Are You Trying to Sell Your Home Quickly?

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Are you trying to sell your home quickly? Here are my top 4 tips to help you do that!

When you have a home to sell, it can be overwhelming. I am here to give you 4 simple tips that will help speed up the process!

1) Paint!

When potential buyers are visiting your home, they want to see a fresh, clean space. Painting the inside and out will give a neutral tone throughout the home. New paint will also rid the walls of fingerprints, smudges, and motivate you to fix nail holes that have been on your to-do list!

2) Beautify your yard.

There are two things that happen when you have a clean and welcoming look to your yard: First, a yard that is free of weeds and cracks will not only look beautiful but will ATTRACT more potential buyers; Second, when your yard has been given the attention it needs, it will have curb appeal that can add as much as 5% value to your home!

3) Be smart when pricing your home.

This goes without saying, but the right sales price for your home usually is the best way to sell the home quickly. You don't want to scare away buyers before they even come to an open house if the price is too high, BUT you don't want to lose out on money if it is priced too low. I can definitely help you with this task!

4) Remove everything that is personal.

To make way to staging your home, you have to put away the dog toys and your children's clothes that are laying around. When buyers look at a home, they need to imagine themselves living in the space and don't want to see anything personal of yours in the home.

I hope these 4 simple tips will help you sell your home quickly! Contact me today so we can get that home sold!

-Leanne Dresmich

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When is a good time to sell your home?!?!

The question I'm often asked by home sellers is "WHEN should I sell my home?!?" 

There are many factors that come into play, but I have comforting news! In an article by Karen Highland with Frederick Real Estate Online, she addresses the issue with some sound advice to help you resolve this complicated issue. You can read the article here. If you're trying to decide the best season, this article also gives great advice for selling in EACH season. 

Doing your homework and working with a realtor experienced in how to best position and price your home based on seasonality, market conditions, and the reason you are selling your home can really make sense to help you maximize the selling price of your home.

Contact me to help you start your home selling adventure!

Have you leased natural gas rights on your property?

With natural gas prices approaching a five-year low, as well as companies holding an overabundance of leases, the number of natural gas wells being drilled in Washington and Greene Counties has plummeted. 

If you are disappointed in the length of time it is taking to have your land developed, I have an option for you.  You can cash in sooner rather than later.

I am working with an associate that is actively buying natural gas rights for a big Texas fund.  She will be happy to evaluate your gas rights and give a very competitive quote within 24 hours.  All accepted quotes will close within 30 days. 

Please call me for details at 412-400-6627. I would love to help you!

www.leannedresmich.com

Five Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

Selling your home doesn't have to be complicated. Here are five tips to start you out and get your home listed.

1. Pay Attention to Curb Appeal. How your house looks from the street is important. Many people can't see past a few minor updates, so take care of this on the front end to get them in the house. Start by painting your front door, pressure washing your sidewalk and driveway and updating your landscaping with fresh mulch, shrubs and flowers.

2. De-clutter Your Home. Too much stuff in your house makes it hard to visualize how the new owners furnishing will look in the house. It also makes your house look smaller. Start by removing personal items, pictures, old magazines, etc. If you have hardwood flooring, you might also consider removing the rugs or pulling-up old carpet to highlight the floors.

3. Update Your Kitchen and Bathrooms. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint, new cabinet hardware and new fixtures are all it takes to drastically improve the look of tired spaces. If your counter-tops are dated, replacing is a quick fix that goes a long way.

4. Hire a Great Realtor. Hiring the best is always worth it. Good Realtors know how to maximize the value of your home and get it sold quickly. They are well connected with other agents and know how to move traffic through your home. The best Realtors employ more than just a yard sign and open houses to sell homes. They are connected with technology, social media and the community. Simply relying on MLS listings does not work in our modern times.

Once you've decided it's time to move, I can help. Please contact me at leannedresmich@howardhanna.com or (412) 400-6627 to schedule a no-obligation, comprehensive analysis of your home and let's get it sold!

Is it better to rent or buy a home?

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People often ask me if it is better to rent or buy a home. And, I tell them in most cases it is less expensive to buy. While every situation is different, the following figures can give you an idea of home ownership costs when considering not only your monthly mortgage payment but also tax savings and equity appreciation. 

Every person's tax situation is different. The figures listed here make a number of assumptions about your tax situation. Use the estimates to give you a feel for what a difference a home mortgage might make for an average person. I strongly recommend you consult an accountant or qualified tax consultant for specifics concerning your possible tax savings. These are estimates only.

Every person's tax situation is different. The figures listed here make a number of assumptions about your tax situation. Use the estimates to give you a feel for what a difference a home mortgage might make for an average person. I strongly recommend you consult an accountant or qualified tax consultant for specifics concerning your possible tax savings. These are estimates only.

Another way to compare rent v. buy costs is to look at the price-to-rent ratio. This measures the relative affordability of renting and buying in a market. It is calculated as the ratio of home prices to annual rental rates. For example, in a market where the average home worth $200,000 rents for $1000 a month, the price-rent ratio is 16.67 using the formula: $200,000 / (12 x $1,000). Using this methodology, the real estate website Trulia estimates that nationally it is 33.1% cheaper to buy rather than rent.

In 2016, the Pittsburgh area had a price-to-rent ratio of 12, indicating it is an affordable market for buying a home when compared to rental rates.

Interested in learning more about the home buying process? Please contact me today at (412) 400-6627 or leannedresmich@howardhanna.com.