Listing Courtesy of RE/MAX REALTY GROUP REHOBOTH
For anyone who has listed their home on the Harbenson market, the equivalent of winning the lottery is a call from your agent telling you that multiple offers are on the way. It’s like hitting the jackpot — especially when the house draws top dollar.
Although the tactics that can trigger such a phone call vary by location and property type, a few overriding concepts put you far ahead in the competition to attract Harbenson's motivatedhomebuyers—
· Build excitement
Harbenson homebuyers are like everyone else: whenever there’s a crowd, natural curiosity prompts us to find out what all the fuss is about. When you list your property a few days before beginning the showing process, you increase the odds of drawing a larger turnout on the first days of showings — or at your well-publicized open house. When homebuyers sense they are being shoehorned into a full schedule, they get the message: this one is hot! In a real estate environment where word-of-mouth can play a key role, it’s smart to actively set up buzz and good press around your property.
· Team with a pro
Nothing prevents you from doing all the legwork yourself — if you have the spare time, that is (and don’t mind wading through reams of property data online, taking all the home buyer calls, working through their schedule changes, etc.). But when you team with a seasoned agent to perform the prep work for you, it frees your time to tend to more important tasks. Too, professionals have experience in screening potential Harbenson homebuyers and encouraging those who are best qualified — ultimately saving you time and expense down the road.
· Spruce it up
As important as any other factor is being able to focus your energy on maintaining your home in impeccable shape. The dollars spent here and there on maintenance can draw ten times as much at closing. Harbenson homebuyers usually have no trouble paying a bit extra for a well-maintained house. When homebuyers are presented with a property in absolutely excellent shape, it communicates long-term value — as well as a solid, trouble-free investment!
There is a seven-year window for some past Sussex County homeowners—and it’s one that’s opening, not closing. The ‘window’ in question is the one that could activate Frankford "Boomerang Buyers"—which would come as good news for the local home sales.
Some background about Boomerang Buyers. It’s a term coined in the wake of the subprime mortgage fiasco, describing those burned by the housing crisis. They were, on the whole, Baby Boomers and GenXers who were caught up in the Great Recession. For many who became enmeshed in the effects of the nasty confluence of the cliff-dive of the subprime mortgage bond market and collapse of residential valuations that swept the nation, foreclosures or short sales became, literally, offers they couldn’t refuse. Not only did the bitter aftertaste leave many with a spoiled appetite for homeownership, but the damage done to the credit ratings of millions made that a moot point: they had fallen off the scale when it came to qualifying for a new mortgage.
But that was then; this is now. It’s a now that, in RealtyTrac Newsroom’s breathless phraseology, "the first wave of…homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale during the foreclosure crisis are now past the seven year window they conservatively need to repair their credit and qualify to buy a new home."
Soon, more and more Boomerang Buyers in Frankford will be in the clear, if they choose to be; and they are only the first wave. "Nearly 7.3 million potential boomerang buyers nationwide will be in a position to buy again from a credit repair perspective over the next eight years," says Newsroom. Bankrate, the mortgage and financial advice website, sees the group as particularly well-qualified. They quote a broker in North Carolina to that effect: "If you’ve been through a foreclosure, you’ve already been a homeowner…you know the process. You’ve been through hell sometime in the last seven years…"
That word ‘sometime’ is apt, because the seven year period has been anything but uniform. Guidelines for that "waiting period" have sometimes been three years for FHA qualifiers, or even shorter for portfolio loans that lenders keep on their own books. But whether it’s three or seven years, the clock usually starts ticking only when a foreclosure has been completed. But according to FICO, although a foreclosure remains on a credit report for seven years, "the negative impact will fade as time passes."
For potential Sussex County Boomerang Buyers still waiting for a foreclosure to disappear altogether from their credit reports, there are other routes that can lead to a homeownership reboot. For more on buying or selling, I’m always pleased to sit down and discuss some of the great opportunities in our current market!