Selling Tips

Staging Strategies for Homes

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STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME

Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your home and leave a lasting impression that is sure to help you sell it more quickly. Here’s what you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next open house or viewing!

  1. Help them visualize it as their own. Make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves making your house their home by removing personal memorabilia, knick-knacks, and photos. Instead replace them with simple décors, such as paintings, nature images, and plants.
  2. Think sleek instead of comfy. Modern-day buyers are leaning toward modern, crisp, clean interiors over comfy, homey looks. When staging your home, keep a minimalist mindset, and incorporate bright colors and metal accents.
  3. Deep clean the small spaces. It’s obvious to say you should clean your home before viewing, but don’t forget to cover your bases by deep cleaning the small spots. Take time to scrub porous areas like grout that may hold on to stains and baseboards where small pet hairs and dust love to cling.
  4. Spruce up your landscaping. The first impression your home gives to potential buyers is its exterior. Ensure you have a freshly mowed lawn, neat hedges and shrubbery, bright flowers, and a clean driveway.
  5. Set the mood. A home is so much more than just the way it looks, so you need to appeal to the other senses. Prior to having potential buyers over, set the mood by burning delicious smelling candles and selecting an upbeat, happy soundtrack to play in the background.

And the final step…talk to a professional to market and sell your masterpiece!

Gary and April Greer @ (951) 522-0518 OR april@teamgreer.com

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Helping Seniors Transfer Property Taxes

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Portability Initiative is Designed to Help 55 and Over to Sell Their Homes and Buy Another

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) is attempting to qualify a ballot initiative, The Property Tax Fairness Initiative, that will restructure the way property taxes are calculated for buyers over the age of 55 (also the disabled and/or natural disaster victims).

CAR says, “A large part of the reason why (55 and overs are not moving) is that, even if they want to downsize or move closer to family, the prospect of a property tax increase of 100, 200, or even 300 percent, effectively locks our parents and our grandparents in their homes.” Thus, CAR maintains, “The Property Tax Initiative will help these homeowners to sell their current homes and move without being subjected to what is effectively a massive moving penalty”.

How will it help? Currently there are only limited conditions under which someone over 55 may transfer his or her old tax base to a newly purchased home. The Initiative would expand this.

“C.A.R.’s Property Tax Fairness Initiative would allow homeowners 55 years of age or older to transfer their Prop. 13 tax-base to a home of any price, located anywhere in the state, any number of times.”       –taken from realtytimes.com 2-13-18

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For All Things Real Estate                           Gary and April Greer 951-522-0518

 

 

 

California Housing Market Forecast 2018

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California Housing Market Forecast 2018

With the economy expected to continue growing, housing demand should remain strong and incrementally boost California’s housing market in 2018, though a shortage of available homes for sale and affordability constraints will be a challenge, according to the 2018 California Housing Market Forecast, released by California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.).

“Solid job growth and favorable interest rates will drive a strong demand for housing next year,” said C.A.R. President Geoff McIntosh. “However, a persistent shortage of homes for sale and increasing home prices will dictate the market as housing affordability diminishes for buyers struggling to get into the market.”

  • The forecast sees a modest gain in existing single-family home sales of 1.0% next year, up slightly from the projected sales figure of 421,900 units for 2017. The 2017 figure is 1.3% higher compared to 2016.
  • The average for 30-year, fixed mortgage interest rates will increase slightly to 4.3% in 2018, up from 4.0% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2016, but still will remain low by historical standards.
  • The California median home price is forecast to increase 4.2% to $561,000 in 2018, following a projected 7.2% increase in 2017 to $538,500.

All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Taken from CAR.org 10/17/17

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Gary and April Greer, Realtors CalBre# 01235358/01240571

 

Showing Homes with a Lock Box

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WHY ARE THERE STILL COMBO LOCK BOXES ON OCCUPIED HOMES OR ANY HOME FOR THAT MATTER?? If you only realized how easily access to your home can be gained with this method…

Below is an illustration of the differences between the electronic key box and the combination lock box.  When you are selling your home- the public is being invited inside.  The best protection we can give that situation is to control and monitor the access by restricting it to persons that are LICENSED to provide that access.  And that is why we ALWAYS provide an electronic key box for our clients.

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Electronic Combo
Expensive Cheap
Purchase or Lease from the Board of Realtors Buy one anywhere
Can only be opened by a licensed agent or vendor that is a member of the Board of Realtors and is in “good standing” Anyone can open
Logs Showings with date/time and Broker/Agent information Not capable
Alerts Listing Agent when accessed Not capable
Can be programmed to restrict showings by time Can be opened whenever by whomever

Our advice is to allow the lock box to determine who gets inside (NOT YOU) because the most unsafe thing you can do is open the door yourself.  Insist that your agent provide an electronic lock box and then be gone for showings.

If you are considering a move we would love the opportunity to meet with you and go over our marketing and showing strategy for optimum results!

Call, text or email  (951) 522-0518 or april@teamgreer.com

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GARY AND APRIL GREER

Newsletter July 2017 by Team Greer

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Would you like a printed copy of this monthly newsletter delivered via USPS?  Please text me your address with “newsletter” included in the message.  (951-522-0518  April Greer