Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Looking for a Rental? Stand out in the Crowd!

If you are looking for a rental these days in the Franklin MA area, you know the market is tight.   There are so many prospective tenants out there that you really need to put your best foot forward. 

I recently put a house rental on the market.  In two days we had more than 15 showings, took 5 applications,  and answered many, many more calls and email inquiries on it. 

So, how can you score that home that is so appealing to you?

Here are a few tips to set your self apart from the pack.

  • Act professional!       If on the phone be pleasant and agreeable and sincere.   If contact is through an email, use proper grammar and leave out the slang!  Be positive.  A simple statement like, "I don't view the main street as a problem", could put you behind someone else.  
  • Show up at the agreed upon time!       For crying out loud, don't make the agent/owner wait!   These folks want to know you are responsible!  Be on time, if traffic holds you up, make a courtesy call!
  • Your presentation!      Do not downplay this one!    Don't show up looking like a slob or wreaking of smoke or alcohol!   For that matter, show up in a clean car without the muffler falling off!   The homeowner wants to think you will take care of their placlittle doge!   
  • Be ready to move, pronto!         I don't mean move in, What I mean is to bring your checkbook, credit report and references.  Be ready to fill out an application right away!   Many times if all looks equal, it is the first guy in to see it who becomes the winner.
  • Have a letter of introduction!        There are many times the Homeowner is just not going to meet you.   Set yourself apart by writing a letter introducing yourself and family.    Tell them who you are and why you want the property.  Your goal is to get them to know and like you.   Here is your chance to show how you have been responsible in the past and how you will lovingly maintain their property and, of course your willingness to pay on time!
  • Have a credit issue?       Be ready to explain it in the clearest manner possible.  A lot of landlords these days know there maybe a credit blip or two and are understanding of that if you have a plausible and reasonable explanation.
  • If you have a pet!    Bring a photo of the little charmer!       If he or she has been to obedience school, bring the diploma!  Offer to have the pet meet the homeowners.    Many homeowners are pet lovers too!  Put a face on "your baby".    It could be just the thing that makes the difference!
  • Do whatever it takes to set you apart from the crowd!      In a positive way of course!  

You should remember to treat this appointment like you would a job interview.    Use your common sense.   Don't delay or hesitate and you should soon have a new home!   

Looking to Buy, Sell, Rent or Invest?  
Call me at 508-494-9061
or send an email to Cal@alandCal.com

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mrs. Home Seller Are you a Chatty Cathy?

I find that the guidelines in life are generally there for a reason.   For example, you are required to show identification when cashing a check, because some one has taken advantage of the system  or, there is a disclaimer on a hot cup of coffee that lets you know that the coffee is Hot!  :)    You know what I am talking about.

The suggestions your real estate agent makes are done so for a reason too!    

One of those suggestions will surely be...  when there is a showing on your home, leave!  
All too often, a Seller will feel the need to stay for showings, maybe to add information that they feel the buyer needs or because they are just uncomfortable with people being in there home when they are not there.  

This is what happened the other day when Mrs. Seller remained home.  

My Buyers are relocating to the area.  They are deciding among several communities and we were to look at a couple of homes in a particular town that were side by side on the end of a small, intimate cul de sac. 

Now, in this area, most of the agents use the lock box system, which allows a Buyer with their agent to view the property unaccompanied by the listing agent or seller.   (typically this is viewed as a good plan as it allows the buyers to really look through the home without feeling rushed or uncomfortable.)

We viewed a number of homes that day and there was one where Mrs. Seller decided to stay home.    She gave us permission to view the home and provided us with some information on the property.  And then she started!   Chatty Cathy!      She told us all about the neighbors.  She let us know that there were more folks leaving.    She told us of the folks (another home for sale) getting a divorce, and others leaving to get into a new school system.   She let us know that she was looking around in another town for a "smaller" home and the list goes on!   

Now let me tell you, that if my Buyers, did like the home, they now decided against that neighborhood and that entire town by what Mrs. Seller had to say!   

She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by trying to be just nice!

So, please Mr. or Mrs. Seller.    Heed your agents suggestion on taking a walk!    We know you love your home, but, you don't want to inadvertently talk a Buyer out of it!

Want more home selling guidelines?
Want to know what your  home is worth in today's market?

Contact   Carol-Ann Palmieri     Cal@AlandCal.com    

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