How much work needs to be done to my home before placing it on the market?

It's normal for homeowners to become overwhelmed when it comes to coordinating the decluttering, clean-up and updating of their home before placing it on the market.

This can lead to paralysis by analysis, which prevents them from placing the home on the market altogether.

Most of the time, the work to be done is much less than the homeowner believes.

Seek the advice of a real estate professional before you spend money, time, resources and effort upgrading your home. You may be focusing on the wrong things or using finishes and materials that are no longer sought by today's buyers.

Will staging my home make a difference?

In NAR's 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 39 percent of seller's agents said staging a home "greatly" decreases the amount of time a home stays on the market, while 77 percent of buyer's agents said a staged home makes it easier for buyers "to visualize the property as their future home".

More importantly, 98 percent of buyer's agents said home staging has an effect on their client's decision to make an offer and 31 percent said buyers are willing to spend up to 5 percent more on a home that was staged.

How much is my home worth?

Determining your home's value depends on many things such as its size, characteristics, location, architectural style and many other attributes.

Many homeowners tend to compare their home to the most expensive home actively listed for sale in their area instead of looking at homes with similar attributes that have sold recently.

Homes in your area with similar attributes are called "comparables" and are a much better way to determine an accurate estimate of your home's value.

A custom report that includes comparable sales, similar homes under contract, your active competition and current market conditions is necessary to arrive at a list price that leads to showings, offers and the most money the market will bear for your home.

Can I determine my home's value from an internet website?

No. Let us explain.

If you've purchased a home, sold a home or just hunted for homes online, you most likely used third party real estate search engines to search for homes.

These sites provide estimated values of homes for nearly every home in the United States. However, these are not always accurate. All estimates are based on calculations, formulas and algorithms that don't necessarily provide accurate information.

These online guesstimates can be deceiving and lead to unrealistic expectations for both buyers and sellers. You can receive a more accurate value of your home by speaking with a real estate professional who focuses in your area, not a third party real estate website.

Want to know how much your home is worth today? Click here, fill out the quick form, and a real living-and-breathing, experienced real estate professional will prepare a custom report for you.

How long will it take to sell my home?

The national average for selling a home is currently 100 days. However, this number varies drastically depending on where your home is located and the list price of your home.

It's important to price your home competitively and make sure your home is seen by as many prospective buyers as possible.

The more exposure your home receives, the faster you receive offers.

A strategic marketing plan that includes digital assets like professional photography, 3D tours and video, and provides exposure via targeted Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Email Marketing, retargeting ads, print and everything in between is necessary to attract prospective buyers to your home.

Should I be present when buyers view my home?

The short answer is no.

Having homeowners present in the home during a showing can make a buyer feel uncomfortable. Buyers feel rushed and awkward opening closets, kitchen drawers, asking questions or making comments when homeowners are present.

You want potential buyers to be relaxed and comfortable when touring your home.

What is the agent's commission?

Commission varies. However, it is typically 6 percent of the home's sale price and this is typically shared equally with the Buyer's agent.

Real estate agents are not paid by the hour or appointment and do not receive any money unless they sell a home.

It is important to get to know the agent you work with. 

You deserve to work with an agent who knows your neighborhood, has a far-reaching marketing plan that exposes your home to targeted buyers, communicates effectively and guides you while serving as an ambassador for your home throughout the selling process.