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Use "Mini-Staging" to Sell Your Home Faster

by Jeremy Larkin

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Hi. I’m Jeremy Larkin and you’re watching Go St. George TV.

Hey everybody. Jeremy Larkin here, CEO of the Larkin Group, Director of Home Sales. I’m in a vacant home. You’re saying, “What is this?” Please forgive the poor quality video. One of the conversations we have often is about the idea of staging.

We know from statistics that a staged home sells on average across the country four percent faster – excuse me, up to four percent more money and significantly faster. This is a home in Hurricane City that we sold in four days, full price, cash offer.

Now it’s in a price point that’s fairly competitive. But I want to tell you what we did. We did what’s called a mini stage. A mini stage is where we come in and we take a vacant home and our home stager comes in and places some of these cute, colorful staging items on all countertops, kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room, just to give it a little bit of flavor and help the home stand out. We have other real estate agents who are showing their buyers tell us it makes a big difference.

The other option, you could fully stage your home. A typical home stage is $1500 to $2000 in the front end and then $500 a month thereafter.

So part of listing your home with the Larkin Group so we can get it sold is we include a two-hour consultation with our home staging consultant and that costs us money out of pocket. But if your home is vacant, she’s going to come in here and do a mini stage. I will show you the …

So here we are in the master bathroom. Again, some clean, fresh, white towels on there, plant there on the countertop and a couple of soap dispensers and what it really does is it causes the area to pop. It gives a little bit of character and we sold this home again in four days full price cash and the agent who brought the buyer said very helpful.

So again one of the ideas that you might want to consider especially with a vacant home if you’re getting ready to sell it is a mini stage like we’ve talked about out here in Fox Hollow at Hurricane. It could make a huge difference in your home looking like just another vanilla box and maybe something kind of cool.

Until next time, I’m Jeremy Larkin. If you have any questions, reach out to us online 24/7. We will be happy to answer them, saying we know this town.

How Do I Sell My Home Furnished?

by Jeremy Larkin

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Hi. I’m Jeremy Larkin and you’re watching Go St. George TV.

Hello people. Jeremy Larkin here. Good morning real estate fans, boys and girls. You see my buddy, my man Jesse Paul [Phonetic]. He’s actually an inside sales agent for the Larkin Group and I’ve got him doing more than inside sales today. He’s moving a client.

We’re standing in front of 875 Rio Virgin Drive, Unit 261. We just sold this for Leslie, incredible person. Thank you so much for letting us help you with the sale and we did it in like 60 days start and finish. But here’s what we’re really talking about as you see us moving furniture. We’re talking about the question, “What do I do with my personal property when I sell my home?” Specifically how do I convey that to a buyer?

One of the big confusions that people have is they think they can write a real estate contract with the buyer, buyer and seller, and then say, “Purchase price to be $150,000. We will close on June 22nd,” and oh, by the way, it includes this long list of personal property. The issue is per Utah real estate law and I can’t speak to anybody else’s real estate law in the other states.

Per Utah real estate law, you have to convey personal property outside of fixtures which I will define via what is called a “bill of sale” and that is why a real estate professional and a good title company are so critically important.

Fixtures would be your sink, your oven, your dishwasher, things that are affixed to the home. But personal property would be couches, TVs. Today we’re moving a couch. We’re moving a bed. No, we don’t do this for all of our clients. She moved to Northern Utah and this is not normal.

But you need to make sure you work with a good real estate professional and a really good title agency to work on conveying that stuff via a bill of sale or you will run into an issue when you try to transfer title up at the title company. So anyway, that’s just one of those little tips and tricks about what you do with personal property if you’re trying to sell it to the buyer.

I mean the other option of course is just give it to them on the side as a gift. But if you’re selling it to them as part of the contract, it needs to be done correctly. All right? If you have any other real estate questions, reach out to us 24/7. You can visit right here at www.StGeorgeRealEstateVideos.com or of course email us. Our phone number is at the bottom. I’m Jeremy Larkin. Until next time saying, we know this town.

Hiring A Real Estate Agent? Make Them Show Their Work!

by Jeremy Larkin

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Greetings, friends, real estate fans, boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. Jeremy Larkin here. You’re watching another episode of Go St. George TV.

