Looking to buy a home? Here are a few essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.
Professional Real Estate Agent –While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone.
Getting Pre-Approved- Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.
Finding A House You Can Afford- The are a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.
Making An Offer- Working closely with your Real Estate Agent can help you find the sale trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic.
There are several things as a Seller you can do to make sure you are getting top dollar for your home in the shortest period of time.
Making all necessary REPAIRS. No items are too big or too small! Some examples are repairing your hardwood floors, cracks, roof, fence, pool, landscaping, painting and doors.
Next is to DECLUTTER and CLEAN your home is another way that will help you sell. The old saying “Less is More” is a great way to look at it. With all of your personal items etc. it makes it difficult for the potential buyer to see themselves living in your home.
Once your house is clean and updated, home STAGING can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. This can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers and patio furniture.
We believe it is important that we educate our clients on the process of selling and what you should expect.
1. Expect a Facelift – Prepare your home to sell it.
2. Expect a Quick Sale- Prepare yourself for your move.
3. Expect Inconvenience- Showings and keeping you house clean.
4. Expect Negotiations – This might be necessary when an offer is made or after the home inspection.
Our experienced Real Estate Agents will assist you during the entire transaction.