So last month’s real estate column set a new record!
By Steve Levine, President of Steve Levine Inc., and an agent for REMAX Prestige
I’ve been writing these articles for as long as I can remember, but in all these years, I’ve NEVER seen a response like the one we had to my last column (Community Advocate, Jan. 24, 2014). I mean I knew people read my things, because they tell me all the time, but this response blew me away.
As you may remember, I was talking about the fact that even though the market was healing quite a bit in 2013, we still had 18,000 homes in Worcester and Middlesex County that had been on the market, but didn’t sell. That represented 40 percent of the entire listings taken by agents during 2013!
After seeing just how serious the issue was, and knowing that it wasn’t happening to me, I explained in my column that I’d sat down for an entire day and put together a five-page report that details the “Top 10 Reasons A Home Doesn’t Sell.”
This isn’t some “canned report” purchased online, but really represents the core experience of having done this over 2,000 times, and all that I learned through trial and error along the way. I offered a copy of that to people who might want to read it; they just had to email firstname.lastname@example.org. I figured I’d hear from one or two folks, but my email box nearly imploded from all the folks that reached out! I was just stunned by the response, as well as the feedback I received from them after they’d read it. It was actually quite flattering. I suppose when something is working, you might as well do it again, so if anyone else wants a copy of it, send an email to that address, and just note which town you live in.
Since people seem to like getting things for free, and I know for sure everyone likes more money, I decided to put together another report last week. This one is called “Top Ways to Increase the Net Sales Price of Your Home.” Again, that is not a canned, stock or purchased report, but rather a detailed summary of some of the best things I’ve learned over my 27 years in the real estate business. Hopefully you’ll enjoy that one just as much.
Of course, both reports won’t be of use only to those who had listings previously on the market – although they will no doubt have some eye-opening moments reading it. Rather it applies to anyone thinking of moving at all. After all, what better way to ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes, than to read both the pros and cons of what happened to others?
Let’s see…what else in new this week? Inventory is still really low in many towns and in many subsets of price ranges. That’s why I kept my Homeowners Blend program open for February and March, and I still have four or five slots left for anyone who wants to see if they can save half of their Realtor fees. That’s always a huge plus, especially in times like this. Email me directly if you want one of those slots and I’ll set it aside for you.
Look forward to hearing from you. Who knows, maybe we’ll set a new record with this week’s column too!!
Steve Levine is President of Steve Levine Inc., and an agent at REMAX Professional Associates in Shrewsbury. He has over 25 years of experience in the local marketplace, and can be reached at email@example.com or 508-735-4663.
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