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10 Best Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

Whether you live in Westerchester, Putnam or anywhere else for that matter the ten best kept secrets for selling your home are very simple steps. If you are thinking of selling in this hot market then I would suggest you read and follow them. You won't believe how easy it is to get more money for your property

Selling Secret #10: Pricing It Right

 

 

Find out what your Westchester or Putnam County home is worth, then shave 10 to 15 percent off the price! If that scares you...listen up! You will be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids, EVEN IN THE WORST MARKETS! You can rest assured they will bid up the price over what the comps showed. It takes REAL courage and most sellers don't want to risk it, however it is the best strategy for selling a home in todays market


 

Selling Secret #9: Half Empty Closets

 

 

Whether it be Westchester County or anywhere else, storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then organize whatever is left. Buyers will snoop so make certain to keep all your closets neat and clean 

Selling Secret #8: Lights On

Maximize the lights in your home. After location, good lighting is the one thing that every buyer says they want in a home. Remove drapes, clean the windows, change lamp shades and increase the wattage of your light bulbs. Remove or cut down bushes the are in front of the windows to let in sunlight. These few suggestions make a great deal of difference.

Selling Secret #7: Play The Agent Field

A real sale killer is having the wrong agent. No matter where you live, whether it be Westchester, Putnam or anywhere else you need to have the right broker. Often sellers hire friends and more often it doesn't work out and the friendship is over! Find a broker who is tech-savvy. He or she has many more tools than one who is not up on the most recent technology.

Selling Secret #6: Conceal The Critters

You might think a cuddley dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers. Think again! Not everyone is a dog or cat lover. Buyers don't want to walk into your home to see an unsightly or smelly kitty litter box nor do they want to see a dog bowl with kibble on the floor. It will give buyers the idea that your home is not clean. When your Realtor plans an open house send the pets to a pet hotel or to a friend for a day. It will be well worth it!

Selling Secret #5: Don't Do Upgrade or Over-Kill

In Westchester and Putnam Counties quick fixes do the trick! Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You are less likely to get your money back from huge improvement projects. Instead do updates that will bring a greater return. A fresh coat of paint, clean windows, new door handles, new cabinet hardware fix leaky faucets and clean grout are but a few inexpensive ways of getting you top dollar.

Selling Secret #4: Take The Home Out Of Your House

One of the most important things to do when selling your property is to "de-personalize" it. Remove at least one-third of your stuff and put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia, collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a homestager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and miximize the use of space.

Selling Secret #3 The Kitchen comes First

You are not selling your home, you are selling your kitchen - that's how important it is! The benefits of an updated kitchen are endless and the best part is you will probably get an 85% return on the money spent. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting, and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral color to paint the kitchen as buyers will view it as a blank canvas where they can envision their own style. If you don't have a lot of money to spend, buy one stainless steel appliance. Why one? When people see one high-end appliance they think all the res are high-end also and it updates the kitchen.

Selling Secret #2: Always Be Ready To Show

Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times. You never know when a buyer will want to see it. Don't leave dishes in the sink or the dishwasher. Be sure the bathrooms are sparkling and that there are NO dust bunnies in the corners. It might be a bit inconvenient, however it will help to get your house SOLD!

Selling Secret #1: First Impression Is Last Impression

No matter how pristine your home is on the inside, if the outside is a disaster a buyer will, more than likely, not want to see the inside. You will never have a second chance to make a first impression. Spruce up your home's exterior. Trim bushes or buy new in expensive ones and plant lots of brightly colored flowers. Annuals will work best. Often you can get a 100 perscent return on the money you put into your home's curb appeal. Entryways are also important. Make it welcoming by putting a bench there if possible, some flowers and even a plate of cookies. 

 

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    Posted To: MBS Commentary

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  • Best Week of 2018 For Rates (Not Quite as Cool as it Sounds)

    Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

    Mortgage rates fell again for the second straight day--something that has only happened a few other times so far this year. On an even brighter note, this was the first week of 2018 where the average lender ended the week offering rates that were at least as good as those seen at the end of the previous week. In most cases, today's rates are right in line with those seen last Friday. For the average lender, that means conventional 30yr fixed rates of 4.5 to 4.625% on top tier scenarios. The same scenarios were seeing quotes of 3.875-4.0% at the beginning of the year. As we discussed yesterday, "good days" for mortgage rates need some context at the moment. Yesterday was a good day too, but it happened to follow the worst day in more than 4 years (in terms of outright levels). In general, as...(read more)

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  • Foreclosures, Inventories Move Higher as Hurricane Moratorium Ends

