Title /blog/category/selling-tips/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 Should You Keep Your Home on the Market in the Winter? https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/11/15/should-you-keep-your-home-on-the-market-in-the-winter/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/images.jpeg" style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 259px; height: 194px;" class="featured">Your home is still listed for sale. You might be&nbsp;thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However&nbsp;if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.</p> <p>1.&nbsp; If you remove your home from the market, you will have less completion on the market place, which means buyers will have less to pick from.&nbsp;You actually might sell at a higher&nbsp;price in the winter&nbsp;than if you wait until spring when you&#39;ll&nbsp;have greater competition.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase.&nbsp;They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when&nbsp;life gets busy with&nbsp;kids&nbsp;getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.</p> <p>4.&nbsp; Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers&nbsp;like it used&nbsp;to be in the past, traveling to view different homes.&nbsp;Nine out of ten homebuyers search for their homes online at their workplaces, on their smart phones, and from the comfort of their homes after dark.</p> <p>I have sold many of my listings during the winter. My sellers were glad they listened to my advice about keeping their homes on the market.&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Winter Selling!</p> Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Selling Tips sellers Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:11:00 -0500 5 Staging Tips Before You Show Your Home https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/04/10/5-staging-tips-before-you-show-your-home/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Family%20Room%201%20(1).jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 183px;" class="featured">Did you know that a staged property usually sells for more money and in less time than an unstaged property? In a recent article by House Logic, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/?cid=pm_pn_fb_cac_post_Seller_HLLookalike_81StagingTips#exterior" target="_blank">81 Staging Tips That Helps Buyers Fall in Love</a>,&rdquo; an example of this is shown with&nbsp;two condo listings. Both units were in the same complex and were the same size and layout. One of the units was staged and the other was not. The staged unit sold for $30,000 more than the unstaged one. While staging your home does not guarantee you more money, putting that extra effort in before showing your home can go a long way.</p> <p>The article continues on to share some helpful tips to prepare each room of your house for showing. Here are some tips that I found to be most important:</p> <h3>1. Depersonalize your home.</h3> <p>It is important that buyers can envision themselves living there. Remove family portraits, refrigerator decorations, and other memorabilia around the home. Instead, hang interesting artwork on the walls or set out a tea set or a board game in the living room so that buyers see what life would be like in your home.</p> <h3>2. Declutter.</h3> <p>This can be a great way to start packing up the house! Clear all countertops, tables, and other surfaces, leaving only one or two decorative items such as a vase. Take away a few pieces of furniture, especially in the living room. Clean out the cupboards, leaving only one matching set of dishes and a few glasses. Clean and organize the pantry. The goal is to make the rooms feel larger and to show the full potential for storage areas such as cabinets and closets.</p> <h3>3. Scrub.</h3> <p>Deep clean your entire home or hire a cleaning service to do it for you. Be sure to remove all dirt and grime from walls, backsplashes, and cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you have a pet, remove all pet hair, stains, and odors. Make your home so clean it shines!</p> <h3>4. Repair and Refresh.</h3> <p>Replace any old tiling or use paint instead. Fix leaky faucets or running toilets. Fill in nicks or holes in walls and add a fresh coat of paint. Replace any broken or torn window screens and any damaged or aging hardwood floors.</p> <h3>5. Don&rsquo;t forget about the exterior!