Oct 022017
 

Our clients are so happy with us they recommend us to their neighbors!

All these homes are just some of the listings we sold in 2017. See the complete list here.

2 homes in Westover Woods

Our clients on Burnett Blvd met us at an open house on Westover and hired us on the spot!

Their home sold in one day!

2 homes in Raymond Park

Our client at 2263 heard only great things about us from our clients at 2269 and hired us to sell her home.

Both homes sold in one day!

2 homes in Whisperwood Lakes

We met our clients at 913 at an open house and they hired us to list and find them a new home.

Our client at 912 found out about us and hired us to sell his home too.


Did The Derrick Team sell a home in your neighborhood? Talk to that neighbor and you’ll find they’ll be happy, because that’s what we do. Call or text us today at 317-563-1110. We’ll be glad to come talk to you with no obligations! You’ll be glad you did.

May 022017
 

Virtual 360 Tour by Matterport

Think of this technology in terms of the Google ‘streetview’ where you can walk around with your browser and see the views captured from Google’s streetview recordings from their vehicles. In this case the same technology is used to capture the interior view of a home.

When you connect via the link you have the option to view via a ‘dollhouse’  or ‘floorplan’ display which you then click on a spot to be whisked into that area of the home. As you move about the home you can pan around as if you were standing in the room itself. There isn’t a better way to view without actually standing in the home. As so many buyers first shop via the Internet, this is a tremendous tool for the difficult to photograph large homes.  This is especially handy for buyers moving from another distant location. We think you’ll be as amazed as we were when we first saw the potential.

Call or text The Derrick Team on this or any other questions you have on how we go ‘Above & Beyond’ to market your home. 317-563-1110.

Dec 152016
 

Check out our Beazer listing!

Buyers often have the impression that using a REALTOR when building a new home just drives up the price. But truth is builders typically figure in the REALTOR fees along with all the many other costs to determine their sale price / profit margin. So if you approach the builder directly they might give you a discount, but that would be one they already had figured into the sale price. And in the end you are at the mercy of the builder as you have no one representing you in what is typically a very complicated and expensive transaction. So I’ll explain what you need to consider when planning on building a home.

Let’s start with the most obvious. You usually need to sell your current home so you are going to hire a real estate agent and pay their fees to do so. It makes sense to then use that agent to represent you building your home as it costs you nothing. You have a relationship with them and you can trust that agent to continue to work hard for you, it’s how we build our business.

But let’s say you don’t have a house to sell, first time home buyer, new to area, etc. It’s even more important to have someone who knows the area and builders who are active in the area you are looking at. REALTORS have connections and you want to have that working for you during what is often a drawn-out process, depending on current new housing stock and your specific needs.

Now let’s look at some more general items that only your REALTOR is going to help you with.

You’ll want to establish your goals and what you are really looking for in your new home. Too often people get swept up with the first new home they look at and buy the trendiest options and end up spending more than they originally budgeted for. Your real estate agent can help guide you on your expectations based on your budget and help you stay ‘grounded’ on what options to consider. For example: You don’t want to build the largest home in the development, those are always more difficult to sell on down the line.

Once you’ve established your guidelines your REALTOR can help direct you to the appropriate developments in the area and your builder options. You may be leaning towards a particular development but not realize there are multiple builders working in that same area. Or you might find your best option isn’t even something you considered such as buying a lot outside a development and using a custom builder.

After you pick the area and builder your REALTOR can help you choose options that really add value based on that area and price range. For example: In a development where sheds or mini-barns are not allowed a 3-car garage is always going to make a home more marketable down the road.

Another item only your agent will be able to tell you about is area plans that would possibly affect the future growth in the area and how that would help with long term home values. This is important when you are determining the price range you are looking at. You don’t usually want to be the only high end development in an area as that can definitely effect long term home values for higher priced homes.

These are only some of the many reasons using a REALTOR to help you to build your dream home. If you even considering building don’t hesitate to call The Derrick Team to meet with you and discuss your plans, even if it’s a year or two away, it’s never too early to start planning. Call or text 317-563-1110 any time, we work 7 days a week. Let us help you build your dream home!

 

 

 

 

Oct 212016
 

It’s easy to forget when you are spending a lot of money on a house that you are buying a USED home (unless you happen to be building a new one). And often it is at least several years old, if not a few decades or more. When we first talk to buyers we find out how comfortable they are with home maintenance which can dictate how old of a home they might be comfortable with. But truth is a lot of older homes are better built than some of the newer styles. But that’s another whole blog post so we won’t go over that here. But the real key is that when you’ve successfully worked out the Purchase Agreement (PA) with the seller, you’ll want to pay and professional inspector to carefully go over the home to point out any flaws or defects the home has that aren’t readily apparent.

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Inspection of the furnace /AC and water heater is very important!

