Study: What do home inspectors usually find?
LAS VEGAS – Feb. 20, 2019 – A study of 50,000 home inspections by Repair Pricer – a company that estimates repair costs for items cited in home inspection reports – found that some repair costs tend to appear more often.
Nearly 55 percent of home inspections nationally cited doors that needed adjusting, for example; and 54 percent lacked exterior caulking and sealant, which could leave the home susceptible to extensive water damage. And about 48 percent of homes lacked GFCI protection to minimize the risk of electrocution in areas like the kitchen or bathroom.
The most expensive home defects ranged in repair prices from slightly more than $1,000 to less than $10,000:
Top 10 common home defects – percentage of homes – price to repair
While expensive repairs are less common, one in 10 inspections cite a roof nearing the end of its useful life as the most expensive common repair generally noted. However, one in five reports find a problem with window seals, which can cost over $1,000 to repair
5 most expensive repairs found – percentage of homes – price to repair
What should buyers do with inspection report information?
Repair Pricer says buyers' first instinct is often to ask sellers to make repairs, but "this tactic can frequently backfire. Even if the seller agrees … they're under no obligation to implement quality repairs and frequently execute the cheapest option or fix, potentially leaving the buyer with substandard work, no transferable warranty and no recourse."
Seller repairs can also give buyers a "false sense of security, believing their agents have negotiated and built a home warranty into their contracts." The best tactic, according to Home Repair, is to ask the seller for a repair credit if appropriate under the contract, and hire a contractor after closing to complete the repairs to the buyer's standards – not the seller's.
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Pay attention to the items mentioned, for a good home inspector will certainly discover these items that need repaired or replaced. Doing some due diligence prior to a property going under contract can and will minimize any complications down the road. If your property is ready for inspection, it's not a bad idea to have an inspection report to present when listing your property. This not only cuts one step out of the buying process, it also shows you're confident your property is "fit to sell" and you will meet less resistance for counter offers.
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It’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply existing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning a pet can help increase your fitness level, lower stress, help improve your health and generally make you happier. And, although not specifically mentioned by the CDC, any pet owner can add a few more contributions, like urine stains on the carpet, fur clinging to every surface and the occasional hairball (unless your pet is a fish, then all bets are off).
For owners of terrestrial animals, cleaning the carpet is going to be a necessity sooner rather than later. And doing it right means not having to do it over and over again (hopefully). Because animals tend to do their business where they’ve done it in the past, getting that particular smell out of the rug is an important art to learn if you intend to share your life with a cat or a dog.
First, About Carpets and LiquidsThere’s a lot of very bad advice online about how to clean up your pet’s urine spots. You know the ones. You walk through the bedroom at night and — bam — there it is. Some random bloggers would have you put down a paper towel and then basically try to absorb the liquid by stomping it out. Unfortunately, that’s about the worst thing you can do.
Carpets are really absorbent, but much of that absorbency is down below, in the pad, which is covered up by the rug. So when you stomp on a liquid mess, what you’re really doing is spreading it further through the pad, creating an even wider puddle in a place where your flimsy paper towels can never go.
Unless you’re prepared to rip up the carpets and deal with the puddle, consider purchasing a tool that can extract fluid from rugs, like a handheld extractor, a floor cleaner with an extract-only mode or, in a pinch, a wet/dry vac (this one is harder to get smelling fresh and clean again). Any of these tools is far more effective than a paper towel — or even a whole roll.
When it comes to cleaning urine out of carpet, always follow the same procedure:
Of course, liquids aren’t the only gifts your pets will leave behind. When it’s a bit more solid, you’ll want to follow similar guidelines, except when you clean the solids, use a putty knife to avoid pushing the solids deeper into the carpet. If it’s any serious kind of solid, you’ll want to swap the bio-enzymatic cleaner for one that’s also oxygenated.
So Much Hair, Everywhere
You love your pet. You do. But he has so much hair and he’s just carelessly leaving it wherever it happens to fall. This is why it comes to you to clean up behind what may be the worst roommate there has ever been. Pet hair in carpets can require a lot of effort to keep cleaned up, but if you can’t choose between the pet or the carpet, give these tips a try:
Ultimately, many pet owners decide that they spend way too much time cleaning up after their pets instead of interacting with them and install hard flooring. Sure, the dog hair may start piling up in the corners and behind the doors, but those ten hours a week you could be spending with him rather than cleaning up after him are a pretty important part of his short life.
