Selling a Home in Charleston, SC

These blogs focus on selling real estate. You can read about how to market your home, how to get your home ready for showings, and which home improvements pay off in the end.

Found 23 blog entries about Selling a Home in Charleston, SC.

marketing strategies for selling a home

Although Charleston is overall the strongest sellers’ market we’ve probably seen in the history of our MLS, the individual Johns Island real estate market can be a tougher market for sellers. Right now, almost 70% of homes selling on Johns Island are new construction. This area has become a go-to suburb for buyers wanting newer homes priced especially under $500K within Charleston County since markets like James Island and Mount Pleasant have become so much more expensive. (Where else in the county can a buyer get a brand new house for under $270K?!)

The large selection of new construction homes on Johns Island is great for buyers, but it creates a tougher position for sellers of pre-owned homes to compete. Builders generally offer incentives

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how to make my outdoor porch more inviting

When a porch is well decorated, it becomes more than just a feature of your floor plan. Porches that combine function with aesthetics can extend your living space, reconnect you with nature, provide a memorable place for entertaining, improve curb appeal, help sell a home, and show off your own personal style. Here are 12 inspirations for turning your porch into an inviting safe haven!

1: Provide an Outdoor Dining Space

A simple picnic table can work for casual spaces or for kid friendly dining. A painted flea market find is perfect for adding character with a tighter budget. Dining tables are as eclectic as their owners and can be as formal or as casual as you’d like. I find that when we have guests over during the spring and fall, our guests

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how home sellers can get more showings

Here at The Keadle Group, we’ve written extensively on how sellers can get their home ready for showings, why homes don’t sell, and how to choose the right contract in a multiple offer situation among other seller topics. However, all of these situations occur after the home has already been on the market for a while – or after it’s received offers. In this article, we’d like to focus on the very first week (or two or three) of a new listing. From day one, how can a seller get more showings on her home? Showings are partly a numbers’ game because in most cases it takes ten or more showings to result in an offer. Sure, we’ve had as few as one showing before that lead to a full priced offer (and a speedy closing), but most sellers have multiple showings

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do open houses actually sell a home

There’s a common misconception among sellers that their listing agent should hold an open house in order to sell their home. One study by RISMedia showed that 35 percent of sellers expect their Realtor to include open houses in their marketing plan. RISMedia also found that less than 2 percent of homes sell as a direct result of an open house. Even the National Association of Realtors said in a recent Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers that with over 90 percent of home buyers starting their search on the internet, buyers don’t have the need to go in as many houses as they used to.

The truth is that an open house rarely sells a listing. In fact, in our 13+ years of working as Realtors, we have never seen an open house result in a sale. Not even

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infographic check list to sellers to get their home ready for showings

Why do some homes sell quickly while others sit on the market for months, even in a strong sellers’ market? Price, location, and schools certainly affect resale, but showability is also a huge factor. Homes that appear clean and well maintained stand out to buyers – both in photos online and in person during showings.

Some studies have revealed that buyers decide within the first two minutes of a showing whether or not they’re going to make an offer to purchase. For sellers, this means that first impressions count. If you want to sell your home quickly for the highest amount possible, use our check list to make sure your listing makes a great first impression. The good news is that most of these check list items are free or inexpensive. Cleaning,

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why professional photos sell home listings

Ten years ago when I was a newer real estate agent, I took my own listing photos. I didn’t want to fork out the $150-350 to hire a professional photographer, especially when a higher square footage could put the cost above that $350 range. I had a really expensive Canon camera, and I’d take almost 100 photos in order to get those great 25 or 30 shots needed for an MLS report.

As my business grew, I became more willing to spend money to market listings. Keep in mind that a real estate agent does not get paid until the deal closes, so there’s always a risk that I’ll spend hundreds of dollars on a listing that doesn’t sell. (I should mention that I now am able to be selective in the listings I take on, and I won’t agree to list a home unless I’m

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is the highest real estate offer best

You’ve worked with your Realtor to get your home ready to sell. Your home has been professionally photographed, and you’ve priced it competitively. Your Realtor’s marketing plan is working because you’re getting showings daily. You receive multiple offers from buyers wanting to purchase your home. Isn’t it great to be a seller in such a strong sellers’ market?

Getting multiple offers can be an ideal situation. However, both the seller and his Realtor feel pressure to choose the right contract. Otherwise, a buyer could leave them high and dry, putting them back at square one. Falling out of contract is tough because it’s easier to sell a brand new listing with no back story than one that has been off the market for weeks and has become stigmatized.

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reasons why your home wont sell

You put your home up for sale, but you realize that something is amiss: you simply cannot sell your home. If your home hasn't attracted a serious buyer, it’s time to look at the reasons why and remedy the problem as soon as possible.

If you have your home on the Charleston Real Estate Market, here are the seven most common reasons why homes do not sell:

  1. You’re Asking Too Much

After the housing bubble, people have seen their home values shrink drastically. It could be that you’re not asking a realistic price in today’s market for your area. The number one reason that sellers overprice their home is because of emotional attachment. They're simply not objective when determining the true value of the home.

Ask a real estate agent

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The new year is upon us, and you should make some resolutions for your home in 2016. Every home is different, but here are some recommendations that will be true for each and every household in America.

What should you be doing in 2016?

  1. Make Your Home Safer

If you haven’t already done so, you want to make your home safer this coming year. You don’t want to live with any potential health hazards, and you want to check to see if your home has radon.

You’ll also want to:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors

  • Install fire detectors

  • Install security alarms depending on the area you live

Another recommendation is to add dates to your calendar for when to clean out your dryer’s lint. According to the US

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how to find the right real estate agent

The right Charleston real estate agent will make the process of buying or selling a home as simple and stress-free as possible. But finding an agent that fits the bill can be a challenge. It’s not quite as simple as hiring the first agent you meet. Here are some tips to help you find the right real estate agent for you.

  1. Choose an Agent with the Right Credentials

Most real estate agents specialize in a particular area, which can be advantageous for you as a buyer or seller. Look for an agent that has the right credentials for your particular situation. Some of the most common designations real estate agents have include:

  • SRES – Also known as Seniors Real Estate Specialist. These agents have completed specialized training

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