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How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

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If you’re thinking of selling your home, the first step is to strip it down.  You don’t want to haul the same old junk to your new home, and having a clean, simple,  clutter-free home is visually more attractive to buyers. And since weather is a factor, summertime is the perfect time to get rid of clutter.

For as long as it has been true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, garage sales have benefited both buyer and seller. So before throwing your own worldly possessions on the front lawn, check out the following suggestions for garage sale success:

 What to Sell

  • Because variety is the spice of life, garage sale shoppers prefer sales that feature a little bit of everything. If you have nothing but used clothing and toys to sell, wait until you can pull together a few more items.
  • When deciding what to sell, never underestimate the value for absolute junk. If you haven’t used something in the past year, put it up for sale.
  • Since dealers and antique collectors frequent garage sales, proudly display one-of-a-kind items.
  • Dressers, bookcases, baskets, tables, toys, and tools attract traffic.
  • If you sell appliances, make sure they work. Have an outlet handy so buyers can plug in that old TV set before buying it.

 How to Price

  • Put price tags on items. Customers may assume that unmarked items are out of their price range.
  • Be prepared to haggle. Price everything at twice the price you really want for it so you can accept offers for half price. Most garage sale enthusiasts love to negotiate. But it’s okay to say, “I’m firm on that price.”
  • Take a hint from retail vendors who mark down slow sellers. If an item doesn’t move, ask a little less.
  • Don’t charge more than half the retail value of your merchandise. In fact, most Web garage sale sites recommend pricing items at 10 to 30 percent of retail.

 How to Display

  • Clean everything. Dirty dishes fetch a far lower price than their clean counterparts.
  • Large items bring the most foot traffic. If you sell your furniture early, ask if you can keep it until the end of the day.
  • Clothing on racks sells higher than similar items thrown on a blanket. If possible, hang a line in your garage or buy a portable rack. People who dig through boxes expect to pay much less for those items.
  • Clearly mark your sales area. If you have a sale in your garage, cover the lawn mower, shovels, and rakes.
  • Attract attention with eye-catching balloons and signs.

How to Advertise

  • Place an ad in a weekly or daily newspaper. If you partner with neighbors on a mutually convenient weekend, you can usually convince them to share the cost with you.
  • Make plenty of bold, bright, neatly lettered signs. Place them at strategic locations, directing traffic to your neighborhood, street, and house. But don’t forget to take them down when the sale is over!
  • Don’t sponge off of your neighbors’ advertising. If he places ads and posts signs for his own sale, offer to split costs, or wait for another day to sell your stuff.

When to Sell

  • Check the weather forecast before planning your sale. Even if you plan to have your sale indoors, inclement weather may keep your customers at home.
  • Saturday is often the best day for a yard or garage sale, though this varies regionally. In some places, people tend to favor Thursday or Friday sales. If you are new to an area, ask around to see which days are the most popular for sales.

What to Do with Leftovers

  • Store unsold items for another day. What isn’t of interest now may be in high demand next year.
  • Make arrangements to have unsold items picked up by the Salvation Army or other charitable organization. Most provide receipts for taxable donations. To calculate the fair market value of donated items, talk to your accountant. You will probably be surprised by how much you can claim,
  • Give the items away. What doesn’t sell is usually snapped up when placed near a sign that says, “FREE.”

Good luck! Call me for step two of selling your home.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

First Time Seller? Here’s how it works. . .

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With the housing market as hot as it is, sellers might think they can buy a “For Sale” sign at the hardware store, put it in the window, place an ad on Craigslist and have it sold the next day.

In reality, if you want top dollar for your home,  The best strategy is to hire a LOCAL realtor.

Property sales are complicated and time-consuming. This is why the help of an experienced local real estate agent is invaluable.  They have the resources that make finding capable people like handymen, stagers and  inspectors easy.  They also know how to market effectively, from hard and online advertising to holding open houses.  Negotiating and finalizing the contract, including making sure local regulations and ordinances are accounted for, are no small part of the process.

Not every sale is identical, but these are the most usual steps.

  1. market appearance—listing agents publishes details on proprietary MLS® (syndicates to consumer sites)
  2. listing status is Active—Seller and their agents work to attract Buyers
  3. offer[s] submitted by would-be Buyer[s]—sometimes on a date
    announced in advance
  4. Sellers review and accept an offer, creating a Pending Sale and
    starting Escrow interval
  5. Buyers hire property inspection[s] and complete lender’s financing requirements
  6. Buyers may attempt to renegotiate terms or withdraw from Escrow, based on inspection findings
  7. agreed price and other terms remain confidential among Buyer, Seller and the agents throughout Escrow
  8. Close of Escrow—legal change of ownership, listing status Sold.

