By Steve Levine, President of Steve Levine Inc., and an agent for REMAX Professional Associates
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. 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 2015, we still had 12,000 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 2015!
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 more than 2,000 times, and all that I learned through trial and error along the way. Anyway, I offered a copy of that to people who might want to read it, and just asked them to email [email protected]. 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 from 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, and my system will email it over to you.
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 28 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 anything 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 is 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 March and April, 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. E-mail 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 protected] or 508-735-4663.