You Are Gonna Need Socks

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Find a House That Knocks Your Socks Off...But Be Sure You Can Afford To Replace Them.

Before you go looking at a house, please make sure it is one you can afford. Get yourself pre-qualified and know your limits.

Work with an agent and lender who understand your wish list. Get as much house as you need but make sure you are not falling in love with a property that is above your means.

We often get calls from potential buyers who want to see houses they found in an advertisement, a yard sign, or the internet. They want to tour homes but have not met with a lender or a real estate agent. They have no clue what and if they are qualified to purchase. 

Asking the right questions is the first step to helping these buyers.

Find a House That Knocks Your Socks Off...But Be Sure You Can Afford To Replace Them. 

 

knock your socks off

And if you want to find that perfect home...

Call Margaret Rome

 Margaret Rome

 

Comments (34)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Margaret,
I like your message. People should never buy more than they can afford and they usually shouldn't buy ALL they can afford. They need to be able to save money for typical AND unexpected maintenance and repairs.

I remember many years ago when my husband and I were selling a home and the sale flipped at the very end because the buyers didn't like it without our furniture. This caused me a great deal of dismay because we were going to simultaneously close on another home.  When I explained the situation to my lender she said "No problem. You can afford both". I told her I don't WANT to pay two mortgages.  I didn't want to be a hostage of two mortgages.  People need to be comfortable with their mortgage payment so they have room for emergencies and a life outside of paying the bills. 

The story did have a happy ending. We extended on the new home and resold our other home quickly.  Crisis averted.  🙂 

Feb 11, 2021 07:14 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I suppose that couold be an interesting gift when you meet buyers for the first time - give them each a pair of socks with your business name on them and let them know one of these houses will knock your socks off!

Feb 11, 2021 08:04 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Thanks Jeff Dowler, CRS, Glad you like the graphic. It is fun to create one that really goes with the blog title and content. I loved your presentation on Market Reports. Thank you so much!!

Feb 11, 2021 08:56 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.

Glad I could "pull you in," and now you have given me yet another idea for a blog.

Feb 11, 2021 08:58 AM
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James Dray

I have confidence that you will find that place! Do you know what you want, where you want it, and how much you are willing to pay?

Feb 11, 2021 09:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Thanks for your positive comments Nina Hollander 

Feb 11, 2021 01:39 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Grant Schneider Always good to see you.

Feb 11, 2021 01:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Michael Jacobs Hmm...And I am pondering your comment! 

Feb 11, 2021 01:41 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Wayne Martin Just want to make sure they have enough left over to replace those socks!

Feb 11, 2021 01:42 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Great to see you Kat Palmiotti !

Feb 11, 2021 01:43 PM
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HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Ed Silva

And I am sure you are not that kind of a tour guide.

Feb 11, 2021 01:44 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Carol Williams, Glad this story had a happy ending. It would also make for a good stand-alone blog!

Feb 11, 2021 01:46 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Rocky Dickerson,

What a great idea!!! And branded socks could be cool marketing!

Or show yourself in a photo without socks and say...this house knocked my socks off!

Feb 11, 2021 01:47 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret there are still Realtors/Agents who will take Buyers out to look a house, and have no idea what the Buyer can qualify for.  That is always a receipt for major disappointment for both the Buyer and Realtor/Agent.

Feb 11, 2021 03:49 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

A lender is the first stop.  I'm often redirecting interested buyers as such.

Feb 11, 2021 04:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Knowing how much house a buyer qualifies for is an important first step in the home buying experience.

Feb 11, 2021 06:24 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 11, 2021 06:24 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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George Souto "That is always a receipt for major disappointment for both the Buyer and Realtor/Agent." 

Not to mention the amount of wasted time.

Feb 11, 2021 07:03 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Chris Ann Cleland, That is a definite first stop!

Feb 11, 2021 07:04 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Myrl Jeffcoat,

 Knowing how much house a buyer qualifies for is an important first step in the home buying experience. 

Thanks so much for the feature in OFC!

Feb 11, 2021 07:06 PM