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Forbes Says May May be the Best Time to Sell

Flooded? Our Tips for Selling a House with Water Damage Fast

Representing a homeowner with a water-damaged home in need of a bail-out? Help them navigate troubled waters with these real estate tips for selling a house with water damage fast.

Real Estate Tips for Selling a House with Water Damage

When it comes to selling a home with water damage, there are generally two options:

Minimize & Repair Underlying Damage.

When possible, repair is best to protect the value of the home. The first step to repair is minimizing damage and cleaning/removing affected items per the homeowner’s insurance company stipulations. Drying everything as fast as possible is key to preventing mold proliferation, which begins as soon as 48-hours after water damage.

Though drywall, particle board, and carpet are not salvageable, wood and plaster are if quickly dried. Carefully repairing any underlying damage is key, as signs of the after-effects of water damage scares off most buyers, who assume the worst scenario is lying behind water stains.

Always disclose repaired damages and hire a home inspector (or two) – not only to provide buyers peace-of-mind, but to ensure the highest price possible for the home and protect sellers from potential legal issues down the road. It will also put sellers in the driver’s seat when/if negotiating for further repairs.

Sell the Home Fast – As Is.

For those without insurance or the funds to make repairs, it’s possible to sell a water damaged home ‘as is.’ Removing all water-damaged material, leaving behind only structure that is salvageable, is more work. But it could allow potential buyers to truly see what’s under the surface of home repair needs, safeguarding the value of what remains.

Water damage is quite common in ‘as is’ properties. Some companies and even individual investors specialize in restoring water damage homes. Prepare buyers for a huge hit on home value, however.

Flood of home sales issues? Properties Online has the real estate tips you need to ensure safe harbor.

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

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

Dual agency real estate transactions are often confusing for clients, and come with a number of significant benefits and drawbacks. Left unaddressed, misunderstandings arising from a dual agency transaction can leave behind a bad taste, especially in those situations where things go awry. If dual agencies are legal in your state, here’s how to come out on top without getting any egg on your face.

Addressing the Conflict of Interest Conundrum

Though playing both sides does streamline the process and minimize communication delays, dual agency real estate has some significant gray areas, which are important to explain to clients to keep things on the up-and-up:

– Advice

Because buyers want the lowest price, and sellers the highest, dual agents cannot take sides or give advice. Instead you’re more like a parent, you love both kids, and want to make sure the outcome of the situation is fair.

– Checks/Balances

There’s no one to catch it if you miss things, as you’re running both sides. And because you’re human, mistakes will inevitably occur.

Pointing out the Pros

That said, dual agency real estate isn’t all bad. There are also many benefits that should likewise be pointed out to potential clients:

– Full disclosure

Dual-agent/broker scenarios must be disclosed/consensual, and can’t occur behind the scenes.

– Potential savings

Dual agency real estate allows for potential savings in commission fees if the same person plays the seller and buyer’s agent, reducing fees.

– Increased potential access to properties

In large brokerages, who house a number of agents forming a different kind of dual agency scenario, sellers have more access to potential buyers, and vice-versa.

– More streamlined sales

A single entity makes communication issues moot. Communication between parties is timely and the process more streamlined with a single agency in charge of scheduling paperwork and deadlines.

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Our Secrets: Tips You'd Love to Share with Sellers

Our Secrets: Tips You’d Love to Share with Sellers

You know you have some; most agents have at least one: Secrets. The kind you want to share with sellers, but are afraid to. In today’s real estate selling tips, we’ll look into these secrets, and what may be lost when agents keep them under wraps.

What Secret Real Estate Selling Tips are You Keeping from Sellers?

– It’s not the Lawn Maintenance – Smells Sell.
Or don’t as the case may be. Some agents mow the grass before each showing to appeal to buyers. Closely related to areas of your brain linked with memories and emotion, smells market to buyer nostalgia.

– Staging Isn’t Static.
The staging secret’s out of the bag… but the details are not. Most home buyers (and even some realtors) don’t know elaborate, cozy spaces fare better in the winter, while simpler, sparser décor rules summer.

– Discounted Agent Commissions are No Deal.
Agents proposing discounts typically offer sub-par services. Excellent agents execute fast, flawless transactions that net top dollar, earning every penny.

– The Right Price is Important – But so are Bands.
The need to set the right price is no secret, but staying within ‘bands’ will net more foot traffic and offers. Priced too high? Buyers looking for lower price-points will miss the listing, and those looking for a ‘fancier’ home may be disappointed.

– Black Holes are Real.
And they exist in the real estate market. Sellers who list right before people go out of town for major holidays are often sucked-in.

– Exaggerations Take a Bite Out of Sales.
Sellers overstating a goldfish pond as a waterfront retreat drive off disappointed buyers in droves, extending listing times. Realistically describing features net far better results.

– Huge Price Drops Make Sellers Look Desperate.
Price right from the start. Multiple offers are far better than greedy, unrealistic pricing.

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November May Just End Up Being Your Best Month

Scripts to Help You Encourage Your Seller to Lower the Asking Price

The Internet Argument
Sellers often say, “But everyone finds their own homes on the Internet these days…” A great theory, but buyers still need an agent to show the home. And when buyer’s agents are pushed into the showing, you can be sure they’ll point out every flaw in the house… potentially some that sellers never knew existed – and that the price is too high. Sellers are, in essence, pushing for every buyer’s agent NOT to sell their home.

That Whole ‘Morality Thing’
Shouldn’t realtors put their clients’ interests first? While the exceptional ones do, in the real world, things often work out differently. Discounted services alienate buyer’s agents. In a perfect world, a good agent should explain up-front how they’re paid: No salary, only a commission if a home is sold.

When sellers also consider agents also don’t: A: Work for free, or B: Like being paid less for the same job (a demotion), that measly 0.5-1% starts looking a bit petty – especially in addition to all the other negative effects of ‘discounted commissions.’ Among top real estate selling tips: Here is where a sit-down with clients and a buyer’s agent contract shine, ensuring all parties understand the situation – and get the services/salary they deserve.

The Illogic of Discounted Services
Good doctors and lawyers don’t discount their rates. They don’t have to. Clients flock to them because of their superior abilities. It is the same for buyers and sellers agents, which each likewise require a specific skillset for success.

Clients should be asking themselves why an agent would discount their services: What aren’t they getting? Experience? Attention? Marketing? Accurate pricing? Each agent has their own way of doing things. We are not lemmings. Lousy agents are easy to identify: They’ll do anything to get a listing.

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