Almost everyone loves pets. According to Psychology Today 39% of Americans own a dog and 33% own a cat, so the chances of a potential buyer that visits your home owns a pet are pretty good. However, having a pet in your home that your are trying to sell can adversely affect how fast you are able to sell your property, as well as the price. Keep reading to find out why and what to do with your pets when trying to sell your house.
Pets And Trying To Sell Your House
In a previous article " Tips On How To Sell Your House Fast" we covered improving your curb appeal to help welcome and be more inviting to potential buyers. However, if you have the outside pristine only to have them walk inside to smell a dirty litter box, you have a problem.
First, not all people are comfortable with pets. Ya, it's hard to believe, but true. I mean what's not to love? Most pets are very lovable and only require some food and water and are willing to give you all kinds of love in return. But some people are scared of dogs and cats, while others maybe allergic to them. The Balance has this to say about why some people don't like pets:
The last point is pretty good, your pets aren't their pets and everyone thinks their pets are perfect, kind of like children :)
Pets Can Adversely Affect Your Selling Price
If a buyer walks in and notices a dog or cat, more than likely they are going to start looking for pet damage. This can really affect how much you are able to sell the house for. How Stuff Works has this to say about how pets can adversely affect your sale:
30k is a lot of money to lose just because a potential buyer notices a smell of pets or urine in your house! So get rid of all of those odors and pet stains before even thinking about trying to sell your house. Now on to the last thing, which can be hard to do for a lot of pet owners -
Remove Your Pets When Trying To Sell Your House
Yes, removing your pets is the best thing you can do. This way you can clean the house and not have them make a mess right behind you. There are also legal reasons why you may want to relocate your pets when selling:
Your dog may have never bitten anyone before, but if you bring in a stranger your dog is probably going to be a little on edge. Add in a small child that may be a little to rough with the dog and before you know it you have a problem. Something else to mention that if you are not at home when your house is being shown and your pet is and it gets out - it can be hard for an agent to wrangle your pet, your pet may get lost or worse - injured.
Summing It Up
We all love our pets, but they can make it difficult when trying to sell your home. It is best that if it is possible for you to relocate them while the house is on the market, it will be best for your wallet as well as your pet. If you aren't able to relocate them be sure and crate them or possibly put them in a doggy daycare on days when you are showing the property.
If you are in the Metro Atlanta area and are trying to sell your house fast and have pets - we love animals! We would love the opportunity to make you a fair, all cash offer for your property and we don't mind if your pets are at home when we visit. In fact, we would like to meet them! You can learn more on our site at www.MandichPropertyGroup.com
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Need to sell your house fast and don't know where to start? Is it worth the time and effort to list your house in the local newspaper? Probably not. So where is the best place to list your property for sale to have the best chance of being seen by as many buyers as possible? The answer is really pretty easy - the internet. Keep reading to learn more about advertising your house on the internet to sell it fast.
Using The Internet To Sell Your House Fast
In a previous article "Improving Curb Appeal To Help Sell Your House Fast" we covered making your house look as nice as possible for when buyers arrive at your property. But how do you get those people to your house? With the invention of the internet now people from all of the county, or the world for that matter, can have a peak at your house without even leaving theirs.
Just putting a sign in the front yard and hoping that a buyer will come by just isn't going to happen. In today's fast paced digital world with tons of social media sites and online listing sites, your property has to be on as many of them as possible. This is where most people start the home buying process these days, and some suggest over 90% of would be buyers start their search there. Just think about it, where would you start your search, probably on your laptop, tablet or right on your phone. The internet just makes it easier for people to look at a lot of houses until their hearts content and find a few that they like and want to visit.
Even WikiHow makes this statement about making use of the internet:
If you have the time you should read that entire article as it gives great tips on how to sell your house fast from start to finish.
Use As Many Channels As Possible
You should know that there are sites out there like Trulia, Zillow and Redfin that you can list your house for sale and many more. But where else can you list your house for sale? Check this out:
Craiglist is often overlooked by a lot of sellers and so is Facebook. Go ahead and make a post on Facebook that your house is for sale with some good pictures in it, you never know who is in your circle of friends that may be looking for a house in your area. In the above article they also mention real estate investors which brings us to our last part of this article -
Perform A Web Buy Houses Search
If you really need to sell your home quickly, one of the easiest things to do is to perform a search on your favorite browser with something like "sell my house fast" or "we buy houses" with your city at the end and you will have a lot of results returned that are real estate investors that are looking to buy houses. For some people this is the best route because their property needs repairs or really do need to sell quickly because of a new job in another city.
Summing It Up
If you need to sell your house fast you absolutely have to make use of the internet. Just putting a sign in the front yard or at the front of the subdivision isn't going to bring in that many potential buyers. Get lots of good pictures of your property and post them on as many sites as you can that your house if for sale. Don't forget, if you need to sell your house fast be sure and contact us at MandichPropertyGroup.com for a free, no obligation offer on your property today.
Where Can You Sell Your House Fast was originally published to MandichPropertyGroup.com. Discover more on: Mandich Property Group - We Buy Homes Any Condition Website
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There are a lot of things that come into play and have to be done when selling a house. If you need to sell a house fast then there can be even more to do in a shorter amount of time. One of the biggest things in getting your house to sell quickly is to price it correctly. Price it to high and you won't have any interest in the property and may end up holding on to it longer than you want to. This short article will give you some good tips on properly pricing your house for a fast sale.
