HomeDiary Home Selling Tips

Posted by Gerry Zagorski on Sep 26, 2018 5:26:47 PM

Selling My Home Tips

Looking to sell your home? Here are some tips and food for thought.  Based on recent National Association of REALTORS research, about 2/3rds of both buyers and sellers interview ONE agent.  Buying or selling a home is a huge decision, make sure you go with someone that will help you through the process, including providing the right kind of marketing, if selling.
  • Interview three and hire a full time real estate professional who specializes in your immediate market area and ask them to share with you what their plan is to market and eventually sell your home. You want specifics here no ambiguity… If it needs staging is that something you can expect from them, will they use a professional photographer, how do they intend to market the listing online. What is unique about what they are offering.
  • Marketing aside, you also need a personality fit. How close does the agent’s personality line up with yours. After all this is going to be a process with a lot of twists and turns along the way and you need to be sure there is an alignment here.
  • What are your preferred communication methods and make them know to the agent … Phone call, text message, emails.
  • Google agents ahead of time, do they have a website, are they part of a larger team, how are they marketing their listings, do they have any testimonials, how many active or sold listings do they have. All these things or lack thereof are a good indicators of their experience and how successful they’ll be in selling your home.
  • Ask for references
  • Have certain goals in mind ahead of time… Are you looking for a quick sale or are your prepared to do some work and take or take the time to wait and get the maximum value of your home… The condition of the home and the price you and your agent set has a lot to do with how quickly it sells….
  • No contingencies are best. If you want to sell your home as quickly as possible and for the highest price you need to try and remove any contingencies on your end of the sale. As an example if you need to find a home before you sell your home don’t make that a contingency of the sale… Start your home search now and list your home after you’ve found your new home
  • Pricing of your home is perhaps the most important aspect of the sale so you need to take your emotions out of the equation and price the home correctly. This is where a professional real estate agent comes in and does a thorough evaluation for you based on comparison sales in the area. If you want to sell your home you need to accept the fact that the price is not based on how much you paid for it, how much you owe on it or what you think it’s worth. It’s the value the market places on it and what the home will appraise for. There might be a few buyers who have a special attachment to your home and might be willing to pay more but chances are the mortgage company will only lend up to the appraised value so unless they come up with cash they won’t be able to purchase it. If you still feel your home is worth more than the agents says it is then be prepared to prove it with facts, not fiction.
  • Help your agent help you…. You want your home to stand out from others and one way to do that is use the HomeDiary service to document repairs and improvements you’ve made. A new HVAC system or roof is a key selling point and can make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Think of it as a carfax for the home… If you were buying a used car you’d want a carfax, right? No difference here and a lot more dollars and long term ramifications at stake.
  • Are you selling your home as is or are you willing to make concessions on the price subject to the findings of the buyers home inspection. If the answer is subject to a buyers home inspection then you might consider having a pre-inspection done to uncover anything that may need repair prior to the buyers home inspection. This will speed up the process and make negotiations go smoother.
  • Home Warranties are a nice value added feature as well which gives the buyers protection for unforeseen issues.. They are surprisingly affordable, are usually paid monthly so the cost can be assumed and transferred to the new buyer… You can purchase one just prior to the sale so not a lot of costs to you, yet it affords additional protection to the buyer.What are the things you can do to improve your home prior to the sale that will make your home more attractive and increase the value and more then offset the cost of the improvement? https://www.hgtv.com/design/real-estate/top-home-updates-that-pay-off-pictures

To reinforce the right things to do, let’s talk about the the most common mistakes people make when selling a home.

