Home Selling, Buying and Renting FAQs
What’s the best way to get the best performance from my real estate agent?
- If you are selling, create an information sheet that lists your home’s features and best qualities. Give this to your real estate agent who can use it to market it to potential buyers.
- When selling, talk to the real estate agent about cosmetic improvements. Your home may need fresh paint or new carpet (make sure you choose neutral colors).
- If buying, be clear about what you want. Make a list of your priorities and give it to your real estate agent. Think about things like your budget, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and home style. You can always revise the list, but give your real estate agent something to start with so he or she can research available listings effectively.
How can I help the home sale process?
Curb Appeal Counts
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
- Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, and the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look with a little work.
- Keep it Clean.
Eliminate cobwebs and dust. Keep the bathroom counters and mirrors wiped down. Vacuum and sweep daily during the selling process.
- Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
- Consider Your Closets
Potential buyers love to snoop! The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Box up old and unwanted clothing, toys, and knick knacks and give them to charity. Find your nearest Goodwill Store, or contact your local Salvation Army for those items. Donate bed linens and old towels to your local SPCA chapter.
- Open up
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
- Lighten up
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
- Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
- Don’t Apologize
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home’s appearance, let your experienced licensed real estate agent handle the situation.
- Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But your real estate agent knows buyers – what they need and what they want. He/she will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
- Let the Real Estate Pros Do Drive the Home Sale Negotiation Process with Prospective Buyers
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – your real estate agent.
Can a real estate professional really help me buy my home?
Yes! With all you have to do, let an experienced real estate agent through My Move Benefits help you find and buy your ideal home. Your agent will guide you through every step of the process, including:
- Finding Homes to Preview. Once you provide your REALTOR® with a detailed list of what you want, your agent can find homes for you to preview. Oftentimes, experienced agents get word before homes are even on the market – and they can keep an eye out for you while you concentrate on learning about the area, the schools, and everything else.
- Managing Property Visits. Your real estate agent will arrange home showings, and keep track of the properties you have seen to meet your likes/dislikes. It’s a good idea for you rate each home immediately after you finishing touring so you can narrow down your choices.
- Making an Offer. Once you have pinpointed your ideal home, it’s time to get serious about the financial and contractual side of your purchase. Your real estate agent will be an advocate for you when it comes to negotiating a fair price.
- Arranging for a Home Inspection. After the offer is accepted, your agent will set up a home inspection. It’s common to find problems, including leaky roofs, cracked walls, insects and foundation problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Only a professional home inspector has the tools and experience necessary to find these issues and make recommendations on how much it will cost to fix them. Your real estate professional can help find a reputable inspector, and will negotiate to get you the most for your money once the inspector’s report is final. If you negotiate repairs as part of the purchase, ask for a “walk through” before finalizing the paperwork.
- Closing the Deal. Your agent will work with you prior to the home closing date to ensure you’ve made all necessary deposits and completed the paperwork – including mortgage, title, homeowners insurance and any other paperwork required by local or state governments.
How can the mortgage services from My Move Benefits help me?
My Move Benefits
connects you with respected financial services providers to ensure you obtain competitive mortgage rates and terms. A difference of even half a percentage point can mean a huge savings over the life of a loan.
What types of Rental Assistance does My Move Benefits provide?
For individuals or families who require a short-term or permanent rental property, we can provide community information, computerized school and neighborhood reports, orientation tours, and introduction to available rental properties. These can be rented furnished, unfurnished or turn-key depending upon your needs.