In a previous article "Tips And Tricks To Sell Your House Fast " we covered a lot of the "physical" things that have to be done to sell your house fast like cleaning and properly staging the house. Here is the thing, no matter how nice you make your house, if it's not priced properly, it's not going to sell. Think about it, why would a buyer pay 5, 10, 15 thousand or more for a house when they can get one that is comparable or maybe even nicer for less? Would you?
It's Important To Set The Price Right From The Start
Many homeowners may think that if they set the price high from the start that they can always lower it if they don't get any interest. This may well be a very bad strategy, which was covered in this article:
It's a good point that you are actually helping to sell other people's houses by pricing yours to high from the start, as well as the fact that buyers will wonder what is wrong with your house if you drop the price. Another problem could be that buyers may wonder what is wrong with the property if it has been on the market for some time and hasn't sold - all due to it being over priced.
Pricing Your House To Sell Fast
There is a lot to consider when setting the price of your property. This is one reason why realtors get paid what they do. If you are using a realtor then you are putting your trust in them. We would suggest that you do some investigating on your own and don't just take their word for it. If you are selling your property on your own or "FSBO" (for sale by owner), then you are going to have to do some extensive research. Thankfully the internet is here now and you can do most of your research from there.
So where do you start finding the right price for your house? Check this out from The Balance which has some great info on how to get started:
Superb advice on setting the price of your property. This is how we always start at determining the value of a property. If you deviate to much from those rules above you will get the pricing of your property wrong. Sometimes it will be necessary to deviate from those rules a little because you may not find a property like yours within a half mile of your residence. It's important to remember that if you have to deviate from any of the above rules, then the others become that much more important. It's also important to note that when comparing apples to apples that you also take into consideration whether or not a property has updated kitchens, bathrooms or any other part of the house.
Summing It Up
Don't make the mistake thinking that you can over price the property, only to lower it later down the road when it doesn't sell. Over priced properties that sit on the market only make buyers wonder what's wrong with the property. Next, take your time and do your homework, make sure you use accurate comparables, properties very similar to your house for setting the price.
Don't forget, if you are in need of selling your house fast, we buy houses fast in any condition throughout the Metro Atlanta area. Learn more by visiting our site at MandichPropertyGroup.com.
How To Price Your House For A Fast Sale was originally published on MandichPropertyGroup.com. Learn more at: Mandich Property Group - Sell Your Home Now Website
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Selling a house fast can be challenging, and nerve racking. If you have a larger home with children knowing where to start can make you want to pull your hair out. Do you start cleaning, contact an agent or start marketing if selling FSBO or maybe even packing? It's best to step back and take a deep breath, then start making a list of things that need to be done. In this article we will give you some good tips on getting your property sold as quickly as possible.
What You Need To Do To Sell Your Home Quickly
In our previous post "Should I Sell My House As Is" we talked about selling your house "as is" without making repairs or even cleaning up the property. This will most certainly affect how much you are able to get for the property if you don't make repairs. However in this article we are going to assume that you have money to make repairs and get your property in tip top shape to get it sold.
Time is of the essence here, so the first thing you need to do is start cleaning. Get your house as clean or cleaner than the day you moved in. Next you need to be concerned about staging, which this article from Cameron Huddelston has some good thing to say:
The first 3 things they touch on, deep cleaning, decluttering and depersonalizing are a must. All of this will help when you show your property and as well help the potential buyer to see the property as their own. We are also believe that packing a lot of items and moving them to storage is a good idea.
Painting & More
Painting can take some time to do correctly and a poor job will stand out to buyers. Make sure to set aside enough time to properly do the job.
What colors should you use? Fox News has this to say about colors and more:
Not quite sure about "greige" as if it's suppose to be a mix between gray and beige. However those are both colors that we use in our properties with gray used more in new homes as of late.
It's also good advice to clean your closets. Buyers will look in your closets to see how much room there is. Besure to pack up as much as you can to give your closet a more spacious feel.
Detach Yourself From The Property
This can be hard to do. A lot of people have a problem with this, after all, you may have raised a family in this property and have a lot of memories there. However you need to sell the house, so you need to think of it as someone else's and a more neutral color pallet and furniture for staging. Forbes has this to say about this important step:
It's just like what Fox News had to say - neutral colors are what you need to aim for, both in the color of your walls as well as the furniture that you stage the house with.
Having to sell your house fast can be a real hassle. However, if you choose the right colors and properly paint the interior of your house and use neutral colors for staging furniture the property will be more inviting for a larger base of potential buyers. It may take you longer if you have painted every room in the house a different color, like pink for your daughters room. The pink may look nice, but what if the perfect family for the house has all boys? Just stick to the advice above and you should have a buyer for your property faster, all though it may take you some time to get all the work done.
If you really need to sell your house fast and don't have time for everything mentioned above, don't forget, here at Mandich Property Group we buy houses as is and in any condition. We don't care what the colors are of any of the rooms or if the house is staged or even clean. You can learn more at MandichPropertyGroup.com
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You are ready to sell your house. You possibly are ready for an upgrade or maybe have a new job in another city. Whatever the case may be, getting your house ready to sell is at the top of your list. First impressions to a potential buyer are extremely important. What's the first thing they notice? Your yard. If the yard is trashed and hasn't been maintained, a buyer may leave and not even want to come in. No matter how nice the inside of your house is, if you have overgrown shrubs and bald spots in the yard, buyers are going to form an opinion about your house before stepping foot inside. Don't know how to make your yard immaculate? Then keep reading.
