Selling A Home

Things to Consider if Your Santa Cruz Home Isn't Selling

Things to Consider if Your Santa Cruz Home Isn't SellingIf you have listed your Santa Cruz home for sale and the home listing has expired it is understandable that you may be frustrated, disappointed, or confused as to why your home isn't selling. Especially during a seller's market with low inventory. Here are some questions to ask about your home selling experience to help you decide what actions to take next with your Santa Cruz home.

Was the Home marketed well?

A first impression in many scenarios is incredibly important and the first impression of your home to buyers matters significantly. You want to make sure that your home is ready to show at its best and that it has been presented to as many Santa Cruz homebuyers as possible. It is hard for buyers to be interested in a home and make an offer on it if they are not aware is for sale or if there's something about it that seems offputting in listing photos.

When a home is for sale you want to do your best to make it stand out and have it catch the eye of a buyer. But you can't catch a buyer's eye if a buyer isn't seeing the home. You want to make sure you are hiring the right local professional help that will get the word out that your home is available for sale and you want to get your home freshened up and ready to show at its best.

A great real estate agent will help you to prepare your home to be seen both inside and out and will help you to make the online listing look enticing and place it where it is easily seen to attract a buyer's eye and attract as many buyers as possible.

Is the home priced well?

One of the biggest setbacks to selling a home within...

Tips to Sell Your Santa Cruz Home in the Fall

If you are getting ready to sell a home in Santa Cruz you may be wondering if selling your home in the fall is a good plan and what you might need to do to get your home ready to sell. Any time of year can be a great time to sell a home, especially in Santa Cruz County, one of California's most desirable places to live. 

Tips for Selling Your Santa Cruz Home in the Fall

Get your home ready

When you sell anything you own you want it to look its best so it will be appealing to buyers and sell quickly. Just like you would make sure your car is clean and pristine if you were to sell it, you want to do the same thing with your Santa Cruz home. You want to start your home selling plans by getting your home ready to be seen by buyers and making it appealing to them. In the same manner that you would get your home cleaned up and ready to go for a holiday party you want to make sure you are cleaning from top to bottom and getting rid of unnecessary clutter.

In addition to having it extremely clean and tidy, you want to remove personal items and make the home look like it is on display rather than someone comfortably living in the property and loving it with no plans to leave. Allowing a buyer to be able to visualize themselves living in the home instead of visualizing how you have lived in the home is a key to helping get your home sold as quickly as possible. This is the practice of staging your home. If you need some helpful advice in staging your home a local real estate agent can do wonders to help advise you on getting your home ready to be seen by potential buyers.

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Why it is Still Important to Price Your Santa Cruz Home Correctly

Why it is Still Important to Price Your Santa Cruz Home CorrectlyThe real estate market in Santa Cruz and pretty much everywhere for that matter has been interesting, to say the least, for the last few years. And while the market has calmed down a bit from the craziness we saw there are still quite a few things that keep the market at a challenging rate to navigate for some. This is because the inventory of homes for sale across the country remains low.

While this is still a seller's market in Santa Cruz it is important for a Santa Cruz home seller to price their home just right in order to have a successful home sale even as there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale. The best way to make sure you are properly pricing your home and set up for a successful home sale is to utilize the expertise of a local real estate agent.

Reasons why it is so important to list your home at the right price in Santa Cruz even in a seller's market

It sends a message to interested Santa Cruz buyers

Where the price of a home is set automatically leads potential Santa Cruz homebuyers to think things about the property. A home priced too low automatically raises questions about something being wrong with the home, or that something is too good to be true. If you price the home too high it can turn off buyers thinking you are being greedy as more buyers are savvy about the real estate market today than they were about a decade ago. And...

Getting a Santa Cruz Home Ready to Sell During the Peak Real Estate Season of Spring

Getting a Santa Cruz Home Ready to Sell During the Peak Real Estate Season of SpringFor several decades spring has been the peak time to sell and purchase real estate all across the country. This could be because the weather is better and more people are looking to get out and ready to make adjustments as they come back into more hours of sunlight and great weather. The benefit to spring is that more people are looking for homes and the weather allows you to show your home in a better light as well.

As more inventory comes to the market this means sellers will have a bit more competition in the spring selling season. While inventory is still what is considered low there is a bit more competition than there was over the past few years. It is a great idea to make sure your home looks its best even when selling in peak real estate season.

Here Are some tips for preparing your Santa Cruz home for a spring sale

Clean, clean, clean, and clean again

One of the best ways to show that your home is in great condition and has been well cared for is to make sure it is as deeply cleaned as possible. The cleaner your home the better it is going to show when people come to take a personal tour. The best route for getting this executed is to consider investing in deep cleaning from professional maid services. Often when we live in our homes we get super comfortable in them and don't realize some areas of hidden dirt. Hiring deep cleaning services for both the inside and outside of your home can make it feel like a completely different and seemingly...

Is It A Good Time to Sell a Home?

Is It A Good Time to Sell a Home?Deciding on when the right time to sell your home is can be very complicated. There are several different important things to consider and sort through before officially putting your home up for sale. Then there is also the current state of the real estate market to consider as well.

Some homeowners are wondering with the recent cool-off in buyer demand if now is still a good time to sell their home. But there are other questions that are important to ask yourself as a homeowner when you are ready to move out of your current home. A recent survey conducted by Fannie Mae titled September 2022 Home Purchase Sentiment Index shows that around 59% of Americans still believe it is a lucrative time to sell a home.

