Monday, November 15, 2021

Tips to get your home staged to sell- 2021

 In this day and age- with HGTV and all the fuss made about homes it is so important to have your home staged... so here are a few tips from the pros to get the most bang for your buck!  

Maximize Curb Appeal

Getting them through the front door starts at the curb. Manicure the lawn, trim the trees and shrubs. Pull weeds and plant some colorful flowers. Clear the walkways. Fix peeling paint and wind up that hose. Paint the address number on the curb.

Make Repairs to Visible Blemishes
Is there something that’s an eyesore, but an easy fix? If looking at it bothers you, it could bother a potential buyer and reduce the appeal of your home. Replace burnt out light bulbs, fix that loose door handle, make needed paint touch-ups.

Make a Buyer’s Entrance Inviting
Freshly paint the front door with a color that contrasts the house. Add a new welcome mat. Hang a fresh wreath on the door.

Let the Light Shine In
Removing heavy window coverings to let in the natural light we all crave. Add lamps to brighten up darker areas to add more cheer.

Remove the Clutter
This serves two purposes. First, you want your home to have an open and inviting appearance. Removing clutter will make rooms appear larger and more appealing. Second, it helps YOU prepare to move. Going through the clutter and getting rid of what you don’t need will make your move much easier.

Remove Personal Items
It will be much easier for a potential buyer to imagine your home as theirs when they can envision their own items in it.

Highlight Special Features
Use accents and color to draw eyes to special features that you want potential buyers to notice—throw pillows, plants or other eye-catching accessories.

Add Mirrors
Use mirrors to make rooms look larger and lighter. Position opposite windows for best effect.

Clean Out Cabinets and Closets
Buyers are nosy and they WILL open the cabinets. Make sure your contents are orderly and organized.

Eliminate Odors
Clean to remove any odors and do not cook any meals with heavy, lasting smells before a showing.

Add Aromas
You can easily add appeal by quartering an orange and adding it to a pot of water with a cinnamon stick. Simmer on low for an inviting aroma. Or bake a fresh batch of cookies (and leave a plate of them on the counter for visitors).

If you feel you need more help- Team Beery is always here to help!  Just contact us and our team can get you on a plan to get your home ready for sale!  


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Steps After a Home Inspection- What You Need to Know!

There’s nothing as exciting as finding the perfect home. From the right number of bedrooms to a spacious yard, finding a house that satisfies your standards can have you eager to call it home sweet home.

However, excitement can turn to distress if the home inspection report turns up needed repairs. But don’t fret—you can negotiate. Use the information in this blog to better understand the process and prepare questions for your real estate agent.

The inspection process 

Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process. They can help you uncover potential problems and address these issues in a timely and efficient way so you can focus on moving into your new home. Most inspections focus on:

Appliances & Mechanical 

Structural aspects & Pool

Electrical & Plumbing 

HVAC system

Drainage & Termites

Roof & attic

All done as a visual inspection, if items are called out then we always recommend getting the correct trade in to verify what issues there are and the cost to repair or replace them.  

Next Steps

Once you have received the report from the home inspector, take some time to review it and then we can go over it together. We have the experience and know-how to guide you and determine what repairs or concessions you should request.

Prioritize repairs

After you go over the report, it can be helpful to prioritize the needed repairs by both cost and severity. If there are any significant issues, like foundation damage or bad wiring, you should prioritize these concerns over cosmetic issues or repairs that may be less expensive. Note any problems that will cause you to walk away from the sale if the seller does not address them.

Request repairs or concessions

Once you have your list of must-have repairs, you will need to negotiate with the seller to find a way to correct these issues by asking them to complete the requested repairs as part of the closing. The seller could offer a concession or credit toward the repairs instead. In that case, you will need to agree on a price to complete the repairs, and the seller can either adjust the home’s purchase price or pay an equivalent amount of your closing costs.
Credits or concessions may be the preferred option for many sellers, as making repairs on the home can add another task to an already hectic moving to-do list. Additionally, as the buyer, you have no control over the repairs, and they may not be up to your standards.
If you agree to a concession or credit, make sure you get quotes from a general contractor on how much the repairs will cost—this will help you have a ballpark idea of how much you will need to make these repairs. You can share them with the seller to justify the concession or credit amount.

