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First before we dive in, I’d like to make a disclaimer- that it is always up to the seller or buyer if they want to be involved in a real estate transaction during this crazy time. I am not recommending to do or not do real estate during this state of emergency. You should always do what’s right for you and obey the government mandatory rules. I am not crossing those lines. The below post is only a discussion of ideas that I’ve created that may be of value to someone who still wants to be involved in real estate during these times.


This past week I decided to cancel all of my in person meetings, listing appointments and showings as an effort to keep my clients and my family safe. So there I was, bummed out-pondering on how I should change my real estate business to better help my clients needs and while keeping people safe at the same time. So I asked myself this question: " How do I do real estate and the quarantine for the coronavirus ( covid 19 ) at the same time ?" Then it hit me after I read all of the regulations. It basically comes down to that we agents have to follow the same rules as everyone else.


With that said, let’s briefly go over 3 key things that we need to remember:


1. Real Estate industry professionals are not exempt from the state/county/country lockdown.

2. We must also practice social distancing.

3. We are being asked to stop all in person marketing, showings, listing appointment, open houses and property inspections.

Based on those few orders, I have researched and restructured my business around it, allowing me to find solutions that allow me to operate as normal.


There was only one option that came to mind and that was this-


LET’S GO DIGITAL!


We all have technology at the end of our fingertips enough to help us get through this crazy time. We have computers, the Internet, smart phones, social media, online meeting rooms, digital ads and so much more.

However, there are two scenarios for sellers, which are occupied and vacant. Occupied means the seller is living in the home. Vacant means the seller does not.


SELLERS-

OCCUPIED


Sellers that ARE living at the home while they are selling will be easier conduct digital showings as they will be there to assist us agents. We can conduct live or recorded video showings with smart phone/webcam/or professional photography to conduct digital video open houses. This will allow us to operate and show the home without risking any contact.

Meetings are possible by phone, video chat, or online meeting rooms.


SELLERS-

VACANT


Sellers that are NOT living at the home or not home is a little more challenging but not impossible. There is a solution for this as well. If the seller doesn’t have an assistant or someone locally that can help out, the agent may be allowed to maintain continuity of operation as needed as long as we still following the rules of social distancing (at your own discretion). So the agent or a team member may be able to host the digital recorded or live showings with a smart phone/webcam/or professional photography without having to risk exposure or contact.

Meetings are possible by phone, video chat, or online meeting rooms.


MY FAVORITE SOLUTION


If professional photography and video is out of the question;

Have the seller or sellers assistant take good pictures and a video walkthrough that you can send to the buyers. Edit them to brighten it up (if you don’t know how, use an online service) or ask someone you know that can. Using a pre-recorded video will reduce risk and allow you to use it in order to market the property to the buyers digitally.


BUYERS


Even though we can’t meet in person at this time, we can meet in an online meeting room where we can video chat (skype, zoom, etc) or a phone call. If you’re not a cash buyer, you can still get pre-qualified online and send your approval letter or proof of income through a secure email or secure signing service that allows you to upload and share documents (ie: docusign). Also, the interest rates are low and this is a great time for buyers to buy.



I would like to end this by saying that I hope that both you/your families are all taking this as serious as I am in my business and personal life. I hope you stay well and take care. Hopefully by us staying at home or practicing social distancing, we can reduce the amount of time we are in lock down and return to life as normal.

Also, I didn’t go into detail my full digital and direct mail marketing strategy as it is a part of my unique selling proposition. So if you are a seller and we get to work together, I will be sharing it with you.


Please note: I am in California and realize that your restrictions may be different from state to state, county, or country. This based on my personal experience and not to be taken as legal advice.


I hope this is helpful to you and/or family. Please comment and feel free to share this or send me a message if you have any questions. -Jason



6 SIMPLE TIPS TO GET READY TO LIST YOUR HOME AND SELL FASTER #02

CONGRATS! You have decided to get ready and list your home. Whether your moving for a job, downsizing, trying to make extra cash or for any reason. You have made the decision to sell your home. Whatever the reason is, you should consider these tips and it just might help you sell your home faster.


1. DECLUTTER

I know this might be upsetting to some because it requires extra work. But you are going to pack when you move anyway, right? So it's not a bad idea to get a head start.


