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  • Which Day is Best To List My Home?

    Posted Under: Market Conditions, Home Selling, Property Q&A  |  October 20, 2011 8:44 AM  |  471 views  |  No comments
    Most of the time Dallas homes sellers ask when is the good time to sell or list our home? Here is a great article from Inman news regarding this frequently asked question to Dallas Real Estate Agents as well as other areas.
    "Sellers should list their home on a Friday for the best chance of selling it, according to Seattle-based brokerage Redfin." Which is smart because most of the buyers look at homes during the weekend and Real Estate Agents show homes mostly weekends.

    "Redfin analyzed data for 1.2 million listings in 16 markets nationwide over the past 21 months. The brokerage found that of all listed homes in those 16 markets, those listed on a Friday were 12 percent more likely to sell within 90 days, and homes listed on a Thursday or Friday sold, on average, for slightly closer to list price: 94.4 percent compared with 93.9 percent when homes are listed on a Sunday or Monday. Put another way, that's a $1,000 difference on a $200,000 home.

    Homes listed on a Friday were also 18.8 percent more likely to be toured by Redfin customers. Homes listed on a Sunday or Monday were the least likely to be toured.

    "Our theory is that since homebuyers tend to tour homes on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday have 2.5 times more tours per day than weekdays), homes listed on Fridays are the freshest in buyers' minds when they're making their weekend plans. It also seems likely that many homebuyers sort their weekend 'must see' lists by date listed, going to see the freshest homes first so they have the best chance of getting in on a potential good deal before other buyers," the brokerage said in a blog post about the findings.

    "These factors put homes listed on Friday in front of more touring buyers on the weekend (which our touring data bears out). More tours leads to more offers, and more offers leads to a better price and a better chance of selling."

    In one respect, Sunday beat out any other day of the week: Homes listed on Sunday attracted slightly more online page views than the average on Redfin.com.

    While the vast majority of homes are listed on weekdays, no one weekday was especially popular, with between 17 percent and 19 percent of homes listed on any given weekday. About 19 percent of homes were listed on a Friday during the time period studied, Redfin reported"

    Isn't it a great information about when would be a good time to list your listings? I found it very informative that you can share with your clients and sphere of infulence easily.

  • Be careful while showing homes!

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Selling, Agent2Agent  |  May 21, 2011 8:19 AM  |  620 views  |  No comments

    Agents, Please be careful while showing vacant homes!

    I was reading Tom Kelly's Inman News Article about agent killing highlight need for buddy system, makes me to think and share this great article with my fellow real estate agents and For Sale by Owner Home owners.
    Have you ever felt kind of weird feeling in your stomach while showing homes, that time be careful more than ever. Buddy system is a great idea, I heard that some offices has the emergency code that they call the office and let them know where they are, do you have any different systems? Please do share for others, your couple sentences here may save a life!

    For Sale By Owner home owners should be careful, too. Most of the time you do not know who is calling you and who is getting in your house while you are at home.   

    Here is Tom Kelly's article, please read, and implement a some kind of buddy system for yourself.

    "Common sense" and "follow your instincts" go only so far.

    It's been 10 years and the case is still open.

    No arrests have been made in the Seattle area's most infamous real estate murder that took the life of a respected agent representing the region's largest company. A recent killing in Iowa rekindled stark reminders of the incident and sparked a review of safety precautions by brokers everywhere.

    On Jan. 5, 2001, the body of Michael Emert, 40, an agent with Windermere Real Estate since 1991, was discovered in a home for sale in Woodinville, a community in the high-tech corridor northeast of Seattle. Police believe Emert, then an agent in the Bellevue office, might have been showing the home to a prospective buyer when he was stabbed to death.

    "The case of Mike Emert is an open and active case," Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Police recently said.

    Has any recent progress been made?

    "The fact that it's not on the shelf is good news," Urquhart said.

    The Iowa incident occurred in a show home that showcased a new development. Ashley Okland, 27, who worked for Iowa Realty Co., was found April 8 with two gunshot wounds at a model home in West Des Moines. She later died at a local hospital. Okland was a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University. Her friends told the Des Moines Register that she had a radiant smile and no enemies.

    Okland reportedly was spotted in the neighborhood speaking with the man on two to three occasions in late February and early March. The resident who reported the tip described the individual as a younger man, "scruffy looking, (with) possible dark features."

