As spring approaches, there is good reason to think ahead and start planning for the future. This is the time of year when many people consider listing their homes for sale, making it more convenient to move during the summer months. You probably know there’s more to selling a home than putting up a For […]
Does Location Really Matter?
You find a beautiful home available on the market, but you’re not so sure about the location. Does it really matter all that much? YES. It does. That’s why the famous realtor saying came about: “Location, location, location!” The location of a home you’re considering buying will affect you in two ways. First, it will […]
The Benefits of a Less than Perfect Home
When Choosing a Fixer-Upper Makes Cents
Some renovations can significantly increase the market value of a home. Others can cost more than you’ll ever get back. So, when choosing a “fixer-upper”, look carefully at the work that needs to be done. General painting, and bathroom or kitchen renovations typically increase the resale value of a house. “Invisible” repairs such as plumbing, […]
Get Your Home-Hunting Ducks in a Row
Should You Accept a “Conditional Offer”?
There’s no doubt about it. The best kind of offer is a “firm” offer. The buyer offers you a certain price for your property and, should you accept it, the deal is done. Congratulations. You’ve just sold your house! But more often than not, an offer is “conditional”. That means the buyer is offering you […]
Surviving a Bidding War
How to Handle Offers
You obviously have experience purchasing a home. But you may not have had an opportunity, yet, to be on the other side of the transaction: putting your house on the market and entertaining offers. Offers, in particular, can intimidate first time sellers (even those who have bought and sold a few times). After all, the […]
The Vocabulary of Selling a Home
As in any industry, there are terms and buzzwords that are unique to residential real estate. When you put your home on the market, you should know what those terms mean. Here are definitions for the most common ones: Fair Market Value: This is an estimate of how much a specific home will sell for […]
Get a Taste of the Market
While you may not be seriously considering selling your home or looking for a new one, you might still be interested in what’s going on in the marketplace. After all, it’s nice to see “what’s out there” and find out more about some of the homes that are currently listed on the market. There’s nothing […]