How Do I REALLY Sell My House Fast in Chesapeake?
Today we’re gonna talk about the absolute best time to sell a house.
So when is the best time to sell a property?
Well, the truth is it depends.
If you bought it the right way, then anytime should be the right time.
However, will there be times in the market that are more advantageous than others? Try this one for a minute: Consumers and investors usually follow separate and opposite tracks.
So when all the consumers are buying up real estate, do you know what investors are typically doing? That’s when they’re selling! When everyone is in this buyer’s market, that’s when you can usually sell for the highest price and that’s when investors wanna trade into different properties.
How to Sell Your House for More Than It’s Worth
But the opposite is also true.
When all of the consumers are dumping and saying “The sky is falling and it’s the worst investment that we saw in ’07 and 2008 and 9 and 10!”.
What were investors like me doing? We’re buying up everything like crazy! WarrenBuffett – he had his own hedge fund at the time.
He was buying 30.
40,000 homes per-year into the markets that actually were totally decimated.
So, best time to sell a home is really at the market high before it falls out is when you’re going to really cash in on top dollar.
But if your strategy requires that, then you may have in fact, the WRONG strategy.
Because if the market is ever turning and moving it away that it’s not advantageous for you, you should be able to continue holding that home, cash flowing it, and continuing to make money on it.
Love is one of those human emotions that are as vital as air and water. It has been behind the biggest feats – and biggest atrocities – of humankind. Love is everywhere and in everything humans are involved in, so, what are the similarities, intersections, and relationships between Love and Real Estate?
That’s what we are going to figure out with this article. Shall we?
First impressions matter
Like with love and dating, while it’s not definitive, first impressions do matter in real estate. A house with no home staging, completely uncared for, will not impress home buyers. A poorly put together real estate agent ad, website or a poorly presented in-person real estate agent will not impress home sellers and home buyers either. On the contrary, it will make them shy away from you or the house.
You’re not physically getting into bed with your clients and buyers, but you are metaphorical. So you need to present yourself and what you have to offer with confidence. One will truly love the other only if they see in their eyes a spark of self-love. That’s what people really fall in love with. Pity is not love, and that’s what home buyers feel when they walk into a home with an uncared-for garden entryway in desperate need of care. And worst: if they do make an offer, chances are it’s the opposite of love; indifference to you and your desires of selling for the highest you can. They are probably trying to buy it on the real low, put some of their love to the home so they can sell it for much more. So, in other words, its all about self-love, really. Love yourself and your house and increase your home value with these home improvement ideas.
Loyalty is important
The majority of our society is strictly monogamist when it comes to love relationships, and the same should apply to real estate. We’re not saying real estate agents should have just one client at a time, but they should treat them as if they were the only one, with the care, attention, and respect they deserve.
And regarding home buyers or home sellers avoid dual listings as much as you can. Yes, we know it’s okay if the real estate agent comes clean with both the lovers—I mean, clients! But you know what? Go back to the first topic. Love yourself! A dual agency will keep your real estate agent from fully focusing on his fiduciary duties to you. But also, don’t go out selling your home with a bunch of real estate agents, like in an Open Listing. It seems like a good idea, like a lot of people are out there selling your house and it will speed up the process, but you’re better served with one dedicated person trying to sell it because they know if they do they’ll get a commission. The reality is that in an open listing, only inexperienced real estate agents really spend their time marketing the home; most will have it at their backburner in case it perfectly matches a client’s taste.
Exes are forever
Just like in romantic relationships, it’s likely that an ex will, down the road, show up again in your life. And, like with love, that can be a good or a bad thing. That’s why, real estate agents, no matter how big their influence (or commission) will be, should always do their best, be the kindest and the most righteous they can. You don’t want the evil Ex returning, complaining about something you forgot to do, smearing your name all around your real estate market. You want the good Ex that will return because they want to sell the house and buy another one, and their experience with you was so good it’s part of the reason why they want to do it again.
No matter if it’s a fling (like someone just wanting to have more information about something real estate-related) or a long-term relationship (like someone who hired you to buy or sell a house with you) show them some love and courtesy.
There's no I in love
And neither in a real estate agent.
When you love someone, you give up a few of your needs in favor of your loved ones’. Which is great when they do the same in return. If they don’t; maybe rethink your relationship, ok? With real estate agents, it should be the same thing. Sure, they are relying on your experience to guide them through the home buying process, but please: this is not about you! Listen to your clients, become interested in understanding them and their needs before you come with your “my way or the highway” attitude. That’s one of the worst Real Estate Agent types there is. Every case is different, don’t try to simplify it for your own sake. Don’t be lazy. Your clients deserve your best efforts and doing exactly the same every time is not doing that.
