These are some of the questions I get from new real estate customers... I hope you find my answers helpful. Don't forget, I also have a lot of tools and tips to share, so be sure to check out my resources page! There, you will find tons of information about buying a home. Have a question not listed here? Drop me a line.
When is the best time to buy a home?
The spring is a hot time in the seller's market. More houses are on the market in the springtime than any other time of the year. This is good and bad. The good news is, buyers have tons of options at their fingertips... the bad news is that houses go more quickly and prices will increase slightly in springtime to accommodate for higher demand. Other times of the year (especially fall and winter when the weather is dreary), expect that asking prices may drop just a hair, but variety will, as well. The most important thing is to have someone in your corner who knows your needs. Whatever the weather, I can find you the home you want.
What should I watch out for when I house hunt?
There are a lot of things to watch out for... first-time buyers often feel overwhelmed by the tricks of the trade. Some homeowners do quick patch jobs to hide bigger problems, making damages difficult to detect until an inspector comes in. With 12 years of experience, I am trained to know a lemon when she sees one. I can help you learn the tricks of the trade for yourself so that you can trust your decision.
What sort of inspector should I consider?
One with experience. You want a trained eye looking at your new home. The inspection is not a place you should skimp when it comes to cost, because you are the one who will have to live there. No worries... I can help you find the right inspector for the job.
Should I consider a short sale?
Short sales occur when current homeowners are not able to pay to keep the house. It is likely that short sales will cost you less, since homeowners need to get out of a negative financial situation. While you may be paying a lower price, you will also have to consider the product in question. Has the house been kept up well despite the owner's inability to pay housing costs? What caused the previous owner to be unable to meet costs (high interest, high taxes, poor financial management)? These things may or may not be a concern, but they are definitely worth your consideration. When we are looking at houses together, I will help you determine if the home you are looking at is going to meet your needs.
If I hire a Realtor, what will my role become?
My goal is to make the buying process as easy as humanly possible. I will help you find houses right in your price range that will fit your needs and your tastes. Your job: tour the homes with me and tell me what you think of them. Once you find a home you want to purchase, I will be with you every step of the way. You will close on a house and be enjoying your new backyard before you know it.
I get a lot of these sorts of questions from my sellers.
How can I promote my home?
Buyers who don't hire agents have to worry about the costs of promotions... ads and signage can add up, fast. If you hire an agent, you may find it easier to promote your home without spending your time and effort doing it. I have a lot of resources available to me that will enable me to get your house off your hands. Would you like to sit down and talk about your options?
How do I know what to ask for my home?
Deciding on an asking price is definitely tricky. Sell too low and you will not be doing any favors for your house... price too high and your house could be on the market indefinitely. One good way to start is to see how similar houses in your neighborhood and area are priced. Lots of things can affect the cost of a home: school district, zip code, landscape. If you would like to learn more about pricing, check out my pricing notes below.
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What are the benefits of hiring a Realtor?
Selling becomes easier when you have a Realtor in your corner. First of all, don't forget that the other half of my job is helping buyers find houses. If I can help one of my clients find a house and help another client sell a house all at once... I am killing two birds with one stone. Getting your house on my radar will mean that I can start bringing it to the attention of my buying pool.
Additionally, I have 12 years of experience under my belt. Selling homes is my business, whereas for you, it is a change you may make only a few times in a lifetime. There is enough to worry about without having to stress about listings and research and everything that comes with selling.
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What are the steps I need to take to sell my home?
Your main goal should be to make your home as appealing as possible. You may want to check out my Sell A Home page for some helpful tips and tricks on how to make your home appeal to buyers. You can also check my notes for tips and tricks that will help you sell. If you don't want to put in the legwork of finding a buyer, let me know. I can bring the buyers to you.
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