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How Virtual Tours Help Sell Military Housing

  
  
  
Virtual Tours

Let’s imagine for a minute that you’ve just received orders to a duty station half-way across the country with a report date set for four months from now (a good, generous timeline for a PCS by Uncle Sam’s standards!).  You want to take full advantage of your Permissive TDY to secure off-base housing prior to out-processing from your current duty station; however, your spouse is busy with work and can only secure a three-day weekend for home shopping.  Bummer.  That leaves you both on a tight schedule, but you want to make sure that you have time to see all of your best options for a home in that time frame; after all, this is a big investment! 

What to Expect with Your First Home Sale

  
  
  
Home Selling

A need for a larger house is cited as the primary reason that Americans aged 47 and younger choose to sell their home; however, that isn’t always the case for military families who relocate to new duty stations every two to three years.  For those military families who often have to list and sell within a short time frame, the sales process may seem quite daunting, but having a greater familiarity with the averages of the home selling market can help put your mind at ease. 

Best Places to Market Your Home to Military Families

  
  
  
Marketing Your Home to Military Families

When it comes to military relocation, the pressure is on for a quick turnaround in the timeline for listing and selling a home; otherwise, you may find yourself on the growing list of reluctant military landlords, managing a home you couldn't sell before your PCS from across the country.  Therefore, knowing where to find your market quickly is key in helping you achieve an efficient sale.  Naturally, when you market your home effectively, you have more people that are interested in purchasing it. Therefore, you can increase the likelihood that you will get the amount of money that you really want out of your home by marketing it in the right places. 

5 Tips for Selling Military Housing “By Owner”

  
  
  
5 Tips for Selling Military Housing

After 14 years of being a landlord and sharing advice on how to manage rental properties and foster a relationship with your tenants, I find myself embarking on a new realm of the real estate experience as a seller.

Determining the Value of Your Military House

  
  
  
Value of Your Military House

Research, market analysis and timing can be critical to homeowners who are listing their home For Sale. For military homeowners, the timing part is often non-negotiable, so having access to tools that will help you conduct a thorough research of your local real estate market is essential.

9 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale

  
  
  
MilitaryByOwner Homes For Sale

Staging your home For Sale is a subject we have explored through resource articles and video tutorials, but many homeowners may still be intimidated by the term “home staging”. Home staging does not equate to hiring an interior decorator to glamourize your home, but more simply an effort to showcase the natural features of your home.

MilitaryByOwner Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

  
  
  
Selling Your Home in the Winter

As winter approaches most thoughts turn to the holidays, festive meals and sitting by the fireplace, so if you have a home for sale advertised on MilitaryByOwner, how do you get potential buyers to come out in the cold?

The great news is there are fewer homes on the market during the winter, making it an ideal time to let your home shine. Here are tips to make your house the one that buyers want to call home.

Curb Appeal – We have discussed the importance of first impressions in our articles “Demystifying “For Sale by Owner” and “The Dos and Don’ts of Real Estate Photography” and while most people think curb appeal revolves around green grass and blooming trees, this is only one piece of the puzzle. While winter landscape is rather barren in the colder areas, it is still important to take a critical eye of how your home makes its first impression. If you live in an area with snow, clear a path to your walkway and front door. Remove dead leaves from under shrubs and pull out expired flowers that cast a brown hue over your planter beds. If you have your home on the market during the holidays, consider putting up simple decorations that will highlight the architecture of your home, but be sure to remove decorations in a timely fashion as well.



Put Your Best Foot Forward in Your MilitaryByOwner Advertisement

  
  
  
MilitaryByOwner Home Tour Plus

Writing an advertisement for your home For Sale on MilitaryByOwner.com is not unlike authoring your profile for an online dating site; you want to put your best foot forward.

For military service members who do not have the luxury of onsite house hunting, we rely heavily on online advertisements, and sometimes we are forced into buying a home site unseen.  If you find yourself in this position, glean important information from a military families experience from our article, “In a Blind Date with My New House: Buying Homes Site Unseen”. 

Ads for homes that use words such as “cozy”, “charming”, “conveniently located”, “efficient kitchen” may sound flowery, but what do these words convey to potential buyers?  More than likely it translates as “small”, “old”, “located on a busy street” and “tiny kitchen”.  So if you are trying to highlight your homes assets and play down its shortcomings, what should you say?



MilitaryByOwner Customer Perspective on "For Sale by Owner"

  
  
  
For Sale By OwnerWhen it comes to the number of decisions inherent with a military relocation, the conjecture of what to do with the home you own can quickly overwhelm.

While the slow real estate market almost deterred our customer, John, from selling his home, he and his wife decided that they would attempt to sell their home by themselves to increase their profit margin. We asked John to share his advice with our customers that may be contemplating selling their home without the assistance of a real estate agent.

MBO:  What advice would you offer to other military families who are interested in selling their home by themselves?





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