Short Sales: Tips For Realtors

The short sale. It can be a big challenge for realtors to make one of these turn out well for everyone concerned. The fact that a mortgage is involved can put a bad taste in the home owner’s mouth – and that can translate into difficulties during negotiation.

 

Our webinar will give you some in-depth advice on making these tricky sales work, but until then, here are a handful of tips.

 

As a realtor, you need to emphasize how important it is for the seller to show the house to a number of potential buyers. Since a short sale client is most likely still going to be living in their home, they may feel awkward about having home inspectors or others strolling through the residence. Unfortunately, this is par for the course in a short sale. If you prepare clients for their mixed or unpleasant emotions about the situation, it can help things go more smoothly.

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Cut Down Energy Costs In Summer 2012!

Each summer, homeowners are presented with the challenge of keeping their home cool without breaking the bank. Even if you live in a state that enjoys temperate summers, you’ll probably notice a spike in your energy bill from June to September!

 

Fortunately, there are some very easy ways you can lower your energy bills this summer. The air conditioner is the obvious way to keep comfortable, but you can take steps to help the AC along. Simply keeping the curtains closed during the day will make a difference by blocking out some of the sunlight. If you’re going to be out for the day (at work or running errands), set the thermostat high enough that the air won’t run while nobody is at home. You can also clean the air conditioner filters each month so the AC will be at its most efficient. Putting fans in each room will make the house feel cooler, too.

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7 Home Safety Tips You Can Use Today

When you hear the words “home safety”, you might picture padlocks, security systems, or maybe even a big guard dog! However, there are a few incredibly simple steps you can take to keep your home safe.

  1. Turn your telephone ring volume down so it can’t be heard ringing from outside your house. If someone is looking to break in, they could hear an unanswered phone ringing and realize you aren’t at home.
  2. Make sure your keys are in a place that burglars wouldn’t think to look (not tucked away under the doormat, flowerpot, or rock key hider).
  3. Secure bookshelves and entertainment centers to the wall with brackets so they can’t tip over. These heavy pieces of furniture can cause serious injury; luckily, it’s easy to prevent them from falling if you invest in a few inexpensive brackets.

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Home Inspectors and Realtors: Why Getting Along Is Good Business

If you’ve spent some time looking at options for home inspection, you’ve probably noticed that realtors and home inspectors don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, some realtors and inspectors verbally bash the “other side” when talking with a home buyer or seller.

 

We think there’s a better way to navigate the housing market. Our ultimate aim is to provide a service for the client that is not only valuable and helpful, but pleasant. Tearing down an industry that may sometimes conflict with your interests creates a negative atmosphere – and it doesn’t give your client a reason to trust you. Create a relationship built on positives instead by emphasizing the value you offer and the openness of your inspection process!

 

In many cases, a home inspector and a realtor have goals in common. They both want the client to be able to sell or buy a house that will keep them happy for years to come. Giving the buyer/seller a sense of security and safety is also a shared goal. Realtors and home inspectors can work together to deliver these crucial services. The realtors know the ins and outs of mortgages, loans, and demographics, and can point you to the style of home you’re seeking. A home inspector understands the inner workings of that home and can ensure it is safe and cost-effective.

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5 Free Information Resources For First Time Home Buyers

We’ve gathered some great resources for first time home buyers! They’re informative, helpful, and best of all, free. Buying a home can be overwhelming. These links will give you valuable advice and tools to make the process easier.

 

Free Ebook

Do you understand your credit score? If not, this free ebook will help clear up the confusion! You’ll learn about how a credit score is created, your rights where credit reports are concerned, and even 5 ways to improve your credit quickly. After you’ve downloaded the ebook, check out the rest of the AmeriFirst blog for in-depth posts about everything from the housing market to appraisals.

 

Download your free ebook here.

 

 

Free Mortgage Calculator

Many first time home buyers are overwhelmed by the amount of detail involved in getting a mortgage. This free mortgage calculator will simplify the process. It includes fields for interest rate, purchase price, and even property tax and insurance. If you’re wondering how to find out what kind of mortgage you’re looking at, this

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First Time Home Buyers: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself

How to Purchase a Home?

 

If you’re planning to buy your first home soon, there are 3 major questions you should ask yourself! Take a few notes and see how quickly your answers narrow down the deluge of housing options out there.

 

What Do You Want In A Home?

When you picture your new home, what are some of the aspects that are essential? Take a look at this list and see which elements you can’t live without.

  • Utility Room
  • A Certain Number Of Bedrooms/Bathrooms
  • An Office Space
  • Outdoor Living Area
  • Carpet Or Hardwood Floors
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Dining Area
  • Upstairs/Downstairs

 

How Much Can You Afford?

Your budget doesn’t have to be seen as a hindrance in your search for the perfect home. In fact, knowing how much you can realistically spend on a home can free you from worry! Be sure to factor in the interest rate, yearly property tax, and property insurance. Seek out a realtor or find a budget calculator online to make this process even easier! Mortgage rates are always in flux – they can change multiple times each day – so seek out a loan officer who can help you find the right time to take the next step.

 

What Will A Home Inspection Cover?

A home can look perfect on the outside and have all the features you want and still have serious (and costly) issues. A good home inspection will include a conscientious examination of the home from roof to foundation. The air conditioning system, plumbing, and electrical system should also be checked for any problems. A thorough home inspection will also take into consideration any porches, walkways, decks, or stairs. The drainage systems also need to be examined to make sure water doesn’t damage the outside walls.

 

After The Purchase…

Once you buy a home, you’ll have to do maintenance on certain items each year! Read the Inspect It 1st whitepaper Home Maintenance Tips For First Time Home Buyers for an easy guide to keeping your home in fine form.

 

 



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