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Seller Optimism Jumps An Impressive 12% in Q2

Tue, Jul 16th 2019 10:33 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

Before you list your home, you want to feel confident in the market and the opportunity to sell your property at a competitive price. And in Q2 2019, it looks like that confidence is on the rise.

According to the most recent Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey from the National Association of REALTORS®, nearly ¾ of people—73 percent—believe that now is a good time to sell a home. That’s up from 65 percent last quarter (Q1 2019), a jump of 12 percent. The percentage of people who are strongly optimistic that now is a good time to sell is also on the rise, increasing from 37 percent to 46 percent.

The Takeaway


The jump in optimism points to favorable market co...



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10 Ways To Add Curb Appeal With… Color!

Wed, Jul 3rd 2019 2:44 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

We’ve had tasteful greys, farmhouse whites, and classic beiges up and down the street for so darn long… It’s no wonder people are going cuckoo for color these days!

Just think, with these projects, you can brighten up your life AND add to your house’s curb appeal in a weekend or less.

Front Door

This one seems like a no-brainer, and yet, so many people are afraid to try it out! The reason why? They’re afraid they’ll choose the wrong color or paint.

That’s understandable. No one likes to get stuck with a do-over, and no one wants to live with a Shrek green mistake on the front of their home.

The easy solution? Go with what you know. Pick a color from the existing palette of your hom...



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7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Mon, May 13th 2019 1:29 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.

With that in mind, it’s important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction.

The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

1. ‘If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!’

When sellers...



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Thinking About Renovating? These Features Can Help Your Home Sell Faster

Mon, Apr 22nd 2019 9:00 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When you renovate your home, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Not only do you want to make your home a better place for you and your family to live, but you also want your renovations to add to your home’s resale value.

But what, exactly, are the features that will help your home sell faster?

According to recent data from Realtor.com (which analyzed more than 1 million single-family listings), the top three renovations that will help you sell your home quickly and at a prime price point are:

  • A chef’s or gourmet kitchen
  • A theater room
  • A home gym.

These renovation projects were named the “most profitable home features for sellers banking on quick sales.”

Those three ...



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4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Real Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale

Tue, Apr 16th 2019 1:40 pm by Tiffany Hereda Informational

When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home, there are obvious things you notice them doing to help your house sell. Things like: hosting open houses, bringing potential buyers on home tours, and marketing your property in multiple ways to make sure it gets enough exposure.

But when it comes to adding value to your home sale, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A huge percentage of your agent’s job takes place behind-the-scenes, and they’re working around the clock to get your house sold — even when you’re not looking.

Here are 4 behind-the-scenes way your real estate agent is working to get your house sold:

1. Performing market research

When it comes to pricing your home, your ...



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6 Reasons You Should Avoid Buying A For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Home

Tue, Mar 26th 2019 2:31 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

When you're looking to buy a home, you may wonder, "Does it matter if the property is listed with a real estate agent or the owners who are trying to sell it themselves?" Um, yes. It matters. A lot. The truth is: When it comes to signing contracts, handing over escrow money, and digging into the home's history, going it alone can end up costing homebuyers a bundle. The following are 6 reasons to avoid a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home.

1. Are you sure it's legit?

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Unfortunately, scams abound and the real estate industry isn't immune. If you don't have an agent looking out for your best interests, it's easy to be duped. For example, would you know what a proper sales contract l...



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Why Do Real Estate Agents Ask If You’re Pre-approved?

Wed, Mar 20th 2019 2:11 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage? If you haven’t, then you have never walked into an open house or called an agent. Or at least enough of them... Just wait. It’ll happen. And you’re going to feel like it’s pretty pushy for them to ask that.

It’s like a joke.

It makes you feel like telling real estate agents this knock-knock joke… You: Knock-knock. Real estate agent: Who’s there? You: Nunya. Real Estate Agent: Nunya who!? You: Nunya business if I’m pre-approved or not! Just show me the house, and I’ll get pre-approved if I even like the house. I can defin...



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FSBOs Make Up Only 7% Of Home Sales In 2018—And For Good Reason

Tue, Mar 12th 2019 2:43 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

Thinking about listing and selling your home on your own? You might want to think again. According to the 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors, FSBOs (for sale by owners) only made up 7% of home sales in 2018. And for good reason! Not only can selling your home without the help of an agent cost you time, energy, and frustration throughout the process—but it can also cost you serious cash. In 2018, FSBO homes sold for a median of $200,000, a whopping $64,000 less than agent-sold homes.

The Takeaway

If you're thinking about selling your home on your own, you may want to reconsider. Working with an agent will make the process of selling your h...



