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Showing Your Home Quick Reference Guide

Short notice is possibleIf someone knocks at the door who does not have an appointment, ask them to call my office to set up an appointmentOpen the drapes and blindsTurn on lightsPut all animals outsideDo not speak to potential purchasersCool in summer/warm in the winterStay out of the way stay in one room or outside [caption id="attachment_5860" align="aligncenter" width="555"] How Showing Tips[/caption]  

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10 Fatal Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.   Check our Home Sold Guarantee. Ten Fatal Mistakes Sellers Make Hey everybody, John Herman, PropertyUp, and today I'm making a video about ten fatal mistakes home sellers make and how to avoid them. 1. Picking the wrong real estate agent - In the state of Illinois there are 44000 real estate agents…

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Home Value vs CMA vs Appraisal

  Home Value Where to get home valuation? Online on real estate websites. IE. propertyup.com/home-value What is home valuation is good for? General knowledge of home values only. Is home valuation good as a listing price? No. Valuation is very generic and doesn’t take into account home's individual features or condition. Is home valuation good for property tax reduction? No, generally it is not accepted. Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) Where…

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Full-Time Agent or Part-Time Agent

Want to sell your home? Get a FREE home value report. Want to buy a home? Search all homes for sale.   Check our Home Sold Guarantee. [caption id="attachment_5855" align="aligncenter" width="300"] How to select an real estate agent? Part time vs Full Time[/caption] There are many choices to be made when choosing a Realtor to help with a sale or purchase of a home, and one of the things to be considered is the…

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WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE THE VALUE OF MY HOME?

Keeping a home in prime condition is the best way to top value. This means maintance of mechanicals as well as keeping updated every few years with new flooring, appliances, etc as needed. Kitchen and bath trends change. Color of light fixtures and hardware changes. The seller who keeps up on these trends will be the one with the best value. To add value to a home, kitchens and baths…

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IS ZILLOW AN ACCURATE WAY TO GET THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME?

Generally speaking, no. Zillow is one tool that people can use to get an idea of home values in their area. However, Zillow (and other online pricing services) are no replacement for the first-hand analysis of a Realtor who is familiar with the neighborhoods and individual home sales that may have been used for comparables. Zillow only takes into account square footage, number of beds and baths. They do not…

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DO YOU USE A HOME STAGING COMPANY? IS IT IMPORTANT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

We have many good home stagers we have worked with and can definitely make a referral for someone to maximize your home's appearance. Home staging can make the difference between a sale and no sale. It's very important. A professional with an eye for what will make your interior rooms look best is a great investment. Oftentimes it just means removing items and rearrnaging furniture to make a room look…

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WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR MY FIRST OPEN HOUSE?

The best thing a seller can do to prep for an open house is be sure the house shines in every way. Make sure that the home is cleaned from top to bottom, all light fixtures are working and on, if it's winter have a fire in the fireplace (supervised of course), music playing, if it's game day, have the game on the tv, put out any flyers or materials…

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PITFALLS OF PRICING YOUR HOME TOO HIGH?

Pricing too high can be detrimental to sellers in a couple of different ways. First of all, there is a built up pool of buyers waiting for homes that match their criteria to come on the market. If a home matches the buyer's criteria, but is priced outside of their search parameters, they may never even see it. If the price is higher than other comparable homes, they are going…

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