Medford Real Estate and Community News

May 1, 2018

Never Hire an Agent Before Asking Them These 9 Questions

What questions should you be asking when interviewing agents to help you buy or sell your home? Let’s go over a few examples.

Buying in the Southern Oregon area? Click here to get a Full Home Search
Selling in the Southern Oregon area? Get a FREE Home Price Evaluation

 

The professional who guides you through your real estate transaction will play a critical role in your success.


Smart consumers conduct agent interviews before making such an important decision, since asking key questions can enlighten you to an agent's qualifications. However, as you work to determine which agent will be the best fit for your needs, realize that they will also be sizing you up during this interview. You should be wary of agents who don’t ask you any questions at all. Good agents are as selective about their clients as you should be about finding the right agent.


So when you’re looking to buy or sell a home, what are some questions you should ask agents before choosing who to hire? Let’s cover a few.


1. How long have you been in the business? When dealing with what is likely the most massive asset in your life, you don’t want just anyone handling the fine details of your transaction. When you interview agents find out how long they’ve been in business, how many transactions they’ve handled, and what kind of mentoring they’re receiving if they are a newer agent.

2. What is your average list-to-sale ratio? If you’re a seller, this question will help you determine whether an agent has strong negotiation skills and will be able to bring you a high price.

3. What strategy will you use to best meet my needs? While some agents will merely place a home on the MLS and hope for buyers to come along, the right agent will utilize strategic marketing to maximize your listing’s potential.


"Good agents are as selective about their clients as you should be about finding the right agent."



4. Do you work with a professional photographer?
Most agents will shoot pictures of your home with their cell phone or digital camera. This results in lower-quality photographs, meaning your home will appear less attractive online. It’s incredibly important to work with an agent who utilizes professional photography when marketing your home.

5. Will you provide references? A quality agent should be able to show that past clients have been pleased with their services.

6. Can I review documents? During any transaction, an agent will present you with a number of documents to sign. Agents should be comfortable letting you review these documents so that you don’t encounter any surprises down the line.

 

7. Can you recommend professional vendors? All top agents will be able to provide you with a list of professionals they recommend, whether you need a carpet cleaner, a plumber, a roofer, or any other contractor.

 

8. How much do you charge? A good agent can defend their commission rate if need be. If an agent’s services are truly worthwhile, their commission will be worth it, too.

9. What am I not asking you? As real estate professionals, agents should have a keen understanding of what buyers and sellers should look for in a Realtor. So they should be able to bring up any topics or commonly asked questions you might have missed.

 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
April 2, 2018

4 Value-Raising Tactics to Help You Sell Your Home

There are four key improvements that can add value to your property before you list.

Buying in the Southern Oregon area? Click here to get a Full Home Search
Selling in the Southern Oregon area? Get a FREE Home Price Evaluation


Every seller wants to get as much money as possible for their home. So today, I’ve got four value-raising tactics that will help you sell for top dollar.


1. Make ordinary updates. These simple improvements, like getting rid of wood rot and adding fresh coats of paint to your home, can go a long way. Buyers tend to look carefully over the home they’re thinking of purchasing. Therefore, it’s good to look over every inch of your home and see what you can update without breaking the bank.

2. Remodel your kitchen. Repainting the walls, installing energy-efficient appliances, and updating the backsplash can all add value.


"Look over your home carefully and see what you can update without breaking the bank."


3. Improve your outdoor environment. A great outdoor space can make or break a sale, so consider updating your landscaping. Tidying up your lawn will make your home appear much more attractive. You can also undertake larger projects like building a deck or outdoor seating area.

4. Prioritize energy efficiency. An increasing number of today’s homebuyers are looking for energy efficiency in their homes. Consider making updates to your home that will lower your energy costs. As a few examples, you could install insulation, replace your windows, or buy Energy Star appliances. Not only will these changes attract buyers, they will also make your home more affordable while you’re still living there.

 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
March 26, 2018

4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Spring Market

Are you thinking of selling your home this spring? If so, I have four tips to help you prepare your property for a successful home sale.

Buying in the Southern Oregon area? Click here to get a Full Home Search
Selling in the Southern Oregon area? Get a FREE Home Price Evaluation

Imagine that you’re getting ready to sell your car. You wouldn’t pull into the dealership with coffee still in your cup holder and fast food wrappers in the backseat, would you? No, you would clean and declutter your vehicle to get it ready for sale so you could make more money.

