No, seriously! Go take a look at your closets right now. If you were thinking about buying your own home again would it look like you had enough storage in your closet or is it brimming with clothes you haven’t worn in years, old toys, or guest towels you’ve never used? Did you know storage can be as big of deal to a lot of buyers as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms a home has?
Here are the top 5 secrets to selling your Columbus home that I bet nobody has told you (until now!).
Your closets should be mostly empty~ Especially if you are selling a home in one of the historic Downtown Columbus neighborhoods with limited closet space. Every buyer coming through your home is looking at the storage space available and you need to make yours look as appealing as possible. Start going through and donating clothes you haven’t worn in over 6 months, packing up clothes that aren’t in season and putting items you rarely use in an off-site storage unit while your home is on the market.
Internet appeal is the new curb appeal~Over 90% of Columbus home buyers start their home search online. They are looking at pictures (if they don’t like the pictures they may never read that perfectly worded description of your home) and taking virtual tours so your home needs to look its absolute best for the photos. Also, the best and most defining features of your home need to be showcased in your listing pictures. What makes your home unique, special, and different? This is what your potential buyer wants to see.
The first two weeks are the most critical~Thinking about pricing your home high and gradually bringing the price down? You may be hurting your chances of selling your home for the most money in the shortest time. Buyers are savvy these days and know when a home is over priced and they have Buyer’s Agents to help guide them. Wouldn’t you rather have a lot of eager buyers battling over who gets to buy your home or would you rather spend a month or more of showings before getting an offer?
Be ready to show at any time~Today’s buyers are eager, excited, and competitive. The really motivated buyers (the ones you want) are ready to see your home the second it pops up on their computer screen. Be sure to take that extra moment before work to pick up your socks or to put those dishes right in the washer after dinner.
Be ready to sweeten the deal~Maybe your home isn’t as updated as your neighbor’s or your lot is smaller. Be ready to sweeten the deal with closing costs, a home warranty, or even a pre-listing home inspection so that your potential Buyer knows that your home i s ready to move into as is.
Just because we are in a Seller’s market in Columbus doesn’t mean that buyers will throw their money at anything. Be realistic. Take a good, hard, objective look at your home and how a stranger would see it and you just may end up selling your home sooner rather than later.
Are you thinking about selling your Columbus home? Visit MyColumbusHomeValue.info to find out what your home could be worth in today’s competitive Columbus housing market.
We are always thrilled to help make people’s dreams come true. We recently had clients who want to move to German Village. We were able to find the perfect German Village home for sale that fit their exact specifications and get them into their new home in 30 days! If you are looking for a home in German Village then be sure to contact Hannon & Graves to help make your dreams of owning a German Village Home reality!
We just sold this fantastic 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Harrison West Condo in Harrison Park for $196,500 ! Our sellers were thrilled to get it in contract and sold so quick. We are thri lled we could help them sell their property and move on to bigger and better things with their life (like a new baby!).
Every home seller’s dream situation is to be presented with multiple offers to buy their newly listed home for sale.
Who doesn’t like to have options? Getting multiple offers for your newly listed home for sale isn’t necessarily a long shot BUT you, and your Realtor, have to do your homework (and work) to make this happen. Here are a few things that need to happen in order for multiple offers to start filling your inbox:
Location, location, location! The most common denominator of homes receiving multiple offers is that they are in a good location? What constitutes a good location? That depends on your market. Are you selling a German Village home? Then you should not be on an alley street. Are you in the suburbs? Then how close are you to highways and amenities without being on a busy street?
Showroom ready. Objectively look at your home and ask yourself, your friends (only the choicest ones), and your agent how your home shows. We all know a deep cleaning is in order but that isn’t enough anymore to create that excitement to get multiple offers on your home. Your potential Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in your home. You are not just selling a home, but a lifestyle as well. Since over 90% of Buyers start their home search online you need to have your home photo shoot ready and then make sure your home’s photos are gorgeous, show off the home’s best features, and are up and ready to go online as soon as your listing is active. The more excitement you build by having beautiful photos then more people will come through your home and the more people who view your home in person the more likely you are to get multiple offers. See how that works?
