Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.
2. There will be so ...
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
You have decided to sell your home but aren't sure what you should do first... Here is a home-selling timeline to help you along the way and keep stress at bay.
While you are making the most of your weekends by getting ready to sell, don't get overwhelmed and break your to-do list into manageable chunks... even better idea... break it into bite-size-pieces.. so much easier to swallow.
As soon as possible...
* Interview a real estate agent(s):
Take time to find an expert who has a great track record, good communication skills, and confidence!
* Make a plan:
Work with your agent to prioritize tasks. Focus on one at a time.
What can you live without until you move? Pack it up and move it out!
* Hire a home inspector:
Get a pre-inspection so you can identify issues or items that need repair. Work these into your budget in the beginning so it doesn't blow a deal later.
* Make the repairs:
Get some a ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
During the home-buying process, you will collaborate with and speak with your real estate agent more than any other party involved. This person will be your right hand, support system, and, in some cases, your eyes and ears. Most importantly, they will be the expert throughout the home search or home selling process. Find an agent that fits your needs and they'll work for you to find the ideal home at the price point you can afford.
Not every agent is the same. Take a look at their history of homes sold in the past 6 months to a year. If they have just a few, then you know that this not their number one priority. They may work another job, which may not be in the best interest for you.
There are typically two agents involved in a transaction. The agents are the buyer's agent who represents the buyer and buyer only. There is also the seller's agent who represents the seller and their property. Both agents work on a commission averaging 3% for each agent. This cos ...
Saturday, April 27, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
When choosing an agent, they should not only be good listeners, communicate, and be knowledgeable, they should EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and NEGOTIATE for YOU!
Here are some tips to use while interviewing real estate agents for purchasing and selling homes:
Finding a Quality Agent:
You have found a lender. Lenders interact with tons of agents over the years and can usually point buyers in the right direction towards professional agents that provide the BEST customer service and efficient documentation to the lender. TRUST your lender's opinion, especially if the lender is local.
Friends and Family:
Know any friends and family that have recently sold or purchased a home? ASK them for suggestions! They will probably give you the BEST review of an agent and the experience they had with them... whether it was good or bad.
Check out Reviews:
How do buy online? We look at reviews! I know you are looking at Zillow, Realtor, and Trulia to ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
So, you’ve gone through the process of selling your home. All contingencies have been satisfied and the appraisal has been completed and your listing agent let’s you know that “we are clear to close”. Relief is what you are feeling, then your agent tells you the buyer needs to do their final walk through before signing for the home. The stress returns. It really doesn’t need to be stressful.
Here are some tips that will help you to be prepared:
1. Make sure that you have completed all agreed upon repairs. Supply any receipts for work completed to your agent so she can get them to the buyer’s agent. During the final walk through the buyer will be checking that all agreed upon repairs have been completed. You have until 3 days before closing to complete these repairs. Make sure that if a licensed contractor was supposed to do the work, that you did indeed use a licensed contractor. Other repairs that didn’t s ...