Valdosta Real Estate Ramblings

 

Oct. 17, 2018

8 Tips to Help You Sell This Fall

Fall listings can be very successful, but there are a few essential tips sellers should follow when listing during this time of year. 

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1. Have your photos taken during spring or summer. Getting professional photos during the earlier months of the year while everything is still lush and green will help your fall listing stand out. While other listings’ photos might show the homes amid drab, dreary landscapes, your listing photos will be sure to shine. 

2. Boost your curb appeal. Though we can’t force leaves to stay on the trees, be sure to tidy up any that have fallen so that buyers don’t have to trek through a messy yard on the way to your front door. It is especially crucial during this time of year to spruce up your yard before buyers come for showings. 

3. Adjust your thermostat. We all know that having your A/C on during the summer months is essential here in South Georgia, but it’s equally essential to utilize heat during the later part of the year. You want buyers to feel comfortable as they walk through your home, after all. Even if your home is vacant, be sure to keep your HVAC unit running. 

4. Check your home’s lighting. Make sure no light bulbs are burnt out and that your home is brightly lit for any and all of your showings. 

 

"Some seasonal touches can make buyers feel welcome and at home in your listing, but make sure you don’t overdo it. "

 

5. Have your agent put a marketing plan in place. Given that there tends to be less activity on the market during the fall and winter months, this step will be very important to ensuring your success. 

6. Be flexible with showings. Offering showings on evenings or even weekends may be the key to getting as many buyers as possible through your home. With school back in session and many people making holiday preparations, fall is a busy time of year. Be sure to keep an open schedule. 

7. Don’t go overboard with holiday decor. The old saying “less is more” absolutely applies here. Some seasonal touches can make buyers feel welcome and at home in your listing, but make sure you don’t overdo it. 

8. Highlight seasonal advantages. Home features that are more useful during the fall and winter have the opportunity to shine when a property is listed during these later months. Fireplaces, for example, should definitely be lit during showings.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Selling
Aug. 31, 2018

Home Sellers: Never Follow These 4 Pieces of Bad Listing Advice

If you’ve fallen for any of these four examples of bad listing advice, it’s time to re-evaluate your perspective. Today, let’s examine the truth behind these misguided tips.

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Not all advice is good advice. Sometimes well-intentioned suggestions are more harmful than helpful, so today I’d like to share four examples of listing tips that miss the mark:

1. “You should limit your showings.” The first couple of weeks that your home is on the market are crucial, and passing up showings during this time is a huge mistake. When it comes time to sell, you should be drawing buyers toward your home, not away from it.

2. “You don’t have to disclose everything.” This is absolutely not true. If you don’t, something you failed to mention could come back to haunt you after the deal has closed.

 

"Sometimes, well-intentioned suggestions are more harmful than helpful."

 

3. “You shouldn’t make home improvements.” Making home improvements will show that your home is worth what you’re asking for. Forgoing these upgrades will more than likely damage your chances of success.

4. “You need to have an open house in order to sell.” Open houses are actually more beneficial for your agent than for your home sale. These events are a prospecting tool to help agents gather leads, and they’ll rarely have an impact in drawing buyers to your home. Instead, today’s buyers are more commonly attracted to homes by the listing’s online presence.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Posted in Selling
Aug. 14, 2018

How We’ll Market Your Home Now and in the Future

We market our homes online using a proven, effective method. Here’s how we do it.

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Today I want to talk a little bit about marketing your home and where our focus lies as a brokerage when looking for a buyer.

 

With today’s technology, we are seeing a demand for high-quality video content from buyers. As time passes, experts are saying that within the next five years, the majority of online content will become video.

 

Since the home buying process starts online, with about 92% of buyers starting their search here, this high demand has made it crucial that marketing efforts grab the attention of the consumer quickly.

 

 

 

   Our focus starts with high-quality professional video and photos.

 

 

 

Our focus for marketing your home will continue to start with high-quality professional video and photos. Once they are obtained, our focus would then turn to creating an online presence using social media outlets such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and others. Then we will gather information and create a target audience based off of the unique features of your home.

