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Sarah ODonnell
Sarah ODonnell
Sales Associate, ASP

Home Value

Moving In Today's Market


The real estate market has improved and rates are still low.  What does this mean to you as a home owner who is thinking of making a move?

  1. You can buy MORE home for less with a lower interest rate. It is the perfect time to UPGRADE!
  2. There are fewer homes available on the market.  This will help you get a premium price in a shorter time frame. But you will need to have a plan if you must sell your current home in order to purchase the next one. Are you open to a short term rental? Have you thought about renting a POD so you can stay with family or in a furnished apartment for 1-3 months while looking for your next home? We can talk about this!
  3. Most sellers will not accept a "first right offer". Sellers don't want to take the risk of waiting for a buyer to put their home on the market and get an accepted offer. They fear that they will miss out on THE buyer if they accept a "first right offer". So the chances of finding your next home...

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Trust Zillow or Other Home Value Estimators

  1. They haven’t seen your home.  The way you have maintained your home may differ from those recently sold.  The updates you have done along with the features your home has may set it apart from the rest.  
  2. They haven’t seen your neighbor’s home.  Again, every home has features and updates that can impact the value.  Utilizing square feet, number of bedrooms/bathrooms alone does NOT give you an accurate reflection of value.
  3. They typically use sales prices of homes within a region.  Comparing a home that sold in a $300k+ custom neighborhood to a home that sold in a production neighborhood a half mile down the street will certainly skew the avg price/sq ft!
  4. They do not factor in all potential factors such as a nearby train track or power lines, location in the neighborhood (front vs back), if your backyard is private, etc.  
  5. They do not accurately factor in market demand and trending.
  6. They do not see the layout of your home or the comparable homes.
  7. They are not experts in what today’s buyers are looking for and how your home fits those criteria.
  8. They don’t have the neighborhood knowledge.  Agents either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find that information.
  9. With pricing being KEY in selling your home, relying on Zillow or other systems that assign value to your home actually COSTS you money.
  10. Zillow is not Sarah O’Donnell.  Sarah will work her butt off for you, positioning you where you need to be based on your condition, location and current market demand.

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