20 Tips for Selling Your House
As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you'll help your RE/MAX Sales Associate sell your home faster, at the best possible price.
The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service professional. The right professional can help you get everything in order - from repainting the kitchen to providing a thorough cleaning - so you can stay focused on more important things.
Why use Remax
The real estate network that has the most competitive advantagesto offer both homebuyers and sellers will be an industry leader, and RE/MAX isthat network. No one in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.
When you look for the highest quality real estate service, look toa RE/MAX Associate. Here?s why RE/MAX Associates are "The Real EstateLeaders":
RE/MAX Market Share
RE/MAX Associates, as a group, have more exclusivelistings and more customers than agents with any other competing real estatenetwork.
On average, a RE/MAX Associate spends about $5,000 eachyear on personal promotion and on individual and group advertising. Personaladvertising plus national television advertising and Internet exposuregenerates the highest number of prospects in the industry.
The revolutionary RE/MAX Concept of enabling real estateprofessionals to maximize their business potential has evolved into anorganization of more than 78,000 Sales Associates in 4,300 offices.
RE/MAX Sales Associates
RE/MAX Associates, on average, lead the industry inproduction and professional designations.
The RE/MAX Balloon Logo
The red, white and blue RE/MAX Balloon, with its"Above the Crowd!?" slogan, is one of the most recognizable businesslogos in the world. With nearly 90 RE/MAX Hot Air Balloons around the globe,RE/MAX has the world?s largest balloon fleet.
An Industry Leader
RE/MAX was the first real estate network to be involvedin more than 1 million transaction sides in a single year. Each transaction orsale consists of two sides, the listing side and the selling side.
With offices in 43 countries worldwide, RE/MAX is one ofthe fastest-growing real estate franchise networks on the planet.
"The Hometown Experts With a World of Experience"
Being locally owned and operated, RE/MAX offices arestaffed with professionals who live in the area they work in. Thus, committedto their local community, they have a deep personal interest in the customersthey serve.
Committed to Real Estate Service
In a business environment of mergers and acquisitions,RE/MAX is the only major real estate network still owned and directed by itsfounders. The excellence of RE/MAX Broker/Owners and Sales Associates has ledto an ever-increasing number of accolades from the business community at large."Worth" magazine honored RE/MAX with its prestigious "Readers`Choice" award in both 1999 and 2000, naming RE/MAX the No. 1 real estatebrokerage. "Entrepreneur" magazine has ranked RE/MAX the No. 1 realestate services franchise for three consecutive years.
30 Years Above the Crowd
RE/MAX - now an established industry leader - celebratesits 30th anniversary in 2003 and looks ahead to even greater real estate achievementin the years ahead.
Finding Your Perfect Home
As the old saying goes, real estate is all about location, location, location. But, there is a lot more to it than just plain geography when it comes to finding your perfect home. There are a lot of things to consider during the search because, for most, a home is the most significant purchase they will ever make.
Choose A Good Area
When searching for your perfect home, the obvious place to start is with the selection of a location. If you have children, you may want to choose a home that is close to good schools and is also located in a family-oriented neighborhood. Many people also look for a home that offers a short commute to and from work. If you are shopping within a specific price range, you can also narrow the choices by finding an area that offers the best value for your dollar.
Select A Style
The perfect home for you is one that has all of the elements that you want. Whether it's a garage, basement, extra bedroom or bath, a large kitchen, fireplace or open floor plan, choosing the style of home that you want is an important first step in finding the perfect place to hang your hat. You may also want to consider whether you prefer a single-level or two-story home. Many home buyers also factor in floor plans when searching for a house, including those that offer an open and flowing design.
Now that you know what you want and where you want it, it's important to find out how much of a home you can afford. Pre-qualification is not the same as pre-approval. With pre-qualification, your lender will request specific information relating to your income and expenditures and will offer a possible price range for you to keep in mind while shopping. Pre-qualification does not guarantee that you will receive an approval, but it does give you a good indication of how much you can afford based on your current situation.
Talk To A REALTOR?
Nobody knows the real estate business like a REALTOR?, so let them help you in your search for the perfect home. They can answer questions relating to the neighborhood, recent inspections on a particular home and any needed repairs. Because a REALTOR? has access to a number of area homes, they have the ability to show you various choices within your preferred area and price range.
Ask About Amenities
One of the most significant concerns of any home buyer is what a home has to offer. Utilities, such as water, sewer, cable, phone and electricity are just a few of the things to consider. If the home is in a subdivision that requires the payment of association dues, how will these funds be used? What amenities does the home owner's association offer? These are all questions to ask your REALTOR? when shopping for the perfect home.
In conclusion, you should know that the search for your perfect home is a journey. It may be either long or short and with or without some bumps along the way, but the greatest satisfaction will be at the journey's end and your future's beginning.
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help you with a down payment
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Ask the Seller to Help (Really!)
When sellers want to a get a deal done quickly, they might be willing to assist buyers with the closing costs. There are limits depending on the type of mortgage you get.
Look into Government Options
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, offers a number of homeownership programs, including assistance with down payment and closing costs. These are typically available for people who meet particular income or location requirements. HUD offers help based on profession as well. If you’re a law enforcement officer, firefighter, teacher, or EMT, you may be eligible under its . For veterans, the VA will guarantee part of a home loan through commercial lenders. Often, there’s no down payment or private mortgage insurance required, and the program helps borrowers secure a competitive interest rate.
Take Advantage of Special Lender Programs
Many lenders offer programs to help people buy a home with a small down payment. There are programs out there that need a total of 3% or 3.5% down. Maybe they have their own first-time buyer program.
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