Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 8:41 AMBy Shawn Culhane / November 5, 2018Comment
When you're ready to sell your home, it's important to look at a few things you can do to prepare. Once your home is on the market, it will be much more difficult to do anything to make it easier to sell.
Cleaning the home makes such a huge difference. If a home is spotless, it will be more attractive to potential buyers. Here are five things you should pay close attention to when getting ready to sell your home.
The Front Porch
When a buyer shows up at the home, they will wait on the front porch as their agent opens the key box. This means, they will have a few minutes to see this area closely and you want to make sure it's very clean....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 8:22 AMBy Shawn Culhane / September 14, 2018Comment
Are you preparing to sell your home in Austin and wondering what to expect for the process in this hot market? You may be expecting a fast sale and several great offers coming in putting the ball in your court.
While this could happen, that doesn’t mean selling your house isn’t going to require some hard work and some tough decisions. Take a look at the strategies you should use to sell your home efficiently especially during a seller’s market.
Have an online presence for your home
It’s important that you have your home online for people to easily find. Home buyers will be starting their search on the web, so it’s important that you have a great listing with professional photos, detailed...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:55 AMBy Shawn Culhane / June 8, 2018Comment
When you enter into the sales process for your home, it will certainly keep you busy. You'll go through so many things from fixing it up (if necessary) to staging, to pricing to listing to scheduling tours. Several details could easily become overlooked.
The last thing you need is a security risk because you were distracted by something else. Home security is vital, even throughout the sales process. You'll be inviting plenty of strangers into your home and you need to be protected. Here are a few ways you can keep your home and family safe while selling your home.
Remove all your Valuables
Valuables out in the open or even behind closed doors are just inviting trouble during the sales process. Any jewelry, collectibles, expensive artwork or...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / May 21, 2018Comment
When you're getting ready to sell your San Antonio home, there may be a few upgrades you can do to make the process easier. From painting to new cabinet hardware to kitchen upgrades, there are several things you can do yourself without spending a ton of money to get the job done.
If you're thinking about selling your home and you want to get the most out of it, the right upgrades could make all the difference. Here are a few of the top DIY home upgrades you can use when selling your San Antonio home.
Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape and look good, you can spruce them up without doing much more than just adding new hardware. Sometimes, this little change is just enough to make your kitchen pop....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 1:41 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 29, 2018Comment
Here are three tips you can use to prepare your home to show to prospective buyers.
Spring is almost here. All winter, you’ve been talking about getting the house ready to put it on the market, but now you’re asking yourself what you need to do in order actually be ready. Today, let’s take some time to talk about what you can do to ensure that you’re prepared.
1. Declutter. Everyday life in the home is different from life while showing a home. Get everything off the counters, and remove the random items that tend to accumulate. Let folks see the beauty of the house.
2. Fresh paint. As it gets to be time to put your home on the market, try painting your home with neutral colors....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:00 AMBy Shawn Culhane / January 5, 2018Comment
It may not come up much with the strong real estate market in Austin, Texas, but low ball offers do happen. Many properties for sale in Austin are receiving multiple offers and some are selling for above asking. However, it's also possible to get a low ball offer as a seller and you should be prepared for this situation.
You should respond to all offers, as it's just polite, but that doesn't mean you have to accept or even consider a low ball offer. Here are a few things you should consider when faced with this type of situation as a home seller in Austin....
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 9:41 AMBy Shawn Culhane / December 21, 2017Comment
If you’re looking to sell your home, there are a few of things you should and shouldn’t do to maximize your return.
The holidays can be tricky enough to navigate without having to worry about getting your home ready to list in the spring. Everyone wants to get the most money for their home, and sellers will often consider updating certain property features to persuade interested buyers that their home is worth more.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 4:18 PMBy Shawn Culhane / September 28, 2017Comment
We’re excited to announce our partnership with Chris Motal from Loan Depot. After all, the loan officer is a key player in your real estate purchase.
When you purchase residential real estate, the lender or loan officer you work with can be very important. When you sign an agreement to buy a piece of property from a seller, you are agreeing to a roadmap. The purchase agreement says that you...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:36 PMBy Shawn Culhane / August 5, 2017Comment
Are you looking for ways to make your San Antonio or Austin home look great during this summer season? Once winter ends, it’s time to start preparing your home’s landscaping for the changing seasons and new maintenance responsibilities.
This means that it’s time to clean up from last season, setup for this season, and work on a schedule to maintain its beauty going forward. As you enjoy the summer season in San Antonio, make sure you work on these tasks that will increase...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:11 PMBy Shawn Culhane / May 22, 2017Comment
Today, I'd like to show you a few steps you can take to help sell your home if you are a pet owner.
