Here is the information you need to know to be charged less. While you get more.

You know longer have to pay the full 6% to a big box Realtor®. Two percent doesn't sound like much, but it adds up quickly. With Uber Realty, The max you'll ever pay to sell your home is 4%. with home prices on the rise; we believe you should never have to pay more. Last year the average we saved our sellers was $6,345.63.

Oct. 27, 2018

When Selling Your Shalimar Home Can Be Tricky Or A Treat

When Selling Your Shalimar Home Can Be Tricky Or A Treat

 

Think you can save yourself thousands of dollars by trying to sell your Shalimar house yourself?

 

Better think again!

 

The truth is, selling your Shalimar house without the help of an Uber Realtor, can actually cost you tens of thousands of dollars. 

 

In today's post, we're going to outline exactly why it's more expensive to try and sell your property yourself and how much you extra you should expect to spend that way.

 

Money Saved

If you attempt to sell your Shalimar house yourself, you might be saving as much as six percent of the selling price that would normally go to your Realtor and the buyers. However, you will now have to pick up the tab for all of the marketing costs. That means you will need to dig into your own pockets to pay for things like professional cleaning, staging, photography, videography, social media marketing campaigns, open houses, lock boxes, websites, etc.. All of these things can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars very quickly! When you hire an Uber Realtor, they assume the responsibility for those costs for you. 

 

Time & Effort Saved

Do you want a second full-time job? Because that is what it is going to be like to get your Shalimar house sold. There is a lot of time and effort put into getting your house ready for the market, getting the word out, handling the negotiations and paperwork, scheduling all of the vendors, and coordinating the closing. Unless you have an extra 30+ hours a week you can devote to those activities, you'll need the professional help of an Uber Realtor. 

 

The Price Is Wrong

Part of what you are investing in when you hire a Shalimar Realtor to help you sell your property is their expertise and market knowledge. They use that education and experience to make sure that you price your property correctly from the beginning to get it sold as quickly as possible, and for the right price. They also use their expertise to help you gain the leverage you need in negotiations to get the best terms in the contract. Unless you know how to do this, you're looking at a much longer process and risking accepting a contract for far less than what you could have.

 

How To Pay Less For Your Shalimar Realtor

Despite what you may think, you don't have to pay a higher price to get the best Shalimar Realtor to represent you.

 

Here at Uber Realty, we have a unique way of listing Shalimar homes that allow sellers like you to save thousands of dollars in commissions.

 

We would love to explain how we can help you save thousands too, so give us a call at (850)499-2940.

 

Oct. 20, 2018

Must be something in the water-view.

Must be something in the water-view.

 

It seems like everyone wants to live on the water either in Destin, Niceville, Fort Walton Beach or Shalimar. So now you have to decide what type of waterfront you desire. Do you want to live on the Gulf, the Bay, a Bayou or a Lake (yes some lakes are connected to the Bay or a bayou).

 

You'll need to answer a bunch of questions. Today we'll start with just one. What Water View do you want?

 

The three things you need to know about the view:

 

  1. Will your Shalimar or Fort Walton Beach waterfront home be on the Bay with a view of Destin and Okaloosa Island? Or maybe on Poquito Bayou, Chula Vista, Don’s Bayou, Gardner's Bayou, or Cinco Bayou, with a peaceful view of the water and other bayou front homes? The location also matters if you're looking for a sunrise or a sunset view.
  2. Will your waterfront home be in Destin with a choice of the northern exposure of the Choctawhatchee Bay looking at Shalimar and Fort Walton Beach? Perhaps it will be a Gulf-front home or condo looking out at the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. There are also a few small bayous in Destin: Joe’s Bayou, and Jones Bayou.  
  3. Will your Niceville waterfront home be on the Bay with a view of Destin and Okaloosa Island? Or will it be on Tom’s Bayou, Boggy Bayou or Rocky Bayou with families, boating and lots of water activities? 