 

Our role is not only about negotiating the best price for each home, but also understanding each individual client’s unique needs behind selling their home. Although most of our marketing efforts will be digital, we continue to stay attentive to our clients’ needs with our personalized service as we have always done. We’re all about creating long-term relationships with each client, and will continue to serve them long after the transaction is complete.

 

If you have any further questions about marketing your home or about anything else relating to real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Posted in Selling
July 24, 2018

Summer is Hot, and So is Our Market

If you’re a home seller, it’s still a great time to list in our market.

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Today I want to check in with a quick market update as we work our way through summer.

 

There are about three weeks before schools starts, and I know a lot of people are trying to get out of town for a weekend or a little vacation. If you’re a football fan like me, I’m sure you’re looking forward to Friday night lights being back. Georgia Bridgeman started their band camp this week, and that will run through next week in preparation for football season. I personally can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year.

 

 

   If you’re looking to put your home on the market, now is still a good time.

 

 

In market news, things have been very busy this summer. If you’re looking to put your home on the market, now is still a good time, but things will slow down a little bit as kids gear up to go back to school. Things should pick back up again during the fall, and then slow down once more once the holiday season hits.

 

There’s never a bad time to list your home, but some time periods are better than others, and it’s still a great time for you to sell.

 

If you’re looking to sell your home, you have any questions about our market, or you have any other real estate needs I can assist you with, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d love to speak with you.

 

In the meantime, I hope you have a great rest of your summer! 

Posted in Market Update
July 9, 2018

Sellers: Look at the Big Picture When Selecting an Agent

Don’t hire a listing agent just because they offer a low commission rate. Instead, look at the big picture.

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When selecting the agent to help you sell your home, look at the big picture—not just that small little commission percentage your agent asks you for in return for selling your home.

There are a plethora of agents here in town, but not all agents do everything exactly the same for every client. Some agents market their listings thoroughly and use videos, photos, open houses, social media, etc., to provide the maximum amount of exposure they need to sell quickly and for top dollar.

 

 

   Part of our job is to take the stress away from you by marketing your home correctly.

 

 

Other agents, on the other hand, use the three-pronged approach of “MLS, lockbox, and signed,” meaning they put a sign in the house’s yard, put a lockbox on the house, and list it in the MLS. If the three-pronged approach works for them, that’s great, but it doesn’t always work.

If your agent is offering you a discounted commission, make sure you know exactly what they’re doing to market your house. Part of our job is to take the stress away from you by marketing your home so that it’s sold as quickly as possible and for top dollar. If your agent’s not doing everything they can to do that, you’re probably in store for a stressful situation.

If you have any other questions about what you should expect from your listing agent or you’re thinking about selling your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help you. 

Posted in Selling
June 19, 2018

Take Some of the Stress out of Listing With These 5 Tips

Today let’s review five easy tips for a stress-free listing experience.

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Listing your home for sale can be a taxing process. Today I’d like to share a few key things you can do to eliminate some of the stress involved with selling a home.

 

   The moving process presents a great opportunity to purge items you no longer want or need.

 

  1. Get a pre-listing home inspection. By ordering an inspection before your home hits the market, you will be able to address and repair any problems before buyers ever set foot in the door. This can save you money and hassle when you go under contract.

  2. Declutter the home. Make sure kitchen drawers, closets, and surfaces are cleared. Buyers won’t be able to visualize themselves in a home if it’s overly crowded with space-consuming belongings. The moving process presents a great opportunity to purge items you no longer want or need.

  3. Freshen up interior paint. Neutral colors open up rooms and will appeal to far more buyers than other, more adventurous choices.

  4. Touch up your landscaping. Pull weeds, edge your lawn, and mow the grass to make sure your property looks as neat on the outside as it does on the inside.

  5. Pressure wash the home’s exterior. The humid conditions we have in our area make mold and mildew a common problem. Pressure washing can help eliminate these unsightly issues.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Posted in Selling
June 6, 2018

Meet Signature Choice Realty's Newest Team Member: Tanika Christopher

Our newest team member, Tanika Christopher, is here today to share why she’s so excited to join us on the Signature Choice Realty team.

