Real Estate Seller Tip: Home Updates for the Best ROI

Are you thinking about selling your home? Making home updates is usually a part of the process. Windermere Real Estate agent, Julie Hall,shares her expert tips on what home updates will yield the best return on investment, and they may surprise you.

 

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Six Key Factors That Affect the Sales Price of Your Home

windermere coeur d alene real estate, oetken groupPricing a home for sale is not nearly as simple as most people think. You can’t base the price on what the house down the street sold for. You can’t depend on tax assessments. Even automatic valuation methods (AVMs), while useful for a rough estimate of value, are unreliable for purposes of pricing a home for sale.

AVMs, like those used by Zillow and Eppraisal, have been used for many years by banks for appraisal purposes. They are derived from algorithms based on past sales. But producers of AVMs agree that they are not accurate indicators of home value. For example, Zillow.com states, “Our data sources may be incomplete or incorrect; also, we have not physically inspected a specific home. Remember, the Zestimate is a s
tarting point and does not consider all the market intricacies that can determine the actual price a house will sell for. It is not an appraisal.”

So what does Zillow recommend sellers do instead? The same thing the real estate industry has been advising for decades: Ask a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood to provide you with a comparative market analysis. To accomplish that, I typically consider the following factors—plus others, depending on the house:

Location:

The location of your home will have the biggest impact on how much it can sell for. Identical homes located just blocks apart can fetch significantly different prices based on location-specific conditions unique to each, including: traffic, freeway-access, noise, crime, sun exposure, views, parking, neighboring homes, vacant lots, foreclosures, the number of surrounding rentals, access to quality schools, parks, shops, restaurants and more.

Recommendation: Be willing to price your house for less if it’s located in a less desirable area or near a neighborhood nuisance.

Market

Another major factor that also can’t be controlled is your local housing market (which could be quite different from the national, state or city housing markets). If there are few other homes on the market in your local area (a situation known as a “sellers market”), you may be able to set a higher price. However, if there’s a surplus of homes like yours for sale (a “buyer’s market”), your pricing will also reflect that.

Recommendation: If it’s a buyer’s market and you can delay selling your home until things change, you should consider doing so. If you can’t wait, be willing to price your home extremely competitively, especially if you are in a hurry to sell.

Condition

The majority of buyers are not looking to purchase fixer-uppers, which is why any deferred maintenance and repair issues can also significantly impact the selling price of your home. When your home’s condition is different than the average condition of homes in your location, AVMs tend to produce the widest range of error.

Recommendation:  Hire a professional home inspector to provide you with a full, written report of everything that needs upgrading, maintenance or repair, then work with your real estate agent to prioritize the list and decide what items are worth completing before the property is listed for sale, and what should be addressed through a lower list price. Also, some defects are best addressed during negotiations with buyers.

Widespread Appeal

If you want to sell your home quickly and for the most money, you have to make it as appealing as possible to the largest pool of prospective buyers. The more universally attractive it is, the greater the interest and the faster competing offers will come.

Recommendation:

Hire a professional home stager (not a decorator) to temporarily stage the interior of your home. Also spend time making the exterior look its best: address any peeling paint, make sure the front door/ door hardware is attractive, prune bushes and trees, remove old play equipment and outdoor structures, etc.

Compare Homes

The only neighboring homes that should be used to estimate the value of your home are those that have been carefully selected by a real estate professional with special training, access to all sales records, and in-depth knowledge of the neighborhood.

Recommendation: If you’re considering selling your home, ask your real estate agent to recommend a professional appraiser.

Searchability

When working with a prospective buyer, most real estate agents will search the available inventory only for the homes priced at (or less than) their client’s maximum, which is typically a round number. If you home is priced slightly above or below that amount (e.g., $510,000 or $495,000), it will appear in fewer buyer searches.

Recommendation: Be willing to adjust your selling price to maximize visibility.

