6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home

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By: G. M. Filisko Have a plan for reviewing purchase offers so you don’t let the best slip through your fingers. You’ve worked hard to get your home ready for sale and to price it properly. With any luck, offers will come quickly. You’ll need to review each carefully to determine its strengths and drawbacks and pick one to accept. Here’s a plan for evaluating offers. 1. Understand the process All offers are negotiable, as your agent will tell you. When you receive an offer, you can accept it, reject it, or respond by asking that terms be modified, which is called making a counteroffer. 2. Set baselines Decide in advance what terms are most important to you. For instance, if price is most important, you may need to be flexible on your closing date. Or if you want certainty that the transaction won’t fall apart because the buyer can’t get a mortgage, require a prequalified or cash buyer. 3. Create an offer review process If you think your home will receive multiple offers, work with your agent to establish a time frame during which buyers must submit offers. That gives your agent time to market your home to as many [...]

7 Wonders of Oregon

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 For those of us that live in the Pacific Northwest, we take for granted the natural beauty that is all around us. Depending on what part of Oregon you live, you could wake up to the ocean surf pounding against the majestic shoreline or hike ancient volcanic lava beds. You could go from being in one of the world’s best food cities to windsurfing in a National Scenic Area in less than an hour. Oregon has such diverse ecological zones and we just love to play in them all. That’s why, when I came across this set of videos produced by Travel Oregon, I wanted to get the word out to those of you that have yet to experience the splendor that is Oregon. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view!

Staging Your Home to Sell

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In this competitive real estate market one of the best ways to attract a great offer is to have your home professionally staged. More than 90% of all buyers begin their search for their next home online and with more and more top REALTORS® hiring professional photographers it makes sense that homes are professionally staged prior to any photo shoot. What Does a Home Stager Do? Professional home stagers are highly skilled artists who have honed their craft so that their work appeals to all five senses. It’s not enough to just arrange vignette in a corner or a place bowl of apples on the kitchen counter. A really good home stager can make a masterpiece out of a blank canvas and, more importantly, can make buyers want to buy it. Costs of Home Staging If you insist on doing the staging yourself, the cost is very minimal. You may need to buy accessories that you don’t already have or you can utilize what you currently own and rearrange it so it will appeal to home buyers. The best advice though is to hire a professional. In the Portland metro area, there are lots of great professional homes stagers to [...]

How Professional Photos Help Sell Your Home

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Did you know that 98% of home buyers who searched for a home on the internet found photos to be among the most useful features of REALTOR® websites, according to the 2013 NAR Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. It is the number one item of value that consumers want to see when beginning their search for a home on the internet. So, with that as a brief background, let’s see just how those beautiful photos the pros come up with actually help sell your home. Our brains are trained to look for contrasting colors and shades as well as shapes and lines. It’s not a coincidence that truly gifted photographers can bring out different levels of emotions with their photos. Anne Geddes does it with pictures of infants, Peter Lik does it with landscapes and real estate photographers do it with architecture. They make your eyes follow a certain progression so that your senses are heightened and before you know it, you’re saying to yourself, “Wow! I want to see that home.” They know what to shoot and what not to shoot. You would think it would be a no-brainer to forego taking a picture of a bathroom with the toilet seat up and everything from toothpaste to curling irons [...]