About My Books

“The Brilliant Home Buyer" (Jan. 2021)

This is a book of insider real estate advice that will give homebuyers a major advantage in creating personal wealth. Buying and owning a home long term is, by far, the most dependable path to wealth for most people. The potential profit when you sell one day is enormous. But the entire real estate industry has changed dramatically in just the last five years. Nearly everything about the process is new. It is critical to know what you are doing and to have the edge over sellers -- and even other buyers.

To make a huge profit tomorrow, you have to know what you are doing today. Written by a 20 yr veteran agent, and the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Selling Your Home", Katie Severance now offers her insider tips and strategies to buyers looking for a home in this new, fast paced and ever-changing economy.

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Selling Your Home” (Penguin, 2010)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Selling Your Home is about how to sell a house anywhere, anytime, in any kind of market - and for top dollar. If that sounds too good to be true, it’s not. Yes, markets fluctuate but you can always sell on the uppermost edge of the current market. This book takes you through the steps in an easy-to-understand manner and hard-to-argue-with fundamentals.

When I got the phone call that Penguin was considering me to author “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Selling Your Home”, I knew it was because I have a strong point of view about the right way to market a home for the most money. The guiding principle is that, if you have a deep understanding how buyers really think and how they are motivated psychologically, how to market your home powerfully and negotiate strategically, you can increase the sale price up to anywhere from about 5-25% above market value. It works every time.

Some of the chapters in the book are:

  • How to Price Your Home Properly
  • How Buyers Behave When Prices Are Down
  • How Buyers Behave When Prices Are Up
  • Renovations that Make You Money When You Sell
  • Staging Tips to Get You Top Dollar
  • How to Sell Rental and Income Producing Properties
  • Evaluating and Accepting an Offer
  • Flipping Homes