Periodic Price Adjustments

Pricing a home isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it proposal. As with any strategy, you need to be prepared to adapt to fast-changing market conditions, new competition, a lack of offers and other outside factors.

Recommendation: After listing your house, be ready to adjust your asking price, if necessary.

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Home Inspection: A Reality Check From a Pro

Windermere Real Estate, Oetken Coeur d'Alene Real EstateFor many people, a home inspection is a hurdle that has to be overcome during the process of buying or selling a home. But, in fact, it can be a useful tool for buyers, sellers or anyone who plans to get the greatest possible value from their home.

Find out if the house you are selling has “issues”

When you’re selling a house, a pre-sale inspection can be particularly useful. By uncovering any potential problems your house may have, an inspection can give you an opportunity to address them before your first prospective buyer arrives.

According to Bill Richardson, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), “More and more, sellers are obtaining pre-sale inspections. This simple step can allow for better planning and lower expenses in making repairs, add value to the home, and help speed up the process and likelihood of an offer.”

In any market, a pre-sale inspection can give your home a competitive edge. Potential buyers are likely to find the kind of detailed information an inspection provides reassuring—and are encouraged to give your home a closer look.

Get to know a house before you buy it

A home is a major investment and, for many people, the greatest financial asset they have. With so much at stake, it makes sense to do what you can to protect your financial interest. Getting an inspection is a smart, simple way to do just that.

When you make a written offer on a home, insist that the offer provide that your contract is contingent on a home inspection conducted by a qualified inspector. You’ll have to pay for the inspection yourself, but an investment of a few hundred dollars could save you thousands of dollars and years of headaches. If you’re satisfied with the results of the inspection and are assured that the home you’re purchasing is in good shape, you can proceed with your transaction, confident that you are making a smart purchase.

When does a home inspection make sense?

In addition to routine maintenance and pre-sale inspections, there are a number of circumstances in which a home inspection could greatly benefit a homeowner. If you are not sure, here are a few simple questions to ask yourself:

·         Was your home inspected when you bought it? If not, an inspection would be beneficial even if your home was a new construction at sale.

·         Are you an older homeowner who plans to stay in your home?  If so, it makes sense to hire a professional who can inspect difficult-to-reach areas and point out maintenance of safety issues.

·         Do you have a baby on the way or small children? An inspection can alert you to any potential safety issues that could possibly affect a growing family, such as mold, lead or structural problems. If mold or lead is present, be sure to rely on technicians or labs with specialized training in dealing with these conditions.

·         Are you buying a home that’s under construction? You may want to hire an inspector early on and schedule phased inspections to protect your interest and ensure that the quality of construction meets your expectations.

What doesn’t your home inspection cover?

For a variety of reasons, some homes will require specialty inspections that are not covered by a typical home inspection. A specialty inspection might include such items as your home’s sewer scope, septic system, geotechnical conditions (for homes perched on steep sloes or where there are concerns regarding soil stability) or underground oil storage tank. If you have any questions about whether or not your home needs a specialty inspection, talk to your real estate agent.

Hire a Professional

If you decide to hire a home inspector, be sure they’re licensed in your state. They should be able to provide you with their license number, which you can use to verify their status with the appropriate government agency. It’s also helpful to ask for recommendations from friends and family members. Even among licensed and qualified home inspectors, there can be a difference in knowledge, performance and communication skills, so learn what you can before your hire a home inspector to ensure that you get the detailed inspection that you want.

What to ask your home inspector?

Ask the right questions to make sure you are hiring the right professional for the job.

What does your inspection cover?

Insist that you get this information in writing. Then make sure that it’s in compliance with state requirements and includes the items you want inspected.

How long have you been in the business?

Ask for referrals, especially with newer inspectors.

Are you experienced in residential inspections?

Residential inspection in a unique discipline with specific challenges, so it’s important to make sure the inspector is experienced in this area.

Do you make repairs or make improvements based on inspection?

