Why an agent might refuse to show a house (the low commission)

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Resigned house agent having problem with selling house

Resigned house agent having problem with selling house

I have been telling my seller clients this for over 10 years already. If an agent has 15 similar properties, and they do not want to show 15 properties, they narrow it down, by…. yup the highest commission that is offered. Think about it, why show houses with a lower commission when you could make more on another.

So this article is right on the money and unfortunately very true – most of the time.

The only time this would not be true is if their is an awesome unique piece of property that everyone wants to buy, then regardless of the commission, the buyers will force their agent to see it, unless the agent tells them it is under contract or unavailable.

I do not do this, I find the best properties that fit my buyers criteria. If they want to see 100 properties, we will see 100 properties.

Call me, I will treat you like you are family (the good side). Ken

Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
7068786116 Text/Cell
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TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com
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Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.

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Feeling Good About The Real Estate Market…

For the first time in years, I am getting a very positive feeling about the real estate market here in Northeast Georgia. I truly hope that is a good sign that new people are wanting to make this awesome area their new home of residence, or maybe even a place to have a second home.

I am available 7 days a week to help with any of your real estate needs.

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Ken Ruddell, Broker
Home Zone Real Estate
7068786116 Text/Cell
1-800-884-5526 / Fax

TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com
http://www.TheRealtyGuy.com
http://www.facebook.com/KenRuddell

Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.

> I specialize in Habersham and White County <

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips:

I created this list from my experience. Remember I am a real estate Broker, not an AC service guy or anything – so this is just a normal (maybe not so normal) guys opinion from past experiences.

It is definitley time to have the Air Conditioning checked. There are lots of companies out there. I personally like Roman Schreck (706) 968-8493. A real trustworthy guy that has always been straight with me.

Before we get into your A/C heatpump, I want to bring up A/C window units. Make sure you check them prior to installing them in your window. If they have BLACK stuff in the vents it could be MOLD, even black mold (the bad stuff). If it looks really bad, you are better off going to buy a new one, or you may be paying for doctor visits instead. I have recently read where you are supposed to clean these units before putting them away for the winter, but if you have one, that is harder than it seems. I recommend going to http://www.YouTube.com and search for A/C window unit cleaning, you will find help there.

Now to the tips.
1. Regularly clean your air filters, supply vents and return grills. Dust and dirt cause your heating equipment to work harder. That means higher energy bills.

2. You must check the ducts under the house. If you open a crawl space door and it is cool under there you may have a problem. But even if it isn’t cool under there go check the ducts for leaks. Crawl or walk along the whole duct system feeling for air streams (make sure the AC is on) and try and find holes. Even the smallest hole will cause a terrible loss of cool air and put warm air in its place. If you find holes use the proper sealant to fix that hole. This article says NOT to use duct tape especially in an attic because under extremem heat it melts. It seems like duct take would be ok in a crawl space or basement. But regardless of what you use to fix the hole – make sure you don’t have any squeezing or pinching of the duct.

3. Speaking of squeezing or pinching. This is a bad problem especially if a home has a second floor. I have seen where the second floor was never cool even with the air on high. Turns out the issue was when they ran the vents to the second floor they tried to squeeze them through holes that were smaller than the duct – that creating a pinch point where air was not flowing as it was supposed to. If those ducts are in the walls and not accessible, the only way you would know if you have a problem is by having the cool air coming out of the vents checked. I know home inspectors do this kind of thing, and of course AC companies must as well. So if you are having problems with the upstairs of your home not being cooled properly, you may want to have that checked out. If you have a basement and the vents are visible – make sure you check them carefully, look for leaks and pinches.

4. Make sure you have enough vents open in the house. AC units are made to push a certain amount of air and by closing vents the system will not work efficiently. Talk with your AC company for more information on this.

5. Make sure your outside unit is not too close to the house or overgrown with bushes or weeds. Your unit needs to breathe.

6. You should have your unit checked yearly to make sure your system is working properly and the freon levels are normal. Freon is the coolant used in the ac system.

7. Timing – when to have the AC checked? Don’t wait until the summer to have your system checked. The best time of year would be Early spring when you have the occasional warn day. This way you can pick a day according to your schedule and not the AC Professionals, because in the summer – if he is any good he will be booked solid.

