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Embracing Minimalism: Is it Time to Downsize Your Living Space?

Everything is bigger in America. Our cities, our lakes, our food portions, and even our houses. However, more and more people are choosing to forego the big house, trading it in for a smaller, simpler living arrangements. Or a minimalist lifestyle, as some folks call it.

Minimalism is Rising in Popularity

As The Times Leader points out, minimalist living appeals to an ever-growing segment of the population. From simple designs and simple furniture, to smaller, more efficient spaces, people are learning to let go of both status symbols, and of unnecessary expenses, in order to live in ways that use fewer resources, and which provide them with all the comforts they need.  Why embrace minimalism? Well…

  • It’s Cheaper: Smaller houses mean smaller bills, and no wasted space.
  • It Uses Fewer Resources: From heating to house paint, the less space you occupy, the smaller your footprint on the environment is.
  • It’s Less Work: Whether it’s cleaning, repairs, or just general upkeep, minimalist houses take minimal work.

For those who want to adopt this lifestyle, though, they have to downsize their possessions. That often means unloading clothing, bulky furniture, and scaling back on everything from movies to DVDs. People often go digital, using mobile devices to read ebooks, and streaming services to watch TV and movies. It also means that if they have a house that’s bigger than they need, they’ll put it on the market. Most often they’ll purchase smaller homes, like ranches or bungalows, or get an apartment or condo. In some extreme cases, someone might choose to move into a tiny house, which is a hyper compact living space that’s often built into a trailer, but which still offers everything from sleeping space, to a bathroom, to a miniature kitchen.

​Which solution is best for you depends on what level of minimalism you’re comfortable with. But if you have a home that’s too big for your needs, why pay more than you have to?  If you prefer a minimalist approach to home selling, without the hassles of walk-through’s, agents, repairs and negotiations, Seller’s Advantage can help.  We can give you a cash offer in as little as 24 hours and purchase homes in AS-IS condition.  For more information, give us a call at 1-800-208-3243.

Four Reasons to Sell Your Home Before School Starts

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering if you should do it before or after the beginning of the school year.

If you do it before the start of school, you’ve got several elements working in your favor. Home buyers with children want minimal disruption of their child’s schooling and social activities. They also want them in the best school zone possible. Typically, this is a time when the market is going strong. There are many buyers out there looking for new homes.

According to your area and the specifics of your home, there may be such a buying frenzy that you could get multiple offers, some even over your listing price. Consider some of the reasons why this time of year is perfect for selling your home:

1.  Spring and summer are typically the most beautiful times of the entire year. Your home will have more curb appeal than during the winter months when the flowers are gone and the trees bare of leaves.

2.  If a new family moves into their new house before school starts they will have more time to become familiar with the area and make new friends.

3.  It gives the buyer time to “test drive” the house before things start getting hectic again. Maybe the electrical outlet for little Jimmy’s computer isn’t working. Maybe there is a plumbing problem in the second bathroom. It would be unpleasant to discover either of these flaws on the first day of school as everyone is getting ready to get started with an increase in their activities and commitments.

4.  Buying before school starts gives everyone the time they need to “nest.” The children will have the time to get their possessions moved into their room and in order. That means this burden won’t fall completely on Mom and Dad.

Selling a home can be a chore. Think out your strategy carefully before placing your home on the market. Timing is one of the most important aspects of that strategy.

Since the first day of school is just around the corner, Seller’s Advantage can help you complete a sale quickly by offering a cash offer within 24 hours. At Seller’s Advantage, we help home owners avoid the high costs of repairs and other costs when selling their home by purchasing homes in “as is” condition and making an offer within as little as 24 hours. Fore more information call 1.800-208-3243 or contact us here for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Selling the Home of a Hoarder

According to Patch.com, hoarding is a mental disorder that affects two to seven percent of the American population. When a hoarder’s home is placed on the market, it is often accompanied by numerous problems and considerations.

To many hoarders everything in the home is considered a prized possession. While most people might want to enter wearing bio-hazard suits and equipped with snow shovels to clean, the hoarder typically feels a dire need to individually separate all of the items before they decide to keep them or throw them away. This latter scenario presents many problems when it comes to a speedy sale.

