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You listed your home for sale and waited for the flood of people to come through the door…. but no one came.  Now what, why aren’t you even getting showings? Let’s take a look at 6 common reasons why your home isn’t getting showings as explained by Vincent Njenga , a Real Estate Consultant and C.E.O OF UshindiHomes

 1 OVERCONFIDENT SELLER

An overconfident seller believes their house is better than anything out there and can get tens of thousands more than any other comparable home on the market.

“The overconfident seller will also believe in a hot sellers  market will make their home fly off the market.  But many times the overconfident seller feels like they do not need to heed their agents advice on preparing their home for the market or even look at the comps to price competitively.” say Vincent Njenga

 A hot market does not mean you can skip the home preparation basics like cleaning, de-cluttering, depersonalizing and more, to get your home show ready.

Skip home selling 101, when it comes to pricing and preparation and the overconfident seller turns to a disappointed seller very quickly when no one wants to view their home.

9  Land Buying Questions to Help You Vet a Parcel

Searching for land to build a new home is exciting. However, buyers should be aware that purchasing raw land will require extensive due diligence. Do you know the right land buying questions to ask?

You should know that most sellers won’t have all the answers, so the task is on you, the buyer, to investigate the issues thoroughly until you’re confident in the purchase. Ujenziplan have complied some key questions to ask.

Here are ten questions to help vet the future site of your dream home

Land Buying Questions

  1. Do you have a topographic survey or grading plan?

When a lot is surveyed by a professional surveyor, you can feel confident in the amount of acreage being sold.. This will help you determine a location for a building and site access. The survey may also show existing utilities, site features and trees.

Sometimes sellers have gone through the process of hiring a civil engineer to create a grading plan, which is site plan that shows how the existing topography can be manipulated to create a driveway to a future building.

  1. Are the boundaries clearly and accurately marked on site?

Ideally, corners of the property lines should be marked on the site. These are usually tall sticks or beacons that can easily be seen from a distance. In a urban area, the boundaries are more easily discernible with neighboring structures. However, be aware that some existing structures may be encroaching onto the property in questions and a survey will show if this is the case.

  1. Are there any Conditions & Restrictions or is it a controlled development?

Another restriction may involve the design of your home. Many tract developments where a land owner subdivided land into lots and is selling them individually have design restrictions to ensure all of the homes built will have a cohesive look. Some areas are strictly controlled hence no apartments.

  1. Is the title to the property clear (free of court cases, disputes, and other encumbrances)?

Property with a clear title is “worry-free” and far more attractive than property which is encumbered by liens, taxes, or easements. A title will help you determine this and often the seller has already engaged with a title.

Why Isn't My Home Selling?

The bulk of mail I receive from unhappy readers asks for tips on selling a home and they want to know why their home is not selling. Many have had their home on the market for months without a showing. Some home sellers have had dozens of buyer previews but not one purchase offer.

“In buyer's markets, it is especially important to pull out all the stops and make your home stand out among the sea of inventory on the market” Says Paul Nyamueya a  Consultant at Ujenziplan a firm that sells Real estate in Westlands , Nairobi, Kenya 

Ask yourself: why a buyer would choose your home over all the other homes for sale?

1 Poor Condition of Your Home

“Check out your competition. If 90% of the homes in your market are not selling, then your home needs to outshine the top 10%. Look at the homes that are pending sales because that's your current indicator” Says Paul  

Apart from preparing your home for sale, consider its condition. Perhaps you should consider adding updates or doing repairs before selling. If the top 10% on the market have new carpeting and your carpeting is worn and dated, your home is not going to sell. Replace the carpet. But ask your agent first because 9 times out of 10, today's buyers prefer wood or wood-like laminate over carpet.

For more information on how to prepare your house for sale click on the link below

https://electrosawhq.com/prepare-your-house-for-selling/

  Follow the link below to know how to set you house for faster sale

http://www.ujenziplan.com/blog/182-setting-the-stage-to-sell-your-home-more-faster

Buying a home,  especially for the first time, can come with lots of confusion and unanswered questions.  Buying a home requires things such as patience, persistence, and dedication.  Another very important thing that is extremely helpful when buying a home is making sure you have a top producing Realtors /Agent working on your behalf!

We had a sit down with a Top Agent/Realtor from Ujenziplan , Paul Nyamueya  who works from  Ujenziplan a Real Estate firm based in Westlands.

 ‘A buyer who chooses to work with a top producing Realtor/ agent gives themselves a huge advantage and   can make a huge difference over their competition.’ That was the first advice Paul Nyamueya told us.

‘It’s extremely important that before you choose a real estate agent, you take the time to properly interview prospective Realtors/Agents agents.’ Paul added.

The following 10 things are items that you should absolutely make sure you will receive from your Realtor/Agent when buying a home.

1 Disclosure / Honesty

When buying a home, it’s important that you choose to work with an  agent who is honest and believes in full disclosure.  Top real estate agents are supposed to adhere to a stringent set of documents called the code of ethics and standards of practice.

First and foremost, trust your “gut feeling.”  If your “gut” is telling you that something doesn’t seem correct about the Realtor/ agent, then choose not to work with them.  There are lots of  agents to choose from that will give you a positive vibe.

“Another great way to find out whether a prospective buyers agent is practicing full disclosure is to ask for the contact information from some past buyers the agent has represented.  The agent should be able to provide at least a handful of past clients you can reach out to.” Advises Paul nyamueya

Lenders will perform extensive research into your financial history before they approve you mortgage application. Prepare for your meeting with a loan/mortgage officer by finding the answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your annual income?

Don’t forget to add in income earned through bonuses and investments. Track down your most recent W2s and tax returns for easy reference.

  1. How much debt are you in?

Tally up all of those credit cards, car loans, student loans and other monthly payments. This will be important information to help you and the lender determine your debt-to-income ratio, a tool for figuring out how large of a mortgage is appropriate.

  1. What are you worth?