Clients first

I would never have imagined that thirty years after I sold my first home that I would still be enjoying it today.  It certainly has been a rewarding career and I am so very thankful to you my customers and clients.  I always believed that if money or success became more important than people that it would be time for me to make a change. I’m very happy to say that is not the case and if you are looking for a real estate professional I would like the opportunity to discuss being your agent.

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Employing a real estate professional

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Once you have made the decision to buy or sell real property, the next step will be to find the right person to navigate the process for you.  Real estate professionals offer a specialized service, but not all are well rounded in every phase of the profession. The most commonly used services are:

Residential home Sales-At the top of the list for the most commonly used, the buyer and seller should use someone that is knowledgeable of the location they are interested in.

New home sales-Many builders will employ staff to handle the sale.  Can be beneficial and may save money for a buyer as long as you keep in mind the salesperson will not be representing your interest.

Commercial Sales-this is very specific and your agent should come with proven results of qualification in this field. You can search local real estate boards for agents in this alliance.

Land and farm-Another specialty market and I recommend using an agent with a proven resume of knowledge in this phase.

Resort properties-Some may offer onsite sales representatives that can be very helpful since these properties typically have ownership regimes, rules and limited financing options.

Real estate agents make a great effort to build a referral database of past customers and clients.  You may simply find the right agent just by asking family, friends and co-workers for a recommendation.

Always take the time to interview an agent or maybe three. Ask the agent to bring a business resume with references to the interview.  You may also ask for a marketing plan to sell, or a summary of their negotiating skills if you are a purchaser.  You should not base your decision to hire an agent based on the value they presented of a property unless a prepared analysis is reviewed.

During the interview you should discuss the fee for the service and the terms of your employment agreement. Fees are typically paid on a percentage of a sales price, but some brokerage firms offer a menu of services that are a set rate.  An example of a set rate service may be when a buyer or seller already has the negotiations done on a property but needs a professional to take it through the steps to a successful closing.

The relationship between you and your agent should be comfortable and trust worthy.  If it is not that way, you can almost be sure it is a mutual feeling.  Some folks just don’t click.

Real estate laws vary from state to state, and agents are likely to take required continuing education.  So whether the agent is new to the business or a seasoned professional you should be confident that they are keeping your best interest in mind.

Best wishes for selecting an agent that “gets people moving”

 

 

Pets, Pest and other critters

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Dogs, cats, birds, snakes, monkeys, ferrets, rabbits, bobcats, goats, pigs, horses, spiders, roaches and termites just to name a few I’ve encountered showing real estate.

When preparing to sell your home or property you will likely have a discussion with your real estate agent on how to handle these living creatures.
Household pets are very common, but there are two types of buyers, the “likers” and the “don’t likers”.
I suggest to the owner if possible to take the pet on an outing when a showing is scheduled.
It helps the “don’t likers” stay around check out the property, and it helps with distractions so the buyer stays focused on their checklist and doesn’t miss any great features.
Another advantage to this is the safety aspect. The most pleasant pets can become protective or irritated in the absence of an owner on their property.  An owner should act on the side of caution even if they are doubtful a pet may behave this way.  I also want to mention the odor some pets may cause, it’s always a good idea to eliminate it, by removing the pets’ bedding, blankets, and food dishes will help.

Pest control is a must for the interior of a home and any porches or any outdoor living areas.  Anything crawling on floors, walls, or cabinets give a buyer the creeps. There are many non toxic, do it yourself recipes for the most common household pest, if you prefer to handle this yourself.
Termites or other destroying insects common to your area should be inspected for by a qualified person. Treatments and inspections reports readily available to a buyer is useful, and sometimes required for mortgage financing.

Critters…..well they can be anything from your nightly raccoon that visits to the frequent snakes that come out of a nearby pond. Whatever it may be it is always a good idea to display this information before buyers start walking the property. Buyers are sometimes relocating from area that they would never imagine a confrontation with anything more than a squirrel or rabbit. Any outdoor animal pens that are off limits should also be disclosed before a showing.