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4 Tips For Buying A Home From A Distance

Wed, Feb 27th 2019 2:08 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Chances are, if you're looking for a new home, you're ready for a change of scenery. And while that might mean just a new property or a new neighborhood, for many potential homebuyers, that often means a new city. And if you're considering buying property in a city other than the one where you currently reside, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Will you have to fly to your new city every weekend to look at properties? Will you miss out on hot properties? Is it even possible to buy without physically being in your city? Buying a home from a distance certainly presents its own set of unique challenges, but by no means is it impossible. Here are four tips for buying a ...



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7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Fri, Jan 4th 2019 10:47 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest. With that in mind, it's important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction. The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

1. 'If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!'

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Home Price Growth Finally Slowing, Spelling Good News For Buyers

Tue, Dec 11th 2018 2:01 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Thanks to record low inventory and heated competition, home values have been rapidly rising in markets across the country. But according to recent data, it looks like home price growth is finally showing signs of slowing. According to recent research from Redfin, home sale prices increased just 4.7% in August, capping off six straight months of declines and delivering the lowest price growth in four years.

The Takeaway

If you've been putting off buying a home because of the intense seller's market in the US, this is great news—low price growth means you won't be seeing the dramatic price jumps that have become commonplace in recent years. And as more inventory hits the market (accordi...



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Want To Increase The Value Of Your Home? Choose Paint Colors Wisely

Thu, Nov 29th 2018 1:53 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

If you're thinking about putting your house on the market, obviously you want to do everything you can to increase the value before you sell. And if you want to add to that value without breaking the bank? Try a little paint.

According to Zillow's 2018 Paint Colors Analysis, which analyzed the effects different paint colors had on home values, choosing the right paint colors—and incorporating those paint colors in the right way—can make a huge difference when you list your home.

Which colors will give you the most bang for your buck? According to the analysis, painting your door black can boost your home's sales price by 2.9% while covering the bathroom walls in a periwinkle blue can ad...



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Why FALL Might be the BEST Time to Buy a Home

Thu, Nov 8th 2018 9:15 am by Tiffany Hereda Buying

A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market. And, it is... ...in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there's also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings. The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don't end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.) Now, it isn't like new listings don't happen in the Fall. There's always new listings coming on the market. But it's not like, just because it's Fall and not Spring, prices are necessarily going to fall. In other words, new listings aren't likely to list for a lot lower than you would have seen in the Spring. However, the homeowne...



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August 2018 Grand Strand Market Stats

Tue, Sep 25th 2018 10:40 am by Tiffany Hereda Informational

Grand Strand Aug 2018 Market Stats



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Selling Your Home? Here’s One Aroma That Will Help You Sell It

Fri, Aug 17th 2018 1:09 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

True or False?

When you’re selling a house, you should bake cookies before a showing or an open house.

I guess you could say the answer is a hard and fast “true” because, after all, it can’t hurt. Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked cookies? But it’s also kind of false… It isn’t like you can Betty Crocker your way to a sale, let alone at the highest price possible. Your entire house still needs to be appealing. A batch of cookies isn’t going to hide bad odors enough or divert people’s attention from a messy house that needs repairs.

If only it were that simple...

Picture (and smell) this — a buyer shows up to a house and the homeowner has:

  • Two dogs laying on the sofa (wet f...


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6 Tips To Get A Better Deal When You Buy A Home

Fri, Aug 3rd 2018 2:32 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Do you want to increase the chances that you get a good deal on a house when you buy one!? Of course you do. Who doesn't? But most people go about it all wrong. They think that you have to find a desperate seller, or some overlooked, underpriced home that's a steal. Sure, those are ways to get a good deal, but there are always people waiting in the wings wanting to scoop those up if and when they appear. But most aren't ready and able to do anything about it. Here are 6 tips to help you be able and ready to get those deals when you find one.

1. Be flexible with your closing date.

This sounds so easy and simple. And it is. Many buyers simply cannot be flexible with their closing date. T...



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7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Tue, Jul 17th 2018 10:47 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.

With that in mind, it's important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction. The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

1. 'If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!'

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Another Reason that NOW is a Great Time to Sell

Tue, Jul 10th 2018 1:07 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When you sell your home, you want to make sure you’re getting the best price for your property. The best way to do that is to sell when demand is high and supply is low. And if you look at supply and demand, there’s never been a better time to sell your home.

According to the most recent Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic, there are four times as many renters looking to purchase a home in the next twelve months than there are homeowners looking to sell. And as rents continue to rise around the country, the number of renters looking to transition to ownership will only increase.

(According to Realtor.com’s most recent Market Outlook Report from Q4 2017, rents rose in a whoppin...



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