JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Spring Has Sprung, But Have You

Spring Has Sprung, But Have You

 Now that it is time to once again reset the clocks and enjoy longer days of daylight, the grass is starting to green in certain areas and soon the flowers will start to awake from their Winter slumber. We all know that Spring is just around the corner and we can sense the delight that it will bring by thawing the frost and making the world look new again. Mother nature is ready and you should be too.

 Now is the time to start the arguous and preparing fa the months ahead in order to embrace the bounty that they bring. The typical real estate season starts in the Spring and more buyers will embark on their journey to become home owners and more sellers will begin their task of listing their current home in an effort to up or downsize depending on their needs. The Spring brings with it the new sales season and we have to be ready to strike out and stack our claim of the bounty that it presents and the opportunities it will provide to grow our business.

 Time to check all those flier boxes and be sure they are ready for the drive by traffic. Info boxes are always a great way to gain exposure and some people are far more likely to pick up a flier containing information about a property than they are to call the listing agent. So make sure that those info boxes are stocked to capacity for all the world to see and pick up to learn more about the available home and you. There are tons of software programs right at your fingertips on the Internet that will provide you with sleek, professional, and stunning fliers to use in your advertising.

 Make sure your listings look their best. We all know the importance of presenting a clean, well staged, and well priced home to the buyers in our markets. But with Spring upon us again pay attention to the outside of your listings. It is obviously the first thing that everyone sees when driving by or driving up and you want the outside to make a strong impression. A clean cut, well maintained, and well landscaped outside will make buyers want to see the inside that much more. It can and does instill excitement in people, so don't overlook it. Get those leaves raked and put out some fresh mulch or pine straw. If the landscaping is top notch, it will pay off.

 Update those MLS photos for your properties. If you listed a home in December and there were dead leaves on the tress and a foot of snow on the ground, it may be time to take a new picture of the outside. When Spring rolls around and the trees are green and the snow has melted, people don't expect to see the old photo from the dead of Winter. Those old pictures can also date how long a home has been on the market and may create a curiosity in buyers as to why it has not sold yet. It can also lead the buyer to believe that the seller may be a little desperate do to the fact that it has been listed so long and may promote low ball offers from a buyer looking to get a deal. And in the end aren't they all? So go take some better pictures and load them up.

 Dust off those open house signs. I do open houses year round, but I know a lot of agents that lay off during the Winter and start back during peak season. Well, it's time to start getting back in the groove and opening up those listings on the weekend for all the world to see. Stock up on your cookie dough, again the fliers for the home for sale, and get ready to put out a ton of directional signs driving traffic to your listings. They can be an excellent form of prospecting and you never know when the right person might walk through the door and make an offer. So take every opportunity to make your listings available to the public. Take your laptop with you and if you have a wireless card, then you can multitask while at the open house and never skip a beat in your Internet advertising and updating your blog.

  Ready or not, here it comes. We would all be well served if we went through the trouble of making these simple preparations for the months ahead. Time waits for no one, and the time to take advantage of Spring is here for us and we need to seize the opportunity and get back in the swing of things if we want to be successful.

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JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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Comment balloon 50 commentsJL Boney, III • March 07 2009 04:06PM

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JL:  It's funny how many listing agents don't update exterior shots of their listings when they are longer term listings.  That's my favorite tip.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 9 years ago

Good points JL.  Most folks just ride it out & see what it gets them.  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 9 years ago

I agree, listing agents need to be more proactive.  I love the snow pictures on the MLS in July.

Posted by Ed Valentine (Century 21 Alliance-Lansdale) over 9 years ago

Chris Ann- It's always a good idea, update those pics.

Kristin- I prefer to take a much more proactive approach to things.

Ed- I have seen some very outdated material on the MLS, and I don't think it does our clients justice.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Hi JL,

I really must agree with Ed and the others above---I've seen many a photo of a home in the winter with snow outside or on the house...Dead giveaway!!

Michael

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 9 years ago

Hi JL

Tonight is the night of nights, to change all the clocks ahead an hour.