</h3> <p>Most buyers drive by houses first before setting up showing appointments. Make sure that their first impression is a positive one. Mow the lawn, trim the shrubs and trees. Power-wash the outside of your home, driveway, and porch. Store any yard equipment or toys out of sight, but leave out something welcoming such as porch furniture or a hammock. Revive the grass with fresh sod or new seed. Brighten up the yard with colorful flowers. Then take a step back and look- make sure things look clean!</p> <p>Then on the day of showing, add some seasonal touches, such as sizzling cinnamon in the fall or&nbsp;flowers during the spring and summer. Tidy up whatever else may be lingering and then take off while potential buyers admire your beautiful, clean home.</p> <p>As an accredited staging professional, I have received specific training in staging homes. I work with all my clients to make sure their home is staged properly before it hits the market.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/?cid=pm_pn_fb_cac_post_Seller_HLLookalike_81StagingTips#exterior" target="_blank">Read the full article on House Logic.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/home/buyer-s-first-impressions-1-2/">More tips by me for making a positive first impression.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Selling Tips sellers buyers Wanda Mooney Renovations Staging Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:04:31 -0400 Do You Have These 9 Items Ready as You Prep Your Home for Sale? https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/14/do-you-have-these-9-items-handy-as-you-prep-your-home-for-sale/ <p><img alt="9 Items to Prepare Your Home For Sale" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_3002.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 225px;">Recently I came across an article in Coldwell Banker&rsquo;s blog about 9 overlooked items necessary to prepare your home for sale, by David Marine. I found the list to be very helpful since we often are so focused on the big, cosmetic tasks, that we skip some of the details behind the scenes. Here are some things you should be sure to have done before putting your house on the market:</p> <h3>1. Survey</h3> <p>Keep a current copy of your home&rsquo;s survey and be sure to give your listing agent a copy, as well. This document will provide important information to buyers, such as property lines, easements, conservation buffers, etc.</p> <h3>2. Floorplan or Appraisal Sketch</h3> <p>Whether deciding on furniture placement or parking space, a floorplan is crucial for a buyer to know property dimensions. It is suggested to have an appraisal sketch done to confirm exact square footage of a home, rather than using tax records.</p> <h3>3. Utility Bills</h3> <p>Review your utility bills to give buyers an average cost for heating and cooling your home. This helps them figure out total costs of owning the home.</p> <h3>4. Termite Bond</h3> <p>A termite bond is a protection plan in the case of a termite infestation. In many markets where termites are common, buyers are interested in knowing the termite bond policy.</p> <h3>5. Pest Control</h3> <p>If your propety requires any type of pest control maintenance, have all of the details ready. Include how much you pay, how often maintenance is done, and who your provider is.</p> <h3>6. Insurance</h3> <p>Buyers are interested in knowing the seller&rsquo;s current home insurance provider, since sometimes it can be easier for them to go through the same provider, rather than trying to acquire a new one.</p> <h3>7. Product Manuals and Warranty Documents</h3> <p>For any home appliances that will remain in the home, such as water heaters, ceiling fans, refrigerators, etc., have the manuals and warranty information ready.</p> <h3>8. Service Providers</h3> <p>Have a list of all vendors and service providers. The buyer may eventually opt to find their own providers, however they will appreciate having help available initially.</p> <h3>9. Covenants and Restrictions, Neighborhood Rules and Information</h3> <p>This information is very important to new owners. You can find it by contacting your neighborhood association or going to your municipality&rsquo;s website.</p> <p>If you really want to go above and beyond as a seller, once you have all this information, store it in handy binder or folder that can be easily passed on to the buyer. While it may seem like a lot to compile, it will be less stressful to do it before putting your home on the market and can even move your sale along faster.</p> <p><strong>Read the full article <a href="https://www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/9-overlooked-items-to-prep-your-home-for-sale/" target="_blank">here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/contact-us/" target="_blank">Contact me</a> today for help in preparing your home for sale</strong>!