Top 10 Ways to Sell Your Home in One Day

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Wouldn’t it be amazing if you put your home on the market and in one (1) day, you received a full-price offer?

Can a house really be listed and sold the same day? Absolutely! This happens more often than you might think, especially when a professional Realtor is involved. Many of these techniques must be used together, so here they are in no particular order.

PRICE – Would you pay $8 a gallon for milk if the grocery store had helicopters flying overhead, spotlights in the parking lot, and dancing bears on the roof? Me neither. You can have all the advertising in the world and it won’t amount to a hill of beans if your home is overpriced. It takes me about two hours to determine a range of what a particular home should sell for in the current market. You, as the seller, need to pick a price within that range depending on how much you are willing to upgrade your condition, beautify the home, and how quickly you want the home to sell.

PROFESSIONAL DESIGN – Some would call this “staging”. Using a professional designer is much more involved than simply moving some furniture around and taking down some personal photos. It may cost a bit more (paid for by us) but you will notice the difference when a designer is involved. They can help you with everything from paint color choices to adding that just right accessory. The goal is to create a fantasy where the new owner can insert themselves into the home. The buyer may not read a book while taking a bubble bath every night but you still want them to envision doing so. 

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COMPELLING DESCRIPTIONS A good agent wants to know everything you know about your home and the neighborhood. Why did you choose this neighborhood? What are the advantages to this location? What sold you on this home when you purchased it? What have you done to make it more appealing since you moved in? Help me to help you by inspiring me to write such a compelling description that buyers will beat down the door to get inside.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY You must have pictures that are so phenomenal that people can’t wait to get inside your home! HDR photography, knowing proper angles, being able to touch up photos are all very important for showing your home in it’s best light.

CURB APPEAL – Your home should look so good from the outside that people are excited to see what’s inside. You don’t want to lose someone on a “drive-by”. A neat and clean appearance with colorful landscaping is best. Also, when a Realtor is showing your home to a prospective buyer they could lose interest quickly before entering the home. The Realtor is going to need two or three minutes to get into the lockbox and open the door which gives the buyer plenty of time to make some assumptions about the seller and the property. You want the front door area to be immaculate with no signs of deferred maintenance or lack of care. This sets the tone for the rest of the showing. They are either walking through your home feeling good vibes or they have a critical mindset wondering what else they are going to find that needs attention.

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SOCIAL MEDIA – Good agents  generate a buzz before a property hits the market. Social media, when used correctly, is a great tool for doing so. The better your design and photography are, the more attractive your home will appear on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and other sites. Your home can be placed on these sites before the MLS listing becomes active which creates desire.

ON-SITE ADVERTISING – People still look for homes the old-fashioned way. Potential buyers will  cruise around the neighborhoods they are interested in. The secret is they usually do this to eliminate homes from their search so don’t give them a reason to cross you off their list. You need to let them know ahead of time that the home will soon be available and what amazing features they can get.

CLASSIFIED SITES – Some sellers believe that a buyer must have a sub 500 credit score if they are using classified sites like craigslist to find a home. This is simply not true. Million dollar investors buy million dollar homes and all price points every day from classified sites like Craigslist, Backpage, Hoobly, OodleClassifiedAds.com, and many more.

NATIONAL PORTALS Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com are just a few of the very important national portals where your home must be advertised to have a chance of selling in one day. Some of these sites update every 15 minutes so it is very important to start off on the right foot. Pictures and descriptions must be complete and up to date the moment your home is available. Realtors who take the time and effort can enhance your property on national portals to achieve a stronger presentation than the standard feed. They can switch out photos, add additional photos, pay to remove distracting advertisements, write additional descriptions, advertise open houses, write headlines, add a virtual tour, and much more to attract additional attention.

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WALKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD – We often find that the ultimate purchaser of a home is a friend, family member, or acquaintance of someone already living in the neighborhood. We welcome the nosy looky-loo neighbors. They are a valuable resource for getting your home sold. Who knows all the benefits of living in the area better than they do? It’s fun to drop off a flyer, make friends, and knock on doors. We get them on our side by saying “We are working really hard to sell your neighbor’s home for as much money as possible!” And then we ask for their help saying “I want to give you a chance to pick your neighbor before I do”.  Sometimes they even let us put a directional sign in their yard to help people find your home! This can be done a day or two before the home is put up for sale.  

SINGLE PROPERTY WEBSITE – A website can be created ahead of time which showcases your home. This website can be emailed to prospective buyers, agents in the area, your friends, and family with verbiage that encourages them to share it with others. Ours include pictures, music, virtual tours, neighborhood information, as well as the ability to print a brochure and schedule a showing.

 

If you were counting you have realized by now that our top ten list includes 11 items! That is because we always try to give you a little extra at The Harris Group. This list is by no means all-inclusive  we didn’t even mention videos, and drone photography just to name a few.  New and great ideas are being adopted constantly. Best of luck with the sale of your home and don’t be surprised if you need to move a little sooner than you had planned. That is one of those good problems.

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Captivating Duplex in Platte City!

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This 3-bedroom, 2-bath half duplex has all the features of a single family home. The spacious great room features vaulted ceiling and a beautiful fireplace. The large master bedroom comes with an ample walk-in closet. The kitchen has a generous amount of cabinets. The two-car garage completes the homelike feel and there is also plenty of storage.

