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Oct. 2, 2017

Let's Talk Real Estate

So you're thinking about taking advantage of this seller's market, and you want/need an agent. You've come to the right place.

Something you should know first - I love (??) listing and selling homes. I love the look on my clients' faces at the closing table as they move onto their next chapter of their lives. I also love problem solving, which happens often in this fast-paced market we are in. I am not a traditional "salesman" as you might have pictured in your head. I am a marketer, negotiator, and client advocate, which is essential in our current real estate industry!

So what does that mean for you? It means you'll have a passionate agent, tenaciously working towards your real estate goals in a fun way. You'll have an advocate that fiercely negotiates in your best interest. You'll get a Realtor® that will treat you like his own family!

Let's talk facts:

  • In the previous two years, the "Median Days on Market" for my listings is 20 days.
  • In the previous two years, my clients have received over 98.6% of their asking prices, on average.
  • In the last year, I have sold over 77 homes totaling over $16,000,000 of volume.
  • I have FUN with my clients...that's right, we will actually have a great time selling your home!
  • Our marketing plan is tailored to your property, and intensely effective!

One last thing...I am not asking you to hire me right now, or make any big commitments. All I am asking is for a chance to meet with you so you can see what I offer. There will be no pressure when we meet, just questions and answers. I am here to serve, so please let me know how I can help you today!

Posted in Real Estate Advice
April 11, 2016

5 Tips for Buying a Home

Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.

 

Get your finances in order.

Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable lender and get pre-approved for a loan. This will put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house.

Find a house you can afford.

As with engagement rings, there’s a general rule of thumb when it comes to buying a home: two-and-a-half times your annual salary. There are also a number of tools and calculators online that can help you understand how your income, debt, and expenses affect what you can afford. Don’t forget, too, that there are lots of considerations beyond the sticker price, including property taxes, energy costs, etc.

Hire a professional.

While the Internet gives buyers unprecedented access to home listings and resources, many aspects of the buying process require a level of expertise you can’t pick up from surfing the web. That’s why you’re better off using a professional agent than going it alone. If possible, recruit an exclusive buyer agent, who will have your interests at heart and can help you with strategies during the bidding process.

Do your homework.

Before making a bid, do some research to determine the state of the market at large. Is it more favorable for sellers or buyers? Next, look at sales trends of similar homes in the area or neighborhood. Look at prices for the last few months. Come up with an asking price that’s competitive, but also realistic. Otherwise, you may end up ticking off your seller.

Think long term.

Obviously, you shouldn’t buy unless you’re sure you’ll be staying put for at least a few years. Beyond that, you should buy in a neighborhood with good schools. Whether you have children or not, this will have an impact on your new home’s resale value down the line. When it comes to the house itself, you should hire your own home inspector, who can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs in the future.

Posted in Real Estate Advice