I get this question a lot. People are buying a new home, they aren't sure exactly what day to put but the contract requires a date. So what do you do? Closing may be two months away, how're you supposed to know what date to put?
Some people do know already. But, luckily, the contract says "on or before". So, if you need to close earlier - and everything has been approved by the lender and title - you're all set!
However, there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that require a closing to be pushed back to. Although both parties have to agree, most of the time if the reason is something neither the buyer or seller has any control over, then that can be done easily with a contract amendment.
Still it's good to have an idea of a date you'd like to move before you offer, and just remember to be flexible. (I do tell people Fridays at the end of the month can get pretty busy at the title companies, but it's up to you and the lender when they think you should close).
Here's why I won't cut my commission.
As a Realtor, we often get that question during a listing presentation. "Well, if I list with you, will you cut your commission?"
And the answer for some in our market is ... a hesitant yes. That's a fact of life.
However, my answer is always no. Mic-drop, walk out the door. Just kidding - I don't leave, I stay and continue with this:
"The reason I don't cut my commission is because I truly believe my services are worth every cent of my commission, and part of my job once I have your listing is to prove that fact. My goal isn't to just list your house and 'see what happens'. I price it well, so that you Mr./Mrs. Seller are going to net the most amount of money, sell in the shortest amount of time, AND have the smoothest transaction possible."
Because let's face it - there are those 'discount companies' that will list your home, ... and that's it - they put it in the MLS, job over, on to the next. Because when you cut your commission, then you've invariably become a quantity over quality service company - logically, that's how they make money, by taking as many listings as possible to make up for those reduced commissions.
And I think there's something inherently wrong with that. It may work for some people.
But if I were to sell a house, I want it to sell for the most money, in the fastest amount of time, and I want to know and like the person working for me. That's true with my pediatrician, accountant or attorney - I don't want the cheapest, I want the best. Mic-drop. Boom.
The title of this blog is something I've caught myself saying cheesily on several occasions while showing properties. Most of the time just to be funny and lighten the mood a bit. But there is a half-truth to that fun phrase and it really has to do with Realtor and client safety.
At the end of the day (or maybe the beginning) you really never know 100% what to expect when you are entering a stranger's home. That's why when people buy nowadays they want their own Realtor, someone they trust, to take them to see homes. How likely is it for buyers to just walk up to a house with a sign and knock on the door?
The Answer: Not very likely.
As Realtors, we should take our jobs and safety very seriously. And sometimes the nature of that job does put us in, if not all together dangerous, certainly uncomfortable situations. Always make sure someone knows when and where you are going, even if that is as simple as sending a text to a friend; it could save your life.
Be prepared for anything. Animals (that could mean rattle snakes here in Texas!) can be dangerous, even sweet-seeming family pets. If they don't know you they may become dangerous thinking that they are protecting their family. As Listing agents we are supposed to let showing agents know when there are pets on the premises and where they will be... but that doesn't always happen, so be alert if you here barking or other animal noises.
The most important thing to remember is that it isn't worth your life. If you feel uncomfortable or your safety is in question, just leave. You can always schedule another appointment at a different time.
Be Smart. Be Safe. And hopefully what's behind door #1 will be the home of your clients dreams!
Overall, I think the Holiday Season stresses everyone out. It's a stressful time, full of present-buying, decorating, cooking, cleaning, family-visitations and more. Even though the meaning behind Christmas is a beautiful one, and we should be cherishing the time together with friends and family, people can get so stressed out that it seems hard to enjoy the season.
One thing I tell myself is - Eat a cookie. Chill. Relax. Take a deep breath.
These days may be long but the years are short and there are so many wonderful moments that are made during the Holidays, I would not give them up for all the stress in the world to go away.
It can be a stressful time for buyers and sellers too. Eat a cookie.
The market tends to take a little dip, and there's always so much going on, but I promise, it will be okay and the end results - a wonderful Holiday Season and maybe a new home too - will be so worth it.
So just relax, and if that doesn't work? Eat a cookie. I know you've seen those ones shaped like Christmas trees? Eat them. And give thanks for another year to grow and prosper! :)
Here in our market, foundation issues, are less of an 'if' scenario, and more of a 'when' - we have "shifty" ground or so I've been told by several experts. And while you can have a solid foundation that is performing structurally and is sound, you can still have cracking and stress fractures. In fact, that is very common here.
I recommend, especially for folks not from this area and wanting to buy here, to do several things if you have a concern.
First, your home inspector has likely seen quite a few homes in the area and should be able to give you their subjective opinion.
Second, if they refer you to a specialist, there are indeed several foundation companies here that will do inspections free of charge.
Third, I take what they say with a grain of salt, they make money only if you do have foundation work done.
So, any report they give me I will refer back to the original home inspector and get their take on the matter.
It can be stressful. And ultimately, even if your foundation is performing fine now, that doesn't mean it can't change in the future, so if you start later on having concerns, definitely go through the steps above.
Oh, the joys of home-ownership! :)
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and coolest wife ever.