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Don’t Make These 5 Common Home Selling Mistakes


What should home sellers know before they begin their journey? Here are five great tips.

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I’m here today to talk to you about common mistakes that could sink your chances of a successful home sale. Though there really is a wealth of information out there for buyers, there isn’t as much available for those looking to sell. That’s why I’m here today to share with you five common but critical mistakes sellers should avoid when it comes time to list their property: 1. Pricing your home too high. There are three ways you can price your home: You can price it above market value and hope that a buyer comes along; you can price it at market value and take advantage of the interest it generates; or you can price below market value and potentially drum up a bidding war. Typically, pricing at or below market value is the best strategy in our market. 2. Not hiring a real estate agent. Many sellers assume that they can save money by not hiring an agent. However, the commission fee is a small price to pay for the service that an experienced agent can provide. Top-quality Realtors know how to leverage cutting-edge marketing techniques to help you earn top dollar for your home.
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Ordering a pre-listing inspection allows you to get ahead of any potential issues.

3. Not making home improvements before listing. Sellers should do whatever it takes to make their property shine before putting it on the market. Decluttering, cleaning, and staging can really go a long way. If your home doesn’t make a good first impression on buyers, you won’t be able to command the price that you deserve.


4. Not ordering a pre-listing inspection. Ordering an inspection before your home hits the market will allow you to identify and possibly resolve issues ahead of time. Also, having a home inspection report ready for buyers to review can really expedite the process.

5. Being present during showings. Buyers probably won’t be comfortable expressing their honest opinions about your property if you’re there listening in. When it comes time for a showing, it’s best for sellers to be gone altogether.

We hope these tips were helpful to you. If you have any questions for us in the meantime or if you need our assistance with buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Key Trends to Watch in 2019


We’ll be seeing a change in inventory and a new generation in our market in 2019.

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There are a few trends we’ll be seeing as we make our way through 2019.

For several years, we’ve had a very low amount of home inventory in our market. More homes are coming on the market, but they’re still not enough to keep up with buyer demand. Nationwide, inventory hit the lowest level in recorded history last winter and only recently began to recover. We expect this growth to continue, but not at a large rate—we predict around 7%.

Just a few years ago, most millennials were barely old enough to buy a home. Now they make up the majority of the home buying market, and this will continue to be the case in 2019. Currently, this generation accounts for about 45% of mortgages, compared to baby boomers at 17% and Gen Xers at 37%. And the homes millennials are buying aren’t just starter homes—many are already moving up.


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Inventory hit the lowest level in recorded history last winter and only recently began to recover.


If you have any questions about the landscape of the 2019 market, need further information, or would like to talk about your home buying or selling needs, reach out to us at 201-825-1266 or send an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Make These 3 Resolutions a Priority for Your Home in 2019


It’s that time of year to start thinking about our resolutions for 2019 on an individual level. But what about resolutions for our homes to run more efficiently? Here are 3 ways you can do this in the new year.

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We’re all familiar with the tradition of New Year’s resolutions, where we decide on changes we’d like to make in our lives for the coming year. 

Today I’d like to talk to you about that very thing, but with a twist: instead of the focus being on what we can change about ourselves individually, I’ll be discussing what we can change about our home for the new year. 

So how can you make your home run more efficiently in 2019? I have a few resolutions to consider: 

1. Cut Energy Use. One of the biggest culprits of energy waste is your HVAC ductwork—heated and cooled air escapes through holes and loose connections found within your ductwork. As a cost-cutting measure and way to maximize energy efficiency, you’ll want to locate those areas of weakness in your ductwork and seal them off.


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Instead of the focus being on what we can change about ourselves individually, I’ll be discussing what we can change about our home for the new year.


2. Exercise Your DIY Skills. When most people think about calorie-burning through some form of fitness, building a fence is not the first thing that comes to mind. Believe it or not, you’ll burn some serious calories per hour building a fence—340, to be exact. Just by caulking windows and doors, you can burn 280 calories an hour! Cleaning rain gutters? You can burn as many as 272 per hour. If you have some home maintenance projects to do in 2019, keep that in mind!

3. Use Maintenance-Free Materials in Your Home. If you haven’t already, think about making the switch to materials that keep stress and maintenance low and durability high. Fiber cement siding, for example, will withstand wear and tear by lasting up to 50 years. Another item to consider installing is LED light bulbs—becoming increasingly popular, these bulbs can survive for 20,000 to 50,000 hours between changes! 

For more information about what I covered today or for more home resolutions you can make for the new year, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime by phone at 201-825-1266 or email us at JeffAdlerJeff@gmail.com.