Today we’re going to talk about two really powerful questions to ask the agent that you’re interviewing for the job of selling your home. It’s going to help you cut through the clutter and separate the contenders from the actual pretenders and there are very few contenders and lots of pretenders.

So we need to understand marketing real estate online before we can talk about the questions and here’s a sample. I’m looking at the back end of my website. But the front end, every Monday I get a report and this triggered me to think about answering this question.

People always ask me, “How do I hire the right real estate agent?” Well, first of all, you might want to ask them to show their work. I get an email every Monday morning that shows me how many people visited our website, our GoStGeorge.com website in the last week, and it shows me on a rolling average how many people are looking at it.

Well, what are you hiring a real estate agent for in the place? You’re hiring us to market your home and expose it in such a way that you can get lots of money for it and sell really fast and save you the trouble. OK?

So if you’re going to market real estate online, you need to understand two truths. Number one is that most buyers start their home search online and then increasingly they’re on mobile. So they’re on mobile devices, phones and tablets.

Agents know this and they love to use this kind of phrases like “aggressive marketing plan”. We have hundreds of websites, powerful online marketing plans. These are catch phrases. This is stuff they’re trained to say. Well, what you’re going to do is you’re going to say, “Well, why don’t you show me your work?” The agent you hired to sell your home needs to be able to show his or her work, right? There are only two questions you need to ask them in this aspect.

Number one, exactly how many people visit your YouTube channel, Facebook page, website? Number two, can you show me? Prove it. OK? Show me the work. Showing the work is like when you’re in fifth grade and your teacher asks you to turn in the work and you turn in the work. They’re not going to take your word for it. They will ask you to show them the work.

So you want them to show you things like how many people come to your website, how many people come per day. Prove it to me. Do people actually visit GoStGeorge.com? How about Facebook? Do people actually go to your Facebook page? You put stuff all over Facebook. Are you just fiddling around or is it showing up in people’s news feed. Are people clicking on the links? Are they liking the posts, right? This is activity. Are people taking action on your YouTube channel? Are you just posting videos or do you have subscribers and viewers, folks?

Ask the agent that you’re interviewing for the job of selling your home to show their work. Ask them to show their work. Exactly how many people visit your website and number two, can you prove it? That question can help you quite a bit. All right?

If you have any questions, visit us at SoldInStGeorge.com. We would love to answer them there or by phone. Until next time, I’m Jeremy Larkin saying we know this town.

"We know this town!"

This Month in Real Estate: June 2015

by Jeremy Larkin

Here are this month's most important national real estate statistics, facts and figures. Please contact us directly to discuss how they affect you locally! 435-767-9821, or larkingroup@gostgeorge.com

Ready & Able Buyers Looking for St. George Homes!

by Jeremy Larkin

St. George Real Estate Agent Jeremy Larkin brings us this video in front of a single family home he just sold for FULL ASKING PRICE, in 4 days, to a CASH BUYER!

 It's the "tale of 2 markets" right now in Washington County! Some Agents and Home Sellers can't seem to find a Buyer for their home no matter what, while others are selling immediately for full asking price or MORE!

Do you, or someone you know, have a SINGLE FAMILY HOME valued in the $150k - $250k price range that you've been thinking of selling? WE HAVE BUYERS! Please call us immediately at 435-248-4135 or message us through www.SoldinStGeorge.com.

The Seller's market in this price range won't last forever, it's a statistical fact. So again, call us immediately at 435-248-4135 or message us through www.SoldinStGeorge.com. THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO  LIST OR SELL YOUR HOME, but we'd love to see if it's a fit for the market.

 

 

 

 

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Home Values Way Up Since Housing Crash!

by Jeremy Larkin

Welcome back to another edition of GoStGeorgeTV, we have a really exciting episode today. We are going to talk about, and actually show you, where home values are in Utah and across the Country compared to 10 years ago at the “peak” of the real estate bubble. (And after the subsequent Home Value crash!)

To view ALL of our St. George Real Estate market updates, visit http://www.YouTube.com/GoStGeorgeTV

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