By Ronald Caplan
Many agree: listing a home for sale in the spring is a time-honored ritual, since that’s when the shoppers emerge from hibernation. Though there is much to be said for keeping your house on the market in winter, when there is less competition from other sellers, winter is a good time to begin the process of selling – for which preparation and planning are key.
So, as you hibernate this winter, start thinking ahead, getting organized and planning. You will want to consider investing some money in your home to prep it for sale as well, and to prepare yourself financially for your next home. Once you embrace your sale plan as a months-long process, you can put your home’s best face forward when the snow melts and the “for sale” sign goes up. Here are some winter tips for planning a spring sale.
Helping Foreclosure Survivors Get Back into the Market -- and Tips for Buying a Foreclosed Property
During the Great Recession, the National Association of Realtors® analyzed that nearly 9.3 million homeowners underwent a foreclosure, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure or a short sale. After sitting out of the market for several years to rebuild their credit, these former homeowners are slowly coming back to the market looking for another chance at homeownership. In addition, some buyers have sought to take advantage of foreclosed properties in hopes of greater affordability.
For both groups of buyers, there are some unique challenges. As Realtors, we can help our clients to navigate these waters, which can be crowded with financial and legal complications unlike typical transactions.
The FSBO Option: Yes or No?
By Patricia Meyers
For homeowners considering selling, the “for sale by owner” option may seem appealing. The advantage may seem clear: a seller can eliminate – or partially eliminate – the broker commission and keep the maximum possible profit from the sale. Particularly in a sellers’ market, FSBO may seem like a simple and lucrative option.
NYSAR is launching a new online media campaign. It will show the benefits of working with a New York State REALTOR® when selling a home. A creative and humorous, shareable video casts the REALTOR® as a “trusted wingman” in guiding consumers to make good decisions. The online advertising campaign, on various digital networks, will be used to drive consumers to the new NYSAR.com consumer “Wingman” branded landing page. They will learn more about the value of working with a REALTOR® and use our Find a REALTOR® tool connecting to members in their own area. Click here and “Share” the video today!