It Pays to Use a Realtor

by Marc Austin Highfill 14. May 2014 14:13

What's the Value of Using a REALTOR®?

 

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Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.net
Want to find out the value of your home? Visit www.HomeValuesinRichmond.com

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How Much Do You Think That One Is?

by Marc Austin Highfill 8. May 2014 05:35

When's the last time you were driving down the street, saw a property for sale, and wondered how much it's listed for or how many bedrooms it has?  If you own an i-Phone or Smartphone, you'll know instantly by going to www.GoExitFirst.com.  This exciting mobile tool gives buyers or curious neighbors instant access to a complete property description with all the information you'd find in MLS plus pictures too.  All without having to call an agent.  And, if you have your GPS enabled, you won't even have to enter the address.  How cool is that?

It only works on Smartphones, so if you type it in on a computer you'll get our regular, on-line site at www.MarcsHomes.com

Use it anytime you are on the go, looking for properties.  Just enter in any address in Richmond and if the house is for sale and still active, you'll get the info instantly.  No more calling an agent to find out the basics.  You'll know right away if you want to see more. Then call me to schedule a showing.

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.net
Want to find out the value of your home? Visit www.HomeValuesinRichmond.com

   Owner/Broker, Licensed in VA

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Our April Service for Life Newsletter

by Marc Austin Highfill 29. April 2014 15:31

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE "ONE RING" CELL PHONE SCAM?

There are lots of scams out there but there's one in particular that's been catching people off guard lately.  If you miss a cell phone call and automatically call the number back to see who called, it may cost you a big fee on your next bill.  You can learn more about the "one ring" scam (and it may be more than one ring) and how to avoid it in this months SERVICE FOR LIFE free consumer newsletter.

You'll also learn some do's and don'ts to think about if you're planning a home renovation, how to read faster so you'll free up some time to do other things, three natural allergy remedies, and what social media teens are now using instead of Facebook - plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more. 

We provide this information free to our friends every month.  I truly appreciate your friendship and referrals.  Please let me know if a friend, family member or neighbor needs a caring, competent real estate professional for help in buying or selling.

In the meantime, enjoy this issue of Service for LifeClick here to read it now.

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.net
Want to find out the value of your home? Visit www.HomeValuesinRichmond.com

   Owner/Broker, Licensed in VA

Make Your Home Show Like A Model

by Marc Austin Highfill 16. April 2014 06:16

Last week I talked about the spring selling season here in Richmond. Once you decide to sell, you need to take a few steps to ready your home for sale. If you want to get top dollar for your home, it has to be in model-home-showing shape. First impressions are important to make buyers want your property and pay more to get it.

A good place to start is to look at your home through potential buyers' eyes. What will they see as they approach your home? Does your home have "curb appeal"? How about inside? Is your home clean and clutter free? Finally, you want potential buyers to want to live in your home. Staging your home to make buyers want to buy it is the final step in readying your home for sale. My free report, "Make Your Home Show Like a Model", will give you a step by step checklist to prepare your home for sale.

My checklist includes:

  • Give Your Home Curb Appeal - Obvious tips include mowing the grass, but painting the mailbox and front door can perk up a tired entrance and give a potential buyer a positive feeling as they enter the home.
  • Clean and de-clutter - People buy with their eyes, ears, and nose.  Clean the house from top to bottom and don't forget to remove odors and all those refrigerator magnets.
  • Stage Your Home for Sale - You want your home to look inviting, but not too personal.  Remove personal items such as family photos.  You want buyers to envision themselves in the home.

More tips and information on "Making Your Home Show Like a Model" are available here.  Click here to get your free guide now.

 

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.net
Want to find out the value of your home? Visit www.HomeValuesinRichmond.com

 

Tis the Season to Sell

by Marc Austin Highfill 9. April 2014 13:39

Spring has sprung in Richmond.  Gone are the gloomy, snowy, icy days when school was cancelled and people just wanted to stay inside.  That means buyers are venturing out to look at homes.  Richmond home inventory is low and it's a great time to consider selling.

 

  • Does your current home meet your needs?
  • Does the area where you live no longer suit your needs?
  • Does your home no longer meet your space requirements?
  • Do you want to move closer to family or friends?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, now may be an excellent time to sell.  Sellers live in their home an average of 9 years.  Younger sellers want to upsize and older sellers want to downsize.

