A LOT of hard work and keeping it clean is the biggest thing. I recommend taking down family pictures and reducing furniture to the bare minimum. Put this in storage. Try and make it look like there is a lot of space. If you have toys in the living room and scattered throughout the house and family pictures on the wall potential buyers will walk through your home and feel like they are invading someones personal space. You want buyers to feel comfortable and be able to see themselves sitting on your couch watching TV and at the dining table eating dinner. If all your personal stuff is around 95% of buyers won't be able to do that.
Good luck selling your home!... more
This sounds pretty complicated and there are too many factors involved for anyone here to give you good advice. We are not part of the contract, and don't know any of the details. So....What does YOUR Realtor say?? Sounds like you've hired an attorney, which is a good thing. What does your LAWYER say?? Most contracts are written in favor of the buyer, and give the buyer plenty of "outs" of the contract. Sounds like you have some issues, so then terminate the contract and be done.... more
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Selling yourself would likely reduce your chances of success. Most buyers are using agents and most agents do not show FSBO's.
As to what you are doing wrong, it's hard to say. Are you with a good agent? Are you priced competitively with your competition and the recently sold homes? Are you marketed beyond your local MLS to sites like Trulia, Zillow and dozens more? Are your pictures bright, clear and inviting? Do the descriptions paint emotional word pictures? Are you leaving for showings and making the house easy for agents to show?
There are many factors that need to come together to be successful. I hope these comments are helpful.... more
Celine, Any answer to this question would be highly speculative. There is a chance of any market for anything crashing because that's the way economies work. Johnston has had a fairly stable housing market due to its fairly small size and big operations there by John Deere and Pioneer, large agricultural realted concerns which have done well in the past few years. Additionally Johnston is close to Saylorville Reservoir which is a popular recreation area. Yesterday the Des Moines Register printed an article showing the property assessments declined in Johnston by -3.2% from their prior level set in 2009. Property taxes are reassessed in odd years here.
At this point I really don't feel there is a construction boom in the area because the demand just isn't there right now and builders have scaled back somewhat from the boom times of several years ago. Some large builders have either folded or sold off their holdings to other builders so in my opinion we've seen most of the correction in prices as related to new construction. There is some excess housing inventory to the north in Ankeny however. It really all depends on the type of property you are looking at and what you pay for it however. Without knowing that, it is impossible to answer this question accurately.... more
Those are standard fees and cost but you should have received a GFE that detailed those at the start of the loan process? If they were not on your original GFE they would become the brokers cost and can not be passed along at close?... more
I'm not sure on the specifics with this Andrew. If I were you, I'd check with the police department and see if they can get you the statistics.
Sorry it almost took you a year to get that weak answer ;)
I hope you find what you're looking for. If I can be a resource on anything else, let me know!... more