What’s Your 5 Year Plan

I work with a lot of baby boomers that are on their 5 year plan. Whether they are selling now or in the near future, they all want advice of what they need to do to sell “when it’s time.”

If you’ve been reading any of my previous blog posts, you probably already know about 35% of the houses that come on the market for sale – NEVER SELL! While that’s scary to me, it’s a reality. What’s even scarier is the fact that no seller thinks they are in that 35%.

So who is in the 35%?

How can you avoid being one of those sellers who never sells? Step up to the plate and give the buyers what they want. The days of “the buyers can make the changes after they buy our home” are over. That mindset will guarantee you don’t sell your house. Find out what it’s going to take to get your home updated so you sell it fast and for the most money.

What do today’s buyers want?

Follow my strategy and create The Model Home Look and you’ll have the buyers doing cartwheels to be the winning offer in this busy real estate market.

Today’s average buyers want a house that’s turnkey ready. They don’t want to do any work, nor do they have the time or money to do any work. They want to move in on Sunday and go back to work on Monday. That’s just the way it is. If you can get your head around that, you’ll be halfway there when selling your home.

Who is going to buy your home?

That question will be best answered by the current market. If your buyer is a young couple, they may not like your decorating style. While you’re saying, “our things aren’t staying with the house” trouble is, your things are sending a buy me or run message to your buyers.

Your buyers must be able to see themselves living in your house. And if it’s full of furniture from the ’70s or before, it’s going to remind them of their parent’s house or worse – their grandma’s house. I have never had a buyer say they wanted to buy either of those. After all, they have their own style and it may be nothing like yours.

What the typical home seller thinks

Recently I met with a lady whose house was stuffed full of furniture and accessories. Every inch of her home was filled with furniture and things she had collected over the years. She had such a hard time when I said she was going to have to pack some of those things up and move some furniture to free up some space.

Also, the homeowner thought that her things would make her house seem “homey.” I said she was sending a message that her buyers wouldn’t have enough furniture to fill the house up. Then she told me it was their “dream home” when they bought it and was having a hard time detaching from it.

Getting your 5 Year Plan in place

When you’re selling your home, you will either set yourself up for success or failure. My sellers who get that want me to stage and style their home so it sells now versus later. They also understand that their home must be ready. And they are. After all, they have been working on their 5 year plan for the last 5 years!

It’s understood that selling their home is like a Red Carpet Event and they would rather get it over with than lingering on the market. While you might think you’ll net more money after being on the market for a length of time, you’re only fooling yourself. When selling your home, there is no time for trying. Bottom line, hire an agent who has a plan in place to sell your house beyond the typical 3P Marketing Plan – Put it in MLS, Put on Broker Tour on Tuesday for the other agent’s opinions and Pray someone will buy it.

Bottom line

Selling a home requires a marketing plan that is designed to make it happen. I’m on a mission to help sellers understand how to sell their home faster and for the most money possible.  The perfect buyer for your home is out there – the question is are you onboard to make it happen?

If you’re considering selling and have things to do to prepare your home for the market, call or text (913) 515-3250 for your 5 Year Plan Consultation. Don’t delay in getting the information you need to make a wise decision about preparing and selling your home.

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2022 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes

The 2022 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes started on Saturday, April 23rd, and runs through Sunday, May 8th. This year there are over 200 homes on tour throughout all the metropolitan counties.

The parade is designed for homebuyers to see the top new homes, learn more about premier builders and visit different communities. In addition, the houses are open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the admission is FREE!

Start your 2022 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes at any new home subdivision and pick up a guide there.

How will the 2022 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes inspire you?

Looking at new homes is part of what I do every day. I absolutely love new construction. If you’re like me and also love interior design, be sure to visit some of the new home subdivisions during the 2022 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes and wander through the furnished homes.

As a result, you’ll either fall in love or go home and be content with what you have. Who knows, you might get some new inspiration to incorporate into your current home. Even more, I love getting fresh ideas from the new home designers. It’s always fun to see the latest trends and how you can incorporate them into your own home!

You DO need a buyer’s agent for new construction

Furthermore, please have a buyer’s agent represent you when building or buying a new home. The builder pays for you to be represented so it doesn’t cost you to have representation but can really cost you if you don’t. Above all else, it’s your protection against the “what ifs.” The agents working at the subdivision work for the builders. They are looking out for their best interests. Without your own buyer representation, you don’t have anyone looking out for your best interests during the building or completion process.

