Buying a home and selling a home can be two of the most stressful — and expensive — life events. And, they often happen at the same time! If you’re looking to buy a home while also trying to sell your home, don’t panic. In this post, we will go over a few tips to help you tackle the buying and selling sides of the real estate market without becoming overwhelmed.

Tips for Buying First

You likely can’t buy and sell a home at the exact same time. So, first, you’ll need to figure out whether you want to buy a home or sell your home first — each has its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to buy first, here are some expert tips to follow:

1. Request an Extended Closing

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For anyone looking at properties on real estate websites like Realtor.com, Zillow.com, etc, you will of course have seen many For Sale By Owner Properties online. But what do you need to know before you really get locked into a property emotionally? If you like a FSBO property and don't know where to start (or want to be sure you are on the right path), give me a call to help you navigate the first steps! 

Marisa Owen - Realtor 
Cell: (925) 785-2596
Email Address: Marisa@BuyBozemanHomes.com

Here's a short list of what you should be aware of: 

1. How a seller prices their home is a toss up. How did they come up with their list price? How do you know they didn't overprice the home by $5,000, $10,000 or $50,000 over market value? Montana is a…

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Pricing Your Home

  • Visit the open houses of comparable homes, as many as possible! List what sets your home apart, both bad and good.  Be realistic.  If you test the waters first by listing at a higher price, then you may be hurting your homes ability to sell.
  • Contact a Realtor and request a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) from them.  Be upfront and let the Agent know that you are trying to sell your home FSBO.  If your home doesn't get much activity as a FSBO, then you can consider forming a business relationship with the Agent that assisted you. Obtain their credentials before you list your home. (If you get VERY little activity, then your home may be overpriced.)

Selling Tools

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Top Producing Broker, Tamara Williams, teams up with Master Home Stager, Brandi Visser, of Harmony Home Staging to discuss the importance and benefits of Home Staging.

• Should you stage your home before selling?
• Thinking of listing/selling your home in the near future?
• Are you wondering if staging is worth the headache and the money?
• Curious if staging a home can actually MAKE YOU more money and increase your home's sales price?
• Should you use an all in one Realtor or a professional staging company that goes to market every year?

 

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1. Less Exposure to Prospective Buyers 
While we may all agree that the majority buyers will scour the internet to find their next home, it does not equate that if you throw your property on Zillow.com or Realtor.com it will sell. Real Estate Agents have advertising dollars to spend on numerous marketing platforms that will syndicate your property to hundreds of more websites. More than that, they have the network and buyers ready to put an offer in.  

2. Buyers come from a Real Estate Agent 
The days of selling your house by putting up a for sale sign and in the paper are gone. In order to gain internet traction, you have to syndicate your property to as many channels as possible. With that being said, common real estate websites have great internet…

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It's that time of year when the market shifts and shows less inventory. With that being said, this IS the time to put your home on the market. Relocation buyers AND local buyers are motivated to buy especially if they have just put their home under contract or want to be in a new home by late winter or Spring 2020. The Holidays gives buyers more time and flexibility away from work to look at property. The reality is that the Gallatin Valley remains a highly desirable place to live. Lastly, we have seen average days on market decrease this fall.

Note: There can be flexibility to negotiate your closing date. While we can't guarantee this, it's possible.  

If you're considering putting your house on the market this winter, we are happy to help guide you…

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  • Horse Property Wanted under $700,000
  • Size: 5 + acres
  • Areas: Bozeman, Manhattan, Three Forks, Gallatin Gateway, Belgrade
  • Bozeman school district is a must
  • 3+ beds
  • 3+ baths
  • 4+ horses allowed at the property

If you know of someone selling this type of property, please give me a call at (406) 223-6823 or email me at Tamara@BuyBozemanHomes.com. 

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We have a buyer looking for the following property:

- Located in Bozeman or Belgrade
- 2+ bedrooms
- Under $275,000
- 2 car garage preferred
- Condo, townhouse or single-family home
- Available ASAP

If you are selling a home similar to this, or know someone that is, contact Tamara Williams today!

Tamara Williams & Company
Tamara Williams
406.223.6823
Tamara@BuyBozemanHomes.com

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This is an interesting topic that has come up. While the Bozeman real estate market is strong for sellers at this time, our advice to most sellers is of course to list!

However, this recommendation is to those sellers looking to list with an agent, not necessarily for a For Sale By Owner. Clearly, our approach listing a property in the MLS with a custom, robust marketing campaign is not the same style and approach that a for sale by owner can do himself or herself.  

It's not an apples to apples situation. So when considering listing your property this winter and over the holidays, we've broken down some key things to consider.

- Showings and Phone Calls
Listed w/ an Agent: Selling during the winter requires an agent to show the property and be available…

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