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By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Back at the beginning of 2012 there came a ‘pinch me, I must be dreaming’ moment. This was back in what seemed to be the Bad Old Days, when Metairie homeowners who dared to check the latest in neighborhood home values were apt to spend a sleepless night as a result. Metairie home values had only ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Know Your Competition The term real estate people use is “absorption rate” which means how many homes are for sale and how many homes have sold in the past 6 or less months.  If you don’t know which homes you are competing with it is difficult to know where to price your home to make it more attr...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Being able to work within a realistic family budget has become an increasingly important part of modern living for many Metairie residents. Metairie’s cost of living may not have been exploding —but most people are keeping an eye on it anyway.The lingering effects of the last decade’s financial d...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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              In New Orleans real estate, there are happy words (“sold!”) and there are troubling words (“default”). Because of the associations they conjure up, some phrases just automatically make us happier. Two of the leaders in the positive category are the magical words, ‘vacation home.’ Al...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Know Your Mortgage TermsMost mortgages do not have pre-payment penalties involved but some do.  Call your mortgage company and ask what is needed to sell your home and what fees may be applicable.  Send your mortgage company an official notification of placing your property on the market and ask ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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ResearchIt is imperative that you know which way the market is flowing.  When there are MORE buyers than sellers, you are in a “Seller’s Market” and sales are brisk.  But when there are MORE sellers than buyers you are in a Buyer’s Market and the limited available and qualified buyers typically “...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Is your home safe for visitors? Remember that showing your home is going to interfere with your day to day life.  You will need to prepare for some inconvenience and intrusion into your privacy.  Consider the safety of your visitors.  There may be seniors as well as small children walking around ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Are you staged and ready? Sellers often ask if it would be best to show their home furnished or vacant.  Of course this depends on how the home is furnished.  If your home is dirty, messy, and poorly decorated, you need to stop and assess the situation. It may be possible to move out, and then st...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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In a slower real estate market, sellers cannot afford to ignore any part of the marketing process.  Price, preparation, and presentation must be excellent in order to attract a buyer. The price must be set realistically.  Preparation should include fresh paint, de-cluttering, updated floor materi...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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In Metairie real estate, there are happy words (“sold!”) and there are troubling words (“default”). Because of the associations they conjure up, some phrases just automatically make us happier. Two of the leaders in the positive category are the magical words, ‘vacation home.’ All by themselves, ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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When your family needs more or less elbow room, or a neighborhood change is in order, it’s time to start combing the listings for the right Metairie house for sale. At the same time, though, now that prices have been steadily rising for so long, it’s not unreasonable to ask yourself if this a goo...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Tip: Print out this checklist, and mark each item off as you get your house ready to sell. 1. Eliminate half of your belongings as clutter can cost a sale. Rent a storage unit or portable pod for extraneous pieces of furniture or knickknacks. Another idea is to ask a friend if you can borrow som...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home.Selling Secret #10: Pricing it rightFind out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over w...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  The way the media treated last week’s federal funds rate announcement by the Federal Reserve Board was a convincing demonstration of how much importance is placed on that singular piece of the financial puzzle. That rate may not be directly tied to Metairie mortgage interest rates, but since it...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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MISCONCEPTION #1: The Listing Agent “Sells” The HouseNo agent, no matter how good they are, can “sell” a house to a buyer. No buyer is going to let any agent “sell” them an item costing hundreds of thousands of dollars unless the buyer sees value in the property and therefore wants to buy it. In ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  For anyone who has never participated in a serious house-hunting effort, their mental image of how the experience will unfold may be a little off. They might imagine that, after narrowing down their requirements for a Metairie home (size, price range, and the like) they will agree on a day and ...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Safety is a frequent For Sale By Owner (FSBO) concern.  After all, you are letting a complete stranger into your home. You don't know anything about this person.  Are they a thief, or a serious buyer?  One never knows. Real estate agents use several measures to assure your safety.  They always ge...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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From Chad & Joanna McDaniel: Terez was very knowledgeable, friendly, had a great system for keeping us updated. She is the best Realtor we have ever worked with! Even when we were on vacation, she had everything covered. We never felt like she didn't care. Lender and title company was great. Clos...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 Potential home-buyers often decide about their interest in a home within a few seconds.  This is usually based upon first impressions, especially impressions as they enter the home.  There are a few things that you can do to make a good first impression.If the carpets have stains or are worn, co...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Terez B. HarrisKeller Williams Realty New Orleans504 975 1033TerezHarris@KW.comTerezSellsNolaHomes.com8601 Leake Ave., New Orleans, La 70118    Free Reports:7 Seller Tips for 2015Smart Home Price Name Your Selling Price    Search the MLS! (multiple listing service)Search Terez's Active Listings! ...

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