Whether your house is in Ipswich or elsewhere, selling your home can be difficult and the costs of making a mistake are high. After years of experience in the industry selling and buying homes, here is my guide to being a smart seller.
Get the right agent
When working out who you might want to interview, choose agents who have a track record in your area and are known for selling similar homes.
Check your local newspaper’s real estate section and see which agents have the most listings online.
Check their profiles on Facebook and Twitter.
Once you have three or four on your list, try to attend their open for inspections to see them in action. Ask their opinion about your home and its value, what sales method they would use, their knowledge of the market and area and – my favourite question – what they think is wrong with your home. Then ask how they would overcome this when selling the property.
What your home is worth may not be what you want to sell for. Properties that sell for more than their market value are rare.
Remember valuation is an art, not a science. Look at homes for sale near you — are they worth more or less than yours? Are they nicer or uglier than yours? Be honest.
It is a tricky process but do get a rough idea before the agents come in. And when a figure is suggested, ask why and how it was calculated.
Get your own sense or what your property is worth; look in the paper and search online for homes like yours in your area as a start.
If you are really confused, get a valuation done. It costs just a few hundred dollars but can buy you peace of mind and give you an independent benchmark.
Marketing your home
You can’t sell a secret. Every buyer possible needs to know that your home is on the market and you need to reach the broadest number of possible buyers.
Choose the print and online options most buyers are attracted to and that have proven track records.
RP Data research shows the combination of print advertising with online is the most powerful way to sell your home.
Get involved and check every picture and line of text. Demand creativity, not essays. There should be good English with no typos; you and the agent need to proof read the content.
Make sure the number of bedrooms and bathrooms is correct and that the images show your home at its best.
Know and test your motivation
Except for real boom times, which are not that often, it is sellers who stand in the way of a sale, not the property.
If you are not adequately motivated, you won’t put effort into the presentation, will skimp on the marketing and your price expectations will lead to either no sale or a long time on the market.
Motivated sellers get the job done.
They look at what is going on around them.
Ask yourself if there are any negative personal or financial repercussions if you don’t sell soon?
Will you accept that you may not get the sale price you hoped for?
Is waiting not really an option? If you are realistic about these questions, congratulations, you are a motivated vendor. A motivated vendor will be realistic about these questions.
Which sale method is best for you?
Ensure you understand the different sale methods and the rules and protocols of each.
Write a list of the pros and cons of each method for selling your home.
A quick look online or in the newspaper will tell you how most homes in your area are sold.
If you follow the successful crowd, you will give buyers the sale method most common for their market.
Auctions are a good option if most homes in your area are sold in this manner, you need a sale within a defined period or your home is unique.
Many people believe that if a home put to auction does not sell on the day, it is a disaster. But research shows most homes that fail to sell on the day do sell quickly afterwards.
The benefit of the auction process is that it gives you an intense period of market feedback so you can adjust your price expectations. Get your pricing wrong with a private treaty process and your home can languish for months or even years.
No matter how great your home is, how creative and successful your marketing has been or even how strong the market is, negotiation is key.
Even if your negotiator is your agent, you, too, are involved. You need to be in a position of strength. One of the tricks is to put yourself in a buyer’s mindset. Learn what the buyer’s motivation is to buy your home.
Knowledge is power and you need to keep emotions out of it. A buyer often will try a low offer, and that upsets vendors. But see it as part of the game – and in many cases you would do the same. Don’t take things personally and remember that successful negotiating is one of the key reasons you are employing an agent, so let them handle it. If you trust them – you should because you vetted them thoroughly – follow their advice.
Article originally published in www.couriermail.com.au by Andrew Winter News Limited 8/5/2013
How to attract and keep top tenants in your rental property
Being a landlord isn’t always easy. Dealing with tenants who are bad payers or appear to be on a mission to turn your rental property into a rubbish tip can be time consuming and stressful.
