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How to Fire A Real Estate Agent

How to Fire A Real Estate Agent Something I am asked from time to time is, "Can you fire your real estate agent?" Now, when you are listing your home for sale or if you sign a formal agreement for buyer representation, you are signing legal documents which...

Where Have All the Houses Gone?

Down, down, down we go. The number of homes available for buyers to see keeps dwindling. It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, Brownsburg could have as many as 600 homes for sale in a given month. I’m not saying those days are over forever, but a decade of falling inventory is a pretty strong trend.

To Market, To Market?

Of course marketing your house is important to selling, but don’t place all of your pigs in that blanket. Do not overlook how a good REALTOR will do all of the other things on your behalf.

What a Difference a Year Makes

The seller’s market in Brownsburg is strong and getting stronger. Could this be THE TIME to take a serious look at selling your house? Let’s see what the data is telling us.

Are Appraisals Failing Home Buyers and Sellers?

Are Appraisals Failing Home Buyers and Sellers? In most areas of the country, we've been in a hot market for a while, now. Lack of inventory coupled with buyer demand has driven up prices, the likes of which haven't been seen in years. So why are so many buyers and...

PMI Rate Cut? Whoa, Nellie!

This cut is intended to go into affect on January 27th of this year. Notice anything about that? This will be one week after President-Elect Trump is sworn in. Mr. Trump has already said that he is going to strike many of President Obama’s executive orders on Day One. I have a feeling this will be one of them.

DON’T DASH ONTO THE MARKET

Did you know that nearly half of the houses on the market right now will not sell during their listing periods? By far, the reason for this is that most are not priced equal to the value they present to potential buyers. Make no mistake – once you put a sign in the...

GOING TO LIST? TAKE THESE STEPS

In the previous post, I talked about the importance of location, condition and price. While location is what it is (and either positively or negatively affects buyer perception), you have great control over condition and, as a result, price. At Schmidt Realty Co., I...

30 DAYS BEFORE LISTING, GET INSPECTED

I’ll go ahead and say this: Most home sellers do not bother with having their home inspected before putting it up for sale. It’s an added expense, and they feel they can just negotiate when the time comes after an offer is received. To me, this is flawed thinking....

SHOULD A HOME BE STAGED?

Many people have asked me whether staging a home really makes a difference when selling. I tell them, unequivocally, yes! Staging goes hand-in-hand with marketing and pricing a home that shows the best value for the money. First impressions are critical, and since 9...

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS MATTER

Your home’s been inspected. You might have done some repairs or, at the least, you now can fully disclose your property’s condition. You’ve had a staging consultation and your home is spruced up and finally ready for photos. Pictures truly are worth a thousand words....

SHOULD YOU GET A HOME WARRANTY?

I think in most cases, yes. When you are buying a home, it’s nice to have a little peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong with your HVAC, water heater, oven, etc., you have an inexpensive recourse to get things repaired. In some cases, home sellers will...

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