With a record setting low number of new listings in 2017, there is now a backlog of quality buyers. The number of new listings for 2017 in great neighborhoods in Oakland and Berkeley was down 35%. The number in Piedmont was down 20%. That’s great for sellers who did sell in 2017. Record sales prices were substantially over the list price for most listings.
The supply of homes is so limited; and if you plan to sell in 2018, NOW is the time to prepare your home for market. Consistently, the best offers are made for homes with new paint, gleaming hardwood floors, new countertops, stainless steel appliances and a refreshed garden. Having reports from the best inspectors in the business in your disclosure packet for the buyers to review the condition of your home, frequently leads to offers with no inspection contingency. I work with a licensed general contractor in electrical, plumbing and HVAC who will review your reports at no cost to you and will give prospective buyers an estimate for issues found in the inspection reports. Sometimes up to 90% of the total cost for staging/remodeling/updates can be run through escrow (paid at the time you receive your proceeds from the sale). My listings average only 14 days on the market and are often sold without contingencies due to my meticulous inspections and detailed reports.
Why reinvent the wheel for each listing? Many of you are familiar with my expert marketing team, professional photographers, talented marketing writer and my proven stager who not only visualizes and executes first-class staging but manages a team of painters, handymen and contractors to ensure perfection for each client. We seamlessly and successfully transform homes—no matter how small or large—in record time. The end result is spectacular generating a final sales price well over the list price.