selling: Barbara's Blog - Kick Out Clause - 07/15/15 04:13 AM
 
Usually a buyer with a home to sell will add the contingency that their home has to sell first prior to completing the purchase of a new home. When adding this to an offer, the buyer usually sets a time frame for as little as 30 days to as long as 90 days, depending on the housing market, for their house to sell. The seller has to agree to these terms when accepting the offer because if the buyer cannot sell their home within that time frame, the deal can be terminated and the buyer retains their deposit.
 
This is a great … (3 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - Is The Home Seller's Staging Hiding something From You? - 06/08/15 06:57 AM
 
Homes are staged to make the home as attractive as possible to buyers. This can mean different things from simply a good cleaning to de-cluttering rooms to redecorating and what’s called ‘depersonalizing’ the space.  Sellers can do this on their own, but the majority of the time it is down with the assistance of a realtor or in some cases a professional decorator or stager.
 
Staging can help the buyer see the potential of the home as well as visualize themselves in that space. But staging can also distract buyers’ attention from little flaws in the home.
 
Now technically there is … (2 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - 8 Ways To Save Money On Your Move - 10/19/14 10:55 PM
Moving isn’t easy by no means. It is time consuming, stressful and can be very expensive. There are a few ways to make moving less painful (not pain-free, just less painful). Here are 8 ways that can help.
1. Don't take it all with you
Any furniture or appliances you will no longer want or need can be included in the sale of your home. Doing this can save you time and money. Your buyer may be moving from out of state or buying their first home and may appreciate the items left behind.
 
If the buyer does not … (2 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - 10 Reasons To Downsize - 10/09/14 11:27 AM


For most people, the American dream is not just owning a home, but owning a huge stylish house with all of the most current upgrades and renovations.
We’ve all watched TV shows where the houses were outrageously large and beautiful and wished we had a house like that. But not all of can financially afford a house like that.
According to the architecture and design magazine, Freshome, there is a trend toward buying and building smaller houses. "It's a fact, houses are getting smaller, said Freshome. “It seems there is a new world-view developing - people are shunning the … (2 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - Should You Consider Owner Financing? - 10/01/14 04:19 AM


The National Association of Realtors estimates that due to the tighter lending requirements, home sales have been held back about 15% recently. This has been frustrating for both home buyers and sellers.
Even some lenders with higher credit scores are finding it difficult to qualify for loans. Some are finding it hard to meet the down payment requirements as well as paying the private mortgage insurance for some government backed loans.
Owner financing has become more intriguing to more potential home buyers and sellers. If both parties adhere to state regulations, use reputable sources to work through the transaction … (0 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - Spend a Little, Get a Lot in Home Price - 09/19/14 01:28 AM
If you’re trying to sell your home and are working with a real estate agent, he or she has probably suggested that you de-clutter your home and do some modest staging. Your agent may have even suggested making some repairs and updating some fixtures to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

If you’re trying to sell your home and are working with a real estate agent, he or she has probably suggested that you de-clutter your home and do some modest staging. Your agent may have even suggested making some repairs and updating some fixtures to make … (0 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - 4 Things Most Buyers Forget During The Final Home Walk Through - 09/15/14 01:17 AM
The final walk through is not an official inspection, it’s a change to go through the house to make sure everything is as it should be. It can be done a few days before the closing or just hours before. Many home owners are so excited about buying a home they don’t really go through the house. But even though it is a small step in the closing process, it is a vital part of the process, you have to stay focused and take note of everything especially things on your final checklist.
Some things you shouldn’t forget in this crucial … (5 comments)

selling: Barbara Blog - Tips To Make Your Offer Stand Out - 08/31/14 09:40 AM


Believe it or not, some areas have seen a switch in the market and some buyers are finding themselves in bidding wars for their dream homes.
The real estate market is heating up with first time buyers getting into the market, home owners looking to move to larger homes and for some to purchase second homes. It is also an opportunity for many former home owners to get back into homeownership.
Whatever the reason, it is important to make an offer that stands out among the others. Here are a few tips to help your offer rise above the … (0 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - What Buyers Really Want In A Home - 08/25/14 10:47 AM


According to a recent survey by The National Association of Home Builders, size does matter. It appears that home buyers are looking for homes as close to 2,000 square feet as possible. The problem is that nearly half the homes on the United States are less than that.
The NAHB says that only about one-third of the homes on the market in 2014 were approximately 2,000 square feet or more. NAHB states on its website, "Existing homes, on the other hand, are more likely to be under 1,600 - or even under 1,200 - square feet, a size relatively … (0 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - For Sale by Owner vs. For Sale With Agent - 08/18/14 10:43 AM


Yes, it’s possible to sell your home without a real estate agent saving money on commission fees. But if you do, it’s a good idea to make sure you know what you’re getting into. Education yourself on the real estate process, learn the pros and cons of selling without an agent, is selling without an agent good for your situation? Do you know where to get help if you run into issues selling on your own? And most importantly, do you know the local market well enough to know whether your are selling your home for less than it’s … (2 comments)

selling: Barbara's Blog - How to Sell Your Home Without Dropping Your Price - 08/08/14 01:03 AM
The first two weeks after you put your home on the market are critical, that’s typically when you catch the eye of real estate agents and some eager buyers.
If you're really ready to sell your home, the best thing for you to do is to price it right at the time it goes on the market and then sell as close to the original asking price as possible. Price your home at current fair market value which means the price of your home is equal to or very close in price to homes in the area that are similar … (1 comments)

 
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