  • Once you’ve decided to sell set your emotions aside. You need to think objectively about what your home is worth and try to see it through a buyers lens.
  • Don’t price your home too high, if you do your risk letting it sit on the market and people will wonder if there’s something wrong keeping it from selling. You’re eventually go to wind up with the market price anyway so why not start there.. If anything, you might even think about pricing it lower to generate more interest and offers and create a potential bidding war.
  • Don’t make needed repairs after you list. Buyers get turned off by neglected homes and that could mean less interest and or lower offers. You’ll eventually end up paying for these repairs anyway.. You’ll either have to reduce your price to cover the repairs or pay for the repairs yourself, so why not take care of them before you list.
  • Make sure your home is always accessible and show ready… This will be important to do before it’s professionally photographed and for showings. Photography is what will get them to come to your home in the first place and showings will make them stay so you want to be ready and make your home show ready and accessible at all times.
  • Don’t overlook curb appeal since you never get a second chance to make first impression. Many buyers won’t even consider looking inside the home if the outside is a mess. Keep up with lawn, trim or remove overgrown hedges and spruce things up to make them want to see the inside.
  • Don’t let real estate commissions stop you from using a professional real estate agent…Unbenounced to most, commissions are in fact negotiable and your mission is to find the right agent to work with at a fair commission rate. The rate should be directly proportional to the time, money, experience and effort they put into marketing, negotiating and orchestrating the closing of your home. All these can be daunting tasks to take on yourself if you aren’t familiar with or have the stomach for them .Pay a professional who does this for a living just like you’d pay an accountant to do your taxes, a doctor to treat an illness or a mechanic to fix your car. The experience a productive full time agent brings to the table is worth every penny. If it weren’t, most would be selling their homes themselves.

Topics: selling your home, how to sell your home

Convert an Appraisal Sketch into a 3D Plan

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 5:13:13 PM

If you bought a home and got a loan, you most likely got an appraisal. Well, within the appraisal is a to scale floor plan layout. This can be used as a great starting point to create a 3D floor plan for your home.

View a video on how to create some 3D magic.

Convert this boring looking appraisal plan into 3D:
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In the future, you will be able to generate a 3D rendered image like this! Stay tuned!
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Topics: 3d spaceplanner, 3D scan, 3d floor planner, 3d floorplanner

Announcing Home Pro Sponsor Cards – invite your clients to HomeDiary

Posted by Michael Rahmn on Sep 26, 2018 5:11:24 PM

We are excited to announce a new way for Home Pro's to stay in touch with clients and help spread the word about HomeDiary. Home Pro's can now invite people they know or have done business with to HomeDiary.

  1. For Home Pro's: This puts your contact info within easy reach of your clients by creating a contact card. If you ever change email, phone numbers, or companies, you can update your card and it will be automatically updated for anyone you've invited.

  2. For Homeowners: Your Home Pro's contact information is within easy reach if you have follow up questions or want advice on other pro's or services they might recommend (real estate agents are a great resource for recommending other Home Pro's — just ask!).

Important NOTE for Homeowners: Your HomeDiary is private by default. Nobody besides you has access to the information in your account unless you explicitly share it. Using the invite link to sign up simply populates a contact card in your list of Home Pros.

See our Help Video on inviting your clients

Or - Here's how it works in 4 steps

  1. Create a HomeDiary account
  2. Add a HomePro sponsor card to your profile
  3. Copy / paste the invite link
  4. Send the invite

Create your own account

https://homediary.com/signup

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Add a Home Pro Profile

Got to your profile page:
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Expand the HomePro section:
homePro

Fill in your profile:
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Be sure to hit save.

Once you hit save, you'll see an Invite Link section appear. Clicking in the box will highlight the descriptive text as well as your unique invite URL.

Copy this to your clipboard (File > Copy, or the shortcut appropriate for your device).

link

Send the Invite

You can paste the code into an email, Facebook or other social media. Feel free to re-write it in your own words. The important part to keep in tact is the invite code:

Here's what it looks like:

https://homediary.com/invite/yourcodehere

The last bit — "yourcodehere" — will be unique to you. Use that URL anywhere you'd like to to invite others to HomeDiary.

If you would like some eye candy to go along with your email, just right click on this image and "Save as" an image on your computer, then upload it into your email blast.
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Topics: home inventory, home automation, homeowners insurance, 3d spaceplanner, homeownership lifecycle, home pro sponsor

HomeDiary Help Videos

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 5:08:14 PM

Please check out our videos on various topics related to the HomeDiary website for homeowners, and the awesome tools available for free!

