Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fort Knox Home Seller Satisfied With HardinHomes

Another satisfied home seller thanking us on our HardinHomes facebook page. They saved $5,215 by not paying 6% commission when selling their Elizabethtown Kentucky house.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

HardinHomes donates computer power for life-changing research

HardinHomes is donating spare computer processor power to Progress Thru Processors to assist in life-changing research. Visit Progress Thru Processors on Facebook to learn how you can help.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Doe Valley Ranch Home for Sale

This is our new real estate listing. It's a beautiful home for sale is in Doe Valley Subdivision, a gated community in Brandenburg Kentucky. Features include: upgraded cabinets, breakfast bar, open floor plan, split bedroom design, great paint colors, large closets, private (and quiet) location, large lot, screened-in back patio and lake view in the fall.

Floor plan:

Send Fort Knox Home Buyers to the Web with Print Ads

Even though the effectiveness of print advertising has greatly diminished because of the internet, there is still a bit of value using the Homes Book. Traditional newspaper advertising is not cost efficient but the Homes Book is. These books are generally found at store entrances and various businesses. The goal (at least for HardinHomes) is to still drive people to the internet. Saving money on inefficient advertising allows HardinHomes to pass the savings on to a Fort Knox Kentucky home seller.

We've just added shortened property URLs to the bottom of each home. There's so much more information online and buyers have the ability to view multiple photos.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Social feature added to real estate website

Now you can share Fort Knox Kentucky real estate listings with your social networks a little easier:

Give it a try (click any listing), we hope you find it useful.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Feedback is great for home sellers but not 2 weeks after the showing

An agent's assistant leaves me a voicemail requesting feedback for one of her sellers: "Hi, I'm calling to get feedback for your June 17th showing..."

How valuable is my feedback if I can't even remember the home because it took you weeks to follow up? If an agent is going to wait that long to call for feedback then she obviously just trying to pacify the seller.

There are simple tools (many agents already use) that will send an email requesting feedback (with a property survey form) right after the showing. Agents can stop chasing buyer agents around requesting it via phone. If I get an email requesting feedback, I can answer anytime. It's much harder to reach me during the day when I have tons of other things going on.

Clients are emailing, scanning, texting, etc. and expect their agents to be technically proficient.

HomeFeedback.com or the full showing service we use AccuShow.com

Friday, May 22, 2009

List Your Home With Caution, Pictures Are Important

If you're selling a home near Fort Knox Kentucky (or anywhere really), make sure the agent you choose knows that pictures are extremely important. This is a military relocation market and many buyers are making decisions based on pictures. Usually they are coming to visit Ft. Knox and have already picked out the homes they would like to see. In some cases they buy the home solely based off the pictures.

Quick Checklist:
All pictures need to be entered the same day the listing is entered into the system.
Pictures shouldn't be small (at least 800x600) when uploaded to the system.
No blurry ones and no crooked ones (no one likes a sinking house).
If you can avoid a dark cloudy day, do it.
Examples of bad pictures

You never get a second chance to make a first impression
Every single day we see new listings that are entered in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service a.k.a. the homes for sale database) with just one picture or no pictures at all. This is a major mistake and can hurt your chances of a quick sale. Buyers are entered into the system and get emailed when a new listing matches their criteria. You are in front of many buyers for the first time and if there's no picture, buyers will most likely move on to the next listing.

No buyer wants to look at small pictures
I think there used to be a requirement that pictures had to be small (320x240) to be entered into the system. That's no longer the case. Make sure your agent uploads bigger pictures, if they're too big then the system re-sizes them anyway.

Is that home sinking?
No, we hope not, but that's the impression some bad pictures give if they aren't straight. Also don't allow pictures to be taken on a super cloudy day if it can be avoided.
Believe it or not there's a home for sale in the high $300k range that has one photo, that's it. To make it worse it's a photo taken at dusk.

Remember how important pictures are when interviewing agents.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Saving Time and Gas when Shopping Fort Knox Kentucky Homes

Are you about to hit the pavement looking for a new Kentucky home? The search for a home can involve many trips in the car as you drive around to find potential properties. Here are some strategies that will help you to save time and gas during the home search.

1. The Internet. Using an Internet search engine like Google to find a Hardin County house for sale is without a doubt the most efficient way to proceed. Unlike the real estate section of the local newspaper, good real estate websites help you narrow your selection. You're able to filter the results then browse the listings that are automatically returned.

2. Consult a real estate agent. One trip to the office of a real estate agent or broker will provide you with a free session to obtain listings that meet your buying requirements and give you valuable advice. You are not charged to access this information or to follow up with questions later. A good real estate agent, but especially a Realtor licensed by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), will provide as much information as requested with the anticipation that you will return later for Realtor assistance when buying the home.
Again, searching online for a Fort Knox Kentucky Realtor is the best option because you're more likely to find a good agent who is web savvy. Roughly 85% of buyers use the internet during the home buying process (probably higher in our market due to military relocation), it's highly likely that a web savvy agent will have vast experience from completing many transactions.

3. Use email, text messaging, or phone to contact your agent about specific properties. Real estate professionals can consult the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to find out if a property is still available and read through the listing to see if it really meets your needs.

Because real estate professionals provide free advice, they are best prepared to deliver valuable information that streamlines your property search. Wasting gas looking at homes that don’t meet your needs is not necessary in a high-priced energy market (it's not really green either). Take advantage of the real estate advice and online search sites at your disposal to make your Fort Knox KY military home search as convenient as possible.

Monday, February 16, 2009

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Update 2009

A few things to note:
* It's $8,000 not $15,000 that was almost passed.
* No longer has to be repaid like the previous tax credit.
* It's still only for first time homebuyers.
* Must buy between 01-01-2009 and 12-01-2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

HardinHomes.com new building sign style decision

We're almost finished deciding on the sign for our new RE/MAX real estate office in Vine Grove Kentucky.

We want it to be easy to read but not too boring either. I'm leaning toward the first sign over the last.