Many families hear “back to school” and it either brings emotions of joy or emotions of sorrow. When it comes to Real Estate there are positives and negatives we tend to see.
One of the busiest times of year for many families is back to school time. In Nebraska this usually falls in August. This year most of the Omaha metro schools are starting between August 9th –August 17th. This includes OPS, Bennington, Elkhorn, Bellevue, Westside, Gretna and Millard Schools.
When I talk to people wanting to sell their house, one of the MOST common requests I get is, “Will you walk through our house and tell us what we need to do to get our house ready to sell?” Any good Real Estate agent is happy to do this. After years of doing this, I’ve learned that there are 3 things that are relevant for every seller. Regardless of area, price, or time of year. The funny part is most sellers know them but underestimate their importance and ROI.
Smart home buyers always look at the nuts and bolts – home value, neighborhood, projected value as an investment, whether rooms are appropriate to needs, and other things like that. But home buyers, just like any other consumer, can fall in love with a home. It could be the gingerbread roof, the appealing wraparound porch, even the 1920s-era stained glass transom windows in the front room.
Like it or not it’s a seller’s market again, in many areas and price ranges. This means if you’re a buyer and want to purchase a house you’re playing by new rules. Those rules are dictated by the sellers. So, what are some things you can do to increase your chances in a bidding war? I’ve listed a few tips below you might find helpful.
Do you have what it takes? Several times a year I have people reach out to me or other team members inquiring about getting their Real Estates License. Here is the key advice I give to people when they express interest in selling Real Estate.
You are your own boss
Whether you start your own brokerage, join a brokerage, or join a Real Estate team, you are ultimately your own boss. A good team or brokerage will give you the tools and guidance you need to be successful but how and when you use these are up to you. Agents are paid on commission and it’s up to YOU to go out and learn the skills you need to thrive. My best advice here is treat it like a business, not a hobby.
It’s that time of year when families consider moving to get their children into a good school district. At realtor.com we recently conducted a back-to-school survey to see how much weight schools have in the home-buying decision. The results show that school-district boundaries do impact the buying decision for more than 60 percent of realtor.com home buyers.
New homes usually sell faster than homes that have been lived in, and it’s not just because they have the latest gadgets and designs. New homes don’t have a personality yet, so it’s easier for a buyer to imagine himself as the owner. They are always clean and ready to move into, and they have a uniquely fresh, crisp, appealing atmosphere.