Selling Your Home

Home Features that Millennial Homebuyers Love

Austin homebuyers are smart, so naturally, they want to see today’s techno lifestyle built into their dream houses. Because millennials are buying the majority of new and previously-owned homes in Austin these days, sellers must keep up with the trend of smart technology and energy efficiency.

It seems everyone is moving to Austin, Texas! That makes it easier to sell your home right now, as long as you add a few upgrades, including the home features that millennial homebuyers love.

Outside

Virtual tours have already given buyers a glimpse of the house, so if you want people to check out the inside, the perimeter of the home must look as good or better than the pictures.

Fix cracks in the driveway and walkway. Paint or stain railings,...

Should you Have an Open House?

Technology has changed the real estate industry tremendously over the years. With the majority of people doing their search from the comfort of home, you may ask yourself if holding an open house is worth it.

 

While having an aggressive online strategy and stunning photos are important, there are still some huge advantages to this old-school method. Let’s start by answering some common questions.

Will an Open House Sell my Home?

 It’s unlikely for an open house alone to sell a home. People don’t just walk into a house with a briefcase full of cash and close on the spot. However, coupled with the rest of a solid marketing plan, they can be extremely valuable....

Should you Stage your Home?

Selling your home may already seem like a lot to manage, so things like staging may seem like extra unnecessary work. Buyers however want to move somewhere they can imagine themselves living in and Kathleen from Starfish Home Staging defines their work as, “the art of making a house feel like a home.”. This is important to help paint the picture of how living in a space will feel to potential buyers.

"82% of buyers’ agents said staged homes have made it easier for a buyer to visualize a property as a future home." 

(According to T...

How to Price your Home - CMA Guide

One of the first steps you must take when putting your home up for sale is to determine what to price it. There are many tools online that can come up with a number, however, they usually aren't very accurate.

These estimates can be a good starting point, but it's best to take more time when selling your largest asset. The algorithms used for these evaluators only take into account the data they have available to them. They overlook important factors about your home such as the condition, upgrades, location, and unique features. This is why we recommend you to go over everything with a professional.

The best way for you to determine what your home is worth is to work with an experienced REALTOR® that understands the local market, and perform a comparative market analysis.

Comparative Market Analysis 101

So what is a comparative market analysis or...

5 Ways to Increase Home Value

1. Improve the Appearance

How your home looks from the street, otherwise known as curb appeal, is your first chance to make a good impression on prospective buyers. A home’s exterior needs to make a potential buyer feel the urge to walk through the front door and see the rest of the property. Speaking of front doors, a good place to start is to refresh that old door to look newer and more inviting.

Be sure your current landscaping is well-maintained. Compare your yard to your neighbors to see if yours looks dull in comparison. Consider planting flowers, trimming your greenery, and refreshing your lawn.

With the exterior in check, it’s time to focus on the kitchen and bathroom. These two rooms can keep a property from reaching its highest valuation when they’re outdated. However, major updates...

A Client Story: How to Buy and Sell a home Remotely in a COVID19 Real Estate Market

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected real estate here in Austin?

How has COVID-19 affected homebuyers?

How has COVID-19 affected home sellers?

In this video, I have the pleasure of speaking with a Gene Arant Team client who bought a home in Oregon virtually and sold a home in Austin, TX during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic

We're sharing this to encourage our friends about the fact that there are workable solutions when it comes to buying and selling during this unprecedented time.

In fact, this is a GREAT time to buy or sell!

The innovation and evolution of...

Good News

It’s true. We live in a strange time where uncertainty feels certain. With the 24/7 news cycle, it isn’t very easy to break away to feel the GOOD in life. So, today, we wanted to bring that GOOD directly to you... Real Estate is still happening! Houses are being listed and buyers are buying them!

Please always consider us a resource on real estate and the housing market. No matter what happens with COVID-19, homes will continue to be bought and sold. Homes will continue to be wise investments. Locally, showings and offers on listings remain strong, and buyers continue to take advantage of record-low interest rates.
We will continue to provide the best service we can–you have my word on that. We appreciate your support and referrals so much. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to me anytime: 512-261-1000 or gene@genearant.com

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The Value of an Agent

My Home Sale Journey

Selling a home is a big decision and if you're thinking about it now, congratulations, you have succeeded in Step 1 - Consideration (also, now is a great time to sell so kudos to you). Now there is the dilemma some people face of whether or not to work with an agent or do for sale by owner. I'm here to tell you MY experience with this quandary and what worked for me. Read on!

My husband and I bought our house in 2016 when the market was white hot. There was limited inventory but we got a great interest rate and found exactly what we were looking for - a small, quirky, little first home that was perfect for where we were in our life. But as time went on and our family started to grow, we felt a need for a little more space, so we decided to sell. A little back story - this house had become so much more than a house for us. This was the place that when our friends...

Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential...

Don’t Miss The Fireworks

As homes sales decreased due to lack of inventory across the nation, Austin has stayed in it’s own bubble and proven to have its own market trends. What those trends tell us is that the next 2-3 weeks will be critical if you’ve considered selling. Although we continue to see steady action throughout the year, sales tend to slow down compared to now, at the “height of the season”. Once the fireworks sound off for 4th of July, home sales tend to quiet down.

In your favor now: there’s a prime audience of buyers. With summer breaks and out of town visitors, people are actively shopping. That window of time dwindles as everyone gets back to reality.

What you’ll want to note with the market statistics below from June-August 2016 is the fluctuation in median price for single-family homes and pending sales. A decrease in pending sales between these months shows us the slowing down of buying action. When buyers aren’t...