Distressed Homeowner Leads for Less than the Price of a Cup of Coffee

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Today’s successful real estate investor must be more aggressive in their search for distressed homeowners if they are important
Dean Graziosi

Distressed Homeowner Leads for Less than the Price of a Cup of Coffee

September 16, 2017

Today’s successful real estate investor must be more aggressive in their search for distressed homeowners if they are important
Dean Graziosi

Distressed Homeowner Leads for Less than the Price of a Cup of Coffee

September 14, 2017

Today’s successful real estate investor must be more aggressive in their search for distressed homeowners if they are important
Dean Graziosi

Distressed Homeowner Leads for Less than the Price of a Cup of Coffee

September 12, 2017

Today’s successful real estate investor must be more aggressive in their search for distressed homeowners if they are important
Dean Graziosi

How To Protect Your Home While It’s On the Market

July 30, 2014

homeYou’ve finally decided that you’re ready to list your home.  You’ve cleaned, trimmed your trees and hedges, planted new flowers, updated the paint where needed and you’re ready to get busy showing your home.  The one thing that the majority of homeowners share is the fear of leaving behind all of their prized possessions when they have a showing or open house.

Dean Graziosi states that homes listed for sale can be targeted by thieves, lawsuits that someone filed as a result of an injury sustained during an open house or showing and more.  To help you feel more at ease when it comes time to show your home, I have listed some ways in which you can protect your home while it’s on the market.

If you do not plan on coming straight home after you have had a showing or an open house, you may want to ask one of your neighbors to stop by your home and make sure that all of the doors have been locked.  This will help protect your home from any unwanted visitors who may be aware that you are currently not home.  While a home is listed, neighbors become used to the fact that strangers are coming and going from your home, sharing with them when you are expecting a showing or when you will be away for a long period of time may help them be more aware of anything unusual.

The next way that you can protect your home while it’s on the market is to keep all of your expensive items out of sight.  If you have any high-priced collectibles, jewelry, or other expensive items Dean Graziosi recommends placing them in a safe or lockbox you may have in your home.  If you do not have a safe place to store these items in your home, you may want to consider renting a safety deposit box until you sell your home.  You should also be careful about the paperwork that you leave lying around your home during this time.  You should ensure that anything with your social security number or any other account information is filed away or shredded.

During the time that you have your home listed, someone may get hurt while visiting your property.  This is not something that every homeowner considers prior to listing their home, but accidents do happen.  In the case that someone is injured while on your property, they may hold you liable and decide to sue.

To help keep lawsuits at bay, you should ensure that any loose or uneven flooring has been properly repaired.  If you have your home listed during winter months, you need to remove all ice and snow from your steps and sidewalks.  If you have rugs on your floors, you may want to secure them with tape or non-slip padding.  You may also want to simply remove them entirely for the time being.  Make sure that all of your stairways and hallways are clear of clutter and make sure that your home is properly lit during any showings.

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Pool

July 1, 2014

IMG_0968When it comes to selling your house, there are several factors that can help raise its value. Owning a pool has typically been viewed as a definite selling point, and is often a feature prospective home buyers are willing to pay extra for, especially if it is in-ground. As Dean Graziosi explains in this article, however, there are many pros and cons of pool ownership.
Some of them are outlined below.

Pros

Swimming pools provide a great means of exercise. This is great for both children and adults because it promotes physical fitness right in one’s own backyard. This type of exercise is also often recommended for those who have knee, leg, or other injuries.

Pools can provide hours of fun. Since in many climates, people can swim or relax in their pools from late spring to early fall and sometimes even beyond, there are several months out of the year when a swimming pool can be used. Even just relaxing in the water can be calming.

A swimming pool in the backyard can actually raise the value of a home. This is especially true if the pool is in-ground and if a deck and fence have been placed around it. Outbuildings for changing clothes and storing pool-related items will only increase the home value because the pool can serve as an entertainment area of sorts.

Cons

Pools can be costly to install. Even the above-ground variety can come at a high price. An above-ground pool is also difficult to install, especially if you plan to make it a more permanent fixture in the yard. Also, you will either be responsible for the installation yourself or will need to hire someone to do it for you. Hiring someone else will, of course, come at an added cost.

An in-ground pool may be installed by someone else thus taking the work off you, but it is quite a bit more costly than an above-ground option. What it may come down to is how badly you really want a pool and how much it will be used.

Pools are also expensive to maintain. Cleaning them takes time and effort, and is a process that must take place on a regular basis.

Swimming pools can also be dangerous for those who are unable to swim. Small children may also fall in and become injured or drown if unsupervised. That is why a fence around the pool is absolutely necessary and there should always be more than one person either in or by the pool at all times whenever it is being used. As an article posted on freshome.com denotes, a homeowner may actually be held responsible for accidents caused in the pool.

So is pool ownership worth it? That is up to the individual homeowner. If you are willing to shell out the cash and take on the responsibility that comes along with it, the answer may very well be yes. If, on the other hand, you do not want the responsibility or feel it really isn’t an affordable investment for you, perhaps you should look at other home improvement options. You can learn more about this and other real estate topics by visiting Dean Graziosi’s website.

How to Use Closet Space to Sell Your Home

April 1, 2014

ClosetHome buyers of today are looking for many important features when entering into the search for a new house. Closet space is among the most notable because storage space has become essential. There are plenty of ways to show off your closet space and make it more appealing, even if you aren’t actually able to increase it. As Dean Graziosi points out in a real estate blog post, the key to using your closet space when selling is properly showing it off.

If you own an older home, chances are it doesn’t contain large closets. You may wish to expand one or more of your closets by knocking out a wall or two and creating more storage space. If you are unable to do this, you can optimize what little space you do have by making a few important organizational changes.