Keep the Carpets and the Pets…Even if you become the master of carpet cleaning, you’ll want to have a professional come out at least once a year to give your rugs a good once-over. You can find the name of a random carpet cleaner online or in the Yellow Pages, but how do you know if you can trust them? Those coupons they sent don’t say a thing about their skill level.
Your HomeKeepr community, however, can tell you a lot. For example, if your real estate agent has recommended a carpet cleaning company, you can be sure that it’s one to be trusted. Your agent staked their reputation on their recommendation, and they use the place themselves. We believe that recommendations mean a lot more than reviews — we stake our reputation on it every day!
September 6, 2018 Mel Biondi
You’ve finally done it! You have a house under contract and you’re doing the paperwork to get your mortgage lined up. When your Realtor calls to ask you who you want to use for your home inspection, you freeze. Your brain has to go back and repeat that part. You get to pick your own home inspector? How do you even go about doing that?
Choosing a home inspector isn’t a difficult process, but as usual, we have tips to help you make it even easier.
Inspectors, Assemble!When you don’t have an existing relationship with a home inspector, your Realtor will likely present you with a list of pros that they recommend highly. Even though time is of the essence because your inspection period is ticking away, you can quickly assess each recommended inspector to find the one that’s right for your home purchase. After all, not every inspector can be an expert in every type of construction or neighborhood. You need the person who best fits your purchase!
Now, for some helpful tips!
1. Check that all potential inspectors are members of a reputable home inspector association. InterNACHI and ASHI are the two largest. ASHI, for instance has been accrediting home inspectors for more than 40 years and requires that inspectors complete at least 250 inspections before they can call themselves “certified.” It’s a high achievement for a home inspector, and a confidence builder for their clients. You want someone who is willing to do the work and go the extra mile. Your new mortgage isn’t chump change, so it’s important you go in with your eyes open.
2. Ask what inspections they perform. Some home inspectors only do a general home inspection, which can be fine if you’re not afraid of that 15 year old air conditioner condenser. But because home inspectors come from all areas of the construction industry, some have specific expertise that can be helpful in finding problems that you probably didn’t notice when you walked into the house of your dreams.
3. Have they inspected houses like yours? There’s a huge, huge difference between a brand new house and one built in 1904. Not only are construction techniques very different, the sort of strange upgrades that may have been made to the older home would never be seen in a newer house. An inspector that has little to no experience with a house like yours may flag things wrong that are actually very typical for a home of that age. You don’t want to get your inspection back and panic because your inspector held an older house to a newer standard, for example.
4. Do they provide photos within their reports? There’s no standard format for a home inspection report, though there are a limited number of software packages for inspection companies. They have a lot of options, including providing optional photos of trouble spots or other items the inspector may feel needs pointing out. If your potential home inspector doesn’t provide photos, it can be hard for you to monitor potential problems or for future pros to find and fix the issues pointed out. Photos are absolutely a must-have.
5. How soon can they come out? It might seem like a silly question, but you’re very likely working with a limited window of time to ask for repairs. That means the sooner your new home inspector can get out, the better. It takes several hours to complete a home inspection, as well as time to compile the report and deliver it to your agent. You also never know when you’re going to need an additional specialty inspection of systems like your HVAC, roof, foundation and so forth. If you’re down to your final cut and one can come out tomorrow and the rest can’t until next week, it’s not a hard call.
Tip Number 6: Ask Your HomeKeepr Network…While you’re checking out potential home inspectors, don’t forget to log into HomeKeepr to see who we recommend. Whether you’re looking for a general home inspector or an electrician to check out the breaker box, they’re all members of your referral network and are ready to come when you call.
Questions? Reach out at any time!
Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes.
Hiding scratches: If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it’ll look like a variation in the wood grain.
Polishing floors: You can make a polish solution for your floors from household ingredients. Mix olive oil and vinegar in equal parts, pour it directly into scratches, and then wipe it off after 24 hours. It may take several applications, but this homemade polish will fill and cover most scratches.
Clever decor: It’s not a long-term solution, but sometimes the most painless way to fix scratches in your floors is to cover them with a rug or furniture arrangement.
