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 ... » Learn More about Reasons to Paint Before Selling a House (And Reasons Not to)
Selling a Home
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 ... » Learn More 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 ... » Learn More 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 ... » Learn More 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 ... » Learn More 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 ... » Learn More 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 ... » Learn More 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 ... » Learn More about The Ins and Outs of Real Estate and How to Choose a Realtor
Are you trying to sell your home in the Iowa City area yourself without any success? The real estate market is doing well and yet you can't get your house sold. Why is that? I think a contributing factor is that buyers are working with real estate agents and have access to homes on the MLS. It's ... » Learn More about Are You a Frustrated FSBO in the Iowa City Area? Reasons to Rethink Your Strategy
North Liberty is one of the fastest growing towns in Iowa. This growth has led to North Liberty being a hot market when it comes to the sale of new construction homes. If you're a buyer that's great. What about when it comes time to sell? How will you do with your "nearly new" house when you want ... » Learn More about Selling a Home in North Liberty – Competing with New Construction