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Where did home buyers find the home they purchased in 2014?

Where did home buyers find the home they purchased in 2014?  That very interesting question has been answered in the 2014 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers report, profiling where buyers found the home they purchased.

Internet – 43%
The number has consistently increased year after year, starting at just 8% in 2001.

Real Estate Agent – 33%
Ranging between 38% and 33% since 2004, this number was at its highest in 2001 at (48%).

Yard Sign/Open House Sign – 9%
This number stayed between 15% and 16% from 2001-2008, slowly starting to drop as of 2009.

Friend, Relative, Neighbor – 6%
Going back and forth from 7% to 8% from 2001-2008, this number dropped to 6% in 2009 and has stayed there.

Home Builder or Their Agent – 5%
This percentage has stayed the same for the last four years.

Directly From Sellers – 3%
This number has remained between 2% and 3% since 2005.

Print Newspaper Advertisement – 1%
In 2001 this was 7% and has consistently dropped year after year.

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5 Tips to Survive Living In Your House For Sale



Start packing now!  Keep in mind that you’re not going to need many of the extra items that take up space and are currently filling your rooms, closets and hidden areas like under your bed.  The golden rule is less is more!  The key to clutter is to store it, sell it, donate it or chuck it!  Don’t let the overgrowth of things eat up the equity or become an eye sore that kills deals.  Space is a precious commodity – clutter removal is the creation of space, and space is the heart of preparing to sell a home.

Get your home squeaky clean!  Here’s a priceless secret, not only does your home need to be clutter-free, it needs to be spotless.  Tackle the cobwebs, dust bunnies, stains and grime before you go on the market.  Also, don’t leave anything in the house you don’t want others to see. Believe it or not, buyers will open cabinets, drawers and look at closets. You want them to be able to imagine themselves living there, not wondering about you. This will also provide added privacy and security for you as well.

Take your pets with you!  During open houses and showings, it’s so critical to remove pets from the property. It takes a bit of planning on your part to make arrangements for a sitter, doggy daycare or to let them pal around with you, but it’s worth it!

Prepping like a pro is the name of the game!  When you’re living in the house as you’re selling it, you need to be prepared to show!  Having a routine or “showing prep” lined out will make things much smoother for you.  When those buyers arrive, the house needs to be green light, show ready!  Keep it clean and tidy, make sure it smells good, turn on all the lights before you leave and as an added bonus, add some light music in the background.

Work together by involving your kids!  One way to help make the process as fun as possible is to include the kiddos as part of the team!  When the family understands that each showing means you have to get the house “show ready” and everyone needs to do their part to set the stage, it will be easier to get everyone on board.  There will be many things to look forward to once your home has sold. Remind one another of the great things you have to look forward to when it’s all said and done. After all, once you’ve listed with the right Realtor, and have your top three “P’s” in place (price, presentation and promotion)  your house will be sold in no time!

More great tips from Forbes.com

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Selling For Sale By Owner vs Realtor


For Sale by Owner homes are beginning to pop up here and there. Some may think this is the way to sell a house now that the real estate market is on the rise.  The most popular question when considering if doing a FSBO is right for you is, is it the best way to make the most money on the sale of a house?

According the 2012 statistics just released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), For Sale by Owner, or FSBO, sales accounted for 9% of home sales nationally in 2012.  Their research shows that based on the average sales price, FSBOs would have netted nearly $40,000 more had they used a Realtor. That’s quite significant.

Beyond the consideration that selling your home with a professional Realtor will net you more money, here’s some other interesting facts according to NAR to also consider:

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%

Other things hiring a Realtor will ensure include:

Pricing the home appropriately for the market; having a qualified buyer come to the house; and the presentation of a valid and qualified offer. A licensed Realtor will accompany the buyer, and has access to a secure lock-box on a properly listed home.  This is something that many FSBOs overlook, that the person coming into the house is both qualified and a legitimate buyer.  ​ ​As a professional Realtor we also make sure all the deadlines in a contract are met, the financing is on track, we keep the seller and the buyer updated on the progress of the transactions, make sure all the appropriate inspections are completed within the contract requirements,  and so much more.

And there you have it, hiring a professional Realtor to represent you will net you more money than you may anticipate saving doing it on your own, “several” times over.  Not just in selling your home for more money, but in a shorter amount of time, the savings on those respective carrying costs and value you place on your time by not having to figure out the complexities of the home selling process on your own.

If you’re considering selling your home, THE GARDNER TEAM welcomes the opportunity to interview, and share how we can help sell your home for the most money, within a timeline that’s consistent with your goals.  As experts in the real estate field, we have a vast amount of resources, extensive network and in-depth marketing systems in place to help you maximize your investment, enjoy peace of mind and life balance during this critical time.

We look forward to talking with you!




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Jason H. Gardner, Principal Broker
Phone: 971.832.1234
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Ky Wolf, Buyers Broker
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Amber R. Gardner, Director of Marketing
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