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Friday, July 26, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Listing Your Home

Perhaps you have expanded beyond your current living space, or you would like to move into a different-better neighborhood. Maybe you want to move closer to your work…whatever the reason, there are a few things to do before the “For Sale” sign goes live:


Determine Affordability


To begin with, you need to look at the principal balance on your current home. You must also figure in all costs associated with selling your home such as; repairs, your closing costs which can be average 8-10% of the sale price of your home and the expense of the move itself. 


Reviewing  Market Conditions


Evaluate your local market conditions. You are assessing the market to include the current inventory of homes for sale, the recent successful transactions, and housing prices in general. Are homes moving fast in your area? Are you prepared to move quickly should the opportunity present itself to do so? The most helpful tool in this step is to work with an Expe ...

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Sunday, May 26, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Make Your Home Stand Out Amongst the Rest!

May is coming to an end, schools are almost out, and summer officially begins! That means one thing... home selling season is HERE! With the kids home from school and vacations are planned, both buyers and sellers are ready to enter the market as the weather heats up. So now that the season is here, what do you do to make your home stand out amongst the rest? Here are a few tips to make sure you catch the eye of potential buyers during the busy season!

1. Tour Other For-Sale Homes

Go ahead and check out other homes that are similar to yours. Open houses are the BEST way to see what the competition may be for your home. As you are preparing to list, use these tours to see what decor and design-types are attractive to you and potential buyers. If you see things that you do not like yourself, remove them from your own home if you have them. Sometimes stepping out of the box, or in your case, your own home, will allow you to look at your home through the eyes of a potential home ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Sellers Need to Know! Part 3

What is an Appraisal Report?

The appraiser sends the report to the lender taking note of the value of the home and how it was reached. Lenders are required to give buyers a copy. It may include the following:

* Condition of the home and notes about the neighborhood
* Information about upgrades
* Interior and exterior pictures
* Maps of the parcel and home
* Information about the comparables
* Description of how the appraiser determined the home value
* The home's value

As a seller, it is helpful to have the home appraised for a higher value. Here are some steps to give the appraiser the best possible impression of your home.

1. Keep receipts or pictures of recent upgrades or renovations
According to some appraisers, renovations made in the past five years are most valuable. However, even if it has been more than five years, you may want to mention it. Take note any newer appliances that are part of the home such as a new dishwasher or stove. Having this ready bef ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Why Should I Hire You as my Agent? PART 1

During the home-buying process, you will collaborate with and speak with your real estate agent more than any other party involved. This person will be your right hand, support system, and, in some cases, your eyes and ears. Most importantly, they will be the expert throughout the home search or home selling process. Find an agent that fits your needs and they'll work for you to find the ideal home at the price point you can afford. 

Not every agent is the same. Take a look at their history of homes sold in the past 6 months to a year. If they have just a few, then you know that this not their number one priority. They may work another job, which may not be in the best interest for you. 

There are typically two agents involved in a transaction. The agents are the buyer's agent who represents the buyer and buyer only. There is also the seller's agent who represents the seller and their property. Both agents work on a commission averaging 3% for each agent. This cos ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Why Should I Hire You as my Agent? PART 2

When choosing an agent, they should not only be good listeners, communicate, and be knowledgeable, they should EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and NEGOTIATE for YOU!

Here are some tips to use while interviewing real estate agents for purchasing and selling homes:

Finding a Quality Agent:

Lender Suggestions: 

You have found a lender. Lenders interact with tons of agents over the years and can usually point buyers in the right direction towards professional agents that provide the BEST customer service and efficient documentation to the lender. TRUST your lender's opinion, especially if the lender is local.

Friends and Family:

Know any friends and family that have recently sold or purchased a home? ASK them for suggestions! They will probably give you the BEST review of an agent and the experience they had with them... whether it was good or bad. 

Check out Reviews:

How do buy online? We look at reviews! I know you are looking at Zillow, Realtor, and Trulia to ...

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