Wednesday, September 25, 2019 / by Ashley Yates
Published: April 12, 2018
Passing the inspection advances you to the next level: closing the deal on your house.
Getting beyond the home inspection is sort of like advancing to the next level in a video game.
When you get past this step, you get to advance to a fresh, exciting place — your new home, to be exact.
In Every Inspection, There Are Stakes for Buyers and Sellers
Once the buyer has made, and you’ve accepted, the offer, your home will get the once-over from the buyer’s home inspector. The inspection is usually a contingency of the offer, meaning the buyer can back out based on serious problems discovered. The lender also expects an inspection to make sure it’s making a good investment. Makes sense, right?
During the home inspection, an inspector will examine the property for flaws. Based on the inspector’s report the buyer will then give you a list of repair requests.
Your agent will wo ...
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 / by Ashley Yates
There are a lot of home pricing resources out there, and some are far better than others.
When it’s time to sell your house, you may be feeling a little anxious. A chapter of your life is closing. There’s a lot of money on the table. You may be thinking “Is my house priced too high?" "Too low?" "Am I leaving too much money on the table?” These are big questions.
Luckily, you have a few resources at your disposal to figure out where your house stands among the crowd: a listing agent’s expertise and guidance, plus online property sites to get insight into the market.
So take a deep breath. Then do your homework. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when it’s time to make those big decisions.
Turn to Local Experts — Because They Really Know Their Stuff
The good news: Local market info is freely available online, so you, the seller, can get a sense of what your house is worth.
The bad news: Lo ...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / by Ashley Yates
By: Kelley Walters
A few small updates, which can be done on a budget, can increase your home's value -- and selling price.
While you can't change your home's location or other market forces that determine home value, there are some things you can control that will affect what price you're offered.
Here are some small things that get in the way of buyers seeing your home's true value — and some budget-friendly updates that'll fix them.
Neglected Exterior Maintenance
"Some buyers won't even go inside a house if they don't like the outside," says Elizabeth Hall of Realty Executives Associates in Knoxville, Tennessee.
To get top dollar for your home (and lure in those lookie-loos), take an exterior inventory of little items you hardly notice that could be red flags, like:
Cobwebs on the porch
A rusted or leaning mailbox
"These small rep ...