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Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Why You Should Hire A Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

 

The prospect of selling your home can start a lot of wheels turning in your brain... Especially the wheels that think about your finances and budget.  At first glance, it may seem like a good idea to sell your home without the help of a real estate agent... Cutting commission costs should put a little extra money in your pocket, right? And, really, though, what exactly is the real estate agent doing that you can't do yourself?  Well, for starters...

 

 

Paperwork

 

 

There is a lot of paperwork involved in selling a home, and real estate agents not only know what paperwork needs to be filled out, they also know the rules and regulations that must be followed with the filling out of the paperwork.

 

Experience

 


A seasoned agent has likely experienced any number of complications surrounding  real estate transaction, and they can help you along with the entire process.  Although there are plenty of life experiences that are impossible to predict, an experienced agent can help anticipate problems before they occur.

 

Negotiations

 

 

A home is our most emotional possession.  The memories associated with a home can often make the sale a very difficult process for homeowners.  A real estate agent, though empathetic, does not have the same emotional connection to a home that an owner does, and, therefore, they are able to remove themselves from the emotional aspect of a sale, which can be integral in negotiating a deal.

 

Pricing

 

 

Your local real estate professional has an extensive knowledge of the local market, and they can recommend a price range at which to list your home.  A seller is always free to list their home at whatever price they choose, but a real estate professional can help a seller understand what a reasonable expectation can be.

 

Current market conditions

 

 

The real estate market is ever-changing, and it varies from community to community.  Because an agent’s livelihood is based upon a thorough understanding of the market, they can prove to be extremely helpful in determining the state of the market for your home’s price range, availability, and demand.

 

Recommendations

 

 

Because seasoned real estate agents have years of experience in the field, they are familiar with local professionals related to the selling of real estate, including inspectors, handymen, painters, appraisers, and more.  They can recommend a few of their favorites, should you find yourself in need of a service.

 

Advertising

 

 

Agents not only have access to the many websites that buyers use to find homes; they also have access to the Multiple Listing Service in your area, which allows every local agent to find your home quickly and easily. 

 

Staging

 

 

Staging is only one of the many aspects of a listing that help a home sell, but with the help of an experienced agent, you can make sure that your home is easily seen by potential buyers as “their home.”

 

Scheduling

 

 

Scheduling showings is another way that a seller’s life is made easier by a real estate agent.  Showings, inspections, appraisals, and more will need to be scheduled during the time your home is on the market. An agent works as the middle man between all these people and the seller, often making it as easy as the click of a button to confirm or decline an appointment. 

 

Answering Questions After Closing

 

 

An agent does not cease being a resource for sellers after closing day.  Agents work hard and generate much of their future business through referrals.  Because their business relies so much on recommendations from past clients, a good agent will always be available to answer any questions you may have, no matter how long it is after they were actively representing you.

 

 

Overall, there are a LOT of confusing aspects of a home sale, and knowing that you have an experienced ally in your corner through it all can make a HUGE difference to not only your mindset as the deal moves forward; it can also help you be sure that you are getting the best deal possible.



How to Hire the Best Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage


How to Hire the Best Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home


Selling a home is an overwhelming task, and one thing any seller shouldn't worry about is whether or not their agent is qualified to sell their home.




Use the Internet!


Narrow the list of potential agents in your area by simply doing a bit of online research into their online marketing.  In today's digital world, in which most people are using their phones to look at homes, it's of the utmost importance that the agent you hire focuses on quality photography and social media marketing.  You will be able to significantly narrow your list of potential agents just by dismissing all of them who don't utilize professional photography and social media marketing, making your search for an agent that much easier.


Ask to See Their Credentials


There are plenty of designations and credentials beyond the required education that a person must acquire to become a real estate agent.  An agent who has these credentials, such as Realtor® (member of The National Association of Realtors®) or ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative), has displayed a genuine committment to their industry and education.  You should strive to hire an agent who has at least a few of these designations, because their having acquired those titles indicates a level of commitment and professionalism within their industry.


