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Posted by George P. Goulas on 10/10/2018

There are countless reasons a homeowner might want to sell their home and buy another. Some want to move for a change of scenery or to relocate for work. Others are parents with a recently empty nest who want to downsize to something more affordable that meets their needs.

The good news for second time homebuyers is that you already have an idea of what to expect when buying a home. The research, paperwork, disappointments, and delays that come with buying a home can all be prepared for. However, if you have the burden of selling your old home, finding a temporary place to live, and then moving into a new one, your responsibilities can be doubled or tripled.

In this guide, weíll go over how to prepare for selling your old home and moving into the new one. Weíll cover some common mistakes and offer some advice to keep you sane throughout this daunting (but exciting!) process.

Buying or selling first

For most homeowners, selling first makes the most sense financially. Holding onto a second house often means having to make two mortgage payments at once. Similarly, selling first will give you a much clearer idea of your budget for your new home.

Depending on market conditions, your home may or may not sell for as much as you were hoping. Itís important to keep this in mind before signing onto a new mortgage.

Moving logistics

Once you sell your home, youíll have to work out living and storage arrangements until you are ready to move into your new home. It may seem easy at first--just rent for a couple months until your move-in date, right? It isnít always that simple, however, as deals can sometimes fall through and you can find yourself with a move-out date from your own home without having finalized a deal on your new home. Because of this, many homeowners elect to may their current mortgage for an extra month or two until they can move in to their new home. 

Research your options for short-term living and storage in your area. See if you can work with moving companies who will give you a discount for helping you move twice; once to the storage facility and again to your new home.

One way around this is to time your move out and move-in dates so that you donít have to worry about storage. Some homebuyers will even move into the new home before officially closing on the home (i.e., take possession before closing). While this may be convenient, it can also be dangerous for the buyer and the seller.

Plan meticulously

One of the best piece of advice we can give is to stick to your schedule and keep good records during your buying and selling processes. Make sure whoever buys your home is aware of your plans for moving out and that anything that could delay those plans (inspection issues, moving logistics) are taken care of.  

Keeping track of all this information can be difficult, so donít be afraid to keep a daily list or planner of the things you need to take care of, and never be afraid to reach out to your real estate agent who will often be able to advise you on the best way to make your move as smooth a process as possible.





Posted by George P. Goulas on 7/25/2018

Selling a house sometimes can be complicated. But if you understand the home selling journey, you may be better equipped than other sellers to avoid potential pitfalls.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you simplify the home selling journey.

1. Analyze the Local Housing Market

The age and condition of your home may have far-flung effects on how much a buyer is willing to pay to acquire your residence. At the same time, the local real estate sector can have major ramifications on your property selling experience.

A home seller who analyzes the local housing market can identify real estate patterns and trends. Then, this seller can use housing market data to establish a competitive initial asking price for his or her residence Ė something that may lead to a quick, seamless home selling experience.

Don't forget to review the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town too. By doing so, you can see how your home compares to these residences and price your house accordingly.

2. Assess Your Home

If you've maintained your home over the years, you may be in a good position to maximize your house sale earnings. On the other hand, if your home requires repairs, there may be no time like the present to complete property improvements.

Oftentimes, it is beneficial to conduct a home inspection and appraisal prior to listing a residence. During a home inspection, a property expert will examine your residence and offer insights into any underlying property issues. Meanwhile, during an appraisal, a property expert will craft a property valuation based on your residence and various housing market factors.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

If you're unsure about how to navigate the home selling process, you may want to hire a real estate agent. That way, you'll have a home selling expert at your side to help you identify and eliminate assorted property selling hurdles.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to sell a home, regardless of the current housing market's conditions. He or she first will meet with you and help you create a property selling strategy. Next, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events to promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will provide recommendations and suggestions about how to proceed with this proposal.

In addition, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you can get the best price for your house. He or she is ready to negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf, and as a result, can help you optimize your home sale earnings.

When it comes to selling a home, complications may arise. Fortunately, the aforementioned tips can help you streamline the home selling process and ensure you can enjoy a fast, profitable property selling experience.




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Posted by George P. Goulas on 7/18/2018

If this is your first time selling a home, you might not be familiar with the costs associated with selling. Lenders and agents help to make this process as simple as possible for both the buyer and seller. However, itís still a good idea to know what to expect to pay for selling your home, as it seems counter-intuitive that you would have to pay to sell something.

Due to the consolidation of costs by lenders, it can be easy to glaze over the list of closing expenses without fully knowing what they mean. But since many fees can be negotiated, it pays to learn the ins and outs of closing costs.

Whether youíre selling your home soon or just want to brush up on real estate processes, this article will give you a better understanding of closing costs from the perspective of a seller.

Closing costs

Buyers typically pay the majority of the closing costs associated with purchasing a home. However, there are some closing costs that buyers are at least partially responsible for.

Notary fees, expenses from escrow, and title insurance are all likely costs youíll have to dish out before closing.

Agent fees

Real estate agents typically earn a commission on selling a house. The work they put in saves you in several ways. First, you donít have to pay for all of the marketing expenses associated with selling a home. This includes photography, sign-making, and online listings.

