Real Estate Tips For Home Buyers and Sellers
Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and founder of The Corcoran Group gives advice to future and current homeowners.
When you become a buyer or seller the most important thing you can do is learn your market. Talk to a savvy local agent, and don’t make assumptions based on what you think you know. Real estate is local and every market is different with its own customs. If you believe there are general rules for real estate strategy that apply everywhere, you’ll likely be fooled.
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Be Prepared: 5 Things That Can Go Wrong with Your Real Estate Transaction
Buying a home is one of the most exciting times of a person’s life. However, it’s important to realize that any real estate transaction is a very intricate process fraught with many pitfalls along the way. As Lexington, Mass.-based REALTOR® Kristin Brown Orr explains, “Every sale is different, with different buyers, different sellers, and different intermediaries. It’s no wonder people find the process so daunting with all of its legalities, documentation, and fine print.”
According to Orr, the more buyers understand the potential problems that can occur when buying a home, the more prepared they will be to protect their interests. To that end, Orr highlights five problems homebuyers need to be aware of…along with potential solutions:
- Failed home inspection. If the home you are buying does not fair well upon inspection due to health or safety concerns like mold, radon, faulty electrical systems, or structural problems, the seller should fix these issues or extend you a credit or discount in the sale price so that you can have them fixed. If he refuses to do so, you have the right to back out of the sale and search for a new home.
- Seller is poorly motivated to sell. If a seller’s heart is not in a sale, he might be prone to missing or canceling appraisals and inspections – all of which could threaten your purchase.
- Seller hasn’t found a new home to move into. If a seller has trouble finding a replacement property and refuses to consider temporary arrangements, you might find yourself in a tricky timing situation – particularly if you have a closing date on the home you are leaving. Are you prepared to wait it out in temporary housing while you wait for the seller to move out?
- Title issues. If your seller owes money on the property you are buying, either for repayment of a debt, failure to pay taxes, or because money is owed for repairs or work done on the property, creditors with an interest in that property may take out a lien, rendering the seller unable to sell until those debts are repaid. In the meantime, you won’t be able to make the purchase.
- Failure of the seller to make agreed upon repairs. If the seller has contractually promised to deliver the property to you in a certain condition and fails to deliver, you have the right to terminate the contract and back out of the sale if you are not prepared to accept the property as is. An alternative to this situation is to talk to your attorney about either requesting a sum of money to do the fixes yourself, or request a hold back.
“The concerns listed above may seem gloomy, but it’s important to remember that most real estate transactions wrap up smoothly,” says Orr. “Being educated about the potential pitfalls will simply give you a leg up on any problems that may arise. Do your homework and beware of risks. Keep informed in order to safeguard against anything within your control and keep a watchful eye so that if something does go wrong, you can address it immediately and land yourself the home of your dreams.”
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Is Now The Time To Buy Real Estate?
Fortune Magazine’s Leigh Gallagher joins MSNBC’S Morning Joe to reveal the magazine’s latest issue, which suggests that now is the time to buy real estate.
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Do You Believe It’s A Good Time To Sell Your Home?
In a recent Keeping Current Matters blog post by Steve Harney entitled Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW!, Steve gives us 5 strong reasons to sell now instead of waiting until later in the year.
1) Interest Rates Are On The Rise
Interest rates are now over 5%. As rates increase, the mortgage amount a buyer qualifies for decreases. Eventually this will have a negative impact on prices.
2) Your Dream Home Will Never Be Cheaper
If you are buying, COST should be more important than PRICE. Cost can be dramatically impacted by rising mortgage interest rates.
3) Buyers Are Out Early
Mounting evidence is showing that buyers are coming out earlier this year than the ‘Spring Buying Season’ due to the believe that now is a good time to buy. That coupled with the increase in interest rates has started the buying season early.
Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia:
“We’re seeing a national resurgence of buyer and seller activity on Trulia.com. In January alone, we expierenced an unprecedented level of site traffic including 11 million unique visitors – which is more than 70% year-over-year growth. We are now experiencing 100,000 property views per minute.”
The National Association of Realtors just reported that the number of house sales increased 12.9% over last month.
4) Inventory Increases Every Spring
Here is the number of listings available for sale in 2010
- February – 3,531,000
- March – 3,626,000
- April – 4,029,000
Steve Harney believes that there will be an increase in these numbers in 2011 as there is a pent-up selling demand created by the weak market of the last few years. If you sell now you won’t have to worry about this increasing competition.
5) We Are In The Eye Of The Foreclosure Storm
As banks try to correct their foreclosure procedures, there is a large supply of discounted properties which have been delayed coming to market. This inventory will be released sometime in the next few months. Foreclosures sell on average at a 41% discount. When they are released these properties will be competing with your house for buyers. If you are looking to sell in 2011, you want to sell before this inventory becomes your competition.
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