Selling Your Home This Summer? Here’s Why You’ll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help


Selling Your Home This Summer? Here’s Why You’ll Want to Recruit the Neighbors to Help

With the power of social media, it’s easier than ever to use Twitter and Facebook and your own home website to sell your home online. However, there are a lot of different buyers on the market and that means it’s important to keep all your options open when it comes to marketing your home. If you’re wondering how you can harness the power of your neighbors to get the word out, here are some things you may want to consider.

It’s Extra Marketing

If you have a good relationship with the people in your area, it’s possible that they’ll be happy to get the word out for you and assist you in the sale of your home. Whether they happen to have friends who might be interested in a property in the area or are happy to place signs on their yard pointing to your place, a positive relationship can lead to opportunities that may come from the most unexpected places!

Selling The Home’s Reliability

Likely, your neighbors will be aware of situations adversely impacting the community or any past situations that have affected your home, whether there’s been a break in or a roofing issue. It’s often the case, too, that potential buyers will consult with your neighbors to hear more about your home’s history. Since you won’t want an interested party to hear any bad news from your neighbor, it’s important to be upfront and discuss any adjustments or renovations you’ve made with your neighbors so you can be on the same page if an issue comes up.

Keeping Them In The Loop

In the sanctity of your own home, it can be easy to forget about the neighbors just next door, but the stream of people coming to look at your home can have an impact on those who live around you. Instead of forgetting to prepare your neighbors for additional visitors, go door-to-door and bring some baked goods or other treats to inform them of upcoming open houses. Not only will they appreciate the gesture, they might be happy to push some interested parties in your direction.

There are many ways to market a home nowadays, but it’s important not to forget about how your neighbors can assist you in getting your home off the market. If you’re currently preparing to sell your home, you may want to contact me at 828.747.8113

Do I Need to Get Rid of Something before I sell my Home?


4 Dated Design Features to Get Rid of Before Listing Your Home for Sale in Hendersonville

Most homeowners in and around Hendersonville get used to a certain aesthetic in their own home that they’re comfortable with, but if you’re putting your home on the market in Hendersonville or a surrounding community it may be time to get rid of some of the old familiarities. While it won’t be worth your time or money to renovate everything, here are a few design-style duds that you may want to update before you decide to sell.

Oversized Bathtubs or Jacuzzis

It may be very appealing for most people to find an oversized tub in their hotel room, but when it comes to the home you live in, big tubs have made their exit. While a tub can certainly allow a person to stretch out in comfort, gone are the days of big homes and large bathrooms. Instead of a sizable tub, you’ll want a bathroom space that you can maximize.

Tiled Counter Tops

The concept of kitchen tiles may look great in a magazine, but when it comes to the real deal tile can be a huge drawback. Despite your best efforts, it’s quite likely the grout will need to be replaced and will provide an unclean appearance over time. Instead of leaving the tile behind, you may want to stick with a solid surface like marble so there will be no issues with cleanliness or damage.

Too Bright Colors

An accent wall or brightly hued design feature may have made a comeback in recent years, but the popularity of colorful pieces has died away in recent years. Instead of the kind of feature that will turn off potential homebuyers, opt for neutral tones so that homebuyers can imagine themselves in your place without the necessity for renovations.

Bulky Furniture Pieces

Much like the oversized tub in the bathroom, the boxy piece of furniture in your living room may be comfortable, but it’s not the best when it comes to selling your home. Instead of having a huge piece of furniture command the attention of your entire room, choose smaller pieces that will offer comfort but still provide a positive impression to potential buyers.

Design trends can change a lot over the years, but by being aware of how styles are evolving you can be on the cutting edge of selling your home in style. If you’re currently making some small renovations and are preparing to sell your home, you may want to contact me, your local real estate professional for more information.

Hendersonville Wonders: When’s the Best Month to Sell a House?

Hendersonville readers who frequently check in here may recall the inquiry into whether there really is a single best time to buy a house—and if so, when that might be.

The answer was October 8.

At least that was what the researchers at RealtyTrac deduced after reviewing millions of home and condo sales (from across the nation, not just Hendersonville). The definition of “best” they settled on was the date which recorded the greatest markdown between original listing and actual sale prices. On closer examination, though, 10/8 did seem to be an answer that was going to differ from year to year. But there was definitely evidence for fall being a good season for buyers.