You Get One Chance At First Impressions When Selling Your House
In a previous post "Tips On How To Sell Your House Fast " we touched on the fact that the front of your house and yard make the first impression. Like it or not, your yard is the first thing people notice when they arrive. How does the grass look? Do you have sod with weeds in it? Are there bald spots? How about the shrubs. Are they overgrown and maybe touching the house? Surprisingly enough, Popular Mechanics has this to say about your front yard when selling:
Even if you aren't moving, keeping shrubs, overgrown bushes and trees from touching your house is a good idea. The thing that we notice most here in Georgia by overgrown shrubs touching the house is that it is a gateway for bugs to enter your house.
Look At Your Property From A Buyer's Point Of View
This is pretty easy to do. You can walk across the street and just look at your property and see what needs to be done or what "jumps out" at you. An important thing to do is to park where a potential buyer would and evaluate the property from there, which was pointed out in an article from The Balance:
We like the tip of taking photos and removing the color and looking at them at black and white. That's a great idea to gain another perspective of your property. It's also a great idea to make a list of everything that needs to be done even before starting. The list will help you make sure you get things done as well as give you a sense of accomplishment checking things off the list.
Tackling Large Shrubs And Flowering Trees
While everyone that owns a house knows how to mow a lawn ( or at least you should :) ), not everyone knows how to maintain larger shrubs and flowering trees. One flowering tree that is popular in Georgia is a Dogwood. Believe it or not, there are proper times of the year to trim up these trees without damaging them, which was covered in a recent article by Houzz:
Hopefully you have been keeping up with trimming your flowering trees. If you are selling your house and you need to trim a tree outside it's recommended time frame, hopefully you won't damage or injure the tree to bad. You may want to seek the advice of a professional arborist to properly guide you.
Like we stated above, you only get one chance to make a first impression. When selling your house that first impression is made when a buyer first arrives at your property and looks at the front yard. If you can afford it, you may want to hire a professional landscaper to help up your game. If not, you may have to spend an entire weekend or longer making your property more presentable.
If you don't have the time or money to make your landscaping look immaculate, let us remind you that we buy houses as is. We don't care if the yard or house itself hasn't been kept up. We buy houses fast in any condition - you can learn more at MandichPropertyGroup.com
The previous Post First Impressions Are Important When Selling Your House is republished from Mandich Property Group. Read more at: Mandich Property Group We Buy Houses Blog
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It's time to put your house on the market. What's the first thing you need to do? Clean it! From top to bottom. Believe it or not, if your house is dirty, you're not going to get a buyer as quickly as you would like. So what do you need to do, where do you start? Keep reading below to find out :)
Clean Houses Sell Faster
In our previous post "How To Sell Your House Yourself Fast" we just barely touched on the fact that you need to clean your house and concentrated more on making repairs. The fact is, your house has to be clean.
Yes, a nice and clean house will most definitely sell faster than one that is dirty. A lot of people skip this step, only to wonder why their house isn't selling as quickly as others that are similar on the market. Think you don't need to super clean your house? Don't take our word for it - check this out:
We couldn't agree more with what they have to say about showing a dirty house. If you have spent a lot of time and money with the upkeep of your property, you don't want potential buyers walking away because your house is dirty and think it hasn't been maintained.
Getting The Job Done
Now you know without a doubt you have to "super clean" your house. Some people will have more work to do than others. Yes there are "clean freaks" out there that won't have to do as much. But there are others that will have to do much more, especially if they have a house full of small children and pets.
Check out this article from Curbed that will give you some good advice on some tools to use to get the job done:
You might already have a good vacuum cleaner, however if you don't just think of it this way - if you go buy a nice one you will have it to use at your new dwelling!
Summing It Up
Don't think that you don't have to deep clean your house before selling it. While it is true that people are looking at the layout of the property, they will also be subconsciously making judgements about the property due to it's cleanliness. If you don't have a good vacuum cleaner or other cleaning supplies, go ahead and buy them and you can take them with you to your next house or apartment.
As a reminder, if you have a house that you are selling in the Metro Atlanta area, we buy houses in any condition. No need to make repairs or even clean the house. Find out more at MandichPropertyGroup.com
The preceding post Cleaning Your House Before Selling It is republished from MandichPropertyGroup.com. See more at: Mandich Property Group - Cash Buyers For Your Home Website
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Believe it or not, kitchens are a big selling point when selling your house. For a lot of people it is the focal point of the home, especially families with children. It's where the entire family comes together and has breakfast before heading off to school and work, and then in the evening winds down and has dinner and talks about their day. So it only makes sense that it is one of the biggest selling points of your home. Your mission, should you choose to accept it ;) - is to clean, spruce up and organize your kitchen so that it is as inviting and "warm" as possible for potential buyers. In this article we are going to cover a few tips on organizing things in your kitchen to give it a more neat of an appearance for buyers.
Declutter Your Kitchen
In a previous post "Getting Your Kitchen Ready To Sell Your Home Quickly" we covered sprucing up your kitchen on a budget by replacing faucets, maybe cabinet door handles as well as painting. Now the last thing you want is someone to open up the cabinet under the sink and find all kinds of cleaning supplies haphazardly scattered throughout, or to open your junk drawer that has stuff in there that belongs in the garage.