How to bookmark HomeDiary.com to your iPhone screen

How to use the Timeline

How to use Ideas

How to use Home Inventory

How to use 3D Spaces

Convert your Appraisal Sketch into an amazing to scale 3D Model

Home Pros - Get Free Sponsorship on your client's HomeDiaries!

Topics: homedairy, home automation, 3d spaceplanner, 3d space designer, home inventory

HomeDiary Keynote

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 5:06:18 PM

Check out the video of Kris Cone, CEO/Co-Founder of HomeDiary describe the HomeDiary platform at the National Association of Realtors REach Demo Day.

Topics: HomeDiary pro, home automation, 3D tours

How to Solve the WiFi pain in the A$&!

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 4:57:11 PM

This is the first of my posts associated with different technology for the home. I am an early adopter. I have 2 Nest Thermostats, a Nest Protect, a Nest Cam, a Rachio Smarter sprinkler Controller and several WeMo light switches. Oh, and an Amazon Echo and a Logitech Harmony Remote.

Anyway, We have a pretty big house - some 5300 square feet, and it is kind of long and irregular shaped. Our WiFi router is in my office which is at one end of the house. Needless to say, with 2 levels and lots of angles with 2 staircases, this home is a nightmare for WiFi.

Well, for Christmas I decided to give the gift that keeps on giving - whole house WiFi! I bought the Orbi Home Wifi System by Netgear and gave it as an early Christmas gift. I admit I was a bit skeptical of these "WiFi Systems" (others include eero, Luma and Google WiFi has one too).

After all, how was it that different than the $60 range extender I have....why would I need a $400 system???

Orbi Home WiFi System by NETGEAR.

(affiliate link)

All I can say is WOW.

My kids and wife used to complain that the WiFi sucked. Can't get it in our bedroom, or living room, or even the kitchen. Endless buffering. And this is after I installed a WiFi range extender that was supposed to help. It didn't.

The Orbi is different because it creates its own WiFi network that more efficiently distributes the signal throughout my house. The Tri-Band Mesh WiFi creates a dedicated wireless connection between the Orbi Router and Satellite delivering the fastest Internet speeds, similar to a wired Ethernet connection. I am not exactly sure what the Mesh WiFi is or how it works, all I know is it works. After doing the install with the satellite placed upstairs in the hallway on a desk, which took maybe 15 minutes, here are the results for download speeds (my uploads are capped at 10 mbps).

  • My office - 195 mbps
  • Family room - 190 mbps
  • Kitchen - 75 mbps
  • Dining room 50 mbps (towards the end of the house)
  • Living room - 162 mbps (furthest away from my office)!!!
  • Master bedroom - 50 mbps

In other words, I have a strong signal everywhere! Anything over 20 mbps is good.

There are other options out there, including Google's cheaper version, but I am happy with the Orbi I bought. And while it says it covers 4000 sq ft, the 2 units I have are doing just fine with my 5000+ home. You can add on another satellite if you need it. Pretty cool and can help you maybe alleviate some frustration too!

Enjoy!

Topics: wifi house system, home automation

Disaster Recovery: How To Be Prepared For When The Insurance Man Cometh

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 4:53:10 PM
The Homeowner's Guide To Disaster Preparedness.


“LOS ANGELES — With thick plumes of smoke, towering flames and mass evacuations, a fast-moving wildfire struck one of America’s major cities on Wednesday.
As fires raged out of control across Southern California, a new blaze erupted in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, near iconic landmarks like the U.C.L.A. campus and the Getty Museum, home to old masters paintings and ancient Roman statues.
Forty miles to the northwest, the largest of several fires underway had consumed 90,000 acres by Wednesday night and at least 150 structures — probably hundreds more, fire officials said — and threatened 12,000 others in the city of Ventura and neighboring communities, and was 5 percent contained. Other major fires were burning in the northern San Fernando Valley and the rugged region north of Los Angeles.” (The New York Times, 2017)

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There have been any number of disasters since, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. These calamities can leave a homeowner feeling uprooted, both emotionally and financially. Victims may still be trying to process the emotional burden of the event, while being bombarded with additional worries such as the condition of their home and belongings. Or, how do they replace all of their damaged documents?

