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Monday, May 4, 2020   /   by Brian Ness

How to Sell Your Home for a Good Price in a Tough Market

How to Sell Your Home for a Good Price in a Tough Market


In an ideal world, you would always be able to sell your home for the price you want. But sadly,home sellers don’t always have the benefit of a hot market. While you can’t do much about a slow market, you can take steps to help your home sell faster and for a better asking price. Working with a great real estate agent, setting a realistic asking price, preparing your house to attract potential buyers, and marketing your home aggressively will help you shift the odds in
your favor and increase your chances of a smooth sale.



Clean and Declutter


Cleaning your home is an important part of preparing it for sale. In a slow market, buyers can afford to have high standards, so your home needs to be flawless. A top-to-bottom deep clean is essential. Take the time to sort through your belongings and declutter your home as well. According to Professional Staging, removing clutter will make your home appear ...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

5 Reasons School Ratings Matter (Whether You Have Kids or Not)





Schools can have a big impact on property value and quality of life. If you're buying a home, here are a few reasons local school ratings matter – even if you don't have kids.

1.The next buyer will consider school ratings, too

According to a recent National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 25 percent of homebuyers listed school quality and 20 percent listed proximity to schools as deciding factors in their home purchase. Another survey conducted by Realtor.com showed that 91 percent of the people surveyed included school district boundaries in their decision-making process. You may be surprised to learn that not all of the shoppers involved in the studies had ki ...

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Thursday, May 11, 2017   /   by Brian Ness

How to Use Comparable Sales to Price Your Home

Before you put your home up for sale, understand how the right comparable sales help you and your agent find the perfect price.

How much can you sell your home for? Probably about as much as the neighbors got, as long as the neighbors sold their house in recent memory and their home was just like your home.

Knowing how much homes similar to yours, called comparable sales (or in real estate lingo, comps), sold for gives you the best idea of the current estimated value of your home. The trick is finding sales that closely match yours.
What makes a good comparable sale?
Your best comparable sale is the same model as your house in the same subdivision—and it closed escrow last week. If you can’t find that, here are other factors that count:

Location: The closer to your house the better, but don’t just use any comparable sale within a mile radius. A good comparable sale is a house in your neighborhood, your subdivision, on the same type of street ...

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Thursday, March 30, 2017   /   by Clark Jones

Stewartville Homeowners: This will surprise you!

Recently, I have been contacted by buyers who are interested in purchasing a home in Stewartville.  They absolutely love the town, the sense of community, the local schools, the proximity to Rochester, proximity to the Mayo Clinic. outdoor opportunities,proximity to local shopiping and malls, etc.  However when helping them search for homes, they have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of inventory there.  This is true for the majority of the market in Southeast Minnesota but in Stewartville in particular.  

So with this curiosity at my finger tips, I took the liberty to explore some statistics from our local MLS to learn more.  To my surprise, I found the average days on the market there to have decreased 53% from this time a year ago.  In addition, the average sales price has risen 115% in one year.  What does this mean?  It means people who live in Stewartville are reluctant to leave because of their love for the town.  It al ...

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