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Big Bear Real Estate – Sellers

Beautiful landscaping around a home not only increases the overall value, it also acts as an advertisement. Increasing “curb appeal” in the mountains does not require an expensive investment. As a matter of fact, there are many species of plants that naturally thrive in Big Bear, CA. About.com suggests attractive landscaping can increase your home’s value from 7% to 15%. Trends suggest perspective buyers are interested in low-maintenance yards with year-round visual interest. Xeriscaping, landscaping that … [Read more...]

Big Bear Real Estate – Home Staging Tips

In today’s competitive real estate market sellers must do everything they can to prepare their home for a sale. Aside from pricing your home correctly, home staging is next best way to attract potential buyers. Here’s a few low cost tips to get you started turning your house into a show home. Curb Appeal This is the critical first impression as buyers drive up to the home. Wipe down or power wash your exterior including the front door, porch, outside railings and steps. It’s cheaper than repainting and makes a … [Read more...]

Improve Your Price, and Improve Your Selling Opportunities.

The Big Bear Real Estate Market is not unlike any other market - Price is still the best indication of value. The most important piece of information your Realtor will provide is the market price. Get ahead of it, and you will be on your way to your next Real Estate destination. Spending time or money on improvements that a buyer may or may not want will cost a seller big money in a market that is falling. Get the home clean, remove the clutter from the yard and interior, paint with neutral colors if needed, … [Read more...]

How Serious Of A Seller Are You?

If you are considering selling your Big Bear property, then you will need to consider the following question: Do you absolutely have to sell this home? If the answer to this question is "no", then I would suggest not even trying to sell in the current real estate market conditions. This real estate market is for serious sellers only. What is a serious seller you might ask? A serious seller is someone who has to sell no matter what is going on with the market. A serious seller is willing to price their property … [Read more...]

Thinking of Selling Your Big Bear Home? How Does 2010 Sound?

If you are thinking of selling your Big Bear home, you may want to take a look at the absorption rate of homes that are currently for sale. This is a great way to become more informed on the local real estate market, whether your are buying or selling. There is an easy to understand article here describing what the absorption rate is and what it means for the real estate market. In simplistic terms, it is the amount of time it will take for a specified set amount of properties to be absorbed under current real … [Read more...]

Are Big Bear Real Estate Agents Sold On Your Home?

There are often two sales that need to occur before you can sell your Big Bear property. The first sale does not occur with the buyer. Rather, it starts with the real estate agents who are working with the buyers in the area. If the real estate agents in your area are not sold on the property you are trying to sell, then chances are you will have a hard time getting the property sold. One of the many benefits of the MLS cooperation is the ability for all the agents to share information on the properties they are … [Read more...]

Warning! 3 Sure Fire Ways To Sabotage The Sale Of Your Big Bear Home

Everyone knows that the real estate market in Big Bear is slow right now as compared to the previous 5-6 years. Many people think that they have no control over selling their property, and that no properties are selling. The fact remains that there have been an average of 80 sales per month this year in the Big Bear real estate market. So, it begs the question that why do some properties sell while other laungisuh on the market for many months? Below are three sure fire ways to make sure you property does not sell … [Read more...]

Let’s Be Earnest When Talking About A Good Faith Deposit

One of the most overlooked items on the purchase contract is the earnest money or good faith deposit. Sellers and agents are so anxious to see what the offer price is, they miss a key component of the offer. What is a earnest money deposit? There is a good definition & article on the same subject here by Elizabeth Weintraub. My definition would be anything of value, mainly money, put forward by the buyer to show good faith to the seller that they are genuinely interested in buying the property. The deposit, … [Read more...]