Tampa Today Real Estate

Nov. 3, 2017

4 Ways to Make a Great First Impression to Buyers of South Tampa Homes

By Mary Diaz

Ways to Make a Great First Impression to Buyers of South Tampa Homes

When it comes to selling your home, always remember that first impression matters. Do not think that because your home is listed and has a "for sale" sign planted in the front lawn it will automatically attract buyers. With many homes for sale in South Tampa area, you have to make sure that your property is more appealing. Read on to find out how you can make a positive first impression with buyers.

Impress your South Tampa waterfront homebuyers with these great tips!

1. Make your exterior enticing

If you want to create a positive first impression with buyers, make sure that the walk-up to your South Tampa home for sale is inviting. Maintain your lawn by regularly mowing and tidying up your front landscaping. Remove all toys, bicycles, and scooters from the front of the house. You may also give your front door, garage door, and gutters a fresh coat of paint. Ensure that your address numbers are visible, in place, and polished. Spruce up your exterior by adding a few embellishments like an attractive welcome mat, a wreath for the door, and potted plants to the side of your front door.

2. Make the bathrooms look pristine

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms that a buyer will want to see. Do not be contented with cleaning it at least once a month. Make sure to devote plenty of resources toward cleaning this space to make it look immaculate to home buyers. Check the bathroom basins, countertops, and mirrors for streaks and smudges. Scrub the toilet to ensure that it is sparkling clean when the visitors arrive, you may also use candles, bath soaps, and other appropriate decorations to further highlight the quality of your bathroom.

3. Make necessary repairs

If you want buyers to fall in love with your luxury home for sale in South Tampa, repair anything that needs to be fixed. Make sure cabinet doors close properly and all faucets should be drip-free. Make buyers see that their potential home is clean, attractive and problem free. Repair anything that is chipped, peeling or cracked, including garage doors, fences, gutters, sidewalks and more. Sand, patch and repaint as needed.

4. Depersonalize

Help your buyers see themselves coming home to your house everyday. This can be done by removing anything that could act as a barrier to their imagination. You may also consider moving your car so that the buyers can envision their own car in the drive. Remove family pictures and other personal items. Keep the style of your home neutral, fresh, and clean.

Taking time to create a great first impression sometimes is all it takes to quickly send an offer your way. Follow these tips and see your home get sold in no time.

To see available homes for sale in South Tampa, click here.

If you are looking for dedicated and hard-working Tampa FL Realtors then call me, Mary G. Diaz, today at 813 245-9677. I can provide you with fast and reliable assistance in finding or selling South Tampa real estate. With my extensive knowledge and experience in selling luxury properties in the area, I can assist you in making the best choice.

Mary Diaz
Realtor, CRS, CDPE, SFR

Posted in Sellers
Nov. 3, 2017

Don't Check Your Tampa Bay Home's Value Without Reading This First

By Mary Diaz

Is my home's "Zestimate" accurate? If you have asked this question you are not alone.

People throughout the United States have begun relying on “Zestimates” as their one and only source for getting their home’s current value. Sadly, as pointed out by the mainstream media below, this information can often be drastically wrong.

In fact, in Florida, the median error rate is 5.2%. This can absolutely raise some eyebrows when people go to enter in their home’s information for an automated home valuation. 

LA Times, mentions that in San Francisco, California the median home value is near $1,008,000. With “Zestimates” being inaccurate at a rate of 11.6% this equates to about $117,000. This number alone should crush the expectation that computers are going to provide you with the most accurate answer out there for the valuation of your home.

According to the LA Times, Zillow’s very own CEO Spencer Rascoff answered that they're "a good starting point" but that nationwide "Zestimates" have a "median error rate" of about 8%. 

Los Angeles Times: 

Inaccurate Zillow 'Zestimate' a source of conflict over home prices

Realty Times: 

Can You Trust Zillow's Home Price Zestimate? In a Word: No.

Washington Post: 

How accurate is Zillow’s Zestimate? Not very, says one Washington-area agent.

US News Real Estate: 

Why Home Value Estimate Tools Aren’t as Accurate as You Think

1. Basic Information Can be Inaccurate

User inputted data does contribute to the "Zestimate", information such as how many bedrooms/bathrooms make up the home, square footage of the home, and the lot size has to be accurate! The more information Zillow already has about your home the better... if it's a newer construction or first time inputted into Zillow, be CAREFUL!

  Source: Zillow Advice Thread

2. Mistakes or Omissions in Sales Prices or Property Tax Records Can Happen

This is a BIG one. Property tax records are a part of the home valuation process that should not be overlooked. Just like inaccurate basic information, inaccurate date of sale or past sale prices affect your home's valuation. 

  Source: Seattle Bubble 

3. Upgrades and Unique Features that are Unaccounted for

To keep things simple... Zillow won't know what you don't tell Zillow. REPORT your home improvements or upgrades to the property. Something that may seem like a quick and easy fix to your home may, in fact, affect your home's value when it comes to trying to sell your home. There is a misconception that if you did, in fact, update your kitchen or remodel the inside doesn't necessarily mean it's worth $100,000 more than what Zillow says. Upgrades and additions to the home greatly depend on what other homes in your market are like. 

Source: Homes Realty Group

4. Housing Turnover Rate

The turnover rate for the housing market is a simple one. The hotter the market (the more homes that are selling and the more information Zillow has about the homes in your area) the more accurate the Zestimate will be!

5. Major Changes to the Zillow Algorithm

If you are in the market to sell your home the Zillow Algorithm is something you should pay attention to. Any adjustments to this can affect the value of your home, but Zillow doesn't adjust their algorithm very often. According to Investopedia.com, Zillow's algorithm was adjusted and it brought the National average two points down from last year to a median error of 6%.

As a proud member of the Tampa Bay community who actually lives here, works here and sells homes here, I would be happy to send you a free report of exactly what your home is worth. 

Technology is awesome, but when it comes to the value of your largest financial asset, the accuracy of your home's value matters. 

Don't leave your home's value up to a computer. Find out what your home in the Tampa Bay area is worth.

Mary Diaz
Realtor, CRS, CDPE, SFR

Mary's unique background has benefited her clients more than they could ever realize. Before getting her license in 1994, she had worked in the banking ...

813-245-9677  mary@tampatodayrealestate.com


Posted in Sellers
July 31, 2017

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