Successful Tips for Buying or Selling in Today's Market

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Mike Bowman

In today's Residential Real Estate market either buying or selling a home the savvy consumer can make it an enjoyable experience provided they have done there Home-Work. The benifits can also be rewarding by saving you time,effort and money!Ten Tips on Home Buying and SellingThere is a lot to know before putting your home up for sale or starting your search for a new home.Take the following into consideration if you are a buyer:
1. Work with qualified lenders: Before you start working with a bank, mortgage banker, mortgage broker or credit union, get as much information as you can. Check their backgrounds carefully. Also, get an estimate of all possible fees.
2. Get pre-approved: If there is a problem getting pre-approval because of your credit rating, get copies of your credit reports and determine if anything on the report is inaccurate or over seven years old, which means it must be removed.
3. Look for a neighborhood first: A great home in an undesirable neighborhood (for any of several reasons) is not very worthwhile from a quality of life or from a home value perspective. Learn as much as you can about the neighborhood (online, from visits or at local libraries) and make sure your needs are met.
4. Make a wish list: Whether you are going to open houses on your own or using a real estate broker, make up a list of what you would most like in a new home and prioritize it so you can determine what is most important and which items you are comfortable sacrificing.
5. Have an inspection done: Have an engineer or independent home inspector inspect the home, including the roof, basement, grounds, heating, pipes, and so on. Make your offer contingent on an inspection.If you are selling your home, keep the following in mind:
6. Sell it yourself: If you stay somewhat firm on your asking price, you can do better than you might do with a real estate agent. However, for all paperwork and the closing, bring in an attorney.
7. Think "improvements": While you don't necessarily have to add on a new room or two, make some basic improvements. Fixing up the house can make a significant difference in the eyes of buyers. If the house needs a paint job, use neutral colors, the same with new carpeting. Also make the grounds appealing.
8. Be careful with promises: Don't overcommit yourself. There are some things that you can take care of for the buyer, but others that you cannot. Be able to negotiate.
9. Set a fair price: Be realistic about your asking price - know what other comparable homes have sold for in your area. Factor in the location, age of the house, economic conditions and improvements you've made. Also, if you post your listing on the Internet, post below the closest round number. For example, if your asking price is $200,000, post $199,000, so that when buyers list that they can afford up to $200,000, your house will come up.
10. Check out a real estate agent: If you opt for an agent, first make sure you are working with a seller's agent. Check his or her background and make sure he or she is familiar with your neighborhood. Find out how many homes he or she has sold in your area. Find out where your home will be listed and commit to no more than three months. If the agent's doing a good job for you and you're happy with how things are going, commit to three more months.

Comments (1)

Rafeeq Ahmed
Islamic Banker, UIF, 682-500-4615 - Granbury, TX
Customer Satisfaction

Great Tips

May 24, 2012 02:50 AM