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Home sellers and investors are a happy bunch this spring. Homes are selling quickly and for very near their asking prices. If your home is on the market and you haven’t had success…you should consider an MLS listing and here is why.
Washington Post writer and real estate expert, Iilyse Glink weigh about why the MLS is the key to home sales and why it works so well.
Studies indicate that most homes sell with the help of a real estate agent. The No. 1 tool to market those homes is probably the MLS. This listing service in most markets gives real estate agents the ability to see and review all listings in an area. If your home isn’t in the MLS, you’re missing the most effective tool to sell your home.
Twenty or so years ago, an FSBO seller would advertise his home in local newspapers and a lawn sign, with InfoTube or InfoBox, to market his home. Few if any of these FSBO sellers succeeded in selling their homes. More recently, the Internet has started to level the playing field, but many buyers still work with real estate agents to buy their home. Those agents rely on the MLS.
An FSBO service may offer various packages to sellers such as you. The more you want, the more you pay, with the top package giving you access to the MLS for six months. We guess you want to give your home the greatest exposure possible and that you wouldn’t want to exclude a major source of potential buyers.
As you decide whether you want an a FSBO package, you must understand what it will take to sell your home. If you overprice your home for sale, trying to sell it yourself isn’t likely to give you a good result.
You still will need to price your home right, make sure your home shows really well, both from the inside and the outside, take great photos for posting on Web sites, create a beautiful brochure for the home, and make sure the description of your home is succinct, emphasizes the good points of your home and accurately shows off its best qualities.
As the real estate market has improved in many areas, you likely have a better chance of selling your home today than you had a year or two ago. But home sellers can make the same mistakes in any market. Again, you need to decide whether you want to spend money upfront to sell the home yourself in a FSBO or try again with a real estate agent.
We think that listing your home on the MLS is a good step toward getting your home sold. Unless you find a buyer that is searching for a home on the many sites out there that carry listings, you might miss out of that one buyer truly looking for a home like yours.
InfoTube.net offers low cost MLS and Realtor.com listing packages that will get your home noticed by millions of homebuyers, who wouldn’t otherwise know your home is for sale. Call 800-858-6000 for more information or visit our website.
The 6 year slide in U.S. home prices and the dollar weakness against some currency are driving a property buying binge with Asians, Canadians, Europeans & Latin Americans eager to own a piece of America.
Plowing money into real estate may sound like a risky venture to many Americans. But to a growing number of foreigners, U.S. housing has never seen a smarter investment.
International buyers accounted for $82.5 billion, or 8.9%, of the $928 billion spent on residential real estate in the 12 month period ended in March, according to a survey released Monday by National Association of Realtors. (Article by the Wall Street Journal)
How does this news impact your potential home sale and your marketing efforts?
Simply, if you are not on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or Realtor.com, you miss out on 1 of every 10 homebuyers looking for property in your area. International buyers primarily use these services to locate property and if you’re not listed there…they can’t find you.
BONUS: Foreign buyers also pay in CASH . No Loan Qualifications. No Apprasials. No Delays and No Waiting. CASH NOW!
The cost of listing your home on the MLS or Realtor. com is only a few hundred dollars for a 6 month listing. The summer selling season is well underway. Get your house on the MLS and Realtor.com today. There is no other way to get your property in front of all the homebuyers in the marketplace….and Time is ticking!!!
Agents say that the majority of home sellers have gotten more “real” about their real estate in 2012. More than half (51%) of sellers are willing to price their homes more competitively this year vs last. And, nearly half (45%) are more willing to change the appearance of their homes to appeal to and entice buyers.
What is the best use of a seller’s time and money? De-clutter, de-personalize to make their home appeal to the broadest cross-section of potential buyers.
- 94% of sellers are getting rid of clutter and making cosmetic updates.
- 78% are willing to “de-personalize” their homes.
- 59% are bringing in new home decorations or furniture to make their home updated and appealing.
De-personalizing and de-cluttering a home makes it easier for a buyer to imagine him or herself living in the property. In order to sell your home in today’s competitive marketplace, it is crucial for seller’s to realize that the property is no longer their “home”…it is an expensive product that is For Sale.
Always remove family photo’s and personal artwork. They do nothing for the appeal of the home. They simply distract a buyers focus and perhaps give the buyer too much information about the seller’s personal life. Never good.
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Profitable 2012 Resolution: Showcase and show off your home with great photo’s.
Photographs are important and powerful tools in marketing real estate. Statistics show that home sellers who provide numerous and good quality photographs of their property receive twice the amount of buyer interest than their competition.
When photographing your property, try to follow this advise from Dave Rezendes, #1 real estate photographer in the USA.
• Don’t assume that wider is better. Sometimes a particular vignette or architectural detail will better convey the feeling of a house and give a stronger effect.
• When staging a photo, keep perspective in mind. It may be necessary to move furniture slightly to compensate for lens distortion and keep your photo looking realistic, especially in wider shots.
• Mind your verticals. Shooting at a downward or upward angle can skew the vertical lines of the photo, making them no longer parallel. Most photo editing software has the capability to correct this in post-processing.
• Keep an eye on your staging. A crooked pillow or messy bedskirt can take a minute to fix on location but hours to fix in post-processing.
• Avoid any clutter in your shots. Any exposed power cords, personal items, or even too much staging material can negatively affect the image. Keep your photos neat but not sterile.
• Avoid photographing exterior views in direct, midday sun. Try to cover that in the morning or early evening for the most complimentary natural light.
• Avoid photographing exterior views in direct, midday sun. Try to cover that in the morning or early evening for the most complimentary natural light.