If you see a house you absolutely have to have while on the 2022 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes or want to discuss your options with buying a new construction or spec home, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.  I’m always here to help and answer any questions.

Want to know the latest stats in your neighborhood? Don’t rely on the Zillow Zestimate. Here’s a quick tool that will research your subdivision and provide you with a report within minutes – direct from the local Multiple Listing Service. It’s fast and it’s FREE! Click here and insert your address.

Check out today’s new listings either below or in the sidebar. Call or text me at (913) 515-3250 to see inside one of these homes. I AM NEVER TOO BUSY to show you a house. Real estate is my main hustle after 35 years! Everything else I do is bells and whistles to enhance your experience!

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Jump-Start Your Spring Cleaning

It’s spring break and if you’re anything like me and not taking a break, here are some simple yet effective tips to jump-start your spring cleaning.

Granted not everyone likes to clean but a couple of times a year it’s necessary to tackle some big projects. So whether you hire it done or you are the cleaning lady, make a list this week of 5 things you should do around your house and get busy.

5 ideas to jump-start your spring cleaning

  1. First of all, wipe down your kitchen cabinets and appliances – whether you have painted or stained cabinets, they can get pretty grungy after a few weeks. In addition, use a good cleaner or lemon oil and wipe down the outsides of all your cabinets. Likewise, clean your knobs and pulls as well. Then tackle your appliances. Take your stove apart, clean the oven and do the same with your refrigerator.
  2. Clean your baseboards all through your house. This includes moving the furniture away from the walls and getting behind there. If you have pets, you’ll be surprised how much pet hair is trapped that you didn’t know was there.
  3. Wash your throw rugs, furniture throws and store them away for spring and summer.
  4. Shampoo your carpets or have them professionally cleaned. If you need a referral to a professional carpet cleaner, contact me here.
  5. Finally, with a week of nice weather predicted, open your windows and let some fresh air in and stale air out. Clean your window sills and wipe down your blinds – one slat at a time.

Those are the 5 things I do every year. You can copy from me or create your own 5 projects to jump-start your spring cleaning. Either way, keeping your home clean is not only good for your health but your house will love you for it as well.

Once you get these big things out of the way, the rest of the spring cleaning will naturally fall into place.

The faster you get this done, the more time you will have for the fun stuff. What will you do to reward yourself for a job well done? I’m having lunch with friends, making a carrot cake with my granddaughter, Brooklyn, and vintage shopping, of course.

Above all else, if you have any questions or need help with any of these tasks, you can call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

2022 Johnson County Real Estate Tax Appraisal

By now, you’ve probably received your 2022 Johnson County real estate tax appraisal or notice of appraised value in the mail. More than 200,000 of them have gone out. Your home’s value has done 1 of 3 things:

  • Gone up in value
  • Gone down in value or
  • Pretty much stayed the same

According to the tax appraiser’s office, 95% of homeowners in Johnson County saw their home values increase. The average increase was about 11% over last year. The other 5% of property values changed by 10% or less or experienced a reduction in value.

Johnson County will remain strong in homeownership with all the amenities it offers. And values will continue to increase due to a shortage of housing inventory. It seems as though everyone still wants to live in Johnson County.

Should you appeal your 2022 Johnson County real estate tax appraisal?

Many homeowners have already contacted me regarding their 2022 Johnson County real estate tax appraisal. Believe me, I’m not happy either as my home’s value increased $26,000 over last year. I downsized to an 800 square foot tiny house in Prairie Village 5 years ago. Now I’m in tear-down central with 6 new construction homes currently being built just on my street alone. I’ve appealed my tax appraisal every year and lost. This year I won’t appeal because I’m right at the average of an 11% increase.

It seems as though everyone has their own opinion but here is what you should know before making an appeal:

  • If your tax appraisal is significantly more than the average 11% increase, you should consider appealing – I can help.
  • Is your appraised value more than you would get if you sold your house? Then you should consider appealing.***
  • If you think your property is fairly valued but your taxes are too high, you shouldn’t appeal because you have no control over the tax rate.

Your home is appraised at “fair market value” as of January 1st of each year.  That means the amount of money that a well-informed buyer would pay and a well-informed seller would accept in an open and competitive market.

By state law, the county appraiser is required to appraise homes within 90-110% of their value.

