May 19 2015
 
 

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May 13 2015

No doubt there is a lot to be taken care of when you list your home for sale. Cleaning, rearranging furniture, minor repairs, etc. One thing that's often overlooked is the security of your personal belongings.

Here are a few tips for things to remember when your home is listed.

Financial Info:

It's convenient to keep bills, a supply of checks, stamps, etc in the open. While your home is on the market you'll want to put these items away. You don't want to accidentally leave a statement with personal information out in the open. 

 

Jewelry:

While this may look very nice displayed for everyone to see, the truth is, when your home is listed, you don't want everyone to see it. It would be very easy for someone to pocket an expensive ring, irreplaceable pair of earrings, etc. If possible, keep these items in a safe or a locking drawer where they are out of sight. 

Firearms:

If you have a gun safe please triple check this is locked. Leaving guns out in the open is unsafe - it may also be a turnoff to a prospective buyer. Not everyone will share your love of hunting and it's best to have firearms put away in a locked case.

The same goes for various items throughout your home. Expensive artwork, prescription drugs (especially painkillers), family heirlooms, etc should be considered. Most buyers will be accompanied by an agent who will do their best to supervise during a showing. Even the best agents can't watch everything. Be proactive and eliminate any items of concern from the home.

May 04 2015

 
We've been very fortunate to work with some great clients in 2015. We couldn't be happier for the clients below who have closed on their new homes! Each transaction is a different story and we love creating opportunity through real estate.
 
Michael & Amber Spica
 
Denise McNamee
 
Jeremy Lotz & Delia Dante
 
Leslie Koppenhafer
 
Stephen Scofield & Alicia Falcocchio
 
Tim Bruer
 
Karen & Jim Benning
 
We also have buyer clients currently under contract on homes and going through the escrow process right now. We're excited to celebrate with you all! 
Apr 21 2015
The current real estate market has many homeowners considering selling their home themselves, or "for sale by owner." Rather than considering the big goal of netting the most money, many get stuck on how much it will cost to sell their home, and think they can save money selling on their own. Here are some great reasons to think again.

 

Keeping emotions out of the sale

 

Selling the house you've lived in for years can be very emotional. After all, you've raised your family there and spent countless hours working on various projects around the house. Having a real estate professional will help you take the emotions out of the process and help you keep your cool should stressful requests be made by the buyers. Check out this great quote from one of our clients. We know Bryan would also be happy to chat with you about his experience working with our team. 
 

 

"Jill, Thank you so much for your help. You had said you were working with someone who was considering listing his home as for sale by owner. Feel free to pass this email on to them as the more I thought about that idea I am very glad we have used your team to sell our house. 

After having very positive experiences with you and your team we really understand the value of a great realtor and realty team. In our current sale our buyers have made several requests that my wife and I have viewed as ridiculous and a waste of time. Had we been on our own in these negotiations I would have surely lost my cool and put the sale in jeopardy. You have been able to work with our frustrations and respond to the buyers in a way that clearly and professionally communicates our position without the emotion that may cause the sale to break down. In addition to this your team has been a fantastic resource for us to use throughout the process taking a lot of stress off our family. I will continue to highly recommend you and your team to anyone I know without reservation. Feel free to have potential clients call me or email me for a reference.

Thanks again,
Bryan"
 
Negotiating the sale and inspection requests can be tricky 
 
If you have sales experience you are a step ahead of many in this regard. Even with sales experience, negotiating a home sale is much different. It's likely this is the homeowners most valuable asset. Experienced agents have years of sales under their belts and have gone through hundreds of transactions. A skilled agent could not only save you thousands of dollars with their negotiation skills, but more importantly, keep the deal together to get your home sold. They know where sales can fall apart and know how to protect your best interests. They've also seen warning signs of nervous buyers and can work with the cooperating agent to get your home sold. 

 

Liability 

 

There is a lot of paperwork involved in selling your home. Do you know how to fully disclose any issues with your home? Do you know which issues you should disclose? If you fail to do this correctly, you could get sued by a disgruntled buyer. 

 

Some sellers use an attorney to take the liability aspect away from the sale. Remember that lawyers get paid hourly and a real estate professional only gets paid when they help you accomplish your goal. Attorneys will not price your home, market your home, or help with many of the 140+ tasks required to sell your home.