Spot sanding: For deeper scratches, you’ll need to spot sand with fine steel wool or sandpaper, use wood filler, and stain and seal the repaired area.
Contact us for a list of providers should you need to engage a professional!
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June 11, 2018 – In Florida, discussions about hurricane insurance often focuses more on what isn't covered than what is covered.
Did water rise up through your sliding glass door and damage your wood floor and drywall? Sorry, you need flood insurance for that. Damaged roof tiles didn't exceed your $6,000 deductible? Whip out the credit card. Evacuating and need gas and lodging? Hit the ATM on the way out of town.
Now, homeowners can buy coverage that fills in those gaps. A new insurance product has emerged in Florida that reimburses out-of-pocket expenses not covered by traditional insurance.
Called StormPeace, it's offered by a company, Assured Risk Cover, that promises to wire money to policyholders' bank accounts within 72 hours after storms with no inspections, no adjusters and no deductible.
Policyholders have 45 days to submit proof of loss – receipts, contractors' estimates, even a handwritten affidavit, said Alok Jha, founder and CEO of the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company, which began offering policies to Floridians in 2017.
Homeowners can purchase up to the amount of their hurricane deductible, capped at $60,000. The coverage can be used for a wide range of hurricane-related expenses, including food spoilage, generators, gasoline, damaged fencing, downed trees, flood damage from storm surge, damaged car ports, evacuation expenses and more.
After Hurricane Irma's journey through Florida last year, nearly a third – or 297,000 – of 924,400 insurance claims were closed with no payment, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Many of those were because the estimated cost to repair damage fell short of policyholders' deductibles, leaving policyholders to make up the difference.
In a telephone interview, Jha said he left his career in catastrophe risk software modeling about five years ago to concentrate on doing "something meaningful rather than just making money." After developing and patenting the concept behind StormPeace, he found a venture capital firm to back the company financially and has purchased "tens of millions of dollars" in reinsurance from a major global reinsurance provider, he said.
Homeowners can purchase as little as $1,000 in coverage for the year at prices that depend on where their home is located but average 6 percent of their coverage limit.
Although using it to supplement traditional homeowner insurance policies is the ideal approach, the product is also available to anyone without traditional insurance, including renters and owners of manufactured homes.
The amount of the payout depends on the strength of the storm and how close it gets to a policyholder's home. As the storm passes, the company sends its policyholders an email telling them how much money they can claim.
"As long as the hurricane triggers are met, how the loss occurred doesn't matter," Jha said.
Jennifer Peeples, owner of a Sarasota insurance agency, said she decided to try it out last year and paid $303 for up to $5,000 in coverage. "When the storm passed 26 miles from my home as a Category 2, I got an email saying I qualified for $750 and two days later it was in my account," she said.
She used the money to replace spoiled food, broken fence boards and screens blown out of her screened porch, and to clean up downed limbs in her backyard, she said.
Since then, Peeples has become one of the product's biggest cheerleaders. All nine of her employees are now covered, she said, adding one in four of the agency's new and renewing customers buy it after hearing how it works.
The Florida Association of Insurance Agents endorsed it and has urged its members to offer it to their customers, association president Jeff Grady said.
"We did research on the company and thought they were real professionals, that they knew their stuff," Grady said. "We believed they have strong backing and a thoughtful idea. We want to see if it takes hold in the marketplace."
Another believer is former longtime Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, who has agreed to join the company's board of advisers, the company announced last week.
Neither Jha nor Grady are aware of any competitors offering similar products to homeowners. But Jha said he wouldn't be surprised if competitors emerge, or even if traditional insurers begin offering comparable coverage to customers.
And that has already happened. In April, Ormond Beach-based Security First Insurance Co. submitted a proposal to offer supplemental Hurricane Expense Coverage for items that have been excluded from their policies.
Depending on what customers choose, coverage would kick in when a loss is caused by sustained hurricane force winds of at least 74 mph or gusts of at least 96 mph.
Benefits would include removal of debris by the company, payment of up to $500 for evacuation expenses and food spoilage, plus payment for damage to awnings, fences, docks or other structures over water, outbuildings, screen enclosures, pool cages and carports. Security First's proposal is under review by the Office of Insurance Regulation, according to Karen Kees, spokeswoman for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
StormPeace, meanwhile, undergoes no state review because it is sold through an unregulated surplus carrier. In October 2016, an attorney for the state office told StormPeace that it had no objection to the product but might take future administrative actions "should evidence arise" that the company is making false or misleading claims or operating in violation of the law.
