Summer is finally here and that’s great news for those of us who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors! Whether you prefer sports or leisure activities – or ambitious do-it-yourself projects – here’s hoping the days unfold just the way you wish.
Some of the best summer days are spent getting together with family and friends for fun, food, refreshments and relaxing conversation. If your discussions turn to real estate, I sincerely hope you will refer me to your friends and family for general inquiries or any specific questions they may have. I appreciate it when you let others know that I’m available to assist them as I would assist you.
Have a wonderful summer!
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May 2019 National Housing Report
HOME SALES YEAR-OVER-YEAR DIFFERENCE +0.4%
May 2018 to May 2019
MEDIAN SALES PRICE APRIL 2019 $259,500
+3.4% from May 2018
AVERAGE OF 47 DAYS ON THE MARKET
+2 days from May 2018
NUMBER OF HOMES FOR SALE
+4.9% from May 2018
*** Average of 54 metro areas.
5 Things Buyers Hate To See
When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, you’ll want them to see the beautiful chandelier in the foyer or the spacious backyard and large deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a whole family to sit down for breakfast.
But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not notice?
Every home has some features that are less than enticing to the typical buyer. You may not be able to do much about a small kitchen or a home backing onto a noisy main street.
However, there are several things buyers don’t want to see that you can change. Here are five of the most common:
- Clutter. Closets stuffed full of clothes or rooms crammed with too much furniture are distractions. Clutter of any kind makes buyers feel uneasy – and gets in the way of showcasing the wonderful features of your home.
- Maintenance issues. Buyers definitely don’t want to see a lot of things that need repairs or replacement, such as dripping faucets, faded or chipped walls, or overgrown lawns and shrubbery.
- Smells. Of course, you can’t see smells. But buyers will notice the lingering aroma of exotic cooking, cigarette smoke, and pets. These smells may even limit the amount of time they want to spend exploring the home.
- Personal items. Buyers will understand that a family is living in the home they’re viewing. However, constant reminders – in the form of vacation pictures, trophies, or scattered children’s toys – can make a buyer feel like an intruder.
- You. It’s nothing personal, but buyers prefer to view your home without you in it.
Fortunately, all these things can be easily dealt with before you show your home.
Looking for more ideas on selling your home quickly and for the best price? Call me today.
How a Home Inspection Helps You
Whether you’re considering buying a particular home, selling your current property – or doing both – a home inspection can help.
This inspection is conducted by a qualified professional who takes a close look at every aspect of a home – structure, wiring, plumbing, and more – and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.
For example, a home inspector can determine that a furnace will need to be replaced soon, or that there is a water leak that needs to be fixed.
You’ll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a particular property. That’s why most offers to purchase a home are conditional upon passing a home inspection. (The last thing you want is to buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be updated!)
You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.
Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry association. However, it’s important to note that certification or licensing is not a requirement in many jurisdictions. So, select a home inspector carefully.
Need to find a reputable home inspector? Call me today for a recommendation.
Preventing Burglaries Requires More Than Locks and Alarms
There’s no doubt about it. If you want to keep your home safe from break-ins, you should have good locks on all doors and windows and ideally have an alarm system in place.
But home security doesn’t end with locks and alarms. There are other less obvious ways to keep your home safe. For example:
- Install exterior lights with a motion detection feature. A light suddenly going on will almost always send a potential intruder away.
- Look for – and, if possible, eliminate – potential hiding spots around your property.
- Always leave some lights on in your home when you’re away for an evening.
- Never announce that you’re on vacation or otherwise away from your home on social media sites. (Ask your kids not to do this either!)
- Don’t leave tempting valuables where they can be easily seen through a window.
In addition to good locking systems on doors and windows, simple precautions like these will significantly lower the risk of a break-in.