*** Just a note that some homes are selling for thou$$$ands of dollars over the asking price.

Case study

Yesterday, I sat down with a past buyer yesterday (after doing the math and she was at an 18% increase) and went through the comparables the appraiser’s office used and compared them to her specific floor plan for sold properties in the Multiple Listing Service for 2021. We both believed she had a reason to appeal her 2022 Johnson County Tax Appraisal based on the information we found.

We felt the sales that were listed on her appraisal were not the best comps that should have been compared. One was not the same floor plan and one was from 2020 when there were plenty of comparable sales in 2021.

Other helpful documentation would be a recently signed sales contract if you purchased your home in 2021, a recent appraisal, or any photographs of structural damage with bids to make repairs.

You want to show them why you think your home merits a lower value and what you think that value should be. If you live in an older home that needs updating, your home probably wouldn’t compare to recent sales.

Complaining that you think your home’s value or taxes are too high won’t help you appeal your 2022 Johnson County real estate tax appraisal. Do your homework and provide them with evidence of why you think your home’s tax bill is too high.

Unfortunately, you cannot appeal your taxes because you live on a fixed income and the new tax rate is not affordable for you.

If your tax appeal is successful and your paid taxes are reduced, a refund will be issued once the Treasurer receives the notice from the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.

How to appeal

The appeal process is spelled out in its entirety on the back of your notice of value. But get busy, you have until March 30, 2022, to appeal.

How can I help?

Let me know if you think your recent 2022 Johnson County real estate tax appraisal is too high. I’ll be glad to research your home’s value. You can take a picture of your Johnson County Tax Appraisal and text it to me, call me at (913) 515-3250 to discuss, or contact me here.

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New listings in Overland Park

Check out today’s new listings either below or in the sidebar. Call or text me at (913) 515-3250 to see inside one of these homes. I AM NEVER TOO BUSY to show you a house. Real estate is my main hustle after 35 years! Everything else I do is bells and whistles to enhance your experience!

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The Coming Soon Sign – Pros and Cons

Home sellers are always asking if I can put up a coming soon sign so their house gets more visibility. Yes, I can…but is that to your advantage? I want to share my opinion of the pros and cons of coming soon signs.

There are many schools of thought. Obviously, there is the home seller’s train of thought and the Realtor’s train of thought. My thoughts are always based on what works versus the seller’s thoughts of what they see others doing and what everybody is trying to sell you.

The pros and cons of a coming soon sign

Pros of a coming soon sign

As a home seller, you want to make sure your home is getting as much exposure as it can possibly get. But likes on Zillow don’t really matter. Random exposure is not as important as the right exposure. For example, I know you’ve seen houses on Zillow that have hundreds of views as well as saves, and yet it hasn’t sold yet. Those are random likes. When marketing your home, I expose it to Realtors who have buyers who are ready, willing, and waiting for a house like yours to come on the market. That is what is going to get your home sold with multiple offers and for thousands of dollars over your asking price.

Cons of a coming soon sign

For many reasons, a coming soon sign definitely gets the attention of the neighborhood! Your neighbors might tell some of their friends that a house in their neighborhood will be on the market soon. They might even mention it on their social media. But are their friends, YOUR buyers? In other words…

  • Are they working with a Realtor?
  • Have they been in the home buying process for a few months now?
  • Are they preapproved for a home loan? Do they have a house to sell?
  • Are they prepared to close in 30 days? Do they know how the current market works?
  • How many houses have they looked at?
  • Have they made offers that weren’t accepted?
  • And most importantly, how many houses have they lost?

Buying a home has changed

You see, home buying has changed. Until a buyer goes through the “how to buy a house when there’s no inventory phase” of the home buying process, they are not going to buy your house for over asking price. They just aren’t. Those people are not your buyer.

Home buyer case study

My recent buyers had every intention of finding a newer, larger home before they ever put their home on the market. Ashley had purchased the current home years ago when she was single. It was just right for her needs. But after getting married and having a baby, a 2 bedroom with no basement didn’t suit them so much anymore.

They did their due diligence and got preapproved for a home loan without having to sell their current home. That way, there was no pressure. They could take their time and find the right house without trying to coordinate two moves.

Long story short, we probably looked at 30 houses and wrote 10-15 offers…that they didn’t get. Every time they lost out to another offer, I tried to find out why. With every lost house, they became more informed of how to buy a house when there is no inventory. We kept coming up with a better game plan. They became better and stronger buyers. They learned the secret of buying a house in today’s market from not winning. Finally, they bought a house that worked for them and it didn’t break the bank.