Jha hopes to expand to Texas and Louisiana next year and eventually all states on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico vulnerable to hurricanes, he said.
Sales in Florida so far this year are strong, he said, although he declined to provide specific numbers. But he said the company has exceeded its 2017 sales in just the first eight weeks.
Peeples said her agency has sold 117 policies in the past six weeks. "It's been a very successful program for us," she said.
Copyright © 2018 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Ron Hurtibise. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
You probably don’t think much about the trees on a home’s property unless they pose an immediate threat to the structure. But you may not be aware of how much value trees hold and how they can affect the price of your listing. John Palmer, an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, reveals the true benefits and liabilities of trees, what buyers should look for in home landscaping, and what sellers can do to protect the value of their trees.
Can trees actually affect the property value of a home?
Each mature tree in the landscaping of a home has the potential to increase property value. (The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station says the planting of a tree in the front yard increases a home’s value by an average of $7,130.) Studies have found that one surprising benefit of trees is that neighborhoods with greater tree canopy have lower crime rates—which has a direct impact on property values. But think about this: When a tree is on the south or southwest side of a house, it shades the home in summer, provides a wind screen, reduces temperatures, and lowers cooling costs. When a tree sheds its leaves in winter, there’s more sunlight on the house. That translates to real value where home energy costs are concerned. If you want to know the value a particular tree adds to your property, you can go to the National Tree Benefit Calculator and plug in the species and size of the tree and your ZIP code. For example, the calculator shows that in the Midwest, an elm tree 30 inches in diameter provides $345 in annual benefits to a homeowner.
Are there myths that buyers and sellers believe about trees?
Some people are scared of trees—especially big ones—falling onto their house. But that’s about as likely as an airplane crash: It makes headlines, but realistically, it doesn’t happen very often. Trees can fall when their root systems are compromised by decay, or, if there are many days of rain, extreme wind events can cause the roots to pull out of the lubricated soil. People also think trees damage sewers, but generally, trees don’t create the problem. If a 75-year-old drainage system starts to break down, the tree roots will go where the moisture is. If the system is intact, a tree is far less likely to bother it. Another thing to be aware of is not to compact the soil around a tree. The roots absorb oxygen from the soil and give off carbon dioxide. So if the soil is compacted too densely without room for air or water space, it can cause the tree’s health to decline, making it more susceptible to other risk factors. That’s why it’s important not to compact the soil, say, by driving a vehicle on it.
What should home sellers know about their trees before listing?
They can contact a certified arborist—ask if they have attained the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification—who can provide a report attesting to their trees’ health. Recently, one of my customers decided it was time to move, since she’s now an empty nester. She had a glorious 200-year-old bur oak. I wrote an assessment of the tree and gave it a clean bill of health, citing a well-developed root flare and no dieback in the branching. The homeowner and her real estate agent said the letter helped put potential buyers at ease; they think it helped speed up the selling process.
What tree maintenance practices should homeowners follow?
You should have the dead wood taken out so you don’t have a branch drop on your roof or garage. The best time to evaluate the structure of a tree is after the leaves have fallen because you can see the branching more clearly. The single most important thing you can do is water a tree, especially if there’s been no rain for a couple weeks. Just put the hose on a slow trickle at the base of the tree, go in and make dinner, and then come turn it off. For more advice, check out the Tree Owner’s Manual from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
What signs of tree problems should buyers and sellers be aware of?
Monitor dead or dying branches and mushrooms on the trunk, which indicates decay. However, some things might look scary but actually aren’t. Maple tar fungus causes big black spots on the leaves. It can appear during humid conditions, but it’s purely cosmetic. It looks bad, but it’s not going to harm the tree. On the other hand, some things might look nice that are actually damaging. Piling a volcano of mulch around the base of the trunk is extremely bad for trees. Roots grow upward into the mulch and can start to choke each other. Lay on no more than two inches of mulch, and don’t let it touch the trunk. Trunks are meant to be dry; roots are meant to be wet.