Agents can save you in other ways, as well. Theyíll help you price your home effectively, negotiate prices, and take care of the time-intensive process of showing your house. You wonít want to have to take time off from work to try to DIY these steps.

Taxes

Since youíve likely owned your home for a while now, youíre familiar with paying property taxes. If you pay taxes yearly and are moving toward the end of your pay cycle, youíll have to pay a prorated rate for the amount of time youíve lived in the home that year.

The burden is also yours for any remaining HOA fees and state transfer taxes. Not every state charges transfer taxes so be sure to check the cost for your state.

Moving costs

Moving can be an expensive endeavor. Aside from hiring movers, renting vans, or buying boxes, there are a number of expenses we donít often think of when preparing to move.

First, it will take you a while to get your new home set up. That means you should be prepared to eat out for a while until you get settled.

On top of that, thereís also the matter of having to take days off from work, which can be costly in its own right.

Those are some of the most common expenses a buyer has to worry about during closing. Your real estate agent will be able to give you a comprehensive rundown of costs and help you find the best agreement.





Posted by George P. Goulas on 7/11/2018

Looking to add your home to the real estate market? Ultimately, you'll want to do everything you can to maximize the value of your residence.

For home sellers, getting the best price for a residence may seem virtually impossible at times. Fortunately, we're here to help you plan ahead so you can get the best price for your house as soon as it hits the market.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you optimize the value of your residence, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions.

1. Examine the Housing Market

When it comes to the real estate market, it is important to understand how your residence stacks up against the competition.

Collect housing market data to learn about the real estate sector. Then, you can establish a "competitive" price for your home and boost your chances of a quick home sale.

Typically, home sellers should look at the prices of currently available residences in their cities and towns. This will enable home sellers to understand the local real estate market and establish a price range for houses that are similar to their own.

Don't forget to review the prices of recently sold houses as well. With this housing market data in hand, home sellers can find out whether they are about to enter a seller's or buyer's market.

2. Complete a Home Appraisal

Let's face it Ė what your home is worth today is unlikely to match what you initially paid for your residence. If you have completed a wide range of home upgrades over the years, the value of your residence may have increased. Or, if you failed to maintain your house's interior and exterior, your residence's value may have fallen.

A home appraisal will enable you to learn about your house's strengths and weaknesses. This assessment is performed by a professional property inspector who will take a close look at your house's interior and exterior. After the assessment is finished, the property inspector will provide you with a report that can help you price your house appropriately.

If you want to boost your home's value after a home appraisal, you can always complete various home interior and exterior improvement projects. That way, you can enhance your house both inside and out and move closer to maximizing the value of your home.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker for home sellers, and for good reason. This housing market professional will do everything possible to help you prep your house and ensure you can receive the best price for it Ė without exception.

Usually, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and much more. He or she will even provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations to ensure you can streamline the home selling journey.

Don't leave anything to chance as you get ready to add your house to the real estate market. Use these tips, and you should have no trouble getting the best price for your house.




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Posted by George P. Goulas on 6/13/2018

For those who plan to list a condo, it helps to prepare as much as possible. By doing so, you can limit the risk of potential condo selling hurdles, as well as find ways to optimize the value of your property.

Ultimately, there are many factors to consider prior to listing a condo, and these include:

1. Your Condo's Condition

No two condos are exactly alike. As such, it may be beneficial to upgrade your condo before you list it. Because if you perform assorted property upgrades, you may be able to differentiate your property from the competition.

Performing a condo inspection often proves to be a good idea, particularly for a condo seller who is uncertain about the current condition of his or her property. During an inspection, a property expert will examine your condo and identify any structural problems. Then, you can use the inspection results to establish condo improvement priorities.

2. Your Price

What your condo was worth when you initially bought it is unlikely to match what your property is worth today. Fortunately, if you conduct a condo appraisal, you can find out the present value of your condo and price your property accordingly.

After you perform a condo appraisal, you'll receive an appraisal report that includes a property valuation. Next, you can establish a competitive price for your condo, one that increases the likelihood that your property will stir up lots of interest from dozens of potential buyers.

Of course, it helps to consider your condo fees when you set the price for your property too. Include details about any homeowner's association fees when you list your condo. That way, you can help condo buyers make an informed decision about whether your property is the right choice.

3. Your Timeline

You know that you want to sell your condo, but how quickly are you looking to vacate your property? With a timeline in place, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a fast, seamless condo selling experience.

If you want to sell your condo without delay, you may want to set an aggressive initial asking price. On the other hand, if you can afford to be patient, you may want to wait until you receive a competitive offer before you finalize a condo sale.

When it comes to selling a condo on a timeline, it helps to hire a real estate agent as well. In fact, employing a real estate agent who possesses condo selling experience can make a world of difference for any condo seller, at any time.

A real estate agent who understands the ins and outs of selling a condo can help you get your property ready for the real estate market. Furthermore, this real estate agent will make it easy to establish a competitive initial asking price for your condo and ensure that you can sell your property on a timeline.

Want to list your condo? Consider the aforementioned factors, and you can prepare to add your condo to the real estate market.




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