Perhaps the biggest question of all, is where to start.
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For many property victims, the bureaucratic anquish of negotiating with an insurance adjuster can be as stressful as the natural disaster itself. Endless requests for documentation, photos, and paperwork, can slow down the payouts. In fact, Some homeowners are often so worn down from the process that they negotiate smaller settlements than they should.

It is important to safety store critical documents. How would you start over if the deed to your house, your birth certificate, or military records were demolished or washed away?

Collecting, recording, and preparing your important papers, photos, and documents can bring you an immense amount of relief, with really little effort.

Of note, 75% of homeowners DO NOT have any system or documentation in place of what is in their home. Battling insurance companies after a disaster strikes won’t be so foreboding if you consider these simple tips.
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1. Check with your insurance company on the types of documents they may require to process claims and quote policy deductibles.

2. Take photos of the items you’ve acquired over the years, like art, electronics, furniture, and jewelry. It might be difficult to replace them without a good home inventory. This inventory needs to include descriptions, photos, serial numbers, and receipts.

3. An online home inventory service, HomeDiary.com, is just the sort of app you need to help you go room to room to catalogue and document your items.

If you’re well documented, you are going to have a much easier time when it comes to negotiating with your insurance company.

Topics: insurance documentation, disaster preparedness, homeowners insurance

How Virtual Reality Tours Can Help You Sell Your Home

Posted by Kris Cone on Sep 26, 2018 4:50:07 PM
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Technology is changing the way we market, inspect, buy, and sell homes. Coldwell Banker’s 2018 Smart Home Marketplace survey reveals insights on how smart home tech and VR (Virtual Reality) are set to benefit consumers in a myriad of ways.

What is VR? It is an artificial, computer-generated environment that you experience as if you were inside the image. Put on a virtual reality headset and you can go on a tour of a home without ever setting foot inside the door. As far as the selling process with VR, distance doesn’t matter. You can offer the same experience to a client in the United States and a client in Hong Kong.

In VR, you may find yourself in a movie film you’re watching, or in the kitchen cooking with your favorite chef. Simply put, VR creates an illusion of depth. So if you are in a Georgian home and you want to check out the fireplace, merely turning your head to the side will bring the centerpiece of the room into view. With a VR headset, prospective buyers can move around the house and get a feel for how the space flows and how the rooms link together. They can explore all of the details that may be missed on a photograph and get a much better idea of room sizes and ceiling heights.

One problem that has plagued real estate agents for decades is that an empty home is a difficult sell. Without furniture and all of the other little touches that turn a house into a home it can be very difficult for a potential buyer to imagine themselves living in a particular property. With technology, the virtual solution solves this dilemma. Now ‘staging’ a home, just got less expensive and easier than lugging in actual pieces of furniture to fill a home when it’s open for inspection.

Coldwell Banker’s Survey included responses from 3,000 adults and revealed that:

--77% of homebuyers would like virtual reality tours before seeing the listing in person

--68% would like to use technology to see how their current furniture would actually look in a new home

Further, 62% of Americans said they would be more apt to go with a real estate agent, that offered VR Tours over an agent who did not.

When it comes to Smart Home products that could make or break a sale, the table below shows a percentage of Americans who already own, or plan to purchase, Smart Home products.

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*The most desirable smart home tools. Source: Coldwell Banker

The following Smart Home Products were picked by respondents to be the most important pre-install in a listing:

Smart Thermostat - 77%
Smart Fire Detector - 75%
Smart Cardon Monodie Detector - 70%
Smart Camera - 66%
Smart Lock - 63%
Smart Lighting System - 63%


While some of the changes expected to hit real estate technology may be a decade out to be fully felt, the movement is taking steps forward every day. Virtual Reality has proven its worth and it won’t be long before it transforms the property-buying experience for home buyers all over the world.

