Wednesday, November 12, 2014

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t For Sale by Owner in Charlottesville

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Some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on without the assistance of a real estate professional, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). We think there are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are five of our reasons

1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to FSBO.
  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value
  • Your bank in the case of a short sale

2. Exposure to Prospective Purchasers

Recent studies have shown that 92% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 28% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an extensive internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

3.  Actual Results also come from the Internet

Where do buyers find the home they actually purchased?
  • 43% on the internet
  • 9% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers
The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

4. FSBOing has Become More and More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years. 

5. You Net More Money when Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the same commission.
Studies have shown that the typical house sold by the homeowner sells for $184,000 while the typical house sold by an agent sells for $230,000.   This doesn’t mean that an agent can get $46,000 more for your home as studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO in markets with lower price points. However, it does show that selling on your own might not make sense.

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.
About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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4 Steps to Hassle Free Hosting for the Holidays!

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Get Ready to Host for the Holidays

Are you ready for holiday hosting season? Whether you are cooking a big meal for family or having friends over for a holiday gathering, follow these simple steps for hassle-free hosting.
Give Yourself Time – Avoid the stress of rushing around the day of by creating a party-planning schedule that focuses most of the effort well before the party.
By giving yourself more time than you think you need to prepare, you make the focus of the gathering visiting with guests instead of fussing over last-minute details.
Streamline the Menu – Remember the golden rule of entertaining: less is more! Pare down the menu to a few extraordinary dishes rather than overwhelming guests with too many options.
Choose easy-to-prepare recipes that either take minutes to make or can be prepared in advance so you aren't spending the entire holiday in the kitchen.
Set Up Hosting Stations – Don't try to manage everything from a single location – that only leads to chaos and stress when kitchen counters become cluttered.
Instead, arrange hosting stations. For example, arrange a before-dinner cocktail and appetizer station in the adjoining living room so guests can mingle away from your main food prep area.
Let Guests Help – Don't try to do everything yourself. If guests ask what they can do to help, it's okay to ask them to bring an appetizer or make the mashed potatoes.
Make your guests feel special about their contribution instead of giving them a token role. Ask Aunt Audrey to bring her famous deviled eggs or invite them to help out with a key part of the meal.
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About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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Friday, November 7, 2014

TOY STORY 4 COMING IN 2017

Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and original Toy Story director John Lasseter will be returning to direct Pixar's Toy Story 4, due to hit theaters in June, 2017.

Walt Disney Co. chief executive officer Bob Iger made the announcement while discussing Disney's fiscal year results.

“John created Toy Story and directed the first two films, and it’s great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties,” Iger said.

The new story was conceived by the original Toy Story writing team: Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich.

“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” said Lasseter. “We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”

The blog also reports that the writing team Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever) have joined the project, and Pixar veteran Galyn Susman (ABC’s Toy Story OF TERROR!) will produce.

Lasseter is one of the co-founders of Pixar, and also serves as Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where his creative input has contributed to its latest renaissance. His last project as director was 2011's Cars 2. He is also attached to direct its sequel, Cars 3.

Toy Story 3 hit theaters in 2010, and currently sits at number thirteen on the all time global box office.

About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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October Job Growth Falls Short of Predictions; Unemployment Drops Again

Job growth fell short of forecasts in October, but other employment indicators showed modest improvements for the labor market.
Unemployment rateU.S. employers added 214,000 jobs last month, theBureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday morning. Economists had expected payrolls would increase by 240,000, a slight decline from September's preliminary estimate of 248,000 new jobs added.
Meanwhile, the government revised its estimates for payroll growth in August and September, bringing those totals up to 203,000 and 256,000, respectively. With the latest revision to August, job growth has topped 200,000 every month this year except January.
As of the end of October, BLS estimates the national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent to a new six-year low. Economists had anticipated no change.
Among the nearly nine million Americans counted as unemployed in the government's survey, an estimated 2.9 million were jobless for more than 27 weeks, down slightly from September. Over the past year, BLS says the number of long-term unemployed has dropped off by 1.1 million.
The number of Americans classified as "marginally attached" to the labor force—defined as those who are not in the labor force but who have sought work in the last year—also fell slightly, dipping to 2.2 million after a jump in September. At the same time, the number of people who gave up looking for work climbed, hitting an estimated 770,000.
Overall, the labor force participation rate nudged up, though it still remains historically low at 62.8 percent.
The drop in the unemployment rate came in the same month that policymakers at the Federal Reserve made the decision to end the central bank's bond purchasing program that began more than two years ago.
While broader labor indicators (including the U-6 unemployment rate, which figures in marginally attached workers and those employed part-time for economic reasons) still show some slack, the direction of the market may spur the Fed to move its timeline for raising interest rates forward.
"This is a strong report that suggests the first rate hike is coming sooner than many expect," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics. "We expect the Fed to start tightening in March next year."

