Common Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

by Administrator 26. May 2017 19:48

If your home is not selling in the competitive real estate market and fails to attract any buyer for a long time, you need to first identify the reasons behind it. Note that a home lying vacant in the market for too long can create a negative impression on the potential buyers. Therefore, you need to work towards making the corrections and sell your home as fast as possible.

Below are certain reasons why your home may not be selling:

  • Exorbitant Pricing: Always look at your house from buyer’s perspective and determine the right selling price. Pricing your home too high could be one of the reasons why nobody is interested in buying it. Know the selling prices of various homes in your vicinity to get an idea of market trends and set a price accordingly.
  • An Ineffective Online Marketing Plan: Nowadays, most of the clients turn towards the Internet to search for home available for sale. Online listings and social media are an essential part of the advertizing that need to be utilized properly. An ineffective marketing plan may keep your house vacant for a longer time period without any buyer showing interest in it.
  • Condition Of The House Is Not Good: The selling price of the property should always be in sync with its condition. You must therefore make upgrades in your home, provide better facilities/appliances to make the buyers sit up and take notice.
  • Over-Personalized Space: Whenever potential buyers come to view your home, they want to visualize living in it with their families. However, if you have too many personal family photographs and memoirs in the space, it may turn them off. So, de-personalize and remove all your personal belongings to create a better impression.
  • Inappropriate Décor: Home buyers have personal preferences when it comes to choosing the interiors of a home. So, it is not mandatory that a décor loved by you will be appreciated by the buyers as well. It is best to have interiors in neutral colors and minimum fancy to comply with the taste of most buyers.
  • You Do Not Leave During Home Inspections: Prospective buyers want complete freedom when they are looking around your property for home inspection. Hanging around can cause disruption in conversations between the buyer and real estate agent. It is best to stay away during inspections and let the real estate agent perform his job.

To sell your home at an optimal price, contact Cloud Real Estate. For more information, call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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by Administrator 28. April 2017 14:18

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by Administrator 24. April 2017 22:32

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How To Sell Your Home In Killeen, TX

by Administrator 17. April 2017 12:35

Selling your home in the competitive real estate market requires some effort and time. If you want to sell your home fast in Killeen, TX, make sure you make a good first impression on the prospective buyers. Also, pay attention to the beauty of your home as this will attract more buyers. Below is a list of some tips that can help you sell your home:

  • Decide the correct price: The most crucial aspect of selling your home is to price it correctly. Discuss with your property management company as to what should be the final selling price of your home. It is imperative to look at the current market trends before concluding a specific price for your property. Price the home correctly before putting it up for sale as increasing or decreasing the price later on can have a bad impression on the potential buyers.
  • Pay attention to the curb appeal: Prospective buyers should get a positive and welcoming vibe the first time they visit your property. Therefore, you need to make efforts to beautify the exterior and landscape in your property. For instance, plant new seasonal flowers, clean the driveways and walkways, arrange the flower beds, clean the dead leaves and plants etc. Get a fresh coat of paint on the front door for an even better effect.
  • De-clutter: Your home should not be filled with plenty of furniture items and other stuff as this will make it appear smaller in space. De-cluttering is essential to give the impression of wide spaces and also provide a neat and clean look to the property. Also, it is crucial to de-personalize so that the prospective buyer does not get distracted at the time of showings. You need to put away all personal family photos and mementoes so that prospective buyers can imagine the house as theirs.
  • Make the right upgrades: Small and important upgrades are necessary to make your home stand out from the rest of the properties in Killeen. For instance, you need to get a fresh coat of paint on the interior as well as exterior walls. Check all the appliances and upgrade if you need to. Apart from this, look for possible repair work in the bathrooms, inspect the light fixtures and check the drainage system etc.
  • Be flexible about showings: It is essential for you to be flexible as far as timings of your property showings are concerned. Putting time restraints can keep away some good prospective buyers and eventually affect the final deal. Attend the visitors at any time of the day and leave the house when a prospective buyer is viewing it. It is best not to intrude as this gives the potential buyers the requisite freedom to see the property objectively.

To sell your Killeen based home, get in touch with the agents at Cloud Real Estate. We can be contacted at (254) 690 – 3311. You can also visit our office at 1703 South W.S. Young Drive Killeen, Texas 76543.

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by Administrator 28. March 2017 22:57

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by Administrator 21. March 2017 14:24

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Tips To Sell Your Home This Spring

by Administrator 15. March 2017 19:33

Spring is one of the best times to sell your home as more and more buyers are interested during this time of the year. Most people want to buy a home before the interest rates shoot up or home prices rise. Therefore, if you have your home at a good location and have set the correct price, the spring season can be the perfect time to make a sale.