There are many different reasons for a hoarder leaving their home. Some have been forced out due to health and safety code violations. Others have found themselves in need of outside care and need the income from the home to finance that care. Some owners have died and the heirs must sell the home. Whatever the situation it is a difficult scenario and usually one in which a speedy sale is needed.

The best option for many homeowners is to sell the compromised home in as-is condition. The potential buyer should be made fully aware that there is no way to tell the underlying condition of the home because of the amount of debris inside. There are, however, some investors who specialize in just such buys. They purchase the home as-is, allowing the seller to walk away without having to expend time, energy or costs on the monumental task of cleaning and repairing the home.

Seller’s Advantage has helped many people in this situation by giving a quick, cash offer and speedy payment, allowing the home owner to walk away without any need to exert energy or expense in cleanup. Contact Seller’s Advantage today to discuss your unique home selling situation.

The Unanticipated Costs of Selling Your Home through a Realtor

No one likes surprises when it comes to selling a home; but most homeowners don’t anticipate the “hidden” costs associated with selling. Perhaps they are so enamored with the profit signs that they forget the high cost of home repairs, staging, closing fees and Realtor commissions. According to a recent article by bankrate.com, fees often make up 10 percent of the sales price of your home. In order to sell, most buyers don’t accept your home “as is,” which means the home has to pass inspection. A home inspector will likely present of list of costly repairs, especially for older homes.

Consider some of the various expenses involved in selling a home the traditional way.

Paying the real estate agent. The real estate agent’s commission often amounts to 5 to 6 percent of the sales cost, but could go higher. In a seller’s market, more Realtors expect higher commissions. For a $250,000 home, experts estimate home sellers pay the Realtor about $15,000 or more.

Making the home repairs. Home repairs can include but are not limited to new roofs, A/C systems, flooring, siding and electrical and plumbing work. But most buyers today also expect new appliances, updated counter tops and high-end features. To sell fast, it’s important to pass the home inspection. In addition, many sellers spend money on staging. Prepare to invest money even if your home is in good condition. Staging typically costs $675 or more.

Budgeting for other closing costs. Real estate experts point out other closing costs range from 2 to 4 percent of the selling cost. Fees include title transfer, inspection, appraisal, attorney fee, transfer taxes, brokerage fees and courier fees. According to a report by Zillow.com, U.S. homeowners spend an average of $15,000 in hidden costs to sell. Home preparation costs including staging, carpet cleaning, house cleaning, painting, lawn care costs $2,600 for most home sellers, Zillow reports.

At Seller’s Advantage, we help home owners avoid the high costs of repairs and other costs when selling their home by purchasing homes in “as is” condition and making an offer within as little as 24 hours. If want to sell your home fast without the headaches, wasted time and energy, please call us at 1.800-208-3243 or contact us here for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation!

Five Things That Can Delay the Sale of Your Home (that aren’t within your control)

While most home sellers know they have to get rid of clutter, stage a home and perform renovations that appeal to potential buyers, the hard work and money spent doesn’t always pay off. Real estate experts point out 5 things that can delay your home sale that aren’t within your control. Even though it’s a seller’s market, there are several trends that prevent the average home owner from achieving their goals.

Renters aren’t ready to buy
If you own a start home in the lower and middle price range, your best potential buyer are renters or first-time buyers. However, a recent National Association of Realtors survey showed only 52 percent of renters feel it’s a great time to buy a house compared to 62 percent 12 months ago. With such low confidence, it’s more difficult to sell. Because more potential buyers are the move-up variety, it takes considerable more money to renovate to appeal to higher-end buyers.

Your Realtor is too busy
Because it’s a hot real estate market, your real estate agent will likely spend less time marketing your home. Some agents don’t have time to return phone calls because of the increased demand for help. Once you sign a contract with a real estate agent, you often get locked in for a period of time. Before working with an agent, consider alternative ways to sell your home.

You made a few renovation mistakes
According to an article by rismedia.com, it’s more difficult to sell a home that is too personalized. If you painted a mural, put in built-in shelves or invested in flooring that is no longer in style, it’s difficult to sell.

Your home needs too many repairs
Oftentimes baby boomers inherit homes in need of repairs. Experts point out even the best home renovation projects do not provide a total return on investment. If you have to fix the plumbing, electrical wiring or roof, it’s even less possible to recoup your money. If you do get a buyer, the closing will likely wait on the costly repairs.

