Jul 29 2015

So you've been on the fence for a while haven't you? You have been watching the market and are just unsure if you should sell. Here are five great reasons why now is your time to sell:

 

1. Demand Is High

As we've said recently, inventory is low, and demand is high. According to the most recent existing home sales report by the National Association of Realtors, sales this month are up nearly 10% from the same time last year. Homes are selling at the fastest pace since 2009. With the low interest rates, there are buyers out there, and they are ready to go! sold home

 

What this means is you stand a good chance of selling your home for a great price in a shorter amount of time.  

 

At Jill Giese & Associates, we have been networking with other agents and at times selling the homes before they go on the Multiple Listing Service.

 

2. Interest Rates Are Rising

 

Interest rates hit a historical low this spring giving buyers' incredible buying power. Recently interest rates for a 30-year conventional mortgage have shot up to 4.5% and are continuing to increase. 

 

While there is evidence that interest rates will continue to rise, chances are they will stay below 5% for some time. The Federal Reserve has indicated they will likely raise rates and have their next meeting September 17th. Industry experts are predicting a steady rise after that meeting, and rates will likely hit 5% by the end of 2015. If you wait to sell your home in hopes that prices will continue to increase, you risk missing out on great interest rates and will end up paying for waiting. If you make more on the sale of your home, but spend more in purchasing your next one, you may end up costing yourself money in the big picture.

 

3. Supply is Beginning to Increase

 

As prices continue to increase, many homeowners will escape the confines of negative equity and be able to sell their homes without having to do a short sale. In Ada County, inventory is slowly increasing, with the percentage of distressed active listings decreasing. If you continue to wait to sell, you will have more competition on the market, and may fail to get the best price for your home.

Jul 27 2015
 

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Jul 21 2015

Remember the amazing times you had during summer as a kid? 

Who says those days in the sun have to stay with your childhood?! Whether you're battling the demand from the job or trying to keep up with the kids every day, you still deserve some summer fun more than ever.

Here is a list of some great summer pastimes to add to your list before summer's end:

  • Lie face down in the grass
  • Have a glass of wine
  • Skinny dip at night
  • Host an outdoor movie in your backyard 
  • Set up a hammock and take a nap
  • Ditch your closed-toed shoes for at least 1 evening out
  • Grill corn on the cob
  • Hop in a canoe and find the most quiet spot possible
  • Play in a sprinkler
  • Drink something that comes with an umbrella in it - drink another
  • Grill peaches
  • Go out with some friends for an ice cream cone
  • Do a cannonball into a body of water - find a rope swing if you dare
  • Be a tourist in your own town 
  • Stargaze
  • Hike up a hill and watch a sunset
Don't miss summer! If you haven't taken a moment for yourself to have some summer fun, it's time!
Jun 15 2015

Over the last several years we've had excellent results taking over listings that did not sell while listed with the previous agent. 

 

How did we have this success? We could say it's a secret sauce and we wouldn't be completely fibbing. :-) 

 

We start the process by sitting down with our sellers for a detailed consultation to find out about your motivation to sell, discuss the importance of price, and make a decision together on a price that will cause your home to sell.

 

The two examples below show what a difference professional photos can make to drive prospective buyers to your home. Do you want your home looking gloomy and dull? Or beautiful and bright?

 

 

 
 

 

We love creating opportunity through real estate, and there are critical things that must be done to sell your home for top dollar.

 

For every single listing we provide professional photographs, measurements and floor plan, and 1.5 hours of staging advice.

 

Give us a call today at 208-327-2127 to discuss how we'll help you accomplish your goal of selling your home and netting the most money possible. 

Jun 08 2015

1. For Sale By Owner Is More Challenging

Industry regulations have shifted and paperwork is more challenging. This is one reason FSBO has dropped from 19% to 9% in the last 20 years. There are more detailed property disclosures and paperwork to sell your home. Who's double checking to make sure all your 'i's' are dotted and 't's' are crossed?

2. Buyers Find Homes On The Internet 

 

Recent studies show that around 92% of buyers start their search online and around 28% look at print ads. Real estate professionals have a marketing plan in place to get your home exposed to the greatest number of qualified buyers. Do you have a marketing plan to sell your home? 

In the end, 43% of buyers found their home on the internet and 1% actually located their home from a newspaper. 

3. A lot of People To Negotiate With

Throughout the transactions there are a number of people you'll need to be ready to negotiate with. Have you taken any negotiation classes recently? You'll need to be prepared to negotiate with the buyer and the buyer's agent at several points during the transaction. How many days after the inspection period do the buyers have to request repairs? Will you fix them or offer a credit? Knowing how to respond to different requests and situations is critical when selling your most valuable asset. 

4. Getting The Most Money

We understand the bottom line. You want the most money possible for your home. Many folks believe that by selling themselves they will net more because they won't be paying commissions. Today, most buyers are working with an agent to help them find their dream home. Any savvy buyers' agent will ask that the sellers cover their commission and will also have their client reduce the offer amount given there is no listing agent. In the end, you may end up paying the buyer agent commission, selling for less, and having no guidance when you need it.

 

Before you take on this challenging process of selling your home yourself, CALL US at208-327-2127 to find out how we can net you more money!

Jun 01 2015
When selling your home, likely your most valuable asset, it's important to avoid these common ways buyers are scared away from homes. 
 
Bad photography
 
Bad photos are almost worse than no photos with a good description. You know the old saying "You don't get a second chance for a first impression?" Well, photographs are the first look a prospective buyers will have of your home. A successful listing agent should have a professional photographer they regularly work with to showcase your home and bring out its best.
 
Overpriced
 
The worst strategy for selling your home is to start well above market value and reduce as your timeframe becomes more and more urgent. This is a great recipe for selling your home for under market value or at least less than you could have if you started at market value. The longer your home remains on the market, the more likely it is buyers will go to your home with the notion that something is wrong with it. In order to net the most money possible it's critical to come to an educated decision with your agent to price as close to market value as possible. You do want to net the most money, right?
 
Dark and Dirty
 
The last thing you want to do is open your home to prospective buyers without it being clean - spotlessly clean would be preferred. We know it's a lot of work to live in your home and keep it this way, but it's very important! If you can afford to hire professional cleaners for a deep cleaning, even better! A clean home displays pride of ownership - something every buyer loves! Another item to scare away buyer is to have a dark home. People like cozy and bright homes! If you have dark paint colors or burned out light bulbs, it's time to consider repainting and replacing bulbs.
 
Too Hot or Too Cold
 
If you're selling a home in the middle of summer and don't have air conditioning or don't want to have above normal utility bills, therefore leaving the home too hot, you're going to make people uncomfortable and potentially lose a buyer. Likewise, in the winter, don't make people freeze while they look at your home! It's critical for prospective buyers to be comfortable when they are in looking at your home so they can focus on what your home has to offer them. We've worked with countless sellers who are selling a vacant house and originally wanted to skimp on the heat to save a few bucks. Is it worth your home not selling? Put yourself in buyers' shoes and make your home as comfortable as possible.
 
Lacking Curb Appeal
 
If the front of your home needs a little T-L-C, this would be excellent money well spent. This one also falls under the first impression category and is critical. If you can't afford a complete yard makeover, tidying up, pruning, and making sure things look nice as people approach the house is very important. Don't set a bad tone for a showing by not mowing the yard, pruning shrubs, etc. It is worth the money!
May 19 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 click here for iPhone or here for Android or simply 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. 
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!