MARY ANN QUINN's Blog
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Reality is hard to beat when it comes to house selling and relationships. Artists know this well. Years ago, the song "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" came out that expounded the advantages of real connections with a romantic partner. Throughout the hit song, being with a romantic partner was shared as being a lot more powerful and rewarding than trying to connect with a partner via memories alone.
Reality encourages honesty and introspection
The same applies with house selling. Although a house is not a person, approaching the house selling process from the perspective of striving to connect a potential buyer to a house takes healthy doses of reality. That alone can help to ensure that realtors and independent home sellers are forthcoming.
A focus to be as real as possible takes the legs out of the aim to do whatever it takes to sell a home. It's impossible to be real and strive to conceal the fact that the roof is leaking. Another thing that will wash away as you focus on being real is the effort to sway home buyers' to the point that home buyers give into your verbal or emotional pushes instead of trusting their own instincts or inner guidance.
Try these real home sell approaches
Even though an outgoing and engaging personality helps with nearly any sell, it's not required to sell a house and earn an attractive profit from the sell. You do need tools to make the house sell as real as possible. Tools and approaches that you could use include:
- Audio tapes of home buyers talking about special events that they enjoyed at their house
- Videotaped walk-throughs of a house
- Videos of existing landscaping, including recent upgrades made to the exterior of the house
- Ability for home buyers to view the interior and exterior of houses using virtual reality headsets
- Live drives through the neighborhood that houses that are for sale are located in (Drive by schools, restaurants, shopping centers and other facilities.)
- Links to reviews on apartments and other area residential facilities
- Website URL of the real estate agency that is representing the home seller
- Brief bio on the home seller (There's a reason why people pay more for celebrity homes; they feel like they know the celebrity because they know the celebrity's name, what the celebrity does for a living and some of the celebrity's passions.)
Home buyers appreciate real, smart information
Home buyers can tell when realtors and home sellers are being honest with them. That honesty is appreciated even if the house is not perfect. In fact, home buyers might be more open to buying a house if they sense that realtors are being upfront with them.
They might think that realtors have their best interest in mind, not just the best interest of their clients. The fact is that many houses develop repair needs after several years. From flooring to roofing to plumbing, houses generally experience at least one maintenance need after they have been in existence for 10 or more years.
By being honest about recent repairs and maintenance that's been performed on a house,realtors can arm home buyers with smart information, the right information to make a wise home buying decision. Videos, pictures, data analysis and live home walk-throughs help to present smart information. So too do real life stories shared between current homeowners and potential home buyers.
Neighborhood changes lead the list of reasons why people sell their house. Changes to your neighborhood come in the form of new residents, businesses constructing more buildings near where you live and rising property taxes. School closings and openings, highways going up minutes from your home and harsher weather conditions also cause neighborhoods to change.
Fall in love with your community all over again
You could move every time a major change happens upon your community. That's an expensive way to deal with or try to avoid change. You could also find at least five things to love about your community. That starts by learning more about your neighborhood.
As much as you think you know your community, there is a lot that you're missing. Three day trips is all it takes to stumble upon historic landmarks, restaurants,parks and entertainment venues that you hadn't seen before. Getting out and exploring your community is just one way that you can learn to love wherever you live. To gain a greater appreciation for your community:
Attend one community social event a quarter. You might have to attend events on the outskirts of the community you live in.But, get out and enjoy festivals, cultural events, outdoor concerts, fashion shows, arts shows and local sporting events.
Join local networking groups. Don't wait until you're looking for a job to join local networks. Examples of network groups are book clubs, hiking clubs, movie review clubs and science clubs. You can find networking groups in newspapers, local magazines, online and at libraries and bookstores.
Volunteer with local organizations. Join mentoring, coaching and other charitable organizations. Become actively involved in these organizations. Don't just sign up. Attend meetings and get to know other volunteers.
Research the history of your community.Visit the local library and ask the reference librarian to tell you about lectures and seminars that are held at the library to educate residents about the neighborhoods they live in. Search reference books at the library, taking in pictures, maps and historic facts. See how your community has changed since it was founded. Get tidbits on early residents. Become curious about your community instead of thinking that there's absolutely nothing more that you can earn about the place you call "home".
Make new friends. While attending volunteer, networking and other local events, introduce yourself. Be safe. You don't have to tell people where you live. But, you can start talking with people. This includes speaking with your neighbors when you see them.
A strong community doesn't come together magically. It takes dedication, commitment and the desire to connect with other people. Steps that you take to love your community could introduce you to new people, business opportunities and local events and festivals that you've been missing. These steps could also introduce you to opportunities to get involved in local public policies and social offerings,two things that influence whether or not a community thrives.