Should sellers paint their homes before putting them on the market? If you google that question the answer is a strong and resounding YES. I also would be the first to say that there's no quicker way to ensure a higher return on investment than to paint a house before selling it. That said, as with so many things in the business of selling real estate in the Iowa City area, there are always Continue Reading about Reasons to Paint Before Selling a House (And Reasons Not to)
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The real estate market in the Iowa City area is in great shape. Check out the market reports on this site and you'll see that home prices in the Iowa City area are going up, homes are spending less time on the market and buyers are plentiful. In fact there are more buyers than homes to buy... So how come there are homes listed on the MLS just sitting there? What do sellers need to do before Continue Reading about What Sellers Need to Know Before Putting a House on the Market
What is the difference between a home appraisal and a home inspection in a real estate transaction? Working with quite a few sellers new to the process of selling a home in Iowa City this year I've had this question come up more than once. To answer the question the simplest thing is to start at the beginning and to explain the purpose of both of them. What is a Home Inspection? A Home Continue Reading about How are an Appraisal & a Home Inspection Different?
Working with a Real Estate Agent vs. Going it Alone This is the second part in my series on Selling a home in Iowa City. Once you have prepared your home for sale it's time to move to the next step. Will you list your house or condo with a real estate company, or will you try selling the house on your own? It's tempting to think that with the help of the Internet it's easy to go the For Sale By Continue Reading about Selling a Home ~ Step 2: Choosing the Right Agent
This is the first in a series on Selling a Home in the Iowa City Area. It's not uncommon for sellers who work with me to call to ask for advice on what they need to do before listing their homes for sale. Often they are first time sellers who didn't know where to start, or alternatively had lived in the house a very long time and needed advice on how it works to sell a home in a very different Continue Reading about Selling a Home ~ Step One: Preparing Your Home for Sale
What is the contract ratio or contract-to-listing ratio, as it's also called? More to the point, how will it help you to know what the contract ratio is if you're buying or selling a home in the Iowa City area? The contract ratio is a way to look at the market from a different perspective than just looking at past sales, which is what we usually go by. The contract-to-listing ratio, as the name Continue Reading about How The Contract Ratio Helps You Understand the Market
Looking at historical market data for Iowa City area, it will come as no surprise to learn that fewer homes sell later in the year as in the Spring and Summer months.Does that mean you should wait for Spring before your list your home for sale in the Iowa City area? Lots of sellers make that leap when they think about selling their home and opt to wait until Spring. The question is, are there Continue Reading about Are There Advantages to Listing Your Home in Fall or Winter?
How The Internet Has Changed How Sellers Find Listing Agents & Buyers Find Houses! Recently I spoke to a seller who Googled and found me with her search for a Realtor who specializes in Historic properties in Iowa City - I had listed and sold a home on Clark Street when I wrote the post in the link. (That's something I do to attract potential buyers to a neighborhood). It got me thinking Continue Reading about The Ins and Outs of Real Estate and How to Choose a Realtor