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By Leslie Dabrowski | Broker in Salem, OR
  • Is This A Good Time To Sell Your Home and What is the Best Way to Do It?

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Oregon, How To... in Oregon, Moving in Oregon  |  July 4, 2013 11:34 AM  |  234 views  |  No comments

      Is This A Good Time To Sell My Home and What is the Best Way to Do It?

    In many areas, the inventory of properties for sale at this time, are very low, and there are still a lot of Buyer's looking for a home.
    Not only that, interest rates are slowly rising, so if you have been thinking about moving on and purchasing your next home, NOW is the time.

    Spring and summer are typically the best time to put your home on the market. 
    Well, guess what?
    Spring is now gone and summer is HERE!

    What are Buyer's looking for?

    They want homes that are priced well or a Seller that is willing to negotiate.

    Homes that are move in ready.The less a Buyer has to do the more eager they are to move in.

    Some Buyer's are looking for homes close to schools,public transportation,shopping, and medical services.  Other Buyers may be looking for a property with some acreage outside of the city, or a home with a large yard for the kids and the family dog. Then you also have the Buyers looking to downsize or Buyers looking for a larger home with lots of storage.

    My point is, there are Buyers out there looking for all types of homes and at all different price ranges.

    Advice to Sellers

    First, be realistic! In pricing and the condition of your home.

    Have a full inspection done on your home, and do any needed repairs and let
    Buyers know about it, when your real estate agent is promoting your home.

    I mentioned an agent or broker for good reason. I know a lot of Sellers think it will save them money by doing for sale by owner. Wrong!  A good agent or broker
    will help you in pricing your home, based on your home's features and using comparables (homes recently sold or current homes in your area). A Broker or Agent has the tools to promote your home, by using advertising with professional looking pictures, flyers, and posting your home on the Multiple Listing Service websites for their area, and beyond. They have contacts past and present to let others know about your great home.

    Agents can include a Seller's home on a Broker's Tour. A Broker's Tour is usually set for a certain day of the week, for a specified amount of time. The local area real estate agents get together, and go view other agents listings. The Listing agents have a chance to tell other agents the details and information about a home. These details may not have have been known by the Buyer's Agent if they were just showing your home to a Buyer.  This is an advantage for the Seller and it gives the Buyer's agent first hand information they can pass on to their clients. Which could result in a faster sale!

    Also, do you want to be the one to show your home to strangers, not knowing if they are even qualified to purchase a home?  Most agents work with Buyers that are either already pre-approved or at least pre-qualified with a Lender, before starting  their search. That means your home is only being looked at by serious Buyers not just looky loos. Agents also have qualified knowledge needed to write contracts and deal with issues that may come up during the process of selling a home.

    Let it be known if you are willing to work with Buyers with all different types of loans(if your home qualifies).
    That will help you in drawing in more Buyers, which could result in multiple offers!!

    Also, make it easy for Agents to set up viewings. Try not to make too many restrictions such as, certain days or times they can view the home. 
    Buyers will get frustrated if they have to jump through hoops just to see a home, and may just move on.

    Best advice is get your home sale ready and on the market now, but do it by using a qualified Broker or Agent.   

    Leslie Dabrowski, Broker
    State Of Oregon Licensed Real Estate Broker
    Coldwell Banker Mtn. West Real Estate 
    615 Commercial St. Ne, Salem Or 97301
    Cell 503-689-6368

  • Getting Your Home Sale Ready, With Little Cost!

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Salem, Curb Appeal in Salem, Home Ownership in Salem  |  February 2, 2013 11:36 PM  |  262 views  |  2 comments

     Getting Your Home Sale Ready,With Little Cost! 


    "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" - Will Rogers


    No truer words, especially if you are thinking of selling your present home. So here are some things you can do now to get your home sale ready and make the first impression a good one!


    Exterior of the Home -

    If buyers do not think the outside of your home is very appealing, your may never get them inside to see your updated bathrooms or your newly painted living room. This is the area you can make the biggest improvement with the least amount of cost.

    Touch up the paint on your front door and trim. Also keep your porch area swept clean. It is easy to do and will make your entry more welcoming.


    Trim back trees and bushes –

    You want the great features of your home to be seen. Buyers may feel that you

    are hiding something by covering it up with over grown vegetation. Rake up any leaves, and clean out the rain gutters. It will give your home a more maintained appearance. Add a little bit of color: by planting some flowers or add a hanging basket near the entrance.


    The Interior -

    Simply putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls can make a world of difference, and it will not cost you very much. Remember to keep the colors light and more neutral. It gives the buyer more options rather than wondering what to do with the bright red or purple walls in the living room. Remember even though it may be your taste,it may not be theirs.

    De-clutter!- Buyers want to picture themselves living in your home, not want how you live in your home. For example, it is great that your family takes off there shoes when inside, but do not leave all the shoes at the entrance of the front door. While your home is listed, put them in a closet or a storage area.
    Have a garage sale! This is a wonderful way to get rid of items you do not want to move to your new home, and make a little money!

    Take some time and look around your home and consider what items you could possibly back up and store in the garage or in a storage unit in preparation for the move to your next home.

    It is hard when you have small children and keeping their toys out of sight or at least picked up. One way, is to minimize the amount of toys taken out when the kids are playing. That way it will not be such a chore to put away when Buyers are viewing your home.


    Flooring -

    It is a great idea to make improvements to the floors.  It may only take getting your carpets cleaned or waxing / buffing your wood flooring. If you have tile flooring think about having the grout steam cleaned, These are quick fixes you can do, without the cost of replacement.


    Light Fixtures -

    Update some of your light fixtures. Home improvement stores have great ideas at a low cost.  Again this will give your home a fresh look.


    Small Repairs and Big Repairs:

    Go around your home and see what small repairs you can make, such as leaky faucets, running

    toilets, cracking grout around the tub or shower.

    Another thing that will  be more costly, but worth the effort, is to pay to have a full home inspection.

    This way you can get those larger needed repairs out of the way, and make a great impression with the buyer.


    **Try to see your home through the buyer’s eyes.  If you can do that, improvements needed will be easy to spot. A qualified Realtor would be happy to give you some great tips as well. Get busy!  

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