Home Seller Checklist – steps to take to ensure your home gets top dollar

 

There are many Tampa Bay area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here to learn about our “Your Home Sold Guaranteed in 29 Days” program or for a free property valuation so you know what your home can sell for in today’s market. You may also call me at (813) 359-8990 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.
 
Robert Johnson, The Duncan Duo's Listing Director with Mike Yates of Atlantic Bay Mortgage host the The Duncan Duo Real Estate show where they talk about the steps home sellers need to take to ensure their home gets top dollar.

Number one of course is finding a great real estate agent like The Duncan Duo who sell hundreds of homes each year. They have experienced agents who can give you tips on how to get the most money for your home, price strategies and really knows the market in general and not just locally in your neighborhood. They know how to drive traffic into your home and have an array of marketing strategies to give your home more exposure. Do your research and look for reviews on different sites like Google, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and the like. See what people say about them. Look at what type of homes they have on the market and how long they've been sitting on the market.

Curb appeal is one of the things that sellers need to pay attention to. It gives a buyer the first impression of the home. The landscaping and curb appeal greatly affects the value of a home.

Another thing that could affect a buyer's impression of the home is when they come through the door. Does the space flow well? Is the furniture properly placed? Is there clutter everywhere? You want to make it feel bright, clean, de-cluttered and not crowded.

Listen for other tips like depersonalizing your home, painting the trim, adding plants around the home, and just how to make the home feel clean and more brand new.


To get more Tampa Bay Real Estate news and advice from Tampa Bay's #1 Realtor, tune in to The Duncan Duo Real Estate Show on 970 WFLA - Tampa Bay every Sunday at 10 am.

Is Your Agent as Good as They Say?




Recently, a listener of our real estate radio show asked us: “What is the best way to verify a real estate agent’s success or claims?”

This is a great question. One of the best ways to determine success is to see how many happy clients they have. My team and I are happy to have nearly 1,000 five-star reviews between sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com.

Of course, video testimonials are another way of determining the success of an agent. That way, you can hear how our clients feel about us in their own words.

These are just a couple of the ways you can verify my own team’s claims.

But, this isn’t the only way to examine whether a real estate agent is as good as they claim. You really need to know how to interpret the legitimacy of online reviews. First, pay attention to whether an agent has a lot more reviews than they do past sales. This is probably a red flag.

On our team, we have about 560 reviews on Zillow and around 800 sales in the past 12 months. This is a lot more realistic than an agent with 200 reviews but only 12 sales in the past 12 months. You should also keep an eye out for any reviews that don’t look legitimate.


My team and I have documented proof of being the No. 1 RE/MAX agents in Florida.



Sometimes, an agent might receive a terrible review from someone who seems completely over the top. These reviews are likely more of a reflection on that person than they are on the agent they’re about.

Another way to verify the quality of an agent is to see how they respond to negative reviews that do seem legitimate. No one is perfect. In fact, if an agent doesn’t have any negative reviews, they might not do much business.

Aside from simply looking at reviews, you should also see how well an agent’s profile is built. If an agent isn’t marketing themselves, how will they market your home? This is the professional who you are paying to show your home in its best light. If their Zillow profile lacks a photo or a bio, what will marketing for your home look like?

Finally, a lot of agents talk about being No. 1. My team and I have documented proof of being the No. 1 RE/MAX agents in Florida. If an agent says they’re No. 1 in something, ask them to prove it.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why Buying/Selling a home in November-January is better than waiting

 

There are many Tampa Bay area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here to learn about our “Your Home Sold Guaranteed in 29 Days” program or for a free property valuation so you know what your home can sell for in today’s market. You may also call me at (813) 359-8990 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.
 
Andrew Duncan, #1 RE/MAX Agent in Florida, is joined by Robert Johnson from The Duncan Duo Team, Mike Yates of Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and Richard Vasquez of Artisan Insurance Group to talk about why buying or selling a home in the winter months is better than waiting for Spring.

Unlike other markets, the Tampa Real Estate market doesn't really have the seasonal fluctuation that other markets do. The slowest period The Duncan Duo team has experienced throughout the years is the week between Christmas and New Year. December is usually one of the busiest months they have for closings while January is the busiest listing month.

One of the advantages of having your home on the market during this time is less competition which can result to multiple offers situations that can drive the price up. It's also the best time for buyers to go look at homes because of the great weather. Another advantage in closing by the end of the year is the Homestead exemption.



To get more Tampa Bay Real Estate news and advice from Tampa Bay's #1 Realtor, tune in to The Duncan Duo Real Estate Show on 970 WFLA - Tampa Bay every Sunday at 10 am.