You May Want To Consider Selling Your House in Cleveland Without A Realtor

We’ve had a lot of great memories in this house, but it’s time to start expanding.

It’s already challenging finding and moving into a new home when it’s just you and/or your partner, but when you add kids into it, you realize just how much stuff you’ve accumulated!

All the toys, equipment, furniture, even the number of items in your kitchen seem to have 10x’d on it’s own! I’ll have to post about how we managed to prepare and commit to the move in another post.

In this post, I’d like to talk about how we actually went in and sold our house, especially during this COVID-19 time!

Let me tell you, this corona virus stuff has not made life easy, especially for those of us that already had things planned and in progress. We managed to get things done in time, but not without some headaches.

Trying to sell a house in this market

It has not been easy with this real estate market!

Never mind that we were doing it out of season, as they like to say.

Usually, people like to purchase new homes in the spring and summer, but the right time for us was really to get started around the winter.

We’d located a home that we wanted to purchase, and so it was time to get our home ready to purchase.

Except that we had a lot of things happen at once that sort of ate a lot of our savings that we’d put aside to get things ready for our home to go on the market.

We were able to make it work, but it took longer than we thought, and we then needed to talk to the realtor and let them do their thing.

Despite all of the work put into it, the house was still sitting on the market for months: months that we weren’t intending to continue paying for the mortgage and HOA and everything involved with owning a house when you have most of it already packed up and ready to roll.

We felt that our sale price was within fair market value, but there wasn’t enough demand. We just weren’t getting enough prospective buyers that would be interested in our house.

So, eventually, we need to find another way to get it sold, and this involves having to try to sell it by owner.

We had to wait until our contract with the real estate agent expired in order to do a FSBO, which honestly is a lot of time to wait (3 months for us, but for other it is sometimes 6 months).

A note about real estate agents: the whole purpose of a real estate agent is to market a house. This includes Grade A photos, sometimes staging, promoting the house all over the place, doing open houses, and marketing to buyers lists. A realtor should NOT just take photos with their phone and upload them to the MLS. Not only does that give the house the absolute minimum chances to sell, but it is not truly worth their commission.

At this point, we decided to try selling it ourselves.

Marketing your house to the right audience

One of the things we realized about our property is that it was being compared to similar style houses.

This is a normal ways to do comps, but it leaves out something critical for houses like ours.

Most of the homes around the lake area that we are near sell for millions of dollars, but ours is one of the very few that IS NOT valued at over a million.

This means that, while doing comps to similar style homes, ours is in the median range, but if you were to look at how many properties you can get on the lake at this price range, this is a steal for the luxury audience who would love to purchase the house and put 100 grand into making it an amazing property, easily raising its value.

So, when we decided to sell our house, this is the audience we set out to target.

We got some advise from our friends at Home Buyer Cleveland, who specialize in purchasing and investing in real estate all over Ohio, said that “Understanding your target audience is crucial to selling a house. Regardless of whatever house we purchase, there’s going to be a different exit strategy, whether we keep it or we are selling it once we’ve rehabbed it and put it back on the market. If we put too much money into a home and we aren’t going to get the returns to justify it, then we are going to lose a lot of money. However, if we are buying a house, and we know that this neighborhood is going to become very in demand soon, then we know we can push a little harder on the quality of materials and we’re likely to make money on that deal.”

Clearly, knowing your audience is important. Maybe it’s not about how much you’re going to make, but how much you could lose by not knowing what type of buyer is going to purchase your home.

Armed with this new knowledge about who to target, we decided to get a little fancy with it.

How are we going to market our house to a very specific audience?

We decided to hire an online marketer who specializes in landing pages.

We added aerial and 360 photos to our album, as well as a video, and let the copywriter get to work. He built a beautiful landing page that told the reader everything they needed to know about the property.

It was angled as if an investor was being pitched on an investment property.

With that, we put it into a Facebook ads campaign and started targeting people that were more likely to be affluent and have that type of spending money.

Within weeks we found a buyer that could purchase the home IN CASH, for exactly the amount we asked for in the purchase price, and saw it as an opportunity to get a lake house at a severe discount.

Since this was a cash deal, we didn’t have to deal with all the normal bank appraisal and approval processes or have a real estate attorney, and we went to the closing table for a super smooth transaction with our title company.

Our family was ready to get out of the house, and we finally had the opportunity to move into the next phase of our lives!

