Category: Showings & Open Houses

  • Why & How to Use a Lockbox

    By Home Bay

    Posted on April 13th, 2015

    A lockbox is a small key safe that allows you to show your home to prospective buyers without having to be there yourself. Read on for some FAQs on how and why you should use one to simplify your home showings. 1. Should you use a lockbox? Unless it makes you uncomfortable, yes. Making your home more accessible to agents can increase your showings and therefore the number of offers you receive. It's also more convenient for you. 2. Is it safe to use a lockbox? When

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  • The more interested a buyer is in your home, the more likely they are to ask questions to learn more about it. That's why after you list, you need to be prepared to answer a range of questions about everything from your monthly utilities to how long it takes to get somewhere. Here are the top ten questions buyers tend to ask. 1. What is the neighborhood like? Does the neighborhood decorate for the holidays? Are there a lot of garage sales? Is there a 4th of July block party? Tell yo

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  • Does Home Bay provide flyers?

    By Home Bay

    Posted on July 15th, 2016

    Are flyers a valuable piece of real estate marketing? Does Home Bay provide listing detail flyers to sellers? Keep reading for answers. Things have changed since home shoppers [https://www.homebay.com/resources/real-estate-shifts-have-empowered-buyers-and-sellers-heres-how/] started walking around with computers in their pocket, aka the iPhone. Rather than relying on paper printouts [https://www.homebay.com/tips/sell-my-home-fast-no-print-advertising/], modern buyers use your online listing to

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  • In most cases, buyers will contact you directly because we include your contact information in the showing instructions on the MLS. If buyers find your listing on other sites [https://www.homebay.com/resources/contact-info-not-displayed-in-listing/], they will most likely route a showing request through their agent, who will check the MLS listing and will find your contact info. Any messages or requests submitted through the "contact owner" and "go see it" buttons on your Home Bay page will [ht

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  • When it's time to show your home, it's understandable to want to make sure  your property is only being toured by buyers who are ready and able to put in an offer. Otherwise, showing your home can feel like a big hassle and a waste of time. But how can you know? If you list with HomeBay, we can include an MLS note that states showings are only allowed for buyers who have a preapproval letter [https://www.homebay.com/tips/prequalified-vs-preapproved-whats-the-difference/] from a bank or proof o

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  • Because we operate from a centralized location, we are unable to hold an open house for you. Learn more about how Home Bay operates [https://www.homebay.com/resources/why-is-homebay-such-a-bargain-relative-to-agents-in-my-area/] (and how we pass cost savings on to you!). If you don't have time or interest in holding an open house, there's no real compelling reason to do so. Serious buyers will make appointments, as detailed in this post on the pros and cons of open houses [https://www.homebay.c

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  • We do not provide open house signs. We only provide For Sale signs. However, if you need open house signs, they are widely available online, as described here [https://www.homebay.com/tips/need-open-house-signs-heres-where-to-find-them/].

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  • Real estate websites like Redfin, Realtor.com and Trulia don't display your contact information. Why? Because they make money by selling buyer lead contact information to real estate agents. That's why you see agent photos next to your listings on these sites. If buyers could contact you directly, it would wreck these website's ability to make money by selling buyer info. That's why most of the contact you receive during a listing will be from a buyers agent, reaching out to you on a buyer's be

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  • Congratulations on listing your home! It's great to take a huge first step, but now what should you expect? How can you tell if your listing is doing well or if you need to make changes? Read on to find out! * In most parts of California, Florida and other states at most price points: If you are priced correctly, you should expect to get 5-15 showing requests within the first 30 days after listing your home on the MLS [https://www.homebay.com/resources/how-quickly-does-homebay-get-m

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  • Your house has been listed for a few weeks now and your showing requests are starting to slow down. Why is that happening? Is it something you did? And most importantly, what can you do to help generate more interest? Let's take a look. First, don't be alarmed. It's natural for showing activity and offers to drop dramatically after your home has been on the market for 30 days. But why? At any given time, at any price point in any neighborhood, there are a limited number of "real buyers", meani

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