Local Selling Tips

Your Century 21 Specialist
Li Li Hwang
November 2016 
Your Century 21 Specialist, From The Mountains To The Sea Since 1989

Worst Time Of The Year May
Be The Best For Buyers

  Why is the worst time of the year, often the best time for real estate buyers? 
      The holiday season and the following "worst weather" months are widely considered the worst time of the year for selling or buying real estate. In reality, these distraction-packed months - November to February - carry benefits for determined buyers. 
Join the "herd" of buyers who are active during traditional "good weather" home shopping months - starting with the spring frenzy of home buying - and this competition for properties can mean
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30 yr. fixed:   3.47%
15 yr. fixed:   2.78%
5 yr. ARM:      2.84%

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buyers pay more, lose out on good-value listings, and receive less attention from swamped real estate and mortgage professionals. 
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Home Sellers: The Curse
Of The First Offer
     Sometimes when everything goes right we have trouble accepting that fact. Perhaps nowhere is this phenomenon more clearly illustrated than in the case where a seller receives a good offer right away. 
      The annals of real estate are well stocked with stories of sellers who refused to take a good, but not perfect, first offer, and who then waited a long, long time before finally accepting something else at a considerably lower price. And most agents who have been around for a while know to shudder when a good strong offer is made almost at the outset of a listing; for the seller's reservations are almost inevitable. "Did we list it too low?" "If someone will offer this much so soon, maybe we should wait a while and see if we can get more." Etc. 
      When we read of Silicon Valley listings routinely selling at 15% above list price, and when we've just recently come through a period when multiple-offer situations were commonplace, it is understandable that such thoughts come to mind. Nonetheless, they are generally unfounded, especially if the market is anywhere near "normal", as ours is today.
      As an antidote to the ill effects of the "curse of the first offer", a couple of observations might be kept in mind.

Top Tips For Selling Your House In Fall And Winter 
     The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice everything has taken over the world. With fall color and produce so prominent at this time of year, you may be tempted to load up your home with an abundance of both. But if you're trying to sell your home now, a little discretion may go a long way. And that's just one of the tips for selling your house in the fall and winter. 
      Pay close attention to your curb appeal: We've admitted to having a problem resisting the temptation to buy every available pumpkin and decorative gourd at the market at this time year, so we feel your pain. But when it comes to styling your front porch, there's a slippery slope between nicely decorated and Farmer's Market. 
      The idea is to enhance your curb appeal, not obscure it. "While too many fall decorations will take focus off of your home and its best features, a few tasteful accents can create an inviting setting and make your home feel fresh," said HGTV. 
      You also want to make sure that fall leaves haven't taken a toll on your yard. Buyers may be understanding if your lawn is covered and unkempt, because they're living the same reality, but that doesn't mean the home will make a good impression. 
      Go easy on the gore: You may love the idea of blood and guts and skeletons rising from your yard and headless individuals hanging from your trees, but will buyers be amused or afraid? Anything that has the potential to turn them off is a no-no when listing your house. Sticking to safe decor choices will 
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How Color Help
Sell Your Home

     Yes! Just like curb appeal matters, the colors of your home can and will influence buyers. With that in mind, we explore which colors tend to appeal to the masses. 
      The color scheme of your home, from the outside in, sets the tone. It's like going to see a theatre play and seeing an intricately crafted and appropriately painted set for the production. It can immediately intrigue you–before the play has begun and even if you know few details about the play. 
      When it comes to color, be sure to consider the location. A peach-pink home in a retirement community might be okay, but that same color in an upscale, urban city may be unappealing to younger city dwellers. 
      The outside of your home is one of the largest areas potential buyers will see. So make your decision carefully and be sure to have a professional paint job done. If you choose white for the exterior, your home is likely to 

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Li Li Hwang

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