Attention, all home sellers. Are you thinking of lowering the price of your home? Has it been on the market and it’s not sold or even been viewed by potential buyers?
Consider this. Remember the saying, “A picture is worth a 1000 words.” Think about that when you are listing your house!
Did you know 92% of buyers start their search on the Internet? That means that listing photos are a critical factor — it will determine the selling price of a home, how quickly it sells and whether it sells at all. I’d venture to say that the single most important factor in selling a home is good photography.
The first impression is essential. If buyers aren’t sold on the images they see online, they are almost guaranteed to move on. It can also affect their perception of a home prior to seeing it. A good photograph will have a positive emotion associated with the home.
Check out these side by side comparisons:
Next, I want to talk about what photos we DO NOT want in our listing. Here are a few things to avoid when choosing your listing photos.
1. Do not feature photos that have people in them, especially ones that are not dressed. Buyers want to envision what their home would look like with their family. Avoid excess clutter, clean the room, and avoid tenants in the room at all costs.
2. An aerial, or birds-eye, view of a home is a great feature to include in a listing for potential buyers to see the property and its surroundings. An arrow over a neighborhood doesn’t exactly help potential buyers get a view or feel of the listed property.
3. Highlight your home's best features and pay attention to the details. Showcasing a photo with a large stain in the middle of the room is going to have buyers running for the hills instead of focusing on that bright window and arched doorway. This is going to deter buyers from even wanting to see the house in the first place. Replacing carpet is an easy fix.
4. Declutter! I cannot say it enough. When you choose to sell your home, think of it as no longer your home, but a showcase to all potential buyers. Minimize what you have in the bathroom, the kitchen, and try to limit it to only a few items on the counter. Remove family photos. A buyer is going to come in and feel overwhelmed. Instead, we want them to envision their life in the home and make an offer.
These tips should help greatly improve the presentation to potential buyers interested in a new home. Call my cell, (352) 223-2486, and I'll get you started.
You have been planning your dream home in your head for years; daydreaming of wall colors, watching HGTV, and pinning your Pinterest boards; thinking ahead of all your family memories to be had where your kids can throw a football in the backyard. It’s a perfect picture, but for some reason you have not been able to make it happen.
If you are like the many others out there postponing buying a home, 2017 is the time to take the plunge and make it happen. Take advantage of this real estate market! It is time to make it official. Your New Year’s resolution for 2017 is buying your dream home!
Why 2017 is a great time to buy
Experts agree 2017 is the year to buy. Home prices have gone up 6.2% in the last year! With rates this low, hordes of new home buyers are going to be searching for homes before rates are raised again under the new Presidency. It is a buyers market. More homebuyers will be open to selling their homes due to the flash market, thus increasing inventory. Look around the county; notice anything? Builders have begun to focus on building more homes.
Buying vs Renting
The buyer’s market is going to far outweigh the renter’s market in 2017. Rent prices are continuously increasing, which makes buying a home actually cheaper than renting and not necessarily just in the long run. Take advantage of all the government initiatives available to you such as the Marion County SHIP Program, Fannie Mae Home Ready Program, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Home Possible Advantage Program at 3% down and a credit score of 620 or higher to qualify for a home loan.
How to Prepare
Now that buying a home is your New Year’s resolution, it is time to make sure all of your finances are in order. Is your credit score in tip-top shape? What can be done to reduce your debt-to-income ratio? Have you checked, double-checked, and triple-checked your credit score to make sure it is accurate and it is not reporting inaccuracies? Make an appointment to speak with a mortgage lender to see if you are pre-approved, how much home you can afford, and an estimate of your closing costs and down payment.
What are you waiting for?? There is no time like the new year to start a new life. Contact Josie Abbott at The Proeber Team to find your dream home!
Josie prides herself as a "one-stop" resource for buyers and sellers. She commits to building and maintaining relationships to last by embracing her customer's goals as her #1 priority.