First impressions matter in business, but especially in real estate. Anyone walking through a house or touring it virtually will be looking for ways to pass or negotiate down on the price. I am here to help clients make sure that the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical system all work properly. Each room should look clean and decluttered with no overt damage insight.

Getting a pre-sale home inspected is never a bad idea, especially to get you the best price for your home. Some homebuyers will feel uncomfortable purchasing a house without seeing a home inspection. Many will often hire their own inspector. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Once the house is on the market, it may take anywhere from four to six weeks to sell. However, if the market is fairly hot, a seller could see their house off the market within a week. On the flip side, if there is a lull in the market or issues arise such as negotiation, lack of exposure, or house conditions then the property can sit on the market for months.

I take all the necessary steps to ensure that the latter does not happen, by doing a full assessment before your home is listed on the market.

The selling price of a house fluctuates depending on multiple factors. The most common ones are the neighborhood and what similar-sized houses are currently selling for. Also, look at the age and condition. Do major repairs need to be done? If so, that might lower the property. And again, the market matters. Like everything else, home prices vary depending on supply and demand. My job as a realtor is to best inform you about these different factors and accurately list your house.

A public tax assessor gives the assessed value for a property. This assessment typically occurs yearly for taxation purposes. The fair market value is an agreed-upon price between a willing buyer and seller. There is usually a difference between the assessed value and market value. For homeowners, the assessed value is a double-edged sword. Because, if their annual assessed value increased then their yearly taxes will also be raised. On the flip side, when selling a house it can help boost its market value.

The absolute first step for you is to get approved for a mortgage. Without being approved for a mortgage it will be quite difficult, if not impossible, to purchase a new home. If you reach out to me, I will have you go through the screening process and then guide you to a reputable mortgage corporation and advisor that I trust.

This is a tricky question, and the answer primarily depends on one’s funds and ability to find temporary housing. If a client needs more equity to purchase a new home or meet a mortgage plan, then it is best to sell one’s current home before purchasing their next one. That being said, they will most likely need temporary housing at a friend or relatives, or by arranging a short-term rental elsewhere.

An escrow is a term that refers to a neutral third party hired to handle the exchange of money, property transaction, and related documents. The escrow holds the money and documents in a trust until all terms and conditions of the sale are satisfied. When depositing the earnest money, it is wise to use an escrow account.

The number of houses you want to view can depend greatly. However, it is much easier today to connect with homes virtually. You can now see houses online by taking virtual tours or seeing detailed photographs. So, I can help you by giving you access to online systems so that you can view as many properties as you desire. Once a list is narrowed down, I can escort you to the properties you wish to visit.

If you get cold feet about a property that is okay. Sometimes, you have second thoughts or want to go in a different direction. Know that you will have to forfeit the earnest money, which again, is around 1–2% of the home’s sale price.

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