Frequently Asked Questions
WHO PAYS THE REALTOR FEES WHEN BUYING A HOME?
In our area, it is customary for the seller to pay the Realtor fees for both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent. This can vary, however, depending on what is stated in your buyer’s agency agreement. One common example comes into play when a buyer is purchasing a home that is “For Sale by Owner.” Sometimes the seller will not pay the buyer’s agent fee. We will have a detailed conversation with you before you start looking at homes so that you know exactly how we will be compensated for our work.
WHY ISN’T MY HOME WORTH WHAT ZILLOW SAYS IT IS?
Zillow can be a good tool for getting a general understanding of what homes are selling for in an area, however the values listed on the website are determined by a computer in another state somewhere. Zillow is not able to consider our professional opinion – i.e. a real life human beings who can walk through a property and see the condition, features, neighbors, upgrades, etc. that the property has. These are all things that can greatly affect the value of a home, and why it is so important to work with trained real estate professionals who can truly help you determine the actual value of a property.
ARE THERE SPECIAL HOMEBUYING PROGRAMS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
There are several home buying programs that can help you get into a home. For example, some offer down payment assistance, others might have better interest rates. There are guidelines that, as a buyer, you must be able to meet for some of these programs. We will help you find the best lender for your situation so you can get the best deal on your new mortgage.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SELL MY HOME?
When it comes to the “best” time to sell your home there are two things that need to be happen: (1) The home is in the absolute best shape you can get it in. That means it is as clean as you can make it, as decluttered as possible, landscaped as neatly as possible, and any touchups or fixes you can do are done. And (2) you yourself are mentally and physically ready to have your home on the market. That means you are ready to accommodate showings that can happen any day of the week and at various times. It’s important to prepare yourself as well so you don’t become stressed during the process.