    On one occasion, the man -- whose vehicle was said to resemble a Cadillac Escalade -- spent 20 minutes parked in front of the show home where Okland was shot, according to reports. The witness said Okland then exited the model house and left the area in her own vehicle, followed by the SUV.

    Most Des Moines-area weekend open houses, along with a popular home tour, were canceled.

    According to the King County medical examiner's office, Emert died of "sharp force injury." Emert's body was found by the seller, who is represented by another real estate firm and was a stranger to Emert. Authorities believe that Emert's late-model Cadillac sport utility vehicle was taken by the perpetrator and later abandoned.

    A witness at the time reportedly saw someone driving the vehicle from the vacant home and police were seeking a "person of interest" who was white, in his 50s, walked with a limp and was believed to be from the San Francisco area.

    Investigators have been stymied by the case -- and the lack of DNA evidence -- yet continue to track Emert's killer. A $50,000 reward and national television exposure have not helped. Detectives have stated that the crime scene contained very few clues, leading them to believe that it was highly unlikely Emert was attacked randomly or that he had stumbled on a burglary.

    Emert grew up in Walla Walla and attended Washington State University. He was a popular and successful agent who had several listings with price tags greater than $1 million at the time of his death.

    The Emert incident stunned the entire Puget Sound area. How could this happen on a quiet corner in an upscale neighborhood? According to King County tax records, the home in which Emert was found was valued at $589,950. While organizations can remind salespeople to be careful and suggest strategies when situations seem wrong, it's nearly impossible to stop a seemingly qualified buyer or service provider from committing a crime.

    Many agents continue to work alone. A majority are sole proprietors even though they are affiliated with a realty company. It's common for just about everybody in the business to receive a telephone call from a potential client seeking to view a property, and then be asked to meet that person at the home for sale. Most agents are wise enough to first meet at the office, but some people are slick enough to persuade an agent to do otherwise.

    Should real estate agents absolutely work in pairs, or at least have a "required" informal buddy system? Is there any realistic way of better ensuring the safety of salespersons -- and other service providers -- that routinely show empty homes to complete strangers?

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  • Discover How to take Better Pictures

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Tech Tips, Agent2Agent  |  November 15, 2010 10:23 AM  |  388 views  |  No comments
    Here is a great article about how to take impressive pictures that will sell your home easier and faster. As you know pictures are the first thing that buyers will impress and come to see the property when you list it. Impressive pictures bring you more buyers which will help you to sell faster and easier.

    By Paige Tepping

    RISMEDIA, November 13, 2010--They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in today’s real estate market, a thousand words has never been more important. Taking good photos for your listings is crucial as they make or break the first impression prospective buyers create about a home.

    BroomeByOwner.com offers the following tips for real estate agents who are looking to take their photo skills to the next level.

    Wait for a sunny day
    When taking exterior photos of the home you are listing, wait for a sunny day when the sky is blue. Be sure to position yourself so that you avoid any shadows and make sure the sun is shining on the front of the house.

    Shoot during daylight
    Interior photos should be taken during daylight hours to provide the best lighting conditions. Turn the lights on in every room and use the camera’s automatic flash. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, as you don’t want to be taking interior photos after the sun has set.

    Avoid glare
    In order to avoid capturing any glare in your photos, don’t shoot directly into a window or mirror.

    Be still
    To avoid blurry or poor quality photos, hold your camera still when taking any and all photos. If a photo comes out too dark or blurry, don’t post it online.

    Photogenic rooms
    When planning what photos you will take of the house, concentrate on photographing the most attractive rooms. In most cases, one bedroom photo is all you need.

    Go with the flow
    Be sure to photograph the home in the order you want the photos to be posted online. A good transitional sequence starts with the front exterior, moves to the living, dining room, kitchen, family room, master bedroom, master bathroom, exterior, pool, backyard and gardens. Don’t worry about taking too many photos as you can choose the best ones once you are done.

    Clean up
    In order to get the best photos possible, it may be necessary to get your clients to rearrange some of their furniture, in addition to clearing off countertops, folding towels, closing toilet lids and removing papers from the refrigerator.

    Not too personal
    Make sure your clients understand that the photos included with their listing are used to showcase the home, and not their valuables and lifestyle.