 

Selling your home will be one of your biggest transactions in your life. Doing it alone to save money could end up costing you in the long run. What matters most to you is netting the most money possible for your home. An experienced agent will recognize this, guide you through the process, and help you sell your home for the most money possible in the least amount of time. Avoid the emotions of selling your own home and hire a professional to get your home SOLD! 
Apr 03 2015
 

Check out our Jill Giese & Associates Keller Williams Realty search app. Save searches, access photos, and search homes nearby while you're out and about!
 
To get started search "Keller Williams Realty" or "KW Mobile App" from the App Store or on Google play.
 
Enter our Jill Giese & Associates agent code KW5YZ39T at the startup of the app or via the "My Agent" button on the main menu. 
Mar 24 2015
The start of the 2015 real estate market has been highlighted with low listing inventory and many buyers out looking for homes.

The year has started off with a bang for home sales with 1,100+ homes pending as of this morning. This same time last year we had around 900 pending sales. We're up nearly 27% from one year ago this same time.

 

As of this morning there are only 1,970 single family homes, condos, and town homes available in Ada County! This is an extreme shortage and with less than 4 months supply of homes available we are in a seller's market.

With spring officially starting at the end of the week the spring market is still early. Sellers looking to sell for top dollar in a quick manner will benefit greatly from listing sooner rather than later. Typical spring markets get a large surge in listing inventory within 45-60 days from April 1st

If we don't see more listing inventory soon, it's likely we'll continue to see multiple offer situations and rising sales prices as a result of bidding wars.

Mar 18 2015
When selling your house, the most important decision you will make is where to price your property.

 

Pricing your house accurately is critical to selling your home in a timely manner and for the most money possible in today's market.

 
 

Sometimes people think that because they "have time" or "aren't in a hurry" they can wait and that they'll get more money for their house. However, the opposite often happens!

 

Real estate is a numbers game - the more people who view your home, the higher the likelihood you'll receive an offer and the higher the price will be. The more competition for your home, the more money you'll get!

 

When you put your home on the market, the majority of the showings will happen in the first 1-3 weeks. This is because there is a pool of buyers out there who have seen everything on the market and they've rejected all of those homes. They are looking for the next great property that comes on the market. So when your property comes on the market, everyone will want to see it!

sold home
 

Unfortunately, if your property isn't priced properly, that pool of buyers could reject your house too, leaving it on the market as the showing activity declines. And the only way to increase that showing activity - and therefore your chances of receiving a solid offer - is to lower the price.
 
Our goal is to price your house perfectly so you receive the largest number of showings possible in that critical 1-3 week period and therefore have the highest likelihood of selling for the best price.

 

Mar 16 2015

You've purchased a new home and you can't wait to make it your own. It's an exciting time and most homeowners have a vision of what they want to do with their home. In the midst of the excitement and planning, don't forget these items.

Change the locks 

 

You really never know who else has keys to your home. It's a safe practice to make sure you're the only person who has access. It's a quick process and relatively cheap.

Clean the carpets

Many sellers will already do this before they list their home. If not, add this to your list of things to do so you can start fresh. Arrange for this to happen before you move your furniture in but AFTER the closing date. There will never be a more convenient time to do so!

Wipe out the cabinets

The cabinets will have been cleaned before the sellers move out, but before you put your dishes away give it a thorough cleaning inside and out to make sure you're starting on a clean note. Replace contact paper at this time if necessary. 

Mar 10 2015
Spring is rapidly approaching, and with that comes maintenance. It's best to keep up on the little things before a bigger problem emerges. Using the seasons as a guide is the best way to make sure things get done!
 
March / April / May
 
  • Inspect and possibly change out HVAC filters
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal 
  • Clean range hood filters
  • Inspect your fire extinguisher(s)
  • Check the exterior drainage
  • Clean out gutters
  • Inspect the exterior of your home
  • Get your air conditioning system ready for summer, consider servicing
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens
  • Clear dead plants/shrubs from house
  • Check trees for interference with electrical lines
  • Inspect roof for damage, leaks, etc