How does a homeowner know when a tree should come down?
Firstly, don’t rely on your own personal assessment. That’s what professionals are for. Basically, you’re looking for decay: cavities, holes, and branches that are splitting or cracking. If a tree hasn’t grown leaves in a year, it may have to come down. What I look for is the target: What will it hit if it falls? If it’s in a backyard where there’s no target, it’s generally not a problem. But the same tree in a different scenario might be a risk. If an old, decaying tree is right on a corner lot across from a school where kids are walking every day, it becomes a high-risk tree.
Are there trees that actually are less valuable because of their placement on property?
You can put a tree in a place where you’re not getting the benefits. If you plant a big tree on the north side of your house, it’s your neighbor to the north who gets the shade.
How do you know who’s responsible for a tree that spills over onto the neighbor’s property?
If the tree trunk is on your neighbor’s property and a branch falls in your yard, it’s your responsibility to clean it up. And vice versa. You can legally trim tree branches that overhang your property, but you need to make sure you don’t damage the tree or cause structural instability, or you could be liable for monetary damages. Laws on this vary from state to state.
What other advice can a real estate professional give a new homeowner?I think one of the first things you should do when you buy a new home is plant a tree, because it needs time to grow. When it comes time to sell again, the bigger the tree, the more valuable it is. But remember that when you plant a tree, you have to think about the mature size of the tree. Placement is crucial. You don’t want to put a big evergreen six feet from your foundation. If you’re not sure, get a professional assessment.
Credits NAR - DECEMBER 2017 | BY BETH FRANKEN
Before throwing down the cash, sellers should thoroughly investigate the ROI of home improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do is invest money, only to end up losing it. Home renovations are investments in the future return homeowners will make when selling their home. Although it may seem like every improvement will entice more buyers, and therefore, a bigger price tag, there are some renovations that incur a huge cost without a full return. If your sellers are preparing to put their house on the market, it might be especially tempting to spruce things up, but beware of the following five changes — they are a waste of money for sellers.
All of the home design shows on TV might lead you to believe that a new kitchen is vital if you want to sell your house. But a full-on remodel tends to bring in a return that’s a mere two-thirds of its original price.
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost Vs. Value report, a midrange kitchen remodel cost exceeds its resale value by over $21,000. The figure more than doubles in an upscale remodel. If sellers want to spruce up their kitchen prior to selling their home, advise that they try smaller, more cost-effective updates like swapping out hardware and repainting cabinets. The freshened-up look will be just enough to entice buyers.
Luxury or universal bathroom updates
Again, you might think new bathrooms are all that buyers want to see. But many luxury upgrades won’t get sellers’ money back — and neither will a universal update. For example, buyers no longer want whirlpool tubs, which are seen more as a pain to clean than as a luxury finish. Over-the-top waterfall faucets and foreign tiles are also unlikely to get renovation money back. The same goes for a universal bathroom, which caters to both able-bodied and disabled buyers. It’s rare to get more than two-thirds of the money back on a universal bathroom update.
Repainting the roof
If the roof is looking worse for wear, a fresh coat of paint might seem like the best option. Potential buyers, however, might assume sellers are hiding something wrong with the roof beneath a slick of paint. Sellers might just be better off replacing the roof — and copper shingles make the best investment. According to restoration roofing experts at Huber and Associates, although you may get a 25-year lifespan out of typical wood and asphalt shingles, copper lasts centuries. A long-lasting investment would certainly entice buyers who don’t want to deal with cosmetic roof issues — ever.
Landscaping to the nines
A little bit of landscaping goes a long way. A manicured lawn and well-maintained flower beds are examples of easy ways to enhance a home’s curb appeal. What buyers don’t want to see is a yard full of landscaped hedges and flowerbeds, water features or anything else that screams “high-maintenance.”
Another mistake sellers make is getting rid of trees around their home so the building stands out. The cost of a tree removal expert is certainly prohibitive, but trees also provide natural shade and reduce pollutants, among other benefits.
Adding rooms onto the home
This is the big one. Adding a master bedroom onto a home can cost upward of $100,000, making it an enormous investment — but one that only rakes in two-thirds of what it’ll costs. The extra square footage and luxury accommodations might make the home more enticing to buyers, but it won’t do anything to pad the sellers’ wallet. The same goes for adding on a bathroom, sunroom, bonus room or any other structure: it’s not going to get sellers’ money back.