Surprise x Routine
A balance between this too is very important in a romantic relationship. Humans long for the comfort of routine, but also get bored by it and crave for a little bit (not too much!) of surprise. That usually translates in unexpectedly bringing flowers home, going out to dinner from time to time, traveling to get some one-on-one time away in a different setting. For a real estate agent that means mixing up a little bit. Don’t be just the guy who calls or appears when there’s a showing/offer on the table. Call them even if nothing special is going on; let them know you’re thinking of them. Send an e-mail with something that you saw on the news or the internet that relates to them and their house. There are several websites out there that put out great content related to real estate; just like on our website RealEstateAgent.com. Be their curator!
But like we said, don’t overdo it either. Try to find the balance. You don’t want to bother them too much.
Communication is key
This is the most important aspect of a romantic relationship. If you don’t develop a clear communication with your loved one, it doesn’t matter how much you love them and how much they love you back… it will be a troubled, confusing relationship. Who wants that? Be very clear about your intentions and your way of working, learn to listen to your client; learn to understand even their non-verbal communication! If both of you are completely honest with each other, there will hardly be any disappointments.
May it be eternal while it lasts
Hey, sometimes everything started out great but something happened along the way and communication started getting bad and now you can’t understand or respect each other and it’s just… bad.
That’s ok. It happens. Dealing with unreasonable home buyers and home sellers is something every real estate agent goes through. And straight giving up is normal. No one should be ostracized for that. What is important is to realize it and set yourself and your client/loved one free. Reach out to the client and tell him or her that maybe it’s best to part ways. Don’t just say “hey, it’s not working, I’m out! Good luck!”. If you do, you’ll be the one responsible for them becoming an evil ex. Talk about how it’s not working for the both of them and you feel he/she will be better served with a fresh mind and point of view related to their house. You should even have recommendations of real estate agents you think could be a good fit, but remember they are free to do whatever they want.
Because in the end, the great lesson about love and real estate is a lesson of Freedom! No one is obligated to have you there by their side, as a lover or real estate agent. They are free to have or not have you. You need to prove your worth. Freedom is the only feeling humans long for more than love. For the truth is that only people who understand the concept of freedom can truly love. Only those who respect and adore freedom can understand and love another person’s spirit. So be free, let it be free and let love rule!
This is one of the reasons why one of my many rules in real estate is that I buy below the median.
Why do I do that on my short-term buy and holds? Because if the market ever turns AGAINST me, I’m gonna keep on cash flowing that property and those lower-priced homes – they don’t lose value like a million ora half a million dollar home does.
So Warren Buffett has this principle, right?He calls it the margin of risk.
And really when you talk about the best time to sella house, I wanna draw attention to how Warren Buffett has become a billionaire and the, one of the greatest philanthropist of our day and age; all based on a very simple principle you may have heard called Buy Low, Sell High, okay?
Warren is a really great example if you read his book Snowball, of an individual that really live his principles. He must have understood VirginiaInvesting.com!
He says if you wanna reduce your risk, you gotta increase your margin of profitability.
So it’s real simple:If you buy a house as an investor, you buy it with a lot of equity ’cause if you do, whether it’s the wrong or right time to sell, you can sell profitably! Understanding this principle is key for this next part: If you buy the right house, you can sell it anytime for great profit.
I’ve got an example here of the house that I’ve just recently sold.
This is a house that I sold and purchased in ’05 and sold in 2015.
So I’ve held onto this house for 10 years and here’s some background on this house: I actually leveraged a partner’s money and a partner’s credit to buy this house.
So how much money was I into this deal? I wasn’t in it at all.
And I used my staff and my team and we basically lined it up.
Now I have here the HUD.
This is actually the closing documents on selling this house where I received as you can see here a $38,986check.
But here’s the summary on this spread that I wanna point out.
I purchased this house in 2005 and we bought it for $109,000 and a down payment of 10% was $1,069.
My expenses over the life of holding this was 70,000 but my income was a 107.
What’s the difference? Roughly $37,000 that we got to make in cash flow and to down payments, deposits, along the way.
Then when we sold the house, we collected a check for $28,000 that me and my partner got to split afterI paid back my partner the $9,000 that he put in.
So he put in the money, he got paid back.
So basically there’s 28,000 of profits to split, there’s 37,000 that was made along the way, 37 and 28 is roughly $65,000, okay? So this tiny little house – 4 bedroom, 1 and a half bath, did a good job taking care of me.
Now let’s just for a moment take a look at the ROI.
I could’ve sold this house at any time but why did I sell it now? Well, it’s been a cash cow.
The little bit out, how do I know it’s a cash cow? For a moment, take a look at the ROI! We put in $9,000 but look at what we got out? $65,000! That’s a 720%increase.
Now, divide that over holding the home for10 years and that is 72% a year on your money.
