Selling a Home

Why You Want to Take Your Photos Now

If you're interested in selling in the spring, now's a great time to get started.

Are you looking to list your home in the spring? Well, if so, I have a couple of great tips to share with you.

Since the spring market starts in February and March, there could be a lot of snow on the ground. Buyers will wonder what your yard looks like, so I suggest that you get our photographer out to your place now while you can still get exterior photos. This is a great opportunity to get photos with a green lawn and nice foliage on your trees so buyers can see what your yard looks like in the summer and fall time.

"This is a great opportunity to get photos with a green lawn and nice foliage on your trees.”

Also, you will want to have us come out and take a look at your home and make sure there aren't any exterior projects that need to be done before winter arrives. We can make suggestions for you so that you can get these projects done and get your house ready to sell.

If you have any questions about this or if you would like to know more about buying and selling in...

When Is the Best Time to Sell in 2018?

When is the best time of year to put your home on the real estate market? It’s coming sooner than you think.
 



Just a few months ago, we talked about the best time of year to buy a home. We came to the conclusion that the months of November, December, and January were the ideal time. Today we’d like to talk about the best time of year to sell a home.

It should come as no surprise that the best time of year to sell your home is when the most buyers are out there in the marketplace.
That tends to coincide with when the inventory starts building. Typically, we start seeing people putting their homes on the market in mid-to-late January.

"The late winter/early spring months are best."


The home sellers that list during that time tend to be on the beginning edges of the peak selling season. We usually see the peak numbers...

Why Green Photos Can Make or Break a Winter Listing

Today, I’d like to go over some of the ways you can prepare your home if you plan on selling in winter or early spring.
 

What are green photos? Well, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like.

Buyers in today’s marketplace want to know what the yard looks like during summer or fall. This is impossible to show in the winter unless you have photographers come out and take some photos while things are still green.

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The Importance of Green Photos


We strongly feel that the best time to sell a home is in early spring between February and March. This is when home supply is extremely low and buyer demand is extremely high. One problem many sellers have during this time, though, is showcasing their home underneath all that snow.

Enter green photos. If you’re thinking you might want to sell sometime during winter and spring in Minnesota—seasons that occupy a large timeframe—
consider contacting a Realtor and having them send a professional photographer to take pictures of what your yard looks like right now.

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The Importance of Staging in the Twin Cities

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Today we're at a beautiful new Twin Cities listing to tell you about the three main components to getting a home sold in today's environment: price, marketing, and staging. We're happy to be joined by Kristina Leone from Lionheart Staging to discuss the importance of home staging.

Staging is so important today, and that's what we want to focus on. Years ago, you could simply put a sign in the yard, but buyers have shifted since then...

Test Your Twin Cities Home for Radon


The state of Minnesota now requires sellers to disclose any radon testing performed on their home and whether or not a mitigation system was recommended.
 Since radon is such a hot topic in the news, we're seeing more and more buyers request radon testing before they purchase a home.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that comes up from the ground. Radon is found in all areas of the country, but it's commonplace in Minnesota and Wisconsin due to the local soil and bedrock. About two in five homes in our area have elevated levels of radon! Yikes!

Radon is hazardous and causes lung cancer. In fact, it's the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarettes. You absolutely should test your home for radon to find out if you have elevated radon levels.

If you do have elevated radon levels, you can install a mitigation system....

Renovations to Help Your Twin Cities Home Sell

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Is it smart to remodel your home before selling? Often, minor upgrades give you a higher return on investment compared to major renovation projects. Huge construction projects always cost more and take longer to complete than you think.

As part of our services, we help you figure out where to focus your time and energy. Most homeowners have one of three goals when they are considering making renovations to their property.

  • Increase the sales price. Small cosmetic fixes are best. Buying new appliances or replacing countertops will do more to change your sales price compared to redoing the kitchen entirely. It's worthwhile if replacing $5,000 of appliances and countertops takes your sales price from $200,000 to $222,000.
  • Sell quickly. Replacing necessary items don't always increase your home's value, but they may still help with the sale. Replacing the windows or water heater could make the home more attractive to buyers who don't want to handle those repairs on their own. That could mean less time on...

The Best Time to Sell in the Twin Cities

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Throughout the year, one question we hear a lot is this: "When is the best time of year to sell my home?" We looked back over the last 15 years, and we found that sellers achieve the most success during the month of February.

Some of you may be surprised at this since February in Minnesota is so cold and sees a high amount of snowfall. The facts are pretty clear, though. In February, there is a significant amount of buyers, and inventory levels are 25% lower than the rest of the year. This means there is less competition for sellers, and the buyers that are out there are serious about purchasing a home.

That said, February buyers are often concerned about the yard. Since the yard can be covered in snow, the buyers won't know what it looks like. We recommend taking professional photographs of the property before any snow hits the ground. Those pictures will give buyers the confidence to move forward. Buyer confidence results in higher rewards for the seller.

If you need a professional photographer to take photos of your property, we can provide one for you. If you have any other questions about today's...