Now there appears to be an answer to the equally beguiling question Hendersonville sellers may be curious about: What’s the best time to sell a house? Having an answer might be reassuring to Hendersonville homeowners in a quandary over whether to jump into the busy Hendersonville spring selling season—or to wait for a less crowded time of year.

This answer, which recently appeared on CNBC’s news feed, is less specific than RealtyTrac’s single date—and for my money, more convincing because of it. And the answer is

(drumroll, please):

May.

The first half of May, to narrow it down a bit. The reason is that a home listed between the start of May and mid-month sells nine days more quickly than does the average. To be absolutely accurate, though, the “average” is the average of home sales everywhere in the country—North, South, East, West, and everywhere in between. Warmer or colder climates can send the answer off kilter, as can market conditions present when the calculations were made.

The basis for CNBC’s finding was a Zillow study, but it was not clear exactly when the data was collected, so there is a possibility that in today’s seller-friendly climate, the best time to sell a house in Hendersonville might slip a week or two in either direction.

Further scrutiny yielded a two-track answer to the question of what is the best day of the week to list, with Saturdays vying with Thursdays for the honor. The reasoning was that Saturday is when most house hunters are apt to go online to check out the market; but Thursday is the likeliest day because people are gathering info for weekend open houses.

In my opinion, trying to zero in on the absolute best day to list is not nearly as useful as taking the time to identify who will be the best Hendersonville agent to help you sell your house. Along those lines: do give me a call at 828-747-8113

Hendersonville Spring Cleaning Keywords

Ah, springtime! As the daylight hours grow longer and buds and blossoms dot Hendersonville’s trees and gardens, even when a rainy day is in the forecast, the feeling of new life in the air can’t be denied!

Also undeniable is the all-too-apparent fact that Hendersonville’s bright April sunlight is now illuminating months’ worth of dirt on the windows. And now we can see more areas of the carpet that show the winter’s accumulation of … what is that?

For residents from one end of North Carolina to the other, the balmy weather definitely triggers a popular urge to put households in shape. But since there is a simultaneous contradictory urge to get outdoors to enjoy Hendersonville’s good weather, it seems like an apt moment to try to retrieve some of the many time-saving tips that are out there on the web.

In other words, it’s time for Google. To aid in in Hendersonville’s Googling efforts, here are some valuable spring cleaning search keywords. Enter any of these in combination with “spring cleaning” and Google will bombard you with scads of valuable insights and shortcuts:

“White Vinegar.” It’s a universal disinfectant that’s carried in gallon jugs on Hendersonville grocery store shelves. Many of Hendersonville’s professional housekeepers know how effective and environmentally friendly diluted vinegar is—and how rapidly the residual odor disperses.

“Sponges.” Cut down on paper towel consumption by collecting a variety of quality sponges and having them at the ready. If you wet and microwave them regularly, bacteria won’t accumulate (and they’ll smell fresh, too). Side benefit: when you nuke wet sponges, stuff on the inside of the microwave will come off easily!

“Dusting mitt.” They’re useful for more than just Venetian blinds. You can also substitute with athletic socks (then just throw them in the washer).

“Baseboards.” Vacuuming the floors doesn’t eliminate the edge problem—that’s where the most stubborn winter debris tends to shelter in place. If you use whatever attachment (soft brush or nozzle) that lets you vacuum the baseboard contour before starting on the floor, the problem disappears.

“Baking soda.” The cure for smelly carpet areas: sprinkle, let stand overnight, vacuum.

“Cola.” Clean toilets by pouring, waiting an hour, flushing. But when you google “cola” with “spring cleaning,” you’ll also find warnings about the deposits cola leaves behind. Solve that by following up with an undiluted cup of—you guessed it—vinegar.

“Lemon.” Google this one along with “spring cleaning” and you’ll be able to choose which of the 2½ million hints to put into action!

For some Hendersonville homeowners, this spring will find them putting their homes up for sale. If that’s the case, give me a call for a professional Realtor’s® take on which spring cleaning efforts are likely to reap the greatest rewards!   

Is This a Promising Time to Enter the Hendersonville Listings?