 

When you are in the market for a waterfront home you want to make sure you consider many facts. First thing is view. You need to check-out the view at different times of the day and in all seasons as well. 

 

Call Uber Realty to sell your waterfront home. Not only do we understand waterfront homes better, but we also offer the most competitive commission structure in the Fort Walton, Destin, Shalimar, and Niceville real estate market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth, or call 850.499.2940.

 

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Oct. 19, 2018

Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words In Real Estate?

Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words In Real Estate?

 

Most defiantly. 

 

Especially, when it comes to selling your Niceville house.

 

One of the most important elements in marketing your Niceville property will be the professional photos that are taken and used for the MLS, landing pages, and social media. Those pictures can completely make or break you as a seller because in most cases, they will determine whether people come to see your property.

 

Therefore, it is important that you invest some time into making sure those photos come out making your Niceville house look like the best on the market. 

 

To help you create a frenzy of buyers with your listing photos, we’ve prepared this list of the top three things you need to do before the photographer comes. 

Declutter

Stacks of paperwork, unfinished projects, and piles of laundry do not give potential buyers the warm and fuzzies about your house. You’re going to be moving anyway, so take some time to go through the entire property and eliminate any and all clutter that could sabotage your photos. This means there should be nothing on tabletops and counters.

Scrub A Dub Dub

Once you have gone through your Niceville property to clear it of clutter, it’s time to make it sparkle and shine. If you’re on a budget, get the whole family to pitch in and use some real elbow grease to deep clean the property. If you can afford to, hire a professional cleaning company to come in and tackle this task for you. You will also want to keep the property this clean the entire time your Niceville house is on the market because potential buyers will be touring the property frequently. 

Light It Up

Great pictures require fantastic lighting. Take the time to make sure all of your lamps and lighting fixtures work and none of the bulbs are blown. Your professional photographer will want to use all of the lights and natural light from the outdoors to properly showcase your house for the listing photos. The more light the better, so don’t hesitate to upgrade your bulbs to a higher wattage either. 

 

Ready To Sell Your Niceville Property?

Photos are obviously very important when it comes to getting your Niceville property sold.

 

However, those photos are just one piece of the puzzle.

 

You also need to have a Niceville Realtor on your side to help you price the property right, market it strategically, negotiate the best possible deal, and make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

 

 

For more information about how partnering with Uber Realty to sell your Niceville house can save you time, money, and energy call Jim at (850)499-2940.

 

Oct. 18, 2018

What Does Harvard Law School Have To Do With Selling Your Fort Walton Beach Home?

What Does Harvard Law School Have To Do With Selling Your Fort Walton Beach Home?

 

Okay so when you think of Harvard Law School, you probably don't also think about Fort Walton real estate, do you?

 

Well, that is one little area where we are different because here at Uber Realty, we think the two go hand in hand.

 

That is why we will be attending a Harvard Law School Course on negotiating with difficult people. Well, that and we want the right to rock the Harvard sweatshirt and hat. 

 

Very few attend the program and even fewer Realtors. However, we want to make sure you get the best value when you chose to hire Uber Realty to sell your home.

 

When you think about negotiations in real estate, you may think we are just referring to the price but that is just the tip of the iceberg!

 

Here are a few other key areas where you will want a Harvard Law School trained negotiator to help you buy your Fort Walton Beach home.

 

Repairs

After you hire an inspector to go through the property and look for any defaults, it is highly likely that you will have a list of items that will need to be repaired. If you want, you can opt to handle those repairs yourself. You may even be able to get the sellers to give you financial credit towards those repairs. However, you could also ask your Uber Realtor to request that the sellers make some or all of those repairs prior to closing. 

 

Closing dates

In some cases, you and the sellers of your new Fort Walton Beach home may want to close at different times. For example, if your lease is up in two weeks, you will obviously need your Uber Realtor to negotiate a speedy closing. If the sellers don’t want to move so quickly, you will be relieved to have those Harvard negotiation tactics at work for you. 

