Archive for January, 2012

So…. I may be the only one having these results, but I thought I would share my philosophy anyway!

It seems to be an ongoing pattern with me, that I do more business when business supposedly slows down?!  I think so many people believe that if they hold out until spring, that’s the time to sell.  Well, I know there are a lot of homes selling in the spring, however, there are just as many homes that expire and do not sell.

It is my belief that because so many people think they should list and will most definitely sell in the spring, the market gets flooded with listings.  The weather gets nicer… more people who are really just bored and have nothing to do, go looking in open houses on the weekends with no intention to buy, and it gives the impression that the market is hoppin!

It is because of this, that I feel you have better chances when it’s fall/winter to sell your home.  The weather gets colder, but because of the transitional area that we are blessed with, local and global companies are constantly moving people in and out of the area with no regards to the weather.  What does this mean?  It means that when people pull their listings off of the market in the winter to hold out until spring, there are fewer homes available… and at the same time, the buyers that are looking during these months are the SERIOUS buyers that you have been waiting to view your home!!

What does this mean to you?  If you are wanting to sell your home, and it’s not on the market right now… GET ON THE PHONE AND CALL ME!!  My business is on fire right now, and the longer you wait, the more competition you will be up against.

So there you go… a little bit of personal experience from me matched with a shameless plug, but a plug that will bring you results!!

Have a great weekend!

Ryan

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There is a growing belief among many experts that 2012 will be the year housing turns the corner and starts heading in a more positive direction. Whenever we write a post like this, we unleash the hordes of critics who

via Real Estate 2012: Many Positive Outlooks.

I can definitely understand that not everybody who reads my postings are in the market to buy or sell a home.  But if you own a home, it may be the best time to refinance!  The Christmas/Holiday Season is over… the bills from the season are starting to hit… What a great time to save money monthly, take advantage of long-term interest savings, and/or save potentially tens if not hundreds of thousands in interest by reducing your term!!  You may have heard this all before, but with today’s market conditions and mortgage rates, this may be the perfect storm you have been waiting for!

For more information, click on the picture above and contact Greg Cotton from 1862 Mortgage!  Make sure you tell him that Ryan sent you!  This may put you in position to make this the best Valentine’s Day ever!

Still not convinced?  Below is your personal invitation to learn more about “How to Buy, Sell or Refinance Real Estate in Today’s New Mortgage Environment.”  Please let me know if you are attending…  Thank you ~ Ryan

A subject came up today while speaking with a buyer client of mine that I think may need addressing.  The majority of home buyers out there are using their phones and computers to do most of their home searches.  So, what sites do you trust?

If you are looking in or around the Quad City area, of course I recommend my website for all of your search needs.  You can reach my site by clicking the picture above, or by clicking here.  From my site you can search all listed properties as well as all homes listed on For Sale By Owner websites.

It’s important to know that a lot of search sites that you may find by google-ing your home search, will give you results that may contain extremely outdated material and information.  So, if you are going to search for a home, and you are not using my website, here are the websites in the Quad Cities that you can use to get accurate results:

www.ruhlhomes.com

www.realtor.com

www.melfosterco.com

www.remax.com

www.kw.com

www.qcfsbo.com

www.qchomes.com

www.qchomeshow.com

www.fsbofox.com

No matter what website you use to perform your next home search, contact me when you have questions or are ready to buy (or sell!).

I look forward to helping you in any way that I can.

Thank you!

Ryan

Home Search Made Easy!

Posted: January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Over the past several years and many, sometimes almost daily changes in technology, it has become increasingly important to make your website and subsequent content, “mobile friendly.”

As real estate professionals, a lot of us are bound by our own brokerages’ technology.  My own Ruhl website is not mobile friendly at all… If you look it up on your phone, you will more than likely get redirected to a generic home search page.  Actually, it is only the main home page that does that while trying to access it via smart phone.  The interior pages can be viewed fine, but because of the amount of content and size of graphics, it is very hard and inconvenient to read.

For myself, that’s why I find it extremely important to branch out into other avenues of communication in order to get accurate and timely information into the hands of the consumer.  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and several other social networks as well as blogging, makes access to information about you, your company, your business… and everything else, easily accessible, highly interactive, and overall fun to use.

It’s funny how quickly I got off track here!!  I posted a picture link for “Mobile Ruhl,” expecting to immediately talk about this amazing service… and “POOF!!”  My mind started running in another direction.  Back on track Ryan!

If you want to incorporate a wonderful “FREE*” service into your smart phone, click on the picture above and enter your cell number in the required field and hit “send.”  After doing this, you will receive a text message from Smarter Agent, giving you a link to download Mobile Ruhl onto your phone.  Just follow the few easy instructions on your screen and then get ready to have fun!

My clients love this app!  How many times have you driven around and found homes for sale that look like something you would like… or found a neighborhood you like and wonder if there are any homes for sale within?  Well, with Mobile Ruhl, one of the most used and fun functions is the 1st option when you open this app.  That function is “Find Closest Homes.”  The app uses GPS to locate you, then compiles all of the listings around you… starting with the closest to you.  The 1st display will be a map display.  If you prefer to look at your results in a list format with pictures, just hit your menu button, click on “view,” then click on “list.”

I’m probably confusing some of you while trying to explain something that you are not looking at.  My suggestion would be to download the app by clicking on the picture above, then simply play around with it.  Oh, and of course if you find something you like… CALL ME!!

Thanks,

Ryan

As a seller, I think that it is a good thing to know that in this current market… or ANY market for that matter, there is such a thing as your “chances of selling.”  Pretty scary, right?  Well, if you would like to move rather stay in your current home, things like absorption rates, sold data and active listings become a very important factor in determining where you need to be priced in order to sell and to sell fast!

No one person can control the market, but you can use the market data available to you and your Realtor to better your chances!

It is my experience that most people believe their home to be “the best” in condition in the immediate area around them and often times will look at what’s sold to come up with what they think their house should sell for.  You may possess a crystal ball like instinct that brings an accepted contract by doing this, but you would be in a minority of the population that can do this instinctively!

Without going into too much detail here, you must think of your home through buyer’s eyes!  Shop the competition around you to determine the condition of your home compared to all of the other options and use this incite to help guide you to price your home competitively in your market!  Sometimes the outcome isn’t exactly favorable… especially when you have 6+ months of inventory in your market and you need to price your home ahead of the competition in order for yours to be sold 1st!  Like everything else in life, you only get one chance to make a 1st impression… and when it comes to selling your home, PRICE is a very important thing to consider!

More to come…

Wow, it’s almost Friday?!  Where did the week go?

Best regards,

Ryan