It’s April—a time of year when area homeowners who haven’t yet added their homes to the Hendersonville listings may have a legitimate question about whether it’s too late to benefit from the spring selling season. This year, they may also be concerned that the rise in mortgage interest rates could discourage prospective buyers.

The answer to the first question is a qualified not—not too late! The only qualification has to do with the condition of the property itself. If it can be put into sound showable condition within a month or so, this is an excellent time to jump into the Hendersonville listings—for a number of reasons.

We won’t know the actual foot traffic numbers for Hendersonville until after the dust has settled at the end of summer, but we do know for certain that the law of supply and demand points to this year being a standout for sellers. In large part, because the economic outlook has been building optimism for months, early signs point to strengthening buying interest. Realtors® across the nation report that last month’s buyer traffic was either strong or moderate. The index number for December through February was all the way up to 70 (that’s at the top of the chart)—up from 57 just a few months back. At the same time, the volume of new listings remained weak in most areas: down to 41 from 48. That would negate the most common argument for delaying entry into Hendersonville’s listings—that is, the fear of getting lost in the shuffle as the real estate season peaks. If the number of listings continues to lag, that worry disappears. When demand is up and supply down, everyone from high school economics teachers to Warren Buffet agree there’s no better time to jump into the market.

As for the other concern—the Fed’s having raised borrowing rates—so far it hasn’t seemed to discourage buyers. The analysts at Housingwire offer three reasons why that might be happening. First, most potential homebuyers believe rates will rise further, prompting them to act sooner rather than later. Second, any slackening in mortgage applications will prompt lenders to relax the tight lending standards that have tended to depress the market. Lastly (this is a good one!), lenders had already factored in last month’s rate hike—so actual home loan rates aren’t likely to rise further for a while.

The long and the short of it is that for anyone hesitating to add their home to this spring’s Hendersonville listings, it’s not only not too late—it’s also an excellent idea. Another excellent idea is to give me a call at 828-747-8113 ASAP: the Hendersonville listings await!

Pricing a Home in Hendersonville from Both Sides Now

When it comes to the reality of pricing a home in Hendersonville, it’s natural that buyer’s and seller’s points of view reflect their different roles and objective. In a way, they are mirror images of each another.

From the seller’s point of view, pricing their Hendersonville home starts out from the reality check of the “comps”—the prices registered in recent comparable neighborhood sales. From there, the pricing decision revolves around the tradeoff between maximum asking price versus the desire for a speedy sale. Even if there is no time pressure at all, serious sellers will still set the asking price below a level that indicates disregard for current market realities. Rather than communicating “this place is worth more than what people are willing to pay,” overpricing only serves to needlessly put off buyers and their agents. If time pressure is an issue, experienced sellers will peg the asking price just enough below neighborhood comparables to make the value evident. Tagging “motivated buyer” on the listing can attract attention, but the right price cuts to the chase. That’s a tactic bound to draw timely offers—especially when a Hendersonville property is in A+ showing condition,

For most prospective Hendersonville buyers, it’s the mirror image. Rather than starting from the reality of neighborhood comps, the pricing of their future home begins as an abstraction: the “looking” range. The top of the range will be a figure that is derived from what is comfortably affordable rather than what that figure will command in the current market. Once the serious house hunt is underway and some area properties have been visited, that top-of-range number will almost always need some adjusting—usually (but not always) upward.

Thereafter, when some desirable Hendersonville properties have been located, pricing from the buyer’s perspective is apt to become largely an exercise in deconstruction. Even though a home is actually desirable, it’s hard to resist zeroing in on the property’s weak points, turning flaws into subtraction fodder for mental offer calculations.

In a successful transaction, the mirror images of buyers’ and sellers’ approaches to home pricing do ultimately wind up converging. That’s another area where having a knowledgeable Hendersonville Realtor® on your team is invaluable. When it comes to offers and counter-offers, whether you’re a buyer or seller, having your side of the negotiations handled by an experienced professional is a sure way to keep the other side tethered to reality. Arriving at a bottom line reflecting realistic and lasting Hendersonville real estate value is what most often winds up bringing both parties to a happy conclusion. The first step? You guessed it: call me at 828-747-8113.