Your Home Won’t Sell Unless the Price is Right

What’s in a number? Everything, when it comes to successfully marketing your home. Nothing could be more critical than asking the right price. Set the price too high, and you’ll get a bad rap from buyers and experienced buyer-brokers who can see through your inflated listing. Be sure to listen carefully to your agent’s advice, and consider getting an independent appraisal for the most objective assessment of your home’s market value. And if you’re still not sure, consider the novel approach of setting a price range instead of a specific number.

How do you know if your asking price is too high? The telltale signs are hard to ignore. If buyers or agents aren’t showing up at your home or if the offers are way below your listing price, then something is awry. Or if your home has been multiple-listed for several weeks to no effect, then it’s probably time to reconsider your asking price. Certainly, your broker should know market conditions in your area and be able to explain why there’s no activity. If not, pick a motivated broker who can get you back on track. Still, chances are good that he or she will say your price is too high.

Better yet, do some research before you list your home. Check the “comparables,” i.e., similar homes that have sold recently in your neighborhood. That way you can make an informed judgement of what your home is worth, based on the real estate market in your area. In addition, consider getting an independent appraisal of your home’s market value from a professional real estate appraiser. FSBOs (for sale by owner) especially need to seek a professional appraiser’s opinion, because they don’t have a broker to provide this information. Knowing what your home is truly worth lets you negotiate with confidence and know exactly what your bottom line price is.

Every seller must arrive at a price and negotiating strategy with their broker that they’re comfortable with. Most decide on a specific number for listing their home. But some brokers are using a range of numbers instead, say $134,900 to $149,900, for example. Prudential real estate calls this “Value Range Marketing.” The idea, according to brokers who use the strategy, is by setting a broad range the listing attracts more buyers who might otherwise be turned off by a single number at the upper end. In setting the range, Prudential agents say they try to factor in the price the seller hopes to get, the market value of the home, plus the price that buyers are probably willing to pay.

Exercises and Workouts – Running Is Not Always Ideal For Fat Loss

It is true; exercise is good for you. Physical activity will lower your blood sugar and is beneficial to your heart. But what do you think is the best way to lose body fat? Is it to go for a long run? Many people hold this notion. Moreover, it is quite understandable considering many realize to lose weight; you have to burn more calories. What better way to burn calories than to go for a run?

However, there are some factors you may be overlooking that could be preventing you from seeing the results you are hoping for. Let us look at what these are so you can see why it may be time for you to rethink the benefits of a long run…

1. Running and Muscle Mass Loss. The first point to note is this: running is not especially great at preserving lean muscle mass tissue. Because there is no resistance at play, this is going to mean your body sees no reason to maintain lean muscle and therefore, you are going to burn a combination of fat and muscle.

While if your primary goal is to become lighter and thinner, this may seem like a good thing. However, think again. The problem here is when you lose lean muscle mass tissue, your resting metabolic rate will slow down and lead to difficulties sustaining any fat loss in the future.

The slower your metabolic rate is, the less food you can eat on a daily basis and maintain or lose weight. If you like to eat, this is an unworkable situation.

2. Running and the Metabolic Rate. Another problem with running is it does not do much to boost your resting metabolic rate. With high-intensity interval training or weight lifting, for instance, your metabolism will be higher for hours after the completion of your workout. You will find fat continues to burn long after your workout is finished.

With running, however, when you stop running, you stop burning calories. Then you are back to square one. You will only continue to lose fat if you keep up the running.

3. Running And Food Consumption. Last but not least, running tends to make people hungry. It is not abnormal to find people feasting on bagels, pasta, or other carb-dense foods after a run because they cannot control themselves and feel like they have “earned” it. If you do that you are going to be facing weight gain, not weight loss.

You do not want to devote a lot of your time to running and then wipe out all the benefits it gave you. Keep these tips in mind and rethink the long run. There are far better ways to burn fat.

Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine – include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.

Renting Out Your Vacation House – Vacation Rental Websites Vs Free Classified Ads

If you’re a homeowner looking to rent out your vacation house, there are several ways to go about spreading the word. In order to have your vacation home solidly booked throughout the year, you need to reach the widest audience possible. Thanks to the internet, reaching the widest audience possible looking for your offer isn’t that hard at all. We will cover the pros and cons of some very inexpensive and cost effective ways of advertising to successfully renting out your vacation rental house, condo or villa.

Free Classified Ads. Posting free classified ads is one of the simplest ways of getting prospect tenants to find out about your vacation house, condo or villa. The most popular sites are Craigslist, Backpage and Kijiji. Go to one or all of these sites and provide some nice photos of your vacation house that you are wanting to rent out. Write a warm, fun detailed description about your vacation house, why it’s unique and include any nearby amenities. Go above and beyond, take it a step further and make a short YouTube video walk-through of your vacation house and include the web address or link to the YouTube video somewhere in your free classified ad. That will surely increase your chances of getting responses from potential renters. Millions of people visit the Craigslist, BackPage and Kijiji websites in search of deals and offers for vacation houses to rent out. Millions of people also visit these websites looking to post their free classifieds and offers. The upside is that they get tons of visitors daily and it’s free. The downside is since it is free to post ads, many people will also be posting eventually pushing your ad down the list. You want your listing to appear on the first page of your respective category. The best free way to do that is by checking back every couple of days (if you have not yet received any leads) and re-posting your ad. Unless you opt in for one their paid options, your vacation rental listing will get pushed so far down the list, any prospective tenants will never know your vacation rental home even exists. And there are no guarantees.

Vacation Rental Websites. These are websites specifically catered to vacation rental homeowners such as yourself and property managers. For a small fee they will handle all of the marketing and advertising professionally complete with an online booking calendar. Your task is simplified. All you have to do is provide detailed descriptions, photos, availability, a list of amenities and attractions near your vacation rental house, condo or villa. Once it is verified, just sit back and wait for the emails and calls to come in from potential renters. The most popular vacation rental websites that turn up when doing a Google search (which is what you want to increase your visibility to potential renters) are HomeAway and VRWD (Vacation Rentals Web Directory). HomeAway consists of ten vacation rental websites globally. Three of which are North American: HomeAway.com, VacationRentalsByOwner and VacationRentals.com. As for VRWD they consist of a total of six online vacation rental websites: VRWD.com, TrustedVacationRentals.org, VerifiedVacationRentals.org, VacationRentalsWebDirectory.com, Holiday-Rentals-Directory.com and Vacation-Homes-Network.com. On average these receive around 3 million unique visitors monthly. HomeAway and VRWD are industry leaders when it comes to vacation rentals. They are so confident in their services that they guarantee you will get a booking. If not, you get a full refund or can choose to book again the following year at no cost. Choosing to list your vacation rental house, condo or villa on a vacation rental website is not free, however the plus side is you get increased visibility and organized bookings. Save yourself the hassle of marketing and advertising. You will reach a larger targeted audience. Your listing is much more trusted by renters since it is verified by each website before your listing is added. And you get a risk free guarantee.

There you have it! Those are two of the most effective options to choose from when deciding on how you want to market your vacation rental property. Free classified ads on Craigslist, Backpage and Kijiji or, paid listings on HomeAway and VRWD directories. Whichever one you choose is totally up to you. Either way, best of luck in successfully renting out your vacation house!