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Contrary to popular belief, buyers shop for #OrlandoRealEstate all year round, including the holiday season. In fact, sellers who put their homes on the market during the holiday season (roughly between November and January) may have an advantage because there are usually fewer houses on the market so there's less competition. There are several other reasons to consider putting your home on the market during the holidays:

1. Many home buyers have extra time off during the holiday season so they have more time to look for their new home.

2. Because of the limited supply of homes for sale, sellers may be able to receive a higher purchase offer than expected.

3. Buyers looking for homes during the holidays are usually highly motivated to buy before the end of the year so they can get extra itemized income-tax deductions for mortgage loan fees, interest and pro-rated property taxes.

4. Festive lights and holiday decorations can help a home "show better."

5. Because January is traditionally the month for transfers, having a home on the market at the end of the year can capture the transferees who may not be able to wait until the Spring to buy a home.

by David Welch
Orlando Real Estate


Posted by David W. Welch on November 2nd, 2018 9:06 AM
Showing and selling a house is a necessary, but also time-consuming measure in selling a house. Needing to keep it ready for visitors at sometimes short notice can be nerve-wracking, but trying to embrace holidays while still staying show-ready during festive occasions from October to January can make this time even harder.

Even during the holidays, the basics of staging remain the same. A clean house that smells fresh and inviting will always give the best first impression possible. Start by taking a hard and critical look at what you own, getting rid of things you don’t want or need and what can be donated to clear out your space. Facing this first means less stuff to move later, deciding if a storage unit would be worth the price and helps you prioritize what you want to keep and what you want to replace in your new home.

Once you’ve cleaned out the stuff you don’t want, now is the time to really get cleaning in every single room. Deep clean all high selling point areas like the kitchen and bathrooms, wipe down baseboards and walls, every window and shampoo the carpets if necessary. This is also a prime opportunity to hire cleaners if you might need extra time for yourself, or an extra set of hands to tackle the job.

Now that your house is sparkling and smelling clean, staging it gets you closer to closing the sale. Showing off your space to prove its potential with your presentation and decor is the next step.

For the exterior, simple lawn care like cleaning up leaves, branches, power-washing siding and stucco will typically be sufficient. However, since first impressions matter, make sure all your gutters are in good shape and cleared, fix any broken patches of walkways, screens, etc. so people aren’t leery before even setting foot in your home. Adding banks of mums, a small wreath or tasteful lights to a few trees and bushes closer to December are also ways of getting the outside of your home festive and looking ready to welcome prospective buyers.

Focusing on inside the house, personal pictures, mementos and knick knacks are undoubtedly meaningful to you and your family, for prospective buyers it might just block their ability to imagine their own family portraits on the walls. It might be tough to remove all your personal belongings from your home while still living there, but remember you’ll have to pack them eventually, this just gets you closer to settling into your new home!

Keeping in mind that clutter, trinkets and “stuff” are the opposite of what helps to sell a house, adding just a few simple touches can go a long way in helping capture the spirit of the holidays while still keeping your home show-ready.
  • Swap out your accent pillows, kitchen and bathroom display towels for themed ones
  • Simple garlands of leaves or evergreens draped on a mantle
  • Fresh seasonal flowers and festive candles neatly arranged on end and dining tables
  • Opt for smaller displays closer to holidays happening at the end of the year. Look for mini Christmas trees and consider displaying only your most cherished devotional items that can easily be stowed in closets during showings and open houses.
  • Use the same color in different shades when selecting decor items to keep your entire home stylish and cohesive. Reds, gold and silver can easily transition from Halloween all the way through New Years
Less is more and smaller is better in setting an autumnal and winter feel without adding distractions into your painstakingly cleared out space.

Still having trouble trying to stage your home but have keep in the holiday spirit? There are lots of ways to get help, including online interior design options for not only staging what you have, but helping create a new fresh design that you can take to your next home. Pinterest and home & garden magazines can also offer a wealth of ideas as well, but take care to only attempt DIY projects you know you can handle quickly and without needing a ton of materials.

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Posted by David W. Welch on September 28th, 2018 10:54 AM

To get your home sold quickly in the #OrlandoRealEstate market, it’s important that other agents in the area show it to as many potential buyers as possible. The first thing a good agent will do when working with buyers is talk to the buyer and learn what kind of home they are looking for. Then the agent will search all the available homes for those most closely matching what the buyer wants. Next, the agent puts together a list of the best matches to go show to the buyer. When a busy agent is compiling a list of homes to show a buyer, the agent will naturally tend to show those houses that are easiest to gain access to first. Many homes on the market have “lock boxes” on them. The lock box is a device which holds a key to the home, that only qualified local agents can access. Homes that are listed as being “lock box, no appointment needed” will get shown more often than homes listed as “agent has key, call for appointment”.  If at all possible, you should let your agent put a lock box on your home for easier showing. 

