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3 Tips for Selling Your Home

When selling your home, there are a few key things you should keep in mind:

1.  Price Your House Right

2.  Consider a Pre-Sale Inspection

3.  Consider All Offers

To  hear the full explanation, watch the video above.  And if you have any questions, or want to get your Tampa-area home on the market, contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

This Month in Real Estate: May 2014

The median price for homes was $198,000 and home prices are up 5.4% from last month and 7.7% from the same month last year.

And the average nation rate for 30-year fixed mortgages has slightly risen to 4.33%.

To get tips on selling your home faster and for more money through staging, watch the video above or contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

This Month in Real Estate: April 2014

Median Home Price:  $189,000

Average 30-year Fixed Mortgage Rate: 4.32%

This month’s video focuses on buying a home in a seller’s market.

To begin your home search today, visit Rosemary Sells Tampa!

This Month in Real Estate: March 2014

Home prices are down 4.5% from last month, but are still 11% higher than they were from the same month last year.

The average national rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is at 4.33%.

Inventory is now at the lowest since 2005, so we’re experiencing a seller’s market.  This means that if you’re a buyer, you need to get pre-qualified from a mortgage company before looking at homes, and if you’re a seller, you need to be listed at the right price.

For more details, watch the video above, and if you’re ready to buy or sell a home, or you have some questions regarding the process, please contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!


How to Choose the Best Offer for Your Home

6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home

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When choosing an offer on your home, there are a few factors you should consider.  The highest dollar amount isn’t always the best deal.

Be sure that you:

1.  Understand the process.  All offers are negotiable.
2.  Set baselines.  Decide in advance what’s most important to you.
3.  Create an offer review process.  Establish a time frame for accepting multiple offers.
4.  Don’t take offers personally.  Treat the sale like a business transaction.
5.  Review every term.  Are the buyers pre-qualified?  Have they asked you to include something you were planning to take with you?

Your Realtor can walk you through all of the steps for selling your home and choosing the right offer.

HouseLogic elaborates on these things in this article:

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5 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays

5 Reasons to List Your Home For Sale During the Holidays

5 Reasons to List Your Home During the Holidays: 

1.  There are fewer homes on the market during the holidays.  Less supply means more demand for your house.  More demand means a quicker sale.

2.  Buyers are more emotional during the holiday season.  They’re more likely to fall in love with your house and, if they are already in love with your house when they make their offer, they’ll be more willing to pay your price.

3.  Buyers have more free time.  Buyers are more likely to have more free time during the week during the holiday season.  Showings will be more likely to be at more convenient times for you.

4.  But, you don’t have to worry about your celebrations being disturbed.  You can request that there are no showings on Christmas or any other days that you’d rather be left alone.  People are still shopping on the days surrounding these holidays.

5.  Buyers who are shopping during the holidays are more serious.  They’d rather be celebrating the season, but they’re house-shopping instead because they need to find a home.

Looking for advice about listing a home in the Tampa Bay area?  Contact me at Rosemary Sells Tampa!

Keep Your Home Sale from Falling Apart

How to Keep Your Home Sale From Falling Apart

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Your home’s sale isn’t over yet just because you have a signed contract.

You can certainly breathe easier, but you still have work to do to get through the closing.

To keep things from falling apart in the middle of the deal, be sure to avoid these 5 common mistakes:

1.  Ignoring Contract Contingencies
2.  Not Bothering to Fix Things That Break
3.  Getting Lax About Deadlines
4.  Refusing to Negotiate Any Further
5.  Hiding Liens From Buyers

Read the details at House Logic:

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Single-Family Home Prices are Going Up

Stats from the National Assoc. of Home Builders are showing a pretty steady rise in prices for single-family homes since 2009.

The charts below show the numbers from 2009-2012, and also for the three-quarters of 2013:

New and Existing Home Price Trends

Find this graphic at Builder Online.

Need advice on buying or selling a home?  Visit Rosemary Sells Tampa!

8 Tips to Add Value and Curb Appeal to Your Home

8 Tips to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home


8 Great Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home:

1.  Wash your house’s face
2.  Freshen the paint job
3.  Regard the roof
4.  Neaten the yard
5.  Add a color splash
6.  Glam your mailbox
7.  Fence yourself in
8.  Maintenance is a must

To read all of the details of these suggestions, check out this article from HouseLogic:

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Pricing Your House to Sell

Are you your own highest bidder?

When selling your home, overpricing it could possibly be the worst mistake you could make:

Want a free market analysis of your home?  Visit Rosemary Sells Tampa.