When should you use a coming soon sign?

On the other hand, a coming soon sign might work for a house that:

  • Doesn’t show well and needs an extra push to get everybody’s attention
  • Might be in an area where similar houses don’t get multiple offers or
  • Is just flat out overpriced

Not to mention, there are license laws about what “coming soon” even means and the logistics of it. Formerly coming soon became coming soon to MLS. There are huge fines ($1,000) to pay if a house is shown to anyone before its active date. Any home for sale has to be available for anyone to see at the same time. That puts you as the homeowner under duress as well because unfortunately aggressive buyers and agents have been known to knock on a door of a coming soon house – just to take a peek.

The home buying process is all about elimination. Buyers are looking at houses to eliminate them because they know they can only buy one. That way, when they find the right one, they will know it’s the one and will fight their hardest to make it their own.

As a seller, you want all the exposure you can get but believe me, when I tell you a coming soon sign is not going to make your life easier. What I’ve found is it takes the anticipation, momentum and the thrill out of the process of coming on the market.

Hiring the right Realtor

Selling your home always starts with hiring the right Realtor. There are plenty of buyers out there that are looking for a house just like yours. Let my 34 years of experience of selling homes for top dollar and faster than the others work for you. I have perfected a marketing plan that works in all markets. Let me create my signature Model Home Look for you using your own things. It’s what every buyer wants and will pay extra money to get. It will definitely work for you…if you allow it to happen.

As your Realtor, it is my job to get your home not only priced right and looking fabulous with its model home look but to also get you multiple showings. Premarketing only takes away from the surprise of a new house on the market and the urgency to see it. Don’t give home buyers and their agents a reason to eliminate it before they get a chance to see it.

You don’t need a 59 Point Marketing Plan to sell your house in today’s market. My 3 Steps is easy and works!

What’s next?

Call or text me at (913) 515-3250 to find out how easy it will be to sell your home without all the confusion of a coming soon sign.

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Selling Your Home Over the Holidays

Selling your home over the holidays is a great opportunity if you’re ready, willing, and able. But should you or would you be better off waiting until the first of the year or even until the spring market? It depends.

My gut answer is the best time to sell your house is when your house is ready. Trying to figure out what the market is going to do next year, next month or even tomorrow is like looking into a crystal ball for the answer. Plus it depends on your own personal situation.

Downplay your decorating especially over the holidays

I advise my sellers to downplay the holidays when it comes to decorating. Keep your decorations to a minimum inside and out. But if you live in a subdivision like Christmas Place at 131st Place, west of Antioch in Overland Park, you may need to take that into consideration.

A few years ago, I had a house for sale over the holidays in that subdivision. This is a small subdivision of 12 homes and 2 cul-de-sacs where every homeowner decorates their home and it attracts people from all over the city. That is either a plus or a minus depending on how you look at it. In the last house I sold there, the buyers told me they always wanted to be a part of that community because they loved the joy of the season. For other buyers, they might see it as a detriment and would not want to partake in the festivities year after year. While decorating the exterior of the house was not a requirement, to be the only house that didn’t participate would certainly make you stand out and would scream “bah-humbug.”

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when considering selling your home over the holidays

  1. Can you decorate your home in a minimal way? Christmas is usually about layering up and adding to and that concept is just not part of Home Staging. That’s what I call Distracted Staging. Remember – not everyone celebrates Christmas and when selling your home, you must appeal to the largest number of buyers possible.
  2. Will you have family in town for an extended period and will it be hard for you to show the house at a moment’s notice? If you can’t get out of the house for showings you might be better off not trying.
  3. Will it be difficult for you to keep the house in showing condition at all times? Remember, buyers only see what they see – not the way it’s going to be. Holiday time is often a time of disarray for many sellers and when you are selling your Overland Park home, you’ve got to have the Model Home Look and perfect for showing at all times.

Selling your Overland Park home is about being ready. The more ready you are, the greater chance you have of selling your home over the holidays.

Many company transfers occur in January every year. Oftentimes the relocating buyers will take time off from their job to visit their new city and start their home search. If you have a house that would appeal to relocating buyers, you could be missing your opportunity for getting your home sold over the holidays.