Address: 927 Fontana Avenue, Platte City, MO 64079

Direction: Take I-29 to Hwy 92 west to Bello Mondo Drive; turn right on Fontana, make a right turn on Fontana Ave, home is on right!

NOTE: Photos are representation only and do not belong to this exact unit, floor plan is mirror image

Understanding Property Valuation

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Assessing the value of real estate property is important to a range of undertakings, such as listing homes for sale, property insurance, evaluating an investment, and more. For most people, figuring the asking price of a home is the most useful application of property valuation. Benefiting the seller and buyer, a property valuation can help in determining the current value of a property in an open and competitive real estate market.

What is a property valuation?

A property valuation is a professional opinion of the current market value of a given property. A broker or agent will take into account many factors including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, floor plan, amenities, lot size, location, condition and nearby sales.

When do I need to get a property valuation?

The most common time you will hear people discussing house valuations is when selling a house, or before making an offer.

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2016 Market Summary

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Most of 2016 offered the same monthly housing market highlights. The number of home sales was up in year-over-year comparisons, along with the days on market and months of supply. Meanwhile, sales and prices were up in most markets. Unemployment rates were low, wages improved and, as the year waned, we completed a contentious presidential election and saw mortgage rates increase, neither of which are expected to have a negative impact on real estate in 2017.

The overwhelming feeling about prospects in residential real estate for the immediate future is optimism. There are certainly challenges in this market, like continued low inventory and higher competition for those fewer properties, but opportunities abound for hardworking agents and diligent consumers.

To know the value of your home for FREE click here

 

* The information contained herein has been obtained through sources deemed reliable but cannot be guaranteed as to its accuracy. Any information of special interest should be obtained through independent verification.

 

 

935 Fontana Avenue for Sale: Don’t Delay, Call Today!

Private location at the end of the cul-de-sac with lots of trees! The land extends to the north in the wooded area. This 3-bedroom, 2-bath half duplex has all the features of a single family home.

The spacious great room features vaulted ceiling and a beautiful fireplace.

The large master bedroom comes with an ample walk-in closet.

The kitchen has a generous amount of cabinets.

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The two-car garage completes the homelike feel and there is also plenty of storage.

There’s a lot more! Roof and carpet are new. New wood tone laminate flooring with handscraped look. New kitchen sink and faucet. New vanity top in hall bath with new sink and faucet. Newer refrigerator. One year old water heater. Newer 2-inch faux wood blinds on the front windows.

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It can also be packaged with 933 Fontana (same floor plan) or purchased as a single unit.

 

CONTACT:

JOHN HARRIS
Keller Williams Realty
816-665-4102
john.harris@kw.com
http://john-harris.kw.com/

 

What Can A Realtor Do For You?

home-ownershipManaging a real estate transactions is a complex business. Buying or selling a home is a major financial, not to mention an emotional undertaking. The web has made it possible to do a lot of the legwork yourself, but there’s no substitute for an experienced professional. Here are the reasons why you should not discard the notion of hiring an agent.

 

  • Price Guidance

The fastest and most economical way to sell your house is to price it correctly. Price it too high, and your home may become a stale listing. Price it too low, and you lose money.

Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. However, an agent will help educate clients to make the right choices for themselves.

  • Knowledge of the Neighborhood

Agents either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighborhood. They can identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction where you can find more data on schools, crime or demographics.

  • Better Access

Real estate agents’ full-time job is to act as a liaison between buyers and sellers. This means that they will have easy access to all other properties listed by other agents. Both the buyer’s and seller’s agent work full time as real estate agents and they know what needs to be done to get a deal together. For example, if you are looking to buy a home, a real estate agent will track down homes that meet your criteria, get in touch with sellers’ agents and make appointments for you to view the homes. If you are buying on your own, you will have to play this telephone tag yourself. This may be especially difficult if you’re shopping for homes that are for sale by owner.

  • Agents are Buffers

Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you’re a buyer of new homes, your agent will whip out her sword and keep the builder’s agents at bay, preventing them from biting or nipping at your heels. If you’re a seller, your agent will filter all those phone calls that lead to nowhere from lookie loos and try to induce serious buyers to immediately write an offer.

  • Agents have bullish negotiation skills

Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations. And, as today’s housing market heats up, those negotiations are more likely than ever to get a little heated. You can expect lots of competition, all-cash offers, and bidding wars.

And it’s not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.

  • Handling Volumes of Paperwork

Today’s purchase/trade agreements run 10 pages or more. That does not include the federal- and state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. Most real estate files average thickness from one to three inches of paper. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands.

  • Bottom Line

You would not replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic… Why would you make one of the most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

Thinking of buying or selling a home? Consider “The Harris Group

New Listing in Kansas City for The Harris Group

The Harris Group – New Listing – Kansas City North 
100 NE 90th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64155
Fantastic!!! Fantastic!!! Gorgeous open floor plan with 3 tier deck backing to green space. Enjoy the quiet backyard and wildlife. Granite transformed counter tops with a kitchen island. Beautiful tile floors. Newer windows, newer AC unit, Fresh exterior paint. Modern railing installed. Walkout basement. Mature Neighborhood with shade trees. Possible 4th bedroom with half bath. Easy Access to 152 and 169.



Call The Harris Group at 816.223.0217 for more information or to schedule a showing today!