Here are some things to consider when deciding when to sell your home

Should I sell my house during this time?

There are headlines of a cooling market and rising mortgage interest rates causing buyers to back out of home ownership plans but the real estate market is still favorable for sellers. There's still a demand from buyers as well as a short supply of homes for sale. These numbers may be smaller than they were a year ago they are still more favorable than pre-pandemic numbers. Homes are still selling at the top of their fair market values.

Real estate market conditions determine a good time to sell

Historically peak selling season for real estate is in spring and summer and as such many homeowners put their homes up for sale at this time. But there are many more factors in the real estate market that homeowners should consider when it comes to making the decision to list their home for sale.

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What if I Cant Fix a Fixer Upper Before Selling?

If your home is lacking in the curb appeal department it is still possible to sell it. It may not be possible at this time for you to present your home in its best light and sell the home you want to sell so you will have to sell the home you have. Maybe you do not have the funds to fix up your home or are rushed into moving to your next destination. Whatever the reason for being unable to fix up your home it is still possible to sell it.

Sell the home on the traditional market.What if I Can't Fix a Fixer-Upper Before Selling

You can list your home on the traditional market even if it isn’t in the best condition. What you will need to do is make sure that when you list the home it is clearly stated the home will be sold in as-is condition. In most cases, selling a home without fixing it up on the traditional market will take longer to sell then if you were to fix the home and have it show-ready. You will need to appeal to just the right buyer that is looking for a project home or one they would not mind putting some work and extra money into. It is wise to price your home accordingly to reflect the need for extra care and work on the part of the new homeowner. Usually, this means discounting the price of your home from fair market value.

Sell to a cash buyer

This is a great option for those homeowners who cannot fix up their homes and need to sell their homes quickly. A reputable cash home buyer will be able to give you an all-cash offer within a...

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Why the Kick-Out Clause is Important for Sellers to Consider

Today’s housing market has presented home sellers with an incredible opportunity to sell their homes for an increased value over what they would have been worth a few years ago. It’s also created an intensely competitive arena for homebuyers to outbid each other and secure their own home. This level of competition creates an interesting predicament for sellers to rule out lesser offers in favor of more appealing offers.Why the Kick-Out Clause is Important for Sellers to Consider

Contingencies like home inspections and appraisals are just a couple of the more common types. Another common contingency a buyer will often use is the condition that their current home must sell first before they can close on a deal and move into a new home. While it’s perfectly understandable for a buyer to include this contingency, it can be a nuisance to some sellers who are anxious to sell their home fast and move along. If you’ve ever found yourself in this scenario or are concerned about what to do should this happen, consider the kick-out clause.

The Kick-Out Clause allows the seller to continue listing their home on the market if a buyer has a home-sale contingency in the hopes that another offer will come through from a buyer without this requirement. There are benefits to both the buyer and the seller with having a kick-out clause in effect.

For the seller, a kick-out clause helps because it makes it a little easier to get a home sold without having to depend upon...

How can I sell my home fast in Santa Cruz ?

How can I sell my home fast?

How can I sell my home fast in Santa CruzThere are many aspects that come into play for the correct answer to the question " How can I sell my house fast, " for your house. Factors such as price point in a given area, amount of new home competition, market timing and the economy. We'll stick to the general things that apply most all the time.

How Can I Sell My Home Fast in Santa Cruz?

  1. Price your home to sell today not in a month. People forget buyers look at value, competition, and are well informed with all the information available on the internet. If you're not getting traffic or activity that's a key sign the price isn't attractive to a buyer.
  2. Clean it up and make it shine. A neat and clean home with clean carpets and refinished floors makes for a positive impression of a well cared for home. I can't tell you how often "dirty" negatively affects the price and speed of a sale, but I've heard about it a lot in my 30 years as a Santa Cruz real estate agent and broker.
  3. De-clutter. We forget that we've accumulated a lot of stuff over a number of years.The move might be because you need a bigger house? Regardless a buyer wants to know that their "stuff" will fit.They want to open cabinets and closets, and not have it overflowing so that they need to put their shoulder against the door,just to shut it. Garages are important too. Clean those out,...

Real Estate Tips for Buyers

real estate tips for buyersIf you are planning to buy a home in Carmel, CA, you will want to make sure that any property you wish to invest in is thoroughly inspected. A home inspection can be conducted to check for structural damage and other factors that might influence your decision to purchase. Whether you choose to perform the inspection yourself or hire a professional home inspector, here are a few of the main things that should be inspected when checking out a property.

Roof Quality

The roof should be carefully inspected to look for things like missing tiles or cracks that might allow water to leak into the home. If the roof is severely damaged or outdated, you may need to invest a considerable amount of money in repairs if you wish to purchase that particular property.

Pest Damage

Pests can cause extensive damage to homes, and sometimes this damage is not easily seen right away unless the property is thoroughly inspected. Rats, mice, squirrels and other rodents can chew through wires and cause major damage to the electrical system. Termites can eat away at the wood and cause significant structural damage. A home inspection will also help to identify the presence of bed bugs, wasps and other potentially hazardous creatures.

Plumbing

The state of the pipes, fixtures and other plumbing system components can greatly affect the overall quality of the home. You will want to make sure that every part of the plumbing system is up to standard and that there are no cracks or other signs of damage that could lead to major problems. You may even...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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