Questions and Answers
At a recent meeting with a diverse group of business people, we asked them to present us with a list of questions about real estate that would be of interest. Below is a sample of some of those...
Chad Colbert (financial advisor): What about outside improvements? How much does a new porch or deck, paved driveway or even type of roof affect home value?
LRE: Curb appeal is very important. Many times you only get one shot at a sale, so you want to make the best of it. From simple things like painting, raking, trimming hedges, having flowers - to bigger items such as the roof, the driveway, a window - they all matter. Start simple and see where it leads. And of course, we are always available to help guide.
David Charleson (Commercial Press): Are there any up-front costs for dealing with LaValley Real Estate when purchasing or selling a house or property?
LRE: No. We do not get paid until the property sells and closes. Some folks don't realize this, and will try to get us to provide all types of information so that they can then sell on their own. Please know, that our time and advice is our stock in trade.
Brent Hughes (NCC Systems): Does having a security system in your home make it more desireable or help the home sell easier?
LRE: Although it may not add a certain dollar value, security systems provide buyer comfort, which helps the property sell faster.
Jennifer McCluskey (photographer): What improvements are most or least to raise the price of your house when you sell?
LRE: As far as raising the price, it's the simple things that really matter. Remove clutter, give things a fresh coat of paint, and do simple clean up. Larger items would be handled on a case by case basis. As far as least likely to raise the value - the first thing that comes to mind are swimming pools. They simply do not add any real value. And, before you do anything, ask us and we'll be glad to provide our thoughts.
Thanks to these folks and the other members of the Business and Marketing group for providing questions. We enjoy sharing our experience, and we hope it helps people understand a little more about how the real estate industry works.