    Looking to list your homes in Dallas area, I wil be happy to help you, feel free to contact me when you are ready to sell!
  • How to USE SOCIAL MEDIA Effectively

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Selling, Agent2Agent  |  November 15, 2010 9:59 AM  |  431 views  |  3 comments

    This is a very helpful article who is thinking about using social media effectively as a marketing tool while selling a property by Dan Steward.

    RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—Social media’s not just for kids anymore. As the medium evolves, savvy business people and consumers are relying on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others for commercial and financial applications that go far beyond just friending your neighbor.

    Astute Realtors, along with home sellers and buyers, are increasingly using social media to market properties in a sometimes frustratingly slow market. The advantage offered by social media is outreach to a wide-reaching audience, targeted to your specific topic.

    Importantly, social media, like any effective sales program, does require a strategy. Launch into indiscriminate outreach and you’ll rapidly alienate your audience. In this brave new world, it’s important to first study the lay of the land before choosing your path.

    1. Select your tools
    To lay a foundation for a social media campaign, identify which social media channels will be most effective for you. To market a home, you could consider:

    - Launching a website.
    - Producing home-tour videos, uploaded to your site and to YouTube.
    - Updating your Facebook page to let friends know the house is for sale.

    2. Make the home the star
    creating a Facebook page to market an individual house or all your company’s listings is a strong way to showcase real estate. Post photos and information on Facebook, knowing that while many fans and friends are not currently in the market for a home, they’ll often forward the listing to friends who are. A listing that is passed from one Facebook page to another generates a great deal of exposure.

    3. List the home on Facebook Marketplace
    If your Facebook friends are using marketplace, it’s worth listing the property on Marketplace. Marketplace serves as Facebook’s classified ads which prompt your contacts that a listing has been posted.

    4. Cast a lure
    Is there something unique and exciting about the home? Use that information as a lure to create buzz. For example, a recent Twitter campaign drummed up interest by focusing on the fact that the residence was near many celebrity haunts. A few sample Tweets:

    “Madonna just bought a town house two blocks away.”
    “Justin Timberlake’s Southern restaurant is right around the corner.”
    “Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha filmed ‘Sex and The City 2′ right around the corner.”

    Each tweet included a link to the Realtor’s listing so people could learn more right away.

    5. What makes it special?
    Appeal to whatever is happening in other areas. Do you live in sunny Miami? In early January when temperatures around the country are brutally cold, post Facebook and LinkedIn reminders that it is 70 and sunny in Miami and provide a link to the listing. Is the home on a beautiful lot with grass and trees? Post information in large urban areas. Remember that old saw that “the grass is always greener on the other side” and attract attention by showing people what they could have.

    6. Remember “strategy, strategy, strategy”
    Facebook, Twitter and others can be tremendously valuable tools for selling a home. However, posting too often or repetitively can quickly turn into spam. Don’t post unless there’s something truly relevant to write about, like specific features, a large property, or other detail. Above all, tweeting and re-tweeting the same posts is almost guaranteed to thwart your own effort.

    Repeated posts incite people to remove you from their distribution lists, which is counterproductive to establishing relationships via social media.

    Ultimately, social media, used shrewdly, is a boon in the arsenal of real estate selling and marketing techniques. Put them to work effectively and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

    Dan Steward is President of Pillar to Post, www.pillartopost.com, North America’s largest home inspection services.

    Thinking about selling or buying in Dallas area, I will be happy to help you homes in Dallas, Frisco, Richardson, McKinney, Carrollton, Allen, Plano, Prosper, Farmers Branch, Mesquite, Grand Prairie and surrounding DFW areas.

  • Home Buying and Selling Tips for Fall

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Buying, Home Selling  |  November 2, 2010 9:17 AM  |  295 views  |  2 comments

    Home Buying and Selling Tips for Fall

    HGTV's real estate site Front Door says the weeks between now and the end-of-the year holidays are the best ones to find a bargain. Here are some of their tips for fall buyers and sellers:

    Fall Sellers:
     Replace faded summer plants with fall-blooming flowers and add autumn decorations to the home.
     Expect low-ball offers and be prepared with higher counter offers.
     Freshen up listing photos by shooting pictures that make it less obvious that the seasons have changed.
     Price the home to sell. A price that is a little lower than the competition may be a winning move.
     Be willing to show the property and hold open houses whenever potential buyers are ready 

