Don’t wait to put houses on the market – multiple contracts
at $875,000 in Lansdowne – needs work but 7,500 sq ft on three levels – people
waiting in line to buy
Reasons to list today – you know what prices are today, you
know inventory levels, you know what rates are today, buyers who are looking this
time of year are serious buyers
Where do you price properties and why – psychology of buyers
or internet strategies of being on the number for search engines – when market
is hot, it doesn’t matter – analyze DOM and number of showings in first week in
same area at same price
Agents continue to be agitated over short sales when
expectations are not set up front. When
expectations are communicated from the beginning agents are easier to work
with…also, don’t burn bridges with agents who pester you – don’t blow off agent
because they are keeping your feet to the fire.
CDRS – America’s Home Rescue Short Sale process is the
program to work with when dealing with short sales
Write addendum to contract outlining your process for
handling the short sales – communication the time frame, your communication
frequency and type, who communication is with and when and why then have buyer
sign. Are you committed? Are you sure this is the right house for
you? Are you prepared for the process to
take several months? Will you be ok with
not hearing from me, as the listing agent for sometimes weeks at a time?
The foreclosure report:
sense from Kent Eley and Fannie Mae is 2nd quarter of
2010. Administration is trying to be
gentler on folks and not kicking them out in winter and around holidays as well
as push loan modifications. Also, money
given in stimulus package, banks were told not to foreclose by try and work the
loans out. Other agents feel that it is
the ignorance of the bank and no one moving fast enough because no one is
giving them direction on what to do as banks are overwhelmed.
Is anyone specifically marketing to get move up buyers into
the market? What are you doing to get
the word out because most people don’t know or understand what was in the
extension. Email campaigns, newsletters,
phone calls – just do it.
Market on upswing, foreclosures coming in second quarter, MBS are going
to stop being purchased by the government in March, tax credit ends on April 30th
even though you have to close by June 30th – therefore you will make
a majority of your money in the first quarter of next year and you need to get
busy today to take advantage of the future market.
What happens to Fannie and Freddie moving forward? Who will absorb the secondary market funds?