Myrtle Beach Real Estate Blog

Marketing Tips and Tricks for Home Sellers

7 Steps to Market a Home for SaleWhen people selling a home start to think of it as a business transaction, they may be able to recognize how important a good marketing strategy is for a home sale. Landing the right buyer involves putting up a good package, and then finding people who want it. Here are a few marketing tips that may boost a seller's sale price, or seal the deal a little sooner.

1. Bring In an Experienced Real Estate Agent

Even though millions of people will sell at least one home in their lifetimes, it really is not an activity that is easy for amateurs. Selling any product that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars requires knowing:

  • what buyers want
  • which buyers want to buy certain kinds of houses
  • how best to get those buyers' attention

A real estate agent with plenty of recent experience working in the area will have detailed knowledge about all of these subjects.

2. Get a Feel for the Local Real Estate Market

Even with the professional guidance of a real estate agent, home sellers still have a lot of say in the direction of the sale. This means that sellers need to educate themselves on the nature of the market in their area and their neighborhood. The dynamic of the local market could affect the list price of the home, the way the home is staged, the details in the listing, and the speed at which the sale could be closed. Understanding these factors in advance helps...

Common Dangers Found in a Single Family Home

Guide to Common Household DangersLiving in a single family home is generally considered to be safe. However, there are dangers everywhere, including in normal residences. Fortunately, there are many things that homeowners can do to make their home safer. Improving safety around the house starts with identifying hazards. These common hazards can be found in any home, whether you live in Barefoot Resort or elsewhere.

Electrical Problems

Wires that have a short, arcing electricity and overloaded electrical boxes can all cause electrical fires. Being able to identify the signs of electrical problems is important. Some of the common symptoms of electrical problems include:

  • Hissing and popping noises at the electrical box.
  • Soot around electrical outlets.
  • Flickering lights.
  • Inability to run appliances and electrical lights at the same time.
  • Lights dim when electrical appliances turn on.

Homeowners who notice these problems can fix the issue by contacting a licensed, reputable electrician to diagnose the problem and make repairs as needed.

Rotten Decking and Exterior Stairs

Decking and exterior wooden stairs are susceptible to rot if they're not properly maintained. Individual boards that have rot can break when people walk on them. A deck or stair case that has enough damage can even collapse.

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How To Sell a Home With Pets

Selling a Home With Pets? 4 Can't-Miss TipsPets aren’t just random animals, they’re friends and part of the family, and pet owners will do whatever they can to make sure their pets are happy and healthy. When trying to sell a home to move to a new one, pet owners may come across advice saying they need to get rid of their pets or the home won’t sell, but this isn’t true. While selling a home with pets may be more difficult than selling a home without pets, it isn’t impossible, and here are a few different ways pet owners can give their home the best chance of finding a buyer.

Relocate Pets During Showings

A home showing is the most important time for a home because this is when buyers will decide if they want to purchase it or not. For this reason, guests should be made as comfortable as possible during this time, which means any pets in the home should be taken elsewhere for the duration of the showing. Not only are some people allergic to animals, guests may also be afraid of them. Removing pets from a  home during showings can also be better for the pets, as it’s possible for buyers to bring along small children who don’t know how to act around animals, or doors can be left open and it could be possible for pets to sneak outside where they can be harmed. 

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5 Tips for Better Pest Remediation

How to Keep Pests Away from the HomePests are not only a nuisance to homeowners but a real threat to both the residents who live there and the actual physical structure of the property. They can carry diseases that make people ill or damage the interior components of the home by building their own residences inside the walls or under the floorboards. To lessen or eliminate the damage they cause, keep the following in mind.

Check the Barriers

Holes in the home aren't always easy to spot because they can exist in some of the least likely of places. However, tears in a screen or gaps in the doors or windows are clear invitations for bugs or rodents to make their way inside.

Start Cleaning

Crumbs are magnets for pests and the longer they stay out, the more likely it is a hungry critter will find them. Trash needs to contained, counters need to be washed, and floors need to be swept regularly. It has nothing to do with making the home spotless and everything to do with foregoing an expensive exterminator.

Walk the Perimeter

Standing water is where mosquitos like to reproduce, so it's pivotal to find the sources on the property where it can form. Look to the gutters, tires, and appliance units for the most likely sources and then start sopping up the problem.

Perform Outdoor Maintenance

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How Much Your Credit Score Matters When Buying a Home

Why Your Credit Score Matters for Your Home LoanMost people know their credit score is an important part of applying for a loan, but not everyone knows just how much that number affects how much they pay over time. Part of the problem is that lenders aren't as transparent as perhaps they should be about what they're charging and why. They'll add in fees that may sound like standard protocol but are really just an attempt to alleviate their fear of default from a high-risk buyer. Learn more about how credit score factors into mortgage terms before submitting a mortgage application.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Sweet Spot

Before getting into how credit affects a buyer's mortgage payments, it's important to identify what conventional lenders are looking for. Most lenders want to see scores that are at least 700 or higher (ideally, 760 or more), even though they will consider those with scores under 680 if the candidate has a stable income without a lot of additional debt. If the borrower is under 640, they may need to look outside traditional funding sources. While certainly an option, high-risk borrowers will not be offered the attractive loan terms that financially stable individuals will receive.

Interest Rates

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