Friday, September 26, 2014

Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know


Home Selling Tips Every Seller Should Know

Price Your Home Realistically From the Start

94.3 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

The largest number of showings will occur in the first couple of weeks, so don’t turn these potential buyers off with an unrealistically high price!

Keep Your House Clean, Tidy and De-cluttered

91.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

It pays to keep your home in excellent shape at all times. You never know when a buyer might walk through the front door!

Work With an Agent Who Excels at Online Marketing

90.7 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Work with an agent who will do a good job marketing your home online. Your agent should take at least 6 listing photos and write a compelling listing description for your home.

Make It Easy to Show Your Home

90.3 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Make it as easy as possible for agents to show your home to clients. Don’t require appointments to be made weeks in advance or severely limit possible showing times.

Don’t Sign With an Unqualified Buyer

87.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Don’t sign a purchase agreement with an unqualified buyer. It’s not unreasonable to expect buyers to bring pre-approval letters (or proof of funds for cash purchases) to show they can buy your home.

Listen to Your Agent!

83.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.8 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Listen to your real estate agent! Find an agent you can trust and follow their advice and recommendations as closely as you can.

Make Small Upgrades to Your Home

83.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.2 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Make small upgrades to help your home sell for top dollar. These upgrades can include applying a fresh coat of paint, replacing door handles, curtains and cabinet hardware, fixing leaky faucets and cleaning the grout.

Work With an Agent Who Follows the Competition

82.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Work with an agent that will closely follow your competition. Your agent must be familiar with other properties on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood.

Stage Your Home’s Exterior

76.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Stage the exterior of your home: Spruce up the landscaping, trim vegetation, clean walkways of debris and apply fresh coats of paint to the house, fence and deck.

Don’t Insist on the Asking Price

72.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

3.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Don’t insist on selling your house for your asking price, its appraised value, the tax assessor’s estimate, or what you paid for it – your house is ultimately worth what the buyer is willing to pay for it!

Alert Family and Friends

67.7 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Alert your friends, relatives and neighbors that your home is on the market via email and social media. They may forward your home’s listing to buyers they know.

Make Your Home Move-In Ready

66.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

0.9 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Make your home move-in ready before it hits the market, so buyers know they won’t have a to-do list if they buy it.

Brighten Up Your Home

64.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Maximize the amount of light in your home. Take down drapes, clean windows and cut bushes to let sunshine in.

Clear Out Your Closets

63.1 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.0 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Because storage space is an important consideration for buyers, take half of the stuff out of your closets and neatly organize the rest.

Don’t Take the First Offer

59.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

3.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Don’t get over-excited when you get an offer! Examine each offer carefully and take your time deciding if you want to accept it.

De-Personalize Your Home

57.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

2.6 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Personal items make it harder for buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Put family photos, trophies, memorabilia and other personal keepsakes in storage.

Don’t Over-Upgrade

56.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

1.7 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project just before you put your house on the market.

Conceal Your Pets

52.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

5.5 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Pets give the impression your house isn’t clean, so hide them, their litter boxes, food dishes and toys during showings.

Don’t Work With the First Agent You Find

51.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

5.9 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Interview multiple agents before choosing one to work with. Select your agent based on their marketing plan, experience, work ethic and communication skills.

Hire a Professional Listing Photographer

37.1 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

16.4 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of your home if your agent doesn’t do so. Professional listing photos only cost $100-300 and can increase your home’s sale price by up to $19,000.

Throw Buyers a Bone to Close Escrow Quickly

29.5 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

10.8 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

If you want a speedy and hassle-free escrow, throw your buyer a bone (like an early closing or a one-year home warranty) if they ask for one. You want to be in their good graces during escrow and after the sale.

Offer Up Extras to the Buyers

17.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip

14.7 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip

Offer to leave behind items as extras, like high-end appliances and electronics, or if you live on a golf course, your golf cart.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Buying a House? 4 Reasons to DO IT NOW

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 30.8% (most optimistic) and 9.4% (most pessimistic).

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although the Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage are currently around 4.2%, Freddie Mac is projecting that rates will increase to 5.2% by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage

As a research paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Thursday, June 26, 2014

JUST LISTED - FULLY LEASED TURNKEY FOURPLEX

JUST LISTED - FULLY LEASED TURNKEY FOURPLEX
1805 E Overland Rd, Bldg 42, Meridian ID
Listed at $355,000

2 Bedroom and 1 Bath Units
3380 SF, Built in 2005


Like NEW Fourplex in Meridian, ID. Fully Leased with on site management. Turnkey investment. Centrally located near business parks, movie theatre/restaurant complex, largest regional medical center in SW Idaho and freeway. Development has clubhouse, pool and weight room. Great location within the development, along the back row away from Overland Rd. BTVA If you are interested in Investment Properties in Boise Idaho, Give us a call at 208 939 9033.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Thinking of Buying a Vacation/Retirement Home? Why Wait?

by The KCM Crew on April 15, 2014 in For Buyers, Interest Rates

The sales of vacation homes skyrocketed last year. A recent study also revealed that 25% of those surveyed said they’d likely buy a second home, such as a vacation or beach house, to use during retirement. For many Baby Boomers, the idea of finally purchasing that vacation home (that they may eventually use in retirement) makes more and more sense as the economy improves and the housing market recovers.