Both Sellers and Buyers might benefit from my Handbooks for both, which goes into more detail about the process, including a wonderful Glossary of the industry’s jargon.  Just email or give me a call and I’ll  send you the appropriate one.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Super Site and discover properties on the market neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for all your other real estate needs.  Just phone 510-527-0174 .  I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Confused about the Process? Here’s Help for Home Buyers & Sellers

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In every industry there’s jargon and procedures that are plain as day to insiders but often confusing to outsiders.  Real Estate has it’s own language, and to help with any potential language barrier or perplexing procedural processes, here’s a short summery of the Home Sale process which includes a little of both.

A typical house sells in stages:

1. market appearance—listing agents published details on proprietary MLS® (syndicates to consumer sites)

2. listing status is Active—Seller and their agents work to attract Buyers

3. offer[s] submitted by would-be Buyer[s]—sometimes on a date announced in advance

4. Sellers review and accept an offer, creating a Pending Sale and starting Escrow interval

5. Buyers hire property inspection[s] and complete lender’s financing requirements

6. Buyers may attempt to renegotiate terms or withdraw from Escrow, based on inspection findings

7. agreed price and other terms remain confidential among Buyer, Seller and the agents throughout Escrow

8. Close of Escrow—legal change of ownership, listing status Sold.

Not every sale is identical, but these are the most usual steps.  For more details this link will lead  you to my Buyers’ Handbook, which digs even deeper into the process and includes a wonderful Glossary of the industry’s jargon.

If you’re from out of town and not ready to make a purchase when you first arrive in the East Bay, the most comprehensive resource for finding a rental property is at Craig’s List.  California Realtors® are very seldom involved in arranging rentals, although I’d be glad to share some tips if you’d like to hear them.

OR to have a shot at answering any other real estate or SF Bay Area questions you might have. My blog and web sites are constantly updated with useful (and often fun) things about the area.

Call me for all your real estate needs at 510-527-0174 , I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Low Housing Inventory? Blame the Boomers

If you’re trying to find a home to buy, I’m sure you’ve experienced the relative lack of inventory on the market in the East Bay.  You may wonder why more people are hanging on to their homes.

There are all sorts of good reasons to sell if you’ve been in a house for many years.  Usually, an old family home is too big for older folks to take care of, or has too many stairs to navigate, or has lots of delayed maintenance issues, or is not  convenient to the goods and services you need or enjoy–and driving has become, well, an issue.

However, in the Berkeley area there are some ways around this dilemma.  In the Elmwood area there is something called Ashby Village, consisting of  “. . .a community-based network of people over age 50 living in the greater Berkeley area united by our desire to remain in our own homes as we get older,”

This attitude lines up perfectly with these statistics from C.A.R. :

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Still, many seniors need more than good neighborhood organizations to keep healthy and safe.  My folks, when they became too old to look after themselves without constant, 24/7 care, used the proceeds from their home sale to support their assisted living.

When they moved out of their home of  over 30 years both they, and my wife and I, breathed a sign of relief knowing that their needs would be well looked after. Sometimes it’s important to know when to make a change, and the health and safety of my parents came before the sentimental value of having the family home remain in the family.

If you’re the rare boomer who wants to sell their East Bay home, or someone older who is ready to–or or a buyer looking to purchase one–and are interested in hiring an agent like me please give me a call at 510-527-0174 , I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referrals. I’ll make you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective

If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Financial Friday: SELLERS, The Ball is in YOUR COURT

I discovered a chart that makes Wednesday’s blog a bit clearer.  The long and the short of it is:

East Bay Sellers, there’s a crying need for home inventory. 

The average price of a single family home increased 8.1 %, yet there are less of you offering your homes for sale.  Mortgage rates are also low, and there are plenty of buyers looking for a home.

There are, in short, plenty of reasons to sell besides the demand.

For example, If you want to downsize, or if you’re moving out of the area, or if you’re in charge of aging parents who can no longer care for themselves or their home, call me.  I’m eager to help you list and sell your property and get you moving towards a brand new chapter in your life.  Get to know me by checking me out on my facebook or linkedIn pages.

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I also have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Is It the Right Time to Sell Your Home?

Here in the Bay Area we’re experiencing an unabashed sellers market.  Prices and demand are high and mortgage rates are low.  The Economy is improving, and people are now selling  not because they need to, but because it makes good financial sense to take advantage of all the above indicators (see the graphic).  Though this chart covers only 2012 to 2013, buyer activity in 2014 didn’t slow down one bit. In fact, it was stronger.