As you are looking at homes with your real estate agent you can usually note the basic conditions that tell you what might be needed. Because we’ve talked to our clients before showing them homes we’ll point out things and ask if they are comfortable taking care of that after the sale. For example, many homes will need some painting of some sort, and most our clients will be OK with that since they might want to change the colors anyway. But for holes in the walls or cracks in the ceiling it might depend on how handy our client is as to if that makes them move on to the next home. The reason we point this out is these are the items in the homes condition that are readily apparent and are “known issues” at the time you write the purchase agreement. So you factor those items into what you are willing to pay for the home. We help guide our clients on what their costs may be in addressing these issues.

The inspection after the PA is accepted by both parties is to look for the “unknown issues”. A good inspector will help educate you about the home you are about to purchase going over items like the furnace operation, water shut offs, etc. That’s why it’s important to be there why the inspector is doing the inspection. Unlike many agents we try to be there for all our buyer’s inspections. (sellers should leave during inspections). Inspectors will ALWAYS find something wrong, it’s their job. And remember these are USED homes. The age of the home will also determine how to look at issues as building codes have changed over the years so what’s OK in a 50-year-old home may not be for a home only 10 years old. What I like to point out is there will be a list of items the inspector finds on every home as no home is perfect. So as either a buyer or seller, don’t freak out when you see the list. That’s why we like to be there so we can mention this or that is a common problem found in most homes. Having attended many inspections, we’ve listed below many of the common items found at inspections, even in homes less than 10 years old. For a buyer don’t be surprised at the list and as a seller look this list over to see if you can address some of these items before you put your home on the market.

Electrical:

  • Loose outlets and switches (very common)
  • Open /uncovered junction boxes
  • Non-working GFCI outlets (important in newer homes)
  • Non-grounded outlets (important in newer homes)

Furnace / cooling systems:

  • Dirty filters (very common)
  • Dirty furnace (showing lack of servicing)
  • Improper ventilation for combustion systems (gas, propane, oil)
  • Indoor circuit breaker not matching outside AC unit

Windows / doors:

  • Broken seals on double-pane windows (very common)
  • Doors that won’t latch
  • Broken / cracked glass
  • Missing / damaged screens (very common)

Roof / exterior:

  • Roofing nail pops (very common)
  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Loose vinyl siding
  • Roof damaged (hail damage or worn out)
  • Rotten / damaged soffits or window trim
  • Unlevel or cracked concrete patio / sidewalk / driveway (very common)
  • Gutters full of leaves
  • Improper downspouts

Plumbing:

  • Dishwasher drain without proper loop (very common)
  • Leaky pipes / drains under sinks
  • Low water pressure (common in older homes)
  • Improper water heater pressure relief valve drain pipe (very common)
  • Sump pump inoperative in crawl spaces

These are just some of the more common items that are found in just about every home. If you inspected your current home today many of these items would probably show up. The main thing to keep in mind is you are not buying a perfect home (inspectors will also find problems with brand new builds). Use the inspection report to address items that relate to safety, security, and structural conditions. That’s what we are there to help you with as you go through what some might call the ‘scary’ home inspection. It’s usually something that all parties can negotiate items to be addressed and it’s very rare that a buyer has to move on to another home. Having a good REALTOR will help you make your deal work out, as either a buyer or seller.

Contact The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110 with any questions on buying or selling real estate. We work 7 days a week, evenings too!

 

Jun 152015
 
A Shiny Kitchen

A Shiny Kitchen

There are many different reasons buyers are out looking at homes. Normally when working with a buyer an agent tries to determine a buyer’s motivation before they start showing them homes. But some agents will just about show houses to anybody who asks (eventually they realize their wasting time, but that’s another blog post). For the most part the buyers out looking are at least thinking about moving or buying a home when they go out looking. We’ll break down the different motivations in this article.

Tire Kicker
You know the saying about car shoppers and the same can be said for home shoppers with a low motivation. They’re just looking at homes thinking about moving. Maybe their thinking their current home is too small (or too large), and want to see what’s out there for a price they can afford. They are working with agents they know and are willing to show them homes because of previous dealings. We have clients like this and we know eventually they will find a home that motivates them. But it can take months, if not years before they purchase a new home.

First Time Home Buyer
First Time Home Buyers usually have a higher motivation than Tire Kickers, but often not much higher. They’ve been thinking about buying a home for a couple of months (or years) but are usually renting and don’t have an immediate reason to move. Their motivation can pick up a level or two if they have a lease coming up and have to move by a certain deadline. Let’s just say their motivation varies, depending on the weather.

Growing Family
A current homeowner that has a more immediate need can have a much higher level of motivation due to a baby (or two) on the way and they are running out of room in their current house. They are working with an agent who has listed their home and hope to find one to make an offer on as soon as they get an accepted offer on theirs. Their motivation becomes very high when they have that accepted offer.

