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Selling your home – how do you set your price?

March 20, 2014

Selling Home - Real Estate in DFW, pricing to sell, Sandy LuedkeIt’s the first day of spring, and a good time to plant that For Sale sign in the yard. Selling your home wasn’t a snap decision, and you’ve thought long and hard about your next move, but there’s one thing left to do – name your price. Do you list high to ward off tire-kickers, or list low in the hopes of a bidding war? What determines your price anyway?

Obtaining the help of a seasoned real estate agent (like me, Sandy Luedke!) will go a long way in getting you and your home prepared for that winning offer. Here are some questions you should ask your realtor, and they should have a ready answer for you:

  • What is the difference between list and sales prices?
  • What are the two most important factors when selling a home?
  • When is the best time to buy?
  • What is the difference between market value and appraised value?
  • What is the difference between list price, sales price and appraised value?
  • How does someone sell a slow mover?
  • How is the price set?
  • What are the standard ways of finding out how much a home is worth?
  • How do you prepare a house to sell?
  • Where do I get information on housing market stats?
  • How do I handle a low offer?

Answers to these questions and more are also available on Ideal Real Estate Group’s Resource Page for Home Sellers, in the article titled Pricing to Sell.

Contact us at any time and let us answer any real estate questions you have, and let us help you through the transition of selling your home.

How to prepare your home to sell for top dollar

March 13, 2014

Flower Mound Realtor, Selling Your Home in Flower Mound, Texas Real EstateYou stopped noticing your cracked driveway over a year ago, and the broken light fixture on your front porch has been long forgotten. Pet owners are not immune from it either – “normal” odors they are no longer sensitive to could be a big turn off for prospective home buyers. When something has been a part of our lives for so long, details that stick out like a sore thumb to anyone else can become invisible to us.

When it comes time to sell your home, you want to make it as attractive as possible to your ideal buyer. This means you want to prepare the space in such a way that they can easily see themselves being happy and worry free within the walls of your home.

To do this, it would be wise to hire someone to stage your home for you. If that isn’t an option, clear your mind and do your best to look at your home like a prospective buyer. Is there clutter on the counter? This would immediately put the thought of having to ‘clean the place’ in the mind of the person looking to buy, which will put a mark in the negative column regarding the home tour.

Are the carpets stained? Are the walls too bare or too bold? These are also considerations of buyers when looking at homes. They typically don’t want to be saddled with the need to immediately repaint purple walls or install new carpet. That alone could cause them to turn away without making any kind of offer on the home.

Another topic that is touchy for some home owners is that of family pictures. We love our family, and many of us decorate our home with years of photos that tell the story of our life. However, when selling your home, being surrounded by a ‘strangers life’ can subconsciously create tension that might block a prospective buyer from feeling like this could be their family’s new home, since it so clearly belongs to someone else. For better results, replace family photos with inviting landscapes, seascapes, mirrors, and nature prints.

If you are able to afford it, be sure to take care of any major repairs or updates that could deter a buyer from making an offer on your home. This includes:

  • Replacing any broken windows
  • Replacing a leaky roof
  • Fixing cracked driveways, sidewalks, and walls
  • Update old or outdated appliances, cabinetry, and/or flooring

It is also important to work on your home’s curb appeal. Remove any weeds, dead plants, bushes and/or trees to make your landscape look pristine. Make sure the grass is green and maintained, and plant a few annual flowers in noticeable spots near your front entryway. It is also appealing to plant greenery and flowers in decorative outdoor pots that can later be moved. These can be placed along the sidewalk, by your driveway, or set by the front door.

For a few other quick fixes that don’t cost a lot of money but can help you get top dollar for your home, be sure to visit our Ideal Real Estate Group’s Website. Go to the Seller’s Resource Page and see our article on Common Questions and Answers about Selling Your Home.

As an expert real estate agent in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for over two decades, I can help you make sure your home looks its best when buyers come knocking, so contact me, Sandy Luedke, today and we’ll get started on selling your home for top dollar!

Are foreclosures really a bargain?

March 6, 2014

foreclosed in flower mound, texasLife is full of twists and turns. As much as we try to plan for every possible contingency, there are simply factors that affect our lives over which we have no control. A foreclosure is not typically the desired outcome of any new home owner, yet it happens. If you have a previous foreclosure and are wondering about your options regarding future home ownership, be sure to check out our blog post titled: After a foreclosure how to own a home again.

For those of you looking to purchase a home on a smaller budget, there are several options available for “bargain house hunting.”

First, you might want to investigate purchasing a foreclosure. However, this is not a process you should go through alone. Many experts advise buyers to hire an expert to ensure the house is thoroughly inspected and that any liens, undisclosed mortgages or court judgments are cleared or at least disclosed.

Another option, if you are a veteran, is to look into veteran loans which can offer up to 100% financing. There are specific stipulations with this, so be sure you are dealing with an agent familiar with the process. The Veteran’s Association (VA) also has VA foreclosures, and if you are interested, you can call 1-800-827-1000 to request a current listing.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also acquires foreclosures, and if you (and the house) meet certain criteria, you could purchase a house with a down payment as low as $100.