Did you know: 

30% of sellers reported that their home was on the market for one to two weeks before it sold.1

Motivated buyers are competing for limited inventory.  Sellers sold their homes for an average of 97% of list price.1

The majority of sellers did not reduce their price. 53% did not reduce at all, 25% reduced the price once.1


Pretty convincing stuff.  Do a little research and find out what your home is worth.  We make it easy at www.HomeValuesinRichmond.com.  Or indulge yourself with a little window shopping.  Put in your criteria and see what real estate is available in Richmond and surrounding areas at www.SearchHomesRichmondVa.com.  Look at everything on the market from Chesterfield to Glen Allen to Richmond.  You just might see something you like.


Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.net
Want to find out the value of your home? Visit www.HomeValuesinRichmond.com

 

1 National Association of REALTORS, 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

Don't Invite Uncle Sam to Your Home

by Marc Austin Highfill 2. April 2014 09:01

 

Tax season is upon us here in Richmond (Glen Allen, Chesterfield, and wherever else you may live).  As we fill out those dreaded forms we sometimes make mistakes - unintentionally of course!  But when it comes to deductions, things can get confusing.  You may not know how to properly deduct property taxes or home office space.  Making a mistake can invite Uncle Sam to your doorstep and make the whole process even more painful.

This Realtor.com article will help set you straight on the 9 Sins Homeowners Often Commit on Their Taxes.

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April is New Homes Month

by Marc Austin Highfill 7. April 2011 06:36

When I think of April, I think of Spring, Easter, warm weather, pretty much anything but new homes.  The housing industry thinks new homes are worthy of their own month for a couple of good reasons.  There is a huge link between new home building and the health of the US economy.  Historically, 17% of the Gross Domestic Product is tied to the new jobs and income, purchase of goods and services, and revenue for local governments generated by new residential construction.  The employment effects are 50% in construction and 50% in other industries.  The income earned is spent and recycled in the local economy.  The bottom line is new homes strengthen the economy year round.  I guess they can have April too.

Read more on the impact of new housing on the economy here:  http://rismedia.com/2011-04-06/new-homes-strengthen-economy-year-round/

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.com
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Summer Job Prospects Looking Up

by Marc Austin Highfill 29. March 2011 03:44

I'm always looking for encouragement that the economy is improving.   Since I have a college age son who will be working this summer, this article seems like another indication that things are looking up.  CNN says that there will be more jobs for seasonal workers this summer.  While there will be fierce competition, the hourly positions will pay better than last year.  If there is a need for more workers, there must be more demand for products and services and people must be spending more money.  All sounds good for the economy to me.

Read the article here:  http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/24/pf/summer_jobs_outlook/index.htm?iid=HLM

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.com
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Investment Opportunities Not Going Away

by Marc Austin Highfill 24. March 2011 08:31

Investment Opportunities Not Going Away

A recent CNNMoney article entitled, "Foreclosures Make Up 26% of Home Sales" states that even though home prices are down, sales are up and deals are getting done.  That is because 26% of all homes sold last year were foreclosures or short sales.  Bargain hunters are buying and holding properties.  They buy at a good price and then rent it out.  These investment opportunities are not going away.  Nearly 30% of mortgage borrowers are underwater on their loans.  These owners are vulnerable to foreclosure so the number of distressed properties that will go on the market in the next year or two will probably remain high.  Read the entire article at this link.

In a somewhat contradictory article, CNN Money also reports that the number of foreclosure notices filed in February 2011 dropped 14% compared to a month earlier and 27% compared with a year ago according to RealtyTrac.  This could be an artificial drop as some mortgage servicers have slowed their foreclosures as they wait to see how settlement talks surrounding the robo-signing mess play out.  The good news out of this is that even if the decline is artificial, new home builders will find it easier to compete in the market.  New home builders have had trouble competing with the low prices on repossessed homes.  Home building contributes significantly to the overall economy more so than the sale of existing homes.  Read more here and make up your own mind of where it is all headed.

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.com
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Lessons to Learn from Warren Buffett

by Marc Austin Highfill 10. March 2011 06:55

Warren Buffet recently published his annual shareholder newsletter and it makes interesting reading for anyone in business.  I know you might not be concerned with the stock of Berkshire Hathaway, but you'd be foolish to overlook his annual letter.  The reason is because he shares insights, mistakes made and lessons learned on running various businesses.  Plus he is just one successful dude.  Skim the letter here and see what you can learn from one of the richest men in the world.

Marc

Marc Austin Highfill
Exit First Realty
Office:  804-527-3948
Cell:  804-840-9824
Email:  marc@marcshomes.com
Visit our website to find out more about my 99 Day Guarantee at www.ExitFirstGuarantee.info

 

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