The first thing you need to do is remove things that just don't belong in the kitchen. Start with that junk drawer. Then under the sink. When you start, don't panic, we know that it can seem a little overwhelming when you look at the entire picture. Organized Home has some good info on this:
Taking it step by step is great advice. It's kind of like "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" (we don't condone eating elephants :) ). Another great tip is that if you don't need it right now and can do without an item for a while, go ahead and pack it up and move it to storage, then you are one step ahead when it comes time to move!
Once you have the kitchen decluttered, next you need to try and properly organize your kitchen, even under the sink. A smart buyer is always going to look under the sink to evaluate the plumbing and/or garbage disposal. Thankfully there are some inexpensive things you can do to help better organize under the sink and other areas of your kitchen. Houzz just put out a great article with some fantastic ideas:
The first and third suggestions are relatively inexpensive and easy to do. Pullout shelves maybe a little harder for your average homeowner to accomplish and be a little more expensive. More than likely the pullout shelves will have to be custom built, and without the proper tools can be rather difficult to complete.
Summing It Up
When you first think about cleaning and organizing your kitchen, you may be a little overwhelmed at first. Maybe just set aside a weekend to get it done, depending on how much you have to do and how big your kitchen is. Remember, for most buyers, the kitchen is the biggest selling point of your home, so don't skip it or take short cuts. Follow the above tips and with a little elbow grease, you can have a clean and well organized kitchen for prospective buyers.
If you don't want to have all of the hassles of cleaning and tidying up your kitchen, or your entire house for that matter, don't forget, we buy houses as is and in any condition - Mandich Property Group. Just reach out to us and we will be more than happy to make you an offer on your property just the way it is :)
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One of the most important things you can do to help sell your home quickly is to improve it's curb appeal. You only get one chance to make a first impression. When a potential buyer arrives at your residence they will quickly judge your house on it's initial appearance, usually within the first minute. If the yard needs mowing, shrubs are over grown and paint is peeling on the siding or front door - well they may think your house is just as rough on the inside and be turned off right away. If you want to sell your house as quickly as possible, then check out these easy and inexpensive tips to improve your properties curb appeal to get a buyer quickly.
Dazzle And Entice Buyers With An Inviting Front Yard
In our previous post "Tips On Selling Your House By Owner " we touched on the importance of just how important it is to clean and tidy up your house before marketing it. The same holds true for your front and backyard and all of the natural areas. If the yard is unkempt and windows are dirty along with dirt on the foundation from rain, well that's not going to give the best first impression or be all that inviting.
Besides the yard, one of the first things people notice is the entry way and the front door. Making this area "pop" is a great idea which HGTV has some good advice on:
You would be surprised at how much just painting the front door can change the look and feel of your property. The entire article from HGTV is full of very inexpensive ways to help boost your overall curb appeal. There is good info in there about cleaning the driveway, walkways as well as the house itself.
Make The Yard As Pretty And Beautiful As Possible
When it comes to the yard itself there is the obvious, mow the lawn and trim up the hedges. Put the kids toys away and clean up any debris. And don't forget about the side of the house as well as the backyard.
Depending on what time of year it is you can also plant some inexpensive flowers that are blooming for that season. If you need some ideas about what to plant you can ask your local home improvement store or nursery. Houzz also has some good tips on figuring out what to plant:
Just taking the time to drive around your neighborhood as well as nearby subdivisions can give you some excellent ideas. If you don't know what something is you can always politely compliment the homeowner on there landscaping and ask questions.
Making the front of your house clean and dazzling will most definitely help you bring in a buyer fast for your property. With very little cash and some elbow grease anyone can get these things done. When you think you have it looking really nice, ask your friends or neighbors what they think. They may spot something that you totally overlooked.
Remember, if you don't want to do anything to your house and sell it as is, contact us, Mandich Property Group. We buy houses fast in any condition, without you having to do a single thing to your property.
The preceding article Improving Curb Appeal To Help Sell Your House Fast was first published on MandichPropertyGroup.com. See more on: Mandich Property Group - We Buy Homes Quickly Website
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Sometimes selling your house can be challenging. If you need to sell your house fast it can add even more stress and seem overwhelming. What do you do if there are multiple homes for sale in your area that a buyer has to choose from? How do you make your house stand out from the rest and get someone to buy your house rather than your neighbors? We're going to cover a few things to help you sell your house fast, and hopefully faster than another that's on the market.
Preparing Your House So That It Will Sell Fast
In our previous post "Remodeling Tips To Sell Your House Faster " we covered some tips on upgrades and updating your house to help make it outshine the other properties on the market. If your house hasn't been updated in 30 years, then this is something that you are going to have to do. If your house has been updated then you are ahead of the curve. All you really need to do then is super clean the house and stage the house.
Now you may not know what staging is. Wikipedia actually gives a great description:
We couldn't have explained it better. Now you maybe asking yourself "do I really need to stage my house?". The answer is yes, which is explained well in this article from Redfin:
We like the last point made. We always stage our properties that have been renovated because it helps buyers see the functionality of a space. We think that it does help them visualize living in the house and just exactly what each room is for.
Always Be Prepared For Visitors To Look At Your House
Now your house is clean and staged. The next thing is, keep it that way! We know this can be challenging, especially if you have children. However it is extremely important to keep the house spic and span and ready to show at all times. The importance of this is emphasized in this article from HGTV:
Good advice. And who doesn't like flowers and cookies?! Curb appeal is very important. Don't have the kids toys in the front yard. You should also pressure wash the driveway and sidewalks. You also want to make sure you do the basic stuff such as cutting the grass and having the shrubs trimmed up.
