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When it comes to Blairsville Georgia’s Residential Real Estate outlook, some truisms say it all: “Strike while the iron is hot!” “The early bird gets the worm!” “Time and tide waits for no man…” Sometimes those hoary old clichés have survived because their wisdom doesn’t ever change — and right now, some hard facts and figures may make these more relevant than usual.
North Georgia Mountain Real Estate watchers, buoyed by recent stock market jumps (a reaction to the bullish real estate statistics), were also digesting The National Association of Realtors®’ latest report: it carried more cheerful news about the expanding market for existing-home sales.
Final numbers for April showed sales moving at the highest pace since November of 2009, which was a single month that spiked due to the homebuyer tax credit. It also marked the 22nd consecutive month of year-over-year monthly price rises. Read the rest of this entry »
Since anything that improves home listings can result in better offers, the answer can never be proven absolutely. But Remodeling magazine gives it a try. After delving into the year’s home sales numbers, their “Remodeling 2012–13 Cost vs. Value Report” (www.costvsvalue.com) highlights some remodeling ideas that don’t return anything like what the investment is likely to cost.
Among midrange projects, boosting the “# Bathrooms” that appears in the Blairsville Georgia home listings might seem to warrant the expense, yet that usually isn’t the case. A Bathroom Addition returns just 54.8% of the average cost of $37, 501. On the other hand, a more minor bathroom remodel of $15,000 or so averages more than a 10% greater return for about half the outlay. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are selling a home in Blairsville, GA this year, even in the improving market you certainly know there is a great deal more to it than sticking a sign in your front yard. It will be a competition between like-minded homeowners — some with very competitive properties to offer. This is where the help of a trained professional and the network that is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) can make all the difference.
You’ve probably worked with it before: the MLS is a central online database hub where licensed real estate agents representing available homes list and promote them. It’s a central marketplace in the same way that the New York Stock Exchange is (only without a NASDAQ to compete for customers). The National Association of Realtors® found that the great majority of all properties sold last year were listed through an MLS. From a seller’s perspective, there are ample reasons why this is so.
Listing a property through the MLS means that you are doing better than assigning just your agent to do your marketing for you. Instead, you are enlisting all North Georgia Mountain real estate agents to sell your property to their clients. Read the rest of this entry »
This month’s release of National Housing Data from Realtor.com shows yet another rise in list prices, which, as expected, apparently spurred more previously reluctant sellers to put their homes on the market. The pressure to jump on board continued as “the home buying season shifted into high gear…”
With more North Georgia Mountain Listings competing for prospects’ interest, one of the features I like to provide for my clients are the increasingly valuable virtual tours.
The advantages are many, both for Blairsville, GA. sellers and the prospective buyers they attract. Online marketing has long enabled maximum exposure. Where the audience for a new listing used to be limited to the area reached by local advertising outlets, we now cross state and international borders instantaneously. But what Blue Ridge, GA. virtual tours add in terms of marketing power is immense: instead of words and a single picture, now the most remote prospect can really get a feel for a property — and even end up buying! When a virtual tour sets your home apart from the others, there’s no doubt it adds measurably to its marketability. Read the rest of this entry »
In the business publishing world, one of the most reliable bestseller categories is Marketing and Sales: How to Sell This, or Tips for Selling That. Selling may be a complicated business, but one approach always sets you ahead of the pack: putting yourself in the shoes of the customer.
Selling a Blairsville Georgia home is a case in point. When it comes to searching for a new home, today’s prospects find two types of homes for sale — ones offered by a Blairsville GA Real Estate Agent, and those For Sale by Owner (FSBO). When you look at the rate of sales between the two, it has long been the case that most often the FSBOs do poorly compared with those sold by agents.
So why, exactly, do so many FSBOs fail to live up to expectations?
Putting yourself in the shoes of the customer sheds light on at least one good reason. Real estate professionals make their living by closing sales, and that means knowing how to handle the technical details: the paperwork. Read the rest of this entry »