In the month of May, Clark County Nevada saw the sale of over 3,500 single-family residences. The numbers are pretty good especially when you take into consideration the 6,000 home sales that were postponed or canceled at the trustee sale. All in all, it is proof that homes are in fact still selling and people are in fact still buying and at historic lows.
With all this selling going on my question to you is, “What are you doing to take care of your piece of Las Vegas real estate” and “Are you keeping it up in case you have to or want to sell it someday?” Many of the homes taking precedence are not only an eye-catching price but one that has been cared for.
Real Estate on msnbc.com published an article titled, “Sellers beware: 8 factors that devalue a good home.” Here’s a quick summary (with a few of my own notes).
- Location. Need I say more?
- DIY projects gone awry. If it looks like you did it yourself, reconsider redoing it professionally.
- Too creative. I remember showing a home 7 years ago with a HUGE plastered sunshine in the living room. I think it’s still on the market.
- Curb appeal not appealing. Desert landscaping does not translate into no maintenance.
- Pets live there more than humans. Does it look like or smell like pets rule the roost? Not everyone likes pets and most do not want to buy a home that smells like animals.
- Shady neighbors. Do your neighbors care about their homes?
- Bad rap. What’s the country saying about your neighborhood? Did it make an infamous list?
- “As-is” home for sale. Do you like to buy items from Home Depot marked “As-is?” Consider different verbiage.
This list is pretty thorough. Make sure to take these things into consideration before putting your house on the market better yet, just keep up with the list and should you ever want to sell your home, you’ll be ahead of the game.