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For Top Dollar, Home Sellers Need To Work Homebuyer Search Patterns

For years, I've been saying the smart way to market a home for sale has changed due to the internet, and today's post is designed to show you why.

We have created a graphic that explains typical homebuyer search patterns on the internet. With 94% of buyers using online search tools to shop for homes, you had better use every tactic at your disposal if you want to get top dollar for your home.

It Only Takes One

"It only takes one!" is what you'll be told by somebody who does not know how to get you top dollar for your home, referring to the number of buyers they "hope" will be drawn to your home. This is loser-speak.

It takes many! The more people who want your home, the higher we can get your price to go. Have you ever been to an auction where only one party wanted the item for sale? What happened? NOTHING!...

Lakeshore Estates Listings And Real Estate Report August 2016

If you want the convenience of living in NE Tallahassee without having to pay the price for NE Tallahassee, consider looking at Lakeshore Estates.

Lakeshore Estates is located just west of East-West line in Tallahassee, along the western edge of Meridian Road, north of the Interstate and south of Timberlane road.

This means it is a NW Tallahassee neighborhood that's within a baseball's throw of the highly active NE Tallahassee housing market.

As such, it is often overlooked by real estate agents and buyers who are focused on its neighbors to the east. This means that some buyers are missing out on some great opportunities (fewer buyers means lower demand = better prices for savvy buyers).

You will find both three and four bedroom homes in Lakeshore Estates, and most of these single family detached...

Lafayette Oaks Listings And Home Sales Report August 2016

Tallahassee's first gated community is Lafayette Oaks, and it is located on the northeast side of town.

This popular neighborhood offers excellent value right now, with larger homes on large homesites that are significantly more spacious than the average Tallahassee home and lot.

Most homes in Lafayette Oaks were built in the 1970s and 1980s, though there is more than a mere scattering of newer ones. As with all neighborhoods of this era, expect to find a wide array of "effective" ages as some homes have been fully renovated, some partially, while many are still fairly original.

The Leon County Public Schools servicing this subdivision include WT Moore Elementary School, Swift Creek Middle School, and ...

The 32317 Zip Code Has Become A Significant Part Of Tallahassee

Created in the 1980s, the 32317 Zip Code is a "newer" segment of the Tallahassee real estate market.

It's funny, many online search tools (both for real estate and when searching for something other than homes for sale) often do not include this zip code as a choice.

But times have changed and the 32317 zip code is a significant portion of the Tallahassee MSA.

The 32317 Zip Code On The East Side Of Tallahassee, Florida

Homes For Sale In The 32317 Zip Code

With homes priced from $115,000 to $700,000, the 32317 zip code has something for just about everybody who is looking for a home in the Tallahassee real estate market.

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PRICE REDUCED! - Homes For Sale In Tallahassee With Recent Price Changes

When a home has been sitting on the market a while, often times the seller will lower the asking price in order to stimulate interest.

I have assembled all the homes that have changed their list price over the past 7 days (including a few who chose to raise their prices) so that our buyers can simply click one link to find them all.

Homes For Sale In Tallahassee With Price Changes

The following homes for sale in Tallahassee have changed their asking prices over the past 7 days. Do you think any of them are a bargain?

Price Change Idx

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Eastgate Listings & Home Sales Report August 2016

Eastgate is a NE Tallahassee neighborhood, inside of I-10, that contains homes for sale at and below Tallahassee's median home price.

This means that this popular Northeast Tallahassee neighborhood has great access to shopping, dining, Capital Circle and the Interstate, and it's priced six figures lower than anything else nearby!

In previous Eastgate housing report, we forecasted that by (now) there would be more homes sold than in all of 2015 through December. That indeed has occurred.

With thirteen homes sold, three on the market (with two already under contract), Eastgate is one hot commodity right now.

Eastgate Schools

Eastgate is zoned for the following public schools:

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The Ultimate Tallahassee Foreclosures Report August 2016

During the first 15 years of my career, we saw so few foreclosures in Tallahassee that I did not really bother tracking them at all.

Our stable economy and consistent appreciation had traditionally been the perfect recipe for keeping distressed properties from our normal offering of homes for sale. But the collapse of the housing market in 2006 changed all that.

Current State Of The Tallahassee Foreclosure Market

If you did not see our recent Weekly Special Report, you might want to give it a quick review. It's only one page and it provides some insight on the formation of new foreclosures in Tallahassee.

Today's report compares new lis pendens filings (the start of the foreclosure process) with foreclosure sales (the ultimate end of the foreclosure...

Woodland Drives Home Sales Report August 2016

Did you know that you can find large homes with yards right in the heart of downtown Tallahassee?

The neighborhood of Woodland Drives offers large homesites with older homes within walking distance of the Florida Capitol building (and shopping, night life, and the entire downtown too).

With five homes listed for sale in Woodland Drives and two already under contract, this is not an area where properly priced inventory stagnates.

The Leon County Schools that service Woodland Drives are:

Ox Bottom Manor Listings And Real Estate Report August 2016

If you are looking for an executive level home in the heart of the 32312 zip code in Tallahassee, it is likely you will come across Ox Bottom Manor during your search.

With more than 700 homes built mostly built from the 1990s through the mid 2000s, you will find many of the most desirable features and amenities that people expect in homes priced from $300K and up.

Ox Bottom Manor is one of the more heavily searched neighborhoods in all of Northeast Tallahassee. There are plenty of different home styles from which to choose, but the key to this hot location is that it is located in the heart of the most sought after school zones in Tallahassee.

The Leon County Public Schools serving Ox Bottom Manor include:

Where To Find Great Deals On Back On The Market Listings

We have added a page to our real estate website for serious homebuyers.

Of course, by "serious" we mean those buyers who have been actively preparing to buy a home, have all their finances in order, and are just waiting for the right property to hit the market. THIS PAGE will likely have that property on it!

Have you ever considered which properties are the "hottest" on the market? You know, the properties that everybody will want and that will "fly off the shelf" as soon as they get here?

Well, consider looking at homes that are listed "back on the market." These are homes that were previously under contract and for whatever reason the person who was going to buy the home decided not to buy (or was told they were not qualified to buy it).

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