8 Secret Strategies for Selling Your Home FAST!

The 8 Secret Strategies To Sell Your Home For Up To 18% More Money for Your Home Than Traditional Real Estate Methods!

Are You Doing What It Takes to Get Top Dollar for Your Tri-County Home?



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Today, I want to let you in on some valuable information. At a recent seminar I led, I taught people about Secret Staging Guidelines and people were ecstatic! Today, I'll share a few of these great home selling tips.

As a general rule, less stuff equals more money for you, the seller. Clear the clutter from flat surfaces to make your home feel bigger and more open. Let the buyers breathe by getting rid of random knick-knacks and other items that don't serve an obvious purpose.

Don't block the natural light when selling your home. Half of the photos I see online have closed shades, making the home look dark and unwelcoming. You also want to keep furniture out of the corner of the rooms to make the space feel more open and full!


Many people have centerpieces on their table and are surprised when I tell them to remove them! The table needs to be clear of everything, so that the photos capture the essence of your home, rather than your things.

The last tip for today is to depersonalize your home. Remove personal pictures from the walls so buyers can imagine their family living in your home. You also want to clean out your closets so buyers don't feel like they're invading your personal space and so that online buyers can get an idea of how much storage space is really there. 

Essentially, the main thing to keep in mind is that less is more when selling in the Tri-County. If you have any questions about selling, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, we would love to help. Give us a call or shoot us a quick email for the service you deserve!

Hot Off the Press: June Market Report for the Tri-County Area



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I started off last month's report talking about existing home sales, so let's begin there again.

Existing home sales have been cascading upward since February and March, which bodes well for a strong market this summer, no matter which region you're looking at. Existing home sales aren't the only things that excite us, it's the fact that homes are selling in nearly every category. Sales in the $250K-$500K range are up by almost 27%! However, homes below $100K are drying up because there are very few foreclosure sales happening anymore.


Foot traffic has also significantly increased, and this is an important trend. We're getting much, much more foot traffic this year than we were last year. A reason for this renewed interest in buying homes may be because 31% of Americans believe that real estate is the best type of long term investment. People chose real estate over stocks, gold, savings accounts, and bonds. 

Throughout the country, homes are selling in less than 45 days, but you'll be happy to hear that my average is 26 days! However, inventory levels year-over-year increased in March, but we're still below inventory in our area. This means that home prices may be rising soon. The Case Shiller year-over-year price change tracker for 20 cities shows that we're seeing a steady level of appreciation, ranging from 3-5%. 

All this activity has the media begging the question: is there another housing bubble forming? My answer is no, but there is probably a strong seller's market taking shape. 

This means if you're looking to sell your home, rising prices may move you off of the fence and into the market. I can sell your Tri County home for top dollar this summer!

If you were not available to attend my Home Selling Sharks Seminar June 17th, get my FREE Home Seller toolkit here, http://www.homesellertoolkit.com/. It lists my eight secret strategies for home selling. 

What Do Current Tri-County Market Trends Mean for You?



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Hello, and welcome to the May edition of the Hot Off the Press Market Report! I'm here to report that existing home sales are WAY UP from last year and pending sales are surging!

Although you might see some headlines saying that sales are down, when you look at the numbers, you'll find that home sales were MUCH higher in February 2015 than they were in February 2014. It amazes me how lazy the mainstream media is when it comes to presenting accurate market data! For instance, they wouldn't report that sales for suntan lotion and swimsuits are down in December, January, and February, would they? 

Like clockwork, home sales drop during the same time period each year. Of course there was a dip in home sales over the winter months - it happens every year! To get a more accurate picture of where our market is actually heading, it's best to compare year to date statistics from year to year. Instead of saying home sales have fallen off, you would notice that sales are actually substantially higher than they were at this same time last year!

Another thing to take a look at is pending home sales. According to NAR, a market with 100 pending home sales is a historically healthy one. In February of 2014, that number was near 94, which indicated a weak market. However, in February of 2015, pending home sales were at 107! In other words, despite what the headlines would have us believe, the market is booming! 

If you have any questions about what these market conditions mean for you, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, give me a call or shoot me a quick email. I would love to hear from you!

How to Make Money in This Tri-County Real Estate Market



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Hello, and welcome back! Today, I'll share some tips and tricks to keep you and your family ahead of the competition in the real estate market here in Montgomery County! 

Recently, I came across a headline that claimed existing home sales had collapsed in January, despite low interest rates. Well, here we go again; the media, as always, took shaky evidence and turned it into a misleading news item.

Let's take a more tempered look at the numbers: 
  • Existing homes sales for January were $200K higher than they were last year.
  • Pending home sales remain very strong and continue to rise!
  • January foot traffic was 3x greater than January of last year.
  • Inventory is falling, so now is a great time for homeowners to sell.
When you take a look at the actual numbers, you can understand why it's best to ignore the headlines! The market is doing fantastic, and there's no sign it will slow down any time soon. 

If you want to buy or sell real estate, or if you have any questions about our market, your best option is to speak with a real estate professional. We have access to updated and accurate information and would love to help you get the most out of our market!

What Makes the Cardano Team Unique?




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Recently, I was interviewed on a TV show called The New Masters of Real Estate. They asked me what sets my team apart from the traditional Realtor working in one of those big franchise offices. I also discussed my Coming Soon listing system that gets buyers waiting outside our sellers' doors the first day the home goes on the market. Not only that, but these buyers are paying list price or more for our listings! 