    Fall Buyers:
     Look for motivated sellers who have a reason to move on by the end of the year.
     Explore new constructions. Builders are often interested in selling before the new tax year.
     Beware of fall maintenance issues. Consider overflowing gutters and leaf-covered lawns.
     Shape offers carefully. Even in this market it is possible to turn sellers off with a too-low bid.
    Source: FrontDoor.com (09/16/2010)

    If you are looking to buy or sell homes in Dallas area, feel free to contact me to find the best deals in Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Plano and surrounding areas.
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    Posted Under: General Area, Quality of Life, Home Selling  |  October 22, 2010 8:26 AM  |  337 views  |  No comments

    Your lawn plays a big role of your home's first impression. You have only one chance to impress possible buyers when they stop in front of your property. Proper lawn care involves a number of different efforts, namely: seeding, watering, mowing, aerating and fertilizing. The timing of these essential lawn care are crucial.

    You can make a thinning lawn thicker by seeding. The best time to seed is in the fall. Keeping the seed moist during germination is easier because the hot temperatures of summer have passed. The weeds that compete with the young grass have subsided. And the new grass will have ample time to mature and endure the stresses associated with summer, such as increased foot traffic and mowing.

    The best time to water a lawn is very early in the morning. Midday watering leads to excessive evaporation, and watering in the evening increases the risk of disease because the lawn remains moist throughout the night.

    How one mows the lawn varies by season. During the summer when growth is at its peak, the cutting level should be raised. In the fall, as the grass begins to store nutrients and prepare for the coming winter, cutting heights should be lowered. This hardens and strengthens the plant by conserving nutrients in the roots that would otherwise be expended on the longer blades of grass.

    Soil tends to compact, which reduces the oxygen supply to the roots. In response, lawns should be aerated in the fall. This can best be done using a coring aerator that removes small plugs of soil from the lawn.

    Weed-and-feed type fertilizers are best applied in the fall as well. This enhances plant health and helps assure a robust emergence in the spring.

    Dallas homes for Sale owners should take care of their lawns properly during the home selling process. Especially if your home is on the market around summer time your front yard should look green, it might be hard to do that with water districtions however possible Dallas homebuyers want to see healthy and green lawn just like other locations.

    There are a lot of different details that Dallas Home owners has to know while selling homes in Dallas, Frisco, Mckinney, Plano, Carrollton and surrounding areas, I will be happy to help you with my effective online and offline home selling marketing program, feel free to contact me.

  • Dallas Pre foreclosure Frequently Asked Questions

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Texas, Home Selling in Texas, Foreclosure in Texas  |  September 22, 2010 12:49 PM  |  559 views  |  No comments

    Most of seasoned investors, new investors, first time home buyers and who wants to buy a second house as an investment would like to learn more about pre foreclosure and foreclosure properties in Dallas.

    Before getting into Dallas foreclosure properties lets start from the basics like what is preforeclosure?The Preforeclosure Sale (PFS) Program allows the mortgagor in default to sell the home and use the net sale proceeds to satisfy the mortgage debt even though these proceeds are less than the amount owed.

    What kind of hardships does a mortgagor has to have experienced in order to qualify for the PFS The Preforeclosure Sale Program? Mortgagee Letter 2000-05, Paragraph B. Cause of Default, page 4, states “HUD does not have a “hardship” test. Mortgagees may offer FHA relief options to mortgagors who have experienced a verifiable loss of income or increase in living expenses to the point where the mortgage payments are no longer sustainable.

    Is it the responsibility of the mortgagee to acquire marketable title?Mortgagee Letter 2008-43, Paragraph G. Condition of Title, Page 9, states in part, “All properties sold under the PFS Program must have marketable title.

    HUD ( U.S. Deparrtment of housing and Urban Development) mentions these frequently asked questions, this information is current as of 25 March,2009 and HUD has a great website that you can find more information, learn how Dallas foreclosure process works as well as other DFW cities like Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Carrollton just like others in the nation.

    Most foreclosure properties are strated to become newer and nicer homes, that most of the time you may get a good deal for them. Dallas real estate

    market has not been affected from foreclosure properties as bad as the other cities in the nation as you know.

    Let me know if you are interested in Dallas Foreclosure Properties, Plano Foreclosure Houses, Frisco Homes for Sale, Dallas Foreclosure Condos, McKinney Homes for Sale and other DFW Foreclosure houses.

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