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The Right Photos Can Make or Break Your Home Sale

There’s a lot that goes into successfully selling your home, from listing at the right time to hiring the right agent. But there’s one asset you might not have thought of that can make or break your home sale—and that’s the right photos. A recent article in the Washington Post explored the importance of photos […]

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Want To Save Money On Your Mortgage? Shop Around

Securing the right mortgage is one of the most important steps in the home buying process. With the right mortgage, you can save tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your loan. And if you want to find and secure the right mortgage, the best thing you can do? Shop around According to […]

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Majority of Americans Say Real Estate Is A Strong Investment

There are a number of reasons to purchase real estate, from having a place to call your own to providing a sense of safety and stability for your family. But one of the biggest reasons people buy homes is for the investment opportunity. According to a recent survey, the majority of Americans think real estate […]

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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Offer Stand Out

If you’ve been looking for a new home, finding the right one is exciting. Now that it’s time to write the offer, however, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure the seller is impressed with your offer versus someone else’s offer. Of course the easiest way is to offer cash significantly over asking price, but fortunately, in the real world, there are still great ways to ensure the seller takes your offer seriously and improve your chance of acceptance. Here are the top 5 ways to make your offer stand out:

1. Pre-Approval Letter – A pre-approval means your lender has done their due diligence and has all the documentation needed to close the loan.  It means to the seller that you are serious about buying their home. Is this really necessary? YES, your offer will not be considered without it. Why waste time having to get this done after you have already found the home you want, after all, someone else might just beat you to it.

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2. Contingency Removals – Certainly you should not remove any contingencies which could put you at risk, but you can consider removing or shortening contingency periods to provide peace of mind to the sellers.

3. Sell Your Home First – One red flag to a seller is the buyer who needs to sell their own home before closing. Sell before you write the offer whenever possible. I get that this is not always convenient, but it is less risk to the seller to accept an offer that does not have a home sale contingency.

4. Escrow Period – Working with your agent, offer a longer or shorter escrow period based on the seller’s moving needs. Your agent should be able to find out this information for you.

5. Win-Win – Show the seller that you want to create a win-win. Negotiations are part of a home sale, but avoid seeming unreasonable or demanding.

While price is always important to the home seller, there are other valuable concessions or offers which can mean as much. Work with an agent who views the transaction as a win for all sides and learn what’s important to the seller before you write the offer. By accommodating their needs as much as possible, you are more likely to have your offer accepted.IMG_5040

 

LONG-DISTANCE HOUSE HUNTING

Regular house-hunting isn’t always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don’t have when looking a few neighborhoods over for a new home. While it may not be a walk in the park to buy a home from far away, it is possible. If you find a great agent and follow […]

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Landscape Your Way to Better Curb Appeal

You have just one chance to make a great first impression to your potential buyer, and a neat and tidy front-yard landscape makes sure they’ll be impressed. The National Association of Realtors says that 63% of buyers will do a drive-by to see a home after they’ve looked at it online. When they do, you’ll […]

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87% Of Buyers Purchased Real Estate Through An Agent Or Broker In 2018

Between the historic inventory shortage, intense competition, and rapidly rising prices, navigating the real estate market in 2018 was a real challenge for buyers—and that’s why the vast majority of them partnered with real estate professionals for their home search. According to the 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors, 87% […]

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June Is National Homeownership Month

Are you aware that June is National Homeownership month? Probably not. Because you’re too busy working to afford the home you live in, whether you rent it or own it. Why should you care? If you poke around and read anything you can find about it, you’re being urged to recognize and celebrate the benefits of homeownership. […]

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Think You Need To Pay Top Dollar For A Newly-Constructed Home?

When most people think new construction, they think of all the luxuries that come with having a brand new home—and the hefty price tag to match. But as it turns out that hefty price tag? It might not be as set in stone as you’d imagine. According to a recent article on Zillow, the housing market […]

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Top Tips for House Hunting Online

Hunting for a new home online a is a great place to start your search but keep in mind that you don’t see everything. Real estate agents are great at highlighting the features of a house listing online but to make the most of your time, keep these three things in mind:

Identify your Housing Needs

Preferences are important when house searching. A house may not have everything you want but it will have most of the things. Be realistic about pricing and keep in mind the must-have items that will definitely be needed because this will help narrow your search.

Stay up to Date

When you start your search, make sure you go to sites with up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service. Realtors post their most current homes for sale through this. MANY sites fail to remove listings that are already off the market, and this can lead to you trying to sort through them and find the recent ones.  I always recommend that my clients reach out to me to make sure the property is actually still on the market.

Pictures can be Deceiving

Photographers capture listings at their best. They use different strategies and tools to boost the appeal of the home like creative editing and expensive camera equipment known for its effects. Wide angle lenses can make a room appear much larger in a picture. You may not see all of the unappealing parts of the home, like an undone bathroom or small closet.

Go See The Listing

Searching online is a great way to learn more about the house you’re looking for. Even if you’re still unsure about moving, house hunting online gives you a way to see what is out there and to see if there is anything of interest to you.

After you have chosen a house that’s appealing to you, schedule a showing with your real estate agent. This is the opportunity to see every part of the house in person and see if it’s a good fit.