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How to Guide Buyers Into a Winning Bid

Tips On Helping Your Buyers Make an Attractive and Winning Bid

Buyers love to lowball with abandon in their attempt to score a deal. But that’s not always a winning tactic in every market. In today’s real estate selling tips, we’ll look at when lower offers are acceptable, and ways you can help your buyer find the happy medium between a good deal and a grossly offended seller when they’re not.

The Market Largely Determines Offer Flexibility

In a seller’s market, it pays to gently remind tight-fisted buyers a lowball offer could lose them a home, especially in bidding war scenarios, where sellers will be quick to drop offensive offerors. In a strong seller’s market, going in at list price on a fairly valued home can get the sale. Buyer’s markets, however, provide a lot more flexibility on price due to high inventory and sales lag times, making a low starting offer a more acceptable practice.

Lagging List Times Point to Potential for Below Asking Price Offers

Long listing times give buyers the upper hand. Six-months to one-year on the market, with multiple price reductions – roll the dice with a low, but not insulting offer. Real estate selling tips point to no more than 25% below listing. However, if a home’s been listed only a few days or weeks, explain to buyers this is not the time for a lowball offer on a dream home.

Determine Wiggle Room

After discussing the above factors with buyers, further showcase the sales of similar homes in the area to point them in the right direction. When determining prime asking price, however, don’t neglect to factor-in how badly buyers want the home. Is it worth it to lose out for the opportunity of saving? At the end of the day, it’s essential to help buyers understand submitting a lowball offer is ultimately a gamble.

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Dual Agency? Make Sure You Cover the Details with Potential Buyers and Sellers

Tips for Selling “Now’s the Time to Buy” to Your Prospects

In today’s real estate market of rising prices and limited inventory, it’s not uncommon for buyers to drag their feet, especially those just coming out of foreclosure. How can you reassure buyers in such uncertain times? We’ll take a closer look in today’s real estate marketing tips.

Relief is On the Horizon
Experts agree, current levels of price appreciation are unsustainable, and inventory shortages won’t go on indefinitely. More moderate home appreciation and rising inventory levels are forecasted for this year, creating more opportunities for buyers. How can you take advantage of rising consumer confidence?

Point to these Factors for Buyers Taking the Plunge:

Rising Interest Rates
After years of record lows, interest rates are on the rise, with one rate increase at the end of 2017, and two to four more predicted. Anticipated to hit 5% by end-of-year, these rises impact affordability, raising monthly payments. The key real estate marketing point is: The longer potential buyers wait, the more expensive a home purchase is likely to be.

Climbing Prices
Though price appreciation will vary by market, all but red-hot markets are expected to lose steam. Increases are forecasted at 3.2% year-over-year for 2018, following 2017’s 5.5% jump, with 2.5% year-over-year increases expected thereafter. In either case, you can’t gain an appreciation on a home investment you don’t make.

Rising Inventory
The tide is expected to turn by fall of this year, with inventory of homes in mid to upper-level price points seeing the majority of inventory growth. New home construction will also expand, but more slowly, with tightening bank financing, lot/land availability, higher building materials costs, and labor shortages affecting the ability of builders to provide homes at entry-level/first-time prices. We predict an upswing in this sector in 2019 and beyond.

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Designer “Eye Test” Which Feature Do Buyers Like Better?

Real estate selling trends come and go, particularly when it comes to home design. Unfortunately, this can make for a frustrating experience for sellers looking to make the most out of a home update with a few key investments.

What are the Home Features Buyers Want Right Now?

  • Quartz or Marble?
    Slightly more expensive, quartz is three-times more popular than porous, stain-prone marble. As with many home feature choices, durability and maintenance are a key consideration in countertop choice.
  • Hardwood or Carpet?
    Though carpet may be considered in the rare, snow prone climate, all-in-all, hardwood is the winner due to its lower-maintenance, durable surface.
  • Light or Dark Cabinets
    Lighter cabinets win out over darker alternatives due to their capacity to brighten a space and make it look bigger. Though either light or dark can be beautiful, however, contrast is essential. If cabinets are light, contrast with dark counters and medium floors (or vice-versa).
  • Gas or Electric Stove?
    Gas is the clear winner for buyers, with faster, more uniform cooking and more economical operation when compared to electric stove models.
  • Claw-Foot or Soaking Tub?
    Well-designed soaking tubs (not 90s-era jet tubs) offer a spa-like feel that goes beyond what ‘looks-only’ claw-foot fare provides.
  • Sub-Zero or Viking Appliances?
    Sub-Zero appliances barely edge out Viking, with the key point to ponder: providing buyers what they would expect for your home genre. (Luxury buyers expect high-end fare.)

