Why Representation Matters After Your Home Sells

I believe having good representation after a home contract has been is accepted is just as (if not more) important than it is before a purchase agreement is accepted. Here's why.

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In my opinion, your representation after you execute a purchase contract on a property is just as important (if not more important) than your representation when you first buy a home and negotiate a contract. Most people don't even consider the representation afterward.

I've personally seen tens of thousands of dollars saved that would have otherwise gone out the window if there had been bad or no advice given to the client. There are two main points for this: the inspection period and the appraisal. Today, we'll just talk about the inspection period. We'll cover appraisals next time.
Not having good representation after a contract is accepted could cost you thousands of dollars.

As for the inspection period, the buyer will do all their due diligence. When they do this, they have the right to as many inspections as they want. When they're done at the end of the 10-day inspection period, they'll submit a report of what they want the seller to fix in writing. Many sellers don't want the deal to fall through, so they capitulate and give the buyer most of what they want—this can be a grave mistake due to all the money riding on those repairs. 

That's why it's good to have someone in your corner representing you who has contacts with good contractors and vendors so they can get estimates for the costs of these repairs. That way, you'll have everything at your disposal to make an informed decision. Secondly, you want great representation for their ability to negotiate and ask open-ended questions to the other agent and find out whether the buyer truly loves the house or they're on the fence about it. This can also help you get a sense of how important certain repairs are to them.

These are all things that a good agent will do for a seller after the contract has been accepted. If you have any other questions about this topic, I'd love to help you out. Negotiation can be fun and there's a level or art and skill to it, so give me a call or send me an email soon and let's get the conversation started!

The 7 New Year’s Resolutions All Homeowners Should Follow

I have seven New Year's resolutions that I'm taking on in 2017 that I think will really help me maintain my home more effectively. I recommend these seven things to all fellow homeowners!

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In light of 2017, I decided there are a few New Year's resolutions I wanted to start and maintain when it comes to my home this year. There are seven that I want to share with you:
  1. I will turn off all my lights. I have small kids, so I can't imagine how much money is wasted every month from lights being left on. 
  2. I will remove my shoes and compel others to do the same. This is always a good idea if you have carpet in your house. Taking your shoes off every single day can make a big difference over a long period of time.
  3. I will put money into a maintenance account for my house regularly. This is for when things break and for preventative maintenance.
  4. I will conduct many inspections of my house.
  5. Simply taking your shoes off every day will make a big difference in keeping your carpet clean.
  6. I will wash my windows consistently. Think of how much brighter your house is without that film of dust throughout the year.
  7. I will change my A/C filters monthly. This is a big one most people forget. I actually write the day that I change the filter on it so I know when to change it out.
  8. I will declutter a bit every single day. Just keep the house clean and when you move, you'll have less to deal with.
I highly recommend these seven tips to any fellow homeowners. If you have any questions or you're thinking about buying or selling a home, give me a call or send me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

4 Things That Will Get Your Home Sold for Top Dollar

People lose out on thousands of dollars if their homes aren’t properly prepared for sale. These four things will make sure you sell your home for top dollar.  

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If you’re ready to sell your home, make sure it is properly prepared for the winter market. Not doing so could potentially cost you thousands of dollars. Our team really knows how to make a difference in the look of a home. Here are four things that will help your home sell for top dollar:
  1. Curb appeal. Curb appeal plays a vital role. Most people think of landscaping when they think of curb appeal, but it’s more than that. For example, consider getting a new door handle. This will boost a buyer’s opinion of a home before they even enter it. 
  2. Holiday decorations. Although we all love his antics, you don’t want to be Clark Griswold when trying to sell your home. Having some decorations like a tree or another holiday centerpiece is great, though. 
  3. Although we all love his antics, you don’t want to be Clark Griswold.
  4. Natural light. Always make sure your windows are clean and the curtains are pulled back. Show off as much natural light as you possibly can. 
  5. Interior staging. I can’t rave enough about the benefits of interior staging. Spending the money to have a home professionally staged always comes back in the price the home sells for. Again, to see an example of what I mean, look back at those before and after pictures. 
If you do these four things, you will sell your home, and you will sell for a great price. If you have any further questions or want to talk about selling your home, please give us a call or shoot us an email. We are here to help.