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.
So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Like any home seller, you want to get top dollar. You’ve seen those TV shows where property owners spend thousands on home staging. What do you do if you don't have thousands of dollars in your budget? You'd be surprised by our options. There are several steps you can take to make your home more attractive to potential home buyers without spending a lot of money.
Following are 10 budget-friendly ways to stage your home for sale.
1. Curb Appeal
First impressions make all the difference and that’s why it's so important that your home projects curb appeal. Go all out with small DIY tasks like trimming the bushes, cutting the grass, getting rid of debris and planting flowers. If applicable, replace an old mailbox with a new one, spray down the house if it looks dirty and paint or replace the front door. Do whatever it takes to make your home look great as potential home buyers drive by.
One of the most important aspects of a home for prospective buyers is the available space and the floor plan. That's why it's so important to make a home look as appealing and neutral as possible. Start by removing clutter, including an overload of knickknacks, personal photos, etc. Decluttering your home will create space, and that’s what home buyers look for. Eliminating clutter really makes a home look bigger and even newer.
If your rooms look crowded, consider moving bigger or less attractive pieces of furniture into storage. Also, make sure there's nothing obscuring buyers’ eyes from important focal points, like beautiful views or fireplaces. Home buyers often get hung up on the negatives and a cluttered home can make them pass on the property.
3. Thoroughly Clean
Wipe away cobwebs, wash the windows, scrub the grout, etc. You should also have furniture upholstery cleaned because it adds to the overall impression you’re trying to present. Clean or replace cabinet hardware and light fixtures if necessary. None of these tasks are expensive undertakings, but they can make a big difference. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, hiring a professional cleaning service.
While painting is inexpensive in comparison to other improvements, a fresh coat makes a significant impact. That said, it's best to stick with trending neutral colors. You can even paint dated kitchen cabinets to give the kitchen a fresh, new look. If necessary, invest in having your home painted inside and out - it will pay off in the long run. If the walls actually look good, painting the trim or doing a little touching up here and there may be enough. Paint over bright, outdated colors with a neutral color (you can never go wrong with cream, brown or white).
5. Pay Attention to Details
As they say, "the devil is in the details”. Simple steps like cleaning or replacing cabinet hardware or light fixtures can make a huge difference in how the home is presented. A few accent pillows placed on the couch, a fresh floral arrangement on the coffee table, and a matching set of fresh, new towels in the bathroom add visual appeal as well.
6. Carpet Cleaning
Carpeting can show more damage than just about anything else in the home. If you have carpeting in your home, chances are it could present a problem. If the carpets are in fairly good shape, you can probably get away with just having it deep cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company.
7. Wood Flooring
If you have wood floors, it will pay off to make sure they're clean and in good condition. If not, consider having them refinished. If cleaning doesn’t restore them, you may need to have them replaced. This can be pricey, but replacing the flooring will raise your home’s value.
It can't be stressed enough how critical it is present potential home buyers with a sparkling clean, clutter-free kitchen. Purge and neatly arrange your cupboards and drawers. Accessorize with things that make sense in the kitchen. Next, scrub down everything, including the drawers and cabinets. Clean your stove and oven until they shine. Polish up stainless appliances, removing fingerprints. Make sure to toss out smelly garbage to that there aren't lingering odors.
Thoroughly clean fixtures, shower doors, and tubs. Buy new replaceable parts that can't be cleaned well enough to be presentable. If the bathtub is stained, consider refinishing it. If the bathroom is small, a light paint color will make the room look bigger. Also, keep in mind that the bathroom wall color doesn't need to be the same as other areas of your home.
10. Tile and Grout Cleaning
Tile and grout cleaning can go a long way when it comes to increasing the appeal of a home. Cleaning tiles and grout can bring it back to "like new" condition, restoring their original shine.
There’s no set rule of thumb regarding how much you'll need to spend to get your home ready to sell because every home is different. Nevertheless, investing a few thousand dollars can increase the sale price by significantly more than that. It will also help make it possible for your home to sell a lot faster. Bottom line, anything that you can afford to do is going to be beneficial.
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.
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If the housing market is poor, like it is right now than selling your home fast is even more difficult. However, there are ways to increase the chance of people beating down your door so you can sell your house.
First, consider lowering the price the point to where the house can sell on cost alone. This might be difficult for some people to do because that is money that they are taking right out of their pocket. However, if you need to sell your house fast than this is going to get things moving more than any other one item. The irony is that in most cases if you set it really low, even up to 20% lower you most likely will start a bidding war for your home, even in today's market. So the price will rise close, if not over the value you would have placed on it. But you are going to have to have mental toughness to do this and most people just don't have a belief that it will work out this way.
Get yourself a storage unit and put everything possible in there. A house that looks packed will cause people to think it is small. A house that has less in it will actually cause people to think it's large and spacious.
Next add lamps, lights and increase the wattage of the other bulbs in your home to make the house glow. Light is one of the things that help people feel the house is alive and fresh, dark homes make people feel down. So brighten the room up with lighting throughout the house.
Although it's your home people are looking for a house, so take your personality out of the house. Family photos, religious information, work related information, etc. will take away the focus from the house and place it on the home.
People buy the kitchen, so place the focus on the kitchen and either do a light remodel with appliances or a full remodel with cabinets, countertops, flooring and appliances. This is an area of real importance in getting your house to move quickly.
Last, be ready to show it. People won't come when you are ready, they will come when they are ready and normally that means with a very short notice. Keep the house clean and clutter free so an agent can call and show with a moment's notice. Take the time up front to learn what you need to do to sell your house fast and you will increase your chances.