5 tips to selling your home fast!

When selling your home fast is your top priority, it pays to get tips from the experts.

There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to sell your home in a hurry, and not being able to.  It could be that you want to move to another part of South Africa to start a new job or improve your career prospects, or maybe you want to be nearer to a family member? It could even be that you’re moving abroad, but if you can’t sell your home, it might feel like your dreams are drifting away.

A home buyer’s journey can be an exciting adventure, starting by getting yourself prequalified for a homeloan to searching for a property. You don’t want the challenge of selling your home to ruin your chances of buying the perfect property, so how do you make it happen?

How can you get your home sold, and fast?

Life moves at a giddy pace, and spending months waiting to sell your place so that you can move on, can seem like torture. And what if, in that time, your dream home is snapped up by someone else?

Homeloan Junction’s tips take the headache out of home selling.  Not only can you rely on our national team to prequalify you for a homeloan for your new property, you can start your house hunt right away, knowing that you are doing the right things to get your current property sold fast.

Here are 5 tips on how to quickly sell your home and make the most of a homeloan to buy a new and better property.

Price To Sell

To sell your home fast, you’ll need to price it competitively.  Take the time to do your homework. Look at similar properties in your area: how much are they going for, which price range is selling quickly and which is remaining on the books? Use this as a guide to pricing your own home, but don’t be afraid to take advice from the professionals.

Use The Power Of The Internet

Busy South Africans, especially those serious about buying property quickly are avoiding time-consuming personal property viewings. The trend is to take virtual tours of properties that are advertised online. Take advantage of this trend, and advertise your property online with photos and a video tour.  Without the inconvenience of a show day, you will be reaching serious buyers actively searching for a property just like yours.

Make First Impressions Count

In today’s competitive housing market, South African buyers are quick to compare properties. To sell your home quickly, you’ll need to take a fresh look at it. Does your home deliver? If you’ve lived there a long time it can be easy to become blind to what it actually looks like.

Someone looking at it for the first time is likely to notice the flaws that you no longer see – like the half-painted wall in the bathroom or the marks on the carpet in the lounge.

Walk around your home and take a good look at it. Is the driveway weed-free? Are the bathrooms fresh and clean?

Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes, and ask yourself what could be improved. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure that your property looks inviting.

Get Help From The Experts

When it comes to selling your property in a hurry, a professional estate agent can be your best friend. They can help you simplify the process that comes with buying and selling property. Just how do you find a great estate agent? One way is to talk to your bond originator, as not only do they provide homeloans, they also have long standing relationships with estate agents, and are able to recommend agents that have a great track record.

 Get Prequalified for a Homeloan

The South African economy is starting to rise again from the dip caused by the global economic slump, that’s good news for our country’s housing market. Nevertheless, some people find it hard to get the funds they need in order to buy a new home. That’s where the services of a bond originator such as Homeloan Junction can prove invaluable, let us give you buying power by prequalifying you for a homeloan.

How did you fall in love with your home? Was it quite by accident, or have you been looking for  some time? The trouble is, once you’ve found the home you really, truly want … how will you sell the one you already own? By following these 5 simple, yet effective, tips you can be in your new ideal home quicker than you imagined possible.

Yours in property

Vincent

IT’S TIME TO BE A FOX ( Part 2)

Our previous blog ” It’s time to be a fox” looked at the concept of hedgehogs and foxes. In this blog, we suggest some assertive behavior for the next period of our economic cycle.

But firstly, let’s reiterate. Hedgehogs

  • know one big thing
  • see the world through a filter of one big idea
  • stretch the idea and build data around it
  • are confident to predict and make many of them
  • drum on about the “tried and tested” formula
  • love complexity
  • are better in stable environments.

Foxes:

  • know many things
  • gather information from a wide spectrum of inspiration and sources
  • are self-critical and update their beliefs when faced with contrary information
  • are cautious about predictions
  • look for a new idea if something is not working
  • drive out with simplicity
  • are better in rapidly changing environments.

With that reminder, we are approaching rapids in our economy. That may sound like “one big idea” but it certainly is the consensus view of many writers at the moment. Just reading JP Landman’s article, Coming to a Standstill, dated 9 September 2015, he states that electricity and strikes initiated the SA growth problem, but these factors have been exacerbated by lack of confidence, a growing chasm between the public and private sectors, and a incoordination in key growth sectors. The SARB has also revised growth predictions and raised interest rates right into the headwind of a deteriorating economy in order to deal inflation. Not pretty at the moment, I’m afraid.

