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29 Ways It Pays To Work with a Realtor®

If you’re preparing to buy a home or wanting to sell yours, you’ve had to consider this question: Should I use a realtor? A lot of home buyers and sellers on the market prefer to go at it alone, wary of the fees and cuts realtors charge. In theory, sellers especially can make more money on their home by selling themselves, but the truth is, a realtor can save both time and money. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to use a realtor, consider these benefits:

29 Ways it Pays to Work with a Realtor                       Thinking about buying or selling a home? Think about all the steps you'll personally have to complete:
  1. Determine how much you can afford.
  2. Price existing home without the input of a market expert.
  3. Check credit report.
  4. Put existing house on market.
  5. Decide where to advertise to reach best potential buyers.
  6. Host open houses to sell existing home.
  7. Schedule appointments to show current home or to see new ones.
  8. Find new home with all the features you want
  9. Investigate school system.
  10. Research neighborhoods and local amenities.
  11. Analyze comparable home sales and make offer on new home.
  12. Consider offers for current home.
  13. Review homeowner's association documents for new home.
  14. Meet home and pest inspectors for review of current home.
  15. Arrange home and pest inspections on new home.
  16. Negotiate terms... Read More

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Why a Second Home in Vero Beach?

28 BeachWhether a quick weekend getaway to enjoy the beach, go sport fishing or golf with friends, Vero Beach is the perfect destination for those seeking a little R&R. Relaxed and understated, after a few trips, many visiting golfers and beachcombers become local homeowners when they fall under the spell of this panoramic, peaceful region. That is how many of our clients start before they become second homeowners in Vero. Many buyers want a special place where they can restore themselves and escape their hectic lives to unwind and enjoy time with their families.

Be it a house on the beachside or a condo on the mainland, Vero offers the diversity and quality of life you dream of. With its elegant and naturally preserved old Florida charm, a second home in Vero Beach is a place your family will cherish for years to come.

If you would like to learn more about homeownership in Vero Beach, please contact Norris & Company Real Estate at 1.800.635.5155.

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Giving Back to our Community

The brokers, agents and staff of Norris & Company Real Estate recently donated food and money to our local food pantry, The Food Pantry of Indian River County. The generous food donation will supply enough food for 28 people, for a 3 day period for local families in need this upcoming holiday season, said Executive Director Bonnie Simpson. With unemployment in Indian River County among the highest in the region, more families than ever before are seeking basic food assistance. Jane Schwiering and Gena Grove, the Broker-Owners of Norris & Company, encourage anyone who wishes to donate non-perishable foods to bring them to the Norris & Company offices at 3377 Ocean Drive. All donations will be delivered to The Food Pantry of Indian River County before Christmas. For more information, please call our office at 772-231-1270. Our offices are open 7 days a week to serve.... Read More

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I have a Great Home! Why isn’t it Selling?

Did you know that over the course of the past year an average of only 6% of available single family homes in Indian River County have been sold in any given month? It's been said that preparing your home for sale is like preparing for a blind date. You want to smell good and look perfect! That being said, below are some things you can do to get your home in tip top shape and put yourself ahead of your competition. 1.  It's all about the price! This is a big one and sometimes a hard pill to swallow. First and foremost, you have to remove the emotion from the sale of your home. A Buyer is not attached to your "home". Until they buy it, it's just another house for sale. Have your REALTOR® do a comparative market analysis of similar homes in your area that are currently on the market, under contract and that have sold. How much competition do you have? Is your asking price in line with others? If it is priced higher, does your home improvements, location, etc. warrant the increase? Do you need to sell now? Discuss the findings of the analysis with your agent to determine if you need to make a price adjustment and to discuss your degree of motivation. Have an appraisal done by... Read More

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What is a Home Inventory and do I really need one?

Is a Home Inventory Necessary? Simply put "Yes."

Insurance agents get asked this question all the time. Typically, it’s asked with a skeptical tone, as though the insurance company might try to pull a fast one at claim time by not coughing up enough cash to cover the loss.

You do not need to provide a list or inventory to purchase a policy, but you must furnish one in the event of a property damage claim. Either way, it is highly recommended that you create a list of your contents early and update it often, unless you want to be at the mercy of a claims adjuster. And while photographic evidence of your home’s contents is not required for a claim, it’s a smart move to do so to ensure proper reimbursement.  Just don't try to collect for your 18 karat gold toilet plunger, you may be asked to show proof of that particular purchase.

Why Make an Inventory?

Real quick, grab a pen and piece of paper.  Now write down all of the contents of your smallest closet. When you have finished, go into that closet and see just how many things you missed. Those are the items the insurance company will not pay you for in the event your home burns down and you are asked to... Read More

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Vacating your Florida Home for the Season – A Checklist

The below checklist is designed to aid in preparations to close your Florida home for the season. Some procedures may apply to your situation, others may not. Use this list as a guide to check off those tasks of greatest concern to you. 3 Weeks Prior to Leaving:
  • Have your air conditioning system serviced and humidistat calibrated, if present.
  • Call telephone company to temporarily suspend service during your absence.
  • Review homeowners insurance policy and update, if necessary.
  • Determine what method(s) you will use to control humidity inside your home and/or control fungal growth.
  • Make arrangements for a trusted friend/relative or hire a service to check on your home periodically.
  • Arrange for landscaping / pool maintenance.
  • Arrange for someone to secure shutters and/or prepare home in the event of a hurricane threat.
2 Weeks Prior to Leaving:
  • Purchase timers for lamps, radio or other appliances.
  • Arrange to forward mail.
  • Arrange for cancellation of newspapers, magazines.
  • Run air conditioning on humidistat settings to test reliability. It should run at least two out of every 24 hours.
1 Week Prior to Leaving:
  • Clean refrigerator and freezer.
  • Check operation of dehumidifier, if you use one.
  • Place in central location.
  • Remove interior plants... Read More

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6 Reasons to Reduce Your Home Price …

By: G. M. Filisko Published: March 19, 2010 While you'd like to get the best price for your home, consider our six reasons to reduce your home price. These six signs may be telling you it’s time to lower your price.

1. You’re drawing few lookers

You get the most interest in your home right after you put it on the market because buyers want to catch a great new home before anybody else takes it. If your real estate agent reports there have been fewer buyers calling about and asking to tour your home than there have been for other homes in your area, that may be a sign buyers think it’s overpriced and are waiting for the price to fall before viewing it.

2. You’re drawing lots of lookers but have no offers

If you’ve had 30 sets of potential buyers come through your home and not a single one has made an offer, something is off. What are other agents telling your agent about your home? An overly high price may be discouraging buyers from making an offer.

3. Your home has been on the market longer than similar homes

Ask your real estate agent about the average number of days it takes to sell a home in your market. If the answer is 30 and... Read More

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Simple Tips for Better Home Showings

1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too. 2. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of the home. 3. Keep everything extra clean. A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean the stove and refrigerator. Polish your doorknobs and address numbers. It’s worth hiring a cleaning service if you can afford it. 4. Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. Open the windows to air out the house. Potpourri or scented candles will help. 5. Brighten your rooms. Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to brighten up rooms and basements. Replace any burned-out bulbs in closets. Clean the walls, or better yet, brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint. 6. Don’t disregard minor repairs. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t... Read More

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