Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Real Estate Broker/Owner with J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY License # 49FA1074963

Open houseWe are less than a week into "Spring" but the Spring Market has already begun in Westchester. Things are getting busy, as the cyclical nature of our industry turns to the most active period between now and July 4th. If this is the year you are looking to buy that first home, or even if you are looking to sell and perhaps "move up" you should assemble your dream team of professionals to make sure you have all the resources to make the move a happy one. 

Buying or selling a home is typically the largest business transaction of a person's life. Given the enormous values of property in Wwestrchester and the surrounding areas, there is little room for error. Mistakes can be very expensive. Many of the short sales and pre-foreclosures I have sold in the last 2-3 years had their genesis in early mistakes. Choose your professionals wisely

  1. Your Agent. Ideally, a full time agent with a verifiable track record, references and a plan of action that makes sense to you is where to start. Interview at least 3 agents. Common mistakes to avoid are not verifying the agent's claims, credentials, or experience. 
  2. Mortgage professional. If you are going to buy, the first thing to do is get pre approved. It takes 15 minutes on the phone to start, costs nothing, and will let you know exactly what you can afford. Don't choose an out of town lender or one that sells their wares solely on rate alone. 
  3. Attorney. We are an attorney state, and in Metropolitan New York attorneys also prepare contracts and run title. They are the broker's partner in negotiations and troubleshooting, and they also deal closely with your loan officer. Given that the other side will have an attorney, you want a lawyer that is local, responsive,a dn specializes in real estate. Choosing your union attorney or a friend to same a small fee is flirting with disaster. We recently had a buyer client use an attorney who cost them $15,000 when he did not attend to an issue clearly.
  4. Home inspector. If you are buying a house, get it inspected. Period. You want, ideally, an ASHI member, and one who is thorough, provides photos in their reports, and not an alarmist. It should cost $500 or so for a typical starter home. It is worth 10 times that amount.   
A chain is as strong as its weakest link. Just one goof in the choice of your team and it can affect the rest adversely. Too much is at stake to cut corners! Assembling your dream team of professionals will take you a long way toward making your transaction "bullet proof," save you money, avoid stress, and make the deal go through successfully. 



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Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

Good morning Phil - When I read the title of your post, I hear my son immitating Lightning McQueen in the Cars Disney Movie. I think you, too are all too familiar with that.

Nothing like having a solid team, isn't it?

Mar 27, 2011 03:27 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Good list!  I would add that ideally, the attorney should specialize in real estate transactions; don't use your cousin who is a weekend attorney who typically prepares wills.  You want an attorney who knows all the ins & outs of real estate issues.

Thanks for the post.

Mar 27, 2011 03:29 AM #2
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Great post!  And, knowing you, you will have a very very busy season!  Good luck!

Mar 27, 2011 03:30 AM #3
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Kathleen raised the point I was going to make -  the right lawyer makes all the difference and I like that you stressed LOCAL!    We had a deal held up big time because BOTH sides used out of area lawyers.  Good post.

Mar 27, 2011 03:37 AM #4
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Super post and yes, things are rocking & rolling now.  Great advice on your professional team.  and, best to ask the real estate agent for their recommendations.

Mar 27, 2011 04:22 AM #5
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Phil - Great post and very strong message.  While we are not an attorney state, in California you could add Title Company to the list.  Having a good local Title and escrow office, one that knows the local market, customs and practices ... goes a long way to adding to the closing as well ...

Mar 27, 2011 06:50 AM #6
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Loreena- I relate quite a bit. Very familiar with trains and cars at their age. Heeping everything crossed for Lionel.

Kathleen- "AMEN " on all counts. Well said. 

Dagny- so will you. 

Susan- I've been there and it is the worst when that happens. 

Debbie- Thanks. I try to make sure I look smart when I refer a professional because they reflect on me. 

Jack- I am sure they are very analagous in many ways, and the priciple remains the same, doesn't it. 



Mar 27, 2011 11:54 AM #7
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