</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;Marine, David. &ldquo;9 Overlooked Items to Prep Your Home for Sale.&rdquo;&nbsp;Coldwell Banker Blue Matter, 7 Dec. 2017, www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/9-overlooked-items-to-prep-your-home-for-sale/.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Business Opportunity Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Real Estate News Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:12:35 -0500 Benefits of Listing Your Home During The Winter https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/24/benefits-of-listing-your-home-during-the-winter/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/snow.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left; width: 259px; height: 194px;">Your home is still listed for sale. You might be&nbsp;thinking it is best to take it off the market and re-list in the spring. However&nbsp;if you are serious about selling, rethink removing it from the market for the following 4 reasons.</p> <p>1.&nbsp; If you remove your home from the market, you will have less completion on the market place, which means buyers will have less to pick from.&nbsp;You actually might sell at a higher&nbsp;price in the winter&nbsp;than if you wait until spring when you&#39;ll&nbsp;have greater competition.</p> <p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winter months are the best time for buyers to make a purchase.&nbsp;They normally have more time to look around before the spring, when&nbsp;life gets busy with&nbsp;kids&nbsp;getting out of school and summer vacations being planned.</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Buyers want to already be in their new home in winter so they can enjoy the start of the spring and summer season.</p> <p>4.&nbsp; Bad weather is no longer an issue for buyers&nbsp;like it used&nbsp;to be in the past, traveling to view different homes.&nbsp;Nine out of ten homebuyers search for their homes online at their workplaces, on their smart phones, and from the comfort of their homes after dark.</p> <p>I have sold many of my listings during the winter. My sellers were glad they listened to my advice about keeping their homes on the market.&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t let the winter season discourage you from trying to sell your home.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Happy Winter Selling!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> House For Sale Holiday Hampshire County Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Greenfield Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:11:43 -0500 October Real Estate Sales Report for Pioneer Valley https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/11/24/october-real-estate-sales-report-for-pioneer-valley/ <p>Franklin County sales were down 13.1% and the median price was down 13.1% in October, 2017&nbsp;compared to October, 2016.&nbsp; The sales and median price was up in Hampshire and Hampden County.&nbsp; I anticipate a reduction in the number of sales&nbsp;as we approach the winter season.&nbsp; The inventory of homes for sale is low which means it is a great time to keep your house on the market.&nbsp; Your house will stand out more because there is&nbsp;less competition on the marketplace and buyers do purchase homes during the winter months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The following reports will be posted monthly keeping you informed of the local real estate market.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>PIONEER VALLEY - KEY REAL ESTATE POINTS:</strong></u></p> <p><strong>Sales</strong>&mdash;Up 20.6&nbsp;percent from 432 in October 2016 to 521 in October, 2017.</p> <p><strong>Median Price</strong>&mdash; Up 6&nbsp;percent from $194,000 in October 2016 to $205,550&nbsp;in October&nbsp;2017.</p> <p><strong>Inventory of available property</strong>&mdash;Inventory fell 24.7&nbsp;percent from 2,303&nbsp;single family listings at the end of October 2016, to 1,734&nbsp;single family listings at the end of October&nbsp;2017.</p> <p><strong>Supply</strong>&mdash;The supply of single-family properties on the market at the current rate of sale dropped 28.9&nbsp;percent. At the end of October&nbsp;2016 there were 4.9&nbsp;months of supply at the current rate of sale. At the end of October&nbsp;2017 there were 3.5&nbsp;months of supply at current rate of sale.</p> <p><strong>Days on Market</strong>&mdash;The average days on market dropped 21.2&nbsp;percent from 81&nbsp;days in October&nbsp;2016 to 64&nbsp;days in October 2017.