as is." All it takes are a few weekends to tick off some of the items on the honey-do list—like cleaning up clutter, tidying the yard, and making a few minor changes. According to an article by CNBC, the greatest return on resale value happens as a result of updated kitchen appliances and freshening up the front facade. Virtual tours are ideal for highlighting the spaces the consumer is drawn to, and having a virtual open house can help move up the possibility of a sale. Incorporating proptech into your real estate marketing plan will show off that new garage door that everyone wants to have, as well as introduce potential buyers to the fit and flow of the property with accurately measured floor plans. Mechanics and material defects If it's not broken, why fix it? When it comes to how to sell a home fast in any market, one of the important things to remember is to make sure the mechanical items in the property are functioning properly. This is not to say that every seller needs to replace their furnace, boiler, and air conditioner to get the house sold. But if you want the transaction to go smoothly after you have achieved a conditional sale, then things need to be in good working order. A cracked heat exchanger or ruptured water line could have the buyer questioning the integrity of the entire home. So before listing, make sure all the material defects have been attended to. Set the stage virtually Presentation is everything in real estate. How you showcase a property determines how quickly and how much it will sell for. To get the highest dollar for the seller in the least amount of time, you need to be using proptech tools for your real estate marketing. Virtual tours, accurately measured floor plans, and virtual staging make a difference in how much time the consumer spends perusing a home. Besides great curb appeal that draws a buyer into a property, staging a home makes it seem more personal and creates an emotional connection to the otherwise regular-looking space. According to NAR, the most important rooms in a house to stage are the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. But the clincher for locking down how to sell your listing for more is allowing the buyer to visualize the way their personal items will conform to each space. With the help of cutting-edge technology and advanced measurements, an emotional connection forms. Let the consumer play with the floor plan by measuring vertical, horizontal, and 3D spaces to determine renovation costs, furniture placement, and ceiling height for the annual 10-foot Christmas tree. Once the connection is formed, the sale is just around the accurately measured corner. Tech to triumph It is interesting to note the most recent findings from NAR state that a whopping 61% of homebuyers are between the ages of 22-55, and that means they are tech-friendly. Proptech provides the consumer access to virtual tours, 3D images, and accurate floor plans every minute of the day, so it is in the technology that lies the triumph. Not only do virtual tours help win listings and generate leads, but they get homes sold faster and for more. Proptech gives you the stand-out effect combining 3D video, interactive floor plans, virtual open houses, virtual reality, and easy navigation for it all. When selling is your target, hitting the bullseye through the use of technology is a no-brainer. Just because the castle has a few flaws and some dated fixtures, there are still ways to make it stand out. The goal is to focus on easy-to-use technology to grab the attention of the consumer. The journey to selling a home fast requires all information to be accessible online in an instant, and you can accomplish all that by using iGuide. To view the original article, visit the iGuide
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How Real Estate Agents Can Decrease Interruptions in the Home Selling Process
There is a buyer for every house, sometimes even more than one buyer depending on the market, the age and style of the home and, of course, the price. The point is that homes sell over and over. What can agents do to facilitate this recycling of homes to limit the lulls and time consuming steps in the sales process? Preparation is the key to decreasing interruptions in the journey. Time management, pre-qualification for financing, a few helpful checklists, and sharing your knowledge and experience will guide home buyers and sellers through every step along the way. Start with a Clean Sweep! Selling a home is a huge undertaking. There are several steps to take to ensure the process has limited interruptions. The first step is to prepare your clients for the big tidy up. Before they think about selling their house, they'll need to ensure that it is presentable and appealing to prospective buyers. High quality photos, floor plans and measurements will need to be taken and 3D tour data will need to be shot, all in preparation for showing the property. Provide your clients with a checklist to help them sift through each room, including the bathrooms and storage spaces. The goal is to remove as many items as possible from the potential buyers' line of vision. Ensuring that each space looks uncluttered and roomy is essential when presenting the home. Making the home appealing to a possible new owner means they need to be able to visualize their personal items in the space. By clearing away your home sellers' collectibles, personal photos, and large furniture pieces, the space is visually more