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Tuesday, June 11, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU LIST YOUR HOME

After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!


1. You might feel like you live in a museum. 
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.

2. There will be so ...

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Sunday, May 26, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

My Appraisal Came in Below the Negotiated Price! Now What?

You have been searching for a home for months and finally got an offer accepted and then....the house doesn't appraise for the negotiated price. 


Now what?

TAKE A DEEP BREATH

It can be heart wrenching for the buyer and seller if the deal falls apart because of the appraisal. Low appraisals happen more often than you might think, especially in rising markets. 
Sometimes there are not enough comparable sales applicable to the home you want, or maybe distressed sales have conflicted with the appraisal. 

Generally, lenders will only lend funds up to a certain percentage of the appraised value. If the appraisal is lower than your offer, you may need to come up with more cash.. but there are other options.

1. Look over the appraisal contingency in your contract.

The appraisal contingency clause built into the contract allows you to reevaluate the situation or renegotiate if needed. But sometimes, even with this clause, you may end up spending more or j ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

What Happens During an Appraisal? Part 2

Generally, a certified residential appraiser needs about six to eight hours to finish an entire appraisal. They start by researching the home. They look at the location... is it on a busy street or not and tax records. After that, they book the appointment and visit the house. 

An appraisal home visit will take about an hour... for the most part. Sometimes, they may not need that much time if they are familiar with the area. The appraiser comes in and measures the square footage of the interior of the house, minus the garage or any space that isn't permitted. They make sure that the reported square footage is the same as the actual footage.

There are three important factors of the appraisal:

* the square footage of the home
* any home upgrades or renovations
* comparables (homes similar in size, age, condition, and location to the home that have sold within the past six months to a year)

THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET COMPS FROM AN REALTOR

The idea is th ...

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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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