Topics: FloorPlanOnline Virtual Tour, virtual tours, 3D tours

Announcing Home Pro Sponsor Cards – invite your current, past and future clients to HomeDiary

Posted by Michael Rahmn on Aug 30, 2018 10:57:29 AM

We are excited to announce a new way for Home Pro's to stay in touch with clients and help spread the word about HomeDiary. Home Pro's can now invite people they know or have done business with to HomeDiary.

  1. For Home Pro's: This puts your contact info within easy reach of your clients by creating a contact card. If you ever change email, phone numbers, or companies, you can update your card and it will be automatically updated for anyone you've invited.
  2. For Homeowners: Your Home Pro's contact information is within easy reach if you have follow up questions or want advice on other pro's or services they might recommend (real estate agents are a great resource for recommending other Home Pro's — just ask!).

Important NOTE for Homeowners: Your HomeDiary is private by default. Nobody besides you has access to the information in your account unless you explicitly share it. Using the invite link to sign up simply populates a contact card in your list of Home Pros.

See our Help Video on inviting your clients


Or - Here's how it works in 4 steps

  1. Create a HomeDiary account
  2. Add a HomePro sponsor card to your profile
  3. Copy / paste the invite link
  4. Send the invite

Create your own account

https://homediary.com/signup

 

account

 

Add a Home Pro Profile

Got to your profile page:

 

profile

 

Expand the HomePro section:

 

 

Fill in your profile:

 

 

Be sure to hit save.

Copy / Paste link

Once you hit save, you'll see an Invite Link section appear. Clicking in the box will highlight the descriptive text as well as your unique invite URL.

Copy this to your clipboard (File > Copy, or the shortcut appropriate for your device).

 

link

 

Send the Invite

You can paste the code into an email, Facebook or other social media. Feel free to re-write it in your own words. The important part to keep in tact is the invite code:

Here's what it looks like:

https://homediary.com/invite/yourcodehere

The last bit — "yourcodehere" — will be unique to you. Use that URL anywhere you'd like to to invite others to HomeDiary.

If you would like some eye candy to go along with your email, just right click on this image and "Save as" an image on your computer, then upload it into your email blast!

 

 

 

Every Home Has a Story To Tell: The Hedges

Posted by Heather Elias on Aug 29, 2018 3:28:46 PM

Tucked just at the edge of the Redmond Watershed Preserve, the private retreat on 205th Pl is a home that feels like a vacation oasis. Built in 2006 on a private .6 acre lot, the estate is a Stephen D. Smith custom home with luxury touches and exceptional design. Best of all, the home is in The Hedges, an exclusive neighborhood of very private, very high end custom homes with access to the Bear Creek horse, bike, and walking trails.

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When you are marketing an exceptional home, how do you bring it to life for those that are seeing it for the first time online? What quickens your pulse about a home? Is it the way the photos open up to show the breadth of the spaces in the home? Do you like to meander through a 3D tour to get a feel for the flow? Or do you like to sit back and be guided through with a well-crafted video?

And how should all of those pieces fit together so that you can truly tell the story of the home to entrance and delight potential buyers, so they can imagine what their life would be like in this home?

Now, you can use The Story to bring your listing to life. Tying together all of your visual media, you’ll appeal to your potential homebuyer whether they prefer photos, video, or 3D tour. Or, perhaps they just want to see the floor plan layout to understand how their family will actually live in the home. All the content is beautifully designed and organized to provide a true online home preview experience.

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Chris Howlett of Windermere Real Estate listed that home on 205th place and utilized The Story to visually present the home. The estate was priced over $2 million and went under contract after only 4 days on the market. Take a peek at the full story here: http://floorplanonline.com/story/261333

"Our goal is to showcase a client's home with the best and most unique content available,” said Howlett. “It helps to attract buyers and provides additional value to sellers and buyer alike. The HomeDiary Story on the listing side and the ability to pass along all that great content to the new buyers helps us achieve that goal.”

After the home has been purchased, the new owner can use the HomeDiary platform to continue writing their own story by documenting home-related maintenance and improvement projects, all the while using the 3D space planner to visualize and manage their new home.

Interested in creating a Story on a listing of your own? Please visit homediary.com/pro for all of the details.

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