Category: Selling

11 May 2017

10 Reasons to list your house now

Thinking of putting your house on the market but are concerned you may have missed the spring upswing? Put it out of your mind. Here are ten reasons to go ahead and list your house. Like now. 1. The Carolinas are hot, and I’m not just talking about the weather. While March through May are considered the spring real estate season, here in the Carolinas, the spring market is so hot, the summer market may just get hotter! 2. Get in before school is out. When ready to relocate, most families prefer to find and buy now with time to settle in over the summer while school’s out.  If you have school-age children, you probably want to do the same, so why not set...
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20 Apr 2017

The best moments happen at home

If I close my eyes, I can still hear the familiar sound of the click-clack, clickity-clack my little red radio flyer made as it came hobbling down the road. Still day dreaming, I recall my favorite black converse sneakers covered in dust from the unsettled dirt road I walked upon each Saturday morning as I made my way to our neighborhood grocery store. Located just a few minutes from my childhood home, the trip to the grocers seemed at least a mile away to my small, ten-year old frame. Like clockwork, I would park my wagon outside A & P Grocery, and recognize the same, friendly faces that stopped by the store each week hoping to find something to please...
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8 Mar 2017

#TBT Home staging secrets

“All the world’s a stage” – and so is your home when it’s on the market. It’s important that you present your property in a way that helps buyers visualize themselves at home – in your home. To give your home that “wow” factor and distinguish it from the competition: 1. Get rid of clutter. Most of us have it, but when you’re trying to sell a home, clutter can distract buyers from what you really want them to notice. Pare down your belongings and remove personal items, such as photos, children’s artwork and vacation souvenirs. You’ll enhance your home visually, and make the space look bigger. But don’t hide your clutter in the closet: You'll want to show off your storage space, too. 2....
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7 Mar 2017

Get your home improvement ROI—and enjoy it, too!

Yes, I know. There are plenty of lists online about which home improvements will give you the greatest return on investment. There are TV shows, past and present, from Biggest Bang for the Buck to Flip or Flop. Pinterest, Houzz and other social sites are full of ideas and opinions. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, I turned to an expert to get the real scoop on the subject. It turns out Allen Tate Realtors® President Phyllis Brookshire has a lot to say on the topic. You might be surprised when you find out her point of view on what to do, and what not to do, when it comes to getting the biggest ROI when it comes to home improvement. “For the most...
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28 Dec 2016

Real Estate resolutions for 2017

  What positive changes do you plan to make in 2017? If you are looking to lose weight, stop smoking or eat healthier, we wish you well, but we probably can’t help you. But here are a few “real estate resolutions” to consider that can save you time, money, frustration or all of the above in the New Year: I will only buy or sell a home with the assistance of a professional Realtor (ideally, an Allen Tate Realtor®). Unless you have previous experience in real estate (and even if you do), going the For Sale by Owner (FSBO) route is just a bad idea. Real estate can be complicated and even a simple mistake can be costly. You need a professional. ...
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21 Oct 2016

Curious About Housing Activity In Your Neighborhood? #FlashbackFriday

Every homeowner is curious about home values in their neighborhood and how the current market activity may be affecting their home’s value. At Allen Tate, we’ve made that really easy for you! “Market Report” is an exclusive tool developed by our firm to keep you abreast of real estate activity in your neighborhood. It provides a summary of all the properties for sale, properties under contract and recent sales. It allows you to link to full property details on each home including photos, and then summarizes all the statistical data for the properties included. We currently send in excess of 86,000 Market Reports monthly to homeowners who have subscribed to the report. It’s like receiving your stock investment portfolio statement every month –...
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14 Oct 2016

Selling a Fixer-Upper? Make it GREAT #FlashbackFriday

If you’re getting ready to sell your house, and the phrases “Handyman’s special” or “Lots of potential” come to mind, don’t despair. Many buyers like the idea of getting a home at a fair price and the opportunity to make it their own. Just remember, as you put your fixer-upper on the market, you’ll need to make it G-R-E-A-T: G: Good price; good value. If your home needs extensive renovations, don’t expect it to sell at the same price as a turnkey house. A good price will draw bargain hunters, yes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great features that will attract other types of buyers. Show the value of the property and what makes it special – from the good bones...
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3 Oct 2016

5 things you should know before selling your first home

Much like buying your first home, selling your first home can be tricky if you don’t know what to expect. So rather than navigate the unknown on your own, let me be your guide! Here’s 5 tips to help lead you through this new endeavour. Find the right listing agent Your first step is to choose the right listing agent. You’ll need someone who can leverage their expertise to get your house sold, and this is certainly no small feat. During the listing appointment, the right listing agent should present you with a full marketing plan as to how they plan on successfully selling your home in a timely manner and for the right price. You’ll also want someone who can accurately price...
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30 Sep 2016

Any Time Is a Good Time for an Open House #FlashbackFriday

If you are shopping for a home, or even before you start shopping for a home, consider attending some open houses. Open houses are a great way to get thinking like a home buyer. You can oohhh and aaahhh over the amenities you see and get a sense of what you want in your next home. They can also be great for getting decorating tips, as these homes typically have been staged to wow everyone. In addition, you can learn about what you don’t want. For example, you may realize while taking tours that certain floor plans are more accommodating to your lifestyle than others. Another benefit: If you don’t already have an agent, you may find one by attending an open house...
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5 Aug 2016

Let’s be factual

Many news outlets, as well as economists, are saying "Homeownership is dead." While homeownership is at 62.9 percent - the lowest in 25 years – it's not a cause for alarm. From World War II until 1995, homeownership hovered around 62 to 64 percent. We are simply getting "back to normal" after artificially stacking the deck with our "National Housing Policy," which drove homeownership by lowering the standards by which consumers could get a mortgage. We found out the hard way a few years ago, which was a disaster. What good is it to own a home if you can't pay the heat, light and repair bills? The lenders sold the mortgage paper, so they were off the hook, but the taxpayers...
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