Choose renovations wisely
These are just five of the many, many changes homeowners can make to their home. If owners plan to stay awhile, it might be worth it to consider massive overhauls to personalize and perfect the home. But if they’re planning to sell, they should avoid a major update. As we’ve already learned, they’re not going to do anything to increase sellers’ bottom line. Small and practical updates sell, so homeowners should kick back, relax and watch their slightly spiffed-up home go for a big return on investment.
Buying your first home can be one of the most exhilarating — and stressful — moments of your life. But armed with the right information, you can shop for a house, apply for a mortgage, and close the deal with confidence. Our team of RE/MAX professionals are with you every step of the way.
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USDA loans provide great option for home buyers on the edge of suburbia. The program features 0% down and low guarantee fees
If you live in the right area, a USDA loan could be a perfect option. USDA loans (also referred to as Rural Development loans) are backed, directly guaranteed or insured by the Department of Agriculture to support affordable housing in less developed areas. In this article, we’ll review this loan’s benefits as well as its key qualification guidelines. Its key benefits include down payment flexibility and competitive rates on guarantee fees, the USDA equivalent of mortgage insurance.
Zero percent down
The first major feature of a USDA loan is the ability for homebuyers to get into a home without a down payment. Although not limited to first-time homebuyers, this could be particularly attractive for younger buyers who have a steady job, but not much in savings.
If buyers have an existing USDA loan, they can take advantage of a rate-term refinance to get lower rates without the need for existing equity. Cash-out refinances aren’t available.
Low guarantee fees
Guarantee fees are much lower than the similar fees on loans backed by the FHA. Let’s do a quick comparison:
USDA loan qualification requirements
As with any loan, USDA loan borrowers must meet certain requirements to qualify. In order to take advantage of this loan option, homebuyers need to be looking to buy a single-unit primary residence in a qualifying area. These can be rural areas or even the outskirts of suburbia. The USDA has an eligibility map on its website (areas not in orange are USDA loan eligible). Working farms do not qualify.
USDA loans also come with some financial requirements.
Homebuyer household income can’t exceed more than 115 percent of the area median income. If the household includes more than four members (adults and children), it may qualify with a slightly higher income. Homebuyers can deduct childcare expenses from this income tabulation, as well as income from a portion from any adult full-time student. The USDA doesn’t specify a minimum credit score for its loan, but lenders may have their own policies.
For the best chance at qualification, it’s a good idea for homebuyers to keep their debt-to-income (DTI) ratio – a comparison of minimum debt payments to overall income – at or below 45 percent. Lenders may have their own guidelines on this metric as well.
Here are our Top 5 reasons to get your home ready to list NOW:
(1) Beat the Spring RushWhen you get your home ready to list now, you will save yourself some major stress points come spring. We can schedule time for our staging consultant to walk through the house to give you a punchlist. You can line up contractors (we have a recommended list) to start work in early January when they might be less busy and the craziness of the spring market hits. Trust us on this one – we’ve had clients feel the pinch when they start making calls to contractors and vendors come March and everyone is already booked!
(2) Make Major Exterior Repairs Now by starting to get your home listing ready now, you’ll be able to tackle any needed exterior work before season hits. Whether it’s roof work, landscaping or exterior painting, you’ll be glad to have these tasks completed before the snow and ice come.
(3) Your home will be featured on RE/MAX Distinction website. RE/MAX is the number one Internet search site in the world in over 100 countries. Naples isn't just about locals. We live in an international market with buyers from all over the world who search daily for their winter dream home.
(4) While you may not get the volume of traffic if you listed in the summer months vs. the fall and winter, you will get more serious buyers through your home, without racking up days on market. Get your home ready to list now to be ready for these eager buyers.
(5) Go Live When the Market is the Hottest, The real estate market shifts year to year. While we generally know when the peak selling times are, the market has certainly surprised us. By preparing in advance, we can activate your listing whenever the market starts to hit the upswing – the hard work is already done! THE BOTTOM LINE - Late fall is the perfect time of year to get the ball rolling for a spring sale. Take the needed steps to get your home ready to list now. You’ll beat the winter rush and be ready for those serious buyers looking over the fall months.
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