What you need to know about home pricing

When it comes to pricing a home, there are a few things that buyers and sellers need to understand. Sellers need to listen to their real estate agent in order to accurately price their home for the market. On the other hand, home buyers need to keep in mind that the agent knows all of the issues within a home and has priced it accordingly. To see an example of what I mean, watch this short video.

The role of a home inspector

Before you hire a home inspector, there are a few things you should know about them. You don’t want to go and hire the first person who pops up online. Take your time to research the inspector and see what their past customers had to say. This is just one of the many things that are essential to a successful inspection. To find out the other four, watch this short video.

Get ahead of issues with a pre-inspection

Traditionally in real estate, a buyer makes an offer and has an inspection done on your home. If you get a pre-inspection on your home before listing, it probably won’t take the place of the buyer’s inspection, but it will allow you to get out ahead of problems with your home. If you know what you’re up against, you can adjust the price accordingly, or make the repairs yourself and know that there’s nothing wrong with your home before you put it on the market. The fewer rounds of negotiation, the more money goes in your pocket. To learn why, watch this short video.

What does your municipality require?

In Western PA, each township has different requirements when you sell a home. Some will require a dye test, some will require a lateral sewage line, some will require both. It’s important that you check with your specific township to figure out what you need to do before selling. If you have to make a larger repair, you’ll certainly want to know about it in advance. To learn more about this topic, watch our latest video.

What You Can Expect When Selling Your Home

The process of selling a home can be long and overwhelming at times, so you want to be prepared. Today I wanted to give you a brief overview of the home selling process because even just knowing what to expect throughout this process will make you more knowledgeable and help alleviate some of the stress that comes along with it. For example, a lot of people aren’t aware of who home inspectors and appraisers actually work for and up getting upset by their reports. For my full brief overview of the home selling process, watch my latest video.

What can you do to prep your home for winter?

How can you get your home ready for winter? Today I wanted to go over some of the most important preparations you can make to your property. For example, on the outside, any water hoses need to be drained and shut off. On the inside, installing a programmable thermostat can go a long way to making sure you never sleep shivering. To learn more about what you can do to winterize your home, watch my latest video.

Don’t settle for the wrong real estate agent

Choosing the right real estate agent is a decision that can severely impact the sale of your home. So what do you need to know? Asking about the agent’s sale history and listing methods are a good way to determine whether they are someone you want in your corner. For example, ask the agent if they hold open houses and why, since open houses tend to help the agent more than the seller. To find out which other questions you should ask a real estate agent before hiring, watch this short video.

Avoid the disappointment of contingencies

Searching for homes is extremely difficult with a sales contingency. What does this mean? A sale and settlement contingency is a condition you need to put in an offer on a home you want if your current house hasn’t sold yet and you can’t get two mortgages. This type of condition is one that sellers don’t like to see. You can avoid the inevitable disappointment of trying make offers in this situation though. To see what I mean, watch this short video.