Listing Courtesy of JACK HICKMAN REAL ESTATE
There are two kinds of situations that homeowners looking at Bethany Beach comparables run into:
1. THE SIMPLE COMPS: Your Bethany Beach home is part of an area that’s more uniform than not, in a neighborhood where there are a sufficient number of similar houses to have produced several sales recently. Your street may not be part of a literal development with models that have near-duplicate floor plans—but the area is, in general, homogenous. When it comes to selling your Bethany Beach home, you’re in luck!
2. THE NOT-SO-SIMPLE COMPS: AKA, the incomparable situation. Your area home is one of a kind, almost totally unlike any other in the neighborhood (two bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths) or unlike any other in any neighborhood (who else has a swimming pool built into the attic?). All right, maybe your house isn’t quite that weirdly incomparable, but it’s still the case that no similar home has sold within a 5-mile radius within the last year or two. When it comes to selling your Bethany Beach home, you may still be in luck—but not because of ‘the comps’!
When your property falls into the first category, one whole part of your selling situation becomes a piece of cake because of the comparables. Bethany Beach comparables from previous sales make the ultimate, convincing case that your home has at least $X value, because the market says so. In writing. Real people have plunked down their hard-earned dollars as proof. Even better, real banks have backed them up with their also very real dollars. It’s all verifiable in the public records.
When your property falls into the second category, in terms of the comparables for Bethany Beach, it really doesn’t matter if you have the most attractive house or the best bells and whistles and bathroom renovations that will take a buyer’s breath away. If no other home within a reasonable distance has sold with a reasonable period (say, six months) that are close to the same size as yours, or if none has anything like similar features, you and your Realtor® are going to be pretty much on your own even settling on a listing price. Here’s a few lesser known reasons why paying attention to comparables is important when selling your home.
· Unique amenities won’t always guarantee a higher comparable value. If the amenities are unusual for Bethany Beach, it might make it that much more difficult to find enough comparables in your area to come up with a listing price.
· School districts factor heavily into value. You might have grumbled about paying school taxes if you aren’t sending your own children off to school, but the quality of the school district has a large influence on comparables.
· Scarcity of housing inventory in your neighborhood can be either an advantage or disadvantage. It’s a plus if the housing inventory is low due to high demand (there will be enough recent sales information to set an accurate listing price). It’s a negative if scarcity occurs because no one is buying nearby homes—and appraisers will find it more difficult to place a value on the property.
It’s my job to get your home the best offers in the shortest amount of time for either category of Bethany Beach comparables. Give me a call—regardless of which one yours falls into, we’ll discuss how we can produce results that are truly incomparable! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at email@example.com, visit more listings at www.beachrealestate.com.
A number of “Smart House” products made headway in 2016, so before the crystal ball gets hauled up over Times Square, this is an appropriate moment to review which ones promised relevant real estate applications. Anyone who will be house hunting or selling in Delaware anytime soon might want to become familiar with some of what’s out there.
It’s safe to say that the whole notion of household management gadgets that plug into the internet—an idea that was exotic a few years back—is now readily recognized by the majority of Delaware consumers. More and more of us are beginning to consider which ones will make life easier (rather than just producing a ‘gee whiz!’ reaction from friends and family). The best smart features really do add value.
The greatest enabler for most smart house devices is the presence of a home wireless network. Whereas installation was formerly tricky and expensive, it’s currently close to foolproof (even for those without a twelve-year-old to handle the installation). And prices are definitely down. You can find plug-and-play wireless routers for under $40—some of them carrying 90+% customer approval ratings. Pricier models are more powerful.
When it comes to having a real impact on Delaware real estate commerce, true smart house innovations are those that have a practical application for controlling household systems. Those dealing with household security are among the leaders. There are smart deadbolt-enabling kits that remotely control compatible deadbolts. There are wi-fi-to-internet-connected video doorbell outfits that do a lot more than doorbells—they broadcast and record video of visitors while allowing truly remote smartphone monitoring.
Also in the security realm, there are smart batteries that plug into existing smoke or CO2 detectors. If the alarm goes off, it alerts your smartphone. You can then call 911 or silence the alarm. Battery-operated garage door openers have always been remote—but some of them now are smart, too. Just tap your mobile device’s screen to open or close the garage door. Soon, manufacturers say they will automatically open when your car nears the driveway, and close when it's safely inside.
If you’ve ever had a nightmare about being on vacation when one of your house’s “water-prone places” floods, smart water monitors can send an alert to your mobile device. Smart light bulbs can be your artistically-attuned mood managers, changing their demeanor from bright white to softer tones based on the light in the remainder of the room. Some sense motion to help them decide whether they should turn themselves on or off. They can even pow-wow with the heaters, deciding that the heat should be turned on or off, depending on whether you’re at home.
More on the entertainment area are the smart speakers, like Echo or Google Home. They’re always on, slavishly awaiting your request for information about the local weather, news, or the kind of questions that occur to you when you know a robot database is craving attention. They’re called “speakers,” but they’re really pretty decent-sounding complete sound systems—so making your music library available for instant playback is increasingly popular.
Not yet available is a Delaware real estate smart speaker application that would respond to the command “play music that makes prospects want to buy this house.” Until they come up with that one, to sell you own Delaware home, better just call me! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.