Now, my business partner and I made 72% a year based on whose money? His money! He’s.
he and I get to split the ROI 36% each.
But let me ask you, if I put no money in, what is my real net ROI? It’s infinite! Think about it.
I didn’t put anything in, but I got all of that money coming back out to me.
So this is an example of ‘I could’ve sold this house at any time.
It’s been cash flow cowing.
Why did I really sell it?’.
Because the market was right! What do you do when the market’s wrong? Just keep making money and keep cash flowing! When you do real estate the right way, it can always be a great time to buy, hold, or sell.
which is why I love short-term buy and hold strategies ’cause I get to make my money along the way.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s video on the best time to sell your house.
Put some comments below! We’d love to respond and give you the help that you need as we work on turning you into a brilliant, bright, and successful real estate investor.
Key Things Millennial Home Buyers Must Know
Millennials are a group of individuals born in the 1980s and 1990s and are within the ages of 18 and 36. Also known as generation Y, many are sidelined by tight credit, high student loan debts, and low paying jobs. In fact, until the past few years, these have been the key reasons they were slow to enter the real estate market. Now, they make up well over 30% of new home buyers and that trend should continue going up as they start to mature and pay off existing debt.
Compared to previous generations, such as baby boomers or the silent generation, these younger individuals have a different outlook when it comes to long-term investment, especially owning a home. One thing you can bank on is that Millennials know what they want in a home!
Read on to learn more about millennial home buyers, key characteristics of this generation, as well as a look at their attitude towards real estate investment. If you happen to be a millennial, you will learn how easily it really is to prepare and become a homeowner.
Characteristics of Millennial Home Buyers
These characteristics will help you understand the millennial demographic and tip you off if you are unsure if you are one (between the ages of 18 and 36)....
- 66 percent of millennial home buyers are first time home buyers
- Their median income is approximately $82,000 per year
- 66 percent of these buyers are married couples
- 50 percent of these buyers say that the main reason for buying a house is the desire to own a home
- 20 percent of them previously lived with their parents, relatives, or friends
- 24 percent of them owned a previous residence
- 56 percent of them rented a house or an apartment
Millennial Home Buyers Attitudes Towards Real Estate Investment
- Many millennials want to own homes or invest in real estate. In one of the studies conducted by the National Journal Heartland Monitor, 69 percent of the younger generation in the U.S. generally regard home ownership or real estate investment as a smart and achievable goal.
- Some millennials are scared to own a home because of the upfront costs they are facing. As homes go up in price, so do the costs associated with owning those homes. However, it is not just higher prices that may be putting some of this generation off. The thought of settling in a new place or living in different circumstances also sounds unattractive. Some, therefore, find renting an attractive option because of its affordability and flexibility.
- About 20 percent of the respondents in the U.S. feel that although owning a home is a smart move, this decision is not financially viable for them right now. Of the respondents, there are more minorities who feel their finances probably would not enable them buy a home. All millennial buyers have options so check with a local lender before writing homeownership off as a distant dream.
- Because some millennials are hesitant on home buying or real estate investing, they will continue to rent houses and apartments until their situation changes and they are more comfortable. As their needs change, rent prices will creep up, which will force many to purchase a house. In fact, according to a new study conducted by Choice Home Warranty, 30 percent of millennials plan to buy a house in 5 years’ time.
In a nutshell, whatever challenges you may be facing, buying a home as a millennial is a smart and achievable goal. If it is money that is preventing you from achieving this goal, you need to come up with a strict financial saving plan or find a way to acquire the funds as a gift from a family member. As you would expect, there are always financial institutions that are ready to help millennials get mortgage loans, even those with less than desirable credit scores.
How to Meet Your Home Ownership Needs
- First, you must understand the type of house you want to buy. According to a new study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, most millennials tend to invest their money in homes that are older, smaller and less expensive. The main reason for this is that many millennials have not accumulated enough wealth to purchase new, bigger or expensive homes.
- You must also figure out things you want in the home. These are basically the things that drive you to buy a home to begin with. According to a survey conducted by Metrostudy, a Houston based national housing research firm, millennial buyers are looking for small but high-quality homes, especially in the suburbs. Some of them also look for homes with flexible space to entertain family and friends rather than larger properties to keep all their "stuff".
- You must know where to find your preferred home. With many agents posting listings on their websites, and via social media, it is very easy for millennials to find what they want before they even view the first property. Because many use their smartphone for home searches, they can quickly and easily search for new listings, get more information about the available inventory, and find details about the owner/home long before they contact a local real estate agent for assistance.
There are many real estate options for millennials right now and this definitely includes their ability to purchase a home. Now that many are settling down and having families, the appeal to own their own home is a strong pull. That is why agents need to market to this demographic. Those that do will benefit from dealing with savvy and knowledgeable consumers who know what they want and have a plan to make it happen.