Determining the value of your home can be one Herculean task when it comes to selling a property. Price it too high and you will be stuck with the property for longer without finding a buyer. At the same time, when you price it too low, you risk making a considerable loss.
There is a need to get an accurate estimate; this ensures that you sell your home within a reasonably shorter period and at the same time get the desired profit. There are a number of ways that you can estimate the value of your home, like resorting to the use of agents where they use their skills and expertise to determine the price (run a Comparative Market Analysis.. not rocket science!).
Or you may want to delink your selling process from an agent or a broker and complete the sale on your own. If you opt for this method, you increase your gains since there are no broker fees but, on the flipside, you can have a hard time, especially with some of the complex stages.
However, with proper guidance, you can complete the whole process on your own. Estimating the value of your home can be one of the most complex steps but with tools that can be accessed on the internet, it all becomes easy. One tool that has proven remarkably effective in this process is the Zestimate.
Here are some of the tips that you can use to increase your Zestimate
Before anything else, you need to familiarize yourself with Zillow (Click here to see how to claim your home) – get a list of all the amenities that are provided on the site and carefully check those that apply to your home. You need to ensure that you have indicated all, as each of the amenities will greatly influence the score of your Zestimate. You can put in descriptions of the amenities you have identified, ensuring that you have provided adequate information. For instance, if you have an attic, upon checking it in the box, offer a description of the condition it is in and any features that are likely to attract buyers. Providing such details, and more so when they are factual and up to date, increases the chances of scoring a higher Zestimate.
The more data and facts you have about your home, the higher the chances of increasing the value of the Zestimate. What is not known by most sellers, is that increasing the home Zestimate is not difficult at all. Once Zillow has the accurate and up-to date data, it will calculate the right estimate for your home. Lack of data will result in the tool giving you a valuation that is lower than the actual. When you add missing information, and more so that which is accurate and up to date, you potentially increase the Zestimate value of your home. So, the trick here is to have detailed information of your property and making sure it’s accurate and up to date.
Quality photos not only go a long way in attracting would-be-buyers but also play a great role when it comes to increasing the Zestimate of your home. Check that you capture photos that provide adequate information. If it is possible, take images that capture the whole house. In an event that you have renovated your home, add this this information. Zillow will use it to entice buyers, and the higher the Zestimate is likely to be. The more professional and detailed the photos are, the higher the chances that the Zestimate algorithms will rate your property highly and so score a higher value.
While providing more information on your Zillow account increases the chances of scoring high in your Zestimate, you need to be real with the data you provide. Nonfactual data can end up seriously harming you and tanking your sale. It is always advisable to be truthful; honesty is a virtue and in few other places does this hold true than in this forum. It may be tempting to exaggerate some of the details so that you can get a higher score but would-be-buyers are more likely to discover this, and it may end up hurting your chances of selling. It could even lead to a lawsuit when a buyer purchases the property only to find that the information that was provided in the description was false or inaccurate.
A Zestimate value for your home places you in a better position to sell your property, especially when you have opted to sell it on your own. Take advantage of the platform and get the most out of your property. And by the way.. we will help you increase your Zestimate and find the right buyers for your home too!
A word from Chris Russell, CEO of Plum Tree Realty:
"One of my greatest passions is to use our real estate business to help alleviate suffering in this world. So we take proceeds from Plum Tree to help orphans, feed the hungry, heal the sick and hurting, and to aid the homeless ... both in the States and abroad. We are not about "getting rich." We are about making a difference. So when you do business with Plum Tree Realty, you can know that a portion of your money is going toward helping those on this planet who are in need of help. Together we can make a difference!"
To help people realize their dreams in home ownership and real estate investing through the highest levels of broker services at the most affordable prices available.
Our Core Values:
Integrity in every relationship, decision, and transaction.
Truth in word and deed.
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Areas of Expertise:
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Putting it Together
Plum Tree Realty is a premier real estate marketing company focused on helping buyers and sellers get the highest level of real estate services. We help home owners, for instance, who have homes for sale in Mason, Ohio to price their homes in a competitive way since the market is growing in such a fast rate in that area. When a buyer is looking for West Chester, Ohio real estate for sale, we can guide them to the very best deals that are available, and we can give them expert advice as they make such a huge purchase. We cover all of the major real estate markets of the Greater Cincinnati including the following hot markets:
Cincinnati, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
West Chester, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Madeira, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Monroe, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Indian Hill, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Hyde Park, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Blue Ash, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Lebanon, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Loveland, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Fairfield, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Hamilton, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Liberty Township, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Kenwood, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
Mount Adams, OH Real Estate (homes for sale)
While some people search for homes according to the suburb names, others are very interested in the top school districts in the area such as homes for sale in Mason School District, homes for sale in the Lakota School District, homes for sale in the Wyoming school district, homes for sale in the Sycamore school district, homes for sale in the Monroe School District, and more. Our agents are highly-skilled in placing families in the best school districts in Cincinnati according to the desires of each family involved.
Of course, we also have great skill in helping buyers and investors find foreclosures, short sales, bank owned homes, and other great investment properties in the Greater Cincinnati Metro Area as well. Many of our agents are investors themselves, so they are great at helping other investors be the first one to the "golden egg."
We also have agents who specialize in helping families who are relocating to Cincinnati, Mason, West Chester, Blue Ash, Madeira, and any of the other regions in Southwest Ohio. It's great to have "feet on the ground" when you are looking to make such a move.
Plum Tree Realty has also become quite a favorite company for those who like to try to sell their home as a For Sale By Owner in Cincinnati as well. The reason for this is that we offer a $500 flat-fee listing to home owners who would like to sell as a FSBO, but they would also like to have a presence on the Cincinnati MLS search for homes for sale. Most FSBOs miss that exposure, but for just $500, we can help them get listed on the Cincinnati MLS and find buyers at the speed of ... the internet!
While most brokerages feel they have the best agents in Cincinnati, we truly believe that we are at the top. Many larger companies like Sibcy Cline, Remax (RE/MAX), Coldwell Banker West Shell, Comey & Shepherd, and others are at a size that makes it difficult for them to react to the markets and changing times at a great speed. Since Plum Tree is smaller, we are able to respond to market conditions rapidly and efficiently which gives us a disting market advantage. Remember: "It's not the big who eat the small; it's the FAST who eat the SLOW!"
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"I highly recommend Chris Russell at Plum Tree. The house selling process was seamless with his help. I am very grateful for the option to do the flat fee listing Plum Tree offers. It was the best choice for me to transition to from wanting to sell by owner. From the beginning, Chris was promptly responsive and the process was customer/user friendly, quick, and efficient. His services were a blessing to me in my house selling process."