Know your home’s market. This is where the help of an experienced Realtor comes in handy. Just because certain area of Columbus (such as Victorian Village or Upper Arlington) are seeing huge amounts of activity doesn’t mean that you’re home will if you live in other areas (Ganther’s Place, Obetz). Even parts of the same neighborhood will have different sales rates than others. For instance, if you wanted to sell your Merion Village home it is possible to get multiple offers if you fall into the area where sales are still strong. Outside this rectangle the possibility lowers (but can still be achieved with the right marketing, staging, and pricing strategies). This where the help of experienced Realtors like Hannon & Graves of KW Classic Properties come in handy. We live, work, and relax in the neighborhoods we service (German Village, Merion Village, and Schumacher Place) so we not only have an intimate knowledge of the sales data we also know who is moving to the area, how to market to that demographic, and how to sell the neighborhood as well as your home to build more excitement.
The price is right. No matter how fantastic your home is if it is overpriced few, if any, Buyers will view your home. The less people who see your home the less chance there is to get an offer let alone multiple offers. If your home is in a good location, shows well, and your local market is strong then pricing your home 5-10% below market value will typically drive Buyers to see your home as soon as it is on the market and you may see multiple offers that very same day!
If you are thinking about selling your Merion Village, German Village, Schumacher Place, Victorian Village, Harrison West, or Downtown Columbus home (or condo) then be sure to contact Vince Graves of Hannon & Graves of KW Classic Properties to see how much you could net from the sale of your Downtown Columbus home.
Millennials (people born between 1980 and 2000) are the second biggest home buying segment in America right now (according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors study on housing trends). The biggest home buying segment right now are the Gen Xers (born between 1965 and 1979). These two groups of home Buyers may seem wildly different due to age differences but in general they have a very similar list of “must-haves” for their new homes
Updated Kitchen and Bath: Younger home buyers want a home with updated kitchens and baths because, generally speaking, they are on a budget and most of their savings will have gone into the down payment for the home.
Big Kitchens and Open Floor Plans: Younger homeowners entertain differently than their parents did. Now the gathering happens in the kitchen whether it is a casual family dinner or a larger party. A kitchen that can transition into a TV viewing/ lounging area is also high on the list. Essentially, the kitchen is becoming the new den.
Have a home office: Over 13 million Americans now work (at least partially) from home. You can take advantage of that by staging a little used area or smaller bedroom as a home office.
Location, location, location: There are two types of younger buyers out there. Those with kids and those without. Those without children want to be close to where the action is and have a higher walk score (think urban neighborhoods like German Village or the Short North) while those with children may want to be closer to playgrounds, daycare, and schools.
Low maintenance:Younger buyers are generally looking for homes with low upkeep features like hardwood floors and granite counters. They want the weekends to themselves, not spent cleaning or doing chores. The more low maintenance options your homes have the better your chances of selling it quicker.
Staging: Home shows on that cable station (you know which one I’m talking about) have raised the bar on what potential home buyers want to see when they walk into a home. You need to show younger home buyers what their new home could look like and not force them to try to visualize it for themselves. This is the perfect time to clear the clutter and simplify.
Online photos: Younger buyers start their home search online (90% of people start their home search online). If you don’t have great pictures that show off the best features of your home online immediately then you just may lose out to a home that does.
There are many factors that influence the sale of your home. These are just a few ways to help get your home sold. If you are considering selling your German Village, Merion Village, or Schumacher Place home then contact Hannon & Graves of KW Classic Properties. We can sit down and outline for you the best way to get your home sold in the shortest amount of time for the most amount of money.
