1306 Westfield Drive

Perfect for investors or first time buyers! This three bedroom ranch located in South Champaign is conveniently located near shopping, parks, restaurants and only minutes to campus.

Listing presented by licensed real estate broker Lisa Duncan with Sharon Harkness Inc, Keller Williams Realty: TREC. Give us a call,  (217) 898-938.

New Listing: 307 West Washington, Urbana

Endless possibilities in this 3 bed home located in the heavily desired “State Streets” neighborhood. We’ve already had a few people that are interested in buying it just for location!

Listing presented by licensed real estate broker Lisa Duncan with Sharon Harkness Inc, Keller Williams Realty: TREC

Real Estate Apps Can Go Wrong

Nowadays, online shopping has almost taken over the act of physically going to a store and checking the merchandise. Almost anything can be done online. Yes, even the concept of buying and selling homes online has been embraced for convenience and efficiency. People who are interested to buy or list their homes resort to apps that are available online to check out the real estate market.

Homeowners who wish to put their house in the market now have the option to show pictures and other pertinent details of their property. They can also get to communicate with online shoppers and asses the serious shoppers.  Because online listings now, can show to would-be buyers almost everything they need to know before actually seeing it.

The thing about all these information thrown in the internet though may render consumers misinformed because of several issues with these listing sites.

There are common things that these listing sites can get wrong:

1. Fake listings: In this time where fake news are all over the internet, it is definitely true that there are also fake listings. For example, posters or online flyers with pictures fake house are posted in these sites merely as click bait.Worse, these fake listings are used to get your personal information for marketing purposes. Like in online or offline shopping, scams happen. One home owner was shocked to find pictures of his home were posted in a listing site after a suspicious would-be buyer informed him about it. Apparently, someone stole the pictures from another listing site, assumed his identity and asked people for holding fees on a home they would never own.

 

 

Zillow.com instructs its users how to be alert of scams and internet fraud so you don’t waste time and energy engaging with fake listings.

2. Listings may not be updated: Many times, some listings aren’t updated. Listings that may show Active in these sites may actually be Pending or are already Sold. Or a house that is labelled Sold has  been brought back to the market.

This may confuse some sellers and those who wants to put their homes in the market. Potential buyers may pass on a perfect home or sellers might miss out on buyers because the listing information is out-of-date.

In an effort to avoid losing potential buyers or sellers who search for information online, some listing sites (like Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com) gets automatic updates from the brokerage company’s database for a more accurate information on their other listing sites. This means that realtors connects their  database or their main listing site to these apps in order to widen the exposure of their client’s property. Any edits or updates can automatically be reflected on the listing site connected to the realtor’s main listing site. This has so far reduced the update fiasco. However, an updated listing site may still have incorrect information that may confuse online home shoppers.

3. Property information may be incorrect: This poses potential problems for both buyers and sellers. The number of bedrooms may not be posted correctly, pictures are labelled or arranged wrongly or worse, the location may not state where the property is located exactly. Indeed, there are still technical glitches in the app’s feeds. Buyers may use a feature that estimates the property’s worth but the disparity may be off by 8% nationally. This can scare off buyers of your property.

The BEST option:
Because of misinformation, your home sale or search may just be a waste of time and energy. Hence, it is always best to work with a real estate agent. Not only are real estate agents reliable in terms of access to a property that you are interested in but they can also take you on a tour to the home you are interested in or bring in potential buyers to your home.

Just Sold Listings (November 3, 2017)

We welcomed November with a few closings from our listings! On the first day of November, 1203 East Pennsylvania Ave and 3313 Stoneybrook were turned over to their new owners.

The team ended its first week of November by closing three more properties: 1019 West Charles St, 2 Lincoln Ct, and 302 Flora Drive. Way to go, team! Call us for your queries on buying or listing your home, 217-239-7144.

 

Fall Frenzy 2017 Contest

Social media is an effective tool in real estate marketing. According to a study, millenials (94%) and babyboomers (84%) prefer to use online sites to search for homes they want to live in. Furthermore, homebuyers now use social media to find their future homes.

We at the Sharon Harkness team are thinking of better ways to widen our reach and gain more traction as we become more active in our social media pages. Last week, the team concluded its Fall Frenzy contest by drawing a lucky new follower in one of our social media accounts. For several weeks, flyers and images of our Fall Frenzy contest were posted to encourage and attract more likers in the community.

So on October 20, 2017, a winner was drawn! Here’s a video of Lisa Duncan and Barb Schwartz picking the winner.

The winner, Annessa Parisi, came over the office and claimed her price, an Apple watch! Congratulations, Annessa!

We intend to share more information to our clients, referrals and followers in our social network. Visit our pages now and engage with us. We want to hear from you!