Special offer

How to have a happy real estate New Year in 2017

Managing Real Estate Broker with Real Estate FIVE of the Lowcountry

How to have a happy real estate New Year in 2017
By Larry Stoller


It’s 2017, and many of us may have made resolutions to do things differently this year than last year.


In the spirit of making better real estate decisions, here are some real estate resolutions for the New Year.


Selling and buying at the same time

Selling and buying simultaneously is very challenging. Concerns include: can you afford to buy before selling, must you sell before buying, will you have to find temporary housing, and how much inconvenience are you willing to deal with. To deal with these problems, it’s best have a strategy in place and work closely with your agent to a win-win deal.


Getting your finances together

If you plan to buy a home in 2016, now’s the time to meet with a mortgage professional to view your financial picture from a lender’s perspective.  There is no charge for this service, and meeting with a local lender will give you a clear picture of how much you can borrow & how much you can afford.


Think of your home as a car that you want to sell

Clean it up. Get rid of clutter.  Make it appealing.  Make it sparkle and shine. Do some painting if needed (about ten years ago, I sold an old 280Z with a new paint job for more than I paid).  Staging a home also helps get it sold.


Check the market to see what homes are for sale

Going to open houses is a good start, but it’s also important to learn about the local real estate market,  prices, and home values in the neighborhood where you want to live. Browse the  MLS (multiple listing service) to see all available properties. Become an informed buyer or seller.  Engage the assistance of a knowledgeable real agent!


Choose the right real estate agent who will work best for you

Selling and/or buying a home takes time and planning.  To make sure all your real estate needs are  satisfied, it makes a lot of sense to get the right real estate agent  involved in the process and working for you ASAP.


Happy 2017 & here’s a gift to help you have a Happy Real Estate New Year – a FREE book, Finding Agent Right, to the first 17 readers who contact me. Just tell me where to send the book!

Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Very nice post and great comments, well organized .  Thanks for sharing your insights.

Jan 17, 2017 03:12 AM
Larry Stoller
Real Estate FIVE of the Lowcountry - Hilton Head Island, SC
Your Hilton Head Island real estate connection

Thanks Peter! And HAPPY NEW YEAR (from Beautiful  Hilton Head Island) to you and all Active Rain Real Estate Agents who go the extra mile for their clients!!!

Jan 17, 2017 03:32 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I like the car analogy because it's so true - many people will detail a car but not a house. The house is a much bigger investment proposition!

Jan 17, 2017 03:53 AM
Larry Stoller

When we sold our house in the Twin Cities, MN to move to Hilton Head Island, it looked so good we almost   had seller's remorse!

Jan 17, 2017 10:26 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is going to be a great year in real estate. same to you

Jan 17, 2017 04:24 AM