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Thursday, March 26, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

"What's my house worth?" Pricing it right TODAY.

Inman News, the real estate industry's leading online information source, reported today that the economic slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting home sales negatively. From Mar. 9 to Mar. 16, Google traffic saw a 35 percent decrease in home searches.
The report quoted one broker who said, "Over 350 homes withdrew or canceled from MLS across Massachusetts in the past four days alone.” The broker went on to point out that "One in four properties had already reduced their price. One out of 20 had reduced their price by 10 percent or more, and one out of 12 were listed for less than the assessed value."
What this tells us is that sellers need to be more realistic about setting their asking prices. Setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.
With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little over market value to leave room for negotiation will actually dramatically decreas ...

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Friday, March 20, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Three reasons this time won't be as bad as last time.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
March 20, 2020
The spread of the Corona Virus in America is only starting to have an effect on our economy. People will soon be out of work, and will wonder where their next mortgage payment will come from. The good news is that this time isn’t like the last economic downturns we have experienced. Here’s why:
The Government Learned its Lesson the Last Time
During the previous housing crash, the government was slow to recognize the challenges homeowners were having and waited too long to grant relief. Today, action is being taken swiftly. Just this week:
The Federal Housing Administration indicated it is enacting an “immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages” for the next 60 days.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced it is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for “at least 60 ...

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Thursday, March 12, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

5 Worst Home Improvements for Sellers.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
If you’re planning a home improvement project for spring, keep in mind the impact your project will have on your home’s value. Surprisingly, most major improvements don’t pay for themselves when it comes time to sell. 


Here are some of the worst home improvements you can do in terms of their return on investment:


#5. Adding extra  garage space.
Unless you don’t have a garage at all, adding to an existing one comes in as the fifth worst improvement you can make to a home. Garages are expensive to build, and some buyers are actually turned off at having room they may not need. The average garage addition only adds 60% of it’s cost to the value of a home.


#4. Master bedroom suites.
Turning the master bedroom into an ensuite by adding an adjoining full bathroom will lose up to 40% of its cost at selling time. If you’re in the mood for a major project, re ...

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

4 Questions to Ask Your REALTOR® Before Selling Your House.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems

If you're thinking of selling this season, a little strategy session will get your house sold faster and for a better price. Here are four questions you need answers to before you list. 

1. What price will drive the most offers to my house?
Have your REALTOR® do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to estimate the price range your home falls into. (If you don't have a REALTOR®, hire one.) The key to this question is the goal: What price will generate the most OFFERS. The number of online views, visitors or even showings are not the goal. Only offers count. Your price is the most key element in driving offers. Price it a little low to start with. You'll see offers, and very often, competing offers.

2. What can I do to make my house stand out?
Start with curb appeal, making your exterior neat and tidy. Then, move that same ethic inside. Take hard a look at your home, as if you ...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

There's a surprise inside half the condos in those skinny luxury Manhattan towers.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


You know all those ultra-slender, ultra-fancy tower condominiums that have been popping up out of the Manhattan concrete since 2015? Next time you look at one, bear in mind that half the condos in them are empty. Surprise! No buyers, according to Nancy Packes Data Services. The other half are probably Starbucks that have gone vertical. 

The reason for all the empty rooms over Manhattan: a combination of overly aggressive pricing and a growing public disdain for the skyline-disrupting mansions in the clouds. But really, it's all about pricing.

Comparing the prices of new development units to resale units over the last decade tells the story. In 2012, new units sold for a 22% higher prices than resale units. At the end of last year, the premium was 118%. 

Nancy Packes lists three reasons for the “extraordinary oddity of the current cycle. ”  

According to Packes, buil ...

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