Full disclosure: patience has never been my strong suit. When I want something, I want it now. I make decisions quick and I expect results quicker, but that's not always realistic. My husband tells me all the time that I need to be more patient, and I think, at least in a professional setting, that I have gotten better at doing just that.
When I'm communicating with clients I respond promptly (usually within a few minutes of a missed call or text, within the hour for e-mail etc.) and while I feel comfortable and thrive at this pace, not everyone does. Sometimes, I won't get a response from someone I'm working with for a day or two (although after 24 hours I do normally follow up through a different mode of contact) and I have to remind myself to "Stop, Breathe, Rethink, and then React (or not act)."
It isn't always easy, especially the way my brain is wired, but oftentimes patience is the correct strategy when waiting to hear on an offer or for a report back. So, for the sake of my clients I stop, breathe, rethink and then react.
I think this technique of mine comes in especially handy with Real Estate (and also with two-year-olds) and so I hope that if patience is something you may struggle with from time to time that you will find it useful too!
It's that time of year - Spring has sprung, and the buyers are out in droves looking for the perfect home and in direct competition with each other for that perfect yard and great entertaining space. I'm not joking. Things are tense and I've already seen a few multiple offer situations (see my video on #TheRealtorDiaries page).
If you are looking, and it does depend on your price range, but just know that our market is picking up. There are more listings, true, especially when compared with the cold months of December and January. There are also more buyers flooding the market, however, and that can lead to some tense multiple offer situations and sometimes disappointment if you aren't the party whose offer is accepted.
Do not give up though. Realtors in this market understand how the market is, and any good one will make time to show you the houses you like AS SOON AS THEY BECOME available - because they should understand what it feels like to buy that home, especially if there is competition.
Stay positive and vigilant! The internet has given us so much power when it comes to immediate gratification and notification. So, if you see something you like, do not be afraid to see it quickly and offer just as fast. If the listing agent has priced it well, they may even be hoping for a bidding war. Make your offer strong and serious and you will get good results. With this market, it doesn't pay to take a chance and not be strong. Be strong, interests rates are climbing and now is the time to buy, buy, buy!
So you want to buy a new home? Great! One of the first questions you will get asked by a Realtor these days is, "Are you already pre-qualified?" Don't be offended. It isn't that they are asking because if not, they don't want to work with you. I think that's a huge misconception. They are asking because they know sellers are asking, and often not accepting offers until they get a pre-qual letter. It's a safe guard for them and it's good for a buyer to have already had that talk and know what they may qualify for and potentially what they may need to ask a seller for closing costs etc.
And if you aren't, don't be discouraged! Any Realtor worth their salt will know several lenders (likely local ones) that can help you out and get that process going quick so if you find that dream home, you can offer quick and strong!
That's it for today - thank you for reading!
They're cute, cuddly, sweet and adorable. And yes maybe a little smelly. Okay a lot smelly. They just sometimes plain stink. It's not their fault or yours, but if you're trying to effectively market and sell your home the sweet stench of dog (or any pet for that matter) can be a huge turn off for potential buyers. Believe me, I've had clients literally say, "We like the house but it just smells too bad, let's just get out of here."
You may love your pooch, but your house will hopefully only be on the market for a short amount of time and really the best thing is to not have pets in the home you are trying to sell. Maybe they can go stay with grandma or at a friends (not unlike the kids lol) but you've got to get ahead of the odor issue before it becomes too big of an issue. In homes with carpet this can be a hard thing to deal with - but do your best to remove all traces, there may be a dog lover or two out there that says "Oh, I just love this wet dog smell!" but trust me when I tell you they are not the majority!
Now, go give Fido a whiff and see what you think - and good luck with listing!
Just like you have a choice when choosing a Realtor to work with, you have a choice when choosing a home inspector/company. And just like with any profession, there's the good, the bad and the ugly... That might be a bit extreme (all the Inspectors I've met here have been pretty easy on the eyes) but sometimes their reports are not. And finding someone you know you can trust and who will do an excellent job is important on both sides of the transaction - for the buyers AND the sellers!
There are the major issues to look out for (Electrical, Plumbing, Roof Covering and Structure, Foundation and HVAC) and then other minor things like maybe a loose toilet bowl (I see that all the time, not sure what is says about us as a society).
It is crucial though, that you find an inspector who will have a detailed report but also be able to tell you what is actually a big deal and what is a $20, 10-minute fix.
And most good inspectors will do a pre-listing inspection for sellers, which can be beneficial for buyers too. First impressions are everything, as they say, and that goes for homes. IF things look bad at first glance, it often indicates that there are more problems to come. If a seller can get ahead on some repairs they can possibly get better and more offers!
If you aren't sure, ask your Realtor - they should recommend more than one, but they will have come across likely the best and the worst from all sides so ask who they would use on their own home!