welcoming to the camera and ultimately the buyer. Keeping the space clean will be a lot easier with fewer obstacles to maneuver around when preparing for the 3D tour shoot. Don't forget to tidy up the front and back yards because first impressions are often the driving factor that leads interested home buyers to have a look inside. Cleaning up ahead of the photo shoot and scan to determine dimensions for measurements will ensure that photographer isn't delayed in their photo shoot and that the visuals are clutter-free, engaging, and show the property off in its best light. Those dynamic visuals will go one step further in preventing unnecessary delays in the selling process by allowing online home shoppers to visually inspect the property and use the room dimensions and square footage calculations to determine if they are a good match. They are pre-qualifying themselves for the sale and not wasting the homeowners' time with unfruitful, in-person visits to satisfy their curiosity or to discover that there is hardwood when they prefer carpet! Securing Financing and Home Inspections Once the home has been prepared placed on the market, your home sellers' job is complete. It's now up to you, the Realtor, to effectively market the home to the public. Drawing on your experience, you need to explain to your clients how you will pre-qualify potential buyers for their home. The buyer must meet the required criteria from their lender in order to obtain funding for a purchase. Once this is confirmed, then the transition from viewing a home to a written purchase contract will run smoothly. Though a financing condition is almost always placed in a contract, with mortgage pre-qualification, the process is less likely to run into interruptions. With the financial needs being met, buyer's agent can then facilitate a home inspection for the property to help the buyer better understand any potential issues regarding structure, electrical, plumbing, environmental, and mechanical areas. It is essential to have a property inspection for the buyer's peace of mind, but it is just as important for insurance purposes for their new home. Insurance companies need to know that the property has been maintained which limits liability issues. A major concern in recent years is the use of asbestos, which can be hazardous to your health, and poly-B plumbing fittings that have caused sudden leaks resulting in water damage to the property. Having a clean bill of health for the property will speed up the next steps in preparing for the change of ownership. Make a List and Check It Twice For a smooth transition from the purchase contract, to a home inspection, to possession day, it is a good idea to create a final checklist of "Things to Do." Before you complete the sale, you will need to share the property report that indicates the home is compliant with municipal bylaws. You should know about any possible penalties with regard to moving, discharging, or changing the home sellers' current financing. Financial institutions often charge large interest penalties when changing the parameters of existing mortgages. It is better to know ahead of time rather than be shocked when they have to come up with thousands of extra dollars to discharge their mortgage. Whether your clients are the seller or the buyer, as a Realtor, you'll need to make sure to clean up the loose ends to make it a seamless and stress-free transaction. Items that need attention by the home sellers are: notifying all the utility services of a new owner, redirecting their mail, cancelling or requesting home insurance, setting up security systems, scheduling a mover, checking schools, transportation routes, and residential parking permits. You'll also need to remind them to engage with a lawyer or paralegal to help with the preparation of legal documents and registration of the property at the Land Titles Registry. Preparation is key to decreasing interruptions in the sales process. Buying or selling a property doesn't have to be scary or confusing. Be sure to keep the lines of communication open, provide timely advice and helpful checklists, and the transition to or from a home will be as easy for your clients as turning the key. To view the original article, visit the iGuide
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Client Story: The Right Move for Every Part of Our Real Estate Transaction
We recently sold our home, bought a new one and used the benefits of a technology offered by the listing agents of both homes. iGUIDE made our real estate journey memorable and easy while making the moving process smooth for everyone involved. Here are just a few reasons I will always insist on my real estate agent using an iGUIDE when selling or buying a home. Using 3D tours for virtual showings when marketing a home helps to attract higher offers and reduce days on the market. However, using accurate property information like interactive floor plans extends far beyond the marketing stage. The iGUIDE can be used as a tool to help the home buyer understand the fit and flow of the property and also facilitate accurate estimates from multiple service providers, including movers, painters, and renovation contractors. The easily navigated floor plans are also convenient when sharing property information with appraisers or insurance companies. Our mortgage lender sent out an appraiser who needed all kinds of information about the interior of our new home, like accurate square footage, finishing details, and the