Sold on Christmas Eve

A few years ago I had a listing sell on Christmas Eve with two offers. Every day is an opportunity to sell your house. This time of the year, inventory is lower so your chances of selling are even greater. Remember, it’s all about supply and demand…when there is less supply you can often get more money for your house. But just as any other time of the year, you have to be ready and be willing to play the home selling game. It’s not about you and your home; it’s about your buyers and the home they want to buy to make their own memories.

If you are considering selling your home over the holidays, I can help. Call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here and let’s talk about selling your home over the holidays!

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Frozen Pipes in Overland Park

This year, with the cold weather coming in like a lion, it’s time to think about frozen pipes in Overland Park. First of all, do you know where your water shut-off valve is located? Before you do anything else, go to your basement or garage and find your water shut off. Be sure to tag it so everyone in your household knows where it is and how to turn it off in the case of an emergency of burst or frozen pipes.

This week’s home maintenance tip

Before it gets any colder outside, be sure to disconnect your outside water hoses. By leaving your hoses connected, the water in them can freeze, expand and back up into the spigot and actually burst an interior pipe. This happened to so many people last year in Kansas City.

How to prevent frozen pipes in Overland Park

I don’t know about you but last year was a winter I won’t soon forget. My pipes froze and I was without water for almost a week. Once they froze, I opened all of my faucets only to come home one day and I heard the water running. Yay! And without any damage to my pipes and without any sinks filling up and overflowing.

There are several precautions you can do to help keep your pipes warm and prevent frozen pipes in Overland Park during the frigid winter temperatures.

Open your cabinet doors

The first thing you always hear about is to open your cabinet doors if you have interior sinks located on exterior walls. If that’s your situation, it’s normal for your plumbing to be vulnerable because the exterior walls are not insulated. The cold air from the outside can and will cause frozen pipes. Open the doors under your sinks to allow the heat from the room to get in there and keep the pipes warm.

Leave the faucets dripping

When the temperatures drop to below freezing, be sure to leave your faucets on those exterior wall sinks at a slow drip. This will keep the water moving through the pipes. It may increase your water bill a little, but that small increase will be much cheaper than burst or frozen pipes.

How to know if you have frozen pipes

If your water pressure is low, you may have a frozen pipe somewhere in the house. A pipe that feels extremely cold to the touch may be frozen. It’s imperative to clear the blockage as soon as possible to prevent a pipe from bursting in some inaccessible area of your home.

If you have no water service, more than likely the mainline from the street may be frozen. Call me at (913) 515-3250 for a referral to an honest plumber to assist you.

Thawing frozen pipes in Overland Park

If you think you can solve the problem of a frozen pipe yourself, go ahead and try. Open a nearby faucet slightly so the pipe can drain as it starts to thaw. You can use a hairdryer or heating pad to thaw a frozen pipe. Do not use in standing water as you could be electrocuted. Do not use a blow torch or pour hot water onto frozen pipes.

Need a plumber?

If you need a referral to a plumber for any regular or emergency service, please call or text me at (913) 515-3250 anytime 24/7.  Heaven forbid you call one of those plumbers that advertise heavily on television. That one mistake alone could cost you thousands of your hard-earned dollars. Please allow me to refer you to someone who is NOT on my own personal DO NOT CALL LIST and will look out for your best interests.

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For Sale in Overland Park, KS – Just SOLD!

This 2 bedroom super cute ranch at 6406 W 82nd Terrace in Overland Park is clean and move-in ready! Plenty of room to entertain friends and family with a screened-in deck overlooking the large, fenced backyard and a shed for storage. Fresh interior paint, neutral colors, hardwoods, and new carpet in bedrooms. White kitchen cabinets, bonus food pantry, stainless appliances – refrigerator stays. Separate laundry room off garage complete with washer and dryer. Awesome location just minutes to shops, restaurants, Matt Ross Community Center, and the Farmer’s Market in downtown Overland Park.

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Priced at $189,900! Call or text (913) 515-3250 to set up a private showing or contact me here!

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Not Working with an Agent?

If you aren’t working with a real estate professional to help you buy a home in today’s market, you’re missing out. The right Realtor will help educate you on the market and how to be a winning offer when looking for the perfect home to buy.

Call or text me at (913) 515-3250 for a complimentary buyer consultation.

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2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes

The 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes runs this year from Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 3rd. This year there are 231 homes from 88 different builders on tour throughout 8 different counties. Homes are priced from $219,900 to $1.9 million.

The parade is designed for homebuyers to see the top new homes, learn about premier builders and visit different communities. The houses are open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the admission is FREE!

