What Does “Showing Ready” Really Mean?

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What Does “Showing Ready” Really Mean? I have already written about starting the decluttering process in order to get your home ready to sell.  Once you’ve gotten rid of the stuff you didn’t want to move, it’s time to take a super critical look at what deferred maintenance or other conditions detract from your home showing at its best. Let’s start with the easy things, also known as the Elephant Approach.  You’ve all heard the quote, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at…

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Is it a Seller’s Market or a Buyer’s Market?

A question most often asked by someone thinking about buying or selling a home is, “Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?”  It’s a bit surprising how often real estate professionals don’t know the definitive answer to that question! Experience shows that 6 months of available housing inventory is considered to be a balanced market.  Less than that favors sellers and more than that favors buyers.  In the greater Tehachapi area, you can’t just consider the entire region because the absorption rate varies significantly from…

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5 Top Tips for Sellers to Choose the Best Purchase Offer

Your house is for sale and what you want more than anything is to get it sold quickly for top dollar.  If you made it appealing to buyers and priced it correctly to begin with you should receive offers pretty soon after it starts showing on the internet. Once you receive a purchase offer, you can accept it, reject it, or propose a change in terms and/or conditions by making a counter-offer.  Keep in mind that all terms and conditions are negotiable.  Keep your emotions…

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Would you let a car mechanic perform heart surgery on you?

Would you let a car mechanic perform heart surgery on you?  No?  Every day many consumers unwittingly put themselves in a similar position when they become involved in a real estate transaction. Below is an excerpt from an email I received, apparently exhorting me to abandon the Associations of REALTORS® that are largely responsible for upholding standards of professionalism within the real estate community. No NAR, CAR, local AOR and Realtor dues. Stay in business. It’s that time of year again! You have to pay…

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