We focus on internet based marketing here at Corner Post Real Estate, and hope that Buyers feel comfortable searching for FREE on our MLS Search. This article sums up what we do. . . .–Katie Clark, BROKER
Why is my house being sold all over the Internet?
I signed an agreement with one real estate broker to sell my house. But now my house is not only on his company’s website—it’s showing up for sale on a bunch of other websites, too. What gives?
Maximum exposure for a home is a good thing. The more people who know your home is for sale, the better your chances of finding a buyer. “Casting a wide net” may help you find a buyer sooner, sell your house for more money—possibly even create a situation with multiple buyers competing to purchase your home. And there’s no wider net than the Internet. Most brokers have agreements and systems in place to display listings on a variety of websites, including other local brokerages and national listing portals, like realtor.com and texasrealestate.com.
Look at your listing agreement. If it’s the Residential Real Estate Listing Agreement Exclusive Right to Sell from the Texas Association of REALTORS®, you’ll see in Paragraph 11 (Broker’s Authority) that it authorizes the broker to display the property on the Internet without limitation unless one of the following sections is checked. If you’d like to restrict display of your property, talk with your broker. Just realize, though, that you’ll be limiting the number of potential buyers who know that your house is on the market.
Branches from a tree in my neighbor’s yard hang over our shared fence. These branches hang low and block a walkway on the side of my garage. Can I trim the branches back to the property line?
You have the right to remove the over-hanging branches, but that doesn’t mean you should run outside with your saw. If you damage the tree or violate any local ordinances regarding tree trimming and limb removal, you could find yourself liable for damages or facing fines.
Start by talking to your neighbor about the branches, and get his agreement on how you’ll trim the tree. Also, check with your city about any restrictions on pruning trees.
You’ll consider several criteria when purchasing your first home, but have you thought about how easy it will be to sell later? Things like location, features, and nearby amenities—the same criteria you’ll consider—can affect a property’s resale value.
You like it, but will they?
If it’s your first home, you may only plan to stay in it for a few years. And while you may be willing to buy a house that, for example, is located on a busy street or close to railroad tracks, ask yourself, “Will future buyers feel the same way?”
Keep the next buyers in mind
Once the home is yours, think about how to improve or maintain the home to appeal to future buyers. This can include things like upgrading bathroom or kitchen fixtures, improving the landscaping, or using paint colors that have broad appeal.
Ask an expert
If you have questions about whether a property will be easy or hard to sell in the future, talk to a Texas REALTOR®. He or she can offer advice about purchasing a home you love that will also appeal to the most buyers when you’re ready to move.
Courtesy information from Corner Post Real Estate, LLC