Work with a Full-Time Agent


When individuals are first breaking into the real estate industry, they often can only work part-time as an agent to still have a steady source of income as they establish themselves in their new career.  Hiring a full-time agent usually means that you are working with a committed and experienced agent who has only one career to focus on.  This allows them to dedicate more of their time to their career, meaning that they are dedicated to achieving success (which includes selling your home)!


Even if you have found who you consider to be the perfect agent, it's always encouraged that you meet with a few of the other front-runners, because you never know how you will click with someone.  Even if you meet the best agent in the area, you might end up not liking his or her personality.  In case that happens, make appointments with a few agents and see who you like the most, and weigh that with the different professional practices they use to maximize your listing's chances of selling quickly and for the most money.


GREAT Tips for Selling Your Home

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

 

GREAT Tips for Selling Your Home

 

Hire a Great Real Estate Agent

This is definitely the most important tip on this list.  Hiring an excellent agent is the best thing you can possibly do to get your home sold quickly.  Furthermore, the right real estate agent will be able to help you with all of the things yet to come on this list.

Pricing Your Home Correctly

Often, sellers believe that they can price their homes competitively and accurately without the help of an agent.  Remember, though, that if you were receiving another kind of service, you would seek the advice of a professional in that field, because you would want to benefit from their years of experience.  This is SO true when looking for a real estate agent to sell your home.  Take in every tip that your agent gives you about how to price your home.  If you do your homework and hire someone with a lot of experience in the market and in the area, chances are, you will be quite happy with the results.

Online Presence

The way homes are marketed has drastically changed in recent years.  The role of online services and social media in home marketing has only grown.  When choosing your realtor, be sure that you ask them about their marketing strategies, because you want to be sure that your home is getting maximum exposure on all possible platforms, from the Multiple Listing Service that your agent will list your house in, to Facebook and other social media platforms where your home will be showcased.

Put a Sign Up

It's true that home marketing has been taking a turn to the digital side, but that's not to say that the old ways are obsolete.  A sign placed in the front yard of your home still does a lot to attract eyes and inform those who drive by that the home is for sale and where they can look to find it.  It also helps people who are out house-hunting find your home as they are coming for a showing or perhaps just driving and prospecting potential houses.  

The Photos are EVERYTHING

This is another big thing to consider when choosing a realtor, because great photos can make or break a listing.  Be sure to look into some of the photos of listings that are currently posted and being marketed by the realtor you are looking into.  An experienced photographer can make your home look airy, spacious, warm, cozy, and well-lit.  Almost all people interested in your home will see it in photos online before they see it in person.  Make sure that first impression counts by making sure that the agent you are choosing has the capability to present your home in its best way possible.  


 

Boost Your Curb Appeal

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, so make sure that first impression counts by doing some simple landscaping to your home.  Many times, a prospective Buyer will drive by your home before actually booking an appointment to see your home.  By maintaining your landscaping, planting flowers, and possibly making a few simple improvements to the front of your home, you can ensure that more buyers will drive by and actually book that appointment to see the home.  To see a complete comprehensive list of small improvements that boost curb appeal, click here.


 

Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy

The Deep Clean is as Important as the Daily Clean

Everyone can agree that it takes a lot of work to keep up on daily housekeeping tasks.  When selling your home, it is so very important that you keep up on those tasks, because you want your house to be show-ready at any time if an agent wants to show your house to prospective buyers.  Be sure you give your home a good deep cleaning before you list it.  Those tasks that only get done a few times a year often get over-looked, but you want your house to look nice and tidy to all who walk through it.  Prospective buyers may even look in those "Spring Cleaning" spots as they look at the home, such as under the sink (to check for leaks or plumbing issues) or in the windowsills (to check for any evidence of a bug problem).  Make sure you address those issues before you start showing your home.  Once you do, all you will have to worry about are the day-to-day tasks.

