Strategic Home Seller



Becoming the Strategic Home Seller

January 2021

Ready To Sell? Where To Start!

Where To Start?? 7 Tips To Prepare Your Home To Sell

Now that you have decided to put your home on the market, and the overwhelm is setting in and you’re asking yourself “Where to start?” Here are a few guidelines to follow to get your home sold faster and for more money. Hi, I’m Betsy Nava-Flores with Harvest Real Estate and I’ve helped hundreds of sellers in the San Antonio, Texas area to sell their homes and I understand the overwhelm. I have found that by having a plan to follow, you can better prepare your home for those house hunters. The first thing you can do is a big one! Everyone needs to do it in some manner and that’s to Declutter and Deep Clean your home. This can be a long process, but the sooner you start the better. Take a really good look at each room, and pack up anything that you won’t need for the next few months. This includes any personal items including pictures. And remember, you’ve got to move the stuff anyways, so you’re getting a head start. Next, you want to make sure that your home is spic and span clean. By decluttering and cleaning your home, it will look much bigger and brighter. Also, when a buyer sees a dirty home they feel that the home may not have been well kept and we don’t want to give buyers any reason to look elsewhere. Help your home shine to prospective buyers by polishing any hardware like door knobs or handles on your cabinets and making sure that those floors shine by deep cleaning the grout. #3, You also want to finish any of those little projects you started but didn’t get around to finishing and be sure that structural or mechanical items are in working order. That would be items like you’re Air Conditioning and water heater. #4 If your home hasn’t had a Fresh coat of paint on those walls for a while, you may want to consider painting. Although you may really like that purple kitchen, it may make your kitchen look like a cave to a prospective buyer. These are some great tips for the inside, I want you to think about creating a great first impression which brings me to #5 CURB APPEAL. To learn more about this and for more practical steps to you need to think about when selling, just watch the next video. These steps will help you in selling your home faster and for more money. For more information feel free to call me here at Harvest Real Estate. We are your Alamo Ranch 78253 and Helotes 78023 real estate experts! And as always providing genuine services with Real results.


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Maximizing The Return On Your Investment

Do This to Improve First Impressions

So you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, and you want to make sure you’re going to get the best return on your investment. These tips should help!! I know, selling homes is second nature to me as I’ve been doing it for 21 years, but I get anxious sellers all the time, and of course you’re nervous, it’s a big deal! Hi, I’m Betsy Nava-Flores with Harvest Real Estate Let’s talk about Curb Appeal. This is important as it’s the first impression your buyer will have when they arrive at your home. The best thing that you can do is either rent a power washer or have someone come and do it. Either way, you want to wash years of dirt off your driveway, sidewalk and home. You also want to pay attention to the front door. As an agent, it takes a few seconds for me to open a lockbox, and this gives the buyer a chance to really look at your entryway while they are waiting. Take a moment to make sure there isn’t any peeling paint on the door or cobwebs around the lights. Next, step #6 is to work with your agent on staging your home. 77% of buyer’s agents said that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize themselves living in it. And Staging will help your home stand out against the competition by showcasing the best features of your home to any prospective buyers. Also, research shows that professionally staged homes can sell for as much as 10% more than homes that are not staged. #7: now that you’ve gotten your home ready, you will want to get professional photos of your home. According to Nat’l Assoc of Realtors, 67% of buyers will walk through a home that they saw online so professional pictures are a must in your preparation. Lastly, now that your home is all ready for buyers, you must have a showing plan. Buyers and their agents may request a showing of your home at any time and you must be prepared. Until your home is under contract, it’s important to be able to leave your home at a moment’s notice. A few things you can do is plan simpler meals for easy clean up and make plans for some outdoor activities. Also, find a place to bring your pets during showings, maybe family or a good friend to take care of them. These steps will help you in selling your home faster and for more money. For more information feel free to call us here, Harvest Real Estate. We are your Alamo Ranch 78253 and Helotes 78023 area real estate experts! And as always providing genuine services with Real results.

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Is A Home Inspection Important For Sellers?

