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If you are a home buyer and don’t see many options during your initial search online, make sure you get a Realtor on board to help you.
Even though inventory may be low and declining, there are at least three key actions your agent can take for you. Make sure your agent knows what you are looking for, the location you want and your ideal timing.
3. Last, but not least, your agent can write a letter or design a postcard describing your dream home and mail it directly to the homeowners on your favorite street or in the area you are focused on.
If you are a seller dealing with buyers that are circling and taking no action or facing a complete lack of buyers altogether, there are key action steps you can take too.
So don’t give into a slowing market, surge ahead, get the market to work for you, and make your move!
For questions or help in this market, send me a note using the form below.
My own back yard in the Fairfield beach area is one commonly referred to as a ‘postage stamp’, though it still manages to accommodate our trampoline and numerous modest get-togethers. However, some good friends of mine in Westport have a much more spacious back yard with abundant space for fun, games and big-time bashes. We’ve been to quite a few, with the latest one being Memorial Day weekend 2016!
It turns out, these friends have just moved their social agenda to another gorgeous yard (and home) nearby.
The good news for all of you readers out there is that the wonderful back yard my friends have left now has a brand new house on it that will be ready to support a new source of festivities!
Tucked away just off Turkey Hill South, a new home sits on a quiet country lane cul-de-sac. Carefully designed and finished on four levels, this home will feature elegant transitional style with open flow and ethereal light. Romantic landscaping and plantings surround the level property making it super for entertaining, fun in the sun, and peaceful relaxation. It is the Hillandale House.
The builder, Coastal Construction Group, has fine tuned the art of quality home construction by providing careful attention to site design, layout, architecture, craftsmanship and the right property location. As we all know, a home is more than just the place we live, it’s the foundation for everyday living. Added bonus? This home is located four minutes from Green’s Farms station and under an hour from Manhattan!
Take a look at the sneak peek video, and visit the listing online and check out a snapshot of the progress! Perhaps you know someone who has been weighing the options of renovation versus new construction and this may be a consideration? If you or a friend may be interested, reach out to me at 203-912-4440 or send a note below.
In the meantime, whether it’s Memorial Day, Father’s Day, a graduation party, or just plain summer fun, here’s to a great backyard barbecue!
Starting with the Cons, here are some points to consider that may help sellers decide.
These are the most common Cons I hear,
– I’ll have to spend a day cleaning and straightening up!
– Don’t want the Looky-Loos, Nosey Neighbors and Strangers traipsing through my house.
– No one’s going to buy it during an open house.
– Don’t want anything broken, messed up or stolen.
… and some Pros for sellers to consider
1. An open house is typically scheduled well in advance allowing you plenty of notice before having to tidy up, unlike last-minute showing requests that inevitably occur after all your party guests just went home or your kids just dumped their belongings all over the floor.
2. Likewise, sellers with pets will have ample time to arrange for a ‘furry’ field trip as the case may be, instead of having to scramble to pull pets out of the house when the call from a buyer’s agent comes in.
3. Yes, the open house is a chance for your neighbors to come in and see. This enables them the opportunity to spread the word to friends, family, and potential buyers, or even to consider trading up or down themselves. Many agents send direct invitations to the neighbors to come to the open house. Most people move very close to home, within about a 10-mile radius, so you never know!
4. Although it does happen, most homes do not sell to someone at the open house. However, this is an additional form of marketing that gets the word out about your listing. The greater the exposure you have, the better the chance for your house to sell for the best market value.
5. The multi-hour time block reserved for an open house gives you the perfect excuse to go out and do something fun for the day. If you are careful to store away or remove valuables, fragile items, and prescription drugs, you are most likely to have a smooth open house event, and you can enjoy a worry-free day.
6. An open house gives potential buyers a chance to experience the chemistry they may have with the home after being attracted to it from photos online.
7. An open house enables a pool of buyers that don’t have an agent yet to come and consider it as their new home.
8. One of the most important benefits of an open house is that it’s an event that gives your Realtor a perfect reason to do a big round of promotion for your listing. The promotion may include everything from email announcements to buyers and agents that link back to your online listing. It can include a plug on all the social media outlets. It may warrant a postcard mailing and door hanger invites to the neighbors. The big day at your listing gets posted on numerous real estate and brokerage websites, which in turn boosts your listing exposure in online search results. The local paper promotes open house events. And let’s not forget the yard signs pointing out your fabulous listing to everyone in town.
9. Last but not least, the open house enables a “show time” opportunity for your property that is not always practical for everyday appointments. Your agent can ensure that the lights are all on, the window treatments are open, music is playing, flowers are on the table and the scented candles or simmering apple cider are working their magic. This creates an excellent first impression for all that attend. And these visitors could be the ones to direct the final buyer your way!
So when you become a seller, what will you decide?
Drop me a line!
William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance
2525 Post Road, Southport, CT 06890
What is a castle? In its most basic form, it’s a place that gives us security and privacy.
Home Sweet Home. It’s the place we cherish, where we feel safe and sound, sometimes happy, other times sad; where we celebrate, gather together, share, work, create, cook, decorate; where we can love and be loved; where we live, grow, rest, dream, and at times sort through the chaos that life often throws at us! After all, there’s no place like home !
Home is a most important place and a most significant asset. This is why I love to join my clients in the chapter of their lives when it’s time for their next castle. It is a critical business transaction and a complex process, but most important, it’s an emotional, exciting and monumental time! I am honored to share this time with my clients, buffer the anxiety, guide the course and share the joy!
Please share a comment or image of a precious moment, space or place showing the essence of home for you! I’ve posted a few of my own.
Some happy clients left their Southport home behind for a gorgeous new home in none other a wonderful place than… Southport!
Mom gave 100% approval and even supported the endeavor as a partner. They got a great deal on a bank owned new construction, and the bank even hired a new builder to complete the house and provide custom finishes.
Here’s to a new chapter and a new home. – Cheers!