Decluttering your home by getting rid of or storing any of your unneeded items will help your sale. Buyers need to envision themselves living in your home and most likely the buyers will have a different taste than your family. Consider taking down and hiding any personal items (pictures, kids artwork, medication, tooth brushes, clothes hampers, shoes, jewelry) and storing them in cabinets, your garage or a storage unit. Other items include cat litter boxes, unused or damaged furniture, posters, refrigerator magnets, calendars, loose paperwork, dog cages (move in/out before showings), plastic over furniture, doll or collections of any kind, etc. The less stuff you have in your home will make it easier for your buyers to imagine their life in your home before they buy. This topic is one the best tips I can mention to you, that is not only necessary but also economical.


2. DEEP CLEANING

After decluttering your home, make sure to give your house a nice deep cleaning. A clean home makes the buyers feel warm and comfortable. A dirty home may make them think the home isn't worth as much as it is. The idea is to also increase the perceived value of your home by making it appear to be well taken care of.


You can hire someone or do it yourself. It is up to you how you want to do it. When I say deep cleaning this is what I mean-clean or replace the carpet, polish the hardwood or steam the stone floors, wipe the oily dirt off of light switches, clean shows, bath tubs, toilets, wipe counter tops, wipe window seals, even scrub the tile and tub, consider re-caulking the tub and dirty tiles. Wait, there's more... Also, consider wiping down all mirrors, windows, shower doors, dust, dust on plants, and dust on air vents.

After you are done, take a deep breath because the hard part of the cleaning is done. All you need to do now is maintain the cleanliness until you the home sells before showings and open houses.


3. YARDWORK

Some homes don't have a yard or are maintained by the community HOA or by your yard care professional. If that is you, go ahead and skip to the next one.

Yardwork goes hand and hand with the 'curb-appeal' of your home.

The first thing people see is the front of your home and yard. So the chances of them going into your home is increased depending by the level of maintenance that has gone into it. If the yards are overgrown, weeding, malnourished and unkept, a buyer may not even get out of the car, as they may think it reflects the inside of the house.


The yard goes hand-in-hand with the feeling or vibe the home gives the buyer. If the yards are overgrown or flowing with weeds, and/or full of leaves be sure to pull the weeds, rake and mow the yards once a week. Try to repatch the dead parts in the grass or reseed it. If that doesn't work, consider to replace the dead patches with sod. For homes with the more of the Arizona (desert style) yards, make sure weeds are pulled, the plants are watered and the dirt is raked. For both yard styles, fill in any potholes. If you have outdoor animals, it is helpful to keep the droppings picked up and properly disposed of. If you have filthy concrete driveways, walkways or stone. You may want to consider pressure washing them to bring them back to life.

Keep your yards maintained and it just might help you increase the number of buyer that will walk through your home. The more people that walk through your doors, the better the chance you will have multiple offers.


4. MINOR REPAIRS

You might find that your honey-do-list has been postponed due to a busy lifestyle or other life events. That's okay, however, some buyers may feel the need to knick-pick every defect they see. Their agent may be even more knick-picky, as they are working hard to find them the best deal. Even though may not saying anything out loud, they are more than likely thinking about it and writing mental notes down in the head.


Take a walk around the home and look for every cosmetic issue. Look for holes in the walls, doors, ripped window screens, bent or broken blinds, chipped paint, cracked tile, scratches or tears in the floor and similar issues. A lot of times you may have hung different things on the wall or accidently pushed hole into the wall. Typically, these things can be fixed by a simple trip to your hardware store.

For more complex issues, I would consider getting quotes from a handyman.


5. NEW PAINT, FRESH LOOK

Even if you've only lived in your home for a couple years, you may have noticed that your paint starts to fade, get dirty, chip or fall out of style. By touching it up or repainting your home thoroughly, it will help brighten your home up and restore its galore. You may even be able to do this yourself by taking a quick trip to the hardware store and picking up a few gallons of paint. If you are willing and able, do-it-yourself can help you save a good chunk of money.


It is necessary to repaint both the inside and outside. However, outside the home you may be able to get away with a light pressure washing to wash away any dirt or built up debris on the home. When considering paint color choices try to stick to simple light or bright colors. Light grays, white and pops of color are usually the most desirable. This will help your home appear cleaner, larger and easier to imagine customizing. I would recommend looking at the newer developments or newly renovated homes in your area online to get an idea of what they are doing.


6 BONUS POINTS

Alright, so maybe you've done all of the above or you've already moved out your home or you are staying with family/friends.

