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You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Sept. 12, 2019

3 Common Mistakes Home Sellers Should Avoid at All Costs

If you want your listing to succeed in today’s market, avoid these three common mistakes.

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There are a lot of ways to succeed when selling a house, but, unfortunately, there are just as many ways to fail. Here are three mistakes, in particular, to avoid when the time comes for you to list:

1. Asking too much. Everyone wants to earn top dollar for their home, but setting your sticker price too high can cause your property to sit stagnant on the market. At this point, even lowering your price will only help so much. Always talk to a real estate agent about the best pricing strategy for your home before you put it up for sale.

Homes should be properly cleaned, decluttered, and possibly even staged, in order to give buyers the best possible first impression.

2. Advertising too little. Along with having the right price, homes must also have the right level of exposure. Even if your home looks great and is fairly priced, it won’t sell if no one knows about it. This is why our team has a top-notch marketing plan that utilizes print and digital advertising—so we can make sure that all potential buyers are aware of your listing. 

3. Not making your house presentable. As you can imagine, even the best-priced and best-marketed homes won’t do well with buyers if they aren’t in good shape. Homes should be properly cleaned, decluttered, and possibly even staged in order to give buyers the best possible first impression. Our team will be happy to walk through your home before we list it to help you identify what should be done to make it market-ready.

If you have any other questions or would like more information about these mistakes, or about how we can serve your real estate goals, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Sept. 3, 2019

117 South Road Enfield CT

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Sept. 3, 2019

372 Mountain Road Somers CT

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Aug. 29, 2019

Buyers and Sellers: This Is the Truth About Zestimates

Many people wonder whether Zillow’s Zestimate feature can be trusted, so today I’d like to get to the bottom of this common question.

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We hear it all the time: “Can Zillow accurately determine my home’s value?” 

Actually, no. In our estimation, Zillow’s Zestimates tend to be between 5% to 15% off. In more extreme cases, it can even be between 25% to 35% off from the home’s real appraised value. 

The reason for this disparity is Zillow’s flawed algorithm, which is supposed to use comparable local properties to calculate a home’s value. Unfortunately, the scope of homes Zillow uses during this calculation simply isn’t wide enough. Zillow doesn’t take key factors, like upgrades and location, into account during its evaluation. What’s more, it can’t “see” the inside of your home like an agent or an appraiser can.

When it comes to finding a property’s value as you prepare to buy or sell, you need to rely on the expert advice of a real professional.

This is why it’s important to have a professional evaluate your home instead. Zillow’s Zestimate may be a decent tool for getting a very rough starting point, but you should always take the results of its calculation with a grain of salt. 

The CEO of Zillow himself received a Zestimate on his home that was 40% higher than what his property actually sold for. The bottom line is that when it comes to finding a property’s value as you prepare to buy or sell, you need to rely on the expert advice of a real professional. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Sellers
Aug. 12, 2019

How Should Buyers React to Coming-Soon Listings?

Coming-soon homes have their place in our market, but does it make sense to make an offer on one? Stay tuned to find out.

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I frequently hear from homebuyers who are curious about coming-soon listings, so I decided to give my perspective.

A coming-soon home may or may not be listed on the MLS. Either way, it’s not available for viewing in person. It might be because the home isn’t ready yet or the owners are in the process of moving out. These homes won’t have open houses either. A legitimate coming-soon listing is off-limits to you and all other buyers.

What if you spot a dream home that’s a coming-soon listing? Here’s a three-step process I recommend:

1. Be aware of your excitement. We tend to want something more just because it’s off-limits. Keep this in mind as you look at coming-soon homes and separate what you think about the home from the alluring fact that it’s unavailable.

If an offer makes sense, I encourage you to make it.

2. Do your research. Even if a home is unavailable for viewing, you can still gather a lot of information about it. This includes the sales history, old pictures of the home, and the date when it will become active on the market so you can take a look for yourself.

3. Make an offer. If it makes sense, I encourage you to make an offer. Just because a home isn’t available for viewing doesn't mean it’s not available for receiving offers. Your offer should be carefully crafted with deadlines and contingencies to minimize your risk of making an offer sight unseen.

If you decide to submit an early offer, don’t be surprised if it’s not accepted right away. The sellers will likely want to see the interest that their home will get when it’s fully listed.

If you want to take a look at some of the homes that are available right now, visit our website. If you have any other questions for me about real estate in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Buyers
July 30, 2019

A Valuable New Resource For You

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I’d like to welcome you to my new video blog.

On my blog, you’ll find tips for both buyers and sellers in the real estate market, as well as updates on what’s happening in our local market. The real estate market affects all of us!

I really want this page to be a valuable resource for you. If you have any questions about our market or about real estate in general, send me an email. Odds are good that if you have a question about a topic, someone else does as well; so, send your questions my way and we’ll make an educational video.

 

Take a look around. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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July 28, 2019

39 Nash Hill Rd Ludlow MA

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May 21, 2019

622 Plymouth Rd Harwinton Ct

You'll Fall in Love with this Charming Country Colonial! Nestled in the Hills of Harwinton it is set on 3 private, peaceful Acres of lightly wooden land.

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May 20, 2019

622 Plymouth Rd Harwinton Video

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May 20, 2019

622 Plymouth Rd Harwinton Clip

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