 

Closing costs

In every real estate transaction in Fort Walton Beach, the buyers and sellers need to agree on who is going to choose the title agent and who is going to pay for the closing costs associated with the deal. Since closing costs can be thousands of dollars, it is very important that you have an Uber Realtor on your side to secure you the best possible deal. 

 

Inspection periods

Inspection periods can be a major contingency to some sellers that are in a rush to get through the process. In most cases, the standard two week inspection period won’t be a problem to either party. However, in certain transactions, you may need to rely heavily on your Uber Realtor to get an extension on that inspection period or try to get more off the price if you waive it altogether. 

 

Extensions 

Not every Fort Walton Beach real estate transaction is as smooth as a fresh jar of Skippy. When hiccups arise for you as a buyer, you may need to ask for an extension. For example, you may need a little extra time to come up with your portion of the closing costs. Sellers are often reluctant to agree to an extension so it is invaluable to have an Uber Realtor on your side to fight for every last inch of time.

 

More Than A Commission

Are strong negotiation skills a super important quality to look for in your Fort Walton Beach Realtor?

 

Absolutely!

 

However, it isn't anything. Being able to negotiate the best possible deal for you is just one piece of what we believe makes us stand out from other Realtors in Fort Walton Beach. We also strive to provide a higher quality of customer service than any other real estate company out there. When you hire Uber Realty to help you buy a home in Fort Walton Beach, you get so much more than someone hunting for their next commission check, you get a real partner that always has your best interest at heart.

 

 

For more information about the Fort Walton Beach real estate market or how we can help you purchase a home here, contact Jim at (850)499-2940.

Oct. 17, 2018

What Kind Of Relationship Do You Have With Your Destin Real Estate Agent?

What Kind Of Relationship Do You Have With Your Destin Real Estate Agent?

 When it comes to real estate, the last thing you want to encounter is the unexpected. Want you don’t know can really come back to bite you! Many people don’t realize that not all real estate agent and client relationships are created equally and each type can have a major impact on your bank account and confidence throughout the transaction. In today’s article, I’m sharing the three types of real estate relationships you can choose from here in Florida so you can select the one that makes the most sense for you.

Transaction Broker

Transaction brokers are the norm in Florida. In this relationship, you surrender your rights to let any other agent sell your property. This means that they will be bringing both the buyer and seller to the table and representing the transaction instead of just one side or the other. This allows you to place total trust in your Destin broker and rely on them to handle all of the accounting.

Single Agent

If you are looking for your agent to only represent you and your side of the deal, you may want to opt for a single agent relationship. In this arrangement, you get the added benefit of complete disclosure and confidentiality between you and your agent. If loyalty is a major priority for you, a single agent relationship is a better option for you.

No Brokerage

Sometimes, a buyer that is not already working with a Destin real estate agent will want to submit an offer on your property. If you aren’t willing to transition from a single agent relationship to a transaction broker relationship, you’re left with the option of no brokerage relationship. At this point, the buyer will either need to go out and hire another Destin real estate agent to represent them in the sale or sign a No Brokerage Relationship Disclosure.

 

The Best Type Of Real Estate Relationship

Regardless of which of the three relationships you choose to enter into with your Destin real estate agent, there are a few qualities that you should hold paramount. Since this is such a major transaction, you need to make sure that you fully trust your agent to be open, upfront, honest, and altruistic with you at all times. If there are any bumps in the road along the way to either buying or selling, you deserve the peace of mind of knowing that your agent has your back and will do everything in their power to get you the deal you want, the way you want, in the timeframe that you want.

Are You Looking For A Destin Real Estate Agent To Help You Buy Or Sell?

If saving money and maximizing your profits from the sale or purchase of your Destin property is important to you, you won’t find a better real estate option than Uber Realty.

