Selling Your Home

Try This, Not That: Making Home Showings Great

4 Ways to Make Your Home Showings GreatWhen selling a home, the most important thing the homeowner can do to help their chances of finding the right buyer is to make sure the home gives a great first impression during the showing. However, there are a number of pitfalls that homeowners may accidentally stumble into that they may not realize can be harmful to their home’s chances of selling. Here are some of those mistakes and how homeowners can make sure they don’t happen.

Stage the Home Instead of Leaving It Empty

Some homeowners think that removing the furniture from a home will help buyers be able to see just...

How to Manage Capital Gains During a Home Sale

How to Use Capital Gains During a Home SaleMaking a profit in real estate is usually every homeowner's hope, even if it's not their sole goal. When it comes to the market, these profits are called capital gains. If a homeowner purchases a home for $100,000 and sells it 10 years later for $200,000, this sale would be classified as a capital gain for a home seller. This term is normally used for stocks, but it applies to practically any security—including a home. Learn more about both the basics and the complexities of how capital gains work in the real world.

The Basics of Capital Gains

Capital gains (or losses)...

Impress Any Buyer With These Low-Budget Home Staging Tips

Impress Buyers With Affordable Home Staging

When looking at homes for sale, prospective buyers often make relatively fast decisions on which homes they find attractive and which ones they see as lacking in appeal. Since many of these decisions are based solely on how the home looks in marketing photos and during the buyer's visit to view the home, sellers who want to get the best possible purchase offers are wise to make sure that their homes are clean, attractive, and well-organized before putting them on the market. But even the cleanest, most well-prepared homes may not compete as well as hoped, especially if they are vacant during the showing process or fail to stand out in competitive...

The Home Seller's Guide to Curb Appeal

Understanding Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Unless a seller is fortunate enough to have a professional staff of groundskeepers and maintenance personnel, the aspect of curb appeal is something that most homeowners find themselves dealing with in some capacity when deciding to sell their home. Since buyers often equate curb appeal with actual quality and value, sellers who miss the mark when attempting to improve their home's curb appeal may find themselves experiencing depressed levels of buyer interest, longer market times, and lower purchase offers than a comparable home that buyers view more positively.

If you are preparing your home for sale and want to make sure it is as appealing as possible from the curb,...

Selling an Austin Home: How to Get Top Dollar for Your Property

Real estate has long been heralded as one of the best investments to make, and it's one of the largest financial assets that many people have. Home sellers in Austin don't just want to sell – they want to sell high. The goal of most real estate transactions is to earn the most significant return possible while also securing a new home that fits your needs and desires.

The current market conditions in Austin are pretty much ideal for sellers. The average listing price is around $588,000, and home values have risen steadily over the last several months. Inventory is not as low as it is in other parts of the country, but there's an influx of buyers heading to the city for the powerful, high-paying tech jobs that are available. This means that move-in ready property is in high demand, and these buyers are willing to pay more to get what they...

Home Selling: Should I Replace My Roof?

When you live in a home, you may only go up to the roof once or twice a year. However, the condition of the roof could affect the kinds of offers you get on the home, or even that you get offers at all. Remember the major hail storms that damagned homes in Cedar Park? Home buyers do! Few people are eager to buy a home with a roof that is obviously leaking or missing a lot of shingles. This guide walks you through the common problems with a roof that you should look at before you list the home for sale. If you need a refresher course, or are selling for the first time, consider the following about your roof before listing.

Flashings

There are a couple of ways that your roof can leak water into the interior of the...

Tips for Selling a Home When You Own Pets

Many animal lovers would say that a home isn’t complete without having some kind of pet as a member of the household. Most often we find cats or dogs to be popular choices, and sometimes there’s several of them!

While pets can bring much excitement and enjoyment to a home, they can sometimes make the home selling process a little more difficult. So what is the most effective way to market your home when you have pets? Believe it or not, it’s rather easy to play up the benefits and overcome the challenges. If it’s a good time to sell your home, your pets shouldn’t deter you from listing!

Emphasizing The Pet Positive Aspects to Other Pet Owners

Many potential home buyers have pets of their own, or plan on becoming pet owners in...

Out-of-State Workers Set Their Sights on Austin

It seems that everyone is talking about Austin these days. From the booming housing market to the ever-growing economy, Austin is the city that is topping the charts, and it's not just the residents of Texas who are starting to notice.

The Austin Job Market

Recent data shows that Austin employers — specifically those in the burgeoning high-tech industry — are recruiting more and more out-of-state workers. According to an article published on Culture Map Austin, more than 60 percent of tech jobs that were filled in 2016 went to people who lived in other states and ended up relocating to Austin. In part, this is due to the fact that the tech companies based in Austin are willing to relocate top talent...

First Time Home Seller? Steps to Selling Success

Millions of words have been written to help first-time buyers prepare for that first home purchase, but for the first-time home seller, there seems to be far less helpful information available. Like a first-time buyer, however, home owners who are preparing to sell a home for the first time will certainly have questions and face obstacles during the process.

With this helpful, step-by-step guide, even the novice home seller can be be prepped and ready for real home-selling success. 

Be Prepared to do Some Work

Homeowners who are selling a home for the first time probably remember their own reactions to homes they viewed that had repair or condition issues. Taking time to deep clean every room and clear away accumulated clutter and excess furnishings from every room and area...

Selling a Home: Preparing for the Final Walkthrough

The walkthrough is the last step before buyers sign the paperwork to take ownership of a home. As such, it is the seller's last chance to confirm that the house is ready according to the purchase contract. Follow these tips to make sure all necessary and agreed-upon tasks have been performed prior to the keys changing hands.

Set Aside Time

Even under the best circumstances, your plans may not go perfectly according to schedule. Perhaps the moving truck arrives late and you have to sit and wait for several hours when you could be working on some other job. Make sure that everything brought up on the home inspection is complete. Be sure to give yourself the maximum amount of time you think you will need for each item on your checklist. Packing could take...