Does Your Home Have Sought-After “Hidden Gems?”

ActiveRain_Hidden_Gems infographicActiveRain recently polled more than 1500 real estate agents (I was one of them!) to ask which home features should be “included in the price” and “worth every penny.”

The results can help prospective sellers hone their marketing efforts to highlight attributes that are sometimes not even mentioned in a home’s description. Almost 70% of the agents who responded rated “amazing views” as a highly desirable and not-so-hidden gem. Sixty-six percent identified “great schools” and “a new roof” as buyer magnets, while 50% said that homes that backed up to “green space” were worth more.

In terms of the most valued interior features, 39% of the agents surveyed mentioned granite countertops as home enhancers, and 20% cited “nicely finished closets” as buyer pleasers.

Among the often-overlooked hidden gems were “green” upgrades to enhance a home’s energy efficiency, hardwood floors disguised under wall-to-wall carpeting, and the intangible good fortune of moving into a home blessed with good neighbors.

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Why Homes Don’t Sell

Biggest Home Seller Mistakes_ActiveRainreducedActive Rain recently asked 1000 real estate agents to list the top reasons why sellers can’t get their homes sold.  The results should be eye openers for anyone whose home is currently on the market, or who is thinking about selling this year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, 77% of the agents pointed to overpricing as the number one obstacle to a successful sale.  With that in mind, it’s important to get a solid Market Analysis before you list.  Cognizant that market conditions can change from month to month, I provide my seller clients with updated Market Analyses on a regular basis, to help them make savvy decisions.  If your agent isn’t doing that, she should.

About a third of the agents polled cited clutter, as well as difficulty in making showing appointments,  as significant impediments to a sale.  In an effort to ensure that these issues don’t arise in the homes I represent, I use MAPass for all of my listings, an easy-to-use showing service that not only facilitates appointments, but also gathers feedback after every appointment.  Before we take photographs, I typically bring in a home staging consultant to walk through the space with the homeowner and me, creating a punch list of recommendations for eliminating and rearranging objects in each room.  In my experience, such dispassionate feedback is invaluable.

The main message of the Active Rain survey is that sellers should think of the process of selling their homes as a business transaction,  emphasizing their home’s best features, making sure that prospective buyers can actually see and appreciate them, and setting a price that will encourage an offer.

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Beware of Craigslist Scams

Renters beware when it comes to Craigslist

Renters beware when it comes to Craigslist

Craigslist can be an important vehicle, both for real estate agents who are marketing properties, and for prospective buyers or renters who are seeking them. But if a price advertised on Craigslist seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Thanks to a wary prospective tenant, I recently learned that one of my for-sale listings had been fraudulently misappropriated by someone who posed as me and offered it for rent on Craigslist at a ridiculously low price, well below the market rents for comparable homes in the area. The scammer, who said that he/she is an engineer currently working in Lagos, Nigeria, hoped to convince this consumer–and perhaps untold others–to wire deposit monies to secure the rental. Those funds would have disappeared into a black hole, of course, and the Craigslist poser would have never been heard from again.

I did some checking, and learned that this same scam has been perpetrated on at least four other local agents in the last month alone. In each case, the fraud was immediately reported to Craigslist, and the offending ads were removed.

How can you protect yourself from being fleeced by an impostor?

* If you’re interested in seeing a home or apartment for rent or for purchase, call the listing agent or seller/landlord directly (or call your buyer’s agent, if you have one).

* Be suspicious if the person offering the property wants to communicate only via Email, does not provide a phone number, and seems to dodge requests for you to actually get inside of the property

* Do a drive-by, if you can. If there is a real estate agency sign in front of the home, call that number and ask if the property is for sale or for rent.

* If you’re relocating from another state, secure the services of a reputable buyer’s agent who can personally investigate legitimate properties for you. You may not have to pay a fee, but even if you do, it will be a worthwhile investment, ensuring that you will be protected from paying too much, or even worse: paying for something that you’ll never receive.

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