Which 4 Upgrades Have the Best Return?

Here’s what sellers need to know to make the most of their time and money.
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If you’re thinking about selling your home soon, consider the fact that not every home upgrade will give you a great return on investment. However, there are four improvements that will. The first upgrade that we typically recommend is minor—and I stress, minor—kitchen repairs. You don’t necessarily want to pour a lot of money into new cabinets, especially if yours already meet today’s standards. That said, changing out the hardware, appliances, and putting in a nice piece of quartz will make your kitchen feel as good as new (or even better) in the eyes of a buyer. If you’re thinking about a major renovation, let’s talk before you invest the money; we want to be sure that you’ll get a return on your investment. The second upgrade that almost always pays off is a fresh coat of paint. Nothing freshens up a home better! Choose a light, bright, and neutral shade that’s appealing to everyone. There are two colors out now that seem to strike a chord with the majority of buyers in today's market, and I’m more than happy to discuss which choices will make the most sense for your home.

"New flooring is a surefire way to grab a buyer’s attention."

The third upgrade that buyers love is new flooring. If you have old, worn carpet or outdated tile, upgrading can bring a world of good to your property and make it feel modern. New flooring is a surefire way to grab a buyer’s attention.

Lastly, improve your landscaping. Make sure your shrubs and trees are trimmed, add pops of color wherever you can, and lay down a lovely welcome mat so your home feels inviting.

Remember: You’re competing against a builder, so making the right upgrades in the right areas will modernize your home and draw buyers’ attention. If you have any questions, call or text today at (239) 248-8000. I’d love to help you.

Why Is an Agent Necessary for New Construction Buyers?

Here’s why agents are critical in new construction home purchases.
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A lot of buyers have been asking me whether or not they need an agent when buying new construction, and if they’ll be able to get a better price by not hiring one. To answer the main question: Hiring an agent as a new construction buyer will quite often get you the best possible deal. There are many incentives and bonuses that builders offer through agents and brokerages that they don’t offer to the general public. It could be price incentives, more money toward upgrades, and more options in general. There are a ton of different incentives that builders promote specifically to us because they want us to bring them buyers. Rather than working with the builder’s representative, have an agent on your side to ensure you’re not being taken advantage of, and rely on the team’s experience to help you get the job done. We agents are highly skilled negotiation professionals in your corner, so it doesn’t make sense not to have one.

"Builders offer special incentives to agents and their clients."

If you’re thinking about buying, we have the connections to help you, no matter if you’re buying from a builder or a home seller.

If you have any questions, call or text today at (239) 248-8000. I’d love to help you.

How Do I Make My Offer Stand Out to Sellers?

Here are three ways to beef up your offer in this competitive market.
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In this multiple-offer market, buyers are constantly asking me what they can do to help their offer stand out in such a competitive environment. Here’s my advice: 1. Present the strongest offer that you can. When we say strong, what initially comes to mind is the price, and that’s certainly a factor. However, the terms and conditions are important to an offer’s strength as well. If you’re asking a seller to pay assistance, this is going to be deducted from the net proceeds that they receive. An offer with seller assistance is a weaker offer than one without.

If you can manage it, a cash offer is the strongest with a proof of funds letter. The seller doesn’t have to worry about an appraisal or contingencies. If you are getting financing, make sure you get a written pre-approval as well. 2. Remove the appraisal contingency. If your offer is financed, you can include a clause that states that the sale is not contingent on the appraised value. If you’re making an offer with any other contingencies, such as a home inspection, you can put in a clause that has a higher dollar amount for repairs or waive the inspection altogether if you’re comfortable with the property’s condition as is.

"We’ve had buyers win homes because of a personal letter."

3. Write a letter to the seller. A letter can go a long way in the eyes of a seller and could put you over the edge in a competition that’s very close in regard to price and terms. Making a personal connection could be the thing that helps you win the home of your dreams. We’ve had buyers use this strategy with success in the past, and you can use it too. Quite often, a seller will choose a buyer they have a connection with when everything else is equal.

If you have any questions, call or text today at (239) 248-8000. I’d love to help you.