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Thursday, November 10, 2022   /   by Tatiana Seidlin

10 Ways Reason to Work with an Agent when Buying your Home


10 Ways Reason to Work with an Agent when Buying your Home

First off, most people don't know that buyers do not pay for Realtor Services. The commission paid to agents comes from the Seller’s Proceeds from the sale. Now there are costs associated with your transaction that you the buyer will be responsible for, such as home insurance, title verifications, lender's fees, and home inspections. But the actual service of using a Realtor, for example, me, is FREE. 

Neat right? So if that is not enough…Here are 10 More Reasons you should work with an Agent when purchasing your home.  

You will see listings before they hit the market with a custom MLS search that comes directly to your email inbox.

You will receive access to your agent’s network of other agents (and listings!)

You can leave it to them to weed through the duds and only show you homes that fit your criteria.

You will have a no-nonsense fri; ...

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Thursday, October 13, 2022   /   by Tatiana Seidlin

8 Ways to Make Buyers Love your Home


8 Ways to Make Buyers Love your Home

We all want people to love our home as much as we do, but especially when you are trying to sell it! While it’s impossible to please every buyer’s taste, there are several easy things you can do to make your home more appealing without spending a lot of money. Try some of these tricks and see if your showings cause buyers to swoon.

1. Check your curb appeal
Take an honest look from the curbside. What are buyers seeing first? If your home needs to be painted or pressure washed, consider making that investment. Clean up landscaping by trimming trees and bushes, planting some fresh annuals, and laying new mulch. Clean windows, repair sagging soffit, or porch railings, and have any trip hazards on your driveway or front walk repaired. Finally, consider some attractive, yet subtle decorations for your front porch.

2. Create an inviting entryway
 When buyers step inside your front door, you want them t ...

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Thursday, September 8, 2022   /   by Tatiana Seidlin

Should You Sell to an Instant Offer Company?


Should You Sell to an Instant Offer Company?

There’s a new term in real estate: iBuyer.

iBuyers, short for instant buyers, give sellers an almost instantaneous offer on their homes. Also called instant offer companies, iBuyers promise sellers an offer within a couple of days and closing dates within one to two weeks. Some popular iBuyers include Opendoor, Offerpad, Redfin, and Zillow Offers. 

Unlike house flippers, iBuyers aren’t looking for distressed homes. iBuyers purchase moderately-priced homes, fix them up as needed, and relist them.
The obvious downside to selling to an iBuyer is that you will not get top dollar for your home. They are looking for homes where they can make a specific profit margin. Typically, the company will analyze your home online, using algorithms to come up with a value. For example, Zillow Offers will most likely offer you their Zestimate price. Sellers should expect an offer of about 10% under f ...

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Thursday, August 4, 2022   /   by Tatiana Seidlin

Avoid These Mistakes When Pricing Your Home


Avoid These Mistakes When Pricing Your Home
Pricing mistake #1: Not listening to your agent's recommendation.
Your realtor's goal is to price your property according to the current market while getting you top dollar for your home. To do that, your agent will compile an analysis report of similar homes that have sold recently, study local market trends, and highlight the features of your property to strategically price your home. While you as the seller may want to start high when pricing and that is your right BUT, you will have a hard time finding a Realtor that will let that fly.  This brings me to… 

Pricing Mistake #2: Overpricing your home so you’ll have “room to negotiate.”
Overpricing is the #1 way to crush your chance at getting the most money for your home. The idea that pricing a home higher will lead to a higher sale price is just flat-out WRONG! If you overprice your property, it will sit on the market. When y; ...

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Saturday, July 23, 2022   /   by Tatiana Seidlin

How to avoid falling out of Escrow as a Seller


How to AVOID falling out of Escrow as a Seller

Did you know… 37% of Purchase Agreements fall through due to Repair issues. 

For Example, Seller Soliel puts her house on the market hoping to get top dollar for the sale. To her knowledge, the framing and foundation were in good shape but she hadn’t crawled under to see for herself. After being listed for 15 days, an interested buyer submits an offer with standard contingencies. Now keep in mind, one of those contingencies states that Buyer Barnet has the right to hire a professional to inspect the property. 

The home inspector spends a few hours combing through each room, checking for safety and functionality. After emerging from under the house he informs Buy Barnet and Seller Soliel that a leak has been rotting out a section of the framing for years and recommends hiring a Foundation Expert to advise on the extent of damage, costs, and remedies. 

The Foundation Expert re ...

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