</p> <p><strong>Pending Sales</strong>&mdash;Listings which are pending (under agreement to sell) are up 21.1 percent from 475&nbsp;in October&nbsp;2016 to 575&nbsp;in October 2017.</p> <p><strong>Mortgage Rates 30-year fixed-rate mortgage</strong> (FRM) averaged 3.95 percent with an average 0.5 points for the week ending November 16, 2017 . Last year at this time the 30-year FRM averaged 3.94&nbsp;percent with an average 0.5 points. (Source: www.FreddieMac.com)</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/News%20Release.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 806px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left;"></p> <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Franklin%20County.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left; width: 750px; height: 977px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Pioneer%20Valley.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: left; width: 750px; height: 998px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Selling Tips Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass Real Estate News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:11:00 -0500 Pioneer Valley Moving Into Seller's Market https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/07/27/pioneer-valley-moving-into-seller-market/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_2878.JPG.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 229px; float: right;">An article recently published by Mass Live announced that the Pioneer Valley is moving into a &ldquo;seller&rsquo;s market&rdquo;.&nbsp; This means that the real estate market is currently favoring sellers, rather than buyers. The lack of homes for sale puts pressure on buyers to move quickly in their purchasing actions, or else risk losing out on getting the house they wanted.</p> <p>According to the article, sales of single-family homes in June 2017 are fewer than in June 2016, while the median sales price rose. Also, the average number of days a home is on the market for June 2017 has decreased compared to June 2016. Specifically in Franklin County, sales are down 1.3 percent with 75 sales in June 2016 and 74 sales in June 2017 and the median price rose 16.3 percent from $224,000 to $260,500.</p> <p>So what does all this mean for you? In a seller&rsquo;s market, desirable houses sell quickly. If you are pursuing a new home, act in a timely manner. On the other hand, if you have been thinking of putting your home on the market, now is a good time to do so. However, sellers sometimes get overexcited in a seller&rsquo;s market and might ask too high of a price. This leads to their house sitting on the market for too long. Make sure to maintain reason when listing your home.</p> <p>For more advice on how to act in a seller&rsquo;s market of if you are thinking of buying or selling, get in touch with Wanda Mooney at (413) 768-9848 or <a href="mailto:wanda@wandamooney.com">wanda@wandamooney.com</a>.</p> <p>To read the full article on masslive.com <a href="http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2017/07/sellers_market_home_sales_slow_across_pi.html" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/IMG_2766.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; float: left;"></p> Ashfield Hampshire County Pioneer Valley Area Updates Market Statistics Market Statistics Selling Tips sellers buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Hilltowns Western Mass Buckland Shelburne Falls northampton Greenfield Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:07:14 -0400 Selling? Be Ready for a Home Inspection https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/03/24/selling-be-ready-for-a-home-inspection/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/home-inspector-under-house-628x354.jpg" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px; float: left; width: 250px; height: 141px;"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>You now have a buyer for your home and they have scheduled a home inspection. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>This article provides insight as to what you can expect and how to prepare your home for a thorough inspection.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><u><strong>Selling Your House - Better Be Prepared for a Home Inspection</strong></u></h3> <p>You&rsquo;ve got a contract on your home for sale&mdash;congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you&rsquo;ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection.</p> <p>The home inspection is a contingency written into most offers, meaning that if the buyers aren&rsquo;t happy with the result, they can cancel the sale without losing their earnest money deposit, or reopen negotiations and ask for a price reduction.