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Posted by Jane Dunlap on 12/10/2017

When you think of buying or selling a house, the first thing that comes to mind may not be the legal aspects associated with the process. You may want to reconsider this rather boring part of the process as an important one. Hiring a lawyer can help both buyers and sellers to get through many hurdles that buying a home can present. 


The Contracts


There will be many negotiations and a lot of back and forth throughout the process of buying a home. Everything that’s involved with buying a home needs a contract for it to be legally binding. A real estate attorney will negotiate on your behalf and be sure that the contracts adhere to all state and local laws. The lawyer will also help you to address issues that may affect the future of the property such as botched inspections, liens against the home, and other items that could affect you as the home buyer. 


Title Search


Real estate attorneys will perform what is called a title search. This allows them to see if there are any outstanding liens or judgements against the house. This title search will also make sure that the seller has the right to actually sell the property that’s being sold. An attorney can do all of this much quicker than the average person since they have working relationships with title companies.


Transfer Of Property


If a property is being transferred through a corporation, trust, or partnership, things can get complicated. It’s good to have an attorney who is used to working with these complex situations and understands the legal boundaries within the state or municipality   that the property is in.


If You Choose Not To Have A Real Estate Attorney


Many times, a real estate attorney isn’t required to buy a property. It is advisable to have one, however. Without an attorney you increase your chances of problems arising in the future. You run the risk of:


  • Being sued for failure to disclose information
  • An improper property transaction takes place
  • You could miss relevant facts about the property
  • Failing to file the correct documents at both the state an local levels
  • Deeds are not transferred
  • Building permits weren’t correctly filed


The Takeaway


Having a real estate lawyer on your side is important due to the complex nature of property transactions. While some states require that an attorney be present throughout your property transaction, many states do not have this stipulation. You are smart to hire a competent real estate attorney to protect your own interests as either a buyer or a seller.





Posted by Jane Dunlap on 8/20/2017

Once you put your home on the market for sale, you’ll have some decisions to make including the real estate agency that will list the home. One of the most important things about selling your home is finding the right price to sell the home at. You’d like to make  a return on your investment. On the other hand, if time is a factor in your move, you may need to be even more strategic about pricing. 


At some point, once the home has been on the market for a certain period of time, you’ll need to think of reducing the price of the home. 


Work With Your Realtor


You may not know the perfect time to reduce the price of your home, but your realtor does. As a seller, you may not be too happy about lowering the price of the home at all. Depending on the state of the real estate market, your realtor will make the right suggestions to do what they can in order to sell your home. Sometimes this includes a price reduction to make both buyers and sellers happy. 


Marketing Is Everything


Before the price is even reduced, you may need to take a look at how the home is being marketed. There’s so many pieces of the puzzle that come in when a home is being marketed. 


The home is listed in the MLS by your realtor, but is it getting hits? Have open houses been held to further advertise the home? Are the pictures of the home representative of the property and good quality? Is adequate “for sale” signage present? Is your realtor available for showing the home privately? 


These are all important things to think about when it comes to marketing the home. Your realtor is well-versed in all of these areas. The important thing for you as a seller is to be aware of just how many different avenues are available for you to get the word out about the home.


Can You Wait To Sell?


If you’re not moving due to a job change or a life transition that’s urgent, you may be better off waiting to sell the home. If the market is slow or happens to favor buyers heavily, you may want to wait and take your home off of the market for a bit. One of the most important things that you can do as a seller is to go with the flow of the market that you’re in.          

                  

Find The Right Number


When you price your home too high, you’ll need to keep lowering the price until you find the price that’s “just right.” When you use this approach, your house will sit on the market for a long time. This will be worse for you as a seller in the long run. Buyers will wonder why your home has been on the market for so long. Is there something wrong with the home? Will the price continue to drop? Really, interest will continue to wane from your home using this strategy. At this point you may just need to take the house off of the market.


In a perfect world, you only want to have to drop the price of your home once. Work with your realtor to find that sweet spot for pricing and you’ll be happy selling your home to satisfied buyers.





Posted by Jane Dunlap on 7/30/2017

When was the last time you examined the lighting in your hallway? For home sellers, you may want to consider revamping the lighting in your hallway. By doing so, you can brighten up your hallway, and ultimately, help make your home more appealing to prospective homebuyers. So what does it take to improve your hallway lighting? Here are three tips to consider: 1. Add Lighting Controls. Although you may already have a light switch to control your hallway lighting, incorporating a dimmer switch or occupancy sensor into your hallway may prove to be a great option to enhance your hallway's overall appearance. A dimmer switch ensures you can brighten or dim your hallway as much or as little as you choose. The added control provided by a dimmer switch enables you to create a certain ambiance that you can share with homebuyers when they check out your residence. Comparatively, an occupancy sensor detects when a person walks through a hallway automatically. This sensor may serve as a distinct feature in your home, one that may help your residence stand out in the eyes of homebuyers. 2. Incorporate Wall Sconces. For home sellers who want to impress prospective homebuyers the moment they enter a hallway, wall sconces may serve as ideal additions. Wall sconces come in many shapes and sizes, allowing you to select lighting that matches your hallway's décor beautifully. Also, wall sconces are available that enable you to create both up and down lighting that can give your hallway a one-of-a-kind look and feel. Try to find wall sconces that deliver a sense of balance in your hallway. By doing so, you'll be able to utilize wall sconces that provide a superior mix of fashion and function. 3. Install Track Lighting. Looking to brighten up a long hallway? Choose track lighting – you'll be glad you did! Track lighting typically runs parallel to your hallway's walls and offers immense versatility. Therefore, it serves as a wonderful option for those who want to make a hallway dazzle day after day. In many instances, you can change the direction of track lighting with ease, too. This type of lighting gives you superb flexibility, and as such, remains an exceedingly popular option in many homes. When it comes to brightening up a hallway or any other area of your home, be sure to evaluate all of the options at your disposal. Remember, you'll want to do whatever you can to help your residence sparkle, and the right lighting may enable you to transform a dull hallway into an eye-catching one. Lastly, don't forget to consult with your real estate agent before you perform hallway lighting improvements or other home repairs. This real estate professional likely boasts years of industry experience and will be able to guide you as you explore ways to make your home more attractive to homebuyers. Take a close look at your home's hallway lighting, and you're sure to find many great lighting options that you can use to help your residence stand out in any real estate market.





