Christina Martinez - WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briarwood Real Estate

Posted by Christina Martinez on 1/11/2018

If you intend to sell your house, it generally helps to allocate time and resources to improve your home's condition. That way, you can impress potential buyers as soon as they see your residence.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can bolster your house's condition before you list your home.

1. Install Energy-Efficient Fixtures

Updating fixtures usually is quick and easy. Plus, if you install energy-efficient fixtures, you may be able to reduce your home energy consumption while you sell your house.

Energy-efficient fixtures use a fraction of the energy of traditional fixtures. Meanwhile, energy-efficient fixtures may prove to be a key differentiator for your house, one that is sure to garner homebuyers' attention.

2. Revamp Your Bathroom

Believe it or not, the appearance of your bathroom can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers. If your bathroom looks modern and beautiful, it may help your house stand out to potential buyers. Conversely, if your bathroom appears small and outdated, it is unlikely to do you any favors as you try to sell your house.

To renovate your bathroom, you may want to replace the vanity, old plumbing and lighting fixtures. In addition, it may be beneficial to install a new tile floor that will help you transform your bathroom from drab to fab.

It also is important to keep in mind that bathroom renovations may prove to be less expensive than renovations in other areas of your house. Thus, if you complete assorted bathroom renovations, you may be able to increase your house's value without a significant time and resource investment.

3. Enhance Your Lawn

If you've failed to maintain your lawn over the years, there is no need to worry. In fact, you can replace patchy weeds and grass with fresh new sod to improve your house's condition and curb appeal.

Oftentimes, you can perform lawn care and maintenance on your own. But if you want expert help, you can always hire a professional landscaping company. Because with a team of professional landscapers at your side, you can quickly and effortlessly enhance your lawn.

For home sellers who want extra assistance as they get ready to list their houses, real estate agents are available to provide expert support as well.

A real estate agent understands the challenges associated with selling a house and can help a seller identify and address such issues. Furthermore, a real estate agent will provide a home seller with recommendations and suggestions about how to improve a house's condition.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will offer assistance at each stage of the home selling journey. From the moment a house is listed to closing day, a real estate agent will do whatever it takes to guide a seller along the home selling process.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble beating the home selling competition thanks to the condition of your house.

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Posted by Christina Martinez on 1/3/2018

If you’re thinking of buying a home shortly, you may want to wait for your area’s “offseason.” Rain, snow, and ice make shopping for a home in the winter less than desirable. There are some significant advantages to buying a home in the offseason. If you want to head out and find a home while everyone else is staying coy, read on so you’ll know what to expect.

There May Not Be Much To Choose From

Winter (which is usually considered the offseason) tends to have less inventory for real estate than any other time of year. There aren’t as many homes to choose from so you may not be able to be as picky when you’re searching. You may need to expand your horizons based on area or must-haves in a home in order to find something during the winter. 

If You’re Looking For Your First Home You May Be In Luck

If you’re looking for your first home, the winter months may be a great time to look. While inventory is low in the winter, the number of less expensive homes usually increases. Listing prices are also a bit lower than they would be at other times of the year. You may still have fewer choices, but the offseason is a prime time to buy your first home.

There’s Less Competition


Since fewer people are searching for homes, you’ll face less competition. Open houses at this time of year also have fewer visitors. Not as many people seeking homes means you’ll have significantly less potential offers to go against when you do find a house to put an offer on. If you want to see the market at its slowest, check out the homes that are on the market around Christmastime. The holidays are the best time for the least competition.   

Sellers Are Motivated 

Sellers who put their homes on the market in the winter months are ready to get these properties sold. Highly motivated means that sellers may be apt to accept significantly less than they may have if they weren’t in a time crunch to sell their property. 

Your Home Inspection May Not Be As Thorough

There are a few things that a home inspection may not be able to check in the winter months. Is the roof covered with snow? The air conditioning certainly can’t be tested. Are the trees on the property sound? Some things may be harder to see in a home inspection during the offseason.    

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Posted by Christina Martinez on 12/15/2017

As the new year approaches, you may wonder what changes are ahead for you and your family. If you have been thinking about selling your home in the coming year, there are a few pretty good reasons to do so. Read on, and you may find some new real estate goals for the new year. 

There’s Not A Lot Of Inventory

If the inventory is low, you’ll find that it’s a great time to put your home on the market. Your home will sell a bit faster and attract more buyers. If the market is particularly busy, you may get an even better price than expected for your home. 

People Want Homes Fast

Certain times of year bring a bit more urgency to the market. Employees may be more apt to have transfers within their company. Families may be looking to move in before the start of the school year. These situations can get your home off the market fast for the right price.

