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Should You Be For Sale By Owner?

Do you find yourself wondering if you can sell your home yourself? It’s truly not all it’s cracked up to be. Here’s some interesting facts to give you a glimpse into For Sale By Owner stats — FSBOs accounted for 9% of home sales in 2012. The typical FSBO home sold for $174,900 compared to $215,000 for agent-assisted home sales. Of that 9% of national home sales, approximately half of those sales are made to a family member or friend. So, unless you know someone close to you that already wants your home, you have your work cut out for you. In fact, even the Founder of ForSaleByOwner.com recently sold his home with a real estate agent.

FSBO Sherwood

FSBO methods used to market home:

  • Yard sign: 48%
  • Listing on Internet: 32%
    • For-sale-by-owner websites: 20%
    • Sites with real estate listings (e.g. Yahoo!, Google, etc.): 11%
    • Social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.): 10%
    • Video hosting websites (e.g. YouTube, etc.): 2%
  • Friends, relatives, or neighbors: 30%
  • Print newspaper advertisement: 14%
  • Open house: 12%
  • Direct mail (flyers, postcards, etc.): 2%
  • Video: 1%
  • For-sale-by-owner magazine: 1%
  • Television: <1%
  • None: Did not actively market home: 31%
  • Other: 2%

Most difficult tasks for FSBO sellers:

  • Understanding and performing paperwork: 18%
  • Getting the right price: 14%
  • Preparing/fixing up home for sale: 11%
  • Helping buyer obtain financing: 6%
  • Attracting potential buyers: 6%
  • Selling within the planned length of time: 6%
  • Having enough time to devote to all aspects of the sale: 1%

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as mandatory industry disclosures and regulations must be maintained and knowledge up-to-date. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 9% over the last 20+ years.  It’s also a proven fact that the money a seller thinks their saving on agents commissions in fact ends up costing them more because homes FSBO in most cases sell for less then those listed with an agent.

Bottom line… before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with with us to discuss the professional services and expertise in the marketplace we can provide you – we’d love for you to see what we have to offer!

Jason and Amber Gardner – The Gardner Team

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Spring Home Maintenance 2015

spring home checklist

Home maintenance responsibilities change with the seasons, so now that it’s spring that roster of seasonal chores is upon us…

No need to get overwhelmed with a long home maintenance list when you can simply focus on the tasks that matter most!  For your review, here’s a short list of some of the most essential springtime checks and repairs for your home that’ll keep your house looking good and functioning at its best. And if you need a hand, please contact The Gardner Team for a list of professional contractors that come by high recommendation. Happy to help!

Clean the gutters. Remove leaves, twigs and other debris, and check gutter components for leaks and to make sure attachments are working correctly. Overlooking this task can mean roofing, siding and wet basement troubles down the road.

Inspect the roof. Look for loose or curling shingles and cracks in chimney flashing (binoculars help if you’re wary of ladders), and check the attic for leaks. Colored grit from shingles in the gutters may be another sign that your roof needs repair.

Fill sidewalk and driveway cracks. Inspect the pavement or asphalt for cracks and other problems. Small fissures can be repaired with liquid filler; use patching products for bigger gaps. Then consider sealing the surface to protect your work.

Prune damaged trees. Broken or dangling branches create hazards around your home. If tree damage is minor and within reach, remove hanging branches and prune broken limbs yourself. A bigger job should be parceled out to a pro.

Service your air conditioner. This is a task that can literally pay off by lowering your cooling bills in the coming months.Maintenance involves cleaning and vacuuming the outdoor unit, checking coolant levels, oiling necessary moving parts and changing the filters inside. If you’re not interested in doing the maintenance yourself, many pros and companies offer annual service plans.

If you’re a bit more ambitious, you can work through an extensive spring checklist here.

Happy Spring from The Gardner Team.
Content provided in part by Sue Hekker with Mortgage Express

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26401 SW Chehalem Station | One Level Sherwood Home

Just Listed in Sherwood, Oregon!

Newly constructed one level home on 5 acres perfectly nestled between Sherwood and Newberg. Beautifully designed floor plan with spacious rooms, quality features and accents. Very close to town, conveniences, hospital, golf course and Sherwood YMCA, yet offers privacy, views and room to garden, play and roam. Ability to add on, build shop or barn. Great location and potential to expand upon on your dreams. For more information, contact The Gardner Team with questions or to schedule a personal tour. 971-832-1234

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Contact The Gardner Team

Jason H. Gardner, Principal Broker
Phone: 971.832.1234
E-mail: [email protected]

Ky Wolf, Buyers Broker
Phone: 971-832-1231
Email: [email protected]

Amber R. Gardner, Director of Marketing
Phone: 971.832.1235
E-mail: [email protected]

Buying or Selling a Home In or Around Sherwood? Go with Gardner!

Local: NO OTHER Realtor/Team sells more Sherwood real estate. (*2008-2013) | Proudly Affiliated with The Hasson Company #1 in the Pacific Northwest.