So You Want to Rent Out Your Home: Here’s How to Present Your Home to Welcome Guests, Part 3 of 3

Renting out your house, cottage or apartment involves posting photos of the exterior and enough of the key interior rooms, a description, and prices on one of the many rental sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, or Homeaway. Sounds simple enough. But to attract renters on a regular basis and garner good reviews—which will help attract more renters—it’s important to take time and put in effort to make your home as presentable and welcoming as possible.

Bouncing Back from a Low Appraisal

One of the worst feelings a seller (and agent) can experience during a real estate transaction is the gut-punch delivered by a low appraisal. I have worked through this situation both as a realtor and homeowner, and I can attest that neither “side” has the easier task to get back on track after this setback.

So You Want to Rent Out Your Home: A Baker’s Dozen of Reasons to Help You Decide and Be a Great Host, or Channeling the Inner Bob Newhart, Part 2 of 3

We continue with more about getting into this part of the sharing economy. Our focus points include: the niceties to have on hand such as fresh linens and towels, taking good photos of your home’s exterior and rooms to post to attract guests, filling out a questionnaire about your home in the same way you might fill out a statement about yourself for online dating, and deciding on your house rules—no red wine or pets, for example.

The Rise of the Broker’s Open

I have been receiving at least one invitation each week to attend a Broker’s Open House. The most recent requests have even come from agents who are not affiliated with my company, which is new for our market. Agents often work through transactions with agents from other brokerages, so why not open up new listings for all to see — ideally leading to a quicker sale.

The Pros and Cons of a Pre-Listing Appraisal

I recently wrote an article outlining the benefits of a pre-listing home inspection. I firmly believe that the investment for an inspection is a solid decision, and writing that piece got me thinking about how I would advise clients regarding a pre-listing home appraisal. Typically, a home appraisal is conducted by the buyer’s lender during […]

Fall Curb Appeal Projects to Help Sell a Home

If your market is like my local market, homes are still moving rapidly. We have experienced a shortage all summer, and I know the season change and approaching holidays will only heighten that shortage. I have continued pushing clients to maintain exceptional care of their homes on the market even though there are a lot […]