Isn’t the same true for listing your home?

If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, there are four key things you can do now to prepare:

1. Make your home picture perfect. All of your personal items should be removed and your countertops should be clear. The fact is that more than 95% of buyers start their search online. Make that first impression count by cleaning and decluttering your home before you take your listing photos.



"More than 95% of homebuyers begin their search online, so your listing photos need to look fantastic."


2. Start packing now. Depersonalizing is key to attracting as many buyers as possible. Not everyone has the same taste. Your home should be neutral and clean. Plus, homes are moving quickly these days, spending an average of 30 days or less on the market. It’s a good idea to get a head start on packing because it will help your home sell and make your move easier.

3. Pay attention to curb appeal. Once a buyer has seen the home online, the next thing they'll do is drive by to see if it’s as good in person as it is in the pictures. Update your landscaping, and pay attention to your front door and the porch. A fresh coat of paint on the front door can help too.

 

4. Update the backyard. People spend a considerable amount of time in the backyard. Create an outdoor living space by getting some patio furniture and a firepit to sell buyers on the outdoor lifestyle.

 

Ultimately, the goal is to make your house feel like a home for potential buyers.

 

If you have any other questions or would like additional information about selling in the spring market, just give me a call or send me an email.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
Feb. 26, 2018

John L. Scott Real Estate Recognizes its Top Producers of 2017

Buying in the Southern Oregon area? Click here to get a Full Home Search
Selling in the Southern Oregon area? Get a FREE Home Price Evaluation


I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Lennox Scott, president and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate here in Oregon and he gave some special praise to our team. We are honored to be recognized in the top 1% of John L. Scott Real Estate. Our team was one of the top producing teams in 2017.


"Our team is in the top 1% of John L. Scott Real Estate."


This is a big deal, especially for a company of our size and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our clients. Because of you and your support this past year, we were able to help so many people reach their real estate goals. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and trusting our team.

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home we would be happy to help in any way we can. Or if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me today.

Posted in Real Estate News
Feb. 1, 2018

There’s Something You Should Know About Zillow’s Zestimates

If you want an accurate valuation of your home, don’t rely on Zillow. Call a real estate professional instead.  

Buying in the Southern Oregon area? Click here to get a Full Home Search
Selling in the Southern Oregon area? Get a FREE Home Price Evaluation

How accurate are Zillow's Zestimates?


Here’s what you need to remember: Zillow is not a real estate website. It’s actually a lead-generation website—real estate is simply the lure they use to get you to click on their advertisements. Once you click on those advertisements, they sell them to real estate agents.



"If you need a valuation done on your home, call a professional. "



Zillow only does a marginal job of pricing homes. What it really takes to get an accurate valuation of your home is to have a real estate professional physically come look at it and compare it to similar properties. Asking Zillow what your home is worth is like me asking you to price my car, even though you’ve never seen it before and don’t have anything to work with.

 

Not all homes are the same, so when you need a valuation of your home, be sure to call a professional.

 

If you do need a valuation or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me. I’d love to help you.

Posted in Real Estate Tips
Jan. 24, 2018

Southern Oregon Real Estate Market Update

What’s happening in the Southern Oregon real estate market? I have a few important points homebuyers and sellers should know. 

Buying in the Southern Oregon area? Click here to get a Full Home Search
Selling in the Southern Oregon area? Get a FREE Home Price Evaluation

 

A lot of people are asking if it’s a good time to buy or sell in our market right now. The good news is that it’s a great time to do both for many reasons.

 

First, the market is very hot right now. Spring is coming up, which means there is a lot more activity as more buyers and sellers enter the market.

It is a seller’s market, which means sellers have the upper hand. They can price things where they want and buyers are scouring the market for houses.



"If interest rates go up, home prices and purchasing power will go down."



The good news for buyers is that interest rates are still at historic lows. As rates creep up to a normal range between 6% and 10%, that will push your mortgage payment up as well.

 

Home prices are right on track with where they are supposed to be. As a seller, you want to be in the market right now. If interest rates creep up, it could create downward pressure on pricing for sellers.

 

Today is a very good time to take advantage of those 4% interest rates. We’ve had rates this low for several years now, but it’s important to remember that these low interest rates are not the norm. Once rates do go up into their normal range, both buyers and sellers will be affected.

 

If you have any other questions about buying or selling in the 2018 real estate market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Posted in Real Estate News