If you can’t do a lock box, you need to be sure that you make it as convenient and easy as possible for other agents to show your home.  If they call, do whatever you have to do to accommodate letting them show your home to buyers on their schedule.  If you don’t, the agent will probably show the buyer other homes, and if that buyer makes an offer on one of them, you’ve just lost a great opportunity.

It’s best if you can leave when the agent and buyer arrive to see your home.  Buyers won’t feel comfortable with you there, and it could sour an otherwise good impression. 


by David Welch

Orlando Real Estate

Posted by David W. Welch on July 30th, 2018 8:45 AM
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Posted by David W. Welch on January 24th, 2018 4:52 PM
leftIn a perfect world, you sell your old home and buy the new one on the same day. Given that things rarely turn out perfectly, here are some things to keep in mind as you negotiate the sale of one house with the purchase of another.


Time it right

Fall and spring are the best times for homes to move and you want to consider the season of the year when buying and selling. And if the closing dates aren’t going to coincide, a gap – rather than two mortgages – is the better. It’s easier and usually cheaper to find temporary housing than juggle two mortgages.


Selling First

  • Selling your home before buying a new one minimizes financial hazards. Even if you have to find temporary housing, it’s generally cheaper than two mortgages.
  • Get an appraisal first thing off the bat. That way you’ll have a good idea how the sale of your home will effect your purchasing power on the new one.  This will help keep you from over extending your mortgage abilities.
  • Get pre-approved on a loan for the new home.
  • Until most of your contingencies have been met, wait to put an offer on a new house. You don’t want to be left holding the bag, or in this case, the house.
  • If you’re ready to accept an offer on your home, but haven’t found the right new home, negotiate a long escrow or a sale/lease back. This will give you more time to look for the new home. Otherwise, look for temporary housing.

Buying First

It happens. You’re only thinking of buying, and suddenly the right home shows up. Now you have to sell your old home quickly. Here are some tips on making things work in your favor:

  • Negotiating a long escrow on this side of the sale works, too. You can also make the purchase contingent on your house selling. This will work better in a slow market, but it’s worth a try in any market. You never know what may also work best for the seller of your new home.
  • Try and schedule the closing date of your current home prior to the closing on your new home. Temporary housing is generally a better situation than two mortgages.
  • Take a close look at what price you’re going to ask for your home. Make sure it’s realistic in the current market.
  • When you get an acceptable offer, check the buyer’s credit history. You don’t want any surprises that are going to delay things. If you’ve closed on the new home, but haven’t sold the old one, consider renting it out, or taking it off the market until the next season (or until the market improves).

Same Market or Across Country

Generally, if you’re buying and selling in the same market, you can negotiate closing dates to work for you. But when you’re dealing with a cross country move, it’s a lot harder. A real estate professional really comes in handy at this point. Legal documents can be faxed or sent via overnight courier and your focus won’t be stretched to the limit. You may end up renting one home or the other, or have to consider a bridge loan. But with someone local in the market on your side, it will hopefully be less stressful.

Show Me the Money

Make sure you have a tight hold on, and a clear understanding of, your financial situation. Cash reserves are always helpful, but never more so than during the purchase of a home. Two to three months is the recommended reserve, but if you don’t have it, this is where the bridge loan comes in handy. Some lenders are more inclined to make a loan if it’s for the purchase of a home. If you’re a smart shopper/seller, you’ll accept an offer from someone who’s flexible about move-in dates. It can save you money in the long run. Too many moves with storage costs can quickly eat up any profit you may have made in the transaction. 

by David Welch
Orlando Real Estate

Posted by David W. Welch on September 18th, 2017 2:16 PM

 

To get your home sold quickly, it’s important that other agents in the area show it to as many potential buyers as possible. The first thing a good agent will do when working with buyers is talk to the buyer and learn what kind of home they are looking for. Then the agent will search all the available homes for those most closely matching what the buyer wants. Next, the agent puts together a list of the best matches to go show to the buyer. When a busy agent is compiling a list of homes to show a buyer, the agent will naturally tend to show those houses that are easiest to gain access to first. Many homes on the market have “lock boxes” on them. The lock box is a device which holds a key to the home, that only qualified local agents can access. Homes that are listed as being “lock box, no appointment needed” will get shown more often than homes listed as “agent has key, call for appointment”. If at all possible, you should let your agent put a lock box on your home for easier showing.

If you can’t do a lock box, you need to be sure that you make it as convenient and easy as possible for other agents to show your home. If they call, do whatever you have to do to accommodate letting them show your home to buyers on their schedule. If you don’t, the agent will probably show the buyer other homes, and if that buyer makes an offer on one of them, you’ve just lost a great opportunity.

It’s best if you can leave when the agent and buyer arrive to see your home. Buyers won’t feel comfortable with you there, and it could sour an otherwise good impression.

by David Welch
Orlando Real Estate
Posted by David W. Welch on September 6th, 2017 9:42 AM

Effective marketing is the key to selling your home quickly and getting the highest price. Aggressive, effective marketing of my Client's homes by every available medium is how I've become a top real estate agent in the Orlando area. It's my job to assure that you get as many qualified offers as possible, allowing you to extract the highest price the market will bear.

