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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 1/14/2020

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Once you decide you’re in the market for a new home, one of the first decisions you’ll make is whether you should hire a real estate agent to shop for a house or go out your own. While buying a new home without a professional representative is possible, there is no disadvantage to working with one, here’s why.

It Doesn’t Cost You Anything

Generally, the seller pays the commission fees to any agents representing both sides of the sale. From a buyer’s perspective, they really have nothing to lose by working with an agent since they won’t have to pay any out-of-pocket costs.

Additionally, REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), which means they are bound to adhere to a specific code of ethics. This means you’ll have a representative who has pledged to abide by this code and approach every transaction honestly.

Bring Expertise to the House-Hunting Process

As a buyer, unless you’re fully versed in the finer points associated with real estate purchases, along with a certain level of legal expertise in contractual law, you’re better protected if you work with a professional agent. Agents are well-versed in the most up-to-date information associated with the housing market. Skills trained agents bring to the house-hunting process include:

  • Understanding of all the variables associated with real estate purchases.
  • Strong familiarity with regions, towns, and specific neighborhoods.
  • Ability to instinctively know if and when homes are over or under-priced.
  • Access to “pocket listings” not available to the open market or even to a large number of agents.
  • Keen ability to pinpoint a home’s potential problems or flaws not visible to the average buyer.
  • Essentially, working with an experienced and licensed professional means you’ll have someone on your side who can do the bulk of the leg work while helping you find the house of your dreams.

    Strong Knowledge in the Bidding Process

    Investing in a major purchase, such as a home, usually comes with some stresses, along with a few bumps along the road. Once you reach the negotiation and bidding stage, your agent can ensure these go as smoothly as possible. They bring many valuable attributes to the table when it comes to sealing a deal.

  • Ability to share strong negotiation techniques once a house is found (purchase price, closing costs, repairs, etc.).
  • Thorough knowledge in appraisals, title searches and inspections.
  • Skilled in navigating the burdensome paperwork associated with real estate purchases.
  • Able to quickly identify any potential problems that might affect or delay the closing process.
  • Buying or selling a home can be an emotional process. An agent can make sure negotiations are conducted with a levelheaded approach to make certain a fair deal is made.

    In addition to the above reasons, it’s important to remember, your real estate agent is always on your side. They can provide you with both guidance and objectivity as you seek to find your new home.




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    Posted by Jane Cheetham on 1/7/2020

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    When youíre thinking about purchasing a home, an old house versus that new one is something to ponder. If youíve thought about buying an older home, consider each of these areas before making an offer. Have your agent write contingencies into your contract, and by all means, donít forego an inspection.

    Consider HazMat

    Say what? A lot of folks donít realize that over the years, materials routinely used in homebuilding fall out of favor and become potential issues when you decide to renovate or remodel your older home. Some examples of hazardous materials are:

    • Lead pipes. Once used for standard plumbing, even sealed lead pipes can eventually allow toxic lead to leach into your water. Replacing all the plumbing in your home is an extensive and expensive process entailing removing floors and walls, tearing out concrete, and digging up landscaping. Before making an offer, have the water tested for lead.
    • Lead pipes arenít the only problem. Older homes often have lead paint as well. Although it may be painted over with a non-hazardous paint, if paints chip and reveal the older materials, you might be exposed to higher concentrations of lead than you realize.
    • Asbestos. Homes built before the 1980s often had asbestos in the ceiling texture and insulation. Removing asbestos is an expensive side cost to any renovation. In addition to interior asbestos, many homes have asbestos siding and roofing materials that require HazMat removal as well. If the existing materials remain in place, thereís no law against them, but if you disturb them to install an addition or reface your home, they require proper mitigation.

    Structural Challenges

    A common issue with older homes is damage to the foundation from years of shifting ground, water seepage and expansion, and improper additions. When more weight sits on a home, from a new roof installed over the top of the old one, for example, the extra weight puts stress on bearing walls and the foundation. Footers exposed to erosion from running water might not continue to carry that weight. You wonít notice it at first, but eventually, youíll find yourself repairing cracks in the plaster more frequently. An experienced home inspector will detect potential problems, so pay attention to the inspectorís report about potential, future issues with a home.

    Lastly, older homes have long-term exposure to pests. Termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-damaging pests can hide their damage from you, but an inspector knows where to look. Along with disclosure of asbestos and lead issues, insist on pest control mitigation in your contract for an older home. Let your agent know how old a home youíre willing to purchase to avoid these issues.