House Just Sold
This applies to a homeowner like above who for whatever reason is moving and has just sold their home. The motivation factor is very high in this case. This is where you might get above list offers if they really like a home.

Job Transfer / Relocation
Depending on the timeline (as in just started or already changed jobs) these home buyers are motivated or very motivated. Sometimes they will just buy a home that works and plan to move in a few years once they know they are staying in the area. Highly motivated buyers in this category might make above list price offers as well.

Investor
Never in a hurry until they find a good deal. Usually a low cash offer but sometimes will pay good price on a nice home with good income potential whether flipping or renting.

The reason sellers need to know all this is there is a wide range of motivation in the buyers looking at your home. So what you need to do is make your home stand out so you impress all buyers that look at your home. This is what we refer to as being the ‘Shiny Penny’. All buyers will gravitate to the ‘Shiny Penny’ and you’ll get more and better quality offers if you make sure your home stands out.

Want to make your home a ‘Shiny Penny’ when you’re ready to sell? Call or text The Derrick Team at 317-563-1110 and we’ll come talk to you about what you need to do to your home with no obligation to hire us when you’re ready to sell. We like to help home buyers and sellers with all their real estate needs.

Mar 202015
 

The answer should be obvious but I still want to go into some details so you’ll understand why I’m blogging about this. And of course to let you know that The Derrick Team ALWAYS takes great listing photos.*  One of the common complaints we hear from buyers is the lack of or poor photos on home they want to see.

There really is no excuse for an agent not to provide plenty of photos for the MLS so they are distributed throughout the Internet sites home buyers use. Yet sadly many agents only take a couple, and often those are poor quality anyway. A trend (that drives me crazy) are the photos taken with cell phones, tablets, or really cheap cameras, that are just plain, ahem, terrible. These devices lack the lenses to produce proper depth and color and often are too dark to see much for indoor photos. They are fine for selfies and personal photos but paid professionals should do their best to help their clients and decent cameras are not expensive any more. Those agents also have the option to pay professionals so there really is no excuse for poor quality photos to market their paying clients property!

I use a Coolpix-510 for our great photos. Additional flash when needed.

I use a Coolpix-510 for our great photos. Additional flash when needed.

With all that said, you should pay attention to what agents provide before you hire them to list your property. Buyers actively search the Internet first before deciding to tour homes. Do you want your home with limited photos that are dark, blurry, and just plain show your home in a bad way? Homes with photos like that will get fewer showings for that reason alone. It’s easy to check on this by looking at the agent’s current listings and marketing materials. Pictures tell thousands of dollars in this case.

Here in central Indiana MIBOR requires members to provide a minimum of 2 photos per listing. This should only be acceptable in what is referred to as ‘listed & sold’ entries. These are homes that never were marketed and the information is not for the public but for reporting purposes only. Otherwise agents are allowed to post up to 24 photos of each listing and those photos are then distributed to other Internet sites for marketing.

The Derrick Team will always use as many photos of a home as possible to make sure the Internet buyers see everything they need to. Often this is way more than the 24 photos so we add more photos to our dedicated website and other marketing materials & virtual tours that we create for each of our listings. We pride ourselves in taking great photos that reflect the home in the best possible way we can. If conditions are not great for the first photo shoot (cloudy, raining, snow, etc.) we always take updated photos at the first opportunity we can. And as the flowers pop up and the grass greens we’ll update as seasons change.

The main reason for great photos is that there is a lot of marketing involved with selling a property and every piece of that will include photos of your home. You want to hire an agent that will make sure those photos best represent your property to potential buyers. You want to make sure those buyers are drawn to come see your property in person, as that’s the last step before they write up an offer. Great photos sell your home.

Check out The Derrick Team’s listings and you’ll see that we take marketing our clients’ property seriously, which includes great photos. Call or text The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110.

Good pictures show the outstanding features on this home in Oak Bend Estates in Avon.

Good pictures show the outstanding features on this home in Oak Bend Estates in Avon.

 

 *Occasionally the home sells before or on the day we list it, then we may only have taken preliminary photos.

 

Mar 102015
 
Avon Home ready to show

Make is sparkle!

You’ve completed all the tasks to get your home on the market such as cleaning, decluttering, painting, etc. and just signed the contract to sell your home. Signs in the yard and your home is officially on the market. Now you start getting the calls from agents who want to show your home. Here are some tips on making your home stand out.

Be Ready To Show
First it’s generally a good idea to have the home ready for showings at all times. You just never know when an agent is out showing homes and their client’s spots your home and wants to check it out. Last minute showings aren’t that common but they do happen. In some cases that’s not possible depending on your situation but keep in mind you want to avoid turning down showings if at all possible. It often comes when an agent shows a nearby home and spots yours. So it pays to always be ready.

