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!
Sorry it has been so long since my last post - I've started vlogging as well - but sometimes there is nothing like sitting down and just typing what you think and feel!
First of, we don't exist in a vacuum. What I mean is, we live in communities and I believe in life we are only as strong as our weakest friends. We are a local and global village - I want to help support people - and not because I get any benefit from it other than the feeling of helping those in need. I've been in need before in my life - And I'm someone who has been blessed by the kindness of others.
I am now blessed in a business where I can make money, so I want to use the resources I have to not only help support my own personal family - but also to help support my community. I know that long after I'm gone, the actions I either took or didn't take will affect future generations (mine and others) and I want to make sure I am living consciously in business and in my personal choices as well.
My husband says sometimes I do too much - I join too many committees or volunteer for too many events. But I don't know if that's possible - I want to help people, in any way I can, while I still can, because I know that some day I will not be able to.
I hope that others feel the same, but it is enough for me to know I am trying my best and doing everything I can to make sure the world is a beautiful and wonderful place for my daughter to grow up in.
It's the pits. It really is - and sometimes I think an agent can actually take a deal falling through harder than the client. We are invested in you, and your happiness makes us happy. And when it doesn't work out, we feel that too.
I tell my clients to expect different scenarios, I try to prepare them for the different outcomes when negotiating an offer and especially during the option period.
And we can predict, and try to prepare, but at the end of the day somethings are just out of our control. And deals do fall apart.
However, I think the most important thing I can impart to myself and my clients in these situations is to not lose hope!
I very sincerely believe that when a door closes, a window (who knows, could be a bay window!) opens and that there is a reason some things don't work out the way we like at first.
Robert G. Ingersoll once said, "The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart." And I believe when dealing in Real Estate, whether you're a client or an agent, there are times when you MUST have courage. Be strong and carry on!
Vikki Head - Licensed Realtor® in the great state of Texas. Self-proclaimed writer/blogger. Former Teacher. Mother and coolest wife ever.