Best Home Search App

Best Home Search App

  It seems like everyone is interested in real estate. Even if you’re not in the market to sell or buy, you’re probably curious. It is interesting to know what is going on around you. What did that house down the street sell for? Or you’re driving around on a Saturday afternoon and want to know what the house you just saw with a sign in the yard is listed for. Did you miss the house because you didn’t see it on the app you use? Are you late to the party because everything you look up was sold three months ago? Where do you search for real estate? Chances are, you get on your phone or tablet and open up an app. A lot of consumers I speak with say that they use apps such as Zillow or Trulia to search for properties and find sales prices and estimated values. But, there are a couple of reasons why apps and/or websites like these might not be the best ones for you. First of all, if you have been following my blogs, you have read “Is Zillow Accurate?” Secondly, apps and sites such as these are not real estate apps – they are marketing apps. They take your information and sell it. They use it to sell to lenders, real estate agents, etc. that pay for leads. Thirdly, some MLS areas have opted not to share listing information. I read one study that showed only 49% of the current MLS listings were showing up on these apps. That’s a LOT of homes not being seen by the consumer. So what is the alternative? Where do you search for real estate information that is up to date and accurate? I am glad you asked! If you live in Tennessee, download the HomeScout app. You can use the VIP code: 6159170139. It is linked directly to the local MLS in Middle Tennessee. If you live outside of Tennessee, contact me and I can get you set up in your area. This is the greatest tool that I have seen. It tells you the status of the property, how long it has been on the market, shows photos, provides school zones, room sizes, property taxes, how long it has been on the market, and more. You can make your own notes about the property, favorite properties to watch, and even schedule a showing. The other exciting part of this tool is that I can enroll current homeowners in an automated system that will provide comps for their area every 30 days. You can now be a nosey neighbor without anyone knowing. Or, even better, you can stay on top of the market...

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Be a Team Player

Be a Team Player

  We are just off some major championships in sports. You know how important looking out for each other and assisting teammates is in that arena. Well, it is the same in real estate. If you sign a listing agreement with a Realtor, they will likely tell you how they will market your home. But what if you could reach a minimum of another 250 people? You want your house to be seen by as many people as possible, right? A good idea is to make sure your circle of friends and their friends knows your house is for sale. How do you do that? If your agent does any type of online or social media marketing, you can share it to all of your contacts on social media. If they don’t, ask for copies of the photos they have taken and post them everywhere. Take it a step further and ask a few friends to forward it or to post it to their social media contacts. Think how many people it will reach. All it takes is one person to see it and you never know who may know someone that is looking for exactly what you have to sell. In the same way, if you are looking for a house, let people know what you’re looking for. I have clients who are looking for a house in a very specific neighborhood. They have told all their friends what they are looking for. Friends that live in that neighborhood have access to a neighborhood group where homeowners often let others know they are going to sell, prior to it officially going on the market. They have been informed of a few houses that are about to come on the market. The great thing is that sometimes, your agent may be able to get you in to see it before the masses do. In hot markets, this could be the best chance you have at getting a house! Your agent may be the best in the world but in today’s world of social media and the internet, it is truly a team effort. They have their sphere and you have yours. Even if you are best friends or even family, you have a different sphere that you can tap into. Think about this: If you need a recommendation for a dry cleaner in the area, a plumber, or a summer camp for the kids, where do you go? Who do you ask? If you want to sell some housewares or find a pet sitter, what do you do? You probably head to the internet and most likely you go to social media. There are a multitude of neighborhood groups...

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Homes for Pets

Homes for Pets

  Raise your hand if you have pets? I would have to raise both hands. Pets are a huge part of American life. I, for one, don’t know what I would do without a dog…or two in my home. So, as I work with pet owners to buy or sell a home, it’s important to take into consideration their particular needs with regard to their pet(s). Is there a fence or can one be added? Is the street busy? Are there sidewalks? Where are the closest dog parks and veterinary offices? Does the neighborhood have a home owner’s association and if so, do they have type or breed restrictions? If it is a condominium building, do they have pet restrictions? Will the pets be home for showings? There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home and even selling a home when there are pets involved. Pets have different personalities and, just like people, can react differently to change. Here are 5 tips to help your pet acclimate to their new environment: 1. Explore the space together If you are like me, the last thing you want to do when there are a million things to get done is just sit and do nothing. I am the person that wants to have everything out of boxes and pictures hung ASAP. When pets are involved, however, it is a good idea to just sit with them in each room and let them explore. They will sniff every inch of that place (it’s also a good idea to be with them to avoid any marking!) 2. Take them on a walk Lots of pets like walks, not just dogs. In fact, I know of one particular goat that loves to go on walks with its owner. One thing I have learned, first hand, is that if you take the time to walk your pet around your neighborhood, there is a much better chance of them ending up back home on their own should they get out unexpectedly. 3. Make sure their things are the first ones to make it in the house Moving is stressful for your pets too. If they have familiar things, it will make them more comfortable. Get their bed set up. Give them their favorite toys. Lay down the same food and water bowls they have been using. Perhaps, even a blanket or rug on the floor will make them feel at home more quickly.  4. Meet the neighbors Just like people should meet their new neighbors, pets should too. If your pet is friendly, it will be a fun activity for them. If your pet is scared or not social, show your neighbors a picture. Either way, it is good for...

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