Is Off-Market the Best Market?

Off-market listings can be considered exclusive or dare I say…sexy, but let me share a cautionary tale with you:   Recently, one of our sellers asked us to try to sell their home off-market. We took great pains to explain the downside of doing this. However, they assured us they understood the risks, and insisted…

How’s the Market?

After a busy summer we’re seeing a slow-down and a shift in buyer activity this fall. Some of this is likely just seasonal, as many buyers re-signed leases for September 1 and dropped out of the home search process. But, as we have been predicting for a while, the market has changed.   In a…

Leaving the Empty Nest

Over the last 10 years we’ve seen an increase in “empty nesters” buying property in the city. These buyers typically still work but are nearing retirement. With grown kids, their large suburban single-family home with a spacious yard is simply too much house and too much work for them to handle on their own.  …

Time to Upgrade

When Karen and Jim approached us to help them sell their home and buy a new one, it was with mixed feelings.   They bought their sweet little home when they learned they were expecting their first child. It was the perfect place for them to start their new family; close to everything they needed…

The Emotional Process of Selling

There’s so much more to selling a home than most people would imagine. Of course, there are necessary preparations when it comes to getting your home ready. First, the physical space must be prepared to maximize its features and appeal to a broad audience. Then, of course, the listing price must be determined, the photographs…

Hire a Pro, Save Your Stress

While selling your home, you may think that the sale transaction should be pretty easy-breezy. And if you happen to have an attorney friend, you may think “hey, they can represent me. How complicated could it be?” Unfortunately, it’s a bit more complicated than that. While doing this could save you a few hundred dollars,…

Why your agent’s reputation matters

Lately I’ve been reminded of how important the buyer agent role can be in a multiple offer situation. Recently we’ve had a couple of examples in our office of our buyers winning multiple bids to secure a new home. And this isn’t because their offers didn’t have the best price or terms. What’s the winning…

How to move out and move on

Moving can be hard.  And no matter what has prompted your decision to sell your home, it’s been just that– your home. So saying goodbye to it may, for good reason, have its emotional moments. Even if you’re selling to move on to something better, leaving the place that you’ve called home can be difficult.…

Let your furniture do the talking

This week I was reminded of the importance of staging a home that’s about to be on the market. Staging a home thoughtfully can set a positive tone and alert prospective buyers that a home is right for them. Proper staging can create visual interest and help people see potential in a home. Staging doesn’t…

Don’t bury your head in the sand

When the market shifts from a seller’s market to a buyers market, the sellers can feel the greatest impact. Let’s say you have an identical home to your neighbor, but their home sold only 12 months ago for $50,000 over the asking price in a multiple offer situation, it’s only understandable that you should expect…