Add clothing rods and shelving where possible. Prospective buyers who are searching for great storage space may appreciate the organization options. Adding shoe shelves will also appeal to women.

If you have a rather large living room or bedroom, you may wish to knock out one wall of the closet and extend it as mentioned above. This will take some work and come at a cost, but it may be well worth it in the end. Many older homes are quite charming, but the lack of closet space can keep them from selling. Increasing closet space can work in your favor.

If you are fortunate enough to own a home with large closets and plenty of space, use it to your benefit when showing the home. Leave closet doors open so prospective buyers can see how much space is inside. Keep items off the floors and neatly stored in the closets so they will also be able to view the closets at their best. A de-cluttered closet also makes it appear larger and more open.

Clean out your closets before your home is viewed by prospective buyers. As an article in Fox News suggests, you should aim to have 20 to 30 percent of your closet space unoccupied. This will show your viewers exactly how much closet space there is in your home.

If your master bedroom contains two closets, consider knocking out the wall between them. These are often perfect as “his and hers” closets, but eliminating that one wall can open up the space and enable couples to use it even more creatively.

There are plenty of ways to show off your closet space effectively. The key is to capture the best features of each when allowing your home to be viewed by potential home buyers. You can read more about this and other relevant real estate topics by visiting Dean Graziosi’s website.

Tips For Preparing Your Fireplace For Winter

December 19, 2013

fireplaceAs winter begins to settle in and place its icy cold grip on our homes it is time to perform some steps that will ensure your fireplace is ready for winter.  In addition to ensuring that the flue is in proper working order, there are some other things you should do before you light that first log, according to Dean Graziosi.

To prepare your fireplace and ensure that it works properly throughout the winter, you should take a few minutes to visually inspect your chimney from the outside.  You should take note if you notice any leaning, masonry joints that need repair, or any chipped bricks.  You should also look for any holes or cracks that can affect the functionality of your fireplace.  If your fireplace is constructed from metal, you should look for any stains, areas that have become loose, or any corrosion.  If you can get to your fireplace through your attic, you should inspect that section as well.

After you have carefully inspected the exterior of your chimney you should move onto the chimney cap.  A properly functioning chimney cap will reduce any damaged caused to your chimney by animals and water.  If your chimney is uncapped, snow and rain can find their way in and freeze which can cause damage to your fireplace.  If any animals have built nests in your chimney, those nests may create clogs which can expose you and your family to worms, ticks, and fleas.  To ensure that animals cannot gain access to your chimney, you should use a chimney cap that includes screen mesh.

On the interior of your home, you should carefully inspect the area surrounding your chimney for any wetness or stains that may indicate water leakage.  These leaks may be caused by deteriorated flashing surrounding the chimney near the roof line.  Leaks can also occur by a damaged flue liner that may have become damaged by weather and time.  If you notice any signs of water near your chimney, you should call a chimney expert at once.

The next area that you should pay attention to is the flue.  During this step, you should open the clean out door located at the base of the flue and using a flashlight you should look up the flue looking for any signs of soot buildup and any cracks, separation, and holes.  If you see anything that causes you any concern, you should contact your local chimney professional to inspect your chimney and give it a thorough cleaning.

The final step you should take in preparing your fireplace for winter is to inspect the brickwork in your fireplace looking for any signs of wear and damage.  During this step, you should also inspect the damper.  Your damper should open and close without any problems and be easy to operate.  If you notice any signs of problems, you should not hesitate to call a professional to thoroughly inspect the interior of your fireplace.

How to Prepare Your Home for Prospective Buyers

November 19, 2013

87632253When preparing your home to be shown to prospective buyers, think of how you would want it to look if viewing it for the first time. You are used to all the features and accents, to every aspect of your home that made you want to buy it. Prospective buyers, on the other hand, may see it in a completely different way. It’s safe to say everyone will come away with something different in their heads. This could be a particular feature or characteristic that served as an attention grabber. The same goes for the little things you took the time to do or those you didn’t do. As Dean Graziosi points out in a post on this topic, you should create a pleasant atmosphere that will be helpful to buyers.

 

Declutter the outside as well as the inside. Buyers will see the outside first. If they don’t like what’s there, they will probably never make it into the house itself. That is why the yard, garage, and all surrounding areas should be free of clutter. Remove all items that are taking up space and can be stored elsewhere. Free space looks better and allows prospective buyers to form their own picture about how the space should be used. As stated in an article in Forbes, you should think long-term.

 

Decluttering the inside will have the same effect, but will also make the rooms seem larger. This can go a long way toward helping buyers figure out the best ways to use the space. Remember, you are showing them the space, not how to use it. Let them be imaginative and give them the perfect atmosphere for figuring out how they would do that.

 

Do maintenance where necessary. If something needs repairs, make sure they are completed before your home is ever shown. Even the smallest of details can make a huge difference. For example, a wall badly in need of a little paint or new wallpaper can create the wrong vibe and change the way in which a buyer sees your home.

 

Appeal to the senses. If conducting an open house, consider playing soft music rather than the type you might usually listen to while driving to work in the morning. The same is true when choosing a scent to make your home smell clean and fresh. Avoid the harsh scents and make sure the ones you do choose aren’t overpowering. Dean Graziosi explains how to appeal to the senses in a post on his website.

 

Don’t go with any type of theme when showing your home. Certain color schemes or ideas might distract prospective buyers and make it difficult for them to focus on the actual features of the property itself.

 

Taking the right steps to prepare your home for buyers is important. You can visit Dean Graziosi’s site for information on this and other topics.