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Avoid Potential Listing Disasters

Avoid potential listing disasters

I study the market daily to guide my clients through their transactions and avoid potential listing disasters. I still call to find both buyers for my listing and sellers for my buyers.

When you put your home for sale, you’re taking a leap of faith. People will view your home and its contents. What is the worst thing you can happen? How about a potential buyer taking a video and then putting it on YouTube? Yes, that just happened to me. BEFORE WE WERE OFFICIALLY LISTED! It popped up, and the sellers almost blew their top! I quickly called the agent, and we were able to remove the video with only seven views.

The next time your friend John says he’s looking to move, let me have his number so I can help him manage the process, avoid potential listing disasters, and net him the most money.

Do You Have a Home-Selling To-Do List?

home-selling to-do list

I study the market daily to see where it’s headed. I call daily to find buyers for my listings and homes for my buyers. When I work with sellers, I always advise them on how to make their home as attractive as possible by following a home-selling to-do list.

Recently I met with Sharon, who wanted to move back home where her family was. The home is in a nice, popular neighborhood. The condition, not quite as attractive. You see, Sharon had fallen on hard times and was barely keeping her head above water. I helped Sharon on what items she needed to repair, replace, or clean thoroughly, as well as how she could make her home look it’s best without breaking Sharon’s budget. A to-do list solved the problem. With the help of trusted vendors and a little elbow grease, Sharon is good to go.

The next time your friend, Dave says he doesn’t know how much his home is worth, hand him my card and tell him you’ve got his back.

Who Gets Money at a Real Estate Closing?

Who gets money at a real estate closing?

Who loves money? Everyone! Who gets money at a real estate closing? Maybe everyone!

My clients Sarah and Terri were buying a home together. Mom Sarah was putting in the most money, and Terri would also live there and help with bills. Here we were at the closing table. The sellers of the home got the most money; they sold their house. The attorney and realtors got paid, as did the lender. Sarah and Terri wired too much for the down payment and closing costs. They got a little bit of money, as well as a new home. There is nothing better than leaving a closing with everyone happy and wishing each other well.

I’m a good referral for your coworker Ed who wants to sell but doesn’t know where to start. Let him know you know a great agent to guide him smoothly through the sale.

Relocating to be Closer to Grand kids

 

Relocating closer to the grandkids is a big step, but the proper staging will jumpstart the process.

Spring home selling season is here, and the market is about to pop!  I spend time every day looking for people who want to sell their homes and guide them through the best ways to maximize their profits.  I also call around for buyers: could they be a fit for one of my listings?

Late last week I was working with Tom, who knew for him it was time to move closer to the grandkids.  We staged his house by removing some of the bulky furniture and rearranged the master bedroom to add more space for a sitting area.  Tom was happy, and we received multiple offers on his home.  He’s now happily packing for his move.

When you hear your co-worker talking about how great it would be to live closer to her grandbabies, let her know a coffee with me will start them on their path to being a daily part of their grandkids’ lives.

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

Relocating to the Big City

Moving from a small town or suburb to a large city can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research before you move. It’s important to understand the culture you’re joining. Do research online and find out about school systems, neighborhoods, parking, weather, public transportation, and laws that are native to that area. If you can, visit a city before moving and connect with someone who’s lived there before.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Find housing before you leave, or at least know where you’ll stay while you look for a home. Never sign a lease on an apartment that you haven’t seen. If you can’t get there, find a friend or an employer to check for you. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people in a big city can be daunting. Don’t expect the neighbors to knock your door down with a casserole when you arrive: city life is often too noisy and hectic. Take the initiative. If there are things you liked to do in your town, find ways to do those things in the city. Try new things. Volunteer. Big cities offer so many opportunities to engage other people, so find what you like.

Mind your wallet. City life is expensive. Everything costs more: food, insurance, clothes, rent. There are also a lot more ways to get ripped off, whether legally or criminally. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.

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411 Falling Water Avenue - Listed by Ursula & Associates

411 Falling Water Avenue - Listed by Ursula & Associates411 Falling Water Avenue - Listed by Ursula & Associates411 Falling Water Avenue - Listed by Ursula & Associates

TowneLake is a master plan community with 18 unique neighborhoods withgreat amenities, pools, tennis courts, playgrounds and 2 golf courses and isjust minutes away from Lake Allatoona for fishing, boating and swimming.

Some of the Towne Lake neighborhoods even border corps of Engineer propertywithin walking distance to Lake Allatoona.
The Cherokee County Outdoor YMCA is also located just around the corner andoffers a number of youth activities throughout the year. Yearlong sportsinclude spring/fall soccer, summer baseball and winter basketball.

411 Falling Water Avenue - Listed by Ursula & Associates HobgoodPark is also located in Towne Lake and is home to 10 baseball/softball fields,2 batting cages, 1 football/soccer field, 4 tennis courts, outdoor volley ballcourt, a walking track, concession buildings, pavilions and 4 picnic areas withgrills and restrooms. Hobgood Park has just undergone a major face lift.
Towne Lake has created a whole “new Towne” of shopping centers, daily services,medical facilities, restaurants and entertainment centers in South CherokeeCounty.
Towne Lake is served by 2 award winning High Schools. Bascomb Elementary andthe brand new state-of-the-art E. T. Booth Middle School feed into Etowah HighSchool. Carmel Elementary and Woodstock Middle School feed into Woodstock HighSchool.

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Please call Ursula & Associates to discuss yourpotential Home Value in Woodstock,Canton,Cherokee and Cobb County at 678-569-4044. Clickhere to use our Home Value Estimator.

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