Are you one of the many people who want to move to German Village? German Village real estate can confuse and intimidate some people who aren’t used to the entirely unique lifestyle and German Village housing market. There are two widely held beliefs about buying a home in German Village. The first is that the homes are old and should be cheap because they all need work or that the homes are all outrageously expensive and only very wealthy people can afford to live in German Village. Neither of these are entirely true. There are homes that need some love that can be bought for a (relative) deal and there are homes for sale in German Village that are very expensive (but totally worth it most of the time). For the rest of us we have compiled a list of the best home buys in German Village for March 2014.
A brief overview of homes that sold in German Village in February of 2014. If you are wondering what your home could be worth contact Hannon & Graves of Keller Williams Classic Properties or visit us online at http://www.GuideToColumbusLiving.com to find out.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Niko’s Barber Shop in German Village is the place to go for the best men’s haircut in Columbus. The men there do one thing and they do it well…men’s hair and facial grooming. I have yet to have an unsatisfactory experience or bad haircut at Niko’s.
While certain chain barber shops try to create an artificial ambiance of manliness with cookie cutter salons and bored stylists Niko’s pulls off the classic barber shop feel with a modern aesthetic. You will leave clean and crisp and, more importantly, not looking like your grandad. Trust me, this is the place to go before that big interview.
Niko’s is open Tuesday through Saturday and only accepts cash. They do have an ATM on premises if you only brought your debit card. Visit them online for more info then go see them in person at 499 S. 3rd street right in the heart of German Village
Located just south of German Village is Merion Village. Merion Village is mix of families who have roots in the area going back 100 years or more and new arrivals to the area looking for fantastic historic homes but not willing to pay German Village prices. Living in a Merion Village, residents are a short commute to Downtown Columbus, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and German Village attractions.
If you are considering buying a home in Merion Village or buying a home in Downtown Columbus you should check out 374 Hanford St. f you need an affordable Columbus home that is move-in ready then this just may be the perfect home for you! With gorgeous, dark hardwood floors, neutral colors, a walk in closet (very rare in the area), and a detached garage this is a perfect first home. Owning this home will, in most cases, be cheaper than renting a home in the area!
As we head into the spring market the inventory for moderately priced German Village homes is low. There will be more homes coming onto the market but there will also be more buyers out looking for that great deal on a German Village home for sale. While that sort of competition is great for sellers it can be very frustrating for buyers. A well priced home in German Village will most likely get multiple offers but there are a few ways to ensure that your bid will come out on top:
Make sure your offer is reasonable. If there are several offers in for the house that you want your offer should be close to list price if not at list (or even above depending on the scenario. A good Realtor can help you decide when, and if, this is appropriate). Also very important is to have a pre-qualification letter ready to send out with your offer. That could mean the difference between getting a home and going back to searching.
Increase your earnest money. This money can be applied towards your closing costs or down payment at the closing but putting more money down as earnest money tells the home seller that you are very serious about buying their home. Be sure to discuss with your Realtor what is a good amount and the potential pitfalls of a large earnest deposit.
Price is important but it isn’t the only factor in who gets picked for a home. Simplicity is the key when it comes to terms. If the seller feels confused or overwhelmed by special requests they may move on to another offer that could be for less money.
Contingencies scare sellers. If you don’t have to have something in the offer then leave it out.
What is the seller’s motivation. If your Realtor can find out why the seller’s are selling then you can structure your offer to better meet those needs than someone else.
If you are after one of the very rare foreclosures then know that emotion plays no part in the decision of which offer to pick but sharing details about yourself could possibly tip the scales in your favor.
Let the home owner know why you love their home. Don’t tell them about plans to rip out and renovate their home but focus on what you like and appeal to their emotions. Sometimes an offer will get picked because of an emotional appeal but don’t rely on this alone.
If you are considering buying a home for sale in German Village be sure to use a Realtor who knows the area or even lives in the area like Topher Hannon & Vince Graves of Hannon & Graves Keller Williams Classic Properties. Their knowledge of German Village and the surrounding neighborhoods will be a great help in your search for the perfect German Village home.