De-Cluttering and De-Personalizing 

It is so important that you address any cluttering that happens in your home.  Clutter not only makes your home look smaller, but it can cloud a prospective Buyer's ability to see your home as their own.  This leads into another great home-selling tip... While de-cluttering, consider removing some of your more personal home decorations.  Family portraits are lovely, but, again, they can damage the ability of prospective buyers to see the home as their own.  If you have a lot of decorations on your walls and sitting around, consider packing some of them up and opting for a more minimal decorating look while you are selling.  The less on your walls, the better reaction you will get from people being shown your home, and you will also make your rooms appear bigger.  For tips on de-cluttering, look here.


 

Make Sure Your Home is Well-Lit

Lighting is Everything!

A well-lit home is more inviting, appears more spacious, and tends to give a much better impression than a dully-lit home.  Before every showing, open the blinds, turn on all the lights in the home, and pull back the curtains.  No one wants to move into a dark and dreary home, so make your home seem more appealing by letting all the light in that you possibly can.


 

Address Any Odors in Your Home

Whether the odor is coming from last night's dinner, the dirty laundry, or your pet, make sure that you are doing everything you can to address those odors.  Before a showing, open the windows to let some fresh air in, light a candle or put a new scent in your wax melter!  

A fresh coat of paint is often recommended while selling your home.  Soft neutrals tend to be a lot more appealing than bright or bold colors, and stains or discolorations can be an issue for many people looking to possibly purchase your home.  Freshly painted walls have another benefit for those looking to sell their homes, as well.  Painting your walls can cut down on the amount of odors in your home.  Smells seep into a home after a long time, and by putting a fresh barrier over that old paint can make your home smell fresher when someone walks in.

If you are a pet owner, it is always a good idea to send your dogs or cats to a neighbor's or friend's house during showings.  As hard as it is for animal-people to understand, not everyone likes pets.  In fact, a pet in a home can be a detractor for some.  To make sure your home doesn't get overlooked because of your pets, make sure you are vacuuming often, using odor-neutralizing sprays, send the fur-babies on a short vacation to a friend's, and put away their beds, bowls, and toys while your home is being shown.  


 

Repairs & Improvements

There are certain improvements that can make a huge difference in how often your home is considered by prospective buyers.  For instance, freshly painting over the stain on your ceiling from a plumbing issue that has since been resolved or laying in new flooring in your kitchen since yours is considerably damaged.  Many improvements don't add a whole lot of value to the home, but they can often make a huge difference to how quickly your home sells and how often it is under consideration by buyers.  

Bathroom & Kitchen

The bathroom and kitchen are the two most important rooms in the house.  When you are having visitors, the two rooms you want to make sure look their best are the kitchen and the bathroom, because no one wants friends or family that those two rooms are dirty.  Those rooms are also important because they get so much use from those who live in the home as well as those who visit the home.  Simple improvements such as re-finishing cabinetry, updating light fixtures, and updating hardware, can make a huge difference on the impression buyers have on those rooms.  In addition, these two rooms are probably the most important for keeping tidy and de-cluttered.  Consider keeping an empty mason jar on your counter, so that when your house is going to be shown, you can put clutter and random kitchen utensils in it to keep the counters clear for the showing.

The more appealing a kitchen is, the better impression your home will have on prospective buyers.  It is likely the room that gets visited the most, and buyers want to see ample space, a clean and tidy space, and plenty of cabinets.  If you can play that up on your own kitchen, you will have more success with making your home a contender in others' home searches.

 

All in all, the most important things you can remember are to keep up on keeping your home inviting and tidy.  Keep that grass trimmed, open those curtains and windows, water your flowers, don't let dirty dishes sit around.  While this list gives some insight, when struggling with what tasks or improvements to make your home a top contender, it's always a good idea to ask yourself the question, "What do I look for in a home?" or "What detracts me from some homes?" and try to avoid those mistakes on your own part. 