Home sellers, put this tip on your home selling checklist, and if you are a buyer and pets are important check your local zoning, condo association or homeowners association because they may have restrictions on the type and amount of pets that are allowed.

Happy home selling and home shopping 🙂

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A Kind find

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For some home sellers the old saying of “home is where the heart is” really has a deep meaning.
Memories of family and friends, life events, decorating and remodeling all come bright to life when the reality of selling your home is looking straight at you.
Buyers that are complimenting, comfortable and avoid talking about the changes they will make to a home with the homeowner put themselves in a favorable position when negotiating an offer especially if they are in a multiple offer situation.
There are sellers that will accept a lower priced offer or try to negotiate an offer simply because they like the buyer.  The idea of dealing with kinder, reasonable people has value during a real estate transaction that is packed full with conditions, dead lines and overall stress.  
To achieve a succesful transaction that works for everyone, cooperation and communication between the parties involved is essential. A buyer or seller that has rejected a term offered by the other party should understand that is likely due to the parameters in which that party can perform, and not to create a personal conflict.

Keep smiling , happy home shopping, and put a few compliments out there…it may not always work but it’s worth a try 🙂

Pretty house

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A real estate agent will put great effort into designing a marketing plan that will assist you in selling your home.  Advertising on the internet and in magazines, putting up yard signs , using fantastic photos on MLS sites , are some of the things you should expect.  The seller of the home decorates, declutters, creates curb appeal and makes necessary repairs.  Unless, you happen to come across a very creative seller with a homebound parrot named Daisy.

To make the best of the situation and help Daisy cope with the  anxiety of visitors and being confined to her cage, a few new words were repeated to her often.  As a result, prospective buyers  were continually reminded that the home  they were viewing is a “pretty house, pretty house”.

When the guests approached the front door to leave she graciously chirped, ” I love you goodbye, I love you goodbye”.

Daisy made the buyers feel comfortably at home, and the home sold lickety-split.  That’s what it takes to have a successful sale. At the end of the day, it made me really think about which one of us has the bird brain.

Happy home selling 🙂 photo compliments of:

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Covenants, zoning and HOA’S

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Before you decide on the location of your real estate purchase or during your due diligence period take the time to do some homework.
All of the above come with rules that will become part of your ownership responsibility.
They also affect your long term plans and budget, so let’s get started and I’ll make this a simple as possible.
Zoning is applied though your local government, information on how a property is zoned is usually attainable through the  tax assessors office.  An example of zoning may be that you are looking to buy a property for a mobile home when in fact stick built homes will only be allowed in the area, or the setback requirement that states where on a lot you must place your home or improvement.

Restrictive or protective covenants, may be recorded at the county courthouse or conveyed in your deed.  Even if a neighborhood has not been complying they are still worth reading.  A few examples of a covenant may be the ability to lease your property at anytime, what kind of pets are allowed, landscaping ornaments, the size of your home and house paint colors or finishes.

Homeowners associations are usually managed by the home owners, the declarant of the covenants or with the help of a management company. The Homeowners association enforces the covenants, collects dues, and oversees the maintenance of common areas , and amenities in a community. They may also become active in issues of the  greater community to promote the best interest of their neighborhood.

You can almost be  certain that zoning will apply, a good chance of covenants, and home owners and property owners associations are most popular in newer developments and condominiums.  Zoning requirements take precedence over restrictive covenants.

Happy home shopping 🙂

Sellers start packing

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One of the most difficult times during home selling process is actually the time before you put your home on the market for sale. It’s a huge decision that is not limited to the sale of your personal home that you live in. You may be thinking of selling an investment property or settling an estate. It’s not unusual for a home seller to take months to make this decision, and for all situations the goal is the same, a successful sale.

Take time to prepare, make a plan with a timeline of things that need to be done to make the home “market ready”. Good first impressions are not only seen by prospective buyers but also the real estate professionals will be anxious to show your home and word spreads fast when great properties hit the market.

Keep in mind that when the sign goes up, the excitement begins!