Below are some tips that can help you to sell your home this spring:

  • Get home inspection done: Your home should be in the best condition possible before you plan to sell it. No buyer will be interested in your property if it is not maintained well. It is best to call a local property inspector who can check all the aspects of your home to ensure that it is completely safe for the future owners.
  • Pay attention to the landscape: The landscape is one of the main things that potential buyers will notice. Therefore, you need to pay special attention to this aspect and make efforts to beautify the landscape. Clean all the dead foliage and get rid of old plants, mow the lawn properly and have seasonal flowers. Spring is the season of flowers so you can plant plenty of them to make your home look attractive for the buyers.
  • Indulge in spring cleaning: Your home should be free from any kind of clutter. Cleaning your house will also fetch you a good price for your property. Therefore, throw away any old furniture items or things that are of no use. Selling off old possessions is necessary and spring season is a great time to go ahead with the cleanliness task.
  • Highlight the positive aspects: The spring season brings along plenty of fresh air and warm sunshine. So, you need to use it perfectly to highlight the positive aspects of your property. Open the windows to let in sun light and fresh air as this will make your property look more inviting. This is also a great way to showcase the outdoors to your potential buyers.
  • Decide the correct price: Pricing your home very low may make the buyers think there is something wrong in your property. On the other hand, pricing your property too high may not fetch you many buyers.  Therefore, price your home correctly so that you can attract adequate buyers.
  • Use spring colors: Replace old towels, linens, sofa pillows and other upholstery in soft spring colors to entice your potential buyers. The spring colors will light up your home and impress the prospective clients. Also, you can layer towels on bathroom racks on the counters in the shape of a pyramid to lend a dramatic touch.

If you are planning to sell your home in Killeen, TX, get in touch with Cloud Real Estate. The agents at our firm have extensive experience in selling all types of properties. For more information, call us at (254) 690 – 3311.

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Home Selling Mistakes To Avoid

by Administrator 27. February 2017 19:30

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Overlooked Areas To Clean In Your Rental Home

by Administrator 24. February 2017 08:21

When you are preparing your rental home, it is essential that every corner is alluring and clean. You should be prepared for potential tenants to be extremely observant and to scrutinize every part of your rental home. By staging your rental home properly, you open up possibilities and potential. However, people tend to overlook a few areas and steps when staging their rental homes, making it slightly more difficult to rent out or get the price they’re asking.

You are to remember these few overlooked areas when preparing your rental home.

  • The entrance-way and backyard:  Make sure that your backyard and exterior are clean and appealing. As for the entrance-way, this area will lay down the worth for the rest of the rental home so be sure to make it look inviting. Use decent console tables, seating furniture, mirrors, or a painting. As far as the backyard is concerned, start by cleaning and twigging old leaves and debris, add color and visual interest to your backyard by planting bunch of flowers depending upon the season; also add outdoor furniture and lighting or lamps or fairy lights.
  • The kitchen cabinet tops: The kitchen should be prepared well for staging. Cabinet and counter tops are the most essential parts of kitchen, make sure these are emptied and clean. Peroxide can be used to sanitize and clean the area thoroughly. In addition to being a good cleaner, it's also good for people with medical conditions like allergies and asthma. You can use it on your cabinet tops, and all around the kitchen. Other than that, vinegar is a natural cleaner for greasy cabinets, you can even laminate your counter tops with Formica, and it is easy to clean wipe when laminated.
  • Bathroom: People are particular about the bathroom and making it appealing is a good tactic. So, inspect the linen closet, put some hooks for hanging towels. You can also add clean, white linens and maybe a small floral display to add visual interest. Check the tiled flooring and make sure it’s spotless and repaired if broken. Remove foul odors in the bathroom, if any.
  • Attic, basement and garage: Every home has one of the three, if not all. These locations tend to become dumps or storage for all your documents, old clothing, holiday decorations, sporting gear, keepsakes and other such things. However, when staging for potential tenants, you want to make the most of the space of every room. Shelving is great for all the location as it can free the floor space and make the room more organized. You can add hooks to for holding sporting gears and add small drawers to keep mechanical instruments. This works really well with the garage and basement.
  • For the attic, make sure the insulation is removed or replaced. Dirty attic can often become home for rodents, rats and birds that contaminates the insulation and infects the attic that can lead to unhealthy home. Make sure that you take the help of experts to decontaminate and clean for handling your attic. Consider painting walls with neutral and warm colors, when all these locations are cleaned and organized it could possibly be used as an additional room. A suitable couch, a small mini-bar, and a television could turn the attic, basement and garage into a getaway for the adults or it can also turn out to be a hang out space for the children by adding mini tents and indoor games. 
  • Closets and Laundry Room: Untidiness will distract tenants from your home’s potential and throwing everything in the closet isn’t available solution since most people want to see how much closet space you have to offer. These are two of the most overlooked areas of rental home staging. Make sure that closets are cleaned, set, organized and space is maximized and that the laundry room is visually appealing and appears handy in all aspects. If space allows, try to hide baskets, drying racks, and cleaning supplies out of sight. 
  • Drain: Plumbing in the home is like the roots of a tree, there are the main line. Drainage is basically one of the most overlooked areas, while you are focusing much on cleaning the rooms. Before putting your home for rent, you should first check if you are dealing with slow-draining sinks or showers. Then you have to deal with clogged pipes, toilet stoppages, and garbage disposal freeze-ups. Providing appropriate plumbing tools helps to tenants to handle minor problems themselves. Upgrade your vent pipes; drain treatment should be at least once a month with a mild enzyme based drain cleaner to dissolve grease and keep the drains flowing. Major problems which are those that require disassembly of the pipes are best left to professionals. A landlord should guarantee the pipes work well, but the tenant should be in charge for what goes down them.