Columbia Lakes- Lake Front Community!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

Thinking of Building? Enjoy New Construction in it’s most convenient location and affordable pricing!  Located conveniently close to I-255, South County, downtown St Louis, and the city of Columbia Illinois, the well-established community of Columbia Lakes is buzzing with activity! The recent changes in Monroe Homes Standard Features and  the charming curb appeal of his Brick and Stone exterior elevations has been only a couple  of the advantages today's Buyer is able to take advantage of. The 34 lots that still remain available include several walk out and day light basements. There are only a select few lots left that are compatible for the desired 3 car garage. Monroe Homes is offering 3 sides brick at very affordable prices as well.  The fourth and final phase of the development also includes a large common ground area that will eventually be handed over to the association for a park like setting. This also gives to the privacy factor that most all of the lots possess. The majority of the lots back up to woods, Sportsman Club Lake, or the Common area. This insures larger and more private back yard settings for homebuyers that want the convenient access to  Route 3 and a private community feel in one.

Our Team is proud of Our Listings with Monroe Homes. Monroe Homes President and Builder Ken Jones  has been business for over 37 years and prides himself on establishing a one-on-one transaction with his valued clients. His professional approach and workmanship is a valued trait in its self and is truly reflected in each home he builds. Base price for the very functional and open Ranch floor plan is $189,900.00. The Base price for the 2 story floor plan is $209,900.00. Monroe Homes welcomes your ideas and desires to customize your home to suit your needs.  Also, ask about Monroe Homes' financing incentive!  With his competetive interest rate Buy down program, you're sure to love your monthly payment ALMOST as much as your new home!

A Christmas Poem

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

The Move Before Christmas

‘Twas the month before Christmas, when all through the house

No one had room, even the mouse.

The stockings were hung by the stairwell with care

Because mom’s dream fireplace was simply not there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds

While visions of a larger yard danced in their heads.

And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap

Had just settled down for a restless cat nap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a flash

And bumped into furniture with a huge CRASH!

The street light glared off the new-fallen snow

And gave the luster of neon to the objects below

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a free moving truck...I knew a smooth move was near.

An energetic sales team, so lively and quick

I knew in a moment it was Linda Frierdich

With loads of experience her team members came.

And she whistled and shouted and called them by name

Now Whitney and Angi, Naureen, Lindsey and Sam!

“Let’s make this sale another easy grand slam!”

To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!

Now paint it, now clean it, now start packing it all!

My house will sell quick as a wink

Soon my wife will have her new kitchen sink!

My kiddos can sleep at easy rest

Knowing that Daddy hired the best!

With tax credits, low interest, and good buys around

Our purchase will be simple

And more space will abound!

The details will be covered and Linda will handle it all.

My wife and I can relax and we’ll all have a ball!

This Holiday Season my family made a great move

And using Linda sure made it smooth!

Tax Credit Update

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

Greetings!!

Just wanted to keep you updated on the extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit.  It has passed at both the Senate and House (just passed this afternoon) levels and is awaiting President Obama's approval.  The extension actually brings about even more opportunity for buyers!

Here's a quick summary of the most important additions/changes that have been approved by Congress thus far:

*       Tax credit extended for eligible buyers who sign sales contracts by the end of April and close by the end of June.
*       Tax credit of up to $6,500 for buyers who have owned their current homes for at least 5 years.  (this is HUGE!!)
*       Income levels have also been proposed for increase. The new proposal is set to include individuals with incomes up to $125,000 and couples up to $250,000; this is an increase from current tax credit provisions of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples.

Give me a call or send me an email and I'll fill you in with the information I have been provided.  Please call us at 618.719.3134 or via email at lincen21@gmail.com so that we can get started looking for your new home and some free money!!  :-)

Tax Credit Information

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

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