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s important to prepare yourself and your home for this important step of the process. How? Hey, we&rsquo;re glad you asked! Let&rsquo;s start at the beginning.</p> <h3><strong>Will there always be a home inspection?</strong></h3> <p>If your buyers are planning to tear down your home and build their own dream house, you might feel a pang of regret, but at least you won&rsquo;t need to worry about the quality and condition of your property. These buyers are trying to get the lowest price possible and, if they think a clean contract without an inspection contingency will make them an attractive buyer in a competitive market, they&rsquo;ll often forgo an inspection contingency. &nbsp;</p> <p>But most buyers who are planning to live in your home want to know what they&rsquo;re getting into. They want to know which systems work, and which don&rsquo;t. They want to know how much money they&rsquo;ll need to plow into the purchase, and which items you, dear seller, are willing to fix or replace to seal the deal.</p> <p>The results of home inspections can give buyers peace of mind, or a tool they can use to bargain down the price. In the worst case, people with buyer&rsquo;s remorse will use results of a home inspection to back out of the deal without penalty.</p> <p>Sound scary? Don&rsquo;t fret just yet. That first home inspection will let you know everything that&rsquo;s wrong with your home. Armed with that information, you can fix problems before the next buyer shows up, adjust the price to reflect necessary repairs, or simply have a ready response when the issue comes up again.</p> <h3><strong>Inspectors will look at&nbsp;<em>everything</em></strong></h3> <p>A home inspection is no quick once-over. Inspectors have a 1,600-item checklist, according to&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="http://www.nahi.org/" target="_blank">National Association of Home Inspectors</a>. Yep, you read that right&mdash;<em>1,600.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&ldquo;If we can get to it, we&rsquo;ll inspect it,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<strong>Frank Lesh</strong>, executive director of the&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="https://www.homeinspector.org/" target="_blank">American Society of Home Inspectors.</a></p> <p>Here are just some of the areas of the home your inspector is checking, and&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/what-does-a-home-inspector-look-for/" target="_blank">what a home inspector is looking for</a>:</p> <ul><li><strong>Grounds:</strong>&nbsp;Standing water, faulty grading, sick or dying trees and shrubs, crumbling paths and walls</li> <li><strong>Structure:&nbsp;</strong>Foundation integrity, rotting or out-of-plumb window and door frames</li> <li><strong>Roof:</strong>&nbsp;Defects in shingles, flashing, and fascia; loose and hanging gutters; defects in chimneys and skylights</li> <li><strong>Exterior:</strong>&nbsp;Cracks or rot; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; adequate clearing between siding and earth</li> <li><strong>Window, doors, trim:</strong>&nbsp;Rotting frames, peeling caulk, damaged glass</li> <li><strong>Interior rooms:</strong>&nbsp;Water-stained ceilings, adequate insulation, and sufficient heating vents</li> <li><strong>Kitchen:&nbsp;</strong>Proper venting, no leaks under the sink, and cabinet doors and drawers operate properly</li> <li><strong>Bathrooms:</strong>&nbsp;Toilets flush properly, showers spray, and tubs are securely fastened</li> <li><strong>Plumbing:</strong>&nbsp;Drains flow properly; water has proper temperature and pressure</li> <li><strong>Electrical:</strong>&nbsp;Proper electrical panels and working light switches and outlets</li> </ul><h3><strong>How can you prepare?</strong></h3> <p>The home inspection isn&rsquo;t a test that you need to study for. But there are some things you can do before a home inspection to make the process go more smoothly.</p> <ul><li><strong>Clean and de-clutter your home:</strong>&nbsp;Yes, inspectors will look way&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/dazzle-home-appraiser-cleaning/" target="_blank">beyond the superficial sparkle of a clean home</a>. But you want to make sure they have&nbsp;easy access to attics, basements, and electrical panels&mdash;and aren&rsquo;t tripping over your kids&rsquo; toys while trying to do their job. Think of it as an early start to your&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="http://www.realtor.com/advice/move/weird-packing-tricks-that-actually-work/" target="_blank">packing</a>.