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June 30, 2020
How To Make Sure Your Property Stands Out Online
If you want to sell your property relatively quickly, you need to have a presence online. The COVID-19 crisis just increased the importance of having online listings since fewer people can conduct in-person showings. Just having an online listing in and of itself isn’t enough. You need to make sure that you are having professional photos, be detailed about your listing, and use social media effectively. Here is how you can make sure that your property gets the online recognition that you deserve. Let’s get started:
Make Sure You Have Professional Photos
When you are selling your property online, you need to make sure that you have clear, professional photos. These have to be attractive photos that intrigue potential buyers. Make sure that you have good lighting in each of the rooms, or that there is enough natural light to make things work. You also want to make sure that the rooms aren’t empty. Having furniture in the shot makes the home look more friendly. Having dimly lit photos, or photos from an inferior camera, can make it that much harder to sell your property.
Use Social Media Effectively
Today, millennials are the biggest new entrant into the real estate market. And this demographic is increasingly finding information about what they want to buy on social media. Everything from clothes, vacation packages, and yes, real estate. You need to make sure that you are using social media effectively so that you are getting your property in front of the eyes of prospective buyers. You may want to work with a social media marketing firm who has experience in this arena.
If someone is interested in your property, they’ll want to get more details in the listing. Even if you have great looking photos, if you don’t have detailed copy, then people may lose interest. Take the time to tell interested parties about when the home was built. Highlight its strengths, like a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Highlight the strengths of the community, such as the schools or the local entertainment.
There are some homeowners who don’t want to go through the hassle of completing an online listing or writing up a detailed description for their property. If you fall into that camp, you can still sell your home. Just give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. At 4 Brothers Buy Houses, we’ll purchase your property cash. We can provide you with a free, no obligation quote. That way, you can sell your property on your own timeline. No need to rush. No need to hire a real estate agent. And no need to create an online listing. Contact us today, we’re looking forward to helping you sell your home on your own terms.
June 29, 2020
Common Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid
Everybody makes mistakes. When it comes to your home repair project, you are going to make some mistakes too. But the key is making sure that you don’t make the kind of major, costly mistakes that can really set you back over the long-term. It is important that you stay engaged in the project, be realistic about the costs and potential setbacks, and that you don’t try to do things on your own that you aren’t qualified for. Here are some of the most common big home repair mistakes that you want to avoid:
Failing To Stay Engaged In The Project
When you don’t stay engaged or involved in the project, things are more likely to go wrong. Even if you feel like you don’t have the time, you need to make sure that you are doing some supervising of the project when you hire contractors. When you don’t stay engaged, projects are more likely to go over budget and you are more likely to run into other problems.
Believing There Won’t Be Any Setbacks Or Interruptions
There are always going to be some setbacks or interruptions. No project goes 100% smoothly. You don’t want to make the mistake of thinking everything will go smoothly and then get frustrated when they don’t. Leave yourself some leeway in case some small things go wrong.
Trying To Handle Repairs Yourself That You Aren’t Qualified For
If you aren’t an electrician or a plumber, you shouldn’t be making those repairs in your own home. Trying to do so can be dangerous to yourself. In some cases, you can make things worse and cost yourself even more money.
Forgetting To Check If Your Contractor Is Licensed
This is a big one. Over 30 states require all home repair contractors to be licensed, but many states still do not. If your contractor isn’t licensed, they may not know what they are doing. This could cause you significant damage to your property. You want to avoid this at all costs. That is why it is important to do your research and make sure that the contractor that you hire is licensed.
Working on home repairs can get old fast. Repairs can get expensive and you may not have the time or patience to stay engaged over the weeks that a repair might take. The good news is that you can still sell your property without the need to go through expensive repairs. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We will provide you with a free, no obligation quote on your property. You can sell at a time that works for you, instead of rushing through repairs and a showcase process, you can sell at a time that works for you. Contact 4 Brothers Buy Houses today.
June 26, 2020
Which Season Is Best For Your Home Remodel?
Finding the right season for your remodel, renovation, or repair can be difficult. Especially if you are looking to optimize your costs. If you are getting your project done in the same season that everyone else is, you are going to pay more for labor, component parts, and get slower service. But when you get your project completed during a season when things are less busy, you end up paying less and getting service done quicker. Here are some tips for finding the right season for your next remodeling project.
You May Want To Add Heating During The Summer Months
When it is warm outside, most homeowners are not thinking about their property’s heating. But it is often the best time to add or repair a furnace or a fireplace. If you wait until the fall or winter months, then everyone is going to be trying to get their heating done at the same time. That means you are going to be paying more for labor and for parts. By getting this done early in the summer, you can rest easier in the winter knowing you won’t have to wait to make sure your home is comfortable.
Fall Is A Great Season For Exterior Painting And A/C Units
The fall months are great for exterior painting and A/C units. Painting because the weather is relatively mild and A/C units because most people aren’t using their air when it is getting cooler outside. If you wait until the summer months to get your A/C fixed, you are going to have to sit in a hot and humid home while contractors work through all of the properties they already have lined up. Get your A/C fixed and property painted before the heat of the summer months.
Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations May Be Cheapest In The Winter
Remodels and renovations often take place during the summer, especially for bathrooms and kitchens. If you don’t want to pay the most expensive prices for contractors, labor, and parts, then you may want to consider handling this during the winter months instead of the summer. Want to change the flooring, add in new tile, or put in new appliances? Don’t wait until the summer months when everyone else wants to do the same thing.
Aren’t interested in figuring out what the best season for a remodel is? Don’t want to handle a remodeling at all? That’s no problem. You can still sell your home for the type of value that you want. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We’ll pay cash for your property, without the need for you to do any repairs or remodeling. We’ll provide you with a free, no obligation quote. Sell your property the way you want to.
June 24, 2020
What To Expect From The Real Estate Market For The Rest Of 2020
COVID-19 has changed the way that people buy homes. But it hasn’t changed the level of demand for properties. Because demand has remained high, housing prices have remained steady or even risen in some places. Many forecasters expect housing prices to drop during the fall or winter months if the pandemic has another spike and unemployment doesn’t improve. But the reopening hasn’t led to any major national issues thus far, and most analysts remain confident in the near term strength of the real estate market. There is some market uncertainty in the future, because the generous unemployment benefits from the federal government stimulus bill are set to run out at the end of the summer.
Prices Are Expected To Rise In The Summer Months
During the summer months, most analysts believe that home prices are going to rise. That is in part because the country’s re-opening hasn’t hit many hiccups. The federal government’s stimulus plan put more money in Americans’ hands, especially with unemployment benefits giving those laid off due to COVID-19 up to $600 per week. The added stimulus and federal reserve actions have helped to boost the stock market as well.
If COVID-19 Spikes During The Fall or Winter, Prices Could Drop
The problem is that if COVID-19 does spike during the fall or winter months, markets could face serious issues. Federal unemployment benefits run out at the end of the summer, and mortgage and rent deferrals passed by a number of states run out later in the fall. If unemployment doesn’t improve, and another stimulus bill isn’t passed, the stock market and the housing market could be in trouble. It is difficult to know if COVID-19 will spike in the winter months. But with more Americans indoors, and with the traditional flu season running concurrently, it is a possibility.
We Still Don’t Know How High Unemployment Impacts The Future Numbers
At the end of the day, a lot of the real estate market’s success depends on employment numbers. If high unemployment persists over the next several years, then we would expect the real estate market to eventually run into trouble. But if employment numbers improve over the rest of this year and into the future, then the real estate market shouldn’t face many problems at all.
Trying to find the right time to sell can be difficult. Timing the market is hard enough as it is, and adding in a pandemic to the equation just adds another level of complexity to the problem. If you want to sell your home without worrying about these issues, give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call. We’ll come evaluate your property and give you a free, no obligation quote. You can sell your property on your own schedule, on a timeline that is comfortable for you.
June 22, 2020
How To Sell Your Home During The COVID-19 Pandemic
There was some speculation that COVID-19 would make selling a home impossible. That hasn’t been the case. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped buyers and sellers from taking part in the real estate market. But the way homes are sold has changed. If you are looking to sell your property, you have to be aware of these changes and how they will affect you. If you aren’t prepared to sell your property in the manner that today’s buyers expect, you could find your property lingering on the market for longer than you’d like. Here is how you can navigate the selling process during the pandemic:
Invest In Virtual Tours
In today’s environment, it is harder to have in-person showings and group showcases. That is why it is important for sellers to invest in virtual tours. Virtual tours can be interactive, or they can be static videos. You can film a virtual tour video yourself, or you can hire a professional company to do the process for you. Figuring out your virtual tour strategy early is important for keeping buyers engaged at a time when they may not be able to visit in person.
Don’t Overprice Your Property
In these uncertain times, there is still demand for properties; however, you don’t want to push it. This probably isn’t the time to ask for far more than you know your home is worth. Overpricing your property could leave your home languishing on the market for much longer than you’d like. And the longer your property sits on the market, the more likely buyers are to think there is a problem with your home.
Make Sure All Your Inspections Are Done
When you are selling during a pandemic, it is absolutely critical to make sure that you have all of your inspections done. You don’t want to get a buyer lined up and then have to wait weeks or months to get an inspection done. Inspections can take much longer to complete during this process, and waiting too long to get one done can be the difference between a sale being finalized or falling through. That is why it is important that you get your inspections done beforehand. That way, you don’t have to worry about if a contractor can make it on time.
If you aren’t interested in going through all of the precautions that other homeowners are working through during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still sell your home. 4 Brothers Buy Houses will purchase your property for cash. You don’t have to hire a real estate agent or handle repairs during this time. We can visit your property and give you a quote–or we can handle the entire process online after viewing high resolution images of your property. Forget the stress of trying to go through a showcase during the COVID-19 pandemic. Give 4 Brothers Buy Houses a call and sell at your own pace.