Is Winter a Good Time to Sell on the West Coast?

Is winter a good time to sell your home? Typically, in the Northwest area, winter is a great time to sell! There are a few reasons why.

  • There is a lack of inventory available for sale this time of year. Many sellers remove their listing because they think holidays get in the way of selling their home. This is simply not true. In the Northwest metro markets, including Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle, 32% of homes available for sale come off the market in the winter. That means less competition for sellers.
  • When there is less inventory available, buyers typically have to pay more for the homes they can get. This means sellers can get more money for their homes this time of year.
  • Prospective buyers in the winter are more serious. They need to purchase a home quickly, and they will negotiate with you in order to make it to the closing table. For instance, they might have been transferred to a new location for their jobs and need to find a new home fast.

If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

Winning Strategies for Multiple Offer Situations

Today, we're going to talk about the top strategies you can use in a multiple offer situation to ensure that you get the house you want.

Make sure you write the offer price reasonably. Put your best foot forward. Sellers are looking at how much money they can net. Your purchase price should reflect your top dollar. Also take closing costs into account. Keep in mind what the seller will net when writing your offer.

Another thing you can do is be flexible with the closing date. Some sellers want to close as soon as possible, and some need more time to move. By working with the seller and making the transaction easier on them, your offer will definitely stand out.

Finally, offer to take the property as is. Don't ask the seller to do any repairs, and put that in your offer right away. This is a good idea if you are making an offer on a newer house or a condo. You will still have an inspection so you know what you're getting into, and you can still walk away. But the seller knows that you won't try to nickle and dime them on repairs.

If you have any questions, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Three Things to Guarantee a Full Price Offer

Today, we’ll discuss the three things to guarantee a full price offer on your listing.

  1. Price your home correctly. You want to put a price out there to attract not one buyer, but several buyers immediately. That’s your opportunity to capture the demand of the buyer and get top dollar for the house. In some cases, this can start a bidding war with multiple offers simultaneously.
  2. Prepare prior to listing your home on the market. Ensure you stage the house correctly in the best way possible. Ask yourself if the property condition is its best.
  3. Hire a Realtor with an aggressive marketing plan. We expose our clients’ properties not only to the local population or just the West Coast, but we also market listings nationally and internationally.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call me! I’ll be happy to answer questions to help you.

How Can You Sell Your Home for More Money and in Less Time?

Is there a way to sell your home quickly and get top dollar in our current market? If you make the right moves, there is no reason you shouldn't!

A successful home sale starts by pricing your home correctly. The worst thing you can do is overprice your home from the start. Buyers looking for homes in today's market are some of the most experienced people when it comes to the process; they've seen your neighbors' homes and other homes in the market, so they know exactly what's available. This is why it's crucial to price your home according to its actual market value.

Next, the condition of your home is crucial. You need your home at the top of its game, which includes decluttering, depersonalizing, and getting it professionally staged. Make sure that paint, furniture, carpet, and even the smell of the house is just right so that when a buyer walks into the home they have a great first impression. If you're getting a lot of showings on your home, but you're not getting any offers, it probably means you have a property staging or condition issue that needs to be addressed.

If you want to get your home sold quickly and for the right price, the final thing you need to focus on is hiring a Realtor with the right marketing plan. Knowing what it is an agent is going to do to market your home is key.

Ensure they have a set game plan and can demonstrate exactly what they will do for you to get your home the widest possible exposure. Nobody is going to come see your house or make an offer on it if they don't know it's available!

If you have any questions about how we can get your home sold quickly and for top dollar, don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We would love to help you accomplish your home selling goals!

Two Crucial Selling Factors on the West Coast

If you're looking to sell a home on the West Coast, the staging of your property and the condition that it's in are both very important factors.

I had a home in Bethany that sat on the market for a while. It had lots of showings but no offers, which told us that a lot of people liked the home but weren't willing to buy it. The biggest problem with this property was the condition and the staging.

We came in and noticed some pet odors, as well as some issues with the curb appeal. We had the client clean the carpets to get rid of the smells as well as put some money into the landscaping.

Once we did that, we sold the home in less than 24 hours with multiple offers!

This is why it's so crucial to stage your home and ensure that it's in good condition. We can spend a lot of money marketing your home, but if it's not clean and organized when people see it, it's not going to sell.

We have a lot of tips on staging your property and decluttering it before a showing, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions!

