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Tips for Sellers (from a Buyer’s Specialist perspective!!)

For Sale and Price Reduced Signs on a Home

One of the most difficult decisions when selling a home is finding a professional Realtor that really knows the current market, understands the area, has a great marketing plan and who is someone that you are very comfortable working with on a daily basis. The second most difficult thing can be and often is, listening to your Realtor and strongly considering their advice. Our Group often finds that our selling clients make some re-occurring mistakes that ultimately hurt the final net profit on the home. Examples include a starting price that is too high, or spending money on upgrades that will never be recouped.

As a Buyer’s Specialist, here are some tips that you may want to consider. Otherwise, I will use these to negotiate a lower price than what you are wanting when I show your home!

• Too many days on the market. When I see a home that hasn’t sold for a few weeks, it means one thing…’re not getting offers that you want. You may not be getting showings or offers high enough, but regardless…your house hasn’t sold and I know that! A perfect target for a low offer. To avoid this, listen to your Realtor and their list price suggestion. And even though you consider your home as ‘the best house in the neighborhood’, set the price that will a) get buyers in the door and b) sold fast.

• Boring Street Appeal. There is nothing worse than when I roll up to a Re-Sale (previously owned home) and the grass is dead, there is no color or vibrancy, and the bushes aren’t maintained. Especially since I more than likely just showed them a brand new home within blocks, only several thousand dollars higher in price. There are times where my clients don’t even want to stop. Solution? Have your Realtor point out some ideas. Try not to take your Realtor’s suggestions personally. Get those dead braches removed. Bring in some mulch. Actually water and mow/trim your lawn leading up to your listing. These are just a few tips and if you do these, clients will be sold upon arrival!!

• People/Animals home during a showing. This speaks for itself, however, I will elaborate! When selling your home, don’t you want to appeal to as many customers as possible? Do you think having your cat rubbing up against a person who doesn’t like animals will hurt the chances of getting an offer? Is it not odd to walk into a room and someone is in there with headphones on humming to a song? Selling your home is not convenient. It is work. And getting yourself and your pets out of the way during showings improves the likelihood of fewer negative comments and feedback, clients spending more time there looking at the house and considering to purchase.

These are just a few pitfalls that your experienced listing agent can help you avoid. As a Buyer’s Specialist, I can guarantee you I’m searching the listings for good deals for my clients and investors, and the more reasons that sellers like you can give me to lower the offer, I’ll definitely take advantage of!
~ Amber M.

Amber Markee is a Buyer’s Specialist with The Natasha Group.

What Model iPhone Do You Have?

iphone models

Have you ever gone shopping for a new iPhone charger or a new iPhone case just to realize you don’t remember which model phone you own?  Apple releases new models of their phones almost annually, and keeping up is next to impossible.  Here is a list of common model number codes (look on the back of your phone near the bottom) that match up with Apple’s common model naming scheme.

  • iPhone 6 Plus: A1522, A1524
  • iPhone 6: A1549,A1586
  • iPhone 5S: A1533,A1453
  • iPhone 5C: A1532,A1456
  • iPhone 5: A1428,A1429
  • iPhone 4S: A1387
  • iPhone 4: A1332,A1349
  • iPhone 3GS: A1303
  • iPhone 3G: A1241

Does Your Fireplace Make Your House Smell?

Does Your Fireplace Make Your House Smell?

Does Your Fireplace Make Your House Smell?As we get ready to enter into the Fall and Winter seasons, we start thinking about the need to ‘dust off’ our heaters and fireplaces.  Along these lines we often here of complaints from clients that their homes ‘smell like ash’ or ‘the fireplace stinks up the place’.  What we know is that this can be a very real problem and not just an issue of sensitive noses!!

Fireplaces, not realized by many, are truly engineered designs that, if not properly maintained or designed, can very easily have reverse airflow through the chimney and create a stink in the home.  What we mean by reverse air flow is that air is coming into the house down through the chimney, when in fact we would home air would go up and out through the chimney.

While a fireplace will always have a small amount of smell, here are just a few known causes for bad odor problems:

  • The fire damper is not properly closed when not in use.
  • The chimney was not properly designed, and normal wind-flow across the top of the chimney outside causes a reverse ‘suction’ effect.
  • Your home is under negative pressure, due to running exhaust fans or other reasons, thus pulling air in through the chimney.
  • If it is a wood burning fireplace, you may have a build-up of creosote, caused from burning wood.
  • You may have moisture getting into the chimney, which can make normal fireplace odors stronger.
  • The chimney is partially clogged due to leaves, nests or animals.

The only true way to figure out your particular issue is to have a professional out to inspect your fireplace and chimney.  And like any part of your home, be sure to keep both properly cleaned and maintained!

~ Matt B.

Matt Baker is a Realtor with The Natasha Group and licensed Professional Engineer

Austin #2 Fastest Growing City

According to Forbes, Austin is currently ranked as the 2nd fastest growing city. The outlook for job and housing growth continues to be strong.  Read more here:

Top Agent of the Year Award!!

best of trulia 2We are very honored to announce that Natasha Baker has been included in the Top Agent of The Year recognition by Trulia, one of the leading national real estate web sites. Trulia states: “You are in the Top 1% of all agents on Trulia and have earned a spot on the exclusive ‘Best of Trulia’ list. This award recognizes agents based on 2014 sales and client reviews.”

Congratulations Natasha!!

New Coffee Mugs Are Here!

coffee cupsFor those of you that hate refilling your coffee four times every morning – our shipment of large 20 oz coffee mugs have just arrived!! We’ll deliver two free complimentary mugs to current and former clients upon request. Just ask your favorite Natasha Group agent!