30 Minute Drill
Since you are going to be living there you will probably create messes as you cook, play, etc so just be neat and try to always clean up afterwards. Create a family drill where each member has a task to clean up an area in less than 30 minutes. Clean homes usually sell faster so in an ideal market you won’t have to do this drill very many times.

Light It Up
When you have a showing make sure all the lights are on and the drapes / shades are open. You want to buyer to see your bright clean home in the best possible light. Change out those money saving bulbs for brighter wattage in darker areas. When we are showing homes we often try to walk ahead of our clients and turn on lights but we don’t always see all the lights and may miss some nice accent lights that show off an area of the home. A neighbor or family member could come set up the home if you are not in a position to do this for all showings.

Air It Out
Smells invoke reactions and buyers will react to bad smells, even in a beautiful home. If possible open the windows and air out the home before showings. Remove any items that may cause bad smells like the trash with last nights leftovers, dirty litter box, soiled laundry, etc. or the smell will come right back when you close the windows. Avoid strong smelly sprays & scented candles as they often make the buyer think you are covering things up. Sometimes a little splash of bleach in the drains can make a room smell fresh and clean, but don’t overdo it.

Make It Nice
If you really want to impress your potential buyers put out some individually wrapped snacks on the kitchen table with a ‘help yourself’ sign. Little bottles of water work nicely with that as well. Have some soft easy listing music playing in one area just to make it feel comfortable. If you have a dedicated entertainment room a ‘G-Rated’ movie playing at a low volume can be a nice touch. The idea is to make them envision themselves enjoying living in your home.

For Pet Owners
Like most pet owners you probably let yours run around the house while you’re away. You really want to address this during showings as not all people like or feel comfortable around pets, especially large dog breeds. We’ve seen where agents wouldn’t even enter a home if a large dog is loose. So at a minimum we suggest you crate both cats and dogs for showings. Keep in mind it’s for the pets’ safety as well as doors may not be closed and your pet may escape the house and run away. But really the best option would be to remove the animals during showings. Talk with a neighbor or family member about helping if you are not always available to do this.

Vacate!
This may seem obvious but sometimes we come across sellers who hang around while their home is being shown. We’ve dealt with this a few times and it really makes our clients uneasy. The last thing you want to do is make them uncomfortable, as that feeling will stick with them. If you want to keep and eye on people looking at your home go over to a neighbors and hang out or sit down the street in your car. This is completely acceptable and it makes it easy for you to know when it’s safe to return to your home.

We try a prepare sellers that it can be quite a job to sell your home. But the better you are prepared the better your home will show so hopefully you sell quickly and you won’t have to do all these items very many times. Feel free to call or text The Derrick Team at 317-563-1110 or shoot us an email with any questions you have about selling your home. We’re here to help!

Feb 112015
 

There are many great ways to expose your home to buyers but virtual tours add an element that shows your home in a manner perfect for social media. Visual Tour is a product by Paradym that we utilize for all our listings. We customize every one of our listings by adding more photos than the original 24 uploaded from MIBOR BLC and change the look and music to make each tour unique. We utilize the social media tools and post tours to our web site www.DerrickTeam.com as well as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

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QR Code

We also use the print tools that include QR codes that we place on every take one flyer for our listings that make it easy to see a tour with a smart phone or tablet while sitting in front of the home. One of the newest tools is the mobile marketing option that creates a code buyers can text and see the tour photos and details on their mobile device and we capture the number for follow up. This allows us to get instant feedback on what buyers think of the listing as well as contacts to invite to open houses.

Another feature we like and use is the reporting function that allows us to send weekly traffic reports to our clients so they can see the online interest in their home. This complements the other Internet traffic reports we provide each of our listing clients.

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Traffic Report

The Derrick Team has always utilized Visual Tour because we want to provide the best marketing tools for our listing clients. In order to guarantee to have your home marketed with Visual Tour you’ll have to hire The Derrick Team as most other agents do not offer it. And of course no other agents offer the extensive Internet marketing that we do. Call or text 317-563-1110 for a no obligation comparative market report and all the details on how we market your home.

Be sure and check out our current listing tour below.

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Dec 092014
 

The Power of the Internet

As Carpenter Agents, The Derrick Team utilizes every appropriate form of marketing tools Carpenter Realtors provides us but then will do even more for sellers to maximize the exposure to interested buyers. As many buyers today do their “First Showing” online with various Internet sites it is very important that an online showing is the best it can be. As most sites pull their data from the MIBOR information, we provide the best descriptions, pictures, links and detailed information to the BLC listing on MIBOR so this happens. Then Carpenter Realtors has negotiated with the Indianapolis Star and Homefinder.com to upgrade listings with options beyond the standard listing advertisements. Carpenter Agents can also add more information at www.CallCarpenter.com.

