Tuesday, September 8, 2020 / by Sally Scrimgeour
The True Value of a Real Estate Agent
With the wealth of information available online, many of today’s consumers are incredibly knowledgeable about the homebuying and selling process. Add in the desire to save — or make — as much money as possible, and it’s easy to see why you might be tempted to pass on hiring an agent.
But before flying solo, consider the benefits of having an empathetic and experienced negotiator on your side.
Local Data and Insider Knowledge
You may have lived in your neighborhood since the kids started school and know exactly how much the neighbor’s house sold for. But do you have all the tools of an expert? An agent’s local data can show you everything that’s selling right now and what buyers in your area are prepared to pay for your house.
Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make — and the amount of paperwork and legal jargon required p ...
Monday, September 7, 2020 / by Sally Scrimgeour
The Do's and Don'ts of Selling Your Home
Many homeowners will tell you how emotional it was to buy their first home, but you rarely hear about their experience selling it. It’s only natural to grow attached after creating so many wonderful memories, which can make selling a challenging process.
Fortunately, you’re not in it alone. Together, we can simplify the process and make sure you get top dollar when selling your home.
Let’s get started with some simple do’s and don’ts for selling your first home:
What should you do?
Get your home ready for the market. We’ll collaborate on strategic repairs and updates, home staging, photography and more options to attract buyers.
Plan for your next move. We’ll work together to make sure that you’ve got your next home lined up when your current home sells.
Be aware of your timeline. While our goal is to sell your house fast, you never know what hiccups a buy ...
Monday, August 24, 2020 / by Sally Scrimgeour
An offer on your home moves you one step closer to the finish line in the selling process. And if you’re lucky, you’ll receive multiple offers from a range of bidders.
The highest bid is the obvious choice, right? Not necessarily. Here’s what to consider before moving forward on an offer:
Focus on your priorities. Take this step early, before any offers roll in. Make a list of what’s most important to you in the sale of your home, like a tight moving deadline or your financial needs. Are there any requests that would make an offer a deal breaker for you?
Review the contingencies. Now that you’ve established your top priorities, determine your bidders’ conditions for the sale. Common contingencies for potential buyers include a property appraisal and a home inspection.
Compare earnest money amounts. People who are interested in purchasing your home need to show you that their offer is made in good faith. An earnest money dep ...
Sunday, July 12, 2020 / by Sally Scrimgeour
How to Make a Winning Offer on a Home
The homebuying market continues to heat up — and that means there could be some fierce competition out there. While that may seem intimidating, it doesn’t mean your dream home is out of reach.
There are quite a few things you can do to stand out if you find yourself up against other buyers.
Want to make sure a property doesn’t slip through your fingers? Put these five tips into action to make a winning offer:
Write a personal letter. Tell the seller what you love about the home and what it means to you and your family. Include the letter with your offer to set yourself apart from other interested buyers.
Add an escalation clause. With an escalation clause, you agree to increase your bid (up to a certain point) if another buyer outbids you. It’s a great way to ensure you stay at the top in a bidding war.
Stay flexible and open-minded. Be mindful of the seller’s timeline. If they need to spend a f. ...