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Today we’re excited to introduce the Signature Choice Realty team’s newest member: Tanika Christopher. Tanika is a licensed Realtor and is excited to become one among our many helpful, experienced, and knowledgeable agents. Having proudly served in the United States Air Force prior to joining us, Tanika is now proud to serve her community as a Realtor. To see Tanika’s full introduction, watch this short video.

Posted in Home Buying
May 22, 2018

The Latest Real Estate Numbers in Lowndes County and Valdosta

The latest numbers are in for Valdosta/Lowndes County. Here is what they mean to buyers and sellers.

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I have a quick market update to share with you today. These numbers are for single-family homes in the Valdosta/ Lowndes County area for May 2018.

From May 1 up until today, we have had 52 new homes come on the market, giving us 557 active listings and 69 listings under contract.

   Our absorption rate of 6.13 months puts us in a healthy, balanced market.  

So far this year, we have seen 371 total sales for an average price of $170,304. The average days on market for these homes was 92 days.

Our absorption rate tells us how much inventory we have. It also tells us how long it would take to sell off all of the current inventory if no new homes came on the market. Our absorption rate right now is at 6.13 months, putting us in a balanced market. Anything below four months is considered a seller’s market and anything above seven months is considered a buyer’s market.

I hope these numbers are helpful for you. If you have any questions about them or any questions about real estate in general, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

 

Posted in Market Update
April 27, 2018

Answering Questions From Our Home Buyer Audience

Buying a home is a process with many moving parts, so today we’re answering some important questions homebuyers have asked us.

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If you’re a homebuyer, what does it take to purchase a property? Today in our homebuyer Q&A session, we have the answer to that question and many more.

 

   Make sure you sit down and budget wisely for your home purchase.  

 

Here are the highlights of our conversation in timestamped form:

 

1:21 - Where’s a good place to start when buying a home? Who do you talk to first?

2:16 - The lender’s role in the home buying process

3:11 - What happens once you’re ready to start looking for homes

4:36 - The importance of knowing your monthly utilities beforehand and budgeting wisely

5:38 - How does bankruptcy affect buying a home?

7:19 - How long does it take to close on a home?

9:17 - What credit score do you need to qualify for a loan?

10:50 - Ways to improve your credit score

 

If you have any more questions about the home buying process or you’re thinking of buying a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to help you.

 

 

Posted in Around town
April 16, 2018

The Best Time of Year to Sell Your Home Is...

The best time of year to sell your home might not be what you think it is. Here’s what we mean.

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There's a bit of a controversy brewing among real estate experts. The topic is the best time of year to sell a home. On one hand, real estate agents across the country agree: Spring is the best time to sell your home.

However, do the facts actually support this view? The folks at real estate web platform HomeLight wanted to find out, so they crunched the numbers on actual home sales in different markets to see when the best time to sell a home actually was.

In general, spring did come out on top in many situations. However, there were also many exceptions.

For example, in Greenville, SC, the best month was July, beating out the average sales price by 150%. In Breckenridge, CO, February was the winner, with a 106% increase over the average. In Tomball, TX, homes sold in October for 133% more than the average for the year.

 

   It’s not as simple as saying that spring is the best time to sell your home.  

 

What does this all mean for you? If you want a broad recommendation for when to sell your home, then simply listing your home now at the very start of spring is a recommendation that can't be beat.

There are plenty of other details that go into the optimal decision. Weather is a big one. Recent real estate trends in the area would be another. The specifics of your own home and the kinds of homebuyers it is likely to attract is a third and crucial aspect. There are fewer homebuyers in the fall and winter, but they tend to be more serious and eager to find a home before the holidays. In the summertime, there might be added pressure to buy a home before the school season starts.

In short, it's not as simple as saying spring is the best time to sell your home. If you have any questions for me, give me a call or send me an email and we can discuss all the unique attributes your home, put them in the context of recent trends in the Valdosta real estate market, and come up with a winning strategy of when you should list to get the best price. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Posted in Home Tips