• Before you take a photo, double-check to see that neither you nor your equipment is visible in mirrors or window reflections.
InfoTube.net Home Ad Service offers Home Sellers 20 photograph Slide Show and Video Tours.
Make 2012 your year to Show and Sell!!!
Utility companies across the US are spending billions of dollars to install so called “smart” meters to moniter electricity usage. The premise is that consumers can save energy by knowing when and how much power they use at all times. Electricity customers pay a reduced rate for electricity used during ”non-peak” useage hours and more for power consumed during high usage periods. Utility companies say they can save even more. The Smart Meters will eliminate meter reading jobs and help Americans cut energy costs…
Consumer advocates, state goverments and consumer protection groups don’t alway agree, though. Many don’t feel the cost outweights the savings and they don’t feel the Smart Meter is very Smart at all. In fact, many fear the devise can invade your privacy and damage your health.
What you Need to Know About Smart Meters.
1. YOU ARE PAYING FOR THE SMART METER!! Each Smart Meter costs between $250-$500. Utility companies operate by passing along operating costs to consumers, so this cost will be passed directly through to you. For example, Texas residents are now being charged an additional $3.24 per month for their new Smart Meter. It is estimated that $1 Billion will be collected by Texas utility companies over the next 10 years. WSJ
2. SHORT NOTICE DISCONNECTS. Consumer advocates fear the costs of the Smart Meter could be greater than the savings for many households. They also worry that the meters will make it easier for utilities to terminate service — so easy that they will disconnect power for small unpaid balances that wouldn’t have caused a termination in the past. WSJ
3. WHAT ARE THE TRUE COSTS VS SAVINGS? There is a lot of concern about the lack of information on meter deployments. Utilities have claimed “trade secret” protections for important financial details about their meter programs, including contract terms with vendors. Such secrecy makes it impossible for consumers to analyze why costs for what appear to be similar services vary so much among utilities. WSJ
4. HEALTH CONCERNS. The “Smart” Radio Frequency Meters do NOT have a UL safety rating and it doesn’t appear that it will have one anytime soon. There is science to back up the theory that Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.
5. PRIVACY AND BIG BROTHER SURVIELLANCE CONCERNS: “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
According to the Watch Dog Group StopSmartMeters.org, Smart Meters monitor household activity and occupancy which watch dog groups alledge violate rights and domestic security. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
The Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
6. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLACE MORITORIUM ON SMART METERS. Until more information is gathered about health, safety, privacy concerns and costs to consumers, 47 local governments in California have banned Smart Meter installation until more is learned about them. Connecticut and Delaware are also asking for volunteers to test the Smart Meter vs rolling it out to all electricity customers.
Whether you like the Smart Meter or Hate it…there is no denying that “they” will know when you’re cooking dinner and they will know when you’re awake….like it or not. Even more scary…maybe…I wonder if those Smart Meters are Made in America or China?
I, like all Americans, am greatly concerned with the failing US economy. I am sickened by the massive job layoffs in the USA and the forced closing of decades old American companies. I detest being forced to buy Chinese products, when 14 million Americans are looking for a work. And, it terrifies me to know that I can’t find Made in the USA products to buy, no matter how hard I search.
I pray everyday that things haven’t gone too far. I am in a battle right now to save my own 20+ year old company and the jobs of the people who work here, from a similiar fate. In trying to save my own company, I learned a little bit about what has gone wrong in the US over the past 10 years. Perhaps the following excerpt from the Economic Policy Insitute can help us all understand what happened and what we need to do to turn this tide around before we can’t.
“China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) was supposed to bring it into compliance with an enforceable, rules-based regime, which would require that it open its markets to imports from the United States and other nations.
The United States also negotiated a series of special safeguard measures designed to limit the disruptive effects of surging Chinese imports on domestic producers. However, the core of the agreement failed to include any protections to maintain or improve labor or environmental standards.
As a result, China’s entry into the WTO has further tilted the international economic playing field against domestic workers and firms, and in favor of multinational companies (MNCs) from the United States and other countries.” Robert Scott, Economic Policy Institute.
Now, we at least have an explanation of why the US market has been flooded by cheap, defective and often, dangerous Chinese imports since 2001, only in the last ten years. Now, I better understand why US companies suddenly find they can no longer compete in a free marketplace that they innovated and dominated.
3 Things YOU can do today to stop further destruction to the USA and our way of life:
#1 Please Stop using CHEAP as your #1 buying criteria.
$1 Dollar spent in the US, circulates 7 times in our economy. You pay the for a T-shirt, the T-shirt maker pays a seamstress, the seamstress gets her hair done in your beauty shop. In other words, the same $10 spent on a Chinese T-shirt really cost $70, because your dollar is gone and you get nothing more.
Instead, make Quality, Safety and MADE IN THE USA the #1 buying criteria, when you shop. Use the internet. If you find no other selections or choices in your big box stores, complain to the retailer and tell them why it matters. They do listen.
#2 If you can not find a US made product to buy, buy as little as you possibly can.
If you love those Old Navy jeans, buy one pair. Don’t buy one of every color just because they are so cheap. Check out Goodwill stores before you buy. Goodwill has bargains that will send Wal-mart running in fear for once. Goodwill has great bargains on work clothes, coats, prom dresses, Halloween costumes, housewares, etc. and they are a fabulous, not for profit organization that recycles, job traines, hires thousands of US workers and supports local communities.
#3 Get LOUD with your local government and politicians.
Email, Call, Attend Meetings. Make sure your local taxes support Made in the USA businesses. Then, demand that your national representives in Washington ”Walk the Talk” and protect US jobs by legislating tariffs and restrictions on imports.
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