If your family is thinking about purchasing that second home, now may be the perfect time. Prices are still great. If you decide to lease the property until you’re ready to occupy it full time, the rental market in most areas is very strong. And you can still get a great mortgage interest rate.

But current mortgage rates won’t last forever…

According to FreddieMac, the interest rate for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at the beginning of April was 4.4%. However, FreddieMac predicts that mortgage rates will steadily climb over the next six quarters.

Let’s assume you want to purchase a home for $500,000 with a 20% down payment ($100,000). That would leave you with a $400,000 mortgage. What happens if you wait to buy this dream house?

Prices are projected to increase over the next year and a half. However, for this example, let’s assume prices remain the same. Your mortgage payment will still increase as mortgage rates climb to more historically normal levels.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

Want to Sell Your House? Price it Right!

by The KCM Crew on April 14, 2014 in For Sellers

The housing market is recovering nicely. Prices have increased nationally by double digits over the last twelve months. Competition from the shadow inventory of lower priced distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) is diminishing rapidly. Now may be the perfect time to sell your home and move to the dream house or beautiful location your family has always talked about.

The one suggestion we would definitely offer: DON’T OVERPRICE IT!!

Even though prices have increased by more than 10% over the last year, the acceleration of appreciation has slowed dramatically over the last few months. As an example, in their April Home Price Index Report, CoreLogic revealed that home prices actually depreciated by .08% this month as compared to last month’s report. What concerns us is that Trulia just reported that asking prices are still continuing to increase.

Because investor purchases are declining and there are more listings coming onto the market, we believe that sellers should be very cautious when they price their house. The alternative might be that you could lose money by overpricing your home at the start as explained in a research study on the matter.

Bottom Line

Though it is a great time to sell your house, pricing it right is crucial. Get guidance from a real estate professional in your marketplace to ensure you get the best deal possible.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

IERT logo
Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014

On the market again: Boise’s 87-year-old former Macy’s building

Partners worried they wouldn’t be able to find enough people who wanted to live Downtown and could afford apartments.
BY SVEN BERG, Idaho Statesman

sberg@idahostatesman.com February 27, 2014

Affordable housing was the center of the idea by Brad Elg, Jeff Shneider and David Wali for developing the C.C. Anderson Building, which they bought in late 2011.

They wanted to fill the building’s top three floors with 64 apartments that working people could afford. But making the dollars and cents work for the affordable housing would have meant taking federal tax credits to help pay the development cost and pass them on to residents.

With those tax credits come restrictions. For example, the people living in the subsidized apartments can’t be students. They also can’t make above a certain percentage of the area’s average income.

The partners worried that they wouldn’t be able to find enough people who wanted to live Downtown and could afford the apartments — between $540 and $1,040 per month — and who also qualified for subsidized housing, Wali said.

They discussed turning the first floor into a theater for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. That didn’t work. One of the problems was that the festival would have to raise millions of dollars before work started on renovating the building.

So the partners have decided to sell.

“There’s no use in letting it remain vacant if there’s someone else who might be a better fit for it,” Wali said.

NEW LIFE FOR AN OLD BOISE BUILDING?
The C.C. Anderson Building, located on the northeast corner of 10th and Idaho, went on the market Wednesday. The sellers are asking $2.1 million.

Boise businessman C.C. Anderson built it in 1927 as a home for his department store. It remained a department store until 2010, when Macy’s closed its Downtown Boise location.

Wali said that he and his partners paid only $1 million for the building in 2011 but that they won’t be making any money. He said they put hundreds of thousands of dollars into asbestos removal, planning and structural engineering. He figures they’ll just about break even on the sale.

Wali still thinks housing should be a component of the C.C. Anderson Building’s new life. Offices and retail stores could fill in the rest, he said.

Greg MacMillan, who works for commercial real estate broker Colliers International, is the building’s listing agent. He said the amount of space — more than 115,000 square feet on four floors — makes it attractive for all kinds of development, whether it’s a hotel, housing, offices, restaurants or something else.

“The building is not without its challenges, but the right person — the right buyer — could do something great,” MacMillan said.