Summing It Up
Getting your house to sell fast can be stressful. As long as you properly clean and stage the house, it should go much easier. It can be difficult if you have small children to keep the house ready to show at all times, but you are going to have to do your best. Hopefully if someone stops by and the kids have their toys scattered throughout the family room the buyer will understand.
As a reminder, the easiest way to sell your house fast is to contact a real estate investor, like us, Mandich Property Group. We don't care if the yard is a mess, house isn't staged or even if the kids toys are scattered everywhere. We have the ability to look past all the clutter and make you a fair, all cash offer on your property. You can reach us at (770) 756-8680. Until next time :)
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If you are trying to sell your property quickly, there are things that you need to do to make the sale actually happen faster than normal. Getting a buyer for your property right now will take some work on your part, and there are some things that you can do to make sure you are not stuck holding on to a property for months that you need to liquidate. Get it right and you will have a buyer in no time. Get it wrong and you will have to hold on to your property longer than you want to.
Selling Your Home Quickly
In a previous post we covered how important it is to price your house right as well as cleaning and tidying up the property in "How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner". The next thing you need to recognize is that there are things that you can control, and things you can not. The Washington Post had this to say about it:
Right now it's a pretty good market as a whole in North Georgia. However if your property has been neglected and needs expensive repairs and/or updating, selling to an investor may be your best bet. Most new homeowners don't want to spend a lot of time renovating and repairing a house. That's when investors really come in, especially if you need to sell fast. That's when the 40 to 50 percent below market value comes into play. If your house is in dire need of expensive repairs, it's not going to bring top dollar and will have to be sold considerably below market value.
Getting Buyers To Check Out Your House
What you really need to do is think outside the box when trying to sell your house fast. Today.com actually has some good advice on this:
Video is an excellent way to help promote your house for sale. Everyone has a smart phone now and can take some really nice video to show off their house. Just be sure to remember to turn your phone sideways so that it's not a skinny video. Once you have the video you can share it all over social media announcing your house for sale and help bring in potential buyers.
Summing It Up
Selling your house quickly will take some work on your part. How much work you are willing to put into it will directly effect how much money you get from the sale of your property. If you keep your house in pristine condition and think outside the box for marketing, you will get your house sold faster.
Just as a reminder, if you are in the North GA area and want to sell your house fast, contact us, Mandich Property Group for a free, no obligation offer on your property today.
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Is it time to sell your house? Are you thinking of doing it yourself without an agent? There is good news and bad news that goes along with selling a house yourself. The good news, with the web it's much easier these days to do it yourself. The bad, it will take you some time and effort. If you tend to be on the lazier side of things, you may want to hire an agent. However, if you are motivated and stay at it, you can sell your house without an agent.
Why Choose FSBO?
Why would someone want to try and sell their house themselves? The main reason is because they are trying to keep as much of the sale proceeds themselves. However there is a lot of debate as to whether or not you can get more for your house if you choose to use an agent.
Susan Johnston Taylor wrote a very indepth article covering this and more:
If you search the internet for pros and cons of using a realtor you will find a lot of opinions on the subject. From the article above though, we have to wonder about being able to sell the house faster. We would recommend that you do your homework on the realtor you choose. Ask a lot of questions and check their online reviews to make sure that they can sell your house quickly.
Anyhow - let's move on.
Selling Your House Without A Realtor
There are a few things that you are going to have to do, whether you choose to use an agent or not. The first, which we have covered in other articles, is that you HAVE to clean up the house, inside and out! Your average home buyer isn't going to be impressed with trash and toys in the yard, or dirty floors, laundry that needs to be done and dirty dishes in the sink and counter top. You have to make your home look it's absolute best. There's just no way around it, unless you choose to sell to an investor, which is another topic.
Something that a lot of people fail to do is to consider the timing of their sale. Sometimes it's unavoidable and you have to sell now. But there are better times than others to sell your house.
WikiHow has some good info on this:
Really good info about times of year to sell your house. Most people that have children know that selling during the school year could prove to be difficult. Parents don't want to change their kids schools mid year. With younger children it's not as difficult, but with teenagers it could prove to be really hard on them emotionally and academically.
Summing It Up
We've just touched on the tip of the iceberg here. There is a lot to consider when selling your house without an agent. Whether you choose to use an agent or not, you are going to have to clean and tidy up the house. Depending on how fast you need to sell will also determine the best time to put your house on the market. Stay tuned for more tips or search or blog for more on selling your house yourself.
Don't forget, if you don't want to worry about cleaning or the timing of your sale, here at Mandich Property Group we will buy your house no matter it's condition or the time of year :)
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These days you have to be concerned with scams everywhere. On Craigslist, Facebook and everywhere you turn. Unfortunately the same thing applies to "we buy houses" companies. So how do you ensure you are dealing with a legitimate company? That's what we are about to cover :)
Legitimate We Buy Houses Companies
You have probably seen all of the signs on the side of the road "We Buy Houses". But how do you know if that company is really legit? The first thing - is it a hand written sign? If so, if they don't have the money to pay for a nice custom sign do they really have the money to buy your house??
Do An Internet Search
Can you easily find them on the web? After you call one of those we buy houses signs and get their information, do yourself a favor and Google them. Do they have a website? Can you find who the owners are of the company? If not, you may want to think twice about using them.
