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Tuesday, March 10, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Price & Preparation: The Make-or-Break of a Home Sale

Homes fail to sell because there is either an issue with their condition and showability, or the pricing isn't right. Here’s how to determine if yours is stagnating for these reasons.
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There’s a quote that we live by here in our office: “When preparation meets opportunity, the end result is always success.” Before you list your property, you have to be prepared, and there are several components to this: 
1. Condition and showability. Even if your home is currently listed, invite an experienced agent over to walk through it and give you advice on why it’s not selling. Did you have a professional take your photos? Is your property one that requires aerial photos?
2. The first impression. Ask yourself whether your property description is too wordy; it must hit the buyers’ emotional hot buttons. Is your property the standard write-up ...

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Thursday, February 27, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Why It Makes Sense to Hire a Buyer’s Agent

Buying a brand-new home isn’t as simple of a process as many people think. Here’s why it’s important to have representation in a transaction like this.
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Have you ever walked into a model home and been greeted by a representative? You may not be aware, but that person represents the home builder. I have a lot of concerns with that representative also representing the homebuyer. It just can’t work. 

You have to offer your client fiduciary representation in real estate, and one party can’t provide that highest level of representation for both sides of the transaction.

You will not get a better deal by working with the builder’s agent. You will get a worse deal. The way to get a better deal is by hiring a company like ours to negotiate the contract on your behalf. When you work with us, our services are free because our commissio ...

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Monday, February 10, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

How Do iBuyers Work?

You’ve probably heard the term ‘iBuyer’ before, but do you know what an iBuyer is or how they work? Find out today.
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Companies like Opendoor, Offerpad, and Zillow Offers are playing a numbers game. Let me explain.

They’re sending out hundreds of thousands of emails, texts, and automated phone calls to the type of clients whose properties they want to purchase. Keep in mind the fact that they want to purchase those properties quickly and for just cents on the dollar. That’s what an iBuyer is: an “instant buyer.”

The reason I bring this up is that I recently had a client who inherited a property I was interested in selling. It was in its original condition—50 years old with no updates. The client went online to Zillow Offers, who submitted a cash offer for the property at forty or fifty cents on the dollar. The property ...

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Friday, January 24, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

What Do You Need to Do to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Market?

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If selling a home is in your 2020 plans, here’s what you need to do to prepare it for the bustling spring market:

1. Reach out to an agent. There’s never any cost or obligation to talk to an agent or have them come see your home in person. They can bring their impartial eye to your property and give you tips on what to do to maximize your sale price. I don’t want to see one of my clients investing their money in some expensive repair or improvement that they won’t get a return on. To avoid this, just have us over to walk through the property.

2. Walk through each room and declutter. If something is sitting around that you can donate, get rid of, or put in storage, do it. Selling a home is a long and complicated process, but getting rid of these things at the start will make the process much simpler.

3. Look at your walls. What col; ...

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