Some states and/or professional associations allow the inspector to perform repair work on problems uncovered in an inspection. If you’re considering engaging your inspector to do repairs, be sure to get referrals.

How long will the inspection take?

A typical single-family dwelling takes two to three hours.

How much will it cost?

Costs can vary depending upon a variety of things, such as the square footage, age, and foundation of the house.

What type of report will you provide and when will I get it?

Ask to see samples to make sure you understand his or her reporting style. Also make sure the timeline works for you.

Can I be there for the inspection?

This could be a valuable learning opportunity. If your inspector refuses, this should raise a red flag.

Are you a member of a professional home inspector association? What other credentials do you hold?

Ask to see their membership ID; it provides some assurance.

Do you keep your skills up to date through continuing education?

An inspector’s interest in continuing education shows a genuine commitment to performing at the highest level. It’s especially important with older homes or homes with unique elements.

If you have questions about finding a home inspector, or are looking for an agent in your area we have professionals that can help you.

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Windermere Foundation Mission

For the past 28 years, the Windermere Foundation has donated a portion of the proceeds from every home  purchased or sold towards supporting low-income and homeless families in our communities. What started in 1989 as a grassroots foundation serving families in need in  Washington State, has grown to encompass ten states and has raised over $33 million for programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those who need our help most.

Every Transaction Makes a Difference

Every time a Windermere agent sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the Windermere Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1989. Each year, contributions from Windermere agents, combined with donations from Windermere employees and community members, have allowed the Windermere Foundation to support non-profit agencies dedicated to helping low-income and homeless families.

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Arrow Point Waterfront Condo for Sale Lake Coeur d’Alene F303 – The Oetken Group Coeur d Alene Real Estate

The Oetken Group Proudly Presents:

Arrow Point Waterfront Condo on Lake Coeur d’Alene

4549 S. ArrowPoint Drive, Harrison, ID

Carefree Lifestyle! Listen to the water lapping on the shore. This is probably the BEST LOCATION and most desirable & LARGEST (2500 sq. ft) 3 bedroom, 3 bath unit in Arrow Point condos. Gorgeous WATERFRONT CONDO PENTHOUSE in the ”F” Building with the ultimate unobstructed views of Coeur d Alene Lake from every room. Boasts semi-private elevator to access for this penthouse and two garage parking stalls. Indoor swimming pool, grassy beach with picnic tables, beach volley ball court and neighbors Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club. Oodles of storage! 5 minute boat ride to the downtown Coeur d Alene lifestyle.

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Call Christy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty to schedule your private tour. 208-660-0506

 

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Historic Waterfront Log Home Hwy 95

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This log home boasts 4084SF with 500′ of shoreline and was the summer residence of the Hagadone family at Casco Bay which is now relocated to its current site at Cougar Bay.
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Spacious and Rustic

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Unique Rustic Finishes

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Master Suite with a View

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Full Description – Historic iconic waterfront log home boasts 4084SF with 500’ of shoreline and was the summer residence of the Hagadone family at Casco Bay which is now relocated to its current site at Cougar Bay. The fabulous views combine the wondrous rustic beauty of Idaho with the convenience of living a short distance to downtown Coeur d’Alene. This 5 bedroom, 4 bath home includes a wood-burning rock fireplace in the great room, a butler’s pantry, and a wet bar. The master suite has its own sitting room, huge walk in closet, marble shower, and a raised tub. The property has a 60 x 40 shop located adjacent to the Nature Conservancy Preserve. Sit on the large covered back patio, gaze at the unbelievable views and enjoy some of the best bird watching opportunities the area has to offer.

 

Interested?

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Welcome to CdA’s Exclusive Edgewater at Mill River

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Coeur d’Alene Real Estate at its Best

5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths with 3175 sf

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Your cooking area is well appointed w/ butler pantry, stainless steel appliances; double oven & warming oven, 6 burner cooktop, oversized refrigerator, microwave. Bosch dishwasher, granite countertops,

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Private Park-like setting

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Mill River beach…Simply Divine.  Oetken Coeur d Alene Real Estate mill river beach

Imagine this is your neighborhood playground.

