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Making Your House Easier To Sell

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So you are now in the market to sell your home. This can cause bittersweet feelings. Focusing on the unknowns of it all is what can make this whole process a lot less enjoyable. But you need not worry. The fact that I used to be a Realtor and I am currently investing in real estate, and have some experience in selling houses, should (I hope) put your mind at ease a bit. There are several different things that you can do and some of the will be limited by your budget. So we will just identify and discuss a few things that might just be within your reach.

Let’s start with one of my favorite methods to sell your house faster and easier. The process is called home staging. Staging your home is exactly what it sounds like. You are creating an atmosphere, with props and furniture, to entice a buyer by their visual appetite. You can stage your home yourself, and you can do this sometimes simply by buying little nick knacks and nice looking centerpieces at a dollar store or thrift store. However, if you have the available funds, you can hire a professional staging company to stage your house for you. I would personally say that this is the best route because in my experience, home staging professionals do an excellent job.

You would be amazed at what a little bit of staging can do in the mind of potential buyers. Visual appeal is a huge factor that’s played in the psyche of someone that’s looking for a house. That brings me to another important tip I’d like to point out. The condition, cleanliness, and freshness of your carpet is extremely important. Getting your carpet or upholstery cleaned or replaced should be one of the to-do items at the top of your list. I would suggest just replacing your carpet, but if you can’t, you can always find a really good carpet cleaning company that will do superb job at refreshing your carpet and making it look brand new. I know first hand because I’ve dealt with great carpet cleaning companies. You can check one of them out at ParmaCarpetCleaning.com. They have before and after pictures of their work and their website is quite informative about the carpet cleaning process. And if you live in the area, they’ll provide you with a free quote as well.

Another thing that you should consider is a fresh coat of paint on the inside of your house. Again this will add to the overall look and feel of the house. Freshly painted walls will make the inside of the house look brighter and newer. Of course you can choose to paint the inside of the house yourself, which is not hard to do. But if you have areas that you need to patch up before you paint, like holes or imperfections in the drywall, you may want to leave that job to a handyman.

Another good idea is to tidy up the landscape surrounding your house. Make sure the grass is cut and neatly trimmed, along with the bushes and any trees that are on your property. Clear out any and all dead weeds and/or flowers.  You may want to have your lawn treated if there are brown or dead patches of grass. In order to add some brightness and color to the outside of your house, buy some pretty hanging flowers and spread them out throughout the front and back.  It would behoove you to have your sidewalks and walkways and driveway power-washed as well. Like everything else, you can do this on your own, or you can hire the help of professionals which is usually always a good move when you have the money for it.

In the last tip for this article, we will discuss a method that can make a huge impact on the look and perception of the inside of your house. This can get pretty expensive and you should definitely have a professional oversee this project. What I’m talking about is knocking down a wall or two to create a more open floor plan. This is something that people gravitate to more nowadays. So along with some extra light, it will also make your house more contemporary.

Interested In Becoming An Agent?

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So if you’re interesting in becoming a real estate agent, I decided to carve a piece of this website out for you. As I stated before in the welcome post…I used to be a real estate agent. To be more precise, I used to be a Realtor. You may be thinking to yourself “What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor?” Well there are some differences and we will start this off by getting right into that.

A Realtor and real estate agent both do the same exact job. They find clients that need their house sold and/or need to buy a house and they help them buy or sell. They both have to have to take the same mandatory classes and pass the same type of test to obtain a license. Once the classes have been taken and the test has been passed, they both have to hang their license under a broker in order for them to legally represent somebody to buy and/or sell their house.

So what is the main difference? Ladies and gentleman, can I get a drum-roll please…the difference is the fact that a Realtor is a member of the National Association of REALTORS and an agent is not. That means that a Realtor has to abide and obey the Realtor code of ethics. Now before you let that scare you, I truly believe that even as a real estate agent, these are more or less common sense rules to do business by. You do dirt in this business, you get dirt. When you treat people fairly, you will see it translate to money and referral business. I didn’t mean to go off on a tangent, but I did want to clear up a point.

Are there any advantages to being a Realtor as apposed to an agent. Well, yes and no. If you come into the business and you are the former, you will automatically have access to a bigger network pool and different tools that you may not have access to otherwise. As I already said, you will be required to uphold the code of ethics and you may also look and seem a little more professional and trustworthy to a potential client. But believe me when I say that this is not a necessity to become ridiculously successful in this industry.

Some of the disadvantages are the costs involved. Realtors have to usually pay a fee twice a year to maintain status. And it’s not so easy to just say you want to stop being one. The reason you become a Realtor in the first place is because the broker that you put your license under is one. The only way to not be one is to find a brokerage that is not part of the association of Realtors. Makes sense right?

I truly believe that extent that you succeed in this arena is based on you and your determination. You don’t need to be a Realtor or even get your license for that matter. But you could always try it out and see if it fits with your model. If it doesn’t, just drop it and move on.

While this is no exhaustive, this is a decent starting point to determine which route you want to take when you get involved in this business. I wish you the best with whatever you decide to do and I hope that we will be able to help some more along the way. Take care.

Make Yourself At Home

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Hello and welcome! I am going to take these first few articles and talk about real estate. In this particular post, I will discuss FSBO’s along with some other real estate niches. FSBO’s or “for sale by owner” houses are houses that are sold without a Realtor being involved. I am in no way going to knock Realtors in these posts because there are some really good real estate agents out there. They have helped a lot of people and they have also made a good living for themselves doing it. And I think that is only fair.

Understanding that, there are time when using a Realtor wouldn’t be your best move. There are times when a real estate agent is limited by what he or she is conventionally taught when it comes to buying and selling real estate. Or the brokerage that they have their license under can also limit what an agent can do for you. Trust me on this one…I used to be a Realtor.

We will discuss different routes you can take when selling your home or just finding a niche within real estate that you can use and make a business out of. To be honest with you, there are so many wells to buy and sells houses. You have lease options, which are rent to own houses. You have fixer uppers that you can buy for cheap and then turn around and sell for cheap, keeping a nifty little profit in your pockets. That is called wholesaling. You could purchase a beat down house and make it pretty again and flip it for even larger profits. You can even buy a house subject to an existing loan that is in place on the house. The list goes on and we plan on diving into this list head first to give you some good knowledge on the subject of buying and selling real estate.

Make sure that you check back regularly to get more inside information in the world of house buying and selling. If you have the bug to get into this industry you should fit right in and we invite you to go ahead and make yourself at home. I hope you have enjoyed our brief intro and we look forward to bringing you more relevant content in many days to come.