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After years of declining home values, 2014 could be the year for all home sellers, especially in Charlotte, NC. So if you want to sell your home, be sure to put your best foot forward. To start, here’s a quick guide to help you sell your home in 2014.
Change your real estate agent. If your agent wasn’t able to sell your home this year, then you might need to change to another agent. Maybe, that simple change can make all the difference you need to finally sell your home because of newer strategies or approach.
Hire a professional photographer. This is considered one of the most important yet overlooked steps in property marketing. Since we live in the Internet generation, there’s a higher chance of selling your home if it is posted online or in advertisements where pictures are necessary. With the help of professional photographer, he can help make your house look great that will surely entice a lot of buyers.
Get help from home stagers or designers. Most real estate agents work with some excellent home designers and stagers so be sure to get their services too as they can help enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Although other homeowners believe that this is a waste of money, there are actually home stagers that charge per hour, which is an advantage on your part.
Screen your buyers. To save time, you need to make sure that your potential buyers are preapproved. This means that need to have their credit and employment checked to determine the amount they can borrow. This is part of your agent’s responsibility to get in touch with your buyer’s loan officers.
Have your property inspected. If your home hasn’t gone through inspection yet, then you must consider doing this now. You have to allot a few weeks or months so the inspector can assess and repair your home of its big and small problems. Remember, most buyers prefer to purchase a home that doesn’t need too much repairs.
Use other marketing options. Have you exhausted all marketing options available today? If not, then be sure to research for other possible marketing options today aside from newspaper ads or flyers. This includes using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other sites that buyers usually check. If you hired a well-experienced and reliable real estate agent, then this won’t be a problem because he should know the necessary marketing options available today.
Ready to take the next step? Showcase Realty is here to help! If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sale of your home, we can provide honest and knowledgeable answers. Showcase Realty can sell your home fast and for top top dollar. Contact us today! 704.997.3794.
With the increasing number of environmental problems these days, each of us has the responsibility to do something to help save the environment. In your own simple ways, you can help through making home improvements that do not only beautify and add value to your home, but also helps conserve the environment. Below are some of these eco-friendly home improvement tips.
Monitor your electricity consumption. This is made possible through buying digital displays that allow you to monitor your electricity consumption similar to a meter in a taxi. In this way, you would be less wasteful.
Install skylights in your roof. Installing skylights helps natural sunlight in illuminating your house, especially in those pesky dark areas in your house.
Use solar panels or a miniature wind turbine. Solar heating is very useful, especially in providing basic energy within your home such as lighting and heating water. The good thing about this is it makes pure and clean energy. At the same time, you can store the energy in a battery for later use. You can also install a miniature wind turbine which can also help generate renewable energy.
Invest in low wattage light bulbs. Such kind of bulb helps save energy easily. It’s sometimes brighter than the standard light bulbs but consumes lesser energy.
Improve your roof. There had been researches conducted indicating that roof color and the types of material you use in your roof can greatly lower the temperature in attics. For instance, consider using white tiles when re-roofing as it has properties that can reduce heat gain.
Install a motion detector outside your home. Such devices help a lot in saving energy because your light fixtures will only be activated by motion sensors or a timer.
Make use of low flow showerheads. These items are a worthwhile investment because they help cut down water usage and save energy expenses.
Purchase energy-efficient appliances. Investing in such items is one of the most effective ways of saving energy. Remember, home appliances use about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill so investing in energy-efficient appliances can help lower down your expenses. These appliances bear “Energy Star” logo which means they use 10% to 50% less energy and water than other standard models.
Save water through using certain devices. There are actually some devices you can purchase that help save water. For instance, you can use an aerator on all your household faucets to cut your annual consumption of water into half. You can also install a low-flow toilet to increase your water savings.. But aside from this, you should also do some behavioral changes that save water too.
Regardless of the type of business you have today, social media has become a necessity for most businesses to be successful including real estate. Social media, such as, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are some of the most excellent tools you can use for marketing. But there are actually other channels you can use such as Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and more. But as a real estate agent, why should you really use social media? Here are some answers to your questions.
Remember that approximately one billion people across the world are using at least one social media site and these are all your potential clients, you simply just need to meet them there and get their attention.
Using these websites and programs to their fullest potential can set you out from the crowd, and become a five star agent.
With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is important for business. It’s a great networking tool. This is also another great place to receive recommendations. View my LinkedIn Profile.
2. Active Rain
Belonging to a real estate community outside of your office gives you access to a wealth of information. Active Rain is where agents can connect, share and learn, by reading and posting blogs, and asking and answering questions. Even if you don’t ask or answer questions, you can read about hot topics or search previously answered questions. View my Active Rain Blog.
