A house went under contract today 6 days after the listing photos were drastically improved.
The original set of photos were poorly lit and not level - probably taken with a phone.
The first listing expired without selling.
Then it re-listed with new images that looked much better and it sold in 6 days!
That got my attention. Then I noticed the agent was the same for both listings and the first was only about 3 weeks.
I'm guessing the seller wanted the house on the market before it was ready and the agent complied. But when the house and better photos were ready, she made a smart move by expiring the first listing and starting over. Even though the days on the market showed the full 3+ weeks time, the new photos made the listing catch buyers' eyes who likely passed over it the first time.
Lesson 1 - photos matter - a lot.
Lesson 2 - change the photos enough and it can be like starting over.
Lesson 3 - still a better idea to have everything 100% ready on the day of the launch.
Have a wonderful New Year!
This month's image was taken in the La Sal Mountains near Moab, UT. It wasn't actually January. Not even winter - expect at that elevation. But I think it looks like January.
As always, if you'd like to use this as a screen saver or wallpaper you are welcome to do so.
Feel free to download the full size image by clicking the link below. Or save the image above.
Happy New Year!
Might we see a little snow in Central Texas this Christmas season?
Of course it is possible. To be sure, you may need to make some travel plans.
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season!
ps - Some folks have not been able to download a large enough copy of the image by simply clicking the photo. So here is a link to download the 11mb jpg file. Feel free to use as your wallpaper image this month.
I get this question a lot every Fall.
A quick glance shows something near half as many homes sell as are active each month. There is some variance. May beats September, for example. Ignore November as it only shows half a month of sales. I ran this Nov 15th. Look at December - about 2/3 ratio.
Bottom line - there is never a bad month for real estate in the Austin area.
Thankfulness is powerful. We even have a holiday about it.
It makes you happier to count your blessings. Focus on the positive. And happier, positive people tend to get more of what they want.
A business coach of mine repeated frequently, "The universe will not give you more until you take care of what you have."
Zig Ziglar thought of the word Gratitude as a contraction of Great + Attitude = Gratitude
Paul's letters in the bible repeat gratitude many times. The idea isn't new. I'll even suggest if one is searching for a meaning for their life, being thankful for what one has makes a great start.
Thanks for reading this!
Thanks to Lauren W for allowing me to share her beautiful image of Aspen, CO as this month's calendar! Makes me want to go next Fall...
I hope you have a great month filled with thanks. Gratitude is important. There is a saying that God will not trust us with more until we have gratitude for what we already have. (If you know the source, please post it in the comments.) I think it is fitting to have a season of thanks as we approach the time of year that many of us set goals for the next year.
I am thankful for you!
If you rent, can you also be a Landlord?
You might even find a great first tenant - yourself!
Most home buyers put off home ownership until they feel settled. Job and family seem set for the long-term = ready to won. In the meantime, they pay rent that in part goes toward their landlord's equity in a property.
What if you decide to be a rebel? Buy a house and "rent" it from yourself?
If you have a roommate to share in the rent, that's OK. If you decide to move somewhere else, that's OK. You can even break your "lease" without fear. Your landlord will understand!
It is more a mindset change than anything else.
You buy a property based on a few criteria:
Will the rent be enough to make this investment make sense to me?
Would I live here as a renter? This is a bit lower standard than a typical home purchase. It doesn't have to be "the one". Just needs to be good enough for a year or two.
Cost of maintenance is more important than emotions.
There are some real benefits around financing. Because this is your home, you can qualify for lower down payments and better interest rates designed for owner-occupants. That is what you will be - at least for a time. You have a plan that when you eventually move out you'll convert it to rental use. But for now it will be your primary residence. Bet your CPA has some favorable ideas about this!
If you'd like to talk about getting "in" on the real estate market before you fit the image of a typical homeowner - give me a call! Email or texts are fine, too.
Brian and Missy decided it was time to get the truck out of town! He delivers farm equipment all over the country. Once in a while he would be nearly home and about to hit his daily driving limit. With the choice of getting home or having to stop a few miles short of the office, he'd choose home. The HOA didn't like it. Then he found a home on acreage in Iowa near family. And no HOA. They had updated their home with the intent of staying - which made my job easier. Just make sure every potential buyer out there had no way of missing how gorgeous the house looks in person. The weather didn’t cooperate - rainy weekends and most weekdays. Still, we had it under contract in just 9 days
This month's image was taken on a walk with my daughter Johanna near Marble Falls.
Weeks, months, and years fly by. I hope you have a chance to make some memories this month!
Who knows, if we ever get a cold front, we might even see some leaves change color this year?
Have a great month!
Real estate artist