Author: James Andersen

4 Real Estate Tips to Confidently Sell Your Home

If this is your first time selling a house, you may be nervous and unsure about what you need to do. You want to get the best price but find the selling process intimidating. There are things you can do to make selling your home easier and help you get the price you desire. Here are four real estate tips to confidently sell your home.

Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

The first thing to do to confidently sell your home is to hire an experienced real estate agent. Look for an agent who has proven experience with your property type and is highly recommended by past clients. Research real estate agents by checking online reviews and complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. Double-check real estate licenses and certifications through your state government. Ask for references and find out about the client’s experience with the real estate agent.

Understand Your Real Estate Financials

You need to have a strong understanding of your real estate financials if you want to make an excellent profit when selling your home. The money you get for the sale needs to be able to cover real estate agent fees, closing costs, and taxes. You can start by getting an estimate of your home’s worth and subtract your mortgage balance. Subtract all other fees you’ll incur which typically amount to around 10% of your home’s sale price. 

Prep Your Home for Real Estate Showings

Once you put your home up for sale, the count begins for the number of days it sits on the market. If a home sits unsold for too long, potential buyers will start wondering what’s wrong with it and lowball their bids. By prepping your home for real estate showings, you can sell your home faster and potentially increase its value. Some great ways to prep your home include neutralizing odors, decluttering, deep cleaning, and organizing the space in your closets.

Focus on Curb Appeal

You want your home to make a great first impression. The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to pull up to your home and drive away because the exterior is a hot mess. Your home’s curb appeal can significantly boost its value and marketability. Some curb appeal projects you may want to focus on include applying fresh paint on your front door, trimming trees and shrubs, and mowing your lawn.

Voila Victories Real Estate Services 

If you’re looking to sell your home, our agents at Voila Victories can help you have a no muss no fuss experience. You call the shots and we’ll make selling your home happen fast. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to find out more about our real estate services.

Is There an Age Limit to Home Ownership?

We’ve all heard the saying, 40 is the new 30, but does that carry over to every area of life? We are living longer and healthier than anytime in history, but is there an age limit for a major purchase, like a home? 

I’m Too Old To…

Here’s another old saw, one that’s increasingly true: Age is just a number. Our definition of elderly is rapidly changing. People are not only living longer, they are living healthier. Generations ago, folks who made it to their eighties were usually infirm. Now, we see octogenarians running marathons and graduating from college. Advancements in medicine and in the way we understand health and fitness have given us not only a longer life, but a better quality of life. Many people who, 20 years ago, would have been considered too old to purchase a home are now buying, without considering their ages. This is good news, if you are approaching middle age and are contemplating a home purchase.

What You Should Consider

You want to buy a home. Great! But before you dive into the housing market, do some research. There are questions you must ask yourself before you sign on the dotted line.

  • Need vs. want. It’s easy to get caught up in all the bells and whistles of a new home purchase. Evaluate what you need. Think about how this home will serve your plans. If you want to live in this house permanently, your needs at 45 will be different than they will be at 75. Look for a home that can grow with you as you become older. You may want to buy a home with enough bedrooms to accommodate sleepovers with the grandkids, but what if those grandkids live out of state? Make sure your home suits your daily needs before you think of your wants.
  • Don’t settle for a bad mortgage. The 30-year mortgage has been the industry standard for years. If you are in your 20s or 30s, it’s probably the best mortgage for you. But what if you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s? If you plan to pay off your mortgage while you are still working, a shorter 15-year mortgage may make the most sense.
  • What will your retirement look like? Do you plan to settle down and garden? Or do you plan to hit the road in a motor home and travel the country? Your home purchase should reflect your retirement plans. If you plan to use your retirement to travel, a large home purchase may not be right for you. 

Asking questions is the first step in your planning. If you need direction on the best path to take, give our agents a call. Buying a home can be the single best investment you can make. We can help you make that vision a reality.

Selling My Home – Should I Wait?

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Spring is here, which typically means it’s the perfect time to list your house for sale. People are ready to head out to house hunt, after being cooped up at home during the winter. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and there is a feeling of renewal that makes home shopping so attractive. But we are not experiencing a normal spring. COVID-19 has changed the fabric of commerce in a very short amount of time. Is it still a good idea to put your home on the market? The answer: it depends.

Pros to Listing Now

Mortgage rates are very competitive right now, spurring prospective homeowners who want to capitalize on those low rates. Since low rates mean lower mortgage payments, this is extremely attractive to potential buyers. There is also less buyer competition, which means there is less chance of finding themselves in a bidding war.

Cons to Listing Now

Potential buyers are feeling the uncertainty of the job market and may be concerned about their income. This may lead potential buyers to put their plans on hold until the situation stabilizes. Social distancing concerns also make it difficult to view homes, work with realtors or mortgage companies, and feel secure in making the right decisions during this time. Buyers and sellers alike are probably concerned about safely moving during the pandemic.

Find the Right Agent

So, what’s a seller to do? The most important step in selling your home in any situation is to find the right agent. Experienced agents have the tools that are necessary to get you the price you want in the quickest time possible. COVID-19 is changing the face of real estate, but the right agent can be ready with options that still make selling your home possible. Ask if your agent is experienced in virtual tours, digital consultation and document signing options. If he isn’t, shop around until you find an agent who is well versed in technology. The uncertainty of the times we’re living in has changed the look of everything we do. Shopping, entertainment and socializing have been put on hold until we flatten the curve. Even though the prospect of selling your home looks different, At Voila! it doesn’t have to be impossible. Let’s connect to discuss your options.