In addition to all this great online marketing, The Derrick Team will add to the Internet showings with a dedicated web page on our own Derrick Team web site for each of our listings. Why is this important? With each of the products and sites provided to agents through MIBOR (via MATRIX), the amount of information and pictures is limited due to the large number of listings on each web site (500 character limit in description, 24 photos). By having a page dedicated to each listing we can expand the information, pictures, videos, to as much as we need to properly market your property. A link to www.DerrickTeam.com is included in all marketing materials so interested buyers can easily check it out for more information.

But Wait, There’s More!

We will use web analytical traffic measuring tools to track traffic to the site to allow us to fine tune our marketing process. In addition to this we market our listings using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, our Derrick Team Blog, and Craigslist.com. This exposes your property to an even wider variety of possible buyers; all those on-line, tech-savvy, professionals.

Almost any Real Estate Agent will offer you some sort of Internet marketing but we know The Derrick Team is one of the few who will offer you all of these marketing methods, at no extra cost to you! All our marketing tools will make sure your property gets the maximum exposure where it counts, with interested buyers looking for property like yours!

Real World Marketing Examples With Maximum Exposure!

First we create a dedicated web page:

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 (which is automatically distributed to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites)

Then we advertise the Open Houses in Home Finder section in the Sunday Indianapolis Star and mention the web site as part of the description so readers can get easily find additional information about your home:

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 Then we Facebook about the Open House which also draws more viewers to your listing on our web site:
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Then we continue to market in print media, flyers, other web based real estate sites, always mentioning the web site for more details. Our upgraded take one flyers also reference the web site giving drive by buyers a quick way to get more information. In addition they can have a number they can text to receive a complete tour of the home on their mobile device.

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For a no obligation we’ll be happy to do a free market analysis of your home and show you everything we do to help you sell your home with the exclusive Derrick Team Above & Beyond Marketing. Call or text us at 317-563-1110 or send us an email.

The Derrick Team: Full Customer Service and Full Marketing Exposure!

Aug 222013
 

Derrick Red Ad signYou might think that all Realtors are the same but just like any other profession each individual does things a little different. With Connie and Dennis Derrick you’ll find our ‘different’ is good for you.

We work as Realtors because we enjoy it.
We work harder at this work than others we’ve done before because we like what we do. We really enjoy working with our clients to achieve their goal of selling and/or buying property.

We have experience beyond real estate.
Connie has had her license since 1996 and has years of customer service. She’s often the person who will contact you with updates. Dennis has been remodeling homes for years and has knowledge beyond most Realtors on important construction factors. Also he has been involved with Internet marketing and web design since the late 1990’s, which translates to extensive marketing tools for our listings.

We like to have fun with it.
While there are a lot of serious work in the process of selling and buying, we also like our clients to enjoy working with us. We consider good clients friends for life.

You have a team working for you.
With The Derrick Team you get 2 Broker Associates working directly for you backed by a large staff at Carpenter Realtors. You’ll find this very important during contract negotiations. Teams are better than one when you really need it.

Award Winning Realtors.
The Derrick Team has been winning awards for the past several years. Our dedication to our clients will continue to equal long-term success for both our clients and future clients.

We are the ‘Pet Friendly’ Realtors. We have quite a few pets ourselves and understand your love for yours. We know pets are great companions and will enjoy visiting and getting to know your closest pals.

Contact The Derrick Team by calling or texting 317-563-1110 or shoot as email at DerrickTeam@DerrickTeam.com.

2.5 Million sales volume for 2015

2.5 Million sales volume for 2015

 

 

Jun 262013
 
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Dedicated web site address

One of the many tools The Derrick Team utilizes to market our listings is the Call Carpenter Homes magazine. Our listings are added in there automatically by Carpenter when we list your home. But one thing that only The Derrick Team does is include a web site address in an ad so the reader can easily get more information on your home.

Carpenter prints the exclusive Call Carpenter Homes magazine bi-monthly filled with hundreds of Carpenter listings. We talk to many people who love to browse the magazine just to see what’s out there. The Derrick Team takes this one step further with a newsletter insert featuring local information along with our own listings.

CallCarpenterMagsOn a typical month we distribute between 300 to 400+ of the magazines with our insert. We deliver in neighborhoods, through stands in local businesses, and as hand outs in open houses and events like the Hendricks County Fair. So your home gets even more exposure locally to help you sell your home.

Find the Derrick Team Newsletter & Call Carpenter for Homes Magazine at: Specks Pet Supplies on US 36 and Los Rancheros at CR 100N & 267  in Avon, Edwards Equipment on Main Street in Danville.


Looking for business owners in the Avon / Danville area to co-market with.Derrick Team Magazine Rack

If you have or know someone with a area business with walk in traffic we’d like to invite your business with a free-to-you co-marketing opportunity!

The Derrick Team is one of Hendricks County’s successful real estate teams with Carpenter Realtors and utilizes all forms of marketing, much of it unique to The Derrick Team. While we have a strong presence on the Internet, we also utilize traditional printed media to connect with the local community in Hendricks County and the Indianapolis western metropolitan area.

