BUYING TIPS

How We Can Help You Buy a Home

If you’re ready to buy a home, you’re in the driver’s seat. Inventory is high. Plenty of great homes are on the market. It’s time for you to be smart so that you can secure the best deal.

Know. Determine what you can afford. You may qualify for $650,000, but the reality may be that you’re more comfortable with payment on a $500,000 mortgage. We will refer you to great mortgage brokers to help you get pre-approved with a loan that you’ll be satisfied with. This happens before we even step foot in the first house.

Read. Everything! We have guides that we will provide for you that describe the home-buying process. The Sunday Union-Tribune has a great home section with consumer-friendly articles and weekly columns. And most importantly, do your homework. Focus on reading every word in contracts that are offered to you. Contracts can be daunting at first, but you will be a pro by the time we’re done working together.

Listen. Professionals like your home inspector, your mortgage broker, and your REALTOR®, as well as your friends and family, will all want to weigh in on your home-buying experience. Some will have facts, but most will offer their opinions. Consider all of what you learn. Asking questions is the least expensive thing you can do. Good questions can lead to great answers that might save you a bundle.

Relax. When the right home comes along, you’ll know it. And when it does, we will be right there ready to help you make that dream home a reality.

SELLING TIPS

How We Can Help You Sell a Home

Home For SaleYou want to sell your home; we want to help. Here are a few things you can do to make the process go smoothly.

Know. Find out what you owe on your current mortgage and your interest rate. Double-check to see if your mortgage carries a prepayment penalty. This will help us estimate the amount of your proceeds and make you feel more confident in your asking price.

Read. Martha Stewart’s books and magazines are a good source of design tips. Contrary to what you might expect, now is the time to redecorate your home. Less is more – potential buyers want to see a clean, organized home. If you need to rent a storage locker for a while, we can help you set that up. We have people who can help you organize, paint, clean, and repair. We will even personally help you stage your home for the best effect. Together we can make your home look great!

Listen. Other agents and potential buyers will give you valuable feedback during this process. Listen to it all. The market will help to inform us and we can help you make the best decisions for your unique situation.

Relax. Let us take care of the things we do best. We will keep you updated with marketing reports and agent feedback. We will host open houses and pitch your property all over town. We will have a good time getting the job done.

Sellers are cautious, especially those who are helping their parents downsize or seniors who don’t have family to oversee their situation. We understand how big changes can stifle a person’s life. And, we know how to take care of it. We have emptied, sorted through, repaired, hauled, painted, and landscaped more properties than the “Extreme Makeover” team can claim and we will do the same for you. You have my promise.