The market in Montgomery County is on fire right now. If you're thinking about taking advantage of it, visit www.8SecretStrategies.com to learn how you can crush the competition when selling your home! Also, if you want to hear more about our story, check out the above video to learn about the unique things we do to help our clients get the best possible results! 

As always, if you need real estate assistance of any kind, don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us a quick email. We would love to help make your real estate dreams a reality! 

Where Is the Tri-County Area Market Heading and What It Means For You


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Hello, and welcome back! Today is the March edition of the Hot Off the Press Real Estate Market Report! There's a lot to talk about in Montgomery County right now, so let's jump right into it. 


According to the Consumer Optimism Survey, done by the University of Michigan, consumer optimism is coming up to an 11-year high. Not since 2007 has the market seen such a high level of optimism! This indicates that more and more people will be jumping into the housing market, as consumer confidence is a HUGE factor when it comes to purchasing real estate.

Recently, the government announced that there would be a reduction in FHA insurance premiums! The National Association of Realtors predicts that this reduction will bring another 90,000-150,000 annual home purchases into the market. Additionally, mortgage credit availability is very high right now! There are a lot of people out there creating families and looking to buy homes, which is fantastic news! 

In general the market is in a fantastic place - money for loans is freeing up, interest rates remain low, and fees are becoming more affordable. With low inventory and many buyers hungry for great homes, now may be the time to put your home on the market! We currently have a perfect storm of conditions that could result in you getting top dollar for your home and in a short amount of time! 

If you have any questions about where our market is trending, or if you would like our assistance for a successful real estate transaction, give us a call or shoot us a quick email. We would love to help you take advantage of these fantastic conditions! 

Four Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold Quickly




There are many great Montgomery County area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (215) 576-8666 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Learn more about the following 4 Hot Secret Staging Tips and much more at my next Home Seller Shark Seminar on March 21st at 9:30am at the DoubleTree at Plymouth Meeting. We give out door prizes as well as free t-shirts to reward you for surviving the Home Shark Seminar

My father used to sell new homes, so when I entered the real estate business 22 years ago selling resale homes, I always tried to position them in such a way that they resembled brand new homes. I'll be revealing four of my most secret staging tips to you today, but if you want to learn all of them, then you'll need to attend my Home Shark Seminar

  1. Paint: Paint can go a very long way, and of all the remodels you can do on your home before selling, repainting may have one of the highest ROI's. I suggest painting one color throughout, and earth tones usually work well. White trim often highlights the nice features of a home, and you can add a lot of value by repainting in this way.
  2. Paint your garage: We recommend painting the walls of your garage and the floor gray, or coat the floor with an Epoxy paint. Buyers like to see nice, big garages that they can store things in. You can net a few extra thousand dollars by cleaning out and repainting your garage.
  3. Invest in your basement: Basements are big home sellers. People often forget about basements, but you can keep a lot of money in your pocket if you invest the time, energy, and money into renewing your basement. We like to paint basement floors gray or tan, and if any concrete floor is showing, we recommend that you paint that as well. Ideally, your basement should be as spotless as your kitchen. You may need to move some things into a storage unit, but the money you save by doing this might make the costs well worth it.
  4. Six panel doors: This is an inexpensive fix, and it is a major upgrade over old, wooden doors. It's an easy step you can take to make your home feel much more new and modern. 
We hope you find this information helpful. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you would like real estate assistance of any kind, we're always here to help!

Where Is the Montgomery County Market Heading in 2015?



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Hello, and welcome to the 2015 edition of the Hot Off the Press Real Estate Market Report! As far as we can tell, this is going to be yet another great year for real estate here in Montgomery County. 

The existing home sales report shows there was a drop in November of last year, which is normal because the winter months often cause many people to back out of the market. Many of the talking heads in the media like to report that the market is down right now, but that's simply not true. In fact, so far, this winter has been one of the best we've seen in a decade! 

When taking a look at pending homes over the last few years, you'll notice that they plummeted in November of 2013. When looking at pending home sales for 2014, pending home sales remained high even though we usually see a significant drop during the winter months. They dropped a little bit, but they didn't crash like they did in 2013. 

Now, let's take a look at home prices. Appreciation, year over year, is slowing down. The headlines you've read about falling home prices are incorrect - prices are simply rising at a slower rate than they were in previous years. According to Case Schiller, prices were up 13.2% in January 2014 over January 2013; by August they were only up 5.6% year over year, and by October of last year the year-over-year price change was at 4.5%. So, home values are still on the rise, but their value isn't going up at the same rate as it was in years past. 

Although we have seen a slowdown in appreciation over the last 12 months, we're expecting the appreciation rates to be higher in 2015 than we saw in 2014. Most experts are predicting home prices to rise an average of 3.7% in the coming year. That will bring us much closer to steady levels, which is some great news!

Where do we expect interest rates to go, you ask? Taking a look at the first quarter of January 2013, you'll see that rates were under 3.5%, before skyrocketing toward the middle of 2013. They've been falling ever since, trying to find that equilibrium point. Remember, part of the reason the government wants to keep interest rates low is to spur the economy and keep people spending. At this time last year, people thought rates were going to jump in the near future, but because the economy never recovered the way they expected it to, rates have remained low!

If rates do rise soon, it will have a significant impact on your purchasing power. If you're looking at a $300,000 home when rates are 3.75%, a rise of just 1% will cost you 10% of your purchasing power (that's $30,000)! We'll keep you updated on where rates are heading, but you need to be wary of waiting to make your move.

We hope you find this information helpful. Give us a call or shoot us an email if you would like real estate assistance of any kind, we're always here to help! 

Thanks, and have a wonderful day!