• Questions Agents Should Ask New Home-Selling Clients Questions Agents Should Ask New Home-Selling Clients

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    Questions Agents Should Ask New Home-Selling Clients

    As a Real Estate Agent, landing the new client is a huge part of the battle.  But once you've brought on the new client, helping them get the best money for their property is the hard part.  Work with your clients to address any serious issues early on so you can have a smooth sale later.  

    What Are You Looking to Get For Your Home?

    The opposite of budget planning for buying a home, selling a home can be just as stressful of a financial experience.  When you ask this question, expect your client to have an idea of what they are going to get from sites like Zillow or Trulia, and they will be certain to think they are an expert in their neighborhood.

    Pricing a home is all about setting expectations and working together for a great outcome.  If the hoe sells for more, both you and the client win, so you have a shared desire to reach the highest price possible.  However, you don't want price the house outside of the market and never get any offers.

    Does the Home Have Any Structural Damage?

    Serious home problems like foundation trouble, bad plumbing, and poor wiring can kill a great sale at inspection time, so be sure to go through the entire home and ask you client about past and current problems.

    If the home does have any serious issues, it is best to get started on repairs as early as possible, or for your client set...

    As a Real Estate Agent, landing the new client is a huge part of the battle.  But once you've brought on the new client, helping them get the best money for their property is the hard part.  Work with your clients to address any serious issues early on so you can have a smooth sale later.  

    What Are You Looking to Get For Your Home?

    The opposite of budget planning for buying a home, selling a home can be just as stressful of a financial experience.  When you ask this question, expect your client to have an idea of what they are going to get from sites like Zillow or Trulia, and they will be certain to think they are an expert in their neighborhood.

    Pricing a home is all about setting expectations and working together for a great outcome.  If the hoe sells for more, both you and the client win, so you have a shared desire to reach the highest price possible.  However, you don't want price the house outside of the market and never get any offers.

    Does the Home Have Any Structural Damage?

    Serious home problems like foundation trouble, bad plumbing, and poor wiring can kill a great sale at inspection time, so be sure to go through the entire home and ask you client about past and current problems.

    If the home does have any serious issues, it is best to get started on repairs as early as possible, or for your client set...

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  • Outgrown your home? Outgrown your home?

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    Outgrown your home?

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

    Have you outgrown your home? Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. You may have outgrown your home quicker than expected. What may have worked for a single person, a starter home, or a family with a newborn can soon become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.


    When you have outgrown your home, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may not allow you to do so. Selling, and moving on to bigger and better may be the solution.


    The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. When thinking about upsizing, it’s important to consider how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit
    for big gatherings.


    If you have outgrown your home and need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from the city into the suburbs. While the walkability and short commutes...

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  • Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now

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    Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now

    Homeownership can be considered one of the key life achievements in one’s life. In our society, buying a home symbolizes that a person has achieved a certain economic status. Given the social and economic benefits often attributed to homeownership, positive impact towards one’s personal life and residential satisfaction is expected.

    However, housing inventory has not been the same as it was five years ago when there were more homes for sale and the prices were much lower than today. If you are considering buying a new home today, the following reasons might convince you why you may not want to put off that aspiration of yours to become a new homeowner.

     

    1. Lack of Inventory

    According to the Redfin Data center, (https://www.redfin.com/blog/data-center), based on the latest available data and zooming in on Suffolk County NY, home inventory or homes for sale in the month of April 2018 is at 5,388 has reduced by 18.7% from a year ago (6,624 home inventory in April 2017) and looking back one more year, it has reduced by 26.8% (7,964 home inventory in April 2016). Buying a home is, therefore, made all the more difficult when there are less homes to buy in your price range.

    It’s a sad truth, but a reality nonetheless: inventory is probably going to get worse before it gets better. That said, if you are considering buying a home, the sooner you can do so, the better. As days pass by, inventory will...

    Homeownership can be considered one of the key life achievements in one’s life. In our society, buying a home symbolizes that a person has achieved a certain economic status. Given the social and economic benefits often attributed to homeownership, positive impact towards one’s personal life and residential satisfaction is expected.

    However, housing inventory has not been the same as it was five years ago when there were more homes for sale and the prices were much lower than today. If you are considering buying a new home today, the following reasons might convince you why you may not want to put off that aspiration of yours to become a new homeowner.

     

    1. Lack of Inventory

    According to the Redfin Data center, (https://www.redfin.com/blog/data-center), based on the latest available data and zooming in on Suffolk County NY, home inventory or homes for sale in the month of April 2018 is at 5,388 has reduced by 18.7% from a year ago (6,624 home inventory in April 2017) and looking back one more year, it has reduced by 26.8% (7,964 home inventory in April 2016). Buying a home is, therefore, made all the more difficult when there are less homes to buy in your price range.

    It’s a sad truth, but a reality nonetheless: inventory is probably going to get worse before it gets better. That said, if you are considering buying a home, the sooner you can do so, the better. As days pass by, inventory will...

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