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3 Tips for Maximizing Your Portland Home's Value

Today, we'll discuss the three things you can do to maximize the value of your home in today's market.
First off, make sure your home is properly staged. In today's market, values are going up every single day, and people are showing their homes in top condition. You want your home to look decluttered. Maximize your space and depersonalize the rooms as much as you can so that the buyers can imagine themselves in the property. A light, bright, clean property will definitely appeal to buyers.

The second thing to pay attention to is the condition of the home.This means paying attention to the exterior of the home. You want to make a good first impression, so curb appeal is crucial. Also, make sure the interior of your home is in good condition. Pay attention to your carpeting, hardwood floors, molding, and other features that give your home an edge over others on the market.
Finally, there's price. You don't want to price under the market and miss out on some extra cash, but you don't want to over-price the home, either.You have to price your home competitively so that it will still appeal to buyers without leaving money on the table.

If you would like additional tips on how to increase your home's value, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you! 

What Renovation Projects Will Net You the Most Money?

Today's topic answers a question every homeowner wants the answer to. What major improvement can you make to your home to add the most value? If you're thinking about doing major renovations to your home, there are certain areas you should focus on to net the biggest return.

Whenever you are looking at doing a renovation project, you want to make at least $1.50 for every $1 you put down. The places to look for the best return are kitchens, master bedrooms, and bathrooms. Things like adding custom cabinetry, installing new appliances, putting in new countertops, and updating your fixtures all add value to your home and enhances your home's appeal.

You don't always have to spend a lot of money to add value to your home. Something like increasing the curb appeal of your house can go a long way; make sure the lawn is mowed and edged, the bushes are trimmed, and the exterior of your home is freshly painted. On the inside of the home, painting walls and improving surfaces such as floors and countertops will get you the best bang for your buck!

If you would like to learn more ways to add value to your home, or if you have any questions about Pacific Northwest real estate, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you!

How to Handle Multiple Offer Situations

Today we're going to talk about handling multiple offers as a buyer and seller in today's market.

As a seller, you want to position your home to get the most offers and the highest price possible. The best way to do that is to ensure that you have the best product in today's market. Make sure that your home is going to appeal to as many buyers as possible. To do that, it's important that your home is staged correctly, marketed to as many people as possible, and priced correctly.

The market will dictate what your home is worth. If you price just below market price, multiple offers could drive the price over.

As a seller, when you get multiple offers, pay attention to the quality of the buyer. Anybody can write you an offer, but if they can't close, it doesn't matter how much they are offering. Make sure that the buyer is pre-approved and can close on the home.

As a buyer in a multiple offer situation, there are a few things you can do to make your offer stand out. Give them a clean offer. Make sure you're not asking the seller for very much. Sometimes not asking for closing costs can help. Make sure you're netting the seller the most money in this situation, and that you can follow through and close.

Those are just a few things for buyers and sellers to keep in mind during multiple offer situations. If you have any questions, or would like further advice, please give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

How to Avoid Common Buyer and Seller Mistakes

Today I wanted to help you avoid mistakes that we see buyers and sellers make. Most of them are very easy to avoid, you just have to know what to watch out for.

One major mistake that I see home buyers make is trying to work directly with the listing agent. This is a bad idea because the listing agent represents the seller, and this puts you in a position where you can get taken advantage of. The listing agent is watching out for the interests of the seller, not for you. 

Mistakes that I see sellers making have to do with pricing their homes. A lot of sellers think that they can price high to begin with and then come down lower. The higher your home is priced, the longer it will sit on the market for sale. Buyers usually don't respond well to overpriced homes, so that's why it's usually recommended to price at or below the market value.

Of course there are a lot more mistakes that I see people making, so if you have any questions about these issues, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Oregon & Washington Real Estate Market Update

People are constantly asking me whether we're in a buyer's market or a seller's market. That answer can change depending on what price range you're in and what area you're looking at.

We are in a heavy seller's market right now. The reason for this is that we have a very low inventory, less than two months available.

This means that there are very few homes available, and with such a low number of homes available, prices are being driven up. This makes it a great time to sell, but it's also a good time to buy because you can expect some appreciation on your home. 

It's also important to remember that interest rates are beginning to rise slightly. Rates are currently at 4%, which makes it an extremely affordable time to purchase a home. You have the chance to save thousands of dollars in interest over the lifetime of your loan. 

If you need assistance buying or selling in the Oregon & Washington area, please don't hesitate to contact me!