Good luck and Success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 9 years ago

Great advice JL.  I always feel sorry for sellers that still have snowy photos when the daffodils are in bloom!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 9 years ago

Around here agents DO need to update their photos as soon as the snow melts!  I hate it when it is well into spring and we see 4 feet of snow!  That is a real turn off to the buyers.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 9 years ago

JL, you have such a kind way of telling us to get busy and sell some real estate! Thank you for the reminders! CLICK CLICK CLICK! <<<Me taking new pictures!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) over 9 years ago

Now a good time to give sellers some tips to help with the curb appeal of their house. If the curb appeal is already there then go ahead a snap new pictures. But if your seller needs help now is the time to let them know that you would like to take new spring pictures, but first you need them to ...

Posted by Julie Martin, Realtor, Broker - Gulf Coast Real Estate (Port City Realty) over 9 years ago

It was 76 in lancaster today. We even saw tulips popping out of the ground already. Very early spring.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) over 9 years ago

JL, leave me alone, I'm not ready for spring yet. Check on me next week and see where I'm with all this and if I'm ready to deal with all is. LOL

 

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Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

JLB3 ! -- Yes excellent points. Like the rest I wish more agents would update snow covered pictures with new ones - for their sellers sake as much as anything else. Nice post.

Cheers !

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Thanks JL - One thing to add about those flier box fliers - PLEASE don't waste the back side and leave it blank. We print all of our other listings on the back, a photo of each with a little data and a code. The code is tied to our IVR system and allows home shoppers to call in and get more info about another property. We get lots of leads this way. I also have a couple of small boxes on the back with specific pitches aimed at buyers and sellers - again, linked to a code they can call and get more info. If a seller wants to know why they should advertize everyone else's home on THEIR flier, the answer is simple: because all of them are advertising their home, too.

Ken Haedrich, Keller Williams Select Realtor, Annapolis MD www.AnnapolisHomeDigest.com

Posted by Ken Haedrich (Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

JL...

Great advice ... I need to take care of a lot of this right away! Looks like a good feature day for the crew!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

I must say that updating the exterior photos is a great tip.  I probably don't do it as it is usually sunny in December, but I'm sure I have listing that was taken on a cloudy day.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) over 9 years ago

JL,

This is a great post and when you have around 100 plus residential listings, you will find that you spend a lot of time just keeping up with correct signage and new photos almost weekly to update progress of construction and then take the time to get them loaded to the mls and the other 15 websites we post our listings on.

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida (DR Horton ) over 9 years ago

I am looking forward to the warm weather moving in - and hopefully some  new business moving in

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) over 9 years ago

JL, Good reminder to all that it the beginning of the "selling" season so it's time to get to work.

Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Thank God I've been acting like everyday is Spring (even when it's been 20 degrees outside). Great advice JL!

Posted by AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author, - The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results! (Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide!) over 9 years ago

I can't wait to get out there and do some open houses. In the winter our open houses just don't work here in Utah. Great post and thank you for the reminder!

-Lisa

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Thank you for adding a few days worth of new "to-do's"! I just told some of sellers yesterday that as soon as the buds were on the trees I'd be by for new pics. Your post was great motivation!

Posted by Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty (|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog) over 9 years ago

JL-Very good advice. If you want to stay ahead especially now you have to stay on your toes. It is the little things that make the difference. CONGRATS on the feature!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Jl...I have been getting ready for a long time, now it is time to answeer the phone.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 9 years ago

Great reminder to keep on top of our business as we get ready for the well-spring of new business.  Thanks.

Posted by Richard Overall, Your OVERALL Long-Term Real Estate Resource (United Country Premier Properties) over 9 years ago

Yepper... it's that timer againer....  Always a good idea to update the photos too.

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Posted by sharoo sunidhi (infotech) over 9 years ago

Hopefully people have been ready for buyers all along, but if not its definately time to get ready.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 9 years ago

In our market I cant believe how many agents use the same Myrtle Beach resorts pictures over and over.