layout of each level. However, due to Covid restrictions, only the exterior of the property could be viewed in person. Thankfully, all the information the appraiser required was available on the iGUIDE and we were able to send a link to share every detail of our new home. Next, our insurance company wanted not only the same information as the appraiser, but also needed details about all the fireplaces, mechanical room, and the pool size. iGUIDE to the rescue again. One distinctive feature of the iGUIDE is that it can be downloaded and stored on your computer's hard drive or USB drive for future reference. This offered a handy way to get our insurance in place before the closing date. We wanted to freshen up the paint in our new home before moving in and reached out to several local painting companies for quotes. iGUIDE was immensely helpful here too, as we could not arrange for all the contractors to visit the new property before the closing day. Using iGUIDE, we could indicate which rooms we wanted to be painted and used the tagging feature to describe which paint colour we wanted for each wall within the same room. This allowed us to get all the painters to provide an estimate of the work based on the same well-documented project description. When the painters needed the dimensions for walls, ceiling height, and window size on each level, we showed them how to use the 3D measurements feature in the iGUIDE to get that information. This was a huge help for them when estimating how much paint was required. The first thing we did after signing the final paperwork for both homes was hiring a moving company. Our move was scheduled for the end of a month when moving companies are extremely busy. We heavily leveraged Google Maps and iGUIDE for this task. We looked at moving companies that had pins on Google Maps in our area and created a shortlist of candidates based on good reviews. Each moving company has their own way of estimating the cost of the move. Some movers wanted to come out to see our old home, which would have been pretty disruptive for us. Instead, we sent them links to the iGUIDEs of our old and new homes along with the desired moving dates. This allowed us to obtain quotes from a few companies further out from our town and one was able to provide a very competitive quote, so we ultimately chose them. The highlight of this story is how we used iGUIDE to facilitate the move itself. We first used the iGUIDE integration with Floorplanner.com. We easily exported iGUIDE floor plans of our new home into the Floorplanner web application with one click of a button. Using Floorplanner, we were excited to plan where all of our furniture would go in our new home. After a few rounds of discussions and trials, we settled on where we wanted to place couches, tables, chairs, and accessories. It is so much easier to move a couch a dozen times on a computer screen than to do the same in real life! Floorplanner has hundreds of models for all kinds of furniture pieces, and you can easily find close enough matches to your furniture's style and size. You also can adjust the dimensions of those models to exactly match your existing pieces or any new furniture you want to add to your home. That capability, plus the accuracy of iGUIDE floor plans, allows for really good space planning to avoid any nasty surprises later, like, "I told you this couch was not going to fit in that corner!" After the planning was done, the time to pack and prepare for the move came quickly. We purchased sets of moving labels from Amazon and labelled all the rooms in the Floorplanner to match using the same font and background colours. We also got labels in the form of coloured dots to designate each floor of our new home. We affixed labels to every box and piece of furniture indicating its destination room and floor within the house. What we found during the move, however, was that we should have waited for the movers to wrap the furniture first and then let them place the labels on the outside of the wrapping. Lesson learned for any future moves! When moving day came and the movers showed up, we quickly explained our labelling system and how to use it together with the floor plans. We gave them half a dozen floor plans printed out in color. Of course, they managed to forget their stack of floor plans at the old home, which they discovered only after arriving at the new place. I had a hunch that might happen, so it was a good thing I kept a set of spare floor plans at the new home as well. We taped them at every entrance and on each floor so the movers did not have to ask where we wanted each piece to go. All in all, the move went extremely smoothly. The boxes and furniture were placed by the movers in the correct locations which made unpacking and finding things so much easier over the next few days. We were able to avoid any heavy lifting or moving stuff placed in the wrong rooms. My back thanked me, the movers, and the iGUIDE for lightening the load! The movers were very impressed with the efficiency of the new unloading process, which also saved us time and money. We spent more time doing our thing instead of directing movers where to place every box and piece of furniture. To sum it up, we used iGUIDE in several different ways – for selling and buying, for getting home insurance, getting a mortgage lender appraisal, and for painting and moving contractors. To view the original article, visit the iGuide
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