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HELPFUL TOOL from Florida Lifestyle Realty

Q: Thinking about selling your own home?
Ask yourself these brief questions.
Ideally, you should be able to answer an unqualified “YES” to each of the following questions. As you go through these items, please keep in mind that a professional Realtor® is skilled in every area below and beyond!

Seller’s Questionnaire

Price NO YES
Do I have sufficient data to price my property realistically? Am I familiar with what comparable properties have sold for recently and what adjustments to those amounts I would need to make for my property?

Communication NO YES
Did you effectively communicate with your agent about any concerns you may have? Did you stress over something for a week before picking up the phone and call or email your agent?

Condition NO YES
Did you make an effort to clean and de-clutter your home before allowing your agent to show your property? Did you ask your agent about home staging help?

Marketing NO YES
Do I have a complete understanding of real estate marketing and am I able to expose my property through the widest print and online channels – local, regional and national?

Availability NO YES
Was I available at a short notice to have my home available for a showing? Am I prepared to forego social or business plans for an extended period, as I must be available at all times?

Legal NO YES
Can I draw proper contracts, recognize unreasonable contingencies, understand disclosure and agency relationships? Would I be on sound legal ground if conflicts arose?

Negotiations NO YES
Can I handle the natural conflict of interest when working directly with a buyer, trying to protect my own interests versus my desire to accommodate his/her?

Qualifying Buyers NO YES
Can I professionally screen and handle innumerable inquiries? Can I differentiate between lookers and serious buyers? What kind of documents can I use to screen buyers and am I able to obtain them?

Financial NO YES
Do I have expert knowledge of the current mortgage situation: assumptions, buy downs, ARMS and or secondary financing?

Safety and Security of Family NO YES
Am I willing to have members of my household exposed to strangers?

Why and who should get a home inspection?

Blog Posted by John Quartz

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you should have a professional home inspection performed. A home inspection will look at the systems that make up the building such as:

• Structural elements, foundation, framing etc
• Plumbing systems
• Roofing
• Electrical systems
• Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc

If you are buying a home, you need to know exactly what you are getting. A home inspection will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed BEFORE the deal is closed. You should require an inspection at the time you make a formal offer by making sure the contract has an inspection contingency. Then, hire your own inspector and pay close attention to the inspection report. If you aren’t comfortable with what is found, contact your Realtor for advice.

Likewise, if you are selling a home, you want to know about such potential hidden problems before your house goes on the market. Almost all contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. And most buyer’s are going to insist that the inspection be a professional home inspection, usually by an inspector they hire. If the buyer’s inspector finds surprise problems uncovered by the buyer’s inspector will cause delays in closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute, or take a lower price on your home. Or the deal can fall through.

Your Realtor can provide you with local recommendations of professional home inspection companies here in Brevard County.

Q: If I plant some flowers at my house, will it really help sell my home faster?

posted by: Carol Arnold

A:

The experts all agree that curb appeal is one of the most important aspects to consider when selling your home. When selling, it’s the appearance from the street that will very often determine whether potential buyers come in to see the inside, or never get out of their cars. And, here in central Florida: April Showers = May Flowers!

Flowers are one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make the front of your house look inviting and instantly increase the curb appeal of your home. Without any real landscaping at all, flowers can transform a rather drab and dreary looking front yard into one that looks colorful and lush. Especially during spring and summer.

You should choose colorful flowers that will be in bloom during the time you’re selling your home. Planting the flowers in planter boxes and pots are easier than planting them in the ground and lets you more easily place them where they can have the most visual impact. You don’t need to have a green thumb, or spend a lot of money to get great results either. Visit your local home improvement center or nursery and they will be happy to advise you of the best flowers and plants for your purpose. You can put together several very nice planter boxes and pots of flowers for well under $100. It’s easy and you’ll see immediate results!