 

great post

Posted by jason morris (Long Bay Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

JL... I'm ready!!!  Historically low mortgage rates... a buyer's market...  what a time to be serving clients who can afford to buy!  Happy Spring!

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) over 9 years ago

JL I am waiting for the on-slot of business. Everything has been checked and double checked...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

What great weather we are having here in SC. I took advantage of it yesterday but I guess I should have been taking your tips instead! Theres always Monday!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the inspiring tips! I am so looking forward to this Spring and working hard to shake off the dust of winter!

Posted by Dan & Rachael Polakovic with The Team, London Ontario Real Estate Professionals (Realty Executives Elite Ltd Brokerage) over 9 years ago

JL,

Isn't this so true, "Time waits for no one".

Every minute you wait or hesitate, is another minute you have lost.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 9 years ago

JL --- excellent information --- Agents in the south typically don't think of changing photos, but they certainly should. Photos of the green trees vs the barren ones make a huge difference.  And it is amazing how time does not wait for us.

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Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 9 years ago

Michael- It certainly is.

Lou- Got my changed forward this morning.

Susan- It can put a spin on things.

Joan- I will be taking more as soon as the grass greens up.

Caren- Kindness gets a better response to things like this.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Julie- It can be a great way to get them on board.

Castellum- Made it into the low 80's here today.

Roy- I'll email you next week and see where we stand.

Sheldon- It can certainly make a difference for the sellers for sure.

Ken- That's a great idea, since we have a back to the flier, we may as well use it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Richard- I posted it as a reminder to myself as well as others too.

Simon- I usually replace the cloudy ones too, we don't really have snow here.

Julie- I can see that taking some serious effort.

Walter- I hope both are on the way.

Cameron- It is indeed that time.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Amber- That's not a bad way to act.

Lisa- Hopefully you'll get your chance soon.

Dee- Well thank you for stopping in and commenting.

Sharon- Staying ahead is a constant struggle and staying on your toes will help keep you there.

Bill- That can be good too.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Richard- And I'm sure we will.

Roland- Yes it is.

Sharoo- I will be over to advertise myself on one of your posts soon.

Chuck- I would hope so too, but this is the last warning.

Jason- I see a lot of the same thing over and over myself.

 

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

JB- It is a great time to do just that.

Michael- Sounds like you are good to go.

Laura- No, I'd say you did just fine. My tips would wait another day.

Dan and Rachael- Start shaking.

Mark- It can also be another minute that someone else didn't wait.

Liz- We usually don't have the snow, but that green grass can make things look better.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

I hope you had a GREAT weekend. I took some time off to recharge the batteries. One of my buyers agents wrote one this weekend so I was working while not working!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 9 years ago

Laura- Now those are some great buyers, it's nice when it works out that way sometimes.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Great tips JL! I really like the one about updating the photos... for us in the "snowy" areas, it is a real sign of a lazy Realtor who has a "snow" picture still posted past May!

We are trying a new idea here instead of flier boxes. And just in case anyone wonders, I have absolutely no affiliation with them, just sharing my newest marketing find: www.txt2look.com. Happy spring to you JL!

Posted by Liz Toles, Lethbridge Real Estate (MyLethbridgeRealty.com) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the reminder!  I really need to take new pictures of some of my homes!!

Posted by Jamie Boney (Mungo Homes) over 9 years ago

Hi JL!  GREAT advice and OH SO TRUE!  You simply MUST keep it fresh--if you don't you're truly doing your sellers such an injustice.  Congrats on that little gold star!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 9 years ago

Liz- I have heard of them before, and other companies like them. I have been curious as to how well they work, so feel free to keep us updated. Hope you have a happy Spring too.

Debe- That's a proved fact for sure. Thanks!

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Jamie- You can barrow my camera.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

JL - Holy cow, I sign on and you have yet another star!  Congrats.... :)  

Can't wait for spring and a little green here - I'd be happy to reshoot all the photos.... soon I hope!

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate over 9 years ago

April- I hope you guys get a little Spring your way soon.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

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