About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Sell A Haunted House

More than any other holiday - including, we would argue, Christmas - Halloween is a visual holiday. It exists for no other reason than to look scary, or cool, or - as is increasingly the trend - sexy. Without the images of black cats, vampire bats and Jack o' lanterns, the charms of Halloween fall mostly flat.

 Perhaps no traditional Halloween visual is more time-honored than the haunted house. A cottage industry has cropped up around turning empty warehouses or buildings into October cash cows. Even more prevalent are the urban myths, the neighborhood legends that surround a property or two in every city. Maybe something very bad happened there. Maybe it's just shrouded in trees and creaks in the wind. Regardless, it's abandoned and, well... people talk.

Unfortunately, no matter what the real story is, there's probably a Realtor desperately trying to get rid of the property on behalf of a frustrated or indifferent family. Whether you believe in haunts or not, when it comes to a property's value, perception is very often reality, at least when it comes to the bottom line.

 So what's a Realtor and homeowner to do?

 Interestingly, HGTV's "Front Door" real estate site tackled the situation. The article, "How to Sell a Haunted House" might seem like a joke, but there is actually some pertinent information here on how to deal with a property that has, at best, a urban myth problem. At worst, you may one day list a property where something really bad happened that everybody knows about.

 It's not cut and dry, and if something has happened there, disclosure may be an issue. From the article:
"More than 20 states, such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have laws that say agents and sellers won't be held liable for failing to mention that 20 years earlier a wife stabbed her husband in the home's master bedroom. In some cases, like in Oklahoma, it gets complicated because you have to ask in writing if the house is haunted or psychologically affected in another way, and then in writing, the seller is required to furnish the facts of the matter. Other states, however, do have laws that require that potential prospects be notified."

 
Other tips from the article:
If it's merely rumor stigmatizing the house, tackle it head on.

There actually are people who will come and rid your house of ghosts (link in the article).

Changing the address may help (this was done in the instance of one high-profile murder from the 1990s).

If all else fails, money speaks louder than ghosts. Slash the price.

 
The entire article is a wonderful, interesting read. Read it now

 A second article, from nvar.com, gets a little more into the weeds about what needs to be disclosed and what doesn't when it comes to what the author calls "stigmatizing events" like a murder or suicide, or even whether a previous inhabitant had an infectious disease.

 The upshot, in brief: Even if you aren't required to disclose these things, you ARE required to be honest with potential buyers and clients. The entire article is worth a read. Maybe you'll never face this situation, but you're better safe than sorry.

 
Mwahahahaha!

About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Six Ways to Repurpose Building Materials

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Creative Ways to Repurpose Old Materials in Your Home

Do you love the shabby chic look? Then consider upcycling old building materials for your next interior decorating project. Not only is it good for the environment, it can also be easy on your wallet!
Retrofit Old Appliances 
Convert old appliances into functional furniture. Turn retro refrigerators into a funky storage cabinet or have that vintage ovenrefurbished and retrofitted with modern wiring.
Scrap Lumber 
Reuse wood destined for the scrap heap or fire pit by either remilling it to build distressed furniture pieces or, if it's beyond salvaging, have it ground up to be used as wood chips or mulch in your garden.
Doors and Windows 
Upcycle old windows and doors by using them as architectural details or converting them into interesting furniture pieces. Check out thisslideshow for a few ideas to get you started.
Old Cabinetry 
Give those outdated kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of paint to update your kitchen for a fraction of the cost or reuse them in your garage, basement or attic for extra storage space.
Wood Flooring 
Go for a rustic look with reclaimed hardwood flooring "harvested" from old barns, factories and homes. Each individual board is sorted, de-nailed, kiln-dried, and planed after which tongue-and-grooves are added for installation ease.
Masonry and Concrete 
Reuse old masonry or concrete to build garden walls and walkways or have it ground up into gravel for your driveway. Old asphalt shingles can also be ground up and used as the base for driveways or parking pads.
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About the author: The above Real Estate was provided by Rob Alley, a leader in his field. Rob can be reached via email at roballeyrealtor@gmail.com or by phone at 434-964-8369. Rob has helped people move in and out of many Central Virginia towns for the last 8+ Years. Thinking of selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and love to share my marketing expertise! I service the following towns in Central VA: Charlottesville, Keswick, Scottsville, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, Crozet, Ivy, Greewnwood, Albemarle, Louisa, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Lynchburg, Waynesboro, Fisherville and Augusta

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