Home Seller Tips

scroll1. Be mindful that you chose to sell your home. This can be an emotional roller coaster between selling a home that is filled with memories, to packing, to wonderment about the next place you will call home. Remember that a buyer is looking for any imperfections to share with you in a price war. It is always good to take your emotions and focus instead of the asking price and if the buyers demands are agreeable. It doesn’t matter if you heard that they hate your paint choice or they feel your living room is cluttered. Remember they are making an offer and you do wish to move.

2. Listen to your selling agent – They have been doing this a long time and know what sells and in what price range. You can list your home for whatever you want, however your agent can show you what price it is likely to sell in. Be open to any showing requests If potential buyers cannot get into your home, it cannot be sold. If they they tell you to downsize until the move, listen. Cluttered homes are hard for buyers to picture themselves in and often clutter makes the home look smaller.

3. Be realistic. When an offer comes in, again step away from emotions and really look at the offer. Sometimes a lower offer is actually a better offer than a higher one due to details on the buyers side. Sometimes a closing date is most important. Sometimes just moving is the highest goal. If you remain open minded as each offer comes in you will be at a good place to consider if this is a good offer. If you are not getting offers, listen carefully to your agent as well as any comments from home showings. Take these comments too heart. If they share its over market, consider a price change. If they all think that bright orange living room is hard to look at, consider buying a gallon of paint and go neutral. Focus on the small things. Dust cold air returns, wash light switches, add a fresh new rug, a few towels, perhaps a bedspread. These little tasteful changes can make someone wish to move in.

Kim Woehl is an real estate agent with Red Key Realty. You can contact her today at 651-214-1459

Wyoming Housing Market June 2015

house with handsConsidering selling or buying a home in Wyoming MN? Check out the newest market report.

Click to access Wyoming.pdf

A few highlights are:
– The average sales price is $229,813
– Cost per square foot is up 5.6% at $112.00
– Days on market before sale is currently at 81 days

As a real estate professional I am always looking for buyers and sellers who are interested in working with an agent who is knowledgeable, and understands the current market. Let me show you what your current home will likely sell for. If you are looking to buy a home, let me listen to your needs and help you to find the perfect home. Whether you are a first time home buyer or you have been a home owner there is always more to learn about the process. No one likes surprises. Work with a team that supports you in all ways real estate.

Kim Woehl – Red Key Realty – 651-214-1459

So Why Isn’t my Home Selling?

Kim Woehl - Keller Williams Premier Realty 651-214-1459 or on the web at kwoehl.kwrealty.com

Let me sell your home!

As a real estate professional I like to sit down with future clients and spend some time educating them on the local market.  I share what has sold in the area that is similar to their home.  I ask what they feel their home is valued at and then I show them some homes in that price range that have recently sold.  If we can agree that their home will likely sell for $_______ and the home owner is willing to list their home for $_________ then likely their home will sell quickly and they can begin searching for their new home.

The bottom line when listing your home is to know what it likely will sell for.  If you are over the market your home will sit and while you may get people in to look at your home, they likely will want to get the most for their dollar and will choose the home down the block that is just a bit more reasonable.

So what other problems might be keeping those offers from coming in?  Do you quickly approve showings?  You want to have your home available for showings day or evening and be as accommodating as possible so that potential buyers can see your home on their schedule.

Remove as many personal items as possible and tidy up as much as possible.  Be prepared to leave in about a 30 minute notice and you will never have to be concerned about a showing.

When that offer does come in make sure you have decided before hand what offer you will likely accept and which offer you would reject.  If you are looking to buy or sell you want to work with an agent that is on your team working for you.  If you are looking for a professional to walk you through the process please give me a call.  Kim Woehl- Keller Williams Premier Realty  651-214-1459

That Stinks! Marketing with Fragrance – Home Selling

29108_basic_apple_pie_620As a real estate professional I hear it often.  What is that smell?  There are of course good smells and bad smells and sometimes this is up to your own personal preference.  No one wants to smell garbage, dirty laundry, pet odors, urine, mold or mildew or that wet stagnant smell.  Potential buyers need to feel comfortable and be able to think about how they might arrange their furniture or hang photos.  They do not need to be wondering how they can remove the “stink”.

We need to be careful to not mask these smells but rather eliminate them.  Once eliminated then you might find it appealing to add a bit of “good smell” to your home.  Research says that certain smells attach to our emotional self.  smells or fragrances from our past that were pleasant experiences bring back positive memories.