If you’re stuck with trying to find potential buyers or if you’re just trying to sell your house, think about some other angles that you can take.

This doesn’t mean that you need to try to sell your home on your own, but maybe there are other things that you and your realtor can target in order to make selling your home a lot easier.

Finding a potential buyer can be a challenge, but with a little creativity, it can be easy to buy or sell your home even in this current real estate market.

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Meal Planning for Your Family Made Easy

Meal planning is the way you organize yourself to cook your meals, whether it’s your breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is basically a plan you make before you go out shopping. Some people plan their meals a month advance, a week or perhaps a few days in advance. Meal planning is, however, a personal thing. You plan the meals that will work best for you. After all, the goal is to find a process that is effective and enjoyable.

The main reasons why it is important to have a meal plan includes:

  1. To take away indecision which always waste time.
  2. Reduce bad choices for meals.
  3. To ensure you have balanced nutritious meals.
  4. To have more variety of foods.
  5. To reduce food wastage and save more money.

So, with that in mind, you will now realize meal planning makes sense.

How do you create a meal plan?

In every household, the situation varies. It is important to pick a meal plan that works best for your family. However, there are some specific steps you can follow if you want a meal plan. There are also a handful of apps that can help with meal planning.  Here is a look at a few of them.

Step 1. Determining what you are currently doing?

You need to first ask yourself what you are currently doing, and whether it is working or not. Is there food wastage? Do you end up eating take out? Do you waste time deciding what to cook?

Step 2. Decide which meals you need to plan out

Some families will only to need to plan out dinner, while others lunch or breakfast meals. So it is important to know which meals you are planning in order to know what to purchase or not.

Step 3. Note out your family schedule

Knowing all your family schedules will help you come up with a meal schedule more easily. Gather everyone’s schedule, aiming to know who is at home and when.

Step 4. Come up with a meal planner

You may now create a meal planner and write all your meals on it. You have to use tips such as marking quick food with the days you don’t have much time to cook and vice versa, marking to go out shopping when there is fresh produce in the market, or perhaps meals that will be enough for your children to school for lunch.

All in all, meal planning is essential. It will save you the pressure of determining your daily meals for your family. So, if you always waste time on deciding what to cook, or you find yourself eating unbalanced meals over a long period of time, it’s time to come up with a meal planner to solve the problem.

The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Homeschooling comes with a wealth of wonderful experiences and learning opportunities on board. But I am very sure that however interesting homeschooling can be, many others have a different opinion. So, you need to take into account the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling, after which you will figure out which path to follow. While we cannot deny the fact that there are challenges and struggles, it is good to weigh the pros and cons to determine whether it is for you or not.

Here are pros and cons of homeschooling:

Pros

1. Essential in boosting confidence

When a kid is home-schooled, they develop extra confidence as compared to other kids who went to, say public schools. With homeschooling, they are able to pursue their passions and interests without being put down. Encouragement from mum, dad and relatives when at home cannot be.

2. There is no fear of the unknown

Homeschooling eradicates the fear in children because they spend each day with people who show them love. They will thus not fear to fail.

3. You develop learning discipline while focusing on the end goal

Homeschooling ensures that a child does what is right not because someone checking in on him or her, but because they already know what their target is. At home there is a lot of freedom, which ensures that kids complete assignments at their own time.

4. Maturity develops

Children who are enrolled in public schools mature slower because their role models are their peers. With homeschooling, maturity in a kid manifests itself faster because they mainly stay with adults.

5. Strengthens family ties

When homeschooling, you will be pouring out your heart and dreams to your dad, mum, brothers and sisters. This helps you build an incredible relationship with people who are close to you.

6. No restrictions, you work at your preferred pace

When homeschooling, you sometimes find that you can do even two course books per year. It is even possible to graduate earlier than your peers at the local school. You don’t have to stagnate or get bored.

Cons

1. Lack of exposure

With homeschooling, you realize that not all opportunities are present at home. Your child doesn’t always get exposed to a variety of subjects and discussions.

2. You have a few friends

A big part of school is the social element and finding out where you fit in, homeschooled kids don’t have that opportunity. The social aspect of school is important to kids and it gives you social skills you will need later.

3. Misunderstanding is real

People will always misunderstand the level of education of a home-schooled child. They will be ignorant of the fact that you are just like their public school-attending kids.

Ultimately you will decide what is best for your children, some kids thrive in the public school while others do much better at home.