We will be glad to include your business information and even provide ad space in our newsletter in exchange for a location to setup stand in your business. We take care of keeping the stand full with fresh stock. You just let us know what you would like to include. We can add flyers for your business in the magazines or a coupon in the newsletter. And we will do all the printing at no cost to you. We’ll even blog about your business to increase you own Internet presence.

Now how often do you get to advertise like this for free?

Call The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110 for more information.

 

May 102013
 

Information For BuyersSome of the usual tips you get to your home ready to show are clean and paint where needed. We’ve covered this in more detail on other blog posts. Here are a few important tips to set your home above your competition on the market.

1. Documentation on work performed on your home.

I would almost call this a diary of your home improvements. Gather up any invoices, documentation, permits, etc of major items that have been repaired, replaced, or upgraded. This can be a simple as a repair to the furnace to a bathroom remodel or new roof installed. Warranty information is especially important. Other work could be outlined in a document with dates and work performed such as owner performed landscaping, painting, etc. Not only does this impress buyers but this can be used for inspections and appraisals which is an added bonus.

2. Find documentation from when you purchased the home.

Most people don’t realize there can be some very helpful documents in your last purchase package. First is that most title companies will give you a discount on your owners title insurance if you provide the title work from the last purchase. Also there might be a boundary or stake survey included in the packet. If you purchased new it should have the model information and floor plan. Again very helpful and could be added to #1 item above.

 3. Utility and service vendor information.

Good agent will ask you for this so it helps to go ahead and gather this up ahead of time. You’ll need to come up with average costs for items such as electric, water, & gas if applicable. Also include cable, phone, and Internet services. Don’t forget if you use a lawn service, trash pickup service to include that as well. Of course this all can be neatly laid out in a document and added to the book. (Are you seeing a pattern yet?)

4. Seasonal photos.

If you have really nice landscaping with flowers the bloom in the spring find some photos you’ve taken (you didn’t just look at them did you?) If applicable maybe some nice fall foliage photos of the trees in full color. If you have that ideal back yard that looks great with a fresh snow include that one. Also any wildlife photos you snapped in the back yard that adds to the beauty setting of your yard. Share these photos with your agent and of course, add them to THE book.

Well I think you get the idea now, do some work upfront to wow your buyers on how well you’ve taken care of and enjoyed your home. This will in turn add value in the eyes of the buyers but also help when this is presented to the appraiser. When they determine the monetary value of a home they compare it to similar area sold homes and then make adjustments based on condition. With your documentation they can make those adjustment on the ‘plus’ side and in turn raise the overall value of your home.

The Derrick Team will be glad to help our sellers create this book in a nice format as part of our “Above and Beyond” marketing. Give us a call for more details at 317-563-1110.

Mar 152012
 

 

Virtual Tours Help Market Your Home

Virtual Tours Help Market Your Home

In one word: Marketing

Real estate agents don’t sell homes, the owners do. Property owners decide the price they are willing to take. We can guide you to set the best possible price but there is no guarantee a buyer will be willing to pay that much. In the end YOU decide to sell your property and for how much.

The reality is what real estate agents do is market your property. The idea is to market it well. The more buyers that are exposed to your home, the better chance you’ll get the price you want. It’s a numbers game that we do our best to put in your favor.

Carpenter provides all their agents with an extensive tool set to market each property beyond what most realtors can do. This is outlined in detail at Carpenter Home Marketing System .

Here’s the short list:

  • Distinctive signage
  • Information flyers
  • Targeted listing mailings
  • Newspaper advertisements (many options)
  • TV Show on Saturday mornings
  • Carpenter exclusive Homes magazine (over 50K+ distributed bi-monthly)
  • On the Internet there is:
  • CallCarpenter.com
  • Premium listing placement on Homefinder.com & Trulia.com
  • Distribution to all other home listing sites
  • Visual Tour videos on the MLS that are also uploaded to YouTube.com

What The Derrick Team adds:

All of this and more is in our toolbox to use to fine tune our marketing of your property to get maximum exposure to all buyers!

Give The Derrick Team a call or text today to setup a time we can come show you what we can do for you at 317-563-1110. We’ll talk to you with no high pressure sales and no obligation to use us when you list your property. We know you’ll like what you see! And we work 7 days a week, evenings too.

Dec 132011
 

SittingRoomArtworkFeedback from potential buyers, other agents, and open house visitors is an important part of figuring out what your home needs to help sell it as we’ve discussed in another blog post. But one thing we don’t always get is the emotional feelings people get when walking into your property. While many savvy buyers today are looking at a home purchase from a knowledgeable standpoint of location, construction, etc., the actual home that is chosen will often be because of an emotional reaction. Buyers surprise us all the time in their final selection due to some emotional trigger we failed to sense.

