Whether you are Buying or Selling...getting you the best options is my PRIORITY!
Buying a Home
Whether you want to move out of your parents’ home for the first time, own a home after years of renting, or buy a bigger home for your growing family, I am here to guide you through process at whatever stage of your life. Let's schedule a consultation to discuss your home buying wishlist and the steps you need to take so that you can make an informed decision!
Do I need a Realtor to Buy a Home?
Buying a home is a major financial investment! If you don’t carefully consider every aspect, you could find yourself struggling to make mortgage payments or in foreclosure. Here are my reasons why every home buyer should use a realtor:
Your REALTOR® can help you understand different financing options and identify qualified lenders.
Your REALTOR® has many resources not available to the general public to assist you in your home search.
Your REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property.
Your REALTOR® can help you negotiate.
Your REALTOR® will help arrange necessary inspections.
Your REALTOR® will guide your through the closing process.
Choosing me as your Realtor means more than just being informed of the process...choosing me is a commitment to going above and beyond to make sure that you have what you WANT and need until you close the deal!
Published by Rose & Womble (2017) Six Reasons to use a REALTOR®
Selling Your Home
Selling your home can be a complicated process, even in the best market. Whether you’re a first-time home seller or experienced homeowner, I am here to provide you with the experience to know the market, to negotiate your contracts, and to afford you time and piece of mind. Once you've decided to sell your home, you need to advertise as widely as possible to a get potential buyers out to your home. When a home is listed with me, it becomes advertised and marketed for sale on the Multiple Listing Services (MLS), a nationwide database of houses for sale.
7 Reasons to Choose a Realtor
1. Setting the Price The selling process generally begins with a determination of a reasonable asking price. Your real estate agent or Realtor can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in your local marketplace, as well as the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in marketing your home and selling it at the best price. Often, your agent can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of the property.
2. Marketing The next step is a marketing plan. Marketing exposes your property to the public as well as to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service, other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, and so on. In many markets, a substantial portion of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate agent other than yours brings in the buyer. The Realtor Code of Ethics requires Realtors to use these cooperative relationships when they benefit clients.
An agent will also know when, where and how to advertise -- which medium, format and frequency will work best for your home and your market. Though advertising can be valuable, the notion that advertising sells real estate is a misconception. National Association of Realtors studies show that 82 percent of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts from previous clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts.
3. Providing Security When a property is marketed with an agent's help, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Agents will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
4. Negotiating Your agent can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing -- a lot of possible pitfalls. Your agent can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process. 5. Monitoring, Renegotiating and Closing Between the initial sales agreement and the closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, there are unexpected repairs that require the buyer to obtain financing, or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your agent is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing. 6. Getting the Realtor Guarantee All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate agents who are members of the National Association of Realtors are called Realtors. They proudly display the Realtor logo on their business card, website, and marketing. Realtors subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. Realtors are committed to treating all parties to a transaction honestly. An independent survey reports that almost 85 percent of home buyers would use the same Realtor again. 7. Getting Expert Assistance Finally, consider the scale of your transaction. Selling your home is one of the biggest financial decisions you'll make. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to solve it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the relatively small cost of hiring a Realtor and the large potential risk of not hiring one, it's smart to find a professional to sell your home.