The next thing is reviews and do they answer the phone? This was covered in a good article from Active Rain:
A couple notes on reviews. Customers with a bad experience are 10 times more likely to leave a bad review than a satisfied customer. Also, even with careful monitoring, some companies pay for reviews, so always take them with a grain of salt.
Reputable Companies That Buy Houses For Cash
Now are they really cash buyers? And are they giving you a written Purchase And Sale Agreement, or is it just a verbal offer? Susan Jones has some good info on this:
We have had customers in the past that have run into the first problem of unrealistic high offers only to try and drive down the price before closing. This is a real problem when someone needs to sell in a hurry and either has to sell the property to them for a lower price or has to hold on to the property longer. This is why we always recommend that no matter who you are dealing with, you get a signed Purchase And Sale Agreement when selling your house.
Summing It Up
When ever you have to sell a house quickly and are looking for a legitimate "we buy houses" company, do your homework and make sure you know who you are dealing with. The two biggest things is search the web and make sure when you do find one that they give you a written Purchase And Sale Agreement and not just a verbal offer.
If you are searching for a reputable we buy houses company in Metro Atlanta, be sure and contact us, Mandich Property Group for a free, no obligation to you offer on your house at (770) 756-8680. We would be more than happy to speak with you and buy your house! :)
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Having to sell your house and move can be a real headache. Add in having to sell your house fast - that can add even more stress. Unfortunately people do find themselves in situations where they need to sell their home quickly, usually because they have a new job in a different area. If you are one of these people and are looking for some tips to help you sell your house quickly, keep reading :)
How To Sell Your House Fast
The first thing you need to be concerned with is how the house shows. Is it clean? Is everything put away in it's place so that the house doesn't look cluttered? We covered some of this in a previous post "How To Sell My Home Fast By Owner" about making sure your house is clean and de-cluttered, so check that out.
But what your really need to pay attention first is this - how does the house look when you first drive up to it?
Besides making sure your house is clean, how your house looks from the outside is extremely important. You only get one chance to make a first impression. We have heard that people make up their mind if they like a house or not within the first minute of looking at it when arriving.
Laura Adams wrote an excellent article concerning "curb appeal" and much more in an article on Quick And Dirty Tips:
Really good advice from Laura! We especially like the tip of asking your friends and anyone you can to look at your house from the outside to see what they think. They may spot some things that you haven't.
Getting Your Home Sold Quickly
Once you have the property cleaned up on the inside and outside it's time to get the place sold. So just how do you go about that? Of course you can list your house with an agent, but that may take longer than you have. You might want to try and sell it yourself, or maybe even try and do both. Just make sure that if you decide to do both that in your contract with your realtor that you don't owe them money if you sell it yourself.
Elise Sole wrote a great article with some tips to help in getting your house sold quickly:
Setting a hard deadline is a fantastic way to bring in buyers really fast! However we think that no matter what when selling to a conventional buyer and setting a hard deadline will tip them off that you need to sell quickly and will want to force negotiations for a lower price.
We really like her last tip of selling to a flipper - probably because that's what we do :)
Summing It Up
Getting your house sold fast can be stressful, especially all of the prep work that you need to do just to get it ready to sell. As a reminder, if you need to sell your house fast, contact us, Mandich Property Group for a free, no obligation offer on your house. The plus side is that you don't even need to clean up or worry about curb appeal!
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When it comes time to sell your house one of the most important things is to clean and declutter for showings. You will have a much harder time trying to sell your house, either with or without an agent, if your house is dirty or cluttered. One of the best things you can do is to go ahead and pack some things away and store them to help give your house a more spacious feeling. But just how do you go about that? We are going to give you some good tips for packing and putting things away in this short article.
Packing Things Up
An important thing to remember when selling your house is that you want to de-personalize it as much as possible. Put away family photos and nick knacks so that a potential buyer can visualize their own belongings in the house. You do want to leave your furniture and properly stage the house to further help the buyer visualize the house as theirs.
When it comes to packing things up, a lot of people make things harder on themselves than it has to be. You want to be able to unpack in your new dwelling to go as smoothly as possible, as well as being able access things that are already packed just in case you need too.
The Denver Post gives some really good tips:
Really good tips there. Some people may frown on using trash bags, but they do have a point about how they squish. This would be great for clothes that are out of season and can be stuffed in between things in storage. We also like their advice for using blankets and towels for wrapping things. Moving places, and truck rental services usually charge for extra blankets.
One word of caution though, some dressers are extremely large these days and if you leave them full of clothes, you will make it much more difficult to lift and maneuver into the truck and storage.
Putting Things In Storage
Have you had things in a storage unit before, need them and practically have to complete move everything out to find it? That's a real pain! Houzz gives some excellent advice for making the most out of your storage unit :
There's a lot more good information for you. We have to admit, some of those things we have never thought of, especially about covering furniture with sheets instead of plastic. That's a really good tip, especially if your storage unit is not climate controlled.
Summing It Up
We don't know anyone that likes to move. It can be a real headache. However, with some proper planning it can go a lot smoother. Important take aways are you need to de-personalize your home and put away as many things as you can. Not only will this make your home more appealing for potential buyers, but will also give you a head start when you do sell your house and it's time to move.