    Posted To: MND NewsWire

    The effects of last summer's hurricanes, while fading from their early impact on loan performance stats, are still being felt. Black Knight reports, in its "First Look" at January data, that past due mortgages nationwide declined by 8.6 percent or 210,000 loans when compared to December but are still 1.3 percent higher than in January 2017. The U.S. delinquency rate in January was 4.41 percent including all past due loans not yet in foreclosure. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are blamed for 146,000 loans that remain delinquent in Texas and Florida. Of those, 132,000 are now seriously delinquent, that is 90 or more days past due Puerto Rico is not usually included in national delinquency statistics, but Black Knight says 57,000 loans remain delinquent in the territory because of Hurricane Maria...(read more)

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  • Refinancing: Seasonal Pattern or Last Chance Surge?

    Posted To: MND NewsWire

    Although the company said it was regular January phenomenon, last month's surge in refinancing also feels a little like borrowers "headed for the last roundup." Ellie Mae's Origination Insight Report noted that the share of refinancing originations shot up by 5 percentage points in January, accounting for 45 percent of all closed loans. The surge coincided with a jump in the average interest rate of closed loans, from 4.28 percent in December to 4.33 percent, making for a 13-basis point increase since October. It was the highest share for refinancing, which dipped to less than a third of closed loans in early summer, since January. The December 2016 to January 2017 increase was 1 point. "As we ring in 2018, we see refinances rise as a percent of overall loan volume, something that we have seen...(read more)

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  • Reverse Mortgage and USDA/Rural News; Economics and Rates

    Posted To: Pipeline Press

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  • MBS Day Ahead: Is Europe Back On US Bond Market Radar?

    Posted To: MBS Commentary

    In 2010 and 2011, the early phases of the European financial crisis caused movement in US bond markets that puzzled a majority of domestic investors. 2012 (the apex of the monetary contagion concerns) and 2014 (the inception of the long road to ECB QE) took that theme to another level. If we then conclude that it was Brexit that was primarily responsible for US yields being able to reach new all-time lows in June 2016, that means Europe has had an exceptionally heavy influence for years. But things changed in 2017. News and risks in the Eurozone quickly became boring after Brexit. Markets largely moved on to trading the new and unexpected realities of the Trump administration--a theme that's arguably dominated most of the big picture bond market momentum since election night in late 2016...(read more)

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  • MBS RECAP: One Of Those Calm Days That Almost Makes You Wonder

    Posted To: MBS Commentary

    MBS gained a quarter of a point today and 10yr yields fell more than 3bps despite stock market gains (albeit from yesterday's weak closing levels) and ample corporate bond market issuance. That might lead to some small amount of optimism or relief were it not for the fact that yesterday saw bond markets close at the weakest levels in more than 4 years. In other words, today was just another one of those "good" days that we're bound to encounter as the broader trend toward higher rates forges on. Will the forging stop at some point? Yes, of course, but nothing about today suggests it will be any time soon. Could it still be some time soon? Yes, that's always POSSIBLE, but if such a thing were to happen, it stands a far greater chance of being a temporary correction in the...(read more)

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  • Mortgage Rates Just Slightly Lower

    Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

    Mortgage rates fell modestly today as underlying bond markets experienced a rare absence of volatility. Rather than view this as some sort of turning point for what has been a fairly relentless march to higher ground, these days are best seen as periodic corrections/consolidations to the prevailing trend. They are normal features of such trends and they've all been "false positives" so far in 2018 when it comes to identifying an opportunity to get more optimistic about rates moving lower. Bottom line: today is merely the day after hitting the highest rates in more than 4 years. We'd need to see a whole lot more than one day of modest gains before anything other than a defensive, lock-biased stance makes sense for prospective mortgage borrowers. Loan Originator Perspective Rates improved slightly...(read more)

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  • MBS Day Ahead: 2 Charts That Help Explain the Big Picture

    Posted To: MBS Commentary

    There's nothing significant on the econ calendar today, and bonds are starting out by retreating (in a good way) back into the center of the ongoing uptrend. On days like today, bond analysis has to look to the bigger picture (because there's not much to say about today). If you didn't catch the last big-picture explanation on why things are the way they are, the best recent example is probably THIS ONE about short-term rates driving long term rates. I revisited that topic in yesterday's Day Ahead to some extent ( here ) as well. Today's first chart speaks to the same sort of phenomenon whereby the shorter end of the yield curve is pushing longer-term rates reluctantly higher. I say "reluctantly" because long term rates really want to see more evidence of rising...(read more)

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  • Training and Resources; Economy Continues to Move Rates Higher

    Posted To: Pipeline Press

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