Buying foreclosures are risky because you are buying the property “as-is.” This is why it is difficult to get a bank loan, because the bank knows if you default on your loan, they might get stuck with a money-pit.

For more information regarding purchasing a foreclosed property and where to find foreclosure listings, visit our Buyer’s Resource Page on Ideal Real Estate Group’s website and select Foreclosures. As an experienced real estate broker, Ideal Real Estate Group can walk you through the process.

If you feel you might be coming close to facing foreclosure, please pick up the phone and call me or email me, Sandy Luedke. I have decades of experience in the real estate market and have discovered options that may save you, and your home, from a foreclosure. Don’t wait until it’s too late and be proactive in exploring your options.

Appraisals and Market Value

February 27, 2014

Flower Mound Real Estate, Home for saleSpring is right around the corner. This is the time of year home owners get the urge to dust the cobwebs out of the house, clean out the closets, and give each room a good shine. It’s also when people envision sprucing up their yard, planting flowers, adding foliage and improving the home’s overall curb appeal.

Then again, there’s also a group of dreamers who would rather just pack everything up and start over at a new place – a different place – a place that better meets their current needs.

The decision of whether to stay or go could depend heavily on what you already have. Obtaining a current, accurate appraisal of your home can help you determine your starting point. Home values rise and fall based on the current economy, the real estate market as a whole, and what’s going on in and around your own neighborhood.

What you don’t want to do is make a decision on the purchase price of a new home based on an assumption of what you think your current home is worth. An experienced real estate agent will make sure you have covered your basis during your introductory meetings, to ensure your home buying adventure is a good one.

For help in obtaining a current appraisal on your home, give us a call. Because of Ideal Real Estate Group’s long-standing community involvement and networking expertise, we have developed relationships with partners throughout the Metroplex to help ensure the best possible experience regardless of what your needs may be.

For more information on what your home may be worth, market value, and appraisals, visit our Buyer’s Resource Page on Ideal Real Estate Group’s website. Let us help you find your next home!

Relocating to Texas? Here are some things you need to know about Property Taxes!

February 20, 2014

Property Taxes
Because Texas does not have a state income tax, it makes us a popular place for relocations. When you dig a little deeper, you realize our property taxes may be higher than some states, but when all is considered, the various trade-offs for calling Texas your new home are worth it.

However, if you are a transplant from another state, your former state may still expect you pay their property tax. It pays to plan ahead and make sure you have cut the proper ties. Just because you many no longer consider yourself a resident of your previous state, there may be some other factors that cause them to think otherwise.

Here are a few points to review. If any of these apply to you, it will be wise to be proactive and get it handled and changed over, instead of procrastinating and receiving a penalty letter from the IRS:

  • The amount of time you spend in your previous and current state
  • Where your spouse and children live, and where your children go to school
  • The state where your driver’s license is issued
  • The state where your vehicles are registered
  • Where your professional licenses are maintained
  • Your location of employment
  • Where you file your tax returns
  • The address of any professional listing (online, social media, yellow pages, etc.)
  • The location of any property tax exemptions you claim

If you are planning on making a move from one state to another, be sure to get professional advice from a tax specialist on what your particular tax caveats might be. It is not wise to assume the tax laws will be logical.

Please visit our Buyers Resource Page regarding Property Taxes for more information you may find useful.

For any of your relocation needs, whether you’re selling your home in Flower Mound, looking for a family home in Colleyville, or you simply want to explore your options, Sandy Luedke and Ideal Real Estate Group have the expertise and long-standing record of Texas hospitality and service to help you get where you need to go.

After all, there’s no place like home, and we’d love to help you find yours!

Starting to work with your Agent

October 10, 2009

The first thing that your real estate agent will do for you is to have a relaxed, but thorough, conversation about what kind of home you are looking for. He or she will listen carefully at what you want in your new house and clarify the main details so that he/she will have a very clear picture of it. Another main consideration to be discussed is of course, your price range.
Having the right information about what you are looking for will help the agent in focusing their search, and will avoid wasting the time of both parties. Once the agent is clear on everything, including how much you are willing to spend, the search for the most fitting home will speed up.

Working with the right real estate agent

October 8, 2009

If you’re looking to buy a new home sometime in the future, the first and most important

thing you should do is to look for the right real estate agent for you. Only the right agent

can help you find that ideal home that matches all your needs and wants.

Though some would prefer an agent they do not know in order to maintain a strictly business

-only approach, others would also assert that using someone you know makes them treat you as

their top client, which lets you find your ideal home faster. Ultimately, there are four

important factors to consider:

* Professionalism. A professional agent will always keep their priorities straight and will

always have your wishes in mind.

* Knowledge. You want someone who understands exactly everything you want in your new home

and knows the real estate market well enough to find a home that matches.

* Experience. An agent with a long, successful career in real estate will always serve you

better than one without.

* Compatibility. You have to be comfortable working with your agent, so that you’ll be

confident you’re getting the best deal for you.

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