When selling a house there are so many considerations you need to make depending on the situation you are in. Selling now is different than it has ever been before because of the unusual economic situation. There is your traditional sale but also now there are short sales.
Adding to the selling changes is the internet. No longer is data on homes for sale the private domain of Realtors. People can find all kinds of information on homes on many web sites, including mine.
I am fortunate to have an incredibly strong technology background. This has allowed me to sell homes effectively using the internet. The old adage comes into play: you need to make a great first impression.
One way to make a great impression is with HDR Photography. Buyers will see your home on the internet long before they walk through your front door. Click here to see the power of high density resolution photography. This page contains both regular images and examples of how HDR makes the photo ‘pop’.
Below are some articles you might find useful in selling your home in San Diego or anywhere in the United States.
I wrote a book that I hope is a help regarding short sales. If you search the internet about Short Sales you will soon have a very confusing picture of what a short sale is and even why it is better than a foreclosure. Read my free eBook called Short Sale Demystified to get the straight scoop.
The wolves are out in full force. Seems many of my blogs are about the latest scam to hit the market and take in unsuspecting sellers. Remember my number 1 rule, if it sounds too good to be true – it probably isnt true. Second rule, if they are charging an upfront fee proceed with caution. Learn about the scams and protect yourself.
The number one question when selling a home is ‘how much should I sell it for?’ There is no easy answer. The truth is that the seller nor agent control what a house will sell for. The market dictates the sale price of a home. Learn about the 3 key indicators used to set selling prices.
Foreclosures are at an all time high. But what is a foreclosure and how does it work? Foreclosure in California has a very specific timeline. Read this blog entry to understand exactly how a home is foreclosed upon in California. If you are in another state consult a real estate professional in your area.
When you have a forgiven debt, like the result of a short sale, that amount is taxable income both at the state and federal levels. You could receive a 1099 and have to report the amount forgiven as ordinary income. There is a federal act called the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. CA has a version to help you as well but this one terminates in 2012. Act now while you still have protection.
As a seller you want to get the most money for your home. That is understandable; as an agent I want to get you the most money possible. However overpricing your home has unintended consequences. There are 5 consequences that can result from pricing your home above comparable homes in your neighborhood. Read about the 5 consequences of overpricing your home.
First impressions count; especially in real estate in San Diego. When a buyer makes it to your home you want to impress them. There are some home improvement pictures that you can do that will improve the looks of your home but will not break the bank. You can read about 5 powerful projects that will help you get top dollar for your home.
What, another tax? Is there a 3.8% sales tax on the sale of a home? Yes, there is a provision in the health care ball (which became law in March 2010) that has that exact provision. However there is much confusion on who has to pay this tax and on what portions of the sale price. Read about the tax and the facts by clicking here.