Things You Should Know About Real Estate


Wanting to Sell Your Home?

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John Ferguson, Broker Associate, Re/Max Metro

Most people only go through the selling process perhaps 1 or 2 times during a lifetime, others more frequently. The process may be quite different from one time to another or from one part of the country to another. My job is to guide you along the transaction, make appropriate recommendations to prepare your home for market and provide you with relevant and factual information for you to make informed decisions regarding the sale of your home, and negotiate the best possible price and terms for the sale of your home. I recognize that the sale of your home is probably one of the most important transactions that you make and choosing the right Realtor is an important part of that decision. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.

My team of experienced and highly skilled professionals know how to market your home, guide you through the sales process and make your transaction run smoothly and your selling experience more rewarding and less stressful.
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Helpful Hints in Preparing for Selling Your Home

To facilitate the sales process, please make sure to gather the following information and documents pertaining to your property:

  • Power of Attorney (if applicable)
  • Survey and Elevation Certificate
  • Current Homeowner’s insurance and Flood policies
  • Receipts and warranties for major systems and updates
  • List of improvements/updates, repairs, renovations, major systems – dates and costs
  • Note any needed repairs that have not been performed
  • Consider obtaining a pre-market appraisal from a licensed Appraiser

Once you are ready to put it up for sale, or if you are having trouble assembling the required documentation, please contact us.

We’re happy to assist you at every step of the process.

Preparing Your Home for Sale

preparing for selling your homeAny home will sell at the right price for its location and condition and given adequate exposure to the market. But, our objective is to sell your home at the highest possible price and in the shortest possible amount of time. Today’s home buyers evaluate your home first on the internet, before they even think of getting in the car to see it from the curb. When getting ready to sell your home, keep in mind the pictures on the internet are the most important sales factors that you have some control over.

The first picture is usually the front exposure of the home. Go out to the curb and take a picture, then look at it on your computer. What do you see? Does you home need a new coat of paint? Are the gutters or shutters falling down? Can you see the front of the house behind the hedges? Do any dead trees need to be removed or tree branches trimmed? Does the grass need mowing or do you need new sod? Does a car or boat need to be moved to make the picture more appealing? If your home looks unkempt from the outside, buyers will be more critical about details on the inside. These are important questions that you should ask yourself in order to get your home sale “To-Do-List” started.

Inside the home, you should replace cool white florescent lightbulbs in lamps and light fixtures with warm white (more yellow and blue in the spectrum) or incandescent bulbs. Incandescents are not energy efficient, but the more yellow (warm) light spectrum both photographs better and is more appealing in-person.

Check for finger prints and hand prints along wall corners and around light switches. Try cleaning the dirty wall areas or painting if necessary. Cleaning windows inside and out can really make a difference in how your home is viewed by a potential buyer.

Consider bringing in a professional home stager or designer to make suggestions on how to stage your home using your existing furniture or their furniture if you have already moved. A well staged home photographs better and sells faster and for a higher price than a vacant home.

Avoid surprises and get a pre-sales home inspection performed by a licensed professional home inspector. Professional inspectors will objectively conduct a visual inspection of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as observation of structural components: roof, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney, doors, and windows. If any small things are found, you may want to take care of them before the buyer’s inspector finds them. If the home is in good shape and no or very minor repairs are needed, you and your agent may want to use the inspection as a marketing tool for the excellent condition of your home compared with others.

Questions about the listing price of your home? A licensed real estate Broker can provide excellent information about past sales in your area and current listing prices, but this information is not the same as a professional appraisal performed by a licensed appraiser. A licensed appraiser is specially trained to compare you home with other comparable homes to arrive at the most “probable sales price based on the current market conditions and physical condition of your home. A pre-market appraisal can be very useful in supporting your list price to buyers or other agents and to use as support of your home value is another appraiser, who might not be as familiar with the area submits an under value appraisal.

Call me today at +1 727 906 9303 or contact us online to find out more about tips and tricks on improving your “curb appeal.”

Finding the Value of Your Home

Interested in knowing the current value of your home? Simply complete the Market Analysis Report information below and one of our expert market analyst will provide you with a detailed analysis of comparable sales in your area and general values. A more detailed analysis is available, upon request, for a specific market analysis of your home.

Market Analysis Report

Leave Your Home Vacant? You Could Lose Insurance Coverage

Leaving your home vacant
Heading South for the Winter

Do the geese flying south have you thinking of closing up your house and spending the winter in a warmer climate? Before you pack your swimsuit and sandals, take note: If you leave your house empty for too long, you could lose your home owners insurance — and your home equity if a fire or other disaster destroys or damages your house.

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