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.

Tips for Getting Your Children Excited About Your Upcoming Move

Moving can certainly be a stressful time, especially for your children. Here are some tips for getting your kids excited, rather than angry or unenthused, about the move.

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I recently had the opportunity to work with two homeowners who wanted to sell their home in our neighborhood. They have several kids each, which was no small aspect of the process. Today I want to discuss how you can prepare your children for a move, whether you’re buying or selling.

Involving kids under the age of 18 with a move can be a challenge for any parent. Getting a child ready to move means, often, uprooting them from their school, their friends, and everything else they’ve grown accustomed to as long as you’ve lived in that house.

My first recommendation is to get the kids involved as soon as possible so that they feel a part of the process. This could mean asking them to stage the house or sorting through their things to donate any unused items. Passing unwanted things down to other kids who might enjoy them should make your children feel good.
Get the kids involved as soon as possible so that they feel a part of the process.
Second, get them excited about the next house. Discuss the layout of the new neighborhood, or better yet, drive them to it so they can see with their own eyes. Help them get to know the new school they’ll be attending and the fun areas around that they’ll be able to enjoy. It’s so important for a child to be able to visualize their lives after the change of houses, so doing these things will help them understand just how great the next step of the journey can be.

Finally, ask them what they want their bedroom to look like. Bring them to your new home and let them start making plans for how they want to arrange their new space. Give them options for colors, furniture, and so on so that the move can be a fun, memorable event with lots of good things to look forward to.

If you’re moving soon and have questions about how it will impact your children, feel free to reach out to me. I have plenty of stories and ideas to give you that should help make your move a great transition for everyone.

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