Five People You Will Meet at Your Next Open House

11 Apr

Five People You Will Meet at Your Next Open House

by On April 9, 2014 (abbreviated version)

1.) Qualified Buyers:

Watch for serious buyers during your open house.  These buyers come prepared with thoughtful questions, so be familiar with important property information. How to Make the Sale: Follow up within 24 hours to increase chances of an offer.

2.) Seller’s Family and Friends:

Your sellers may invite their family and friends to make the property look more popular to other guests.  Don’t discount these visitors, they may be looking to move in the future or might have friends that could become potential clients. How to Make the Sale: Treat these guests as you would any other potential buyers. They will notice your dedication and increase opportunities for future referrals.

3.) Next-Door Neighbors:

Neighbors often visit open houses because they are curious and want to compare property prices and details. No one knows the area better than local residents, so use their insight to your advantage.

How to Make the Sale:  Pre-open house, introduce yourself and extend an invite to your open house. Ask their opinion on the local area and their favorite neighborhood places. Use this information during your open house to give potential buyers an insider perspective on living in the neighborhood.

4.) “Not Yet” Buyers:

You will meet plenty of people at your open house who are browsing or not seriously considering buying. These visitors could become future clients, so ask if they are working with an agent or looking to buy in the near future.

5.) Other Local Agents:

Real estate agents often visit open houses to see how their listings compare or if they are representing a buyer who is unable to attend. Give them a brief overview of the property and let them walk through solo.

Courtesy of Kansas City For Sale By Owner – The FSBO Store – FSBO-KC.com

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KC FSBO-KC.com Spring Homes Tour 2014

2 Apr

The FSBO Store, 10635 Roe Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66207

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Please visit our Homes For Sale in the Greater Kansas City and Lawrence areas for this years Kansas City FSBO Spring Homes Tour!

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Please note: Coinciding with the Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes, April 26-May 11 making for the ideal time to get out and view the best homes, builders, neighborhoods and HOME VALUES in our area.

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Home staging 101: Stash the nudes

1 Mar
Feb 28, 2014

When you’re selling a home, you don’t want to put off potential buyers with edgy art like a nude painting on the wall, say a handful of agents interviewed on the subject by the Wall Street Journal.

Though homeowners sometimes push back, ”No nudes is good nudes,” Re/Max agent Lyn Sims told the Journal.

A 2011 Duke University study cited in the article backs up Sims’ assessment: Getting rid of edgy art like nudes is one of the most effective things owners can do when staging their homes, receiving a 5.98 ranking on a 7-point scale (7 being considered a highly effective action) by the study’s 457 participants. Home shoppers tend to remember the stand-out art rather than the home itself, the study showed.

Source: Wall Street Journal

KC FSBO Fall Homes Tour 2013

17 Sep

The FSBO Store, 10635 Roe Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66207

“Kansas City’s Trusted Leader in Private Home Sales Since 1996”

Please visit our Homes For Sale in the Greater Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka areas for this years Kansas City FSBO Fall Homes Tour!

Many of our KC FSBO Homes for Sale have been former Models and shown in previous Parade of Homes events both Spring and Fall. View our Homes For Sale.

And for homes with that little something “extra,” please visit our Distinctive Lifestyle homes.

Please note: Coinciding with the Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes, September 28th through October 13th, making for the ideal time to get out and view the best homes, builders, neighborhoods and HOME VALUES in our area.

Home of Kansas City’s BEST HOME VALUES online and in your neighborhood in the Greater Kansas City Area!

The FSBO Store
10635 Roe Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66207
Phone: (913) 498-3726 (FSBO)

The Best of Both Worlds…On-Line and Storefront “The FSBO Store” Real Estate Listing Services

12 Aug

Kansas City For Sale By Owner and our National On-Line Real Estate Partner HomesByOwner have joined forces to offer the most complete portfolio of Real Estate Listing Service in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area, Lawrence, Topeka and (something wonderful coming soon).

Please visit our current Listing Packages for FSBO-KC.com and HomesByOwner.com.

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Johnson County, Kansas
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Don’t confuse “pre-approved” and “pre-qualified” with a Loan Commitment

15 Jun

For Real Estate Buyers and Sellers:

When you are “pre-qualified,” the lender is making an educated guess about how much you can borrow based on information you’ve provided. When you are “pre-approved,” the lender has verified everything you’ve provided and is offering to lend you up to a given amount at current interest rates — under certain conditions.

It’s much better to be pre-approved when shopping for a home because both you, your real estate agent and the seller know what you can afford. Whether pre-qualified or pre-approved, final clearance and a check at closing — a loan commitment — are subject to an appraisal satisfactory to the lender, good title, a last-minute credit check, and other verifications.

When meeting with lenders, always ask what additional steps will be required to obtain a loan.

And for Buyers…ALWAYS:

Postpone any big-ticket purchases until after you buy your house.

 

Excerpts from “Ten Mortgage Mistakes You Can’t Afford from Realtor.com” By Lew Sichelman

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Advice for Homebuyers and Sellers

4 Jun

TODAY Chat: Advice for homebuyers and sellers

By Herb Weisbaum, TODAY contributor

Ilyce Glink

It’s a seller’s market in many parts of the country right now. That’s a big change from the past six or seven years. With buyers competing for the same property, home prices are going up. It’s a good thing mortgage interest rates are at historic lows.

“If you want to get the home of your dreams, you need to be really serious,” advises real estate expert Ilyce Glink, author of the book Buy, Close, Move In. “You’ve got to get pre-approved, not pre-qualified for your purchase. You have to know what you want and how much you feel comfortable spending (it may be less than what the bank suggests). If you know what you want and how much you want to spend, and you’ve spent a lot of time in your neighborhood of choice, when the right property comes up, you can pounce.”

During a TODAY Money web chat on Wednesday, Glink, shared some great advice.

TODAY: What do you say to all of the people who still find themselves underwater? Will they ever get back to the plus side again and have some equity in their home?

Ilyce Glink: We’re seeing tens of thousands of Americans get back to positive equity every month, as home prices rise. In some places, like Georgia, about 40 percent of all homeowners are underwater. But the national average is now 20 to 23 percent.

Those who bought in 2005 to 2007 might not go positive for the next 10 years, if they were in the hardest hit areas, but most other people will or they will do short sales and have the debt be forgiven.

We will get most of America right-side up again and probably by 2015.

TODAY: What’s the biggest mistake buyers make?

Ilyce Glink: Buyers often make the mistake of buying in the wrong location. The think they can live somewhere, but don’t really take the time to thoroughly investigate the neighborhood. They don’t walk by the school or visit local stores or dining establishments.

They might check out the school district for the age their kids are today, but not the schools they’d go into 5 years from now.

And, speaking of the future, buyers often forget that they’re supposed to live in this house for 5 to 10 years – they think they’ll flip it in 24 months and triple their money. NOT!

TODAY: And what’s the biggest mistake sellers make?

Ilyce Glink: Most folks think that their home is worth much more than it is – even if it is in great shape. It can really get in the way of selling your home.

When I tell people that homes values are rolled back to where they were in 2003, a full 10 years ago, they don’t fully comprehend what that means. But think back. Your home was probably worth 20% less than it is today – or even less.

Published in Today.com – 9 May, 2013, 1:44pm, EDT

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