Not only do I have the resources you need to save on the sale of the property, but I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Destin real estate market.

To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

Not ready to sell or buy just yet? Subscribe to the Uber Realty newsletter to keep receiving exclusive content to help you sell or buy when you’re ready!

 

Oct. 16, 2018

The 3 Keys To Getting Your Fort Walton Beach Property Sold

The 3 Keys To Getting Your Fort Walton Beach Property Sold

 Ready to sell your Fort Walton Beach property and move on to your next home?

You can’t afford to ignore the three most important things in real estate; location, location, location!

I’m not just talking about the location of your property though! In today’s edition of the Uber Realty Blog, I’m breaking down the three key locations that will help you get your Fort Walton Beach property sold.

The First Location

The first location that you need to think about is where you are priced compared to the competition. Since Fort Walton Beach is a buyer’s market right now, meaning there are more sellers than buyers in the market, you’ll need to come in at a more competitive price point. This is not the time to try and list your property sky high and hope for the best. Instead, give yourself that extra edge by pricing the property right the first time when the exposure will be at its highest.

The Second Location

Next, you need to focus on your mindset. You’ve now entered the wild world that is the Fort Walton Beach real estate market and you need to go in with a business frame of mind. Check your emotions at the door and do your best to remain relaxed and level-headed. Got a crappy offer? Don’t let your feelings get hurt! Try to take even rock-bottom offers as a good thing because it shows there’s interest in your property. Have your Realtor submit counter offers and try changing the conditions of the contract to get the price up.

The Third Location

The third location that you need to address is the location of your stuff. If you will still be living in your house while trying to get it sold, making the effort to declutter as much as possible. Purging is the name of the game here so clear out as much of your personal items as you can to help your property stand out and make it easier for buyers to see themselves happy living there.

Ready To Sell Your Fort Walton Beach Property?

If saving money and maximizing your profits from the sale of your Fort Walton Beach property is important to you, you won’t find a better real estate option than Uber Realty.

Not only do I have the resources you need to save on the sale of the property, but I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Fort Walton Beach real estate market.

To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

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Oct. 15, 2018

What To Expect As A First Time Home Seller In Niceville

What To Expect As A First Time Home Seller In Niceville

There is a lot more to selling a Niceville property than sticking a sign in the yard. Whether you have never sold a house or haven’t done it in a while, you will be shocked at how differently things are being done now. Today’s guide will help you get prepared to be a seller and get the results you deserve from the sale of your Niceville property.

The Impact Of The Internet

In the past, buyers were reliant upon Niceville Realtors to let them into properties and get details about each listing. Now, thanks to the internet, buyers have full access to photos, videos, virtual tours, and all the juicy details about every property on the market. In fact, nearly 98% of all homes sold in the United States originated from an online search. Therefore, it is absolutely mandatory that you are prepared to utilize a strong digital marketing strategy if you want to attract buyers to your Niceville property. That will mean having the property featured on its own website, numerous real estate websites like Zillow, and social media platforms.

What Happens Before You List

You can't just stick a for sale sign in the front yard of your Niceville property and expect it to sell for the price you want or in the timeline that you want. Instead, you're going to have to invest in getting the house into its best condition and preparing marketing materials like professional photographs so that you can hit the market with a bang. When you hire your Niceville Realtor, ask them for a checklist of things to be done so you can start winning over buyers from the first moment your house hits the MLS.

When The Offers Come In

Attracting buyers to your property is just one step in the process. If you’re able to score multiple offers, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each and leverage them against one another to your advantage. After you accept, there will need to be an inspection, title search, survey, etc.. All of this will be managed by your Realtor to make your life as easy as possible during the process.

You Can Pay Less And Keep More

No one will buy your house because a certain Realtor listed your home for sale but it is important to choose the correct listing agent. You need to pick them by performance and cost to sell your home. Just like the money is made on the purchase of your Niceville, home the savings are earned when you hire the Niceville Realtor and agree on a fee that makes sense for both of you.

