Seller Class: Postponed Until September

Are you or someone you know thinking of selling in the next 12 months?

Join us for a FREE Educational Seminar 

Keller Williams McLean: 6820 Elm St Suite 100

Tuesday, July 26th  September date to be announced

7pm-8:30pm

Topics to include:

  • Overview of the Local Current Housing Market
  • Home Listing Process and Expected Timeline
  • Financing Options for Buying Your New Home Before Selling
  • Fees and Closing Costs
  • Repairs or Updates that Bring the Most Return
  • Staging Tips
  • Seller Representation and Choosing an Agent
  • Additional time for your Questions

Register here to join.

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Top Blog Posts for Home Sellers

We have some great posts on our blogs from over the years, but sometimes it can be hard to sift through them all to find what you need! So we’ve collected here a starting point for sellers to start researching the home selling process.

Getting Started

Choosing a listing agent is the most important part of the process.  Here are some myths about choosing an agent, including whether open houses work, and whether you need a ‘neighborhood specialist’.  We would love to speak with you about what makes us different and how we will sell your home faster, for more money, and with less hassle.  Contact us for a no-obligation meeting.

Want to find out what houses in your neighborhood are going for?  Sign up for a free market snapshot here.

Wondering how to simultaneously buy and sell and not end up homeless or with two mortgages?  We have some tools at our disposal.  Read the three part series here.

Timing is everything when deciding when to go on the market.  Should you list in the winter? Wait til Spring?  Well, it all depends, as you can read about in this article.

Are you underwater on your mortgage?  Find out is a short sale is right for you.

 

On the Market

Staging can be important in getting top dollar for your home in the least amount of time.  Check out our Staging Tips here.

Marketing your home is what draws the buyers in.  From pricing it right to fabulous wide-angle photos, to open houses, here is a marketing plan that will get your home sold.

 

Contract to Close

The work isn’t all done once you get the offer.  You still need to get through the home inspection.  Get a head start by making your home inspection-friendly.

 

The Wethman Group helped buy and sell over 40 homes in 2011.  Let us show you why the majority of our business is referrals from past happy clients. Contact us for a free market summary and marketing overview.

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What Do I Need to Do To Get Ready To Sell My Home This Spring?

Spring is coming early to the DC area. Buyers are out there! Low prices, low rates, and the imminent expiration of the $8000 first time home buyer credit have them circling and looking for the right property, in the right condition, for the right price. And for those properties that are positioned and marketed properly, this could be your best shot at a smooth and quick transaction.  But putting your home on the market takes a significant amount of preparation.

The first 30 days your home is on the market is absolutely critical, because those buyers who are circling will come look—once—and if your property is not exactly right then they will just continue their circling, and likely will never return to your property. You will anxiously watch the days on market tick up, and the price tick down.  Buyers ARE buying, but they expect a property to be in pristine condition right out of the gate.

To catch the biggest buyer waves, typically you should plan on putting your home on the market in March or April. This year, however, I think there’s a very strong argument to go out early for the reasons outlined above—buyers ARE out there.  However, you can’t just throw your home into the MLS and expect the buyers to pounce.

Here’s a short list of things you should be doing now to get your home ready:

* De-clutter. I can’t stress this enough. If it’s not something you use every day, get it out of sight. Put away out of season clothing. No collections of knick-knacks, no personal photos, no college degrees or awards. You want the buyer to be able to imagine themselves in the property, and trust me, buyers are easily distracted by your personal items. Don’t pile things into closets and cabinets—buyers look there too. Get things out of the property and into storage if you have to. Same for extra furniture pieces. Less is more.
* Paint & Clean. A fresh coat of paint does wonders, and is cheap. And clean like you’ve never cleaned before, especially the kitchen and bath.
* Make all minor repairs. The buyer is going to make you do them anyway and it will be cheaper for you to do it now.
* Start monitoring the market, both broadly and in your specific neighborhood. Pricing is absolutely critical, and you need to be realistic. Work with an agent to start getting property updates now.

When you’re ready to put your home on the market:

* Consult a stager. I hire both an interior stager and an exterior landscape consultant for  my listings. They look at your property with fresh eyes and have extensive training in how to create a neutral, yet welcoming canvas for buyers.
* Photos, photos, photos. Buyers start their search on the internet, and if you don’t have photos they will skip your house completely. Use professional photographers, or at a minimum, a wide-angle lens if you (or your agent) insist on taking them personally.
* If your home has unique features, consider how to best market them. For example, if the house has an unusual floorplan or is bigger than it looks, consider including professionally drawn floorplans in with the photos. (I do this for some of my listings.)

If you’re interested in hearing more about how to get your home ready, or want to learn more about the home selling process, contact us for an appointment.

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Home Seller Classes Now Available in Northern Virginia

Equipping Home Sellers to Make Better Decisions

Our home seller classes are educational sessions designed to give an overview of current market conditions and the home selling process. We cover a recap of the market, current trends and market stats including days on market, average sales prices, and inventory levels.

We’ll also discuss how to price your home, marketing channels, staging and showing your home, real estate fees and commissions, and how to choose an agent.

There’s never any cost or obligation to attend our classes.

Home Seller Classes in Arlington County
The first classes of 2009 are now scheduled at Arlington County Library. As in the past, there is absolutely no cost or obligation to attend this one hour educational session where we will recap the current market conditions, discuss the future outlook, and provide an overview of the home sale process. Simply email katie@katiewethman.com to register so that we may have materials available for you. Details are as follows:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Arlington County Library
1015 N Quincy St, 2nd Floor Mtg Room
Ballston (Orange Line)

Though there is no cost to attend, you must contact us to register since seating is limited.

Read More: Seller Resources
Read More: What to Expect when Working with Katie as your Listing Agent

Home Seller Classes in Maryland and DC
The class schedule for 2009 has not yet been determined. Classes will begin in February and will be held at various sites in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia.

We’re always happy to meet with first time buyers over coffee to give a quick overview (with no obligation) if the class schedule does not fit your needs. Just drop us a line!

Contact us to be notified of the class schedule when available.

Read More: Seller Resources
Read More: What to Expect when Working with Katie as your Listing Agent

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