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 Potential buyers may pass on a perfect home or sellers might miss out on buyers because the listing information is out-of-date.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.
Whether you’re prepping your home for sale, or plan on enjoying it for years to come, getting it into tip-top shape should be a high priority. A priority, mind you, that doesn’t have to break the bank. Here’s a list of 15 satisfying home upgrades that you can perform yourself with little to no specialized knowledge or experience.
1. Learn how to cheaply and easily make an ugly backsplash a thing of the past.
2. Tired of that ugly ceiling light cover? Want to focus the light on a smaller area? This DIY shows how to create a drum shade for your ceiling light.
3. For vanity updates, grey is the new black. Here’s a DIY to create your very own modern, concrete-style vanity.
4. If you would like a little more privacy without cutting the lighting down too much, try frosting your windows with cornstarch.
5. You can hang a curtain from the ceilings to create the illusion of a larger shower. Giving your rod a few coats using gold spray paint adds a nice touch too.
6. Upgrade those boring cabinets with this shaker style DIY.
7. You can also create that beadboard country-cabinet look with a simple wallpaper job.
8. Enhance your closet racks with elegant end-brackets. See how here.
9. Add an extra dimension of style to your flatscreen TV by framing it using various moldings and trim.
10. By half painting a wall, it will make the room seem quite a bit taller.
11. Use some inexpensive frames to upgrade any boring light switches.
12. Turn that plain jane cabinet into something amazing with some basic molding and a fresh paint job.
13. Make your rug nice and plush by using carpet underlayment.
14. See this DIY for the details on un-staining and restaining your wooden furniture.
15. Here’s a great example of how to upgrade your bathroom mirror with the appropriate trim.
A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market.
And, it is…
…in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there’s also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings.
The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don’t end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.)
Now, it isn’t like new listings don’t happen in the Fall. There’s always new listings coming on the market. But it’s not like, just because it’s Fall and not Spring, prices are necessarily going to fall. In other words, new listings aren’t likely to list for a lot lower than you would have seen in the Spring.
However, the homeowners who did list back in the Spring, are much more likely to be anxious (perhaps even desperate) to sell their home. They’ve created their own problem…they missed the boat by pricing too high.
Which is great news for you, if you’re looking to buy a home:
- Less competition. (Many buyers stop looking at this time of year…for no good reason.)
- Motivated sellers. (They’re sick of being on the market, and wondering why nobody bought their house.)
But it isn’t always easy to find those listings. They don’t wave a white flag, or lower their price to some ridiculous amount everyone would notice. If only it were that easy…
Just because someone listed their home back in the Spring doesn’t mean they’ll be all that negotiable.
There are certain things a great real estate agent will know to look for.
And I love rolling up my sleeves and finding the ones we can most likely negotiate the best deals on.
So, got anything you want me to roll up my sleeves and look for? Real estate deals won’t just fall in your lap, but I can certainly help you find one this Fall.
Want another reason to buy a home in the Fall?
You can take advantage of year-end sales to outfit your home!
Hardly anybody buys a home who doesn’t want (or need) to make improvements, however small. So why not coordinate your purchase with sales on items you’ll need? According to Consumer Reports, September is an ideal time for buying carpet and paint. In October lawn mowers go on sale, and the same goes for appliances and cookware in November.
This summer, we battle the heat but also the bills to keep the house cool. The infographic shows helpful tips on saving energy and keeping the house cool during this summer season.