Other considerations

Before negotiating, make sure you understand the following information:

If a home is listed as-is, it’s unlikely the seller will want to make any repairs or pay to have them fixed. However in some cases, if a home inspection discovers a major problem, you can still request a reduction or credit to help rectify the issue.

If you’re buying a home in a seller’s market, be mindful of how many repairs or concessions you request. A seller is not obligated to make any repairs.

Know when to walk away

If there comes a time when it feels like you’re at an impasse and the seller won’t budge on your repair requests, it may be time to look for a different home. The home inspection contingency clause in your contract allows you to back out of the sale without losing your earnest money deposit if the home inspection results are not up to your satisfaction or you cannot come to an agreement with the seller, within the said amount of time.
Our hope is that you now have a better understanding the negotiating process. Don't worry, we will be with you every step of the way and soon you’ll be ready to move into your dream home. 

As always if you have other questions, we are just a text or phone call away! 

Always use a 'Beery' Good Team

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Top Things a Seller Should Consider Before Selling a Home or Condo.

A successful home sale, considered by many owners, is to maximize their proceeds in the shortest time with the least inconveniences.  Just because it is a seller's market doesn't mean that homeowners can shortcut some of the steps that make it happen and they certainly need to avoid commonly made mistakes.

Pricing too high

Low inventory and high demand have contributed to the rising prices of homes.  NAR reports that the median sales price is up 17.8% in the past year and CoreLogic recently released data that July set new record growth of 18% year over year.  This might give sellers a false sense of security about overpricing their home

Pricing a home too high initially can limit activity, attract the wrong buyers and ultimately, cause the home to realize a lower price than optimum.  There is an interesting dynamic that takes place when there is a shortage of homes to show, and a new home hits the market.  Buyers, who have been in the market but not purchased yet, will rush out to see the home.  They are familiar with what homes are selling for and possibly, have even lost bids on one or more.

These savvy buyers expect certain amenities based on the price of the home.  They can tell if a home is priced right or not.

Failure to do Market Preparation

There are people who will buy a home that is not pristine and does not have everything in good working order, but they usually will not pay top dollar for the home.  They recognize the money that needs to be spent and will adjust the price accordingly.

To command the highest price, the home needs to be spotlessly clean with everything working as it should be.  The home needs to be depersonalized to appeal to the broadest group of people.  The clutter needs to be removed so it isn't distracting or give the impression that the rooms, counters, or closets are small.

It is important to evaluate if painting is necessary along with replacing floor covering, appliances and/or light fixtures.

Thinking the agent doesn't matter

Market time is down to 17 days and 89% of homes are sold within a month.  These statistics might be used to rationalize that an agent is not currently playing an important role in the home but that would be a mistake.

Nine out of ten homeowners use an agent, and the four most important reasons were to help sell the home within a specific timeframe, help price the home competitively, help seller market the home to potential buyers and help the seller find ways to fix up home to sell it for more money.

Being present during showings

It may not be convenient, but sellers should try to leave the home when it is being shown.  Buyers like to look at the home freely and ask questions or point out things to their agent.  Sellers may have the best of intentions, but they have not established rapport with the buyer and don't really know what is causing the questions.

Not letting your agent negotiate for you

The role the agent plays as third-party negotiator is one of the most important things an agent does for a seller.  It begins long before buyers even make an offer.  The protocol is for the buyer's agent to go to the listing agent with the question and if necessary, they can ask you and get back to the buyer's agent.

