Friday, May 24, 2019 / by Harvey Rosenberg
In an ideal world, you'd list your home for sale and boom, the next day you'd be moving out, cash in hand. In reality, however, selling a home takes a little more time than that. While the national average is about 68 days to sell a home, that range can vary depending on the area, time of year, and price point. Here's what you can expect when setting a timeline to sell your home.
Get a real estate agent.
You should interview a potential real estate agent to find out if they are the right fit for you. See how to choose a listing agent here. Be sure it's someone you trust, has a proven track record, and find out their rates. Using an agent to sell your home actually saves you money and gets your home sold faster.
Once you've chosen an agent, find out what the rest of your timeline is. We'll talk estimates below, but he or she will have a better idea with the current market and location you're in.
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Friday, May 17, 2019 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Buying a home, whether it be for the first time or your third, consider setting up a budget to know not just how much home you can afford with monthly payments, but how much does buying that home cost at the start. Here are some things to consider to create a home buying budget.
Up Front Costs
Buying a home is more than just a down payment. Set aside money for additional costs such as home inspections, title fees, moving expenses. Additionally, if you're selling a home, you may need to make some improvements before listing or after negotiating. And moving into a new home may come with additional repairs or cosmetic changes to make the home your own.
Be sure to talk to your realtor about upfront costs. Set a reasonable budget for any changes you may need to make as well. Just like on the home improvement shows, buying a home for less may mean you get to do more improvements that are within your budget.
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Friday, May 10, 2019 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Before you hire any property manager, you should ask them a few questions. Think of it as a job interview. You want to hire the right person to manage your investment. Consider the following questions to ask a potential property manager.
How many rental units do you manage?
You don't want to get lost in the shuffle of someone who has too many, yet too few and you might be getting a manager that's inexperienced. Ask a few property managers and you should be able to get a range for the area.
How do you determine the rent amount?
Is your manager experienced in getting a market analysis of your property? Do they have the expertise to factor in any unique aspects of your home?
What are the pricing options?
Does the property management company offer a suite of services, or could you pay per service? knowing up front what the fees are is important.
What services do you offer?
In this case, you could get what you pay for. a lower rate may also mean t ...
Friday, May 3, 2019 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Mother's Day is almost here. Do you have plans with your mom? Here are a few ideas for the different moms we know.
Brunch Loving Moms
If mom loves brunch, she'll love the royal treatment at the Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-hills. Overlooking the plaza on the 17th green of the historic golf course, you have a wide array of breakfast, prime rib, desserts and so much more. Enjoy champagne and mimosas.
Cheeser's Palace in downtown Clermont also offers a special Mother's Day Menu on Sunday.
Call ahead for both these locations as they do fill up.
If mom likes the great outdoors, get her out on one of the many waterways in Lake County. From kayaking in the Dora canal
Kayaking in the Dora Canal to exploring nature at the Oakland Nature Preserve, your active mom will love doing any activity that involves the family. Check out some of the hidden gems in South Lake County for more ideas!
Wine & Beer Moms
If mom likes a good wine or a tasty ...
Friday, April 26, 2019 / by Harvey Rosenberg
Do you know what your home is worth? Yes, you can look at Zillow, but websites such as this don't have the amount of data a real estate agent has access to. Market analysis and appraisement play factors in getting the most out of your homes asking price. Remember, Zillow isn't inside your house to know the full value, but running algorithms based on what's trending in your area.
Just because you put a for sale sign up, doesn't mean buyers will clamor to see your home. Getting the most out of selling your home means you should have an MLS (Multiple Listing Service) to show up on real estate searches. Only a real estate agent can get your home listed, or you're paying a fee to a brokerage firm (which defeats some of the purposes of doing it on your own to save money.)
Plus, a realtor not only can list the home for you, he or she is also connected to hundreds of buyers that are out there currently looking for a home. A real estate agency ofte ...