This reaction is often triggered by all of the 5 senses. And all 5 must be positive reactions! So while we often tend to look a physical aspects we see with our eyes, such as home condition, updates, etc., we should also pay attention to the feel, sound, taste, and especially the smell senses.

So while we all can do our best to address everything the best we can, we really think there is a point where a professional stager is the best tool we can use to perfect the best emotional reaction for buyers when they view your home. A good stager knows and works with preparing a home to satisfy a buyers senses and trigger a positive emotion, thus leading to quicker sale for often at a higher price.

The Derrick Team has just added another tool to our extensive marketing toolkit with the addition of a local home stager that’s been working in the area for several years that will work with us as needed to fine tune your home for today’s emotional buyers. This company has agreed to do the consulting with us on your home with their consulting fee not due till closing. And if your home doesn’t sell, you owe nothing. That’s how confident they are in what they’ll advise you to do to sell your home. You can do their recommendations yourself, hire it out to your preferred contractor, or turn it over to them and let them do everything for you (for additional fees).

Want to sell your home with the best marketing plan around? Then give The Derrick Team a call today at 317-563-1110 to talk to us about getting your home prepared to emotionally sell your home to a buyers 5 senses!

Sep 262011
 

Selling property takes teamwork from both the seller & family and the REALTOR® who is under contract. Most people will think the REALTOR® is solely responsible for selling the property but that in fact is only partially true.

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Teamwork Sells Homes!

The REALTOR® under contract with a seller is responsible for marketing, talking with other REALTORS® with clients interested in the property, and making sure all offers have complete contracts before the actual sale is completed. A good REALTOR® will advise their clients on items that help the property show better along with possible sales prices based on a Comparative Market Analysis.

But the main thing that makes this a true teamwork situation that most people don’t realize is the seller sells the home, not the REALTOR®.

Seller Responsibilities
While the REALTOR® advises a client on possible sales prices, it is the seller who sets the price the property is to be listed at. We know that overpriced property can take a long time to sell, if it sells at all. Proper pricing is the responsibility of the seller. Add the fact that only the seller can determine the offer price which they are willing to accept and you see, the seller has complete control on selling the property, not the REALTOR®. And the final part the seller controls is the actual showing condition of the property. This can make a big difference on how buyers view the property and ultimately the price offered. All that makes the seller & family very important team members in getting the property sold at a good price.

REALTOR® Responsibilities
So what is important about the REALTOR® you hire? A good REALTOR® will make sure contracts are in order and list your property in the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service). A great REALTOR® makes sure you have a good photos and description in the MLS. The BEST REALTOR® will market you home to make sure the most buyers view your home in increase the odds of the right buyer finding your property and bringing a great offer. The Derrick Team with our Above & Beyond Marketing will do that for you.

With a dedicated web site and extensive Internet exposure you’ll find The Derrick Team a very valuable member of the team to sell your property! Especially since you get 2 agents for the price of one! Get more details at www.DerrickTeam.com then call us at 317-563-1110 or drop us a note at DerrickTeam@DerrickTeam.com!

Feb 142011
 

IMG_20150212_165246So you contracted with a real estate agent to sell your home, and it didn’t sell. Why?

Well that’s not always simple question. Many factors could have impacted this so we’ll just look at the basics.

1. Did you price your home for the current market?

Your agent should have given you a Comparative Market Analysis report when you first put your home on the market. Did you look it over carefully? The Derrick Team will give you a report with a range. Based on your personal motivation, you start with a price in the range of what the CMA shows. For example, if you are highly motivated, set the price in the low range. Good pricing gives you an edge over the competition in the market. Your agent should have kept giving you reports on area activity. But it’s up to you to determine your motivation. If your home didn’t sell, this is the first thing to reexamine before putting your home back on the market.

2. Did you properly prepare your home to show?

Your agent should have suggested how you should prepare for open houses and showings. The rule of thumb: Clean and Neat. If your home shows great, you’ll have a much better chance of getting offers.

3. Did your agent aggressively market your home?

Were you happy with how your agent advertised to attract buyers? Some agents will tell you putting your home on the MIBOR Broker Listing Service (BLS) and a sign in the yard is all you need. Occasionally this does work. But you have a much better chance of attracting more buyers and getting better offers if your home is actively marketed. The Derrick Team excels in Above and Beyond Marketing.

If you feel you are OK with # 1 & 2, then examine if you think your agent did # 3 to your satisfaction. If not, check out what The Derrick Team can do for you. Look at our web site: http://derrickteam.com/ for more details. Then give us a call at 317.563.1110 or shoot us an email at DerrickTeam@DerrickTeam.com.

Feb 022011
 

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Dec 052010
 

We just received the first real snowfall in central Indiana, 2 weeks before the official start of winter, but in Real Estate we are already thinking spring! And if you are planning on putting your home on the market next spring you should start working right now.