Another thing to remember, here at Mandich Property Group, you can leave all of your belongings in the house and get an all cash offer from us. We have the ability to look past the clutter and see your properties true potential. Contact us anytime at 770 756-8680 for a hassle free sale of your property :)
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It's time to sell your house and you are thinking about doing it yourself. Maybe you have a new job in a new city, downsizing or the opposite, need a bigger home for a growing family. Whatever the reason you need to sell your house, you can do it yourself without hiring an agent, thus saving yourself some money in realtor commissions. However you must take some careful steps to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Getting Your House Ready For Sale By Owner
You may think that all you need to do is put a sign in the front yard "for sale by owner" and you will have a buyer for your house in no time. However without some careful planning it may take some time to get the right buyer, or even a buyer for that matter, to put your house under contract.
In reality there are a few things that you must do to get your house ready to sell. People are going to want to look at your house. So a dirty or cluttered house most certainly won't entice any would be buyers. Getting the house ready to sell should be at the top of your list. For Sale By Owner has a great article that explains this and more:
All good stuff. Your house HAS to be kept clean when you are trying to sell it, whether you use an agent or not. Some more good advice is to go ahead and pack some things and put them in a storage unit before you start to show the home to make it less cluttered. You don't want potential buyers to think the house doesn't have enough storage.
Also pricing is another big point. Over price your property and you won't get any interest. When you are trying to determine the price make sure you are comparing "apples to apples". You can't expect to get as much for your home that was built in the '70's and never updated to one that was built around the same time frame and has a brand new kitchen and bathrooms with granite counter tops.
Please read the full article as there are a lot more good tips on getting your house sold.
Closing The Deal And Getting Your House Sold
So you have cleaned the house top to bottom, put the sign in the yard, maybe done some internet marketing and ready to start showing the property. What next? US News has some good info on that:
Great advice. We would add that you might want to go ahead and schedule a few Saturday's & Sunday's for showing to tell people about when they call or email about your property. That way it will be a little easier on you to have the house spic and span when a buyer is looking at the property and not just have people popping in.
You may also want to contact a closing attorney to check and see what documents you need to sell your house. They may have a template that you can use and make the selling process that much easier.
Selling your home by owner can be a lot more involved that just putting a sign in the front yard. As long as you clean your house well, do some marketing and make sure you contact an attorney to help you with the closing, the entire process should go smoothly.
As a reminder, one of the best ways to sell your house by owner is to contact a real estate investor like us. We have a streamlined process to purchase properties. In fact you don't even have to worry about any of the things we have listed above, not even clean the house because we buy houses as is. You can contact us at 770 756-8680 for a free, no obligation offer any time :)
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You are ready to sell your house and it's time to get it ready to sell. But you know first you need to do some updates so that it will sell faster. When you stand back and look at the projects that need to be done can seem a little overwhelming. All the things that need to be done like new floors, maybe new cabinets in the kitchen, completely gutting the bathrooms and rebuilding them, it's enough to make you pull your hair out. However, with some proper planning, renovating your house can and will go a lot easier.
Make An Itemized Budget For Your Renovation
The first thing that you need to take into consideration is your budget. If you get to the home improvement store and just start picking out things you will soon discover just how much your remodel is going to cost you and may run out of money. It's best to have a set number in mind about how much you can spend, then shop for the materials that you want to use in your project.
Curbed has an excellent article that will give you some more great tips about how to properly budget for your remodel:
That is excellent advice on using a spreadsheet for a detailed budget for all of your fixtures and materials. More than likely though, no matter how much you allocate for your remodel, there will always be incidentals, to so don't forget to have some money allocated for that.
Proper Planning Will Go A Long Way
Just starting to rip things out and planning your renovation by the seat of your pants just won't fly. Without some careful planning you will run into more issues, make the project take longer and in the long run may cost you even more money. The last thing you want is to complete your renovation and it not be functional, or look like it was haphazardly done.
Zillow just put out a good article that talks about space, which is probably the biggest thing to consider before and during your renovation:
Space allocation is probably the biggest problem we see with do it yourselfer's projects in kitchens and bathrooms when we inspect properties to purchase. Unfortunately many times the owner thinks they have done a wonderful job, when in reality they have made a huge mess that needs to be completely gutted and redone.
Summing It Up
Make sure you sit down and do some proper planning before starting any renovation project. Without proper planning you may run out of money, may not end up with a functional space, or worse yet may not even finish the project. Be sure and have enough of a budget to get your remodeling job done.
If you don't want to deal with all of these hassles, don't forget that here at Mandich Property Group we will buy your house as is, without you having to do a single thing to it.
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There is a lot to consider when it comes time to sell your house. One question that pops up quite often is "should I sell my house as is?". This is a great question, but really needs some careful thought and consideration. You have to ask yourself how much are you willing to invest in your property, do you have the money you need to make all the repairs and lastly will you recover that money you invest getting your house in tip top condition. These are just a few of the things you need to consider. If you are wondering if you should sell as is - keep reading.
Who Will Buy Your Home As Is?
This is really important and depends on how extensive the repairs are that need to be done. The balance wrote an excellent article that covers some of this:
This is generally the case when you put your house on the market and are trying to attract your regular home buyer that is purchasing the property through conventional loans. But what if you don't have the 10k that is required to put a new roof on?
What If You Don't Have The Money To Make Repairs?
Unfortunately this is often the case for a lot of homeowners that are living from pay check to pay check. Furthermore you may be in a position where you need to sell your property very quickly. In this situation you can always sell your property to real estate investors. You can always go to the internet and perform a search like "we buy houses any condition" to find investors that will do just that, buy your property in it's present condition.
This is a good option for anyone that needs to sell quickly. But if you are not in a rush you can always list your property with an agent and market the property as "handyman special" or "fixer upper" to make sure you attract the right kind of buyer.