Posted by Jane Dunlap on 7/23/2017

Curb appeal, aka the overall attractiveness of your house to prospective homebuyers, often plays an important role in the home selling process. For instance, a house with a neat, clean front lawn likely has greater curb appeal than a residence surrounded by an overgrown front lawn, and for good reason. As a home seller, you want your residence to sell as quickly as possible. And in order to accomplish this goal, you'll need to spend some time boosting your house's curb appeal to make your residence attractive to prospective homebuyers. Fortunately, there are many quick, simple ways to boost your home's curb appeal, including: 1. Focus on the Roof Is your roof missing shingles? If so, you'll want to repair or replace defective shingles immediately, because failure to do so may lead homebuyers to consider alternatives. Also, don't forget to clean your roof if its shingles look dreary and streaked, as this can help you enhance your home's curb appeal instantly. 2. Spruce Up the Front Porch Setting up a few plants on your front porch can help give your home a warm, inviting feel. Thus, when homebuyers pass by, plants may help draw attention to your house over others. Typically, colorful flowers are great for a front porch. These flowers are easy to set up in a porch container or window box and will enable you to add a splash of color to your home's front porch. 3. Open the Curtains Give homebuyers a glimpse into your home's interior by keeping the curtains, shades or blinds open. By doing so, you'll be able to let light shine through your home during the day, and ultimately, boost your home's appearance to homebuyers as they pass by your residence. Of course, try to be consistent with your window treatments. And if you open the curtains for one window, be sure to open the curtains for all of them to give your home a uniform appearance. 4. Install Light Fixtures Around Your Lawn Increasing your house's curb appeal during the day is great, but how can you ensure that homebuyers can get a better idea about the quality of your house at night? That's easy – install light fixtures around your lawn, and homebuyers should have no trouble viewing your home at any time. Lawn light fixtures usually can be installed in just minutes and are simple to use. Plus, these light fixtures allow you to showcase your house's landscaping, walking paths and other excellent attributes. 5. Consider the Homebuyer's Point of View If you were a homebuyer, what would you say about your house's exterior? Considering the homebuyer's point of view is valuable and can help you better understand your home's strengths and weaknesses. Working with a real estate agent may enable you to identify and address homebuyers' needs as well. This professional will collaborate with you throughout the home selling process and can provide plenty of outstanding insights that you can use to improve your home's appearance without delay. Dedicate time and resources to enhance your house's curb appeal, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your residence as soon as it hits the real estate market.





Posted by Jane Dunlap on 7/2/2017

Selling your home presents many opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, home sellers have an opportunity to earn a profit if they can stir up substantial interest in their properties. Comparatively, selling a home can be difficult, particularly for property sellers who are working in a buyer's market.

Ultimately, the home selling experience should be memorable for all the right reasons, and we're here to help you get the most out of the property selling journey.

What does it take to enjoy an unforgettable home selling experience? Here are three tips to ensure you can do just that.

1. Conduct a Home Appraisal

You love your home, but you also understand that your residence is far from perfect. As such, a home seller should perform a property appraisal before adding his or her house to the real estate market.

During a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your residence and identify any problem areas. That way, you can uncover "hidden" problems with your residence and correct these issues as needed.

A home appraisal is exceedingly valuable, especially for home sellers who want to get the best price for a property. The appraisal may require only a few hours to complete and will provide you with comprehensive insights into your home's strengths and weaknesses.

2. Prep Your Home's Exterior and Interior

Your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on property buyers, so why not make the most of it?

With a dazzling home exterior, you can boost your home's chances of generating plenty of interest from property buyers.

Home exterior improvements often are simple to complete. In fact, quick, easy tasks like mowing the front lawn or removing dirt and debris from walkways can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers.

Don't forget to clean your home's interior as well. Mopping the floors, wiping down countertops and performing other home interior maintenance may help your residence stand out to property buyers during home showings and open houses.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

With a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble enjoying a terrific home selling journey.

A real estate agent is a housing market professional who understands what it takes to sell a residence. He or she can provide extensive insights into real estate market trends and ensure you can make informed home selling decisions.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and promote your residence. This housing market professional also will respond to your home selling concerns and queries. By doing so, a real estate agent can help you accelerate the home selling cycle and optimize the value of your residence.

When it comes to selling your home, hiring a real estate agent is a must. This real estate professional will go above and beyond the call of duty to streamline the home selling process and help you can get the best results possible.




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