8. If the AC company finds problems – make sure you ask for a quote in writing and do not committ to that company on the spot. Then get at least two more quotes. AND NEVER TELL THE OTHER COMPANIES WHAT QUOTES YOU HAVE ALREADY. You can – and I suggest you do – tell them you are getting multiple quotes.

9. And if you did not like the company who maintained your AC unit the previous year – don’t call them back. Ask your friends or a local Real Estate Agent for recommendations.

10. Lastly – if you have a home that does not keep the home cool because it is in the sun for a good part of the day; try covering the windows with either heavy curtains or insulation when the sun is on those windows. It works! And this tip goes for new homes as well as the older homes.

Education: Click here to learn about Heat Pumps. This is the main source of Heating & AC in Habersham County & Northeast Georgia. Especially in the low to medium priced NON-Custom homes.

Keep Kool and visit this site often. Have a great day. Ken

10 Tips for Saving Money in the Garden

Are you getting your garden ready for a good crop here in Habersham County this summer. Check out the video below with 10 Tips for Saving Money in the Garden.

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Happy Gardening. Ken

Selling Your Home? Think CURB APPEAL – Easy Fixes

Get your home ready to sell.
Get your home ready to sell.

So you are selling your home. Too bad it is a terrible market to do so, but it has to be done. The first thing you should do even before you invite a real estate agent out to help price your home is to work on your curb appeal. Lets face it, if you are selling your home it is likely you don’t have money to pay for much if anything. Well here are some things you can do and will cost little to nothing to do them.

“Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. ~Lord Chesterfield”

1> Make sure your mailbox looks as good as it can. Clean it, paint it or replace it based on if you have money or not. Make sure the numbers on the mailbox is clear and not weathered looking; that goes for the 911 sign with your number on it, as well as the number on your house itself. At least clean and get these things looking as good as possible.

2> Clean and or paint your front door. Make sure the door bell works. And make sure the door knobs aren’t nasty looking or broken. If you have to spend a few bucks here, it is worth it!

3> Keep your front porch or front of your home as clean and clutter free as possible. That means sweep your steps or walkway regularly. Remember people drive around looking at homes long before they call an agent to show them the home. Remember, first impressions are extremely important.

4> Clean your yard – not just the front, but all around your home. I am talking about getting everything that isn’t supposed to be there out of your yard, including dead wood, dog bones, old toys, nasty looking garden furniture etc… you get the idea.

5> Landscaping. That usually means money. But that is not the case here. If you have any woods around you property, you will likely have tree saplings in those woods, dig them up and plant them around your home (fresh bought wood chips or similar will make a world of difference – worth the money even if you don’t have it to spend). If you don’t have woods on your property, I am certain one of your friends will have. Also make sure you trim up what you do have, so if you have several small trees growing on top of each other, remove the weaker ones and make more room for the other to grow (spacing). If you have dead trees, get them down somehow and get them off the property, or cut them into firewood if you have a fireplace in the home you are selling.

curb appeal - the realty guy (Small)   Good

bad curb appeal - The Realty Guy (Small)   BAD

6> If you have a waterfront property, meaning if you have a river, lake or even a tiny little trickle of a creek, clean-up in and around the body of water. Make sure that a buyer can walk down to the water without walking through a brier patch or running into hanging limbs.

7> Gutters… if you have trees growing out of your gutters you need to do something about that right now. Clean all the dirt and leaves out of your gutters, then wash them with soap and water. If they are bent up, try and bend them into proper shape (do the best you can), or if they look bad replace them if you can afford it.

8> Of course if you have money, pressure wash your home, porches and decks.

9> If the siding is broke, replace it. If the home needs to be repainted, do it. 8 & 9 is totally dependent on having money to do it, so if you are in the majority, just ignore these two.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me anytime. Have a wonderful Spring and Summer. Ken

Ken Ruddell, Broker

Home Zone Real Estate
7068786116 Text/Cell
1-800-884-5526 / Fax

TheRealtyGuy@yahoo.com
http://www.TheRealtyGuy.com

Past President of the Habersham, White
& Stephens County Board of Realtors.