Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/25/2017

When you’re selling a home, remember that honesty is the best policy. If you do decide to be dishonest as a seller, there can be some major legal consequences heading your way at a later date. As a general rule, if you think you should disclose something then you probably need to tell the buyer about it. There are a few things that are major concerns for sellers. If you know about any of the events mentioned below, you need to include it in your seller’s disclosure.


Lead Paint


Lead paint is a major concern especially for families with children. If your home was built before 1978, you’ll need to sign a disclosure stating whether or not you know of any lead paint on the property. If you are unaware of any issues with the paint, then you are not legally obligated to provide information, since you don’t know any better. If you did know that the home was de-leaded or have had lead paint testing done, you’ll need to disclose this info for the buyer’s knowledge. 


Emotional Defects


If there was ever a death on the property that you knew about, you’ll need to disclose this to your buyers. Murders, suicides, and violent crimes all need to be revealed if they happened on your property. While it’s an unpleasant thing to think about, buyers have a right to know. Deaths that have occurred before a certain time span may not need to be disclosed. You can check with the specific rules in your own state.    


Paranormal Activity



When it comes to selling your home, there are certain things that you may find silly but others find that they need to know. This includes any kind of paranormal activity like ghosts. Some states require that you release any information you may have about ghosts on a property in order to sell your home. If you believe the house is haunted, you have an obligation to tell buyers about it. If an exorcism or other strange activity has occurred on the property, you’ll need to tell buyers about that as well. There’s no issue too small when it comes to disclosing things about your home.


Water Issues


If your home has any kind of flooding problems or drainage issues, you should tell your buyers about it. Everything from a basement that floods to standing water in the backyard can be an issue. If you know about it as a seller and do not tell your buyers, you could face some serious consequences from it. If you have fixed these issues in the past, it’s also worth adding to your disclosure as buyers will know that you have been proactive in taking care of any problems on the property.





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/18/2017

Selling a home may seem exceedingly difficult, particularly for those who are adding a residence to the housing market for the first time. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to streamline the home selling process.

Now, let's take a look at three tips that you can use to become an expert home seller.

1. Examine Housing Market Trends

The current state of the real estate market may play an important role in your ability to maximize the value of your residence.

For example, a buyer's market may feature a shortage of property buyers. When this happens, home sellers may compete against one another for property buyers' attention more than ever before, leading to below-average home prices.

It is essential to consider how a seller's market works too.

In a seller's market, there is a shortage of home sellers. This means you may be in a great position to optimize the value of your residence, particularly if you have maintained a high-quality property. In fact, you may wind up receiving multiple offers on your home as soon as it reaches a seller's market.

To find out whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market, you'll need to study the real estate sector closely.

Look at the prices of recently sold homes and find out how long these properties were available before they were purchased. Also, you should check out the prices of comparable homes that are currently available to find out how your house stacks up against the competition.

2. Consider the Homebuyer's Perspective

How will a homebuyer feel when he or she sees your residence for the first time? Ultimately, the first impression may dictate whether a homebuyer moves forward with your home or decides to pursue other properties.

Allocate plenty of time and resources to enhance your home's curb appeal – you'll be glad you did. Completing home maintenance tasks like mowing the lawn and clearing exterior walkways may help your house stand out in a competitive real estate landscape.

Don't forget to declutter your home's interior as well. By doing so, you can make it simple for homebuyers to imagine what life would be like if they purchase your house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Becoming an expert home seller rarely, if ever, happens overnight. Instead, you may need additional help along the way.

Lucky for you, real estate agents are available to teach you about the intricacies of selling a home.

A real estate agent is happy to respond to your home selling concerns and queries at any time. He or she can offer guidance throughout the home selling journey and ensure you can get the best results possible.

When it comes to selling your home, it is important to do everything you can to optimize the value of your property. And with extra support from a real estate agent, you should have no trouble stirring up plenty of interest in your residence.

Use these tips, and you can become an expert home seller in no time at all.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 9/11/2017

If you're considering putting your house on the market, the job of helping you find a qualified buyer is an important one. The real estate agent you choose to market your home, schedule appointments, and provide you with day-to-day guidance will play a crucial role in the outcome of your sale.

In addition to picking an agent who has a successful track record of selling houses similar to yours, their overall attitude, communication style, and energy level can provide you with valuable insights into whether they're up to the challenge.

Here are three of the top reasons that a positive attitude is an indispensable quality in a real estate agent.

  1. When prospective buyers and agents tour your home, they will be influenced by several factors. While their main focus will be on the look and feel of your home, their opinions will also be swayed by your agent's presentation style. Your real estate professional should have a knack for helping prospects focus on the desirable aspects of a home, while downplaying its negative features. Although issues and potential problems with a property usually need to be acknowledged, a resourceful real estate agent will make sure the problem is kept in its proper perspective, rather than blown out of proportion. They'll also do their best to suggest cost-effective solutions. To the extent that it's possible and practical, a good agent will help prospective buyers imagine how much they'd enjoy moving into the house, customizing it to their personal preferences, and making the space their own. People will quickly pick up on the enthusiasm and attitude of your real estate agent, and will be consciously and unconsciously influenced by their verbal and nonverbal messages. Most, if not all, buyers will be quick to detect everything from authenticity and sincerity to indifference and lethargy in an agent. These traits should also be obvious to you when you're interviewing agents during the selection process.
  2. An optimistic, results-oriented real estate agent will tend to be more resourceful, proactive, and solution-oriented that one who focuses more on problems than solutions.
  3. Both enthusiasm and negativity are contagious, so your agent's attitude will have a direct impact on your own outlook. Since your responsibility as the seller is to keep your home and property looking its best at all times, discouragement and a loss of optimism can easily spill over into noticeable details like home cleanliness and staging.