Have you been to the local mall lately?  Stores are using fragrances to get you to take out your card.  Its working.  Does this marketing work for home selling?  Research says yes!

My personal favorite is apple cinnamon.  It reminds me of my Grandma’s pies, piping hot coming out of the oven.  I especially love this around the holidays.  Lavender is another common fragrance that is said to be calming.  Do you want your potential buyers to feel relaxed as they tour your home?  The rage this time of year is pumpkin.  We find it in everything from candles to coffee, ice cream to snack cakes.

Now that we have covered “what stinks”, we also need to listen to this huge bit of advice.  Invite in a few friends that can be honest with you.  Ask them if they smell any smells in your home.  We grow accustomed to our own environment and often times can no longer recognize or notice an odor, but your friends will.

Kim Woehl is a real estate professional with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  Before you list your home with someone else, consider giving me a call.  It might make scents!  651-214-1459

Moving Truck Tips

TruckYou finally found that perfect place to call home.  It was no easy task and frankly stressed you out getting from beginning to end, but today is the day – moving day!

Before the truck arrives you need to plan and prepare for the move.  The following is  list of tips that should make your move a successful one.

1.  Name someone the Truck Supervisor.  Fitting your whole house into one truck means space is tight.  In order to utilize each small space it is a good idea to have someone plan out where and how everything will go in the truck.  Once you have a plan call a quick meeting to share the general plan and then be very available as the moving begins.

2.  Have a plan.  How big is that couch?  Can the mirrors travel between the mattresses?  Do we have plenty of blankets and sheets to keep furniture from rubbing against each other?  Do you have boxes all pre loaded and labeled?  Are there enough volunteers on hand to make the job doable in one day?

3.  Have you ever played that game where you have to fit the different shaped boxes into each row so that each little space is filled?  Loading the truck will be much like playing this game.  You will want to fill all spaces with something.  In fact your Truck Supervisor will be a huge asset at this time to make sure space is used wisely.

4.  Tying down the load is important.  Remember that as you fill it will become tougher to get into the depth of the truck.  Heavy items should be toward the bottom and try to fill all space so things cannot shift as you drive.  Plan for the roughest trip so that your belongings will make it to your new home still in one piece.

While moving can be a stressful time, it can also be one of the most exciting times for families.  With a game plan for a successful move you will find it isn’t so bad and that soon you can put your feet up at your new home.

Housing is Rebounding – Multiple Offers Attest!

The market continues to improve.  I don’t need data to know this.  The last month’s offers have left me with only one offer that was not part of a multiple offer deal.  Listing agents have reported back to me on a few of these and stated that we were one of 8 other offers on the same property.

People are buying and what they have to select from is limited and when a nice one comes around, it is likely gone before the day is out unless they are holding out for the best offer via multiple offers.

As a buyer you will find you will make an offer only to have your agent get back to you asking for your highest and best.  They need this as you are part of a multiple offer deal and the seller wants to make the most money and the buyer has to decide just how much they really want the property.  Often times someone else has a bit more money to spend, has a good qualification letter or is totally preapproved.

When you are ready to buy a home I highly suggest being pre approved and keep this letter updated so that it is always a good letter.  Once you have your letter in hand you are ready to talk to your licensed real estate expert.  We will help you to find the home that fits your budget and location criteria.  Choose an agent who will ask what you need and then will listen and show you what you really wish to see.  Use free MLS search sites like mine  🙂 to search on your own and then go see it for yourself.

Are you ready to make that move?  Let’s talk!

Kim Woehl is a licensed Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  She is looking forward to working with you whether you are buying or selling your home.

Call now!  651-214-1459

Homes For Sale – Or are They?

Kim Woehl - Keller Williams Premier Realty  651-214-1459I have future clients call all the time,  wishing me to look up a house that they want to go see.  They are soon disappointed when I share that the site they have been using is old and does not have current data and that the home that they wanted to see has been sold for quite some time.  Its frustrating as the real estate agent as well to have to share this information.  On the upside I am able to send them to a free website that allows them to search for free.  It only includes homes that are listed as actively for sale and you can set your criteria to look for what type of home you wish to find.  You can set up pricing, you can even look up just foreclosures or only lake homes.  The options are great!

The added bonus is that you can set up this site to do the searching for you and only send you an email when it has a home that fits your search criteria.  Doesn’t this sound like a better resource that the one you might have been using?

Now when you call or email me we can go look at the home and put in an offer before its gone.  With the inventory still down we are going into almost all offers as a multple offer situation, meaning that someone else or several someones wants the same home.  Now it comes down to the best offer.  We can discuss that too, but that is for another day.

