Yvonne McNamara
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Posted by Yvonne McNamara on 3/12/2017

First Impressions In real estate, as in most other areas of life, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. As the homeowner, you may have gotten used to bent rain gutters, loose roof shingles, or miss-aligned shutters. However, to a potential buyer, these items stand out like a “sore thumb” and alert the first-time homebuyer to avoid your home. Know Your Home Both Inside And Out How old is the roof? When was the furnace last inspected and serviced? How much are the taxes? Potential buyers want to know everything. Be up front and honest. When you employ a realtor, they will buffer these questions for you. Gather Your Paperwork Review your mortgage to determine if there is a pre-payment penalty. Know the amount of annual property taxes, insurance, homeowner’s association dues and assessments, annual maintenance such as lawn services and pest protection and if there are any liens against the home. Do you have a current termite inspection? Price Your Home Correctly Taking a realistic approach when it comes to pricing your home is one of the most important decisions you will make in the marketing of your home. It doesn’t matter if you are attempting to sell the home yourself, or enlist the services of the most reputable realtor available. No matter the amount of advertising or best sales efforts, you cannot sell a home that is overpriced. Your realtor can help you review neighborhood comparisons and determine a fair, realistic price. Your realtor’s knowledge of local properties, market values and trends can correctly start the process that will ensure that you get the best price and the best results. Let Your Realtor Do Their Job It is best to vacate the residence when an agent is showing the home to a prospective buyer so that they may have a candid conversation with the realtor to resolve any issues that may arise. A buyer is not going to voice what they don’t like about the house if you are in hearing range. Perhaps the prospective buyer can’t stand the orange carpet in the den. If the realtor doesn’t know what a buyer likes and dislikes he/she cannot overcome the objections. If the realtor knows the carpet is a “turn-off”, the realtor can include it’s replacement in the negotiations, rather than lose a sale. If you are home when an agent shows the property, stay out of the way. You do not want a buyer to feel pressured and that you are looking over their shoulder as they inspect the house. Consider All Offers Carefully When you list your home with a realtor, they are obligated to bring you all offers. Don’t dismiss a low offer out of hand. It may be more cost-effective to take a bit less for the sales price than to have the home sit on the market for months. If you are making mortgage payments, it may cost you in the long run if you delay.  





Posted by Yvonne McNamara on 7/8/2016

You are about to make a big decision; putting your home up for sale but there are some very important things you need to do before the sign goes in the yard and you open your doors to potential buyers. Getting these things checked off the list will help get you to a quicker and more profitable sale. Here are some tips to get you started: 1. Sit down with your real estate professional. Come up with a game plan and set a realistic asking price. Make decisions about marketing and showing availability. Pre-scheduling meetings or times to catch up with your agent will help keep the lines of communication open. 2. Get your paperwork in order. Prepare a list of repairs, upgrades that have been done to your home. Assemble all maintenance records, warranty information and user guides for appliances in the home. If you do not have them many are available on the internet. It will show potential home buyers you care about your home. 3. Clean your home top to bottom. Wash the walls, shampoo the rugs, touch up the paint and get every cobweb from the corners. Remember your home will be looked at very closely and the last thing you want is a buyer to be turned off by a little dirt. 4. Organize and declutter everywhere. You have probably acquired quite a bit of stuff. Go through every closet, cabinet, and start clearing out. You may want to have a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity. For the things that you must keep consider a storage unit. 5. Get a home inspection. Have a pre-sale inspection of your home. This will prevent any surprises and help you identify any problem areas in your home. Repairs can affect the ultimate sale price of your home. For problem areas, make repairs or get estimates. This will help you determine what the ultimate sale price or items you may need to be prepared to negotiate on. 6. Stage the home to sell. Hire a professional stager to dress your home for sale. You will want to stage the home inside and out. Research shows that staged homes typically sell for more money. Congratulations you are well on your way to a successful sale.  





Posted by Yvonne McNamara on 3/18/2016

1. Stage your home. According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are staged sell on average 78% faster than the competition. Staging is more about creating a mood than moving furniture around. Staging makes a house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, more inviting and best of all makes buyers want to buy it.

2. Don’t forget the outside.
Stage the exterior of your home too. Fresh paint, updated landscaping and welcoming lawn furniture will help will a quick sale. Buyers often look for an outdoor space that they can enjoy with friends and family.

3. Make your home available.
Homes that don’t get shown don’t get sold. Try to accommodate as many appointments to view your home as possible. In today’s market, there are many vacant properties that can be shown anytime. Restrictive time frames, appointments that have to be set far advance will usually result in a buyer crossing your place off the list.

4. Get real about pricing.
Try to be the best deal on the market. Homes that are priced correctly will sell quicker and get a higher sale price than those that have sat on the market. Today’s educated buyers are familiar with comparable sales in the area. They will flock to a home that looks like a great deal. Competitively priced homes get the most traffic and at times even receive multiple offers.

5. Pay attention to the competition.
Look at the price that homes that are similar in style, condition and location have sold for. Attend some open houses and honestly size up your competition. Try to look at your competition from the Buyers point of view removing all emotion you may have tied to your home. Keep constantly updated on changes in the market and try to stay ahead of the curve.





Posted by Yvonne McNamara on 12/18/2015

In the hustle and bustle of prepping a home to be sold, many people overlook one very important detail; home safety. And while you'd like to think that prospective buyers visiting your home are upstanding citizens, the simple truth remains that selling your home opens your door wide open to complete strangers...Strangers who are going to be encouraged as potential buyers to explore every detail of your home. Luckily, by taking a few small steps, you can rest a little easier. 1. Hide you valuables - This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people forget to put away common valuables like jewelery, high-value collectables, expensive perfumes, and high-end designer accessories like handbags and money clips. Be sure to go from room to room, keeping an eye out for anything that may hold appeal for a potential thief, and tuck away anything you think might draw a thief's attention. Do a follow-up walk of your house the next day, just in case you may have missed something. 2. Firearms - If you are a homeowner who is also a gun and/or weapon owner, then you are probably already taking the necessary precautions in regard to gun safety. However, for some collectors, prominent display is one of the things that a gun owner may take pride in. Just because your guns are in a locked, secured display case doesn't mean that they still don't hold risk to you or your loves ones. In a private setting, a locked display case is just fine...But in a situation where you are selling your home, complete strangers will have the ability to see that you are a gun owner, how many guns you have, and the precise location of your collection. Considering the value of a gun collection can run into the thousands, they should be treated just like any other valuable in your home; locked away and out of sight. 3. Personal mail - Things like bill invoices, credit card statements, and social security information should be put out of sight. Identity theft is on the rise, and by taking the proper precautions, you can avoid your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. 4. - Prescription medication - Be sure to remove medications from your medicine cabinet that carry the potential for abuse. 5. Parental safety - If you are a parent, you'll obviously want to take precautions to keep your children safe. Remember...You are allowing complete strangers full access to your home. For peace of mind, consider removing family photos, personalized items such as prominently displayed school jerseys and embroidered pillows, and that A+ math test on the refrigerator. Many people feel this step is either unimportant or unnecessary. If you feel fine with displaying these items, then feel completely free to.  The odds of a person wanting to do your family harm are fairly low.  But if you are a "better safe than sorry" kind of person, then consider this step. As long as a few precautions are met, you have no reason to feel uneasy about your home being shown. The vast majority of the people who are going to be looking at your house are responsible members of society, looking for a home to either start or grow their own families. That being said....Better safe than sorry.