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How to Sell Your House at Profit

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Did you know that making a few small home improvements can skyrocket the chances of your home selling quickly? If you are in the market for a new home but need to sell your home first, there are a couple of things you can do to vastly improve your chances of a quick sale.

Do you remember the old saying "you only get one chance to make a good first impression"? That's not only true when you meet someone or apply for a job, it's also true when you are trying to sell your home.

First, decide that you'll be perfectly honest with yourself. Also, take the opportunity to ask someone who is brutally honest, to help you see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. Having done that, drive up and down your neighbourhood for a block each way from your home. What stands out to you about any of the other homes in your neighbourhood? Any certain paint combinations, yard decor or maybe even a white picket fence?

Now take note of your home and ask your friend to help. If there is anything about your front that needs attention, that should be the focus of your first home improvements. It could be a simple as repairing cracks in your driveway or painting the trim around windows and doors. Maybe you need to add some colourful flowers that stand up and contrast with the colour of the front of your home. If you impress that potential buyer with the first things they see when they drive up, you are about half way home to impressing them all the way.

Next, swing your front door open and take a really long look at things. That's the next thing a buyer will see as she comes to preview your home. If you have painted your walls with some kind of outlandish paint colour that you just love, remember that your buyer may not share your taste or enthusiasm for that colour combination.

Consider repainting, at least the first room they'll see, with an off white colour. That will brighten up the room and it is the most universally accepted colour for walls, sure not to offend the eyes of your buyer. Carpet, window dressings and furniture arrangement can be other areas of attention but the home improvements you most want to concentrate on are the first impression things. These are what makes a home sell quickly.

Real Estate Characteristics

 

Real estate has several unique characteristics that affect its value. There are economic characteristics and physical characteristics. Real estate is a product to be purchased but it is different from anything else due to the characteristics that will be discussed here.

The economic characteristics that influence value are scarcity, improvements, permanence and area preference. Scarcity is simply demonstrated in the saying, "They aren't making any more." The supply of land has a ceiling and cannot be produced more than what exists today. This value of this supply however, is influenced by other characteristics.

Improvements, such as buildings on one parcel of land may have an effect on the value of neighboring parcels or the entire community. If a large company builds in a certain depressed neighborhood, the value of living their will probably increase because of the introduction of jobs. This value would impact on neighboring communities, thus increasing value in some ways to the real estate in these areas.

Permanence has to do with the infrastructure. As buildings, houses or other structures are demolished, the infrastructure, such as sewers, drainage, electricity, and water remain intact. Permanence effects real estate, or the type of infrastructure. If you buy a piece of land in an area with no utilities, drainage or paved streets, it will most likely be worth less than a parcel of land that has this infrastructure intact and developed.

Area preference refers to the choices of the people in any given area. This is usually referred to by most people when they talk about real estate as, "location, location, location." The location of a preferred area, for whatever reasons, is what makes values of homes higher. Conversely, the location of a nonpreferred area, for whatever reason, is what makes the values of homes less. 8000 square foot brand new homes on the coast of Long Island's, East Hampton will be worth much more due to their area preference, over an area with 1200 square foot starter homes in the middle of Long Island, located next to a garbage dump.

The physical characteristics of land represent its indestructible nature, immobility and nonhomogeneity. Working backwards, we'll start with nonhomogeneity. This simply points out that no two parcels are the same. Two pieces of land may be very similar, but every single parcel is different geographically because each parcel is located in a different spot. This includes two lots right next to each other. It is important to remember that parcels are created by subdividing land, so as one large parcel of 20 acres is subdivided, each individual lot becomes its own separate piece of land.

Land cannot be moved, therefore it is immobile. Even when soil is torn from the ground, the part of the Earth's surface will always remain. It is important here to note how this physical characteristic affects real estate law and markets. Immobility of land is the reason why real estate laws and markets are local in nature.

The indestructibility of land simply means that it is durable and cannot be destroyed. It can be damaged by storms and other disasters, but it remains and weathers the changing times and will always be there. This is a main reason why land is talked about as being a sound investment.

So the basic characteristics of real estate include scarcity, improvements to the land, permanence, area preference, nonhomogeneity, indestructibility and immobility. Please note there is a big difference between land and real estate. Land is the the part of the earths surface, subsurface and air above it. Real estate is anything that becomes attached to land. So when you're looking for investments, it is important to note the infrastructure of the area, the surrounding neighborhood and the preferences of the area or...location, location, location!

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