There are many aspects that have to be taken into account when staging your rental home and it might seem like plenty of work, but ultimately, it benefits you, the landlord as well your tenants. Making your rental home all polished and clean for tenants can potentially help it rent quicker and help you get the price you are asking for.

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Landscaping Tips That Can Help To Sell Your Home

by Administrator 17. February 2017 17:05

A good landscaping boosts the curb appeal of your home, which is an indispensable factor contributing in attracting potential buyers. An attractive yard or lawn can leave a strong first impression and add up to the value of your property. Therefore, to make your home appear welcoming to the potential buyers, it is imperative that you upgrade the outdoors’ appearance.

To refine your lawn, you may consider the following tips –

  • Edging the lawn- It will help you to clearly define the sidewalks, driveways, entrance and most importantly the lawn. To obtain a perfect shape, you may use tools like a spade or half-moon edger. Once you have defined the boundaries, do not forget to remove the extra turf. A well-defined garden also gives a sense of low maintenance to the buyers, which is one of the most important selling point of a property.
  • Weeding and mulching plant beds – This will not only make your garden tidy but is also important for the growth of the plants. You must choose a mulch utility that will improve the soil texture as well as appearance of your garden such as pine bark or forest fines.
  • Pruning or tidying up plants - A garden with overgrown shrubs and bushes makes the outdoor look messy and may be an instant deal breaker. Thus, you must prune the unkempt trees and plants properly.
  • Pay attention to the water feature – A small fountain, water bubbler or any other water feature can be a pleasant add on to a lawn. However, you need to make sure that it is free from algae and has sufficient water supply. Routinely clean it to keep it looking shiny and beautiful.
  • Take care of any irrigation issues - If the irrigation system of your house is not in a well working condition, be sure to get the issue fixed as soon as possible.  Also, if you have an automatic irrigation system, you must explain it to the buyers beforehand.
  • Add an outdoor seating area - Adding furniture can portray your lawn/ garden as a usable area. You may consider installing benches or picnic tables in the lawn. These minute improvements will help your property to stand out from others.
  • Eliminate the boredom with a big rock – If your lawn is big enough, consider placing boulder or small rocks on the grass. This will enhance the aesthetic beauty of your home and will also make it look interesting. If you aren’t sure how to do this, you may consult the professionals.
  • Install Lighting - Proper lighting in the garden and the surrounding area is equally important. You must install light fixtures to highlight the best features of your lawn and enhance the visibility. A decent outdoor lighting may impress the potential buyers who visit your property in evening.
  • Power wash dirty surfaces – If your garden is surrounded by fences or has little paths made up of marbles and stones, make sure that they are clean. In order to do so, you may use power wash tool or hire a professional for the same. You may also consider painting your fences with neutral colors.

You can decorate your garden the way you want, but when you are selling your home, try to make it more appealing for the buyers.  Minor repair and improvements can add to the long term benefits and help to attract the potential buyers.

The above mentioned points will assist you to make your garden more presentable. You may also hire a property management firm to stage the interiors as well as exteriors of your home.

If you are looking to sell your home in Killeen, TX, consider hiring the professionals at Cloud Real Estate. Our team comprises of experienced property managers who will assist you in preparing your house for sale. For more information, you can call at (254) 690 – 3311 or visit 1703 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, Texas 76543.

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