June 5, 2017

5 Reminders for Home Sellers

Selling a home can sometimes be stressful. Having your home in the best condition possible is one way to help Buyers see it’s potential. Realtor.com® offers up some handy tips that you might not have thought of…

 

Highlight improvements and any issues.

List the problems you’ve solved while you’ve lived in your home and be ready to disclose any potential past issues that you may have had like chimney fires, water damage, or a flood in the basement. Disclose any “invisible improvements,” such as a French drain system too.

Google your address.

NAR states that 80% of buyers now search online for homes. Sellers should be aware of how their listing looks on the Internet. If the Google Maps’ street view doesn’t show your recent home improvements, make sure you list those updates in your listing.

Test out the doorbell.

First impressions make a big difference. A lack of cosmetic repairs, even seemingly minor, may cost you a sale. Buyers want to arrive at a well-kept home.  The exterior view should give the perception that the seller has great pride in the home and has taken good care of it. Check light switches and doorbells are all in working order.

Clean everything.

Buyers are going to snoop everywhere! They are going to judge how clean your home is. Take the time to do a deep clean or spending the money to hire a cleaner will reap it’s benefits.

Designate which items aren’t included in the sale.

Be sure to let your agent know first hand what items do not convey with the sale of your home. By law, anything bolted to the wall or ceiling goes to the buyer unless specified in the contract. Removing personal items from your home can also give the buyers a sense of ownership and help them place their own personal belongings in the home.

 

To read the full article from RealtorMag click here

May 9, 2017

How Much Home Can I Really Afford?

When you start thinking about buying a home the first question on your mind is typically "how much home can I really afford?"

The good news is that in today's market place, if you can afford to rent, you can probably afford to buy a home. The mortgage you can qualify for depends on many factors, including your target monthly payment, annual income, and down payment amount. You'll also need to consider any existing debts you have whenever you're considering buying.

We would be happy to talk to you about your personal situation and help you evaluate how much home you can afford based on your personal circumstances. We have an in-house lender plus a list of others we work with. Give us a call to learn more about what we can do to help you purchase a home!

 

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