Take These 8 Actions to Reduce Inspection Items

Should you do a home inspection if you are selling your home PRIOR to putting it on the market? I know there’s so much to think about when selling, it’s hard to decipher what to or not to do. Hi, I’m Betsy Nava-Flores with Harvest Real Estate and I’ve helped hundreds of sellers prepare their homes for sale in the San Antonio Texas area. Now that you’ve spent time preparing your home for sale, why should you worry about a Home Inspection? I’ll tell you why. The home inspection on your home is just as important as your contract offer. Almost every buyer whose contract is accepted will do a Home Inspection, even their agent will recommend that they get one. The home inspection is designed to evaluate the general condition of your home and all of its mechanical systems. This inspection can either make or break your deal, so spending a little time on some of these issues BEFORE your home goes under contract will save you time and money in the end. Also, knowing what repairs that may come up and the cost to fix them will help give you a better understanding of what your true proceeds will be. Let’s look at the major issues that often come up on a home inspection. #1 Electrical Issues – Make sure that all outlets, GFCIs, and switches work and replace any broken outlet covers. Also, replace burned out light bulbs to avoid a negative observation like “Light is inoperable” on the report that may suggest an electrical problem. #2 Water and Plumbing – make sure you don’t have any leaky faucets or signs of leaking under your cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms or on outside spigots. #3 A/C system – Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely. If you have a service contract with a licensed professional, schedule a check up and tune the system. #4 Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries #5 Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; window panes, screens and locks; gutters, roof tiles, downspouts and chimney caps. #6 – Section 1 or Section 2 items. These include Wood Dry Rot. Dry rot often occurs around door frames on exterior doors or on the siding of homes. This is common in that they are older and/or have a lot of sun exposure, but it can be easily addressed. Also, be sure to remove stored items, debris and wood from underneath the home in the crawl space. These may be cited as “conducive conditions” for termites or they very well may already have termites on them. Also, be sure to trim any tree limbs within 10 ft of the house. #7 Doors – make sure that all of your doors open, close and lock easily. Garage doors must also have working safety features like sensors. Lastly, #8 Recaulk around tubs, showers and countertops in bath rooms and countertops in kitchens. Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you! For any clarification of these items, feel free to call me here at Harvest Real Estate. If you’re thinking about selling your San Antonio or Helotes, Texas home, We are real estate experts! And as always providing genuine services with Real results.

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You Have Multiple Offers, which one is the BEST???

Which Offer is REALLY The Best?

Multiple Offers? Which one should you choose? Did you know that just because you received an offer $20,000 over your asking price that that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a better offer than the one that was only $10,000 over your asking price? Believe me, I want you to pocket the most amount of money for your house too so I understand why you’d be confused here. I help sellers choose offers for very specific reasons and sometimes, the offers they choose didn’t have the highest price. Hi, I’m Betsy Nava-Flores with Harvest Real Estate and I’ll break down some key things to think about besides that offer price when you find reviewing multiple offers. First on the list: The closing date. Does that date match up with your desired timeframe? Or will you be homeless for a few weeks while you wait for your next house to close? How important is that date to you? What type of financing does the buyer have? Are they offering cash or getting a loan? Did you know the type of loan needs to be taken into account based upon the condition of your home and other contributing factors. Certain loan types have stricter appraisal requirements than others. Imagine if you found yourself in a situation where you’re now required to make a $10,000 repair or replacement or the buyer’s lender says, “Nope! We’re not funding this loan.” Are they offering an additional down payment if the appraisal value does not come in at their offered purchase price? In a hot market like this, everyone is offering over asking price. Does that mean that you will actually receive that price? Not if you potentially accept the wrong offer or don’t counter out certain items in the contract. How about the inspection contingency? Most buyers will want an inspection on their new home before moving in. Truthfully it’s a great way to protect themselves from unforeseen circumstances. However, again, we’re in a market so hot that we’re seeing plenty of buyers waiving their inspection contingency. Let’s just use the scenario of receiving an offer that is $20,000 over asking and the buyer is requesting an inspection, but you have another offer that is only $10,000 above asking price but they are waiving their inspections (which means they are not having inspections) well, then … that’s something to consider. Because on the offer that is having inspections, you are open to the possibility of the inspector finding issues that you didn’t know of? And then, You and the buyers would possibly have to re-enter negotiations or worse, they could simply walk away. Those are only a few things to think about when you’re reviewing multiple offers. Having an experienced agent like myself whose sold thousands of homes in your corner to help you comb through the fine print details of multiple contracts will stop your head from spinning number one, and we will get you the most money for your home with a strong confidence that we won’t run into a ton of issues that could cost you time, money and energy later in your transaction. To find out some other reasons that the highest priced offer may not always be the best choice for you when selling your home, hit that contact below! Betsy Nava-Flores with Harvest Real Estate and I’m here to help you have a success, be empowered and be informed through your real estate experience by guiding you every step of the way. Talk to you soon!

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