So what should you be, a fox or a hedgehog? We’ve been there before and survived, is a real hedgehog statement. You should’ve been around in 2008 to 2010, is another. Alles sal regkom, is a grand old hedgehog statement, loaded with stoicism and sense of duty. May I put to you that there is another way and explore the alternative.

The Foxy thing to do is to

  1. Review your business Good times layer in costs and make income assumptions. As for costs, scan every cost in your business and eradicate what even smells of complacency. As a radical move, you may wish to signal this effort to your people – stop the cake on Friday, change the coffee brand; just do something that makes everyone aware that times have changed.
  2. Review your activities – Golf on Wednesdays is really cool but stopping it will give you 6 good hours of extra work. And the message for your people will go without saying – news will get around. Start every day with a 2-Do List. Know what is optional and what must be achieved today, without exception. Follow-up on outstanding payments – years in business have taught me that “your best client [read, friend] will always pay you” probably means he is battling to pay. The other poor souls have already passed that point and you need to be the one creditor who collects. In property, chase up registrations and outstanding mandates. Remember management control is: Setting standards, Measurement, Evaluation, Correction or Reward and a Feedback Loop. Nothing short of that journey, is Control. Don’t delegate control if you’re accountable – by the time “your bank account tells you” it could be too late.
  3. Accept a Lower Standard of Living but not a Lowering of Standards: You can be poor but you don’t have to be dirty. Values drive behaviour and the values in your firm can leave space for facing the negative reality in the bad times, but not for excuses. You cannot create motivation but you certainly can channel it. Don’t allow your people to become de-motivated. There is a process of excellence in the business that needs to be maintained; maintain it. Customers certainly don’t need to know if you’re responsibly dealing with lowered economic growth. Stand up when answering the phone, convey positivity in your voice and your eyes, remain solutions-orientated and think possibility – there is nothing like sticking your chest out and tilting your chin upwards to make bad vibes go away. Remember your brain doesn’t know if you’re imagining or telling the truth when you decide to be positive in the face of circumstances. Imagination rules your world.
  4. Hunt for business: I have sat in airports recently reading the newspaper. I have even read the latest RW Johnson book and I am convinced that the day you believe it’s over, it is. Hunt for business. If you don’t someone else will. Jack Welsh had a famous saying: “Take control of your life, or somebody else will.” How true! No excuses, just down-to-earth action. No half-jobs, just hard work. If you want to read the paper and believe that China is your road to success, then go and work somewhere else. Remember this, people don’t leave you when they leave; they leave you in their heads a long time before that. You wish they would leave when they “opt-out” because that would save you money. The problem is they leave after months of “trying”, hours of toxic conversation with others, and a couple of unhappy customers. Watch for it in the daily activities and attitudes. Root it out asap. On the other hand, where genuine efforts are made by those great people who are with you for the long-run, encourage them and build them up. Remind them that “this too will pass” and that Action Conquers Fear.
  5. Find Inspiration: Running a business is tiring and battling cashflow, exhausting. Find a friend, a confidante, to whom you can turn. Pray, read, take “me time”, breathe deeply – 10 out, 10 in – to relax and replenish your soul. You can only give what you have, and be who you are. It is fair to say that your people “don’t need their leader with sweat on their brow.”
  6. Change BEFORE it hurts: It is always written about for one simple reason, people change WHEN it hurts. It is so difficult to simulate adversity in a successful company. It feels treasonous to even speak about the need to alter course when the island of delight is right on course. But, change you must. Bill Gates puts it this way:

When your business is healthy, it is difficult to behave as if you are in a crisis. That is why one of the toughest parts of managing, especially in a high-tech business, is to recognise the need for change and make it while you still have a chance.

Lots more could be said on this subject. Truth is that this is not the only recession we have faced and we have come through. Whether or not there is fundamental difficulty in this one, remains to be seen. Chance is there is little you can do to change that. But for foxes, they take inspiration from many sources, they re-consider the tried-and-tested, they try-abandon-try until their possibility thinking becomes their reality and their “new normal” meets their definition of excellence despite changed circumstances. They encourage others. They trade in hope and they are merchants of good news, truthfully spoken. Their word is their bond and their people trust them.

Hedgehogs have a place as well. They may be the very calm in the storm your company needs right now. Their idea may be good despite not ever pretending to be the silver bullet. Like all people, make allowances for them to enrich your team.

Yours in Property.