10.5 Tips,Tricks,Strategies in getting your HOME SOLD THIS SEASON!

Here in Lovely Sonoma County, California, “The Wine Country”, we find ourselves dealing with some NEW Realities of a “Shifted” market!

10 Reasons Your Home WILL SELL!

There are some NEW Realities when Selling your home.

  1. Number one-
    we are NOW in a SELLER’S market! Not since the wild and crazy days of the “bubble market” have we seen such a great Seller’s Market.
  2. Number two-today’s home buyer is more discerning than ever.Yes, they are aware we have historic low rates and home prices but they are STILL wary!
  3. Number three- YOUR Realtor, The Kelly-Norman Team, has carefully tracked the market for years and is NOW sharing the startling news that this “shifted” market is GREAT News for Home Owners.

So here are 10 Tips,tricks, strategies for Selling your Home in a Shifted Market.

1. Great Photography:

It should not come as any surprise that nearly 90 something percent of home buyers start their home search online.    Since such a large percentage of buyers begin the home search process online, why would one try to entice a potential buyer to be interested in your home with poor photography?  The small, grainy, unclear, poorly lit photos of your home don’t exactly scream, “Let’s go see this home!” When was the last
time you were excited to see a property where you had trouble discerning the details of what was in the photo.  Photography is your online image, you first impression.  The photos of your home need to be stunning, and nothing short of that if you intend to generate interest in your property. We use a digital camera with wide-angle lens or hire professionals who bring their skills and capture the essence of your home to broadcast via Video, Virtual Tours and High Resolutions photos throughout the web.

2. Make it  REAL EASY TO VIEW & SHOW!!

Even the best real estate professionals cannot sell a home they cannot show.  It is imperative that sellers be flexible with the sometimes intrusive process of showings.  We are currently in the middle of a SELLER’S  market, so when your agent wants to show your
home, you really need to oblige the request.  It is very hard to sell a home to a buyer who cannot see the home.  It is a shame to spend time and resources marketing a property so that the phone will ring with a qualified buyer interested in seeing a home, only to find out that the seller cannot accommodate the showing.  Your home will not sell if it cannot be shown. If you have a tenant occupied residence then
make it WORTH their while! Realtors HATE 24 Notices to show or having to call multiple telephone numbers to show. Make a deal with your tenant, reduce their rent, make the tenants contractual “notice” to vacate the premises longer than required. Most month to month rental agreements allow for a 30 day notice but if they are cooperative why not give them 45 days? Continue reading 10.5 Tips,Tricks,Strategies in getting your HOME SOLD THIS SEASON!

Sonoma County, California buyers–Avoiding 5 pitfalls of a Short-Sale

Top 5 Ways to Avoid a BAD Short-Sale!

  1. Marketing of the Property is Inept!—one photo taken from across the street at twilight is NOT
    marketing and shows an inherent absence of a “Standard of care” to the Seller.
    This can mean a couple of things—the seller REALLY DOES NOT want to sell and is
    stalling or the AGENT doesn’t have a clue and is inept—either way NOT a
    formulae for success
  2. Property  Condition—selling a home is selling a home—Remember- a short-sale simply has
    ONE major contingency—getting the bank to take less on the amount owed on the
    property. That’s IT! Property should have curb appeal, interior staging or at
    LEAST cleaning up, be accessible, have a lockbox and be desirable. If it is NOT
    any of the above stay away! Continue reading Sonoma County, California buyers–Avoiding 5 pitfalls of a Short-Sale

Le Tour De Hive–Father’s day fun for the whole family!! Touring Hives throughout Sonoma County!

Our “Le Tour De Hive” is stressing making our event a Family Affair! So WHAT does the  $40 family pass get you? Our Family Pass is the entry fee for the entire family to visit 6 different sites in the Western part of Sonoma County. At each site there will be various
activities all of which are covered by this fee…  The time is from 10 AM to 3PM… Our website, www.SonomaBees.org gives you the map of the 6 different locations but I will attempt to give you an idea of the various things that the family can do at the various sites…..

 These activities will be great for the entire family…all ages….

• observation hives so that you can watch the bees from a protected place. They are enclosed by a plastic cover….

• SCBA volunteers at each site to explain why each site was chosen: ie gardening for the bees, importance of bees,  beekeeping
equipment, products made from honeybees such as candles etc.. etc • volunteers to explain various aspects of the life of the honeybees. such as their biology and anatomy; colony collapse etc • explanations about the flowers and vegetation that the honeybees like such as lavender plants (which will be in full bloom) • tasting honey at one site and pear juice at another site (organic pear juice made on the farm).

• There will be free organic Straus ice cream at one site and also at all sites water and fruit at each site • A father’s day gift at
each site ( and if no Father then to one family member); a gift such as a lavender herb rub for bar-b-que…. or seed packets, etc • At the seed bank there will be different movies shown about the Honeybees ie “Vanishing of the bees”  The family could watch one of the movies or all of them; there will be a posting of the times the movies will be shown….

There is ample parking at or near all sites and we will have balloon markers so it should be easy to find the sites. …We are hoping
for a beautiful day. I  hope this explanation helps…. Here is the website but you are more than welcome to send
any questions to me.



Coming up THIS Father’s Day, June 17th, visit some of our great local farms and their apiaries or bee hives! We have 5 farms on the schedule and you’ll get a special treat for “Dad” at EACH one! I’m sponsoring the event along with other businesses and want a big turn out! Here’s a link to get more information.  CLICK RIGHT HERE!

Principal Reductions at BofA for Loan Modifications! Check your mail!

Sonoma County Homeowners with BofA loans–check your mail!! Offers for modifications with the Holy Grail of principal reductions is NOW happening! Over 5,000 have been done with over $700 Million in Modifications! More to come! Read the story from C.A.R. to see if YOU qualify!

BofA extends modification offers

Bank of America Home Loans has begun reaching out to customers who may be
eligible for forgiveness of a portion of the principal balance on their
mortgage under terms of a recent settlement among five major banks, 49 state
attorneys general, and the federal government.

For further information on the settlement programs, Bank of America Home
Loans customers may call (877) 488-7814.

The first letters in a targeted outreach to more than 200,000 potential
candidates for this assistance are arriving in homes this week; most of the
letters will be mailed by the third quarter of this year. The bank estimates
average monthly savings of 30 percent on mortgage payments of customers who
qualify for this program.
Continue reading Principal Reductions at BofA for Loan Modifications! Check your mail!

Post Cinco De Mayo Show! Short-Sale Shennanigans, Dried Up Inventory and the “Equity Brick Wall”

 You want to see what a “Seller’s” Market looks like? The Stats below say it ALL!!! Scarcity rules the roost!!

    •  Months supply last year at this time: 4.5 months  Today—1.4  months supply

    •  “Under Contract” properties—UP +43%

    •  New Properties by Month—DOWN 28%

    •  For Sale properties by Month—DOWN 35%

    •  Days on the Market—down by 37%

    •  Months supply of Inventory—DOWN 68%

Mike and Allison go to Sacramento to fight for Private Property Rights!

  Sonoma County, California–Allison and I met with Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Senator Noreen Evans in a whirlwind day at Sacramento where California Realtors are influencing legislation on private property rights. The Govenor of the greatest state of California, Jerry Brown, addressed our combined delegations from every county in the State. He showed off his wit and wisdom and explained with passion his desire to bring compromise to the tough act of Budget Balancing. We as Realtors made a solid impact with our legislators. On this Week’s show we will recap some of the more onerous laws coming at the homeowner or home buyer. Tune us in This Sunday!