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    Wednesday, April 26, 2017   /   by Jason Huerkamp

    Why Should My Seller Choose Your Offer?

    When you are looking to buy a home in todays hot real estate market, its important to think about the Seller when making your serious offer on a home. Here are a few points to think about when you want that dream home in a competitive market.

    When your offer is submitted via the real estate agent on your dream home, what is it about your offer that My Seller would prefer over all others that are presented? Most buyers think its only about price, but that is not always the case. The Seller has needs. He wants to get his home sold in the shortest possible time, for the most amount of money, with the least amount of hassle and inconvenience. The answer is literally in that sentence. So how can you make that happen?

    Shortest Possible Time - A serious seller will have priced him home to suit the market. As his representative, we would have gone through the stats and decided on an appropriate price for the property in order to get it sold in the shortest possible time. Your quick move ...

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      #realestatemarket, buyer tips, seller tips, #buyeragent, negotiating the sale, #selleragent, pre-approved vs pre-qualified, mortgages

    Thursday, April 20, 2017   /   by Jason Huerkamp

    Overpriced Homes - Do they Sell in a Hot Market?

    Do Overpriced Homes Sell?

    When pricing your home, consider these 12 points



    Experienced buyers who have been looking for a while will know your home is overpriced and won't even look at it
    Unscrupulous agents may use your home as a springboard to sell another home with similar accommodation thats priced correctly
    The first 30 days is the most important days for your listing, make the most of it to get it sold
    The longer your home is on the market, the less the value in the buyers mind (What is wrong with this property?)
    Buyers search in price brackets. If your home is priced out of the price bracket, it may never be seen by the right buyer
    If there are no or few showings in the first week of hitting the Market, the Market is telling you the property is overpriced
    If the Buyers are coming to look at the property and not offering, the buyer is telling you it is overpriced and your home should consider a price improvement.
    In today's busy market, pricing your home cor ...

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      #realestatemarket, seller tips, negotiating the sale, real estate agent duties, #selleragent, in the market vs on the market

    Thursday, April 13, 2017   /   by Jason Huerkamp

    Quick Tips for a Home Makeover on a Budget

    A home makeover on a budget is not always an easy thing today. Here are some guidelines that you may find useful.

    1. Simple, yet the Same!
    Anyone can decorate on a budget, but not everyone can make it look stylish and effective.

    To begin your redecorating project, clear each room of its decorative pieces and accents so that you are left with just the furniture in the room. Remove scatter cushions, candle holders, table ornaments, pictures and any thing else and place them onto your patio or into the garage so you can look over them easily. Now assess the furniture you have in each room. Does the furniture work in that room work or could you add it to another room, or mix and match it with furniture from a different room to give it more depth. Could you change the color of a feature piece to give it a new look? 

    2. Paint, Paint, Paint!

    Paint is a wonderful medium. You can add color to your basic theme to enhance and dramatize any space. Its on ...

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      seller tips, home makeover, budget makeover, staging

    Thursday, April 06, 2017   /   by Jason Huerkamp

    Tips for Finding Hidden Gems in Hot Real Estate

    We know how frustrating and disappointing it can be when your offer is one of many on the same property and you are not the winner of the bid! We have an insider tip for you to consider!


    1. Homes That Have Been on The Market a Long Time
    Get your agent to take you out to look at the homes that have been on the market far too long! Even consider looking in a price bracket different to the one you are searching in, you never know what hidden gems there may be.

    Lets look at these circumstances - 

    Sellers sometimes put their home on the market at an incorrect price. It may not be the agents fault, it may be the Seller who wants to try a higher price first
    Sometimes the Selling Agent is less experienced in the neighborhood and has not priced a home correctly and therefore it has been sitting on the market for a while
    Possibly the house has been reduced in price and because the days on market look scary, buyers have been avoiding the property, wondering what is wrong w ...

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      #realestatemarket, buyer tips, minneapolis lifestyle

    Friday, March 31, 2017   /   by Jason Huerkamp

    Why You Should Have Buyer Representation When Opting for New Construction

    There is a misconception that buyers do not need representation when opting for new construction. New Home Builders marketing teams often tell buyers that they don't need buyer representation when purchasing a new construction because "they don't have anything to do with the construction process". This is not correct. You should have buyer representation.

    We, as real estate agents have heard the good and the not so good stories. Many times a buyer that we had coached through the idea of having buyer representation has been so grateful they have used our services. Here are some of the Myth's of new construction.

    Myth #1 - You will get a better deal if you work directly with the builder.

    This is not true. The builder has a price and his price set for his construction. He is not going to give you a better deal. Often the buyer's agent knows exactly what can be included and where to push the boundaries and inclusions. The builders marketing team is not going to tell you what ...

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      buyer tips, #buyeragent, #newconstruction, new home builds