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But change is the norm, not the exception.  We don’t know what 2015 will bring.  I lost my crystal ball on my way to the Psychic Faire, but what I do know is that planning and preparation goes a long way towards accomplishing your goals.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and are interested in hiring an agent like me to help you through the process, give me a call at 510-527-0174 ,  I’m never too busy to take care of you or to handle your referrals. 

I’ll make sure you’ll be happy you called.

Have a fantastic, and safe, New Year’s Eve. I wish you and yours all the best in 2015,

And:

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Thrifty Thursday & Finding Your Dream Home

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There’s a feeling you get when you know you’re where you belong.  I see that look in the eyes of my clients when they fall in love with a home.  They start to imagine a life there, rich and full: enjoying their interaction with the neighborhood, relishing the walks they’ll take, and, if they’re parents, the playgrounds they’ll explore and holidays they’ll celebrate with their kids,

I recognize THE LOOK, not just because I’ve been a real estate agent for years, but because it this was the way I felt when we found our home, the one we still live in and the one our kids think of when they imagine being home for the holidays.

We took a risk when we bought our home.  It was a bit out of our price range, but our very savvy agent (my mom) assured us we wouldn’t be sorry.  She must have seen the look in our eyes as we happily poked around the home, yard, and neighborhood.

We were HOME, and we’ve never looked back!

If you’re buying, I know I can help you find your dream home.

If you’re downsizing–wanting to sell a home you love for a more practical choice–I can relate to the difficulty of leaving an old friend, but I’ll make the sale as smooth and painless as possible and find you a new home that you’ll love just as well but for brand new reasons.

If you, your friends or relatives are interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referals. I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you did.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Home Sellers: Do You Know. . ?

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  • Exactly where your property lines are?
  • New additions to your property, like fences, should be on record.
  • That exact square footage and floor plans are a boon to buyers
  • Tax records may not accurately reflect your home’s current status

I have a client who wants to sell her fourplex.  I went to look at the property, and sure enough, it looked like a fourplex to me:  one two unit building in the front and another two-unit building in the back.

Mysteriously, on the public record it shows up as two two bedroom homes on a single lot.  Now she has to get that mistake straightened out with the county so it can be legally sold as a fourplex.

There’s a lot of information and misinformation that can show up when you’re selling your home.  A good agent will help you straighten everything out so when your home finally does go on the market there won’t be any ugly surprises.

Here’s a great list of items–courtesy of Coldwell Banker–that most potential home sellers don’t even think about when they’re considering selling their home. 

If you have a home you’d like to sell, you can see that there are a lot of buyers out there that want your East Bay property.  Give me a call at 510-527-0174 and let’s talk about the best sales strategy for YOU.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent  (me) about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Real Estate: Ya gotta love it or you’ll leave it.

Many think that real estate is something people do part-time.  It’s not, and it can’t be if you take it seriously.  It’s a real job, and getting more complicated all the time.

I grew up watching my folks, both of them, work as Realtors.  It was a 24/7 job then as it is now. People who want to buy or sell a home often need their agents time & advice in the evenings, weekends, really any time of the day or night.  And then there are home tours, open houses, home inspections, contract negotiations–it goes on and on.

One thing that’s different now then when my folks were agents is that the sales contract was just a few pages.  Now it’s a multipage tome, so detailed and ever-changing that every year our office alerts us to updates to make sure we’re filling it in correctly.

One new agent I’m mentoring in my office said “I’ve never worked so hard at any job as I do as an agent”.  It’s true, but  on the other hand helping  buyers and sellers move forward with their lives is a  very satisfying way to earn a living.

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Real Estate: Ya gotta love it–and I do.

For up to the minute information about local real state, including my new listing on 1540 Blake Street in Berkeley (pictured above: two homes on one lot),  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, give me a call and/or keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Why is the Housing Market Hot in the Berkeley Area?

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  • First, I learn that Berkeley is #6 ranked in the 100 top cities in which to live. “The cities at the top of the list were often home to a major institution like a university, hospital or state capital,” says Matt Carmichael, Livability’s editor. “Institutions like that help these smaller cities compete in terms of sports, culture, jobs and entertainment.”
  • Second, I read that there are 300 ZIP codes–Berkeley’s are among them–in which 20 percent or more of the population is between the ages of 25 and 34 and have an associate degree or higher. Education is strongly linked to higher incomes and a greater probability of buying a home, thus these millennials are more likely to be future homebuyers.
  • Third I learned in this morning’s paper that there’s a surge in the Bay Area job market.  That means many people will get good jobs here, which means they’ll be needing homes here in the Berkeley Area.

In short, the Berkeley Housing market continues being HOT!

For up to the minute information about local real state, including my new listing on 1540 Blake Street in Berkeley (pictured above: two homes on one lot),  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, give me a call and/or keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!