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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  • 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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  • Tips for a successful home showing

    By Home Bay

    Posted on July 20th, 2016

    Wondering what it takes to pull off a successful home showing? Learning how to prepare, what to expect and what buyers want will give you the confidence you need to do just that. Before the showing * Focus on curb appeal When buyers pull up to your home, they form an opinion of your property. Make sure you've cleaned up your driveway and walkways, mowed any grass, trimmed any overgrown plants, etc. * Clean your home Remove clutter, store any items you're not using and make

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  • A broker open house is an open house held during the week - typically on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. During this open house, local brokers are invited to tour open homes. The exact date and time for "broker tours" varies by city. Holding a broker open will do no harm - butmost showings today are driven by buyers [https://www.homebay.com/resources/what-to-do-to-increase-showings/] rather than brokers. Buyers are looking on the internet to decide what homes they want to see and brokers hav

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  • They say it's not what you know but who you know that matters. This statement can apply to virtually anything in life, and it's particularly true when it comes to business deals. And in the business of real estate, paying careful attention to who you know (and how you treat them) can be a game changer. As a seller, at the end of the day, keeping track of potential buyers might end up meaning you can sell your home faster. Because building a relationship with a buyer who's on the search for th

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