What’s Your Home Really Worth?

When you decide to sell your home, you may start online to see what your house is worth.  To your surprise, you see your home value $50,000 above your expectations.  But when you talk with a Realtor®, you’re disappointed to hear your house may not be worth what you saw. You insist your house is worth more because you saw it online.  You convince your Realtor® to list at the price you saw.  And your Realtor® reluctantly agrees to list at your price.  After a few months of watching your neighbors’ homes sell quickly, you agree to drop the price

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REALTOR®, Agent, or Broker:

Seniors often ask, “what’s the difference between an agent and broker, aren’t they all Realtors©”?  Great question!  Not knowing the difference between a Realtor, Agent, or Broker can cost Seniors stress, thousands of dollars, and time. An agent is licensed by the state to help buy, sell, rent, or invest in real estate.  A broker is an agent who has taken advanced training and passed the broker exam.  In Indiana, all real estate agents are brokers. Brokers in Indiana take 90 hours of real estate education, pass a state exam, and complete 30 hours of post-licensing training to earn a license. 

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3 Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling in a Hot Market

Selling your house is emotionally tolling.  But it’s even harder when homes on your block are selling fast and yours isn’t.  You may wonder if something is wrong with your house or you listing.  Read on to learn 3 reasons your house isn’t selling in a hot market. A hot market, or a seller’s market is great unless your house isn’t under contract.  There are many reasons homes don’t sell in a hot market with price and condition the top 2.  Here are 3 reasons your house isn’t selling in a hot market and how to fix them. TOO MUCH

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3 Reasons Pocket Listings Harm Senior Sellers

Recently I came across a house for sale on Facebook.  The video highlighted the home’s features well and I knew instantly the home was perfect for one of my buyers.  The challenge was that I could not find the house in the multiple listing service (MLS)!  I’m a senior and my memory isn’t the best but I knew the Facebook post was recent.  I decided to dig further and found the house was under contract!  This is not unusual for a hot market like Northwest Indiana.  Houses are selling within hours.  And while this house was placed on the MLS

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Pricing Your Home for a Fast Sale

Pricing your home for a fast sale is important.  A good real estate agent will know how to price your home correctly. If you’re selling your home yourself, you may want to price higher than the market will pay.  But that often backfires and leaves your home unsold.  Both buyers and sellers want a fair deal and using the right pricing strategy can make the difference between a fast sale and an expired listing.  This Senior Citizen tip is on pricing your home for a fast sale. Pricing your home for a fast sale uses science and a little art. 

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Home Staging for Seniors

Today’s tip is on home staging for seniors.  As a senior, you want to sell your home fast and for top dollar.  You have little time to let your home sit on the market because you know it is costing you money.  A question many seniors have is how to sell their home faster.  That’s a great question because it sets you apart from all the other sellers who think their lived-in home is appealing to everyone! How wrong they are!  Senior sellers want to attract the right buyer with the right terms fast.  You do this by setting your

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Why Seniors Should Work with A Certified Senior Advisor

When I became a senior, I got bombarded with scams.  Phone scammers tried to get personal information from me pretending to be the IRS.  Facebook scammers with fake profiles wanted to be my friend and proposed marriage, and e-mail scammers asked for money in exchange for companionship!  Scammers are everywhere, and it seems they tend to target seniors.  After a couple of months of dealing with these scammers, I decided to become a Certified Senior Advisor. Certified Senior Advisors take extensive training on topics that impact seniors.  Finance, housing, community resources are some of the subjects we train on.  We have

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