Start your 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes at any new home subdivision and pick up a guide there.

How will the Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes inspire you?

Looking at new homes is part of what I do every day. I absolutely love new construction. If you’re like me and also love interior design, be sure to visit some of the new home subdivisions during the 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes and wander through the furnished homes.

You’ll either fall in love or go home and be content with what you have. Who knows, you might get some new inspiration to incorporate into your current home. I love getting fresh ideas from the new home designers. It’s always fun to see the latest trends and how you can incorporate them into your own home!

You DO need a buyer’s agent for new construction

Please have a buyer’s agent represent you when building or buying a new home. The builder pays for you to be represented so it doesn’t cost you to have representation but can really cost you if you don’t. It’s your protection against the “what ifs.” The agents working at the subdivision work for the builders. They are looking out for their best interests. Without your own buyer representation, you don’t have anyone looking out for your best interests during the building or completion process.

If you see a house you absolutely have to have while on the 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes or want to discuss your options with buying a new construction or spec home, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.  I’m always here to help and answer any questions.

Want to know the latest stats in your neighborhood? Don’t rely on the Zillow Zestimate. Here’s a quick tool that will research your subdivision and provide you with a report within minutes – direct from the local Multiple Listing Service. It’s fast and it’s FREE! Click here and insert your address.

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Winning a Bidding War

Every homebuyer’s biggest concern is winning a bidding war when they finally find their dream home. And every home in today’s market is part of a bidding war. How in the world will your offer be the best offer so the seller chooses yours over the others.

How things have changed over the years

I’ve been a licensed Realtor since 1987. Things have certainly changed since then. It used to be, you’d look through the MLS book of homes for sale to find homes you would show your buyers. Heaven forbid if you let those buyers take your book and find their own homes. That was forbidden.

Then every day, new hot sheets would come out of new homes on the market. Granted, this was before we had computers. You would go look at a house and maybe make an offer. I don’t ever remember being up against another offer.

Showing houses in 2021

Today, buyers find houses they want to see sometimes before I even see them. After we’ve looked at between 10-15 houses right off the bat, we narrow it down to what they are really looking for. After looking at a number of houses, buyers know what they like, what they don’t like, and what they want to see more of.

My typical buyer is set up on an automatic search through our local Multiple Listing Service and receives new listings as soon as they are entered into the system. With each buyer, there is always the best time of the day for them to look at homes.

So every day, I plan my schedule around my buyer’s best time of day. We typically look at one house a day, maybe two. Then they have to decide 3 things:

  1. do we like it enough to make an offer?
  2. how much over asking price will we offer?
  3. what other options will we offer to be the winning offer?

Winning a bidding war when making the offer

There are so many options anymore when making an offer. It’s no longer about price and the perfect closing date for the seller. And it’s definitely not about writing a Dear Mr. Seller letter.

What begins with feelings – ends up with paperwork.

Winning a bidding war has a lot to do with the Realtor you choose. As your Realtor, I want to know:

  • what price will you offer?
  • how much earnest deposit will you offer?
  • what’s your preferred closing date?
  • what is your escalatory price?
  • how much over any other offer will you offer in the escalatory addendum?
  • will you offer an appraisal addendum and if so, how much are you willing to pay should the house not appraise?
  • will you sign the In Its Present Condition Addendum and are you willing to check box 2? I won’t let you check box 3!!!

Once we get past the price, earnest deposit and preferred closing date, the hard pieces of the puzzle come into play. And honestly, each piece builds on your past experience in writing offers.

Writing a winning offer

Writing an offer is tricky. It helps to know what other offers you’re up against and whether any of them are all cash. That’s not readily accessible information though. And very honestly, I’ve had sellers accept a higher-priced offer than an all-cash offer. So that technique doesn’t always work either.

You also need to know how offers on the home are going to be addressed. Will they:

  • be presented as they come in
  • collected for a few days or
  • do they have a specific time the agent and sellers will be reviewing all offers?

With every home for sale, the whole scenario changes. You have different sellers, a different agent and a different offer rules.

But once you try one thing and it doesn’t work, the next offer you write will be stronger than the last one. You’ll take more chances and more risks the more offers you write.

Just remember, persistence pays off. And eventually, you’ll pull out all the guns and get your offer accepted. Hang in there.

In conclusion

If you’re looking for a great Realtor who has a good track record of winning the offer and has more persistence than you do, call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to set up an appointment for a buyer consultation.

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