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Signs a Seller May Bargain

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 2/22/17 8:45 PM

There are tell-tale signs you must look for as a buyer when you’re house shopping to know when a seller may be ready to bargain. Trulia says these are the most obvious giveaways to look for…

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Topics: Home, Sellers, homebuying, home buying, selling, bargain

Selling in Winter

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 1/18/17 7:30 PM

Homes are totally sellable in winter. In fact, if someone is looking to buy your home in the winter months, they’re probably in a hurry. But here are some key factors, according to Zillow Porchlight’s Brendon Desimone, to selling in the winter-time.

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Topics: Sellers, Winter, house, heat, selling, heating

Reasons to Buy in Winter

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 11/16/16 3:30 PM

While we’re not quite there yet, winter is on its way, and the holiday season is upon us. It’s definitely not the most popular time to buy a new home, but you could be missing out if you don’t.

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Topics: Sellers, fall, Winter, tax, home price, taxes, homebuying, reasons

Staging No-No's

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 9/7/16 7:30 PM

When staging a home to sell, you obviously want to put your best foot forward. While you may not have an issue with the room you’ve dedicated to your life-long passion of porcelain dolls, a potential buyer might.
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Topics: Home, Staging, Sellers, selling

Appraisal Process

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 8/5/16 8:30 PM

So you’ve ordered an appraisal on a property, or perhaps you’re having your property appraised for a refinance or before you put it on the market.

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Topics: Home, Refinance, Appraisal, Home Buyer, Sellers, refi, home buying, homebuyer

Appraisal Prepping

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 7/13/16 4:19 PM

If you’re selling or refinancing your home, you anticipate having your home appraised. An appraisal may be intimidating to some, but you really shouldn’t sweat it.

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Topics: Refinance, Home Value, Appraisal, Maintenance, Sellers, Home Maintenance, refi, preparedness, prepping

To Sell & Buy Again

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 5/24/16 6:30 PM

Some housing market economists are calling the current market ideal for those looking to sell their house and buy another one.

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Topics: Market, Home Buyer, Sellers, home buyers, Mortgage Market

All Things Home Staging

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 4/5/16 8:30 PM

If you aren’t a first time home buyer, you might be looking to buying your second or third home – which means you need to get rid of the one you’re currently in. In order to sell your home quickly, home staging is a necessary step toward enticing buyers!

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Topics: Home, Market, Staging, Sellers, Home Prep, investment, Buying

Buying to Rent

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/2/16 8:30 AM

Is the landlord life for you? The dream of many is to invest in homes, condos, and buildings to buy and rent out – making the most of your investment could be tricky.

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Topics: Home, Rent, Renting, Real Estate, Sellers, home buyers, Rental Market, investment

Win Your Bid – Win Your Home

Posted by Amy Patterson on 6/22/15 2:53 PM

You’ve found your dream home – now you need to win it – or at least win the right to purchase it. In today’s market, sellers clearly have the advantage, and often, have many offers to choose from. So how do you get your offer to stand out? And more importantly, if a bidding war ensues, how do you win it? How do you walk away as the new owner of your dream home?

The first step is to write a cover letter to the seller with your offer. For tips on writing a winning cover letter, check out this post. A cover letter will help you stand out, and often, be the difference between you and other potential buyers who do not have one.

If the seller does not accept your first offer, and your agent tells you that there are other buyers interested (and bidding), then congratulations, you’ve entered a bidding war. 

Now what? 

  • Make sure your offer is at least the full price of the home, and depending on your available funds, more than the listing price if you can swing it.
  • Offer to pay the seller’s closing costs.
  • Make sure you’re pre-approved – sellers view potential buyers who are pre-approved more seriously than those who are not.
  • Provide a purchase agreement with earnest money – this, like the pre-approval, let’s the seller know how serious you are about purchasing the home.
  • Provide a written contract about the appraisal and any inspections – the contract should include things that you are willing to overlook should they arise. Sellers may be fearful about potential buyers nit-picking items that may arise during the appraisal or inspections, a contract helps to put the seller’s mind at ease. 
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Topics: Mortgage, First Time Home Buyers, Home, Homeowners, Home Loans, Market, Real Estate, Home Sales, Home Buyer, Sellers

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