If you have a pet and you're looking to sell your home, then read on for some helpful advice. The good news is, many homebuyers are looking for a pet-friendly home. Two out of three of us have a pet, and 61%...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8:39 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 20, 2017Comment
You may have heard the term, "Pocket Listing" as you start searching for a new home in Austin, TX. If you've heard this term and you're confused about what it means, you've come to the right place. Below, we will take a look at what a pocket listing is and who benefits from it.
What is a Pocket Listing?
The term, "Pocket Listing" revers to an active listing not put into the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) database. This is known as the ACTRIS or Austin Central Texas Realty Information Service in Austin.
Instead of adding the listing to the MLS, the listing agent will market the property to the public, usually through word of mouth or an online avenue, such as social media or email. In essence, they are...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:06 PMBy Shawn Culhane / March 6, 2017Comment
You've probably heard that old real estate myth that when you sell your house, you should price it above market value to 'leave room for negotiation.' I have two examples today that show why that's a terrible idea.
When homeowners sell their house, one of the most common questions they have for real estate agents is how to price it properly to sell. I think many people believe the myth that in order to sell something, you need to elevate the price to 'leave room for negotiation.' It sounds logical on the surface, but it...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:17 PMBy Shawn Culhane / February 17, 2017Comment
When you are preparing to sell your home in 2017, it’s helpful to know what the market predictions are looking like for this year. How hard is it going to be to sell this house and can you expect a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? You’ll also want to learn about the different features that buyers are looking for so that you can prepare your home for optimal selling conditions.
Did you know sellers this year are looking for homes with smart technology installed, kitchens with everything in the color white, and master suites on the first floor rather than the traditional second floor? Take a look at these trends and more that are predicted for San Antonio’s...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:15 PMBy Shawn Culhane / January 12, 2017Comment
Are you getting ready to sell your home in Austin? You may want to rethink that home description you’ve been working on. There are a few common keywords that people tend to use in their listing that is a big no-no for reaching serious buyers.
You probably thought that emphasizing your “great location” was a must-have phrase or that you should mention the “extensive” repairs and renovations you’ve handled in the house recently, but these are a few of the top words that will turn off buyers.
Believe it or not, there are seemingly harmless words and phrases like this that sellers often mention in their home description that unintentionally make buyers...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:10 PMBy Shawn Culhane / January 9, 2017Comment
If your bathroom could use some revamping but you don’t want to have to completely remodel, there are still ways to get a dramatic effect in less expensive ways. For some people, the renovation process is too much to handle when it comes to their schedule, energy, and wallet, but revamping the space with other updates can give you the same feelings of a remodel.
This is one area of the house that can feel a huge difference from a makeover, which is perfect for getting it ready to sell this year. Take a look at some tips and tricks for redoing your bathroom without actually having to remodel it.
Think about the style
For many, turning the bathroom into a peaceful and relaxing oasis is the way to go. You may want to have some fun with...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:06 PMBy Shawn Culhane / December 16, 2016Comment
If you are going to successfully sell your home in San Antonio, you need to make sure you are being very careful with how you price your property. Overpricing is common among sellers that hope to treat the sale of their house as a negotiation with the hopes that starting high will end them up at the price they want to end up at.
The problem with overpricing your home is that you could end up with no interested parties and your home will stay on the market far too long. The overpricing trap is a dangerous one and an easy one to get caught up in. Take a look at why overpricing is dangerous when selling...
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:02 PMBy Shawn Culhane / November 28, 2016Comment
If you’ve never experienced the open house process before or it’s your first time experiencing it on the selling side, you’ll want to know what you’re up against. The open house process is really important for completing your sale or finding the right house for your family because it allows you the grand tour of the property, a chance to ask questions, and the opportunity to further peak at things that you didn’t get a clear picture of online.
For the seller, it’s the chance to really “sell” your home by staging it beautifully, setting it up with fresh paint and other updates, and to put your best foot forward for incoming buyers that attend the showing.
Posted by Shawn Culhane on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:02 PMBy Shawn Culhane / November 15, 2016Comment
You are likely considering putting in some time on home improvements before listing your San Antonio home. You want to make sure the home has neutral colors that will appeal to any buyer. You know that the home is full of clutter and could use a garage sale before attempting to stage it.
You are also thinking about doing some more intense renovations, such as updating the cabinets or replacing the flooring. Luckily, there are some small home improvements that you can do in a weekend or two that will have your house selling better than ever. Along with any major home improvements you have planned, make sure to squeeze in time for these small and simple projects that will make a big difference when...