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4 Reasons to List Your Home in the Fall

by Ashlie DuCros

You’ve likely heard that summer is the peak selling season. But listing in the fall has its advantages, too! Here are four top reasons to list your home this fall:

 


It typically takes one to two months from signing a purchase agreement to closing, so sellers wishing to sell their home before the calendar year ends need to consider listing in October. This is particularly helpful if you’ve already purchased a home and want to finish the year with a level balance sheet.


 Buyers who shop in the fall months are often more serious than spring and summer buyers. Many spring and summer buyers will buy if they can close before the school year starts, but the impetus for fall buyers is usually more immediate, like a job relocation or a changing family. This means deals are more likely to close and you’re less likely to be hassled by showing the home to unmotivated buyers.

 

 The busiest time of year for real estate professionals is summer. Sellers who list in summer have to compete for time with their agent, lenders and inspectors who juggles multiple clients during the peak summer months. Selling in fall means your agent can devote their full attention to marketing and selling your home.

 

 Boost your home’s appeal by making it feel like a cozy home. Tasteful fall décor like wreaths, pumpkins and festive centerpieces can help buyers picture their families in your home.
 

Have questions about listing your home this season? Contact me for more information! 714.743.9778 or ashlie@ashlieducros.com

How To Sell Your Home Quickly

by Ashlie DuCros

Statistics prove that buyers decide whether they want to buy a house in the first 30 seconds. First impressions are everything. Your buyer is shopping for a dream and if your home is not selling that dream, your buyer will be out the door and the offer never comes.

A few simple tricks can do wonders to any home and help sell them quicker.

DECLUTTER
When you decide to sell, you need to remove yourself emotionally from your home. It is not yours anymore, it is the Buyer’s. It’s time to go through everything you own and decide if you want to take them with you to your new home. If not, toss them. Anything that made the cut, box them and put them into storage. When professional staging companies visit a property, often they remove as much as 50% of the owners’ furniture.

CLEAN
It’s time for a thorough clean. Focus on floors, bathrooms and kitchen appliances; have a professional oven cleaner do their magic and completely revive your old, greasy oven. Nothing turns off people more than moldy, lime scaled, dirty bathrooms. Bicarbonate of soda can completely transform and remove old lime scale from shower doors and from basins and taps. Wash doors and windows, inside and out.

DECORATE
Whereas your favorite colors are part of your personality, homes with neutral, muted colors sell best. They don’t need to be bland and beige. You can still use your favorite colors on your walls, just try and choose the palest version of them. Rooms that are painted in the same colors and tones flow better, making the space light, airy and more spacious. Repaint skirting boards and door frames.

STAGE
Furniture placed next to the walls to make the space bigger is actually a myth. Grouping them together forms a cozy space which helps the room flow better. Keep as little personal items on display as possible. Don’t forget, you’re selling the Buyers their lifestyle, not yours. Clean linens and towels in the bathroom are vital. They help create that crisp, hotel look that most buyers look for.

The interior of your home only matters if the exterior is not neglected. A smart front is what can make viewers excited or turn them off completely, even before they set foot in your home. Your greenery should be freshly cut and pruned and well maintained. If you can, give a new coat of paint to your front door and a new door mat is an inexpensive way to give you maximum curb appeal.


Call me if you're thinking about selling and I'll help you t
urn your sale into a success by staging your home to its best potential!

Orange County Housing Update :: Autumn 2016

by Ashlie DuCros

The Orange County housing market is quickly evolving as it enters the Autumn season.

In the coming weeks, you will hear and see many headlines exclaiming that “The housing markets is slowing! Homes are starting to sit on the market longer!” But don’t worry, this is actually a cyclical phenomenon we experience every year. 

It’s called AUTUMN

Housing generally shifts gears now that the kids are back in school because it’s not the most advantageous time of year to move. There are fewer sellers coming on the market. Many sellers who were unsuccessful during the Spring and Summer markets will decide to throw in the towel and pull their homes off of the market completely making the active listing inventory drop for the remainder of the year.



SELLERS
The number of buyers in the marketplace drops as well. With fewer homes coming on the market, that means there are fewer choices for buyers. 

However, sellers need to be wary of not overpricing because of low inventory. It is the season where everybody is a bit more price sensitive. Price according to the most recent comparable pending and closed sales and most homes fly off the market, even during the Autumn and Holiday markets.

 

BUYERS
The slower market does not mean that buyers can get a big “deal” during this time of the year. There are still not enough homes on the market and demand is HOT. With interest rates remaining below 4% and not looking to change much in the near future, Orange County will continue to experience a seller’s market.



JUST THE FACTS:

  • The average list price for all of Orange County is $1.5 million. 

  • There are 19% fewer homes on the market below $500,000 compared to last year at this time and demand is down by 10% as well. As home values continue to rise, this range is slowly vanishing.​ 

  • Distressed homes, both short sales and foreclosures combined, make up only 1.9% of all listings and 3% of demand. ​

  • There were 2,820 closed sales in July, a 9% drop from June and 13% fewer than last year’s 3,243 closings. ​

  • The expected market time for all homes in Orange County increased from 75 to 77 days in the past couple of weeks, a slight seller’s market​. For luxury homes priced between $1 million to $1.5 million, the expected market time is at 116 days, increasing slightly by 2 days in the past couple of weeks. ​

 

If you're thinking about making a move, call me today to discuss the value of your home. Don't wait to take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market!

 

 

 

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Enter today for a chance to win at www.coldwellbankergiveaway.com/ashlieducros
 
​*Data tabulated from CRMLS. 

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