I personally measure all of my listings and compare my findings to the county records. In the past I have found a significant difference between my numbers and the county's that needed to be reported to the county. The county appeared to be very receptive and did send an inspector out to verify my measurements. The home's assessed value was changed which resulted in reduced property taxes for the owner.
When you list with me you should expect quality pictures. All of my photos are edited through a photo shop process. It shocks me to see how many Realtors try to get by with photos taken with a low quality cell phone. I will also set up interior lighting to help balance the light from the windows with the interior lighting. Have you noticed many of the MLS photos have bleached out windows.
Reviewing the Offer To Purchase
The owners and I will review the Offer To Purchase Agreement. It is critical that all parties understand the terms and conditions that are in the contract. Most of the Buyers and Sellers are not familiar with the NC Due Diligence Period process. Having nearly 10 years of mortgage experiences has actually helped me bring deals together that the Lender's Loan Officers were struggling with.
Over the years I have tried many different methods of advertising a new listing. Postcard mailings are just another method of getting the word out to the neighbors. I'm hoping they know someone who would like to move into their neighborhood. Quite often someone in that neighborhood is looking for a home with either more or less space.
Your Home's Asking Price
Sellers should expect a very detailed market analysis that is heavy into the numbers and trends. I like to go back to before the market crash of 2007 to get a greater understanding of a specific neighborhood. We look at the number of annual sales during this extended period of time as well as the impact on the price per square foot. We also look at the current competition in our chosen price range. Given the current absorption rate how is our listing positioned in the market. What advantages do we have and what problems will we have? This analysis is NOT one of those MLS quickie printouts. I do more than fill in some parameters and then push a button. I use my training as a financial analyst, corporate controller and accountant to let the numbers tell the story.
Using blueprint software I will create the home's floor plan. Every room is measured and labeled. Approximate dimensions are shown to assist a buyer. It is important that buyers searching the internet are able to understand more about the home than just a presentation of data, measurements and photos.
The floor plan also helps a buyer remember a home after they have had a long day of touring homes with their realtor. Have you ever looked at a large number of homes only to find it difficult to remember details about many of the homes you have seen? A floor plan along with pictures would certainly become helpful.