Sven Berg: 377-6275

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

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Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

Monday, March 10, 2014

What is the Cap Rate and NOI on Rental Properties and are they Important?

Found this great blog on Linked by Mark Ferguson posted on March 4, 2014. If you are looking for a Boise investment property such as a fourplex, duplex or commercial investments, please visit us at www.ironeaglere.com.

If you have been around Boise investment properties you have probably heard the term cap rate and NOI.  The cap rate on an investment property is a measure of what the returns will be assuming you pay cash for a property.  I don’t use cap rate on my investment properties, because it doesn’t factor financing costs.  I prefer to use the cash on cash return on my properties, but the cap rate can still give you a basic idea of a property’s returns.

NOI is the net operating income on a rental property and does not factor in debt service.  The NOI can be another indicator of rental property returns, but can also be easily manipulated.

How do you figure the cap rate on a property?

The cap rate is a very simple formula; net operating  income divided by the price of a property.  For example if you buy a home for $100,000 and the net income is $10,000 a year, the cap rate is 10%.  ($10,000/$100,000=10%)

What is the net operating income? (NOI)

The net operating income is how much money a rental property produces after expenses.  This is another simple calculation and can be figured using our cash flow calculator.  The NOI does not include debt service, which our calculator includes, but you can enter the mortgage payments as zero to determine the NOI.  For example if the rents are $10,000 a year on a rental property and the yearly expenses are $3,000, then the NOI is $7,000.

What expenses are included in the NOI?

You will find different investors include different expenses to determine the NOI.  Some investors may include vacancies and property management and others may not.  Some investors may not even include any maintenance in their NOI projections to make their properties appear more profitable.  If you are basing a purchase decision on the cap rate then you need to make sure all the expenses are accounted for.  If the total rent for a property is $10,000 a year and the NOI is $10,000, then there are obviously expenses being left out of the equation.

How can the cap rate vary greatly on the same property?

The NOI greatly affects the cap rate.  If the NOI does not include all expenses on a property, then the cap rate is going to be artificially inflated.  I don’t like using the cap rate as an indicator of returns, because it does not factor into account debt service and the cap rate can be easily manipulated.

Why Cash flow is more important than the NOI

I think the  cash flow on a rental property is much more important than the cap rate.  The cash flow tells you exactly how much money you are going to make including expenses and debt service.  Our cash flow calculator even helps you determine what the maintenance and vacancies may be on a property per month.

Why the cash on cash return is better than the cap rate

The cash on cash return tells you what returns you are getting on your cash invested into a property.  The cash on cash return takes into account the amount of money invested based on leverage.  The cap rate completely ignores leverage, which will make a huge difference in the actual returns an investor sees.  Our cash on cash calculator can help you calculate the actual returns on a rental property including the debt service.

What can the cap rate tell you about different markets?

The cap rate gives a very basic idea of the return rate on rental properties.  If you are looking to invest in long-distance properties, the cap rate can give you an idea of the returns in that area.  Average cap rates in the country can range from 5% to 15%.  There are many other factors to consider when determine where to buy, but cap rate can give you an idea on returns.

How can cap rates help you decide on single family versus multifamily

The cap rates can also give you an idea of the different returns on single family homes versus multifamily homes in an area.  In Colorado the cap rate for a multifamily property tends to be around 5%.  For a single family home you can see cap rates at around 8% in my area.  I buy my properties below market value and see cap rates at 10% or higher on the purchase of my single family rentals.  In other markets those percentages may be reversed on single family and multifamily homes.

Conclusion

The cap rate and NOI can be used to help determine the returns on rental properties, but there are also many other factors to consider like the cash flow and cash on cash returns.  I personally do not pay attention to cap rate or NOI, because it does not giving me a clear picture of my returns.

The Iron Eagle Realty Team's mission is to assist you, our client, in the sale and acquisition of real estate properties in the state of Idaho, specifically the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market. Whether you are buying or selling a home, whether it is a foreclosure, short sale or equity property, we handle our customers and clients with empathy and honest truths so they can make informed decisions as they advance in the process of buying and selling real estate that meet specific needs.
PS: We've Helped More Buyers and Sellers than 99.8% of any Local Realtor
Click Here to Search 24/7 for The Best Real Estate Deals in Boise!
Click Here to Download Our Free "Selling Your Home" Pre-Listing Plan! 
Click Here to Pre-Qualify for a Loan Online!

IERT logo
Regards, Michael Hon, REALTOR®
CEO, The Iron Eagle Realty Team
Associate Broker, Silvercreek Realty Group
Certified Short Sale Specialist®
Investment Property Consultant
Direct: 208.919.0458 Office: 208.939.9033 Fax: 208.514.1422
www.IronEagleRE.com Michael.Hon@IronEagleRE.com

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