Thinking Of Selling Your Niceville Property This Year?

If saving money and maximizing your profits from the sale of your Niceville property is important to you, you won’t find a better real estate option than Uber Realty.

Not only do I have the resources you need to save on the sale of the property, but I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Niceville real estate market.

To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

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Oct. 14, 2018

The Top Ten Ways To Save Money By Selling Your Shalimar House

The Top Ten Ways To Save Money By Selling Your Shalimar House

Want to maximize your profits when you sell your Shalimar house?

One of the best things you can do for yourself to boost your bottom line is making a conscious effort to save on your expenses throughout the selling process.

Since Uber Realty is all about helping you get the most bang for your buck, this installment of the Uber Realty Blog features the top 10 ways for you to save money when you sell your Shalimar property.

#10 - Get Your Property Inspected

You may remember when you purchased your Shalimar home that you had a home inspector come out to make sure that everything was in tip-top shape. One super simple way to win buyers over and attract higher offers is to have the property inspected again. This updated inspection report will give buyers peace of mind that there won’t be any major surprises down the road.

#9 - Have Your HVAC Serviced

Another fast and easy way to bump up the value of your Shalimar property before listing it for sale is to have your HVAC system serviced. Not only will it increase buyers’ confidence in the quality of the home, but it will save you from having to do it when you’re busy trying to get ready for your move.

#8 - Get Your Paperwork In Order

Whether you are buying or selling a house, one thing you can be sure of is that there is a lot of paperwork involved. Hopefully, you were diligent about keeping the paperwork you were given when you purchased the property in order because it could save you money. For example, if you still have the survey and haven’t made any changes to the property, you should be able to use it and save yourself a few hundred dollars.

#7 - Ask For A Discount On Title

When you hire an experienced Shalimar Realtor to sell your house, you should ask them if they have any connections that you can leverage to your advantage. In some cases, this may mean your Realtor asking the title company that they bring frequent business to offer you a discount on the closing.

#6 - Get A Reissue Of Your Title

If you haven’t owned the property for very long, it may be possible for you to get a simple reissue of the title. This will save everyone a lot of time, money, and work.

#5 - Get A Listing Home Warranty

Remember how when you bought your Shalimar property you were asked if you also wanted to purchase a home warranty? Well, you have the chance to purchase one again. This time, the warranty will protect you if you suspect there will be a lot of repairs needed. The warranty will cover the bulk of the costs, just leaving you responsible for the deductible.

#4 - Ask The Lender To Pitch In

This is another case of leaning on your trusty Shalimar Realtor to help you out. If money is really tight and you won’t be able to swing the closing costs, see if you and your Realtor can work out a deal with the lender to help cover some of the closing costs. They will be motivated to get the deal done too so use that to your advantage.

#3 - Get A Pest Inspection

One of the nastiest surprises to both buyers and sellers that can turn a deal upside down is bad news on the pest inspection report. Be proactive and show the Shalimar buyers market how motivated you are by getting a pest inspection prior to listing the house for sale.

#2 - Price It Right

One of the fastest ways to sabotage your efforts as a seller is to price your property too high or too low. Price it too high, and you destroy your chances of attracting buyers. Price it too low and you could end up leaving a lot of money on the table. The best thing you can do for yourself is to trust the advice of your Shalimar Realtor on the most strategic price point.

#1 - Hire The Right Realtor

If you really want to save money, sell your Shalimar property for top dollar, and do it all quickly, you need to hire the right Realtor. You need someone that is completely committed to you, knows where it makes sense to spend, and how to save. Most of all, you want a Shalimar Realtor that can deliver the Goldie Locks of commission rates; not too high, not too low, but just right.

Oct. 13, 2018

Why It’s Crucial To Sell Your Niceville House Quickly.

Why It’s Crucial To Sell Your Niceville House Quickly.


