Seven Ways to List & Sell a Home

When it’s time to sell your home remember these simple ways to ensure a successful real estate sale. Contact a Real Estate Professional in your area for more information and tools for selling a home. Nashville realty is seeing a change in the way sellers are preparing their homes for a listing. The dragging market is requiring much more from sellers and their marketing skills.

1. Make sure your home is ready when you put it on the market.

When you put your home on the market, it needs to be in its best condition possible. Selling a home is all about the presentation. A buyer will know whether it will be a consideration within 8 seconds of walking through the door. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so make it count!

2. Don’t over-improve your home for the neighborhood.

Be careful with additions, bump outs, upgrades, etc. that can make your home stick out from the competitors in the neighborhood. For example: A neighborhood with homes ranging from 1000-2500 square feet has this one particular home that has an addition that makes it 6000 square feet. It is now priced out of the market for this neighborhood. Other homes in the neighborhood play a big role in determining the sale price of your home, so make sure you keep it comparable.

3. Price your home according to the market, not what you want to net.

Whether you want to make a certain amount on the sale of your home and whether you can make that amount are two totally different things. The market determines what a home will sell for. If a home is priced on what you (the seller) wants to net, it might be for sell for a very long time or until the price is lowered to be more comparable to other homes in the neighborhood.

4. Hire a Real Estate Agent with a good track record.

Knowing who you are hiring to sell your home is very important. Be sure to research Real Estate Agents in your area. Set up an interview with your Real Estate Agent and talk about what they will do to market your home.

5. Don’t get emotionally involved in the sale of your home.

This is a common problem with most sellers. When you put your home on the market, it becomes a commodity-and it should be marketed that way. Don’t get caught up in what you love about the home (or its furnishings), because chances are buyers may think the same way you do. Your home will not sell for more simply because you love it. It will sell for what the market allows.

6. Disclose all problems you know about your home.

Most states provide Property Condition Disclosure forms for sellers to note everything they know about the home’s condition. Buyers need to know if there are problems with a home before they enter a purchase contract. Disclosures and disclaimers may not keep every seller from being sued for whatever reason, but it is the safest way to go.

7. Have all financial matters sorted out before putting your house on the market.

Not only should you have your home prepared to be listed, but before selling a home your finances should be in order. You should know the specifics of their current mortgage and whether there is a prepayment penalty. Also, know the market what your plans will be once your home sells.

Putting your home on the market before you are ready is the biggest mistake you can make. It can affect the sales price, number of days on the market and so much more. Remember, there are multiple resources that will help you through this process. The best help you can receive when selling your home is from a Real Estate Agent in your area. These professionals will provide you with the tools and information you need to complete a very successful real estate transaction.

Home Improvement – Creating a Home That Works

A home improvement project is something that the whole family needs to get in on. Even though you want the opinions of each person in the home, sticking to things that work is your number one priority.

The difference between families that enjoy each other’s company is quite often as simple as a home that works for each of them. This article is going to talk a little about home improvements that work. With that said not all things will work for everybody. You need to look into what is going to work for you.

A family with kids may want a homework station close to the kitchen with computer access. Quite often mixing a desk with a breakfast nook works really well. Creating this area between your kitchen and your family room may be an option that a lot of people may not have considered. It works great for the children and the adults. This way you can go about doing your work or relaxing while being in the proximity to supervise the kids.

Your family room could even have a TV or game console if you want. Basements are great for theater rooms, laundry room and large play areas.

I’ve seen a lot of homes that have a living room that is far to small to be of any real use and they need to have that extra space in the basement. An extra room can easily be turned into a library or office that would give you the perfect place to get some work done without the distraction of the noise in the rest of your home.

As for the bedroom I suggest your master being as large as possible. This will be your get away. Set it up with a small seating area that you can enjoy a quite romantic space with your spouse.

Some people even prefer to add a small desk with a computer in the master bedroom. Though I’ve never been a fan of having a work area in my bedroom, you can easily hide it behind a screened area and never realize it’s there until you want to use it.

You can’t forget about your dining room it is one of the most important parts of the home. It has been proven that a family that dines together is more relaxed and gets along better in the long run. Make it a place you’ll all love to come together to enjoy each other’s conversation.

Work at creating a home that is as unique as your family. When everyone in the family is happy you’ll know you have a home that works.

Modular Home Building Frequently Asked Questions – Part I

Today’s modular housing, when built with modern technology by a quality manufacturer and finished on-site by a reputable, experienced builder, offers many advantages when compared to traditional on-site stick-building. However, most of our clients tend to ask very similar questions as they begin to understand the inherent advantages of modular home construction. This “question and answer” article is the first of two parts intended to help the consumer better understand the manufacturing process, the home component product and the finishing of the manufactured product on your building site. This is Part I, dealing with more of the aesthetic questions initially asked by clients. Part II will deal with more technically oriented questions.

Q: What is modular home construction?

A: It is the process of “stick-building” your home, in modular components, within a climate-controlled factory environment. The components are then set onto your foundation at your site and the home is then completed to traditional specifications, using traditional finishes.

Q: What are the advantages to “stick-building” my home in a factory, versus having it “stick-built” at my site, in the traditional method?

A: Homes stick-built within the factory are built better yet quicker than traditional on-site stick-built houses. The factory built components are manufactured with engineered cuts to insure square and true fit during the assembly process. During the factory construction process, neither the wood nor other components are subject to inclement weather, minimizing the warping and damage that can occur when site-built homes are left exposed during the “site-built” construction process. The final product is more energy efficient, stable and stronger!

Q: Why are today’s modular homes built superior as compared to the traditional way of stick-building on site?

A: As the old adage states “a picture says a thousand words”, so too does a tour of a high quality manufacturer’s factory explain the superiority of modern modular construction. Modular home construction is just as much stick-built as any site-built construction…only because it is built in a climate controlled factory, with exact, engineered, laser-precise cuts and with technicians working on ground level (not straddling a 2X4 or balancing from the peak of a roof), it is built better! The frame of a modular home will contain at least 20% and perhaps as much as 30% more lumber than a traditional site-built home, so it is much more stable and stronger than traditional housing.

Q: Are modular homes restricted in architectural design or interior floor planning when compared to traditional housing?

A: Today’s engineering and building technology allows clients a very high degree of architectural and interior floor planning options. If you are a very discriminating homeowner seeking to design and build a truly distinctive home, an experienced manufacturer and capable builder should be able to achieve designs to satisfy your demand utilizing modular building technology and highly engineered manufactured building components.

Q: Are today’s modular homes built and finished with any different building and finish materials as compared to traditional housing?

A: Both the exterior and interior of modular homes are usually built with the same components as you would expect to find in any conventional, site-built house, depending on the quality of the manufacturer, your builder and your finish selections. You should be able to customize your modular home with the same appointments expected to be found in a conventional custom-built home. If your manufacturer or builder either refuses to allow you those choices, or indicates it does not usually allow such choices, seek another manufacturer and/or builder!

Q: Once a modular home is completed on my site, will I be able to distinguish it from a traditional site-built home?

A: No! Due to advancements in technology and the manufacturing process, it is virtually impossible to distinguish a well-designed modular house from a traditional, stick-built, site-built house.

Q: Is a modular home less costly to build than traditional, site-built housing?

A: A manufacturer that builds at a fairly high volume level will buy its materials in bulk and will pay less than a single builder would pay at its local supplier. Also, the manufacturer’s local builder typically has less work to complete the home than a local custom home builder, so the builder should incur less overhead costs and, thus, can operate on a lower profit margin. As a result, you, the customer should anticipate a cost savings by building your home with modern modular components, as compared to traditional site-built construction.