One of the most important elements of marketing your home effectively is setting the price right. Set the price too high, and you won't get any offers and your home will take too long to sell. Set it too low and you cheat yourself by not getting your home's full, fair value. As an expert in Winter Park area real estate, I analyze the market and set area home prices every single day. I'll work closely with you to assure that everything possible is done to get the highest price, in the time frame you need.

The condition and appearance of your home are also critical factors in getting the best price for your home. I'll personally walk through your home with you and advise you of what you can do to properly stage your home most effectively. Some areas are much more important and more likely to pay off than others! Often, the buyer is motivated by emotional responses as much or more than financial issues. There are usually things I can point out to you that are easy and inexpensive, yet go a long way toward triggering those "buy" emotions.

As your agent, I'll negotiate furiously on your behalf throughout the entire process to ensure that your best interests are protected. Real estate negotiations and contracts can be intimidating in their complexity. Most people have almost no experience in these negotiations. After all, how often do you buy or sell a new house? As a top real estate professional, getting you the best terms and prices in all negotiations is simply part of my job.

by David Welch
Orlando Real Estate
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Posted by David W. Welch on August 21st, 2017 8:00 AM
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Posted by David W. Welch on August 10th, 2017 7:49 AM

Which home improvements give the best payback?

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, or finishing your basement, you probably want to get your investment back when you sell your home. But when it comes to payback value of home improvements, some are definitely more profitable than others. As a general rule, kitchen and bathroom projects usually get a nice return on investment, typically 90% or more.Things like adding rooms or finishing basements tend to pay back the least.Finishing a basement usually returns less than 50%, so it’s not a project likely to show profit at selling time.


There are a number of factors that go into determining how well a project will pay back. Payback value depends a lot on the current market conditions in your area. If the market is hot and homes are selling fast, you can expect a higher payback value than you would get in a slow market.  

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The type of project you do and how it fits in with other homes in the area can have a big influence on payback too. If you put your money into the wrong type of improvement, you won’t get your money back. But if you're smart about what you do, you can make money. The payback will be better on improvements that are in demand and conform to neighborhood standards. Adding a second bathroom in a neighborhood where most homes have two bathrooms will give a high return on investment.  Building a large addition that makes your home twice as big as the other homes on the block probably won’t pay back very well. Likewise, the popularity of a project will factor into how much it pays back. An improvement heavily customized to your wants and needs won’t pay back as well as something more common to other homes in the neighborhood.

 

Another factor to consider is the cost of the improvements. If you can do the work yourself, you can save significantly on the cost of the project and greatly improve the chances of getting a good return on the investment.

Flowers are a great way to add Curb Appeal inexpensively. While you're at it, don't forget The Back Yard.

 

The list below is compiled from several published surveys and shows typical payback for some popular remodeling projects:

 

  • Kitchen remodeling – 90%
  • Add a bathroom – 90%
  • Bathroom remodeling – 80%
  • Install central heating – 90%
  • Install central air – 75%
  • Add a deck – 70%
  • Replace windows – 70%
  • Add a room – 55%
  • Build a pool – 45%
  • Finish a basement – 40% (not a lot of this in Orlando)
by David Welch
Orlando Real Estate
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Posted by David W. Welch on May 15th, 2017 7:50 AM

Effective marketing is the key to selling your home quickly and getting the highest price. Aggressive, effective marketing of my Client's homes by every available medium is how I've become a top real estate agent in the Orlando area. It's my job to assure that you get as many qualified offers as possible, allowing you to extract the highest price the market will bear.

One of the most important elements of marketing your home effectively is setting the price right. Set the price too high, and you won't get any offers and your home will take too long to sell. Set it too low and you cheat yourself by not getting your home's full, fair value. As an expert in Winter Park area real estate, I analyze the market and set area home prices every single day. I'll work closely with you to assure that everything possible is done to get the highest price, in the time frame you need.

The condition and appearance of your home are also critical factors in getting the best price for your home. I'll personally walk through your home with you and advise you of what you can do to properly stage your home most effectively. Some areas are much more important and more likely to pay off than others! Often, the buyer is motivated by emotional responses as much or more than financial issues. There are usually things I can point out to you that are easy and inexpensive, yet go a long way toward triggering those "buy" emotions.

As your agent, I'll negotiate furiously on your behalf throughout the entire process to ensure that your best interests are protected. Real estate negotiations and contracts can be intimidating in their complexity. Most people have almost no experience in these negotiations. After all, how often do you buy or sell a new house? As a top real estate professional, getting you the best terms and prices in all negotiations is simply part of my job.
#OrlandoRealEstate

Posted by David W. Welch on May 11th, 2017 4:35 PM

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