Design Features that are Neither Here Nor There
Real estate selling trends point to these design features as a toss-up, with home shoppers showing no clear preference in either direction:

  • Subway or Basket-Weave Tiles
  • Bay or Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

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Does the Real Estate Sales Need an Update?

Is the 6% Real Estate Sales Commission Outdated?

The Internet is changing the real estate business, continually drawing into question the current commission regime: typically 6% of the average home sales. With buyers doing a lot of the legwork, seeking out properties and neighborhood stats online, this is leading many to question whether that $18,000 chunk of change (6% of the average $300,000 home) is a worthwhile investment.

Why the 6%, Anyway?
Back in the day (the 40s-50s), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) required its members to set commissions at a certain level, either working full-time, or holding enough customers to earn a living in order to join and get access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

A 1950s Supreme Court ruling deemed these ‘certain rates’ illegal. So the NAR changed them to ‘suggested’ rates. How it originally became 6% remains unknown. But since federal tracking of rates began in 1991, it has fallen from 6.1% to 5.18% in 2014.

Should Your Rates Be Dropping?
Real estate selling services are typically bundled, sometimes requiring consumers to opt-in for options they don’t need. On the…

Seller’s Side
Marketing, advertising, open houses, and price negotiation.

Buyer’s Side
Listings, showings, market research/knowledge, navigating the purchase process.

As consumers seek to ‘unbundle’ these services in the increasingly DIY Internet world, they are turning to services such as Redfin and ListingDoor, asking for/actively seeking agents outside of the traditional commission structure.

Rate Reductions & A La Carte Services
With this ‘get what you pay for’ mentality in mind, consumers and agents are looking for rate reductions in exchange for a reduction in services rendered, as a $300,000 home doesn’t necessarily cost twice what a $150,000 home does to sell (though it nets double the commission). As the market changes and grows increasingly competitive, such tactics may be worth a second-look.

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Can Staging Help Home Sales?

Tips to Making Your Seller’s Home More Photogenic

Let’s face it, unless you’ve won the luxury home marketing lottery, chances are your latest listing is facing some presentation challenges. Bric-a-brac explosions, dated décor, and even cluttered, dirty surfaces are all par for the course in the listing photos game.

Unfortunately these photo flops can quickly turn would-be buyers off. Is there any way to work around the norm and find a magical solution to better photos for video usage in real estate marketing?

Tips to Creating a Picture Perfect Home:

• Get the seller in on the gig.
If sellers want top-dollar (and who doesn’t?), explain to them the importance of letting go of a few things momentarily and putting in a little elbow grease so they can make the most of their sale (and upcoming home purchase). Ask them to bring in an honest friend to point out things they’re ‘not seeing’ anymore.

• Cut clutter.
70% of surface items should be hidden (where the camera won’t capture), including family photos and knickknacks, fridge magnets – even paper goods and small appliances. Consider ditching many small items for a large centerpiece or trio.

• Let the light shine in.
Natural lighting creates a high-end look, adding depth and highlights. (This includes lit fireplaces!)

• Brighten up the boudoir.
Use a handheld steamer, add pillows and throws, and make the bed look as neat as possible. Secret tip: Soft textures and muted colors work far better than TV-test-pattern spreads.

• Lower artwork.
Hang art lower, emphasizing more horizontal pieces, to camouflage low ceilings, or show off high ceilings with huge vertical art.

• Boost curb appeal.
Move cars, rake, mow, and especially prune trees that obscure the home. Take covers off everything (like grills) unless hopelessly damaged.

• Treat pets like kids.
Remembering you love your own most – leave them out of photos.

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