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Interested?

Call Christy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty to schedule your private tour. 208-660-0506
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Charming Chalet – Waterfront Listing

Play in pristine Lake Coeur d’Alene.  This charming waterfront chalet boasts floor to ceiling windows to capture those views.

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Imaging yourself sitting on the deck drinking your coffee in the morning taking in this amazing view.

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Lake view from the dining room.

 

Perfect for summer fun.

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Real Estate Market – CDA PRESS: Windermere Has a Banner Year

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Have you heard…We are happy to announce 2016 was a record-breaking year for Windermere.

Did you see the latest article in the Coeur d’Alene Press? Brian Walker writes about what’s happening in the local northern Idaho real estate market.

Link to it here – CDA PRESS: Windermere Has a Banner Year – or see the transcript below.

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In addition to the promising news about our local Coeur d’Alene real estate market, The Windermere Foundation which benefits area non-profits also gets a shout out for reaching the $1 million mark. We are so honored to be a part of it all.

Looks like good times are on the horizon…we could’ve told you that.


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The Oetken Group – Recently awarded #1 Top Selling agents at Windermere/Coeur d’Alene Realty for 2016, an award we’ve earned multiple years in a row. If you’re interested in buying or selling your home and you’re not already working with an agent, please give us a call, we can help. You will get the support of our team of professionals trained to help you navigate through the local real estate market. We know the market well, we have a proven track record, we’ve helped lots of people, and we would be happy to help you, too. Contact us at 208-660-0506 today. 

The Oetken Group is Randy Oetken, Christy Oetken, Mark Oetken and Tom Dorr. 

CDA PRESS EXCERPT –

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CDA PRESS  January 07, 2017 at 5:00 am  Brian Walker – Staff Writer

COEUR d’ALENE — For 95 years, Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty has stuck by its motto of wanting to do well by doing good in the community.

The year 2016 was an example of that philosophy holding true, with a company record $474 million in closed residential and commercial real estate transactions and 1,900 homes sold.

“It was astonishing,” said Don “Pepper” Smock, company president. “2016 was the biggest year in our company’s 95-year history of serving the citizens of North Idaho. When the real estate market is good, everybody celebrates.”

Sales weren’t the only feat the company celebrated at its annual Agents Celebration Award Meeting attended by 200 at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn on Thursday.

This year the Windermere Foundation will reach the $1 million mark for assisting area nonprofits such as Children’s Village, TESH (which provides employment opportunities to adults with disabilities), Safe Passage (formerly North Idaho Violence Prevention Center) and food banks.

“The money we give is altruistic,” Smock said. “If the people who started this company looked 95 years into the future, I believe they’d be pleased to see what we’ve done in the community.”

Smock called being in business for 95 years an “almost impossible achievement.” Only seven brokers have led the charge with the company during that span.

“How many companies have been in business for 95 years? And, with it being a real estate company, it’s just a unique story,” Smock said.

Matthew Gardner, chief economist for Windermere Real Estate, told agents 2017 should continue to be great for the real estate industry and that it’s not in a bubble.

“I thought (the outlook) was quite optimistic,” Smock said. “Our fundamentals in North Idaho are rock-solid.”

Smock said he wouldn’t be surprised if 3,000 new people move to Kootenai County in 2017.

“There’s a mega-trend of aging Baby Boomers moving,” he said. “People want to live here.”

 

 

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MORE HAPPY CLIENTS!

Congratulations Shane and Amara!  This GORGEOUS home on 5 acres on Quaking Aspen SOLD in 1 day!!!05- Stainless Steel Farm Sink 11-Great Room fireplace-built-in entertainment 32-Shop 1 37-Front Yard 39-Tree trunk fountain 43-Home & Shop 44-Views (2) was SOLD in one day!!

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