</li> <li><b>Get your paperwork together:&nbsp;</b>You should create a file with documentation of all maintenance and repairs you&rsquo;ve done on your home. If you&rsquo;ve had an insurance claim on your house, keep those papers together, too, so you can prove that you took care of the problem.</li> <li><b>Provide complete access to your home:</b>&nbsp;Make sure you unlock gates and doors to a shed or garage that doesn&rsquo;t have lockbox access.</li> </ul><p>You could consider getting&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/should-home-sellers-get-a-pre-inspection/" target="_blank">a pre-inspection to eliminate any surprises</a>; some sellers choose to&nbsp;hire their own inspector to give the house a once-over and point out any problems, so they can fix them before the buyer&rsquo;s home inspector arrives on the scene.</p> <p>But be careful with this tactic.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not a good idea,&rdquo; says<strong>&nbsp;Bill Golden</strong>, an&nbsp;<a data-omtag="web:article:content:link" href="http://www.billgoldenhomes.com/" target="_blank">Atlanta-area real estate agent</a>. &ldquo;If you have five different inspectors inspect the home, you&rsquo;ll get five different lists of items they&rsquo;re concerned about. Just because your inspector didn&rsquo;t have a problem with something doesn&rsquo;t mean the buyer&rsquo;s inspector won&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</p> <p>More important, if your inspector points out a problem, you&rsquo;re obligated to disclose it to buyers.</p> <p>&ldquo;This could be a potential turn-off to buyers,&rdquo; Golden says.</p> <h3><strong>Do yourself a favor, and leave</strong></h3> <p>Unless you&rsquo;re a glutton for punishment, give the inspector your cellphone number, grab your car keys, and go to a movie or out to lunch when the home inspector shows up. Your anxiety will only make everyone uncomfortable, which isn&rsquo;t a productive atmosphere during an inspection.</p> <p>&ldquo;Inspectors and buyers are not at all comfortable with the seller being present during an inspection,&rdquo; Golden says. &ldquo;They need to be able to freely inspect and discuss any and everything they come across. You may think you are being helpful by being present, but you are not; you are impeding the process.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;A home inspector&rsquo;s job is to point out each and every deficiency and safety violation they see,&rdquo; Golden says. &ldquo;Arguing with the buyers about an inspector&rsquo;s findings is not helpful.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It may be agreeing to fix an item, it may mean giving them some money toward a repair, or it may simply be providing documentation,&rdquo; Golden says.</p> <p>An experienced real estate agent knows&nbsp;how to interpret inspection reports, which issues are vital to address, and which are red herrings designed to reopen price negotiations.</p> <p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an award-winning freelancer who&#39;s written about real estate and home improvement for realtor.com, Yahoo, AOL, and many others.</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Selling Tips sellers Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:03:40 -0400 How Much Value Do Solar Panels Add to Your Home https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/06/26/how-much-value-do-solar-panels-add-to-your-home/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Types-Solar-Panel.jpg" style="margin: 4px; float: left; width: 350px; height: 185px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" class="featured"></p> <p>I am often asked how much value is added to a home that has solar panels. There are many factors that a real estate agent needs to know in advance before this determination is made. &nbsp;Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just curious below are some tips that will help guide you&nbsp;in the right direction. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1</strong>. &nbsp;The first thing an agent needs to know if your panels are owned or leased. &nbsp;It will make a big difference in their value.</p> <p><strong>2.</strong> &nbsp;If your panels are owned they should&nbsp;be factored into the price of the home just as any other asset would be. &nbsp;It is prudent to search for comparable homes with owned solar panels. &nbsp; If it is difficult to find a home with solar panels&nbsp;that has sold&nbsp;I suggest to consult with a local appraiser to help assist you in determining the value. &nbsp;The solar renewable energy credit (SREC) should also be considered when valuing the asset. Any buyer purchasing your home will want to know if they are transferrable. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3</strong>. &nbsp;If the solar panels are leased it can be a bit more complicated to determine the value. &nbsp;Before you house is on the market you should contact the leasing company to find out the process to transfer over to the new&nbsp;owners. &nbsp;I would have all this information together prior to listing so the buyers will be well informed prior to making an&nbsp;offer. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4</strong>. &nbsp;If you find out that buyer do not like the fact your solars are leased, you might be able to buyer out the lease. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC)</strong></p> <p>An SREC is created for every megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity produced by a solar generator. &nbsp;SRECs allow a seller with a solar array to use electricity that is produced by the panels and then separately&nbsp;sell the SREC to a utility company. &nbsp;Some solar owns use SREC brokers to handle the sale. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you are interested in getting solar panels, <a href="http://www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2016/advice-to-homeowners-considering-solar-panels.html"> click here to visit the MassGov website</a> for helpful tips.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The information provided was taken from notes provided from the <a href="https://www.marealtor.com">Massachusetts Association of Realtors</a> Legal Hotline. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Green Living Selling Tips Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:20:18 -0400 Selling this Spring? Tips to Get Your House Ready! https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/01/19/selling-this-spring-tips-to-get-your-house-ready/ <p style="clear: both;">While it still may be chilly outside, the weather isn&#39;t the only thing that&#39;s about to warm up. The spring selling season is right around the corner, and we&#39;ve got 7 things you can do now to prepare for selling your home once spring arrives. Now is the time to get ahead start.</p> <p><strong>1. Give a Thorough Clean</strong></p> <img alt="Spring Cleaning Tips" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/5729073512_8306539af2_z-1-.jpg" style="border: 1px solid; vertical-align: baseline; height: 166px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 0px; float: right;" title="Carpet Cleaner"><p>Think spring cleaning territory when deciding what level of clean your home requires for sale. Everything from scrubbing baseboards to dusting fan blades and clearing cobwebs from storage areas should be covered as you scrub-down your home. If the task feels overwhelming, simply go room by room until it&#39;s done.</p> <p>If you have carpet, and it&#39;s in reasonably good shape, a thorough cleaning with a professional carpet cleaner will improve the look and the odor in your home. If carpets are worn and threadbare, consider a reasonable replacement, such as a good quality laminate. Cracked tiles should be replaced now, if it&#39;s in your budget, for maximum effect.</p> <p><em>Image Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flossyflotsam/5729073512/in/photolist-9JfZXw-drT4xB-5MfQFD-4kjSa4-6S1P4E-aCi9tj-7iUJS8-ePs7um-6RWLfP-bWRWys-6RWLi6-dSp33g-6S1s8S-6RWLgB-9JfZjW-2sq1Q6-7m2wz3-FuEHh-2TAMeV-cveTCb-bvGbim-bLANnr-ebSa2X-2sq1Qz-bzqpsx-bJAZpP-rHxDza-6S1s9S-6S1scC-8EYTo-6RWLan-6RWprk-8FEcio-72SPaN-avhehb-4QwZLz-9wKWHf-uDnha-mYccNM-pB694G-aTPSsM-5w2kKT-pcRFXv-nhE7vt-8PCwt2-9whoT5-6S1sbh-a5WTtF-541c3f-4HBHPH" target="_blank">Flickr/Laura D&#39;Alessandro</a></em></p> <p><strong>2. Do a Minor Update</strong></p> <p>It&#39;s no secret that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. A quick update to a kitchen can make a huge impact simply by cleaning painting or replacing tired hardware and fixtures. If your kitchen lacks a backsplash, this is the perfect time to add one for maximum appeal.</p> <p><strong>3. Clean the Windows</strong></p> <p>Even if it&#39;s too cold to tackle the job from the outside, you can get half the job done now. Scrub the interior side of all windows and don&#39;t forget the window sills, tracks of sliding doors, and the surrounding trim. Buyers will notice the attention to detail once your home is on the market.