The Seasons Of Real Estate Are Different

While we typically think of spring as starting in late March, spring in the real estate world actually begins in January. Once the holidays are over, it’s believed that people are ready to make moves with their properties. This early season holds especially true in warmer climates. It’s thought that the earlier in the year a home is listed, the more it will stand out on the market. If you’re listing a house in a warmer climate, keep in mind that people who are looking to escape cold climates are looking to buy in the early months of the year.  

Keep in mind that if you do live in a colder climate and plan to sell and your property has some great outdoor space, you may want to wait until a warmer time of year to sell. 

The Lower The Price Of The Home The Faster It Moves

If your home is on the lower end of the price spectrum, you may be able to sell whenever you’d like., These home are attractive to first-time buyers and move fast off the market. They’re great for starter homes, fixer uppers, and house flippers.

The bottom line is that in a hot market there may be no wrong time to sell. If you speak with a REALTOR® and they believe the time is right, and you’re itching to move on to another property you should. Real estate agents have the knowledge and experience that can help you to find the right time to sell as well as the sweet spot for pricing your home.   


Posted by Christina Martinez on 12/11/2017

There are many reasons that you might consider selling your home during the holiday season. There’s one thing that holds true about both buying and selling during the holiday season- people are motivated. With the stress of the holidays, many people shy away from real estate. The serious buyers and sellers are in the thick of the market this time of year. 

Sell Faster

Many people assume that the spring and summer are the best times of year to buy and sell a home. As a seller, your home may go off the market faster during the holiday season. While many people are planning on making a home purchase during the warmer months, there are plenty of serious buyers out there in the cold. There are a few reasons for this. If your home is for sale during the holiday season, you may be in a great position to sell your home at a good price.

Less Competition

As a seller, you’re in a good position during the winter months because there is less inventory for buyers to look at. If buyers are motivated, your home has a better chance of standing out. You’re not in competition with many other sellers to entice buyers. 

Buyers Are Motivated

The buyers who are out looking for homes over the holiday season are those who have a need. Whether these buyers have been looking for awhile and want a new home in the new year, or are facing a job change, they want to close on a house ASAP. The best thing you can do as a seller is to stay flexible so that buyers have easy access to home showings. 

Your Home Is Already Clean

If you’re selling your home over the holidays, it’s probably already clean. As you expect family and friends to pop in and out of your home, it will be tidy. The other guests who are touring your home to potentially buy it will also see that your home looks fantastic. A neat home is an additional way to attract buyers because they can more easily see themselves living in the house. Holiday decor will only enhance your home’s appearance.    

It’s Easier To Work With Agents

Since the holiday season is a less busy time in real estate, REALTORS® have more time to devote to each sale they do have this time of year. Working with an agent is the best way to get a good return on your home. An agent can help you to price your home appropriately and market it to the right buyers. It’s always best to go with a professional when it comes to selling your home.              

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Posted by Christina Martinez on 11/23/2017

If you're selling a home, hiring a real estate agent who acts as a comprehensive marketer is essential – and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

For home sellers, an ineffective marketer may struggle to promote your residence to the right groups of homebuyers. This may cause you to miss out on opportunities to highlight your house to potential property buyers, resulting in a prolonged home selling cycle.

Ultimately, there are many signs that a real estate agent understands what it takes to market your residence effectively, including:

1. A real estate agent is ready to host home showings and open houses.

Home showings and open houses enable property buyers to get an up-close look at your residence. That way, property buyers can envision what life would be like if they purchase your house.

Typically, a real estate agent will want to host as many home showings and open houses as possible This housing market professional will be available to set up home showings at property buyers' convenience. Meanwhile, he or she also will promote open houses via social media and other channels to stir up plenty of interest from potential property buyers.

2. A real estate agent knows how to showcase your residence online.

A real estate agent may insist on hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of your home's interior or exterior. This ensures you can provide homebuyers with crisp, clear images via myriad online channels to show the true beauty of your house.

Moreover, a real estate agent may use Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to promote your residence. Social media enables this housing market professional to reach thousands of potential property buyers and may help you generate significant interest in your home quickly.

3. A real estate agent allocates the necessary time and resources to track his or her marketing efforts.

What good is a marketing campaign if a marketer is unable to define its success? A real estate agent who is a great marketer understands the importance of metrics and will measure his or her marketing successes and failures.

A real estate agent should be able to keep you informed at each stage of the home selling cycle. He or she can provide updates about whether homebuyers are interested in checking out your home and any feedback from homebuyers as well.

In addition, a real estate agent is unafraid to adjust the way that he or she promotes your home. With the right metrics in place, this housing market professional will be able to find out whether homebuyers are interested in your property and modify his or her marketing efforts accordingly.

When it comes to selling your home, working with a real estate agent who knows the importance of effective marketing can make a world of difference. With a successful marketer at your disposal, you can boost your chances of speeding up the home selling process and getting the best price for your house.