Thomas Murphy - Pine Shores Real Estate



Posted by Thomas Murphy on 1/26/2014

Is your house a listing loser? Have you been on and off the market for years? There are many factors that influence whether a house sells or not. While most people will point directly to price, that may not be the only reason why a home sits on the multiple listing service without showings or offers and ends up on the expired list. Here are just a few of the reasons why homes don't sell: 1. Price The most common reason and usually the biggest factor is price.  Often a home is priced too high because sellers have unrealistic ideas about what their home is worth. Other sellers insist on basing the price of their home on their own personal financial situation and not the market. Even if a seller is willing to adjust the price of a home after listing it too high, it is the original asking price that matters. Pricing a home competitively will ultimately yield a higher sale price. 2. Location, location, location It is true location matters. Even the nicest house cannot always overcome a bad location. Homes that are on busy roads, close to high tension wires, power plants, waste-treatment facilities or other objectionable locations will struggle to sell. The only way properties in undesirable locations sell is when the seller understands that the asking price is significantly lower than similar homes in prime locations. 3. Having the nicest home in the neighborhood It may feel good to have the largest or nicest home in the neighborhood but buyers won't appreciate that. Buyers are not only paying for the home but also what is around it. If your home offers much more than other homes in your neighborhood you will have a tough sale. 4. The decor A home should appeal to almost everyone. So if your home has loud wallpaper, brightly colored walls, or an outdated kitchen it will be a turn-off. Most buyers won't be able to look beyond the 1970s kitchen and see the good qualities a home has to offer. 5. A dysfunctional floor plan The addition you added on may be your pride and joy but when the buyer looks at it they see it as a barrier to a sale. Many homeowners add additions or change the floor plan of their home to suit them. They were not thinking that it might not be okay for a future buyer to walk though a bedroom to get to the family room addition. This sometimes applies to older homes as well, smaller rooms and lack of storage does not top a buyer's wish lists. 6. Too many repairs If the home needs a lot of repairs, the buyer sees a money pit. Today's buyer is much more reluctant to take on a lot of renovations. 7. Bad Marketing This can be the agent's fault as much as the seller's fault. Are there agents who could do a better job marketing a home? Of course there is. Often times, the agent is limited by the seller's willingness to help. Agents that are forced to show photos of messy, outdated homes on MLS are not starting off on the best foot. There is only a small percentage of buyers who are able to see past the mess and cosmetic issues. 8. Unavailability Sellers sometimes do not make their home available for showings and this can hurt the sale of the home. Buyers have tight schedules and often want to view homes at inconvenient times. Sellers must try to accommodate as many showings as possible. You never know who the buyer will be or when they will want to look at the home.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 11/17/2013

Does your home have a basement? If you own a home with an unfinished basement, you have a prime opportunity to add significant value to your home. In fact, some states will allow you to count a finished basement's square footage as part of the house, thereby additionally increasing your home's value. Here are a few other incentives for you to start what may be the most lucrative home remodeling project you can undertake as a homeowner. Freedom - Not only does finishing your basement add value to your home, it also gives you an opportunity to create an entirely new floor plan from scratch. You can make a new family den, a couple of small rooms for storage, study, or playtime, or you can construct a fully functioning extra level of your home, complete with a bathroom. The possibilities are endless. Income - Creating a fully functioning basement level that can be rented out to tenants is an exciting way to independently earn some income from your hard work. While some may be turned off to the idea of renting space in their home to strangers, finishing the basement with an extra bathroom is still a lucrative endeavor if you ever plan on selling your home. Utility Savings - When properly insulated, basements will tend to be the coolest level in the summer, and the warmest level in the winter. Many families benefit from turning their basement into a den for this reason. Space - Many people use their basements for storage, but most don't utilize the space as efficiently as they could. Even a partially finished basement can provide you with proper storage capabilities that you wouldn't be able to utilize as effectively in an unfinished basement. For tips and floor plan ideas, visit http://www.hgtv.com/topics/basement/index.html





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 9/29/2013

There are some secrets when it comes to selling a house. There are some things you can do to help your home be more attractive to a buyer. Here are just a few things that often helps buyers sign on the dotted line: 1. A Welcoming Entryway A beautiful entrance is the first thing a buyer sees, remember you never get a second chance at a first impression. 2. Hardwood Floors Hardwood floors have longevity and never go out of style. Buyers don't have to worry about replacing dirty carpets or worry about allergies from pets. 3. Closet Organizers Closet organizers make closets look bigger and buyers love storage. 4. Green Grass

Green grass shows prospective buyers on how the home has been maintained. Buyers are drawn to green spaces with a flat, open lawn.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 9/1/2013

Video marketing is the wave of the future. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is true how much is a video worth? According to Dr. James McQuivery of Forrester Research a one minute video is worth 1.8 million words.  Imagine being able to convey a 1.8 million word message to a consumer in just 60 seconds. Social media sites like You Tube are allowing real estate professionals the opportunity to create messages and have them go viral all over the internet. One statistic that You Tube likes to tout is that in the very near future 90% of web traffic will be video.  This may or may not be true but what we do know is that buyers and sellers search the internet and are drawn to videos. But what better way to advertise a home for sale than to have the homeowner tell its story. Here are some video marketing ideas that you can do to help your agent sell your home: Give the buyer a personal showing Grab your camera or smartphone and take prospective buyers on a walking tour of your home and go ahead this is your chance to brag. Go on a neighborhood tour Drive or walk through your community pointing out areas of interest like schools, businesses and parks. Get a few video testimonials Bring your camera to the best advertising there is for the area; the neighbors!  Capture video testimonials from friendly neighbors touting why it is such a great place to live.    





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 8/25/2013

Did you know that home sellers that use a real estate professional on average get 16% more in the sale of their home? In rare instances, some people are able to sell their own homes without the services of a real estate agent but for most it is tricky business. Here are a few reasons why you can't sell your own home. 1. A home for sale needs to be in the MLS (multiple listing service). You need to be a licensed real estate broker or  agent to be able to put a home in the MLS. Not having your home in the MLS is problematic, it will be difficult to advertise your home on many home search engines and websites. 2. Many real estate agents won't show homes that are for sale by owner. For a real estate agent it can be difficult to deal directly with a home seller. Agents are used to receiving a commission on the sale and without a written agreement there is no guarantee that the buyer's agent will be compensated for his or her services. Not having the cooperation of local agents significantly limits the pool of potential buyers. 3. Many buyers do not want to deal directly with the seller. Potential buyers usually feel uncomfortable looking at a home if the owner is present.  They will also be less likely to make an offer if they have to negotiate directly with the seller. Real estate agents create a much needed buffer between the seller and the buyer. 4. A real estate transaction is not always easy. Many times there are potential liability issues. Sellers would need to be well schooled in the real estate laws especially surrounding escrow and disclosure requirements.