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    Posted by Jane Cheetham on 12/31/2019

    If you want to enjoy a fast, profitable home selling experience, it helps to prepare as much as possible. In fact, if you craft a home selling strategy, you should have no trouble achieving your home selling goals.

    Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you create a successful home selling strategy.

    1. Consider the Buyer's Perspective

    Think about how a homebuyer may perceive your house. Then, you can prioritize assorted home improvement projects and incorporate them into your home selling strategy.

    For example, if your home's front lawn is messy and cluttered, now may prove to be a good time to hire a professional landscaping company. With support from this company, you can transform a subpar front lawn into a stunning one and bolster your house's curb appeal.

    On the other hand, if you find that your home interior needs to be updated, you should perform assorted home interior upgrades. By doing so, you can enhance your house's interior and make it easy for buyers to fall in love with your residence.

    2. Assess Your House Both Inside and Out

    Ultimately, a home seller's goal is to maximize the profits from his or her home sale. If you include a home inspection as part of your home selling strategy, you can take the necessary steps to upgrade your house prior to listing it.

    During a home inspection, a property expert will analyze your residence both inside and out. When the home inspection is finished, the property expert will provide you with an inspection report that details his or her findings.

    Review a home inspection report closely. This report contains valuable insights that you can use to enhance your home's exterior and interior. It also may help you discover innovative ways to improve your house's value.

    3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

    When it comes to crafting a home selling strategy, there is no need to work alone. Luckily, you can hire a real estate agent who can help you put together a successful home selling strategy in no time at all.

    A real estate agent will teach you about the real estate market and help you set realistic home selling expectations. In addition, this housing market professional is happy to provide you with expert home selling insights to ensure you can optimize the value of your house.

    Moreover, a real estate agent can offer comprehensive support at each stage of the home selling journey. He or she can help you list your house and promote it to the right groups of buyers. Plus, a real estate agent can provide recommendations as you review a home offer and ensure you can make an informed decision about whether to accept, reject or counter a proposal.

    If you want to get the best-possible results from the home selling journey, it helps to establish a home selling strategy. Use the aforementioned tips, and you can craft a successful plan to sell your house.




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    Posted by Jane Cheetham on 12/24/2019





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    Posted by Jane Cheetham on 12/17/2019

    Although statistics may not be reflective of your individual real-estate buying habits, the "typical" homeowner tends to stay put in their home for around a decade -- give or take.

    One of the few "drawbacks" of being a long-term homeowner is that, over time, you tend to forgot many of the details of the home-buying process.

    However, an advantage of buying a home in the Internet Age is the availability of instant information on everything from interest rates and real estate agent reviews to house hunting tips and choosing a moving company.

    Your Real Estate Journey

    Buying a home can be an extremely satisfying experience... or it can be filled with frustration and disappointment. However, by having a basic understanding of how the house-buying process works, you'll be more effective at preparing yourself for what's to come, anticipating what you need to do, and creating a clear picture in your mind of your requirements and ideal living environment. As various thought leaders have said over the years: If you're not clear on what you want, you'll probably end up with something else!

    The cornerstones of a successful real estate search are knowing your credit score, having enough money on hand for a sufficient down payment and closing costs, enlisting the help of an experienced real estate agent, and being proactive about meeting with mortgage bankers and shopping for a competitive interest rate (and terms).

    Staying organized, creating priority lists, and continually educating yourself about the nuts and bolts of buying a home will help ensure that your real estate experience will be a positive one. Even though there may be a few bumps and detours along the way, taking the time to be organized and well informed will help you stay on track and produce the type of results you and your family are looking for.

    Although it does pay to read articles from credible online sources, you don't have to achieve "expert status" as a house hunter and real estate buyer. If you choose your real estate agent with care, they should be able to provide you with the expertise, advice, and professional guidance you need to clear the hurdles and make it all the way to the finish line!

    How does one choose a great real estate agent? The ideal way is to get a referral from a trusted family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor. If someone you trust can attest to the service level and results a particular real estate agent has produced, then chances are good that your experience would be comparable. If more than one person you know recommends a top-notch agent, then that creates a "multiplier effect." In other words, it increases the likelihood that you'll be satisfied with the service and results this agent provides. If you don't know anyone personally who has worked with a great agent, there are well-known websites that post reviews, years of experience, and relevant sales information on licensed real estate agents.