Buyers and sellers have inherently different objectives.  Sellers want the highest price and buyers want to pay the least.  Sellers want the terms of the contract in their favor and the buyers want them to favor them.  Buyers want lots of contingencies to let them out of the contract and sellers want the fewest possible contingencies.  Sellers want the most earnest money and buyers want to put up the least possible.

Agents are skilled at negotiation not only because of training but also experience.  Sellers' experience is usually limited to personal transactions separated by years in frequency.   Agents see multiple transactions in their daily business and can guide people through difficult areas.

Not responding to offers in a timely manner

Normally, an offer can be withdrawn, at any time, up until the point that it is accepted.   The expression a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush reminds us that the offer you have is real and the ones in the bush, may never come to fruition.

A common situation occurs when there is large amount of activity on the home and an offer comes in quickly.  Instead of negotiating on that offer, the sellers wait to see if any better ones are received.  By waiting, the seller runs the risk of the buyer changing their mind.

Alternatively, in the same situation described, the seller may decide to put the home on the market on Saturday morning and let prospective buyers know that they will be deciding on all offers received over the weekend on Sunday evening.

Your agent is a valuable part of selling a home who can offer advice, bring perspective to the transaction, and suggest different ways to help you achieve your goals.  Once you have the right agent, everything else will start to fall into place- that is why Team Beery is here to help! Contact us if you want to get started!! 

Monday, June 21, 2021

What buyers need to know about escalation clauses


An escalation clause can help buyers gain a crucial edge in today's seller's market, but these offer addendums need to be handled with care. What is it? An escalation clause is a real estate contract, sometimes called an escalator, that lets a home buyer say: “I will pay “x” price for this home, but if the seller receives another offer that’s higher than mine, I’m willing to increase my offer by “Z” to “Y” price. Just be sure you have the cash to back up the offer. 

How does an escalation clause work? While escalation clauses vary significantly, the general escalation addendum has a few basic components:

             What is the original offer of purchase price?

             How much will that price be escalated above any other competitive bid?

             What is the maximum amount that the purchase price can reach in case of multiple offers?

For example, buyer Brown offers $100,000 for a home or piece of real estate. Her Realtor® adds an escalation clause that, in the case of a higher competing offer, will increase Brown’s offer in increments of $2,000 above the competing offer.

Her escalation clause goes up to a maximum of $110,000. If no other offers are submitted, Brown’s offer remains at $100,000.

If buyer Green offers the seller $103,000, then Brown’s offer would automatically escalate to $2,000 above that, bringing Brown’s offer to $105,000. If buyer Orange offers $111,000 for the home, then Brown’s maximum of $110,000 will be exceeded, and Orange will have the top offer.

Will the seller accept an escalation clause?

Some home and real estate sellers simply state that they will not accept an offer with an escalation clause. They would prefer that every buyer submits exactly what they’re willing to pay for the home or real estate.

Sellers sometimes prefer this method, because it motivates buyers to outbid one another on the first try. It also streamlines the contract paperwork and the decision-making process.

Will there definitely be multiple offers? Almost always in the 2021 market so far. Some folks hate to put all their cards on the table upfront- Yes, I get that, but in the market, it does help the seller select the best offer.

Escalation clauses should only be used when the buyer is fairly confident that there will be multiple offers, or when the buyer expects to pay an increased price.

Buyers who submit an offer with an escalation clause are laying all their cards on the table: The seller knows immediately how far the buyer will go to secure the home. If that offer ends up being the only offer submitted, it technically remains at its original price.

A Realtor representing the seller will know, however, to counteroffer to the buyer at a higher, escalated price, since the buyer is clearly willing to pay more. While there’s no guarantee that the buyers will agree to the higher price, it is likely that they will.

A buyer gives up a lot of negotiating power and potentially leaves money on the table when using an escalation clause that goes unmet by a competitor. The only protection they have is the appraisal, and if they chose to waive that, too—they are agreeing to the price no matter what… so be sure you can come up with all the extra money before adding this clause.

