What You Don’t Need To Hear From Your Listing Broker

0209-KCMYou’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:

  1. Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
  2.  
  3. Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
  4. Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset

An agent must be concerned first and foremost about you and your family in order to garner that degree of trust. Make sure this is the case.

Be careful if the agent you are interviewing begins the interview by:

  • Bragging about their success
  • Bragging about their company’s success

An agent’s success and the success of their company can be important considerations when deciding on the right real estate professional to represent you in the sale of the house.

However, you first need to know that they care about what you need and what you expect from the sale. If the agent is not interested in first establishing your needs, how successful they may seem is much less important.

Look for someone with the ‘heart of a teacher,’ who comes in prepared well enough to explain the current real estate market and patient enough to take the time to show how it may impact the sale of your home.

Not someone only interested in trying to sell you on how great they are.

You have many agents from which to choose. Pick someone who truly cares like Steve and Sandra.

Posted on February 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Real Estate, Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle Homes for Sale, Seattle Real Estate, Seattle WA Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Real Estate

217,726 Reasons to Buy a Seattle Area Home Now!

217,726 Reasons to Buy a Home Now! | Keeping Current MattersThe inaugural Opportunity Cost Report was released recently by realtor.com. The report explained that “with interest rates and home prices expected to climb in the next year, the financial penalties of delaying or forgoing a home purchase in today's market have become very steep”.

The report estimates that, based on today's dollars, the average purchaser would accumulate $217,726 in increased wealth over a 30-year period.

(You can get the projected wealth increase for almost 100 metros here.)

What could this mean to someone sitting on the fence waiting to buy?

Experts believe that both home prices and mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months. Obviously, if this does happen, the monthly cost of a home a year from now will be dramatically higher than it is today. The Opportunity Cost Report breaks down exactly how much a purchaser could lose over increments of one year and three years. Here are the results based on an average purchaser in the U.S. delaying their purchase:

Bottom Line

If you are ready, willing and able to buy a home, waiting doesn't make sense.

When you are ready to jump off the fence, give us a call, text or email and put our experience and negotiating skills to work for you!

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner
SEATTLE-NORTHWEST
Windermere Real Estate
206-769-9577

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Posted on June 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Real Estate

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner Your Seattle WA Area Home

In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are five reasons:

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house.
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 88% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 21% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3. Results Come from the Internet

Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 43% on the internet
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspaper

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

4. FSBOing has Become More and More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.

5. You Net More Money when Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.

Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $208,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $235,000. This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $27,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with us and see what we have to offer.

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner
SEATTLE-NORTHWEST
Windermere Real Estate

206-769-9577
stevehill@windermere.com
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Posted on June 2, 2015 at 4:06 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Real Estate, Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Real Estate

All these Seattle WA homes are open Sunday!

Check out all Seattle WA homes open today right HERE!

Tired of losing out in multiple offers? Put us to work for you by using our powerful neighborhood knowledge and negotiating skills and get the Seattle WA home you deserve.

Call, text or email us today!

 

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner

SEATTLE-NORTHWEST

Windermere Real Estate

206-769-9577

stevehill@windermere.com



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Posted on April 5, 2015 at 9:05 am
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Buying a Seattle WA Home, Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle Homes for Sale, Seattle Real Estate, Seattle WA Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Real Estate

Saturday Open House

Check out all homes open today right HERE!

Tired of losing out in multiple offers? Put us to work for you by using our powerful neighborhood knowledge and negotiating skills and get the Seattle WA home you deserve.

Call, text or email us today!

 

 

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner
SEATTLE-NORTHWEST
Windermere Real Estate

206-769-9577
stevehill@windermere.com

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Posted on April 4, 2015 at 9:50 am
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Home Buying, Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle Real Estate, Seattle WA Real Estate

Industry experts agree: Seattle WA housing supply is too low

Industry Experts Agree: Housing Supply Too Low | Keeping Current Matters

Last week, we reported on the lack of housing supply and how that was impacting the real estate market. Today, we want to let you know what other industry experts are saying.

Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac Vice President:

“It’s kind of a seesaw right now between supply and demand. One of the reasons for fewer sales is not so much a lack of demand but a lack of supply, especially in the price range the majority of buyers were looking for.”

Diana Olick, CNBC’s Realty Check:

“Total sales are still running below expectations for the year. Don't blame winter weather, though. Blame the lack of supply.”

Bill McBride, Founder of Calculated Risk:

“Inventory is still very low (down 0.5% year-over-year in February). This will be important to watch over the next month at the start of the spring buying season.”

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors:

“Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices to near unsuitable levels. Stronger price growth is a boon for homeowners looking to build additional equity.”

Realtor.com

“The National Housing Trend Report shows that inventory has decreased 10.9 percent year over year.”

And some experts are actually calling it a “seller’s market”

Forbes.com

“Tight inventory is a main reason the ball is still in the sellers' court.”

Bill Banfield, VP of Quicken Loans:

“We’re a bit low on the supply-side which could force prices up for buyers, further hammering home that we’re in a seller’s market.”

Bottom Line

If you are debating putting your home on the market this year, now may be the time. The number of buyers ready and willing to make a purchase is at the highest level in years. Contact us today to get the process started!

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner
SEATTLE-NORTHWEST
Windermere Real Estate

206-769-9577
stevehill@windermere.com

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Posted on April 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle WA Homes for Sale, Seattle WA Real Estate

Seattle WA Real Estate Law: Revocation of Counteroffer

The market is heating up and so are the speed of transactions, offers and counteroffers. Both buyers, sellers and their brokers will benefit from this video featuring Annie Fitzsimmons, the Washington REALTOR Legal Hotline Lawyer.

For all of your real estate related questions, give us a call, text or email. 206-769-9577, stevehill@windermere.com

Posted on February 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Home Buying, Real Estate, Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle WA Homes for Sale

Just Listed! Capitol Hill

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Steeped in history, this Capitol Hill home retains much of its original 1890’s charm. A portrait of comfort with dashes of modernity to support today's expectations.

Period respectful kitchen update, formal living and dining spaces, family room, sumptuous and civilized master retreat with private deck. Plenty of built-in storage. Gorgeous gardens and entertainment spaces adjoin popular neighborhood park.

Snow-capped mountain views. Close to all the great things an in-city lifestyle has to offer.

 

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Posted on February 7, 2015 at 3:17 am
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5 Good Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale By Owner Your Seattle WA Home

Some homeowners consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five reasons:

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house.
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 88% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 21% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3. Results Come from the Internet

Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 43% on the internet
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspaper

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong Internet strategy is crucial.

4. FSBOing has Become More and More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.

5. You Net More Money when Using a Broker Like Steve and Sandra

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission. Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $208,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $235,000. This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $27,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit down with us and see what we have to offer. In the meantime, take a look at our Ultimate Home Selling System and Home Selling Guide.

Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner


SEATTLE-NORTHWEST


Windermere Real Estate

206-769-9577


stevehill@windermere.com


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Posted on February 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Home For Sale by Owner, Real Estate, Seattle Home For Sale, Selling Your Home, Selling Your Seattle Area Home

Seattle WA Real Estate Market Report

Seattle continues to be a hot real estate market. Seller's can usually plan on top dollar and a quick sale of their home. Buyer's on the other hand have become weary and tires of being out bid on multiple offers. There is likely no end in sight for the time-being, as Seattle continues to grow fast with employers hiring as fast as they can interview. Whether you are considering a home purchase, sale or both; get in touch with us. We would love to help you negotiate your next real estate transaction. Why not put our expertise to work for you?

Check out the Seattle WA Market Report below!

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 2:07 am
Steve Hill and Sandra Brenner | Category: Home Buying, Real Estate, Seattle Home For Sale, Seattle WA Homes for Sale

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