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Quad Cities Home For Sale

By: Tony Burkhart

Are you looking to sell your Quad Cities Home?  Are you thinking of selling your quad cities home by owner or with an agent? 

Did you know the market is extremely hot to sell your quad cities home?

We are FSBOFox and we would like to take a few second to tell you about the benefits of selling your quad cities home by owner.

1)Savings.  Selling your quad cities home by yourself can save you thousands of dollars in realtor commissions.  Why pay someone to advertise your home when you can do it yourself, better and cheaper.

2)Marketing and pricing assistance.  Selling a home is about marketing and pricing and these are the two key roles that a real estate agent offers.  If there was a company to help you advertise your home on the internet, where 80% of home searches begin, would you be interested?  What  about pricing.  There are many resources available to help you sell your quad cities home by owner.  These include your county assessor, and appraiser or our partner company called Tru Home Value.

3)The biggest concern of most quad cities home sellers is the legal aspect of selling your home.  This problem is easily solved and the solution is called an attorney.  You used an attorney when you bought your house, you will use when you sell your house.  An attorney can help you with all the contracts, disclosures and very other form associated  with the home selling process.  If you need a referral, we will gladly share a few who we have worked with.

In summary, selling your quad cities home is easy to do.  The question is which way is best for you?  The way of the past using a real estate agent and wasting thousands of dollars in commissions, or by owner and keep your hard earned equity in your pocket.

We are always here to help you advertise and sell your quad cities home,  please call or email for any further questions.

Thank You

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Sale by Owner

By: Tim Riley

How good does it feel to say these words in regards to your house, sale by owner? For me it was an amazing day when I sold my very own home, and it took only 10 days to have an accepted offer. The relief that came with selling my very own home and saving literally thousands of dollars was awesome. I actually had a realtor friend tell me I could not sell my house for what I was asking. He wanted to list it for about $15,000 less then where my starting price was at. So if you factor in what my selling price would have been with him then I saved tens of thousands of dollars.

The truth of it is was, I was not an expert at selling homes. I did however, know how to sell a home. My personal interest in homes over the years had prepared me for home selling and buying. Several of my friends had recently sold or bought homes and it was my turn in the rotation. Picking their brains over a few cold beers gave me a ton of knowledge that would prove to be very valuable. I say this because all of my friends had a house transaction using Mel Foster, Ruhl & Ruhl, or Remax.  None of them had sold with qcfsbo, qc homes, or any other quad city homes fsbo site. I had to do my home work and found out that FSBOFox offered a home selling guarantee and would actually list my home until it sold with no gimmicks, renewel fees, or nickel and dime me to death for extra pictures, descriptions, or making changes to my listing. These are features I found to be highly desirable. Coupled with their A+ customer service I was able to sell my house and parlay our relationship into helping others sell their homes.

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Home Sale

By: Tim Riley

Home sale, what do these words mean to you? Maybe you are looking at recent home sales in your area gathering comp prices for your sale by owner home. If this is the case then you want to make sure you do your leg work and QCSFBO Fox has the tools for you to build your personalized market analysis. Time spent pricing your home sale will pay dividends down the road. This is just one step in how to sell a home.  Other items to consider are pictures, descriptions, features, and neighborhood. Try your best to make your home stand out as the best house available in the area.

Selling homes can be done with a realtor such as, Ruhl & Ruhl, or on your own. Whichever method you decide to go with make sure you are comfortable with the services you will be given. It is well worth your time to interview multiple realtors and for sale by owner services before settling on one method, person, or business. Take the time to reacquaint yourself with your home, community, and real estate services to increase your chances of selling this summer.

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Bettendorf Homes for Sale

By: Tim Riley

Bettendorf is the fastest growing city of the Quad Cities Area with a population of 33,327 in 2012, according to That is up 6.6% from 2000. The housing value has gone up considerably. By 2011, the median house/condo value skyrocketed near $190,000, up from $114,000 in 2000. These numbers are both staggering and impressive.  If you live, work, or wish to join the real estate profession, then you must jump in on the growth of Bettendorf.

Bettendorf has become the most desirable city of the QC to live in. While Davenport, Rock Island, and Moline all have benefits to being a resident of their cities, Bettendorf seems to have the most to offer if you look at the data. There are many different features that attract people to the Bettendorf area, perhaps the most significant are the schools. Home to both the Bettendorf Bulldogs and Pleasant Valley Spartans, these districts are always on the cutting edge of education, technology, pushing students to be better, and have great athletic programs. Both programs send kids to D-I colleges every year on academic and athletic scholarships. One notable athlete to play for Iowa and the Indianapolis Colts is Pat Anger.

Outside of the rich educational programs Bettendorf has, there are many other desirable features to the area. Bettendorf has several excellent parks which are always well maintained and have copious amounts of clean playground equipment. The pavilions are clean, trash pulled, and the grass is cut. Softball and soccer fields provided by the city, such as Crow Creek, are some of the best fields in the area and provide hours of entertainment to hundreds of people nearly every night of the week. Bettendorf also has another less common yet popular park, a dog park. Dog and dog owners gather here to let their canines run free and to socialize themselves with other dog lovers.

