Orlando Home Selling Tips 2017-01-01T21:57:00+00:00

Orlando Home Selling Tips

Why List with Sandy Fox?

They say, “Nobody in the World Sells More Real Estate than RE/MAX” because it’s absolutely true. No other real estate brand has the global presence or the brand recognition that RE/MAX has.
For truly exquisite homes that are in a category all their own, The RE/MAX Collection is a luxury-exclusive global brand that offers even more exposure. From national television commercials to magazine features, we’ve got luxury covered.
RE/MAX Exclusive Collection is my local Orlando brokerage, and I’m proud that my team is ranked in the top 1% of all Central Florida Realtors, as well as being ranked in the top 100 RE/MAX offices in the US and the top 10 RE/MAX offices in the state.
As an Orlando real estate expert for over 20 years, I’m confident that my knowledge and experience will lead to a fantastic experience for you. I strive to provide the best customer service, while using my skills to help accomplish your goals.
Better marketing means more eyes looking at your house, more potential buyers scheduling showings, and a higher probability of your home selling for top dollar. I use both traditional and digital marketing to ensure your listing is everywhere.
Aside from the folks who would see your listing in the hundreds of places online (Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and hundreds of others), there are also potential buyers for your home in other countries that may not be reached by the primary American real estate websites.

For that reason, I’m proud to say that RE/MAX is known globally for real estate – there are RE/MAX offices in over 95 countries! RE/MAX truly has global reach; they’re the largest real estate company in the world and have more international offices than any other real estate brand. This global network provides unparalleled exposure for your listing.

For luxury properties, there’s no better choice. The RE/MAX Collection is an exclusive brand of marketing designed only for luxury homes around the world.

Your home qualifies as a Collection listing, which really pushes the marketing to another level. The Collection features global television ads, as well as The RE/MAX Collection Magazine, which is a beautiful full-color magazine distributed nationally to high-net-worth individuals. You can see a digital sample of it here.

Being a part of the RE/MAX Collection also allows us access to corporate rates for the following publishing companies:

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Unique Homes Magazine
  • DuPont Registry

The pricing for these publications changes quarterly, so if you’d like to see a rate sheet for any of them, just let me know and I’ll get it for you.

RE/MAX Exclusive Collection is a boutique real estate company that specializes in luxury homes and the luxury real estate market. Michael Kara, my broker, has worked for over eleven years in the Central Florida market, and was ranked in the nation’s “Hot 100” last year as well as being named one of RealTrend’s Best Real Estate Agents.

My team at RE/MAX Exclusive Collection has been ranked in the top one percent of all Central Florida Realtors for the last several years, as well as being ranked in the top 100 RE/MAX offices in the US and the top 10 RE/MAX offices in the state.

Being a local real estate expert is not just about knowing the median home prices in the area, or how long the average listing is on the market; I also watch the natural ups and downs of the market, and understand why the market’s shifts occur. This helps me give you the best advice possible on pricing strategy and marketing against the competition, and it also gives us the upper hand in negotiations.

As an expert in your area for over 20 years, I’m certain that I’m the right Realtor for you. I know real estate, and I harness that experience into making sure that the marketing for your home is second to none. Please take a few minutes to watch my video, which features some of my past client’s testimonials, or visit this site where you can read some of my reviews.

Your home’s marketing is one of the most important parts of any listing. My goal is to get as many eyes on your property as possible, then use beautiful photos to entice them to schedule a showing.

Here’s an outline of my marketing plan for your home:

  • Professional HD photos
  • Professional HD video
  • A custom website just for your home, optimized for search engines
  • Syndication to hundreds of real estate websites, including:
    • Realtor.com
    • Remax.com
    • Zillow.com
    • Trulia.com
    • TheRemaxCollection.com
    • ExclusiveCollection.com
    • SandyFoxRealtor.com
    • Homes.com
    • Oodle.com
    • …and hundreds of others!
  • Sharing to social media
  • Custom full-color brochures and/or flyers
  • Mobile-direct marketing via text code sign rider

Additionally, one of the many tools I bring to the table is an extensive network of luxury Realtors in and around Central Florida. I market my luxury listings directly to high-end brokerages, agents, and teams that may have a buyer looking for a home like yours.

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Tips for Orlando Home Selling

How Can I Prepare My Home to Sell?

If your goal for selling your home is getting top dollar, then these are the tips for you!  Sometimes these tips might seem counter-productive or even difficult to hear, but trust me; years of experience and hundreds (probably even thousands?) of showings with buyers has taught me what they are looking for.

First, as you might image, make sure your home’s curb appeal is top notch.  From the landscaping to the trees and bushes, your yard should be pruned and fresh mulch should be put down.  Fresh paint, some pressure washing, a welcoming front porch area, and even a new front door knob can contribute to someone’s first impression of your home.  Don’t let something as simple as dirt or rust keep you from getting an offer from a buyer.

Inside, it goes without saying that your home should be tidy and clean, but consider putting the majority of your personal items, knick knacks, and even major decor items away or in storage.  You might be thinking that your personal effects make the house feel more like a home, but to a new buyer, your personal effects make it feel like your home, and that makes it hard for them to envision it as their home.  They need a clean slate so they can picture their own belongings and decor in the space.

You’ll want to make sure there are no offensive odors present as well – and sometimes, you might not be able to smell them because you’re used to them.  If you have pets, or if you’re a smoker, consider getting your all carpets, upholstery, and drapes steam cleaned.

If you’re trying to sell a vacant home, talk to your agent about home staging, which is often a great way to get top dollar for your listing when the competition is thick.

Can I Improve My Home’s Value?

If you’re hoping to improve your home’s value before you put it on the market, that’s a smart move!  You’d be amazed at the times that I’ve advised sellers to spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, and the result was a faster selling time and a higher selling price!

Personally, I prefer to do a walkthrough of your home before advising you on what items are the best bang-for-your-buck on improvements, but here are some general things you can do to improve your home’s value.

  • Fresh paint – inside and/or outside, fresh paint gives everything a clean, new feeling.
  • Replace worn or stained carpet – just like paint, the flooring of a home can make even an old home seem newer.
  • Kitchens and bathrooms – I know these are higher-priced items, but they are the rooms that buyers pay the closest attention to.  Consider the faucets, appliances, cabinets, and other fixtures.
  • Roofs, windows, and siding – if any of these items are damaged and you are willing to make the necessary repairs, do it!  It will likely save time and money in the long run.
  • AC/Heating units – if you’re having issues with your heating and cooling, address them before trying to sell.  In Florida, trying to sell a home with poor or missing air conditioning components is very difficult.

Are Marketing Photos Important?

Marketing photos is the most important aspect of your home’s listing, because those photos go everywhere and they serve as the first impression to thousands of potential buyers.

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Home Selling Checklist

  • Find your title insurance policy, and any other documents that pertains to your purchase of the home.
  • If you don’t want any surprises, have a pre-list home inspection done.
  • Find, interview, and list with one of the area’s best real estate agents.
  • Make final repairs, renovations, and decide on home staging.
  • Keep track of all the improvements you’ve made and money you’ve spent to upgrade/repair the home.
  • Have your real estate agent do a CMA (comparative market analysis) on your home, so you’ll know it’s approximate value in the current market.
  • Decide on a preferred moving timeline, and use it to price your home; if you need to move quickly, you’ll want to price the home aggressively.
  • Prepare the home for marketing photographs and showings.

Ready to List and Sell Your Home?

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