First let’s explain the real time frame from which real estate works. Most people know that annual property sale transactions peak during the spring. We can verify that as springtime is typically real estates busiest period. But actually buyers start looking seriously soon after the first of the year, in the middle of winter. Sitting around on cold snowy days, searching available homes on the Internet, and getting ideas what to look at as soon as the weather is a little warmer, as in maybe the January thaw we often see here in the Midwest. So the best bet to get those early buyers is to have your home on the market no later than the third week in January. The earlier the better!

The reason you need to get started today is you probably have a few things to do to spruce up your home before you get it listed on the market. And what better time for indoor projects than the cold days of winter. Maybe a room needs a quick paint job. That loose railing you’ve been meaning to repair. A broken light fixture that needs replaced. You want to have all those things done before the first showing. It is hard to explain to buyers that this or that will be done soon, as they base everything on what they see right in front of them. And in some cases what they see can be potential deal killers.

So if you are planning to sell your home, your spring season starts right now. Feel free to contact The Derrick Team at 317.563.1110 with any questions. We’d be happy to come by and look at your home and offer suggestions on getting it ready to show. We’ll also do a Free Comparative Market Analysis of your home with no obligations to use us when you’re ready to sell. But we’re sure when you see The Derrick Team Marketing Advantage, you’ll realize we can do the most for you to give your home the exposure it needs to find buyers looking on those cold winter days in January.

Also be sure and download our free booklet Some Tips For Preparing Your Home To Sell

Feb 222010
 

 The Google Factor

youtubeIn my many years in the Information Technology field, I’ve seen things come and go. Technology changes quickly so time is measured in months instead of years. What’s hot now is old news 12 to 18 months later. Obviously the Internet is one technology that has lived on for a long time because of it’s usefulness to spread information. Google has become the champ of search engines (for more than the usual lifespan of a few months) and so we measure information dissemination as to how Google finds and distributes it.

 Now you ask, “Why is this important to selling my home?”

Statistics show that a large percentage of home buyers noted they first saw the home they ultimately purchased on a web site. In Real Estate this is known as the ‘First Showing’. Virtual home tours have become a nice addition to displaying homes on the Internet so The Derrick Team takes this one step further. We are launching a new marketing tool available to our Sellers at no cost. We will build a complete web site dedicated to each of our listings packed with even more information than normally distributed via the MIBOR BLC listing. This will include additional photographs and video clips to give the buyer a complete tour of your home. This web site will be a link on all distributed web site materials from the BLC so there is always an option for a Buyer to visit the site from any of the normal home search services.

In addition to this site we utilize many tools to make your site Google friendly including Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, & Google Alerts. This allows us to effectively fine tune our marketing and make sure we increase your homes’ ‘Internet Presence’ effectively. We also utilize the latest Internet social media tools to market you property which also makes it even more Google friendly.

Now is the time to sell your home with a powerful Internet Presence. Give the Derrick Team a call or text today at 317.563.1110 or use our Contact Form here.

Dec 302009
 
Early Technology

Early Technology

Over the years we’ve seen technology grow in leaps and bounds in every aspect of our lives. Some of it works to help us, while other things turn out to be a little lacking in practical sense. But for Real Estate it has helped make tremendous gains in how we buy and sell property today.

The main item we’ve become accustom to using for daily tasks is the Internet. It has gone from a small group of computers connected via telephone lines in the late 80’s to the all encompassing information resource which search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo use to bring us results for our information requests.

Where does this fit into Real Estate? Lets start with what Realtors have used for years to share information about regional property listings. Generically known as the Multiple Listing Service (MLS but here in the Indy area the BLC), this is a collection of local property information that is on the market at any given time. For years this was only available to members of the listing service which was local brokers, agents, and other MLS members. This information was printed in a book format on a regular basis and distributed to the MLS members. In each book there were pages and pages with many properties on each page in tiny little boxes with a tiny picture and not much information on the property. To get more information the agent had to call the MLS and had a larger sheet Faxed to them.

Fast forward to today and the Internet.  Now every property listed for sale by MLS members is posted in a database which is then accessible via the Internet. In the Indianapolis Metropolitan area we have MIBOR and the excellent system known as the BLC (Brokers Listing Cooperative). This information is then spread to many other sites that display the basic information to the ever growing property shoppers. According to many studies done today at least 90% of home buyers today first search on the Internet to find information about properties for sale in the area their interested in. Why is this important? How that information is displayed can make a great or lousy first impression on what is commonly referred to as the “First Showing”.

This is where an “Internet Savvy” Realtor can make a difference in selling your home. In future blog posts we’ll cover more on what a good realtor can do for you. But if you cannot wait, call The Derrick Team today at 317-563-1110 and we can show you what we will do for you to market your home to that 90% of Internet searching buyers! Or use our handy Contact Form here!

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