- Why to use a Realtor vs. FSBO?
Many people ponder on this question before contacting a Realtor. There are many advantages to choosing a Realtor to assist you in selling your home. Realtors have many connections with not only other real estate agents but also insurance companies, title companies, lenders, contractors/builders, and more. Realtors also have the access to MLS which allows all Realtors in the country to see information on your home, and other services to promote your home. A Realtor is experienced at negotiating with the other parties, such as, the buyer’s agent, escrow, and title companies, whereas with FSBO’s Sellers must do all the negotiating themselves.
- What should I look for in a Realtor?
When considering which real estate agent to work with, you will want to consider these things: Are they a licensed full-time agent? Are they passionate and dedicated to their job? Are they market and tech savvy? Do they have good endorsements and successful numbers? Having a good Realtor can help you buy your dream house or sell your current home quickly, and all of these questions are important to ask yourself when finalizing your decision.
- Where can I research a Realtors endorsements and qualities?
There are many online websites now that allow Realtors to provide information such as their endorsements, personal qualities and statistics. Some of these websites include; Zillow.com, Homes.com, and Realtor.com. You may also find that a Realtor’s personal website or public social media is useful for this information as well.
- When is the best time of the year to list my home?
In most cases, The Spring time is the best time to sell your home. According to the Huffington Post, “…researchers at Zillow found that homes listed between May 1 through May 15 sold, on average, around 18.5 days faster than homes that weren’t listed during that timeframe. Homes that sold in the first half of May were also purchased for about 1 percent more than the average listing, which translates to a premium of about $1,700.” This may not be the case for everyone though, every real estate market and every home seller’s situation is different.
- What are the most important tips to get your home ready to list?
Make sure that your home presents itself in the best way possible. Confirm that the clutter is at minimum, the rooms are freshly painted, fresh mulch, the floors are cleaned, and odors are nonexistent. Another huge way to prepare your home to look at best and to catch the eye of a potential buyer is curb appeal. Your landscape should be updated and maintained, and any other exterior feature should be on point as well.
- What costs should I expect as a Seller?
As a seller you should expect State doc stamps, loan payoff , transfer taxes, title insurance, commission, and maybe other costs such as, liens against property, unpaid homeowners association fees, prorated property taxes, and closing costs.
- What costs should I expect as a Buyer?
As a buyer you should expect Mortgage fees, buyer’s title insurance, recording fees or transfer fees, flood insurance, appraisal, survey, and any upfront costs such as, termite and any other inspections.