Well, you may want to consider staging your home with furniture. Think of it this way, your home is a blank canvas and deserves to be complimented by "artwork." You can do this yourself by researching your local home staging companies or your agent should be able to refer you to some. Some staging companies are very willing to work with you on customization and cost.


If you want to be creative, you might be able to get away with working with one of your local furniture consignment stores and adding the staging into sale of the home. They might be excited to do this as some of their furnishings take a long time to sell.

Word of advice- when staging the home with custom staging or even your own furnishings, it's always a good idea to keep it simple and try to use contemporary/modern style furnishings with bright pops of color. Also, less is more--don't clutter the area with furnishings that are too large for the area or take up the entire space. You want the buyer to imagine themselves in the space. Neutral dark or light colored furniture is ideal. However, it's always a good idea to get a consultation with a staging pro when deciding what style is best fitting for your home. Some realtors may be able to advise you on this as well so don't be afraid to ask for a professional opinion. If doing-it-yourself--look online for current trends and in home magazines for examples.


In my opinion, I think it's essential to follow these steps in order to help increase the volume of buyers that walk through your home and become impressed enough to write an offer. If your home appears and is in better condition than the competition, you will have created a commodity to buyers.


I hope this has helped you with your selling needs. Feel free to share this and send me a message if you have any questions. -Jason


Updated: Mar 11

10 Ways You Know This Is The Right Home For You #01


You might be thinking, how do I know this home is the right fit for me or my family?

Well, I've put together a guide to help you decide if the home is the best fit.

First, I'd like to mention that it's not always easy to envision yourself in a new home because it may be scary that you will be committing to one of the most expensive financial assets in your life and that is a big decision.

I think this guide may help you see yourself in the home a little easier.


1. Curb Appeal?

Does the home feel inviting when you pull up to it. Are you asking yourself, "I want to go inside this one!"? If so, that is a good sign. Take a leap of faith and walk in.


2. The feeling walking in...

Seriously! When you walk in, how do you feel about the presence of the home. Does it feel warm and comforting (I'm not talking about the weather or the inside temp)? Trust me, some homes feel dense, cold and awkward. If the home feels warm and you are comfortable, you are on the right track to making the next step into the rest of the house.


3.Bathrooms are weird.

Yes, it is weird to walk into a new bathroom for the first time! For most homes anyway! However, you may find yourself walking in because of the wonderful features. Does the bathroom feel inviting or do you just want to poke your head in and get a good look instead of walking in? If you are drawn in by that double vanity or marble countertop, then it’s probably a huge contender.


4. Are you feeling protective of the house?

Yes it happens! That’s a good sign! You might notice your agent is pointing out all the defects, chipped paint, damaged floorboards, unclean carpet and so on. But you’re not having it and you are defending the house by all means. Well, you might be falling in love with the home…


5. Your Furnished Imagination

Now you are walking into all of the rooms and are visually imagining the furniture placement. You are imagining yourself moving into the space, how it would look and feel being there. You see where you would put your favorite reading chair, couch, table and so on. You have decided you could see yourself living there.


6. Your wish list.

Does the home check off the majority of the boxes from your wish list? Besides the basic needs of a home, most properties won’t have everything you need in a home. But does the home check most of the boxes off of your list? Maybe it has all of the bedrooms and space that you need but it doesn’t have a double vanity sink in the guest bathroom. However, you realize you don’t need the double vanity just yet and can wait to put one in. This might be the one.


7. You took a selfie and sent it.

You can’t wait to show and tell your friends. So you are taking pictures with and of the home. You have dedicated snapping a selfie of yourself in the kitchen, master and bathroom. As soon as you get back to the car you start sending you’re friends and family pictures of the home. Is it the winner?


8. Love at first sight.

Well, you’ve found it and you haven’t seen anything like it. The other homes you’ve seen don’t even compare. You feel ready to stop looking at the other homes, as they don’t measure up to this one at all. Are you ready to write an offer?


9. Wanting the second date.

You got back in the car and are starting to drive away but you already want to go back. That means you want it and you may consider asking your agent to send you the disclosures to write an offer. The home might not be there by the time you go back.


10. Time is of the essence.

You may be concerned that the house may be gone by the time you get a chance to go back and see it. In most housing markets, it is competitive and homes can go under contract very quickly. You may want to consider asking your agent to send over the paperwork so you can write an offer and not take the chance of losing the property. A strong offer is close or over the list price.


I hope you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share. -Jason