Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to pick a HOME BUILDER!


As a Realtor® that sells Land and homes, I get a common question that people often ask me HOW DO I PICK A HOME BUILDER? 

Over the years I have developed some questions with the help of my consumers, and internet searches for common questions you should ask. 


Will the builder give you references of 
  recent buyers/occupants?
Can YOU view the homes on the builders website? 
Can you google the home builder on Angies list or another consumer website with reviews?

Some questions to ask home owners include: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder?
Usually, people tell you if they are pleased with their homes. And if they are not, they'll probably want to tell you why.

At the very least, drive by and see if the homes are visually appealing.
When you talk to builders and home owners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes. Doing so will help you to make comparisons later.




When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trimwork and paint. Ask the builder or the builder's representative a lot of questions. Get as many specifics as possible. If you receive the answers verbally rather than in writing, take notes. Never hesitate to ask a question. What seems like an insignificant question might yield an important answer.



           
        
Does the builder have a financing plan established?
       
  Are there options in the floor plan — for example, can a basement or deck be added?
       
  Can a room such as the basement be left unfinished?
      
   How much "customizing" can be done versus standard features?
       
  Can appliances be up- or down-graded?
      
   Are there any additional fees relating to the home or development?
        
Will there be a home owners’ association? If so, what will the dues cost and what do they cover?
       
  Does the builder offer a warranty program?
       
  Does the price include landscaping? What if the plants die within a year?
       
  Are there any restrictive covenants?
      
   What are the estimated taxes on the property?

      
  
  Are there any major development plans for the area in the next five years?


         Contact your local home builders' association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba.

        
Look in the real estate section of your local newspaper for builders and projects. 
Looking through the ads and reading the articles can help you to learn which builders 
are active in your area, the types of homes they are building and the prices you can 
expect to pay. 
Make a list of builders who build the type of home you're looking for in your price range.
       
  Local real estate agents may also be able to help you in your search.



Monday, December 12, 2016

NOW is the time to buy land.

NOW is the time to buy land. BUYING OR SELLING!
As a strategic Marketing specialist I can help you if you are ready to sell your Property! If you are considering selling your home, please keep me in mind. I am a strategic Pricing specialist, and I will provide my expertise to ensure that your home is priced right so that it sells fast. 803-517-8400

Sunday, December 11, 2016

NEW listing ! time to build your dream home.

NEW listing ! time to build your dream home. Considering Selling Your home?

Do you know that homes and land that are strategically priced Sell faster and net the most in your pocket? AS a strategic pricing specialist in this area I can help you do that!

I recognize that selecting the correct asking price is the sellers’ most important decision!
The end result is the seller can sell their home in the correct time, with the most net in their pocket and with the least amount of hassle.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN REAL ESTATE ! GIVE ME A CALL TODAY!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Selling your home during the holiday's

There’s a housing shortage.
Hopefully some of this information will help you make an informed decision if you are waiting until spring to list/purchase.  Bottom line, real estate is not as seasonal as it used to be.
Here are some reasons why:
  What does it mean to you if your property is for sale and there is less competition during the winter months (because others wait until Spring)?
  Less competition + buyers = potential to make more money.


  The buyers looking right now are serious buyers. There may even be transfers out there looking to move prior to the start of the next school semester. If they are more serious buyers, they are more apt to respect your time over the holidays.
  We have received feedback from buyers that they prefer to make a change prior to school starting in January so their children have an opportunity to make friends prior to summer. Who doesn’t like to play in the summer?
    The best agents are still working. A real estate professional does not take off months at a time. They know their business is reliant on hard work, year round. Align yourself with these professionals.
  Your property will look terrific with all your holiday decorations…just don’t go overboard!  Use the holiday season a way to make your property warm and inviting.
  The internet. According to a NAR survey in 2015, 42 percent of recent buyers started their home search process online. What does this mean? Buyers can perform a virtual Open House of your property, year round, 24/7.
  Why do you want/need to sell your property in the first place? How much will another winter cost you in warehousing, mortgage, and utility costs? Why not try to make a little more money with less competition?
              
These are just a few reasons why selling property is now a year round affair.
If you are going to sell sooner than later this fall/winter and second here are a few tips:
Stage it: Stagers (or experienced agents) can arrange furniture so that selling-points in a property don’t get overlooked, paint rooms inviting colors, and have the know-how to give a property a cozy winter feel.
Display photos of the property that also show it in warmer summer months. As always, keep your personal, religious, political photos to a minimum.
Turn up the thermostat in the property so buyers are comfortable from the moment they step through the door.
Price it right:  Drew Carey knows: if  The Price is Right it will sell.
Show the way: Keep sidewalks and driveways clear of snow, ice, and leaves–giving potential buyers a clear path to your property’s front door.

Light it up: with shorter daylight hours in the winter months, it’s even more important to keep all the lights on, as well as open blinds and drapes for natural light.