Stop by my website to find all that I have shared.  You can find it on the blog page as well under Free Home Search.  When you find what you are looking for, give me a call.  I want to be Your Real Estate Expert!

Kim Woehl is an agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty.   Her goal is to listen and find you that perfect home while educating you along the way whenever possible.

Click the link below for your Free Home Search!

http://kwoehl.kwrealty.com/listings/propertytype/SINGLE/maxprice/300000/areas/33294,33658,42028,50220,53643/sort/price+asc/

 

Gas Fireplaces, Kids, Ouch!

As a parent I have long been worried about the hot fireplace gas when

Fireplace safety tips

Fireplace safety tips

the fireplace is on.  They make guards but few use these as they take away from the enjoyment of watching the rolling fire.

As a caregiver I have chosen to not use the fireplace when children are present.  This pretty much ensures the safety of everyone.  Its the law to make sure that no harm comes to children.  This being said, homeowners are sometimes very unaware of just how hot the glass becomes.

New laws are being created and will take place in January of 2015 that will put a screen, gate, or protective panel barrier in front of all new fireplaces.  This leaves the eleven million households with older fireplaces as a risk for burns.  Caution must be used to make sure that the screens or other protective devise is approved for your particular fireplace or you may still have a risk of burns or a fireplace that no longer operates as it was intended.

Will these new features still cause a burn?  They may if a hand is placed upon the barrier for any period of time.   The bottom line is that as a parent or a family with young house guests that you make sure to remind and supervise all little persons who would be curious about the fireplace.

Some extra tips to ensure safety might be to:

– read the owners manual or check with a licensed dealer to make sure your fireplace is safe

– Check the surrounding frames and such on the fireplace, these too can be burn hazards

– ALWAYS supervise children, the elderly and pets while using your fireplace and remember that it takes a good while before these are cool to the touch.

– Make sure remotes or switches are out of children’s reach

– Consider adding a lock over switches that are in children’s reach

– Remind all guests that fireplace glass and surrounds can be hot enough to burn

– Lastly – have your fireplace serviced regularly to ensure it is operating properly and to ensure that no new laws have made it a dangerous item in your home.

Housing Continues to Climb

Home Prices Continue to Rise!

Looking at reports from the Minnesota Association of Realtors we can see that the market is continuing to recover.  Looking at statewide data  the median price for home sales continues to move up.  Currently they are at $152,000 which is an increase of 9.4 percent from just a year ago.  This is good news for all homeowners.  It also makes it a great time to buy a home while mortgage rates remain at all time lows.

As we move into the snowy season we often see real estate slow and then bounce back heavy in the spring.  So far this fall home sales are continuing strong.  If we look at data for the seven county metro area, we see that home sales are up fifteen point three percent and looking at the central region they are right behind with fourteen point six percent.

I get asked all the time if housing is recovering and the data says, YES!  One thing that I am still struggling with as a Realtor is the lack of homes for sale.  There is not a lot to show my clients and the few that they wish to purchase are being fought after by several other parties.  Now might be the perfect time to list your home on the market.

Let me find your next dream home as well as get your current home listed and sold!  Look no further than Kim Woehl at Keller Williams Premier Realty if you want individualized, personal care.  Call me!

Letting Go of the Stuff

Removing the Clutter

Empower yourself by reducing the amount of stuff in your environment!

This week was the week I decided to remove more unnecessary items from the basement.  I am not planning on moving, or painting or doing any other large project.  I am just tired of all of the stuff.

We are fortunate to live in an area that has a variety of services that will swing right by the house and collect clothing, household items and in some cases even furniture.  I simply have to have my items on my porch by 8 PM and they pick up my items, leave me a tax slip and I win by having less to get rid of.   When they call I never turn them down.

With all of the items I have removed why does the house still seem full? Perhaps I need to do this room by room, removing all but the necessary items that I still need and love. If I can categorize it in any other fashion perhaps its time to go.

I am one of those persons who makes emotional connections to stuff, much like my own parents did and for that matter, my husband and one of my own boys.  I am not certain how to clean up, de-clutter and remove.  I need one of those organizer guru persons to shape me up.

Moving is a great time to reduce so that you can move in and let go of the past.  Have a garage sale, post items on Craig’s list or Ebay.  Donate, donate, donate.

Its tough to get rid of the stuff, but once it is picked up and gone I feel empowered, good about my accomplishment, frustrated when I look around and still find items that are cluttering my life.

What gets you in the mood to reduce?