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    Wednesday, August 5, 2015   /   by Katherine Kiernan

    Selling in a Seller’s Market: Price Still Matters

    As listing agents we love getting the highest dollar possible for our clients and we are willing to work very hard to do so.  However, it doesn’t matter how hard we work if the numbers just don’t add up.
    So what’s in a number?
    Sellers often come to us and state that they have a specific number in mind that they want for their house and state they wouldn’t be willing to take one penny less.  Oftentimes these sellers use phrases like, “Bob and Sue next door sold their house for $xxx and our house is WAY nicer than theirs so we should be able to get much more than that” or “I looked at my Zillow Zestimate and it says that my house should sell for $xxx.”  Sound familiar?
    Here is what Bob and Sue’s sale price and your Zillow Zestimate don’t tell you… The price that you will get for your property has a lot more pieces to it than what your neighbor’s house sold for.  For instance, when we run your o ...

    Friday, May 22, 2015   /   by Katherine Kiernan

    The Who’s Who

    There is no question in my mind that Kiernan/DeJean Property Associates at Element Realty truly has the world’s greatest clients.  The loyalty, honesty, and partnership we receive from our clients never ceases to amaze us… So much so that we have heard more than a dozen times, “I wanted you gals to enjoy a day off so I just called the number on the sign in the yard and had them come show me the house…”  While this is such an incredibly thoughtful gesture we often cringe at this because we recognize there is a conversation piece that may have been over looked or misunderstood. It is at this step of the conversation that we go back to the roots and breakdown the who’s who in real estate. With this, we decided to put it out there for our amazing readers to have as well so that when you are ready to take the exciting leap into the real estate pool you too will have this awesome information!
    Without further adieu we bring you the who&4 ...

    Thursday, April 9, 2015   /   by Katherine Kiernan

    Listing Opportunities Missed

    In a climate where we hear “SELLER’S MARKET” being screamed from the rooftops we are lead to believe that if you list it they will come… at top dollar… checkbook in hand… no questions asked… Right??  Kind of…? No, not really.  Buyers still want to feel like there is value in what they are buying.  Buyers still believe that there should be room to negotiate or come in below your asking price because historically that has been an option.  So to be a seller you have some choices to make; you can do little to no work and throw your house on the market in the shape that it has been since you have lived in and loved your home or, and this is your better option, you can take a couple of days to make it the home that the future buyer can’t imagine a life without thus increasing your purchase price.

    Here at Kiernan/DeJean Property Associates these are waters we are navigating personally.  Sarah listed her houo ...

    Saturday, March 7, 2015   /   by Katherine Kiernan

    To FSBO or Not to FSBO... Such a Weighted Question

    In this day and age of tech savvy individuals and questions to your answers one click away due to the awesome search engine better known as Google.com, do-it-yourself has become not only a mantra but a way of life.  But how far should we go while relying solely on what our friends tell us and what we think we've found on the internet?

    The answer to the aforementioned question would appear to be "straight to the bank."  As a Realtor we assist our clients in their home ownership pursuits.  Where we find those properties comes from a variety of sources and avenues and no two transactions are ever the same.  However, to be quite frank, at Kiernan DeJean we don't care where the house of our client's dreams comes from as long as we can get them settled into it nicely with as little stress and frustration as possible on the shoulders of our clients.  Traditionally, the most stress-free real estate transitions occur when people on both sides of the o ...

    Friday, February 6, 2015   /   by Katherine Kiernan

    The Journey to a Great Real Estate Experience

    I am not sure if it was the first time that we had a real estate experience go bad or the third time when I finally thought to myself, "this is it??  After all of this time and all of this effort, this is all that you are going to do?"

    Our home purchases and sales were never stress free to say the least.  They were never handled as delicately as I hoped they would be.  The first time we were purchasing a house we were elated.  We followed all of the right steps and even had our preapproval buttoned up and in hand before we crossed the first threshold.  We were over the moon.  This was the first house either my husband or I had purchased.  We didn't expect literal fireworks to shoot off from the chimney but in our hearts they sure were.  We found what we felt was the perfect house for us.  We were so excited as we told our Realtor that we wanted to make an offer and we received a very lack-luster, 'Ok. I will get it drawn up.' in return.4 ...