Choosing a great real estate agent can potentially translate into a higher sale price and a shorter period of time that your home will be on the market. Since thousands of dollars are at stake, it makes good financial sense to pick an agent who possesses the necessary people skills, the relevant knowledge, and the professional expertise to bring you the best possible return on the sale of your property.





Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 5/29/2017

After you accept an offer on your house, what happens next? Ultimately, there are several steps that will need to be completed to finalize a home sale, including:

1. Completing a Home Inspection

A home inspection may be completed only a few days after you accept a homebuyer's offer. This evaluation enables a homebuyer to conduct a thorough examination of all aspects of your home, and if necessary, rescind or renegotiate a proposal.

For home sellers, it is paramount to maintain a direct, upfront approach with homebuyers. If you are honest with homebuyers from the get-go, you may be able to avoid problems when it comes time to complete a home inspection.

With an experienced real estate agent at your disposal, you should have no trouble establishing realistic expectations for your home. Plus, your real estate agent will offer recommendations for home repairs and upgrades, ensuring that you can complete the necessary home improvement tasks before you add your residence to the real estate market.

2. Performing Home Repairs and Upgrades

If a homebuyer discovers major problems with your house during a home inspection, he or she may request home repairs or upgrades. In this scenario, you may be required to perform various home improvement tasks to finalize an agreement.

Home improvement tasks can be expensive and time-consuming, but they sometimes are necessary to ensure that you can reach the finish line of the home selling process. If you ever have concerns or questions about home repairs and upgrades, your real estate agent should be able to respond to your queries at any time.

Furthermore, if you feel like a homebuyer's home repair and upgrade requests are unwarranted, you can always decline these requests. If you choose this option, however, the homebuyer could rescind his or her offer on your home, and you may need to restart the home selling process from stage one.

On the other hand, you can always try to negotiate with a homebuyer. For example, if you offer to lower the price of your house after an inspection, you may be able to speed up the home selling cycle and avoid making a significant time investment to perform property repairs and upgrades.

3. Packing Up Your Belongings

After a homebuyer finishes an inspection and agrees to purchase your home in its current condition, you'll be able to set up a closing date. You'll also need to consider where you'll go next and plan accordingly.

Packing up your belongings is essential, and you may want to put various items in storage if you plan to live in temporary housing in the foreseeable future. In addition, you'll want to set up plans to get all of your belongings out of your residence before the closing date to ensure that the homebuyer can move into the house on schedule.

Selling a home may seem tricky, especially for those who are uncertain about how to navigate the home selling process. Luckily, your real estate agent is happy to support you in any way possible. As a result, you can work with your real estate agent and guarantee that the home selling process is completed quickly and effortlessly.




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Posted by Mary-Lou McDonough on 3/20/2017

For home sellers, it is essential to dedicate the necessary time and resources to streamline the process of adding your property to the real estate market. In addition, you should prepare for any challenges that you may encounter after your home is listed. By doing so, you can avoid many costly mistakes.

Ultimately, there are numerous costly mistakes that may prevent a home seller from optimizing the value of his or her residence, including:

1. Underestimating Your Closing Costs

Closing costs may put a major dent in how much you obtain for your house. Fortunately, you can calculate your closing costs before you sell your home.

Consider all of the expenses that may be included in your closing costs. From attorney and other professional fees to excise tax expenses, you'll want to account for any and all costs that may impact how much you'll earn for your house.

Also, if you ever have concerns or questions about closing costs, be sure to consult with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can explain how closing costs work and help you plan accordingly.

2. Guessing Your Home's Price

What you paid for your home several years ago is unlikely to be what the same as what your house is worth today. Thankfully, you can meet with a home appraiser to determine the true value of your property.

A home appraisal offers a great first step to determining the right price for your home. Meanwhile, a home appraiser may be able to help you identify home problems that you can correct prior to adding your home to the real estate market.

Furthermore, don't forget to check out the prices of comparable homes that are available in your area. This will provide you with the housing market data that you need you to price your home competitively from the get-go, boosting your chances for a quick home sale.

3. Letting Your Emotions Get in the Way

Let's face it – listing your home can be stressful, particularly for a first-time home seller. However, it is important to do whatever you can to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of selling your home.

Setting realistic home selling expectations may enable you to remain calm, cool and collected after you list your property. Luckily, real estate agents are available to guide you along the home selling journey and ensure that you are fully supported at every stage.

Your real estate agent will offer expert tips and recommendations, allowing you to understand the ins and outs of the real estate market. He or she also will negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf, keep you up to date about offers on your residences and host open houses to promote your residence to a broad array of homebuyers. Thus, your real estate agent can help you avoid the stress and anxiety that is commonly associated with selling a home.

Avoid the aforementioned home selling mistakes, and you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your residence.




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