Agent Amy Roth on Open Houses in Hunterdon

It is time for a blog about open houses. Open houses (Opens) are a great way for people to learn about a neighborhood, even if they are not ready to buy. I usually have cookies and encourage you to take time, sit a spell and really check out a home. I love where I live and sell homes. I’m always happy to suggest why you should look and what is great about the area. Open houses are also for buyers who are sent by their agent. Sign–in using your real name and put your agents name. I do not have you sign in to harass you with sales calls. I will only call you if you ask me to. The sheet is merely a record of who took a twirl.

Yes the neighbors are welcome to look. I have no issue with that because on occasion they have a buyer/relative/friend/co-worker who would like to live here too. This is a great scenario because they are choosing their own neighbor.

Occasionally I will have another agent from my office help at my open if we expect a volume of people or there is a pool/pond for safety. Sometimes we help each other out with an open if more than one listing hits the market at the same time. There are 52 weeks in a year. Consider that if you hire the #1 person who has their name on every sign or more listings than weeks in the year that they will not be the one at your open house. Many agents/offices use new agents to work their opens. When you are looking to hire an agent ask if they will be working your open house. Mortgage reps may also attend. This is really helpful to a new buyer as they can answer many questions about the process. If I do not have an open, I will look at inventory on open house day to pre-view for buyers I may have.

There is another open house agents host called broker opens. These are opens for other agents during the week to see new inventory after they hit the market. This is another way for local agents to consider who they have looking that might be a good fit for your home. Agents will provide a light lunch and we get to catch up on all the latest real estate news.

 

 

USDA Home Loans in NJ!

I just listed this really cute house and it is USDA Loan Qualified! I get asked all the time what is that and how can it help me. (click link for more information)

This program assists approved lenders in providing low- and moderate-income households the opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings as their primary residence in eligible rural areas. Eligible applicants may build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate a dwelling in an eligible rural area. The program provides a 90% loan note guarantee to approved lenders in order to reduce the risk of extending 100% loans to eligible rural homebuyers.

In other words….if qualified it can help a renter become a buyer. The program is how my sellers purchased this cute home and now it can be yours.

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Top 7 Home Selling Tips

Top 10 Home Selling Tips

Here’s a list of some of my favorite home selling tips. As a previously Accredited Staging Professional I learned a lot about getting a home ready for sale. This is just a partial list of my tips. I would be happy to look at your home and let you know what i think you should do to get it ready for sale and make sure you get what it’s worth.

  1. Price, Price, PRICE!

Setting the right selling price is the best place to start with our top 10 list of home selling tips. New Jersey is a highly competitive market but the principles are the same no matter where you live. Some sellers feel it’s best to start high and reduce later in a negotiation. There’s a number of reasons to avoid this common mistake. When you come to market, the new listing traffic is at its highest. The MLS, Zillow, Realtor and most listing sites show the most recent listings at the top. If your home is priced or perceived as too high, people will just skip over it. The more time your house sits on the market, the more people may think something is wrong with it. It can be hard for sellers to remove the emotion involved in setting the selling price but the initial listing price should be set using market research and logic. A licensed Real Estate agent can review the Comps (recently sold homes) in your area, square footage, acreage and other important factors when setting your selling price. Some sellers will choose to work with the agent who tells them the highest listing price. Think about that for a minute…..

  1. Work with a Licensed Realtor

Selling your own home may save you some money but it may cost you big. Trying to save a commission may sound like a good idea but if your house is not marketed properly it may sit on the market and worse, it may not sell. A good Realtor will help you set the right price, take professional pictures, market in the right places, hold open houses, have a brokers open and may already have a buyer they’re working with. Depending on where you live, the right Real-Estate agent may be your best weapon.

  1. Take Awesome Pictures

A quick Google search revealed that 95% of home buyers researched homes for sale online. Great pictures are a must! Before the internet, curb appeal was important because it was the buyers first impression. Today your pictures are your first impression. Make sure you take your pictures on a sunny day and turn on all your lights. Declutter before taking any pictures, you want it to look like your home is a spacious as it actually is. I have professional camera equipment, lighting and plenty of experience photographing real estate.

  1. De-personalize

Reducing your personal touch on the home can help your potential buyer see themselves in the space. Limit your family photos, remove your collections or anything that people may not associate with (i.e. your Dallas Cowboys Jersey.)

  1. No more Clutter!

Start here by clearing out your closets. Your potential buyer wants to see as much closet space as possible. If it’s winter, move your summer stuff into storage or vice-a-versa. The kitchen is another spot to de-clutter. Clear up your junk drawer and clear off your countertops.

  1. Staging

As a previous Accredited Staging Professional and Interior Designer, I understand what it takes to make your house look it’s best for sale. If you decide to list your home with me, I will provide you with a personalized list of recommendations to show your home at its absolute best. Making your house look lived in but easy for your potential buyer to see themselves living in it is an art. Simple things can have a huge impact on your home and sometimes it just takes a third person view to see its maximum potential.

  1. Kitchen – Renovation or refresh?

When you put your house up for sale you need to focus on your kitchen. Some experts say that your selling your kitchen when you put your house on the market, it’s that important. It may be worth some simple upgrades or painting to insure you get top dollar. Tasteful upgrades in your kitchen will typically payoff in selling price and time-on-market. Simple renovations like painting your cabinets and replacing the hardware can have a huge impact. I’ve made suggestions in the past to staging clients and after completing them they ask “why didn’t I do this sooner?” Quite often they would hire me to design their new home to start out with the best flow and design from the start.

Call Agent Amy Roth at (908) 735-0535 for a consultation or visit https://www.bhhsnj.com/amy.roth for contact information and listings.