Renters currently have the upper hand in many Australian cities. Inner-city Brisbane, for example, has experienced a high volume of apartment construction in recent years and landlords have had to reduce rents and offer incentives to lock in leases.
With renters able to pick and choose, landlords need to try harder to ensure they attract –and keep – top quality tenants.
Here are some tips for achieving this:
Best face forward
The way you present and market your property will influence the type of interest you receive. If a rental property appears dirty and unkempt, prospective tenants may assume you’ll be equally lackadaisical once they’re in residence. This may be appealing to those who share your ‘relaxed’ approach to home and garden care, but it’s likely to be a turn-off for renters who keep things in proper order. The better the home looks and feels, the higher the calibre of applicants you’ll attract (and the higher the rent you can potentially command).
Faced with the choice between your dwelling and another that’s broadly equivalent, tenants are likely to go for the property that offers extras that add to their comfort. Installing air conditioners in the living room and main bedroom may tip the balance in your favour, or deter good sitting tenants from considering their options during the summer sizzle. Similarly, a dishwasher in the kitchen and freestanding wardrobes in bedrooms that lack built-ins are modest investments that can make a big difference.
Gardening made easy
Not everyone has a green thumb. Ensuring garden maintenance is as easy as possible can make your house or townhouse appealing to renters who may be good payers, but don’t have the time or inclination to mow and prune. Consider providing a green bin, include a monthly or quarterly yard clean-up in the rent and plant shrubs and trees that require minimal TLC.
Lock it up
If you want tenants to take good care of your property, it pays to demonstrate that you’re committed to looking after their personal property too. Installing security that’s appropriate to the home and the neighbourhood can provide peace of mind and make it cheaper and easier for tenants to obtain contents insurance.
Attend to maintenance
Having to ask repeatedly for something to be fixed is irritating, particularly if the request is reasonable. Attending to repairs as soon as possible tells good tenants you respect them and value the relationship. Conversely, making them wait weeks for maintenance requests to be actioned may result in them looking elsewhere for a landlord who can keep up their end of the bargain.
Reasonable rent rises
The market will determine the rent you can charge. If what you’re asking isn’t on par with equivalent dwellings in the same area, renters will assess their options. Should a lease be due to expire and you’re happy with the tenant, it’s wise to be realistic about rent rises – or open to the possibility of a reduction if the market has dropped. Keeping a good tenant is usually easier than finding a replacement
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Queensland Says No New Taxes on Foreign Property Buyers in Bjelke Petersen-like Strategy
The Queensland government has ruled out introducing new taxes on foreign buyers of residential real estate.
They are the only state that actually monitors foreign investment, so were in the box seat to implement such a tax regime.
The rejection comes after the populist Victoria Labor government’s recent budget unveiled a new tax regime that will seek to tax foreign buyers and foreign owners.
Queensland has vowed not to follow Victoria’s lead and introduce any new taxes on foreign property investors.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Queensland welcomed foreign property investment.
“We’re ruling out any stamp duty surcharges for foreign investors who purchase a house in Queensland,” said Pitt.
“We’re also ruling out any land tax surcharge for foreign investors in this state.”
The Victorian state budget, revealed on Tuesday, included a 3%t stamp duty surcharge for homes from July and land tax increases of 0.5% from 2016 for offshore-based investors.
News Ltd reported Queensland executive director of the Property Council, Chris Mountford saying the action will strengthen Queensland’s position on the global investment map.
“In particular it creates a compelling case to invest in Queensland over Victoria.”
Nothing new for Queensland as that was how former premier Joh Bjelke Petersen saw the state into an upswing when Queensland didn’t have death duties like other states.
It was in 1977 when the Premier of Queensland Joh Bjelke Petersen abolished death duties and a wave of Australia’s elderly headed towards the Gold Coast with the high rise following as dying in Queensland became a tax avoidance scheme and Surfers Paradise became a retirement haven.
By JONATHAN CHANCELLOR via propertyobserver.com.au