Bettendorf is a growing city that looks to continue their growth with new housing expansion. Bettendorf is land locked to the east by Davenport and to the south by the Mississippi River, so real estate growth is primarily in the North Western region of the city. The housing market within the current city is still very strong, as the numbers above prove. This is all great news if your Bettendorf home is for sale, but there is also great news for investors. Rental prices are up, and the length of time a rental is on the market is down. Real estate is good in the Quad Cities, but at its best in Bettendorf.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Quad Cities Home Curb Appeal

By: Tim Riley

Curb Appeal, that simple phrase which can make or break any home selling deal. The allure of curb appeal has people investing more money and time into their yards, namely the front yard. The outside of your home is a reflection of the home owners themselves and what the house will probably look like on the inside. Not everyone is a DIY master or has a green thumb, so I have created a list of 5 simple ways to improve the curb appeal of your middle class mansion.

1. Pressure Wash: Perhaps the easiest improvement on the list. Do not reach for the garden hose and expect to get the same results as a pressure washer. It’s like comparing a squirt gun to a fire hose. A pressure washer gives you the water pressure you need to wash away years of dirt and mildew that has been neglected for years or even decades. Many pressure washers also have the option to use chemicals for cleaning and mildew prevention. I have never used any of the soaps or mildew preventers on my house, patio, driveway, or retaining wall, but have been entertaining the idea over the last year. I have power washed all of these critical areas, and it will take years off of your property.  It gives the property that clean zest appeal buyers are looking for.

2. Fertilize, Water, and Mow: To me, one of the biggest curb appeal impressions comes from the front lawn. When people drive up to the home you are selling they want to see a lush, full, and well groomed front yard, not some janky yard that has been used for boarding dogs. To obtain this desired look you will need to take the time every year to spread fertilizer and weed control during spring. If needed over-seed your lawn as well. The time it takes to do this is literally less than an hour for homes sitting on a half-acre or less. If going through a dry spell in your area square feet, that’s a lot. Finally, remember to mow your lawn as needed. Depending on the amount of rain you receive, or how often you water your lawn, this could be once every 4 days or once every two weeks. I prefer a longer cut because it allows for stronger root growth and healthier grass.

3. Mulching and Flower Beds: Many people mulch around trees, flower beds around the house, and around walkways. If you do use mulch, have your 3”-4” base of mulch and every year after add an additional 1”-2”s of mulch for that fresh vibrant look. For flower beds, make sure the boarders are clearly defined with bricks, stones, vinyl, or any other type of small barrier. These clean edges are a small detail that will really make your curb appeal pop. Replant you annuals in mid to late spring to allow the flowers to bloom and show their colors. I like to wait and address pruning trees and hedges once they are green, so I can shape the plants better as I make my cuts.

4. Outdoor Lighting: Many people forget what their house looks like at night or feel like it is not important. Well, it is important, and outdoor lighting can really take you to the upper epsilon of curb appeal. There are some really simple ways to improve outdoor lighting, for example using solar walkway markers for your sidewalk. A slightly more involved outdoor lighting is using low voltage lighting. This is a more professional look and will ultimately yield better results. More can be seen about outdoor lighting here.

5. Paint Doors, Shutters For Windows: Finally, we have every homes flippers dream product, paint. Why do house flippers like paint so much? Because it is an inexpensive way to give a house a new look or make any feature stand out. A well designed and inviting entryway could mean thousands in your pocket. Fresh paint or stain on an entry door will revitalize your home. With the addition of updated light fixtures and couple unique potted plants can give the front of your home the focal point it has been missing.  Another good way to use some paint is on shutters, if you have them. Updating the trim colors of your home leaves one less task for a potential buyer to address when they move in. Freshly painted shutters and trim will give your home a new look and can bring back potential buyers if they already passed on your house once.

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Quad Cities’ Home For Sale

By: Tim Riley

The Quad Cities is made of four major metropolitan areas, these are: Rock Island, Moline, Davenport, and Bettendorf. The QC also extends out to smaller outlying towns areas such as; Buffalo, Eldridge, Muscatine, Port Byron, Andalusia, Geneseo, and Milan. The For Sale By Owner (FSBO) force is strong with these areas and has been for the past decade. So what has changed with this process? Well, 10 years ago you may have seen a newspaper advertisement that says, “Moline home for sale” or “Bettendorf home for sale."  Today, you are more likely to see these advertisement banners on the Internet. This has been a huge benefit, and even more so to the smaller outlying towns like Park View’s homes for sale or Andalusia’s homes for sale.

Businesses, such as FSBOFox, have sprung up helping people sell their own home. A for sale by owner business acts like a marketer for your property, and they also give buyers a single Internet location to review multiple homes for sale by owner. What is the benefit to a central location for FSBO homes? Well, homes being sold by owner will not appear on the multiple listing service (MLS), as this is strictly a real estate agents tool. Agents from Mel Foster, Remax, and Keller & Williams will list their homes on the MLS. Because a FSBO home cannot be listed on the MLS, it is very important you list your Davenport home for sale on a FSBO website.

Another benefit to using Quad City’s FSBO services is the use of a high quality yard sign combined with your personal Internet listing. The yard sign will let passerby’s know your Bettendorf home is for sale. Especially if you are located on a busy street with speed limits excess of 25 mph or higher. Buyers still know your home is for sale, and if they like what curb appeal, you offer then they know where to go to find out more information on the house such as: price, number of bedrooms & bathrooms, and additional interior pictures. The combination of good signage and a HIGH QUALITY QCFSBO service will substantially increase your odds of selling your own home and moving into your next dream house.

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