Why Should You Consider Buying or Selling in the Winter Months?

I’ve got some advice for anyone who is thinking about buying or selling a home this winter. Here’s what you need to know.

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As you know, I always say that it’s never a bad time to pursue your real estate goals. Now that we’re in the fall and nearing wintertime, a lot of people are under the impression that it’s a bad time to get involved in the market. Of course, there are holidays and parties and traveling, but there’s also a lot of off-time for potential buyers and sellers to do a lot of nothing. 

During the summer, a lot of the high-priced homes sell quickly. When an appraiser is pulling comps for the winter, they’re pulling these comps from the summer. Right now there are plenty of sellers in the marketplace who need to sell right now—it’s a great time for you to buy. Whether these homeowners are being relocated, upsizing, downsizing, or whatever, it’s a great time to buy while sellers really need to sell.

If you’re thinking about selling in the wintertime, the beauty of holiday decorations around your home plays to your strengths. It will make your home look great and appeal to those buyers who are in the market and have to buy before the end of the year. If your home is in a great location, the demand will certainly be there and will certainly be high.
Renting out your property instead of selling is always an option.
The secret to real estate is to buy and never sell. If you’re contemplating whether to sell right now or whether you should rent the property out, there’s always room to discuss that during this time.

If you have any questions about your personal situation and what advantages you can have by buying or selling this winter, give us a call or send us an email today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

It Takes More Than Using Zillow to Fully Understand Our Market

Zillow can be a very useful resource during your home sale or home search, but don’t rely on it too heavily.

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Zillow is a phenomenal tool. It helps buyers, sellers, and homeowners alike get a grip on some real estate basics. However, putting too much stock in the information you find on Zillow is a recipe for disaster. 

Trying to fully understand the market from the data you see on Zillow alone is like trying to understand the entirety of the Lord of the Rings series after reading just one chapter.

The public record available on Zillow is an awesome resource, but you should still collaborate with a local, experienced Realtor when it comes time to pursue your real estate goals.

If you’re selling, for example, Zillow may set your home’s value as much as 20% above or below what it’s actually worth. Agents, on the other hand, will be able to reference specific, comparable properties to help you determine a more accurate home value.
Trying to understand the market from viewing Zillow is like trying to understand the Lord of the Rings after reading one chapter.
It takes a local expert to achieve the best results from your home sale or your home search. Zillow is a great tool, but it isn’t the only resource you should rely on.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

3 Ways to Help Your Closings Move Along Faster

All home sellers want a quick closing. Here are three tips to help you get there.

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What slows closings down and what can you do as a seller to help them move along faster? Here are a few tips to help you speed up your next closing:

1. Answer things quickly. If you get an offer, you may think that it’s wise to wait a few days for more offers to come in or let the seller sit on it. I recently learned that’s not the best idea. I listed a property that got a full-priced offer on the day it was listed. Instead of waiting for multiple offers, we decided to take the cash offer, which also allowed my sellers to stay in the home for 60 days after closing. They made the right decision by accepting that offer. They could have gotten a higher price, but probably wouldn’t have been able to get as good of terms. We certainly wouldn’t have been able to close within 1.5 weeks

2. Get information to the buyer in a timely manner. They might have questions about a radon mitigation system, insurance reports, and other repairs or warranties about the home. Get those things to them quickly.
Having a sense of urgency is key when selling your home.
3. Respond quickly to inspection, appraisal, and document requests. Don’t let you be the reason that things don’t get done. If we worked with you, we would make sure to have all this documentation and scheduling done in advance if things get done.

All in all, having a sense of urgency is key when you’re selling your home. If you’re slow with things or have some delays, it could derail your closing altogether.

If you have any questions for me in the meantime about selling your home or about anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why a Real Estate Agent is Advantageous for New Construction

If you are buying a new construction home, you may want to consider getting an agent on your side. Today I will explain why.

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Today I want to talk about why working with an agent is advantageous for you when buying new construction and how we can help you through the new construction buying process.

Buying a new home is a lot like buying from a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) listing—if you were buying from a very savvy, shark-like homeowner. You are actually buying from an investor who is trying to sell you the home while still keeping their own best interests in mind. This is why I would like to go over a few quick points that you need to think about when buying a new home, with emphasis on why you want to get your real estate agent involved.

1. We advocate for you when you buy a new home. The Anderson Group will look out for your interests while the builder is not. The builder wants to sell the house for the price that they chose which is why they don’t want to negotiate at all.
2. We provide you advice on location. A builder may not want to sell you a certain lot until he has sold others in less optimal locations. We can negotiate to get you a better location for maximum value.
3. We give you advice on lender selection. Most builders will encourage you to work with a lender with whom they have negotiated a business arrangement, telling you it’ll save you money, but this may not be true. It is our job as your Realtor to negotiate a better financing option for you.
As your agents, we do your bi-weekly walkthroughs to see the progress and hold the builders accountable.
4. We negotiate so you don’t overpay. Suppose the new neighborhood is brand-new and they’ve put a huge markup of $50,000 on the listing because it’s located in a prime area—this is always negotiable.
5. We do bi-weekly walkthroughs. Once you get a property under contract, it pays for you to show up every other week to see the progress—builders are infamous for letting things drag past the projected closing. As your agents, we’ll do your bi-weekly walkthroughs to see the progress and hold them accountable.
6. We help you set a budget for the design center. New builds are only selling a base model with the base products. Builders would love for you to upgrade everything. If you work with us, we can act as your advocate to look at the builder’s upgrades and choose the right options for you when it comes to flooring, appliances, or bathroom upgrades.
7. We give you advice on resale value. Will the deck or the bonus room be better than the finished basement? The Anderson Group can help you decide which upgrades to add that will help you get a maximal return.
8. We keep track of all your costs. The $500,000 base price of your house may end up being $600,000 or $700,000 if you don’t reign it in and stop overspending.

Buying a new build is very exciting and your emotions can get the best of you. This is why we are here to help advise you all the way to closing. We will even help after with the inspection to help you insure your warranty.

If you have any additional questions about this or if you are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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