Has the seller’s agent clearly stated a one-day review or multiple rounds of offers? In hot real estate markets, a wide variety of offer-review processes can be available. Some might specify, for example, that the property is going on the market on Friday, and that all offers will be reviewed the following Thursday. The sellers and their Realtor will make a final decision that day.

This situation can be ideal for the escalation clause, when a buyer knows it’s an all-or-nothing offer. Other sellers take a back-and-forth approach.

They may collect offers from buyers for one week, and then respond to a handful of the best offers by saying “Send us your highest and best offer.”

This technique is particularly disliked by many consumers and professionals for its lack of clarity, but it’s important to know that it exists. Before writing an offer, a buyer’s Realtor can inquire to feel out the details and make sure the buyer is prepared for the situation.

Writing an escalation clause on the initial offer in a multistage situation could put the buyer in a weak position during the second round. It’s perfectly legal for a seller’s Realtor, with the seller’s permission, to reveal to all potential buyers what the top initial offer is and to ask everyone to beat it.

In this case, the escalation clause would reveal that buyer’s maximum, losing a competitive edge.

Bid with careful confidence, and know that each situation is unique

If you’re considering an escalation clause,  The Realtor’s knowledge of normal practices and probable outcomes in your market will make your offer much more likely to succeed. They will help you see what the downfalls are and explain any advantages. Buyers shouldn’t be tempted to escalate their purchase price above a figure that they would be comfortable paying. At the same time, they should realize if inventory and interest rates are low that aggressively pursuing a good home at a good price is necessary to winning in a competitive market.

Escalation clauses can cause a lot of stress for home buyers, but when they’re boiled down to the basics, they’re fairly straightforward. Remember to be realistic, to be comfortable with how much of a competing bid you’re willing to offer, and to confidently go after a piece of real estate at that price.

Potential buyers who are only looking to get a steal often end up not being buyers at all. With the way homes are going up in value in 2021-- 2 months of looking for a home could potentially cost you $10,000- $20,000… so some buyers are taking that value on at the time of the offer, to hedge their bet. But bottom line, the only protection the buyer has in this situation is the appraisal. Now, that could bite you too- as what if the appraisal come in low—will you have the cash on top of your down payment to make up the difference?  So just tread carefully and know what you are getting into- before you jump in!! 

 Want to know more, Contact Team Beery and we will be happy to help you navigate the in’s and out’s of this market.   

Sunday, May 9, 2021

How to pass a home inspection



*Utilities are on the day of the inspection - water, electricity, gas, etc.

*Lock box codes or arrangements are provided to access the inside of the property before the day of the inspection

*Grade or surrounding surfaces slope away from the house foundation on all sides

*Exterior surfaces – driveway, walkways, porch, patio and other accesses are not cracked with significant separation or displacement

*Vegetation is trimmed or planted away from the house foundation, wall surface and roof cover

*Exterior trim building material is free of deterioration, rot and sealed to the wall surface.

*The roof covering has been serviced within the last 3 years and has no obvious damage

*Exterior windows are not cracked, vandalized or missing and seals are functional. 

*Water heating tank does not have visible corrosion or staining at the unit, pipe connections and surrounding area.

*Sinks and faucets do not leak underneath and there are no indications of earlier water damage inside a cabinet or wall

*Waste pipes at sinks, tubs and fixtures have functional drainage. The shower door is not leaking. No obvious leaking on drywall around tubs or toliets. 

*Kitchen appliances are functional and installed properly. There is a high loop on the dishwasher. 

*Electrical outlets, wires and connections are concealed and secure. Outside outlets are properly covered.

*Heating and cooling systems are operational at the controls and serviced within the last 1 year.

*Interior walls, ceilings and floors are not cracked with significant separation or displacement

*Attics are insulated with an adequate cover. 

*****The information provided is educational. A Home Inspection should always provide an unbiased evaluation.******

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