When it comes to selling a house in Niceville, you can’t afford to be complacent. Getting a sales price you can be proud of is directly tied to the number of days that it sits on the market. Were you aware that:

  • About 50% of homes sell in the first 30-60 days

  • About 15% of homes sell during “the dead zone” from days 60-120

  • After 120 days, your chance of selling is only about 35%

 

If those numbers aren’t enough to convince you that you need to sell your Niceville house faster than you unloaded that bitcoin, consider these points.  

The First Two Weeks Are The Most Important

The longer any house sits on the market, the more it depreciates in value and the harder it is to sell. This is why it is so important to enter the market with a strategic price and marketing strategy from the beginning. Those first two weeks are the most important because that is when the house is getting the most attention from potential buyers that are active in the market. This is also the time when most active buyers will be exposed to the listing for the first time through listing updates sent from brokers, Zillow, and Redfin.

Make A Grand Entrance

The moment that your Niceville property appears on the MLS is like its coming out party, it’s quinceanera. All eyes should be on your house. You need to make a major splash in the online market to win over the hearts of buyers and agents showing properties in Niceville. Professional photos, videos, staging, listing copy, and marketing are must-haves to bring your property the attention it needs and set it apart from the competition.

Deliver The Best Value

These days, homebuyers are smarter than ever and they are searching for Niceville homes that will give them the best bang for their buck. Along with a strong marketing strategy, your Realtor can work with you to identify ways to deliver so much value to buyers that they will feel crazy, stupid, or both to pass up the chance to buy your house.

Your Online Presence

Unlike before, real estate is now bought and sold online; with nearly 100% of transactions originating from an online search. Therefore, you can’t afford to try and sell your Niceville property without a dominant online presence and digital marketing plan. Hiring an experienced, and tech-savvy Realtor, is the smartest and easiest way to leap this hurdle and ensure that your house gets found by buyers online.

Thinking Of Selling Your Niceville Property? Call or text to 850.499.2940 or Email Jim@UberRealty.com


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Oct. 12, 2018

The Business Side Of Selling Your Fort Walton Beach Property.?

The Business Side Of Selling Your Fort Walton Beach Property.

You might say that selling a Fort Walton Beach property is a lot like starting a business. Not only is it a decision you shouldn’t enter into lightly, but it is one that could make or break your bank account. In today’s post, I’m sharing some of the stark similarities between selling a Fort Walton Beach property and starting a business. Plus, I’m going to give you my tips for making it easy to make a bundle while doing it.

Choose Your Business Partners Wisely

Whether you are going into business or selling your Fort Walton Beach house, you need to surround yourself with the right people in order to set yourself up for success. This means hiring the right Fort Walton Beach Realtor to help you with all of the logistics, marketing, and negotiations. If you manage to find a Fort Walton Beach Realtor with the right experience, they will also refer you to other valuable partners like photographers, contractors, and various vendors to make sure you come out on top.

Take Control Of Your Costs

There’s no question that selling a house in Fort Walton Beach can become expensive very quickly. If you want to sell the property for the maximum value in the least amount of time, you’re going to need to have a savvy marketing strategy. That means paying for professional photography, videography, virtual or physical staging, online marketing services, MLS access, and much more if you want to do it all yourself. Otherwise, you could hire a savvy Fort Walton Beach Realtor and pay them a commission to do all of this for you so you can relax until it’s time to cash that fat closing check.

Negotiate The Terms

The price, timeline for closing, and several other terms are all up for negotiation when selling your Fort Walton Beach property. Don’t be fooled into thinking that price is the only thing that matters when many of these factors play a major role for both you and potential buyers and can be used as leverage. Make your priorities clear with your Realtor and seek their advice when unsure if you’re getting a fair deal.

Thinking Of Selling Your Fort Walton Beach Property? Call 850.499.2940 or Email Jim@UberRealty.com