Your home is in an undesirable neighborhood
It’s impossible to change a home’s location. It’s frustrating when you inherit a home in a high crime area or bought when the neighborhood was in higher demand. If you own a home in an undesirable neighborhood, it delays the sale as you wait for potential buyers. Although up-and-coming neighborhoods are great for buyers, they are not good for sellers if the neighborhood hasn’t caught on yet.

At Seller’s Advantage, we help home owners avoid the cumbersome home-selling process. We build trust with our clients facing difficulties related to home ownership. If you want to cash out quickly without the listing hassles, please call us at 1.800-208-3243 or contact us here for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Do Home Renovations Pay Off When You Sell?

If you watch HGTV or read home décor magazines, you likely know how to sell your home quickly. But the real question isn’t whether your home will sell, but whether you will receive a profitable offer. For many people, it’s simply not worth the aggravation to hire home contractors or worth the debt to renovate the major problem areas in a home. No matter where you live, the universal dilemma faced by home sellers is how much upgrades cost and whether those upgrades will lead to a profitable sale. According to a recent article by Valley News.com, home sellers who get their top-selling price still don’t recoup the money spent on most home improvements. Of course, upgrades and improvements are a totally different category than repairs. Homes in need of costly repairs often don’t pass inspection. Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 report on cost versus value highlights some of the better improvements for selling your home quickly.

Replacing the front door
If you replace a front door with a steel entry door, most buyers will love it. However, the cost recouped is 91 percent. Although it’s a better return on investment compared to most, you still walk away from the closing money having spent more on renovations than you make. Less expensive improvements include painting or adding new hardware.

Changing the façade
Improving curb appeal is another way to quickly sell your home. People who added stone veneer to the front of their home recouped 90 percent of their investment. Some homeowners take a DIY approach to improving their home’s exterior. Experts caution against getting up on ladders to paint or add a stone veneer due to accidents and falls.

Some of the other home improvements include completing a minor kitchen remodel. A major kitchen renovation costs upwards of $50,000, while a minor kitchen or bathroom renovation costs $5,000 to $15,000. People recoup 80 percent of their money spent on minor kitchen remodels such as replacing laminate and resurfacing cabinets as well as replacing old flooring. Some home sellers replace their garage door to a more stylish model that matches their entry door. The cost recouped for a garage door replacement is 77 percent.

At Seller’s Advantage, we help home owners who want to sell their homes quickly without stress. We take homes in any condition. If you inherited or need to relocate quickly, talk to us about our service. Sometimes you don’t have time to work with a Realtor. For more tips on selling a home quickly, please contact us.

Four of the Costliest Home Repairs

When you buy a home, you are also signing on for the long list of repairs and routine maintenance that comes with the territory. Some things, however, can’t be turned into a weekend DIY project, especially with older homes. A lot of the problems that homeowners face require the help of an expert, and those costs add up. We’ve compiled a list of some of the priciest home repairs that can homeowners can run into.

  • Sewer Line Replacement – $12,000: The most common cause of sewer line failures are tree roots. Obviously, the more trees that are on your property, the more likely it is that the roots will cause some damage. Older homes are especially at risk, and in a nightmare scenario, repairing the damage to a sewer line can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.
  • Mold Removal – $6,000: Water can be a home’s worst enemy if it is left standing. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find the standing water in your home, and thus, it is easy for mold to accumulate. Not only is mold growth disgusting, it can also cause serious respiratory issues.
  • Termites – $1,000: These pesky insects will literally eat away at your investment, and if they aren’t caught quickly, they can cause serious structural damage, and the costs of repairing this damage can quickly spiral out of control.
  • Dead Furnace – $5,000: The average furnace lasts quite a long time, but sooner or later, every furnace needs to be replaced. The cost of the new furnace depends on the type of furnace and the amount of duct work that needs to be done, and can become very pricy very quickly.

The cost and labor-intensive nature of repairs can delay the sale of a home significantly.  Many buyers are opting to sell in “as is” condition to avoid the hassle of dealing with repairs. Seller’s Advantage purchases homes in as-is condition for those who want to get cash for their property in as little as seven days. Homeowners can get a quote on the value of their home by calling 800-208-3243 or contacting them here.

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