With the real estate market going through constant fluctuations, it can sometimes be a matter of strife to sell a home. Some will take the familiar road of staging and hope the offers come in, while others will do some crazy things to prove their home is worth buying. While you may not want to take the risk of making these bold moves yourself, here are the unusual things that some people did in hopes of getting their home off the market a little sooner.

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While there are a variety of goods that can be an added incentive to purchasing a home, one homeowner in Virginia Beach offered a 42-inch flat screen television to the lucky person who would make them an offer that couldn’t be refused. While this owner managed to sell in just a couple of weeks, other offers like expensive cars and gift certificates have long been attached to houses in the hopes of getting a more spontaneous sale.

A Real Ingenious Raffle

In the state of Maryland, log cabin owners Tom and Diane Walter opted to host a raffle so they could raise enough money to pay off the loan on their home. While the winning raffle ticket buyer would go away with a new home for only $50.00, the profits from the raffle would go to a local non-profit and the Walters loan fund. With the toughness of the real estate market, it’s a tactic that has gained popularity given the excitement of getting a house at a very economical price.

Testing Out The New Home

It’s certainly the case that being able to test something out might lead to more sale success, but a local builder in Portland, Oregon took it a little bit further than usual. Instead of offering up a staged suite, potential buyers were provided with a stay in a home at Atwater Place that was free of charge and included restaurant gift certificates, a gym pass and a lovely view of Mount Hood.

Staging a nice home at a reasonable price is always a great way to achieve selling success, but some have gone out on a limb to offer things that went well beyond the benefits of a new home. If you’re interested in things you can do to increase your chance of selling success in the market, you may want to contact your local real estate professional for more information.

 

About Ron Siegel

Ron Siegel is a syndicated Radio Host in California discussing the roof over your head, your bank account and other items of interest. Ron is a specialist in Mortgages and Home Financial Planning. Ron has helped First Time Home Buyers, Move Up Buyers, and Right Sizing buyers finance and Refinance with FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo, Reverse Mortgages and non-Traditional Loans through his relationship with VIP Mortgage. Reach Ron at Ron@RonSiegelRadio.com or by calling (800) 306-1990 or Text (949) 478-2766. Visit www.RonSiegelRadio.com for more information.

 

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The idea of conducting an energy audit on your home might seem like something complicated that should be left to the experts, but there are ways for you to make your home a little greener without consulting anybody. Instead of having someone else do the work, here are a few simple ways for you to inspect your home and green up its energy use.

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Since cold air coming in from outside your home can impact your energy use significantly, do the simple test of taking a candle on a tour of your home to determine if there are any drafts. Ensure that you check all of the windows, doors and exterior areas where outside air can gain access; if your candle blows out or wavers, this is a surefire sign that a fix-up is needed. If you’ve located an area where air is getting in, you may need to caulk it or add insulation to remedy the problem.

Carefully Inspect The Attic

Since we rarely venture up to the attic, it can be one of the last places that we would look for a draft, but it can be one of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to insulation. Before heading up, put on a mask and some work gloves to protect yourself from the dusty surfaces, and lift up the insulation to inspect for any spaces where air could be accessing your home. If you’ve noticed gaps or places that lack coverage, fill them with additional insulation and seal it with expanding insulation for added coverage.

Don’t Take Ducts For Granted

Since ducts are made of thin metal and can easily lose heat if they are damaged or unclean, it’s important to inspect them for holes and make sure they are joined sufficiently so air is not escaping. If you’ve found an issue, you will want to replace or insulate them more effectively so that energy loss can be prevented and does not impact energy use throughout your entire home.

There are plenty of ways that your home can lose energy – from the ducts through to the exterior walls – but there are simple things you can do to test its efficiency and improve your energy use. If you happen to be doing some minor renovations so you can put your home on the market soon, you may want to contact your local real estate agent for more information.

 

About Ron Siegel

Ron Siegel is a syndicated Radio Host in California discussing the roof over your head, your bank account and other items of interest. Ron is a specialist in Mortgages and Home Financial Planning. Ron has helped First Time Home Buyers, Move Up Buyers, and Right Sizing buyers finance and Refinance with FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo, Reverse Mortgages and non-Traditional Loans through his relationship with VIP Mortgage. Reach Ron at Ron@RonSiegelRadio.com or by calling (800) 306-1990 or Text (949) 478-2766. Visit www.RonSiegelRadio.com for more information.

 

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