Eight Tips to Win the Day in Multiple Offer Situations

In the competitive environment that we find ourselves in today, make your real estate purchase offer stand out.  Inventory levels of residential homes for sale are at an all-time low with absorption rates in most price ranges, way down.  Many sellers are now entertaining multiple offers on their properties and can afford to be choosy.

To help you get that perfect home, here are eight tips to consider when drawing up your agreement:   Continue reading

But I Thought an Appraisal and Home Inspection Were the Same Thing?

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I am often asked this question by both buyers and sellers.  Buyers wonder why they are paying for two different reports that they think are the same thing.  Sellers question why an appraiser didn’t find a deficiency in a home that the home inspector did.  The best way to start this discussion is to define the purpose of each document and for whom it is being prepared Continue reading

So You Want to Buy a Home?

Let’s face it, if you’ve never bought a home, the process can seem a bit daunting.  And even those home buyers who have been through the process a couple of times will find that it has become more time-consuming and complicated.  So for the benefit of those who are thinking about buying a home, I present you with the top 10 most frequently asked questions posed by buyers who are totally confused.

1.  WHERE DO I BEGIN?

ANSWER:  Meet with a lender.
I know, I know – you want to look at homes.  And lots of them.  Meeting with the numbers guy or gal is not high on your priority list.  But do yourself a favor; get pre-approved for a loan first.  It costs nothing, takes only a couple of minutes, and you’ll be better equipped to make a solid offer on a home that is backed up by a pre-approval letter.  If you overlook this initial step, you run the risk of wasting lots of time looking at the wrong priced properties not to mention, making offers on properties that you’ll never be able to purchase.    Continue reading