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Selling Your Home - Where Do You Begin?
Meet with me. We will do a walk-through. I will take detailed notes on your home and also, where useful, provide some tips on what areas should be freshened up prior to listing. We will also discuss your needs (time-table, type of home you wish to purchase, community you would like to move to, etc). Once an accurate CMA is completed, I will present it to you and we can discuss the best strategy (finding a home first then listing VS listing first then looking). More to discuss in person.
Negotiating Guidelines
Prior to presentation and negotiation on an offer to purchase your home, we will meet and I will review some very basic but important rules. -You, the Seller(s) should never reveal to ANYONE what your bottom dollar will be. -You, the Seller decides on whether to accept or pass an offer. I don't decide for you but I will make all important points and aspects known to you so you will have a very clear view of the pros and cons of the offer. -If there are multiple sellers, come to some consensus prior to the offer negotiation. This will speed up the process and help to keep you from looking "unsure" during the negotiation. There are many other points, too many to mention here. Those, we can discuss in person.
Thinking About Buying Your First Home?
Many details to discuss but by all means GET PRE-QUALIFIED. There are many reasons why you should get pre-qualified. First, you will get a rate guarantee (usually- 90 days. This can save you many, many dollars over the life of your mortgage as you will receive the lower of the guaranteed rate (if the rates then go up) or the offered rate when financing your purchase (if the rates go down). I recall, when buying my first house, the rate for a 5 year jumped one percent just after I pre-qualified but before the deal closed. That would have translated to an extra $90 per month (or so). Not huge but every bit helps, doesn't it?
Some Simple Steps To Ensure a Smooth Home Purchase
-Get Pre-Qualified. -Establish your needs, wants and goals. -Contact me or an area Sales Representative. -Specify your wants and needs. -Be sure to mention any revisions to your wants/needs list so the Sales Representative can revise the search parameters. -If you don't have a lawyer, ask the Sales Representative to recommend 3 or 4 area lawyers (for the closing). -When viewing homes, take ample notes. Later on, review them and discard the ones that are not suitable. This will make it easier to remember the good from the bad and ugly. -Don't fixate on small issues (is the satalite dish included?) Small things shouldn't really matter but large issues should be examined...which brings me to... -Get a home inspection. This is a great service and can really save you lots of headaches in the future. It could also convince you that this "dream" home may turn out to be a nightmare. There are many other points we could discuss but the ones noted here will help make the process trouble-free.
Evaluating Property
Evaluating a property is critical to establishing a proper Marketing price. Occasionally, in a "hot" Sellers market, you can simply look at the last comparable sale and pump up the price but you should also examing the particular features of THAT house and yours, compare features and proceed accordingly. In evaluating your property, I will use the most comparable sales for similar streets/communities and present a marketing price that will get you the results you want.
Common Selling Mistakes
The single most common selling error (that Sellers and/or Representatives make) is over-pricing. Very similar homes just doors apart may sell thousands of dollars apart due to the condition of the home (mostly) or other factors, such as: decor, landscaping, etc. Other factors will also make one home more or less popular as well. What is across the street? Next door?. There are many factors to examine. an accurate CMA will help establish the best marketing price for your home...one that may get you top dollar WITHOUT scaring away viewers.
How To Pack Like A Pro
You haven't seen my garage. I am not qualified to give you advice on packing so contact some movers in your area. Many will have packaging tips available on paper or on-line.
Home Ownership Advantages

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