The next thing you have to consider is the cost of the amount of repairs that need to be performed on the property. You may actually end up spending more money on your property than what you will be able to sell the house for. Just because you have 150k in your house doesn't mean that it will sell for that, especially if all the properties surrounding you are selling for 100k. This scenario is another good reason to consider selling to an investor.
You Must Be Truthful When Selling As Is
The last thing we want to cover about selling "as-is" is what you have to be careful about. Selling your property as is doesn't mean that you don't have to disclose problems with the property. While a good inspector will pick up on many things for the buyer, you still have to disclose things like foundation issues and the like that you are aware of, or asked about.
This was emphasized in this article:
The writer of that article goes on to explain in more detail about disclosure, but for the state of Massachusetts. However Georgia has a lot to say about disclosure when selling your property:
We agree that it's much better to disclose any problems with the property that you are aware of to the buyer. In the long run it could save you a lot of headaches and a long drawn out law suit that could cost you thousands.
Summing It Up
There are a few factors that you must think about when it comes to selling your house as is. Really you are the only person that can decide if it's right for you. If you have the money to have the repairs made and have the time, then no - go ahead and have them done so you will bring a higher price for your property. But if you are short on cash and don't have the time, then selling as is may be the route you need to take.
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You may have heard of the "We Buy Houses For Cash" people and wonder what it's all about. You may be wondering who they are and just exactly how does it work. In this short article we will give you the answers to these questions.
Who Are The We Buy Houses People?
Just who are these companies? Typically they are local companies that want to buy houses that are in need of repairs or updates, or more familiarly know as "ugly houses". They want to purchase your property, make the needed repairs and updates, then turn around and sell it to another buyer at full retail price. Sometimes they purchase properties where there is a landlord that is tired of renting out a property, nicer homes where couples are getting divorced or even have to sell because of a new job in another city.
Typically these companies do pay with cash. As we covered in our previous article "Who Will Buy My House For Cash?" we explained that no matter how you sell your property, rather it be to an investor or conventional buyer, whatever equity you have in the house you will walk away with cash. Whatever loans, mortgages or liens you have against the property will be paid out first. Whatever is left, you get, usually in the form of a wire transfer to your bank. The nice thing about these companies is that by paying with cash there is no waiting on mortgage approvals, so they have the ability to close in a fraction of the time that it takes with a conventional buyer.
You may have seen their signs on the side of the road "we buy houses" or "we buy houses any condition". Before you choose one to do business with we highly suggest that you research them online first and make sure they are a legitimate company.
How Does We Buy Houses For Cash Work?
Down to the nitty gritty :) Just how does it work? Instead of making you take our word for it we found a good article from The Truth About Realty that explains it very well, and then some:
A lot of good information there.
Pros And Cons Of Using We Buy Houses Companies
It's important to note that there are some real pros and cons to selling your property this way. As we stated earlier you have to do your homework and make sure you are dealing with a reputable company.
Some real pros and cons were covered in a good article from The Money Advice Service:
Again, it's really important to do your homework and make sure you know who you are dealing with and they have simple to understand contracts.
Summing It Up
Selling your house to one of these companies may be of interest to you, especially if you haven't kept up with repairs and maintenance. Most "we buy houses for cash" companies are legit. However there are a few out there that give the industry a bad rap. Just make sure you know who you are dealing with. Research them on the web and make sure they have an established presence and no bad reviews.
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Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task. You may know that you need to do some things to get your house ready to put on the market and have a huge list of things to do. If your house is older you know that you have to perform some updates to compete with other properties in your neighborhood that are for sale. So where is the best place to put your money? Kitchens and bathrooms. In this short article we will cover the first - kitchens.
Spruce Up Your Kitchen To Help Sell Your House Fast
The kitchen in your house is usually the most used room in the house (unless you eat out for every meal). For many families it's where they unwind and talk about their day. Having a functional kitchen is a great way to spark interest in buyers looking for a new home.
So how can you spruce up, or bring new life into your kitchen? Bank Rate gives some great suggestions:
Great tips, and ones that we actually follow. Many times when we renovate a property we keep the cabinet boxes and replace the doors and drawer faces. With that we also replace handles, lighting fixtures as well as the faucet. Something we also do is replace formica counter tops with granite, but this isn't for everyone because this can really run up the cost of updating your kitchen. After you do all of these updates you may stand back and look at it, like it and think twice about selling your property :)
This is something that you must consider carefully. The one thing that we always look at first is the size of the kitchen as well as it's natural lighting. If the kitchen is small and doesn't have much natural light the last thing you want to do is have dark cabinets and dark walls. It will make the kitchen more gloomy and feel smaller. Instead if it's small and not much natural light consider painting the cabinets white and stick to lighter earth tones on the walls.
On the other hand, if you have a large and well lit kitchen you can have darker cabinets and walls.
We found an interesting article from Zillow about kitchen colors that really surprised us:
We never would have thought that about using blue. However we're not that brave to jump on that band wagon just yet. We have seen trending for some time now the use of light gray throughout the home.
Summing It Up
The condition and look of your kitchen will most certainly affect how fast you bring in a buyer for your house. The biggest thing we can recommend is pay attention to the size and natural light in the kitchen before you make any decisions about the colors that you choose.
Remember, if you don't want the hassles of cleaning or updating your kitchen, bathrooms or any part of your property, we buy houses in any condition and buy them as is. You can contact us for an offer on your property at (770) 756-8680.
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