Best Times to Buy or Sell A Home

Best Times to Buy or Sell a Home

What the general public doesn’t know about real estate is that the media can present a skewed view of what is actually happening in the local market. I utilize hyper-local information to help guide people about the best times to buy or sell a home.

I currently have a couple who aren’t sure if now is the right time for them to move into a larger house. They’re getting married, and they are stuffed into 986 square feet with a large dog. The more we discuss, the more they realize it’s the right time for them. The new year is here, and rates remain steady.

I’m a good referral for your friends who are expecting a new baby and live in an apartment. They want more bedrooms and a yard to play in. You want to be able to visit them and actually sit down. Let them know you’d be happy to introduce us if they want to move before the baby comes.

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.

Buying a Home? The Due Diligence Period in Real Estate

The Due Diligence Period in a Real Estate Contract

Many home buyers are unfamiliar with the term Due Diligence when they set out to buy a home. What is the Due Diligence period in a real estate contract? It’s the negotiated amount of time for buyers to do inspections, quotes, etc. to make sure they want to buy the house. Typically lasting 10 -14 days, it allows the Buyer to Cancel with NO PENALTY and get the return of their earnest money. Can the Seller cancel during that time as well? NO!

My client Alice was under contract on an older home. It had foundation issues, and she decided not to proceed. Because we terminated the contract within the Due Diligence period, her earnest money was returned to her in full, no penalties.

I’m a good referral for your friend Sam who’s been burned in a real estate purchase before. Let him know you know an experienced agent that will protect his money and his time.

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.

You Can Choose Your Closing Attorney

You can choose your closing attorney

Did you know as a buyer, you can choose your closing attorney in most cases? Did you know as a seller you can also choose? What? Yes, the closing attorney is a negotiated item on the contract. If a seller is contributing to closing costs, then they have some leverage with the choice. When a house is being financed, the attorney represents the LENDER. A good agent will negotiate the attorney on your behalf, as it’s important not to let any of the title work delay the closing.

My client, Bob, was paying cash for his home and felt strongly about using his closing attorney. We negotiated that for him, and I was able to add another referral source.

When your friend Jill says, she’s ready to downsize, give her my name, Renee Pruitt, and let her know it’ll be smooth from here on out.

What You Need to Know About Due Diligence

What You Need to Know About Due Diligence

When you buy a home, there may be phrases or terms that you may not know. Today we’re going to talk about the due diligence period. Due diligence is a term every buyer needs to understand before signing a contract.

Due diligence is the negotiated amount of time at the beginning of a sales contract that allows the buyer to walk away for no reason at all. It is intended to do inspections, an appraisal, etc. If the buyer terminates during that period, their earnest money is always returned to them. Typically, due diligence is 10 – 14 days, or as low as seven or even zero in a competitive situation. It’s best to take the due diligence period and its requirements very seriously. Make sure you hire a strong agent who will protect your money during due diligence.

I’m a good referral for your brother, who really wants to be in Florida. Tell him an introduction to Renee will get him on his way.

Boost Your Curb Appeal to Sell Your Home Faster

Boost your curb appeal

A great way to boost your curb appeal is to keep up with your landscaping. When you’re selling your house, this is one of the first impressions potential buyers will get. A well-maintained and landscaped lawn is always inviting and gets more viewings.  Increasing your home viewings also increases the chances of selling your house faster. Remember these tips:

  1. Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
  2. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned.

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Things to Consider as Your Children Leave the Nest

things to consider as your children leave the nest

Things to Consider as Your Children Leave the Nest

It’s only natural to start thinking about downsizing your home as your kids begin lives outside of the house. Whether you’re thinking about moving to a townhome in the city or a bungalow on the lake, here are a few things to consider as your children leave the nest.

  1. Think about the Big Picture: You want to downsize now, but what about after the kids are out of college and starting their own family? Do you want to have space for them to stay with you? Think about more than the next 5 years, if space is large enough, but not too large, and if the house is physically manageable enough for you both.
  2. Are you ready emotionally? Did your children learn to walk in this home? Did you have a wedding in the backyard? Are you REALLY ready to leave? Think through this as selling a home of many years and many memories are quite emotional.

Whatever you decide, hire a licensed, experienced REALTOR. No one will be better qualified to guide you through the process of downsizing after so many years.

Get the Most House for the Money

get the most home for the money

Your Realtor should study the market daily to help you get the most house for the money.

As a Realtor, I’m asked every day, “How’s the market?” to which I always answer “It’s unbelievable!” Seriously, everyone wants to know about the market whether they’re moving or not. I use information about the market to help current and prospective clients every day.

Last week, I had a client who was wavering about whether to buy or not. I showed her how with the possibility of increasing interest rates, her ability to afford a home was declining. So now was the best time for her to get the most house for the money she had available.

I’m a good referral for your friend’s son who is tired of paying high rent and wants to own for less than the price he pays to rent. Or your other friend who would like to start adding some investment property to his portfolio. Let me guide your referrals through the ever-changing market.

Make Your Home Move-In Ready

Choosing a neutral color wall paint will make your home move-in ready and more desirable to most home buyers.

Summer is still here, and so is the hot housing market. 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.

This month I was lucky enough to spend some time with Nancy, who is selling her home of 20 years. Nancy is an artist. What do artists love? COLOR! Lots of colors! Nancy’s home was colorful: Red, orange, purple, marbled faux painting, blue yellow. I could go on and on. What do buyers want? Move-in ready and neutral! Nancy and I had a heart to heart. Nancy loves her color, and she can put all her favorites in her new home! Let’s get this one ready for sale by toning down the loud colors. Nancy reluctantly agreed, and now her home is beautiful by all standards.

Do you have a friend like Nancy? Send them my way, and I can help them get the price they want for their home.

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