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Seller Tips to Sell: 25 Fix and Polish Ideas

The first step should be to ask for a walk through. We can help you decide what to pack and what should stay or connect you with professionals to lighten the load.


1. Clean the entire home thoroughly. This is not your everyday cleaning, this is deep clean til it shines. Shampoo carpets, wash walls, clean sills, window screens and blinds. Even the outside windows should be cleaned to let the light in. Clean out light fixtures, fan blade,  dust shelving and more. Fresh caulk is a good idea. Get detailed here.

2. Clean the clutter from all closets, cupboards and cabinets. You really cannot pack up enough so have at it. The more clear space, the better.

3. Make your rooms look as spacious as possible. Store unnecessary furnishing items that make your home look crowded.

4. Arrange furnishing so that it is easy to walk through your home. WE STAGE AT NO ADDITIONAL COST so ask for… Read More

Finding your home’s best selling price

Expect Best Opportunities Within the First Few Weeks

Statistics show that the best opportunity to sell your home is often within the first few weeks of putting it on the market. This can be good news, or bad, depending on your motivation. Some homes sell right away, while others sit on the market for months without a single offer.

To maximize your selling opportunity, it is important that your home be priced right. What is the right price? Many factors will determine your home’s best asking price. Our current real estate market has a lot to do with it. Using sound judgment, research, and experience, a good agent can help you determine the right price for your home. They will help you evaluate your location, the recent sold data, current market trends, and your home’s special features that set it apart from the competition.

List to Sell

Ask me what the current absorption rate and pricing trend is for YOUR area. The most common question I get is why… Read More

Questions To Interview Any Agent

Can you give me some reviews of your work?

A great follow up to this is, may I call one or two of your former clients? I especially like to ask about intermediary sales—where the agent has worked with both buyer and seller. If those clients are happy, chances are integrity played a part.

How much real estate do you sell?

Ask if it is mostly residential and how their volume and number of transactions compares with the average area agent. We sold 9M last year with 56 transactions; ranked fourth and the biggest small firm. The average agent sold 8 units. This is really testing the agent’s area knowledge and selling aptitude.

What is your selling style?

This is to find out if they are a relationship seller, as we are. Someone who handles buyer, seller and even renting so we are here long after closing for YOU. Others are simply buyer’s agents and tend not to worry about… Read More

5 BIG Reasons You Shouldn’t do For Sale by Owner

Why For Sale By Owner is not the best option for most home sellers 1.  You Net More Money when Using an Agent

Seriously. Most homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they believe they can save the real commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission. You need a real price.

Secondly, by following the advice of us at No Place Like Home, you know what improvements return and which won’t. By handling and helping with your selling budget, we can make you net extra thousands and earn our keep.

Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $184,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $230,000.   This doesn’t mean you’d make $46000 more on your home but does show you that home that comes ready to the market will… Read More

Ask Your Home Lender Smart Questions!

Just like how your choice in Realtor is key to success, so is your choice of lender. They are your partners and should be comfortable answering these questions or you’d better look for greener pastures.

1. How do you get paid?

Some make a regular salary, others make money on selling your loan. Mortgage Bankers and Brokers here in Casper are all around the same cost but vary greatly on services and follow ups. Both ways have pros and cons. It is more important you trust your lender than how they get paid but how they answer will show you fast if they are upfront even under pressure. Good follow up questions are, “What percentage of your business comes from repeat or referral business? And “How long have you been originating loans?”

2. Can you go over a Good Faith Estimate?

This is a breakdown of either a sample or your purchase that covers everything—including lender fees, inspection charges, appraisal… Read More

Price Your Home To Sell

The top factors in selling your home are location, condition, pricing, marketing and did I mention location?

Since asking price is a key component, let’s take some time to consider it.

When a potential buyer is looking for a property, they want to get the best possible value for their dollar. This doesn’t mean that a home should be priced too low, but it does mean that knowing how to price your home is a must.

Get a CMA to Know The Value

It is a seller’s market right now, but regardless if you want to sell and get the most out of your investment, you need to know the actual value of your home. A formal market analysis is the best and affordable way to go. For a quick report, try our market snapshot. You should get a home value check every one to two years to better plan your finances.  With this information, you will be able to… Read More

Top 10 Most Forgotten Items in a Move

Whether you are planning a crosstown or cross country move, you’ll want to use a moving checklist to help you remember what to do next. Moving is stressful and things you would normally remember will trip you up. I remember having to ship a library book back. Several times, I have ended up buying or crediting a buyer on those garage door openers. Here is my list of some very easy to forget items.

1. Medication. These tend to be in the bathroom or kitchen and since you use them daily, they stay. Or get
packed at the last minute and buried in the chaos of moving. Keep them with you in your stays-at-my-side box. You might even plan ahead and ask your doctor for a paper script. You might need time to get settled before setting up a new primary doctor so having an extra 30 day supply is helpful.

2. Garage Door Openers. You keep them on… Read More

10 Things Real Estate Agents DON’T want you to know:

1) If you hire a realtor; you can fire a realtor. Selling quotas and agency process color agent agendas. This means agent advice is often NOT in your best interest, educate yourself.

2) Realtor fees are negotiable. Did you know most are charging 6-7% in Natrona County? Some even with an extra transaction charge. Some even charge buyers! With the average sales price, the extra cost to you would be about $2000.

3) The list agent, especially on new construction, is often NOT your best agent choice. A buyer’s agent at a different firm is a great way to go: they’ll earn their commission. They know the short-cuts and misinformation that an intermediary or designated agent might not always share.

4) Buyer’s agents don’t always look at the re-sell factor. They don’t do it, so why do they care?

5) Trust, then verify: agents tend to talk before they know. Protect yourself by getting inspections, talking to your appraiser and… Read More

Buyer Turn-offs: 5 Ways to Make Your Home Show Better and Sell Faster!

Address these areas of top buyer complaints and you’ll sell better-period.

1) Bad Odors:
Nothing and I mean nothing turns a yes to a no faster than a bad odor. Pets are the top culprit but kids, mold, sewer and leftovers are also common. When you are making sure your home is show ready-it is not just for the eyes but all senses. Don’t over-power with automatic or too many scented plug-ins or buyers will worry you are hiding something. Steam carpet cleaning is also strongly encouraged. Smoking is a HUGE no. I’ve tracked it and indoor smokers in our area generally net $10k less than their counterparts. Try to reorganize by smoking outside and leave no trace. Paint and use grease-cutting cleaning if your home was smoked in. Limit to one background smell throughout and you’ll get more compliments and less haters.
My top favorite home scents are citrus, vanilla and cinnamon.

2) Extreme overpricing:
Agents… Read More