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20 Tips for Selling Your House

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you'll help your RE/MAX Sales Associate sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service professional. The right professional can help you get everything in order - from repainting the kitchen to providing a thorough cleaning - so you can stay focused on more important things.

  1. Make the Most of that First Impression
    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted ? or at least freshly scrubbed ? front door. If it?s autumn, rake the leaves. If it?s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
    Here?s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If you?re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."
  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs
    Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don?t let little problems detract from what?s right with your home.
  4. Don?t Shut Out a Sale
    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect?s mind. Don?t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
  5. Think Safety
    Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
  6. Make Room for Space
    Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They?re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
  7. Consider Your Closets
    The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now?s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
    Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
  9. Create Dream Bedrooms
    Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
  10. Open up in the Daytime
    Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
  11. Lighten up at Night
    Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
  12. Avoid Crowd Scenes
    Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.
  13. Watch Your Pets
    Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
  14. Think Volume
    Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
  15. Relax
    Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
  16. Don't Apologize
    No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX Associate handle the situation.
  17. Keep a Low Profile
    Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
  18. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
    When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
  19. Defer to Experience
    When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your RE/MAX Sales Associate.
  20. Help Your Agent
    Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the results!


Why use Remax


The real estate network that has the most competitive advantages to offer both homebuyers and sellers will be an industry leader, and RE/MAX is that network. No one in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

When you look for the highest quality real estate service, look toa RE/MAX Associate. Here?s why RE/MAX Associates are "The Real Estate Leaders":

RE/MAX Market Share
RE/MAX Associates, as a group, have more exclusive listings and more customers than agents with any other competing real estate network.

On average, a RE/MAX Associate spends about $5,000 each year on personal promotion and on individual and group advertising. Personal advertising plus national television advertising and Internet exposure generates the highest number of prospects in the industry.

Network Size
The revolutionary RE/MAX Concept of enabling real estate professionals to maximize their business potential has evolved into an organization of more than 78,000 Sales Associates in 4,300 offices.

RE/MAX Sales Associates
RE/MAX Associates, on average, lead the industry in production and professional designations.

The RE/MAX Balloon Logo
The red, white and blue RE/MAX Balloon, with its"Above the Crowd!?" slogan, is one of the most recognizable business logos in the world. With nearly 90 RE/MAX Hot Air Balloons around the globe,RE/MAX has the world's largest balloon fleet.

An Industry Leader
RE/MAX was the first real estate network to be involved in more than 1 million transaction sides in a single year. Each transaction orsale consists of two sides, the listing side and the selling side.

Global Expansion
With offices in 43 countries worldwide, RE/MAX is one ofthe fastest-growing real estate franchise networks on the planet.

"The Hometown Experts With a World of Experience"
Being locally owned and operated, RE/MAX offices are staffed with professionals who live in the area they work in. Thus, committedto their local community, they have a deep personal interest in the customers they serve.

Committed to Real Estate Service
In a business environment of mergers and acquisitions, RE/MAX is the only major real estate network still owned and directed by its founders. The excellence of RE/MAX Broker/Owners and Sales Associates has led to an ever-increasing number of accolades from the business community at large. "Worth" magazine honored RE/MAX with its prestigious "Readers`Choice" award in both 1999 and 2000, naming RE/MAX the No. 1 real estate brokerage. "Entrepreneur" magazine has ranked RE/MAX the No. 1 real estate services franchise for three consecutive years.

30 Years Above the Crowd
RE/MAX - now an established industry leader - celebratesits 30th anniversary in 2003 and looks ahead to even greater real estate achievement in the years ahead.



Finding Your Perfect Home

As the old saying goes, real estate is all about location, location, location. But, there is a lot more to it than just plain geography when it comes to finding your perfect home. There are a lot of things to consider during the search because, for most, a home is the most significant purchase they will ever make.



Choose A Good Area

When searching for your perfect home, the obvious place to start is with the selection of a location. If you have children, you may want to choose a home that is close to good schools and is also located in a family-oriented neighborhood. Many people also look for a home that offers a short commute to and from work. If you are shopping within a specific price range, you can also narrow the choices by finding an area that offers the best value for your dollar.


Select A Style

The perfect home for you is one that has all of the elements that you want. Whether it's a garage, basement, extra bedroom or bath, a large kitchen, fireplace or open floor plan, choosing the style of home that you want is an important first step in finding the perfect place to hang your hat. You may also want to consider whether you prefer a single-level or two-story home. Many home buyers also factor in floor plans when searching for a house, including those that offer an open and flowing design.


Get Pre-Qualified

Now that you know what you want and where you want it, it's important to find out how much of a home you can afford. Pre-qualification is not the same as pre-approval. With pre-qualification, your lender will request specific information relating to your income and expenditures and will offer a possible price range for you to keep in mind while shopping. Pre-qualification does not guarantee that you will receive an approval, but it does give you a good indication of how much you can afford based on your current situation.



Nobody knows the real estate business like a REALTOR?, so let them help you in your search for the perfect home. They can answer questions relating to the neighborhood, recent inspections on a particular home and any needed repairs. Because a REALTOR? has access to a number of area homes, they have the ability to show you various choices within your preferred area and price range.


Ask About Amenities

One of the most significant concerns of any home buyer is what a home has to offer. Utilities, such as water, sewer, cable, phone and electricity are just a few of the things to consider. If the home is in a subdivision that requires the payment of association dues, how will these funds be used? What amenities does the home owner's association offer? These are all questions to ask your REALTOR? when shopping for the perfect home.


In conclusion, you should know that the search for your perfect home is a journey. It may be either long or short and with or without some bumps along the way, but the greatest satisfaction will be at the journey's end and your future's beginning.







If you're buying or selling make sure to contact me, CARLA BENESH so that I can put my years of experience to work for you.




Ways you might not have known about that could

help you with a down payment


One of the biggest misconceptions of home buying? The 20% down payment. Here’s how to buy with a lot less down.

Here are some creative ways for your down-payment that you may have ever imagined.


Ask the Seller to Help (Really!)

When sellers want to a get a deal done quickly, they might be willing to assist buyers with the closing costs. There are limits depending on the type of mortgage you get.


Look into Government Options

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, offers a number of homeownership programs, including assistance with down payment and closing costs. These are typically available for people who meet particular income or location requirements. HUD offers help based on profession as well. If you’re a law enforcement officer, firefighter, teacher, or EMT, you may be eligible under its . For veterans, the VA will guarantee part of a home loan through commercial lenders. Often, there’s no down payment or private mortgage insurance required, and the program helps borrowers secure a competitive interest rate.


Take Advantage of Special Lender Programs

Many lenders offer programs to help people buy a home with a small down payment. There are programs out there that need a total of 3% or 3.5% down. Maybe they have their own first-time buyer program.

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