Digital signature programs are convenient, save time, and are important in a growing paperless world. DocuSign is what we use at our Charlotte NC real estate office. We promote DocuSign as a service to our customers, because we no longer have to meet face to face to sign documents.
With so many things in the mix in day to day, Evernote is a great way to store and organize current clients, past clients, leads, check lists and notes. Never drop the ball again, and free up space in your mind with extremely organized notes, categories, all in Evernote.
5. Voice Cloud
You’re not always going to be available to answer your phone, meetings, showings, other phone calls get in the way – this is when Voice Cloud is great. Voicemail to text transcription can be a life saver to filter through voicemails when you can’t answer, and help you immediately follow up with urgent calls.
In today’s digital information age, interested buyers and sellers will look for you online before doing business with you. For them to find you, you must be online. For the best results you need to be on as many places at the same time as possible. This can be overwhelming, and impractical. With Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and blogs, the list is never ending.
To increase your business what technologies should every real estate agent implement?
Smart phones are here to stay and they are only getting smarter. If you don’t have a smart phone by now, you run the risk of looking dated and out of sync with the rest of world. If this is the only new technology you implement, take the plunge on this one.
With access to 1,000’s of apps, a smarter phone can help you connect with everyone in your sphere. There are also several options for cloud based apps, giving you access to all your documents, presentations, or flyers anywhere you are.
If you’ve already committed to a smart phone, consider purchasing a tablet. Popularity and preference of tablets over computers and laptops is growing. Imagine showing a presentation on your tablet instead of flipping through a stack of papers.
We recommend the Ipad specifically. The Windows Surface or Samsung Galaxy Tab have more options, but when you consider ease of use, right out of the box, The Ipad has a much more simplified format. This is easier for users to just grab it and go, especially users who are less tech savvy
With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is important for business. If you’re not a fan of social media, or don’t have time for all the different platforms, at least create a profile on LinkedIn. It shows that you are in tune with the professional world, and it’s a good place to house your experience, abilities and any awards.
Because it’s a website of professional looking for professionals, LinkedIn is a great networking tool. You can use it to keep in touch with colleges, and tech savvy client will use this as a reference. This is also another great place to receive recommendations.
Once you have found a company with a good internal training structure, become a member of an online community. Belonging to a real estate community outside of your office gives you access to a wealth of information.
You can join a Facebook group (Raise the Bar in Real Estate and Tech Support for Agents are the most active), become a member of a real estate blogging site like Active Rain, or join a List-Serve email list where agents ask and answer questions. Even if you don’t ask or answer questions yourself, you can read about hot topics or search previous posts to see if your question has been answered before.
Danny Mareco, Director of Marketing at Showcase Realty, advises, “Don’t jump on the next fad just because you think you have to. People will see through that.”
If you are going to blog, provide useful information; don’t just tout your accomplishments. If you are going to create a social media profile, keep it updated. The main focus of technology today is connection – connecting all of our tools and devices together through apps and cloud, and connecting us to each other through social and networking sites.
If you are just using it to ‘be out there’, you’re missing the point; these technologies are supposed to make life easier, not feel like a burden. That tune will ring flat in many of your clients’ ears.
By Andrew Hill @ www.newhomesource.com
The world of real estate has changed quite a bit in the last decade, but if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that you want to have a tech savvy realtor as your guide. As you’ll see, the realtor of the future can save you both time and money.
First and foremost: this is an investment. A tech savvy agent will have the capabilities to get your home more traffic and therefore a better price. By knowing how to market your home to the best of its capabilities, a techy agent will get you the best price for your home, guaranteed. And if you’re looking to buy, the investment you make in a tech savvy agent will pay off as he/she will provide you with the most accurate information on homes that meet your needs. This is all part of a smart agent’s online marketing strategy.
Secondly: efficiency. A realtor can have all of the gadgets and websites in the world, but if they can’t properly utilize them, it’s just a big headache. By choosing an agent that has streamlined their business using technology, you’ll save a lot of time. To be an efficient agent doesn’t depend solely on having iPads, smart-phones, or other devices. Whether or not they have the latest gadget doesn’t matter, so long as they incorporate their tech to allow them to produce results remotely.
Which brings me to my final point: staying busy outside the office. Email, social media, texting, and other applications are the lifeblood of the 21st century agent. If your agent thinks a yard sign and brochures are going to be sufficient, then it’s time to find a new realtor. Your agent should be using all the power he/she can muster to sell your home all across the web, be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other formats. One such example is a good blog, which is kept up to date with fresh, relevant information, and incorporates posts about new houses on the market.
So before you look at another home or take the next step towards putting your property on the market, make sure you choose a tech-savvy agent to help you along the way.
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