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HomeGain Features Tools for Home Buyers and Sellers

Today HomeGain announced that it has integrated a comprehensive suite of home buyer and seller tools into its AgentView platform.

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After getting a home’s value, looking at local Realtors, and looking at suggested home improvements, visitors can then readily access the following real estate calculators all in one convenient platform on HomeGain.com:

Max, the HomeGain gorilla, reviews the newly integrated Buyer Tools tab.

Max, the HomeGain gorilla, reviews the newly integrated Buyer Tools tab.

  • Stay Put or Trade Up Calculator
  • Improve or Move Calculator
  • Home Sale Proceeds Calculator
  • Capital Gains Calculator
  • Private Mortgage Insurance Calculator

Additional tools that were integrated for people looking to get started buying or selling a home include:

  • New Home Wish List
  • Buyer Agent Interview Worksheet
  • Seller Agent Interview Worksheet
  • Real Estate Library
  • Real Estate Glossary

The HomeGain AgentView platform also features local information, HomeGain’s home

Max uses HomeGain's home seller tools to calculate whether he should move or improve.
Max uses HomeGain’s home seller tools to calculate whether he should move or improve.

improvement Home Sale Maximizer™ tool, its instant home valuation tool as well as HomeGain agent members’ home listings, profiles and real estate blogs.

Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain, stated:

“This integration provides consumers with a comprehensive set of tools to help guide them through the home buying and selling process – as well as providing easy access to HomeGain member real estate agents and brokers who can provide additional assistance.”

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Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on June 2nd, 2010 under AgentView, HomeGain

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Sound Advice and a Touch of Paint Equals A Sold Home

As a REALTOR®, communicating on a regular basis with the seller is a crucial component of the listing’s success. And, as I have so often found from experience, sellers who have mentally made the transition from “homeowner to home seller” have a much easier time accepting advice and feedback from their real estate agent realizing it as a means to an end: the sale of their home.

Such was the case for one of my listings (before and after pictures, below), a truly beautiful single family home that I sold back in early February, recently featured in the May, 2009 edition of REALTOR.org “Best Room Makeovers”.

Painted in a South-West Adobe orange color motif, many buyers just found the family room too loud for their tastes.

The seller originally gave me resistance about changing the color, but after reading the feedback I was sending him from buyers, he finally realized the family room needed to be re-painted. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: John Badalamenti on May 13th, 2009 under Home Improvement, Home Staging

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No Stage, No Play

Although, in Shakespeare’s words, “All the world’s a stage,” in the world of theater, a play is rather hard to enact without a stage. It’s been tried over the years, but traditional theatergoers prefer a conventional stage.

And so do homebuyers.

GREAT. Yet another blog on staging, you say. One more appeal to get sellers to pay money they don’t have to sell their home in a market that’s upside down like the Poseidon. Why bother? Haven’t we heard it all?

In the immortal words of Bullwinkle the Moose, “BUT WAIT! There’s more!”

The three pillars of a successful sale are: Preparation, Promotion and Price. Of the three legs, price is without question the most important of the three. Using the Pareto Principle, price actually accounts for 80% of a successful sale. Currently, discount pricing reigns supreme as REOs are flooding into the market like water through the cracked levees of New Orleans. How can a normal seller HOPE to float a normal sale against the incoming surge of lower priced homes?

Believe it or not, there are buyers out there who don’t want an REO.

They aren’t “handi” types. They don’t have the will or desire to “make the house their own.” They can’t “see the potential” and quite frankly, aren’t interested. And not everyone has the Martha Stewart gene for using a twisted fork as a curtain tieback. Many of these buyers are actually willing to pay more to buy a nice house that’s ready to move into.

Scratch most REOs off your list.

This is where an understanding of buyer psychology is critical. Sellers need to realize that Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Carl Medford on January 27th, 2009 under Home Improvement, Home Staging

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Selling Homes? Of Course, But There’s More To It

Yesterday I was having a cup of coffee and a slice of blackberry cake in a coffee shop downtown Savannah. When everyone else finished their drinks and snacks, they left the plate and cup. Not me, no, I pick up behind myself, so I took my plate and cup to the front like I always do at such places and offered it to the person behind the counter. Now, a person who has a scintilla of service running in their veins would have accepted the plate and cup, thanked me and smiled.

Not this person posing as a customer service employee, no, she looked at me, slightly annoyed, and said, “Actually, would you take that down to the end of the counter?” I started to ask her if she wanted me to wash it, too. I just laughed and took it down to the end of counter, knowing no thanks was forthcoming (and there wasn’t).

This is an example of someone wanting a paycheck with no clue what it means to provide customer service. Did I get my coffee and blackberry cake? Yes. Was it good? Yes. Will I go back? I doubt it. The reason I won’t go back is because I can get the same good coffee and cake down the street with better, more personable service. I tried this place out and it failed to make me want to go back.

When I hear people confidently say about our profession—“I’m in the business of selling homes, dammit, not in the service business or socializing business or friend-making business, but the home-selling business!”—this appeals to my Hulk Hogan side, but it also leaves me unsatisfied with the posture.

Two people can be good at selling homes, yet one will be successful long term and the other will fade away into obscurity and mediocrity—why? Because of service. Continue reading this post

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Posted by: Mike Farmer on June 20th, 2008 under Best Practices, Guest Bloggers

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