</p> <p><strong>4. Paint</strong></p> <img alt="Painting Your Homes" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/12469727533_f2eb48945a_z.jpg" style="border: 1px solid; vertical-align: baseline; height: 161px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 0px; float: right;" title="Paint Swatches"><p>Choose the spaces that have the boldest color and tone them down to a neutral palette. The goal should be for buyers to see your home as a blank canvas for their own belongings. Focus on high traffic areas next, and finally, repairing any flaking paint in damp areas such as basements or bathrooms is a must.</p> <p><em>Image Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanhochman/12469727533/in/photolist-jZUByi-qxHbzM-2yLuQr-o9z8c6-8cYeA6-7hcjuT-7hcjCH-94YbHS-94Ybom-eJrQbQ-qCqZ1-t8E2Pb-6Ycf76-6YghK9-6YggvC-6YcdR6-95hXvC-6qnrpR-qCqZA-qLEEv-qLECa-6Ygd9s-94V8r8-95eSyt-6Yga13-6YgaQL-6Ygaqm-6Yg9Au-971Xx1-6ND9Tx-6SBFq5-bgekka-3uZ8PB-6SxDEp-6SBHdG-6SxAic-6geyj7-4iaE3j-3v4C5E-8y8Azr-8y8AB8-6HzuzD-ephuBR-6gey3m-qCqVE-qCqVh-971Xfj-4iaFjG-96XU7F-971Y9Y" target="_blank">Flickr/Dean Hochman</a></em></p> <p><strong>5. Pack Early</strong></p> <p>While you don&#39;t need to pack up everything you own, strategically boxing up personal items that will depersonalize your space is a good idea. Family mementos all serve to remind buyers that this is your space, and you want them to picture it as theirs. Storage space is another big item on a buyer&#39;s list, so consider packing up any out of season clothing and tucking them away to make closets seem larger.</p> <p><strong>6. Purpose Every Room</strong></p> <img alt="A cozy home reading nook, staged for real estate" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/16182380319_4a468716c1_z.jpg" style="border: 1px solid; vertical-align: baseline; float: right; height: 156px; width: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 0px;" title="Reading Chair"><p>Every room should have a clear purpose, so buyers can see how versatile your space is. This may mean removing furniture from a crowded space and moving it somewhere else in your home to create defined living areas. Look for opportunities to create functional spaces like an office area or reading nook, and if you have too much furniture, consider putting it in storage. Less furniture will create an open feeling throughout your home.</p> <p><em>Image Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelpardo/16182380319/in/photolist-qDYVTe-r3b9Js-7xMoXo-ggV1u4-ahC42F-dSurgN-w1fxsX-ucVeG-8ZTMPk-8ZWTjW-8ZTN9x-8ZTNzV-8ZWTvG-8ZWT3G-8ZWTLS-dnFMxs-cDGGrh-6Py7Nt-7pJVb6-ciyUUy-5USMf-8Y4ueV-Bv4DGr-tDP49-7YXLWS-deofE-nTL7pg-r8HvQC-r8PVQ8-qtuyve-qtuvzV-qtuxf8-rqa2BM-rqbJGG-rqa1x2-r6XywR-qWUDR-9tMdAU-ggUq3E-9G6mMz-58M6qr-r6Xvcp-rqgWUF-rq9Xt6-r8GBtS-qtuBdi-r8PWQz-rqgTF6-rqbQ3m-r8GwmC" target="_blank">Flickr/Michael Pardo</a></em></p> <p><strong>7. Go Outside</strong></p> <p>While it is too early to landscape, paint, or deal with the exterior areas of the home, curb appeal is essential to getting buyers to even walk through the door. Assessing your home now, from the garden spaces to the roof and front entry, will let you make a list of&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/6-quick-affordable-way-boost-curb-appeal-home-sellers/">quick and easy items</a>&nbsp;you can tackle as soon as the weather warms up, which will make selling your home a breeze.</p> Selling Tips sellers Staging Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:59:41 -0500 Winter Selling Tips https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/12/05/winter-selling-tips/ <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Selling Real Estate in Winter" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/winter-new-england-23175446.jpg" style="height: 163px; width: 500px; margin: 5px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid;"></p> <ol><li>Clear a Path:&nbsp;Shovel snow and spread sand to provide easy and safe access to your house.</li> <li>Keep the heat up:&nbsp;You want your home to feel warm and inviting</li> <li>Lighten up:&nbsp;Make sure blinds are open and lights are on!&nbsp; You want your house to look bright on those grey winter days.&nbsp;</li> <li>Organize:&nbsp;Make sure your closets and winter gear is organized and in place.</li> <li>Clear Decks and Patios:&nbsp;You want prospective buyers to see your decks and patios.&nbsp; Make sure they are shoveled and can be accessed.</li> <li>Seasonal Photos:&nbsp;It is a great idea to have seasonal photos on display so prospective buyers and can see what the yard looks like during the summer.</li> </ol><p>Winter is a great time to sell your home. Less inventory and the buyers who look are serious. <a href="/contact-us"><strong>Contact me</strong></a> for more information.</p> Selling Tips sellers Staging Sat, 05 Dec 2015 11:59:44 -0500