Every month there is a ton of great real estate content that goes unnoticed in a crowded space that everyone is vying for attention. For this reason I have put together a summary re-cap of some excellent reading worth a look. Take a peek at some of the more helpful real estate content for both buyers and sellers.
How to Select a Real Estate Agent
One of the things that clearly many consumers have a problem with is how to pick a real estate agent. The real estate industry has a low satisfaction rating and with good reason. Getting your real estate license is far too easy which leads to people joining the the field who have no business doing so. How do I know this? I deal with some of these folks every week. From not returning phone calls to hours or even days later to not having a basic grasp on how to place value on a home. It is no wonder so many people express dissatisfaction with real estate agent they have chosen to work with. In the article referenced above you will see some of the best ways to go about picking a great Realtor to work with. By following the advice you will increase your odds of choosing someone that will impress you as a professional.
Buying a First Home
For fist time home buyers the thought of purchasing a home can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. Like many things in life the unknown can be a scary proposition. Following some simple first time home buyer tips however, can make the process go far more smoothly. One of the most important things a first time buyer can do is get their financial house in order prior to even looking at homes. This includes finding a reliable mortgage broker and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. With a pre-approval in hand home owners can feel far more comfortable with the financial strength of their potential buyer.
Getting My Pre-Approval Taken Away
Some borrowers do everything right including going out and getting pre-approved before looking at homes. The find a great real estate agent who takes them around the areas they are comfortable with and in no time find their dream home. What some buyers don't realize is that the pre-approval they were given is not an automatic meal ticket to purchasing a home. A mortgage pre-approval can be revoked. Many buyers have found this out the hard way when they are a week away from closing and find out from their lender that their financing is not going to come through. Why does this happen? One of the more common reasons is because the borrower has gone out and made some large purchases that has changed their financial ratios. The lender is no longer able to grant them financing. This is just one of five more reasons that are discussed in the article.
Should I Hire a Realtor to Sell My House
One of the things some home owners debate among themselves is whether they should try to sell their home for sale by owner. Selling as a FSBO of course is not easy. The motivation for doing so however is to save a ton of money. Without question a real estate commission is a lot of dough. But the real question is it worth paying a great Realtor to get the job done. This is a question that Kyle Hiscock, a Rochester Real Estate agent discusses in his article about hiring a real estate agent. Kyle gives an informative look at all the things a professional Realtor will do for you when selling a home. Some Real Estate agents do nothing but put a sign in the yard and put it in the Multiple Listing Service. This is not the kind of agent you want as Kyle gracefully points out.
Selling a Home in The Winter
Selling a home in the winter can be a bit more challenging than at other times of the year if you live in a cold weather climate. Why is this the case? Two big reasons - one you have to deal with the elements in the winter time. Trying to decide if you like a piece of property when there is a foot of snow on the ground can be quite a challenge. The second major reason that home selling in the winter can be a challenge is the shrinking buyer pool. There are always more people looking for homes in the spring and summer than there is in the dead of winter or around the holidays. For this reason you will need some good winter home selling advice that Paul Sian, a top blogger from Cincinnati provides in the reference here.
Why a Real Estate Agent May Fire Their Client
When most people think about getting fired in the real estate industry it is usually the Realtor who is getting canned and not a buyer or seller. Most real estate agents don't have the courage to fire a client. As Debbie Drummond, a Las Vegas Real Estate agent points out there are times when it must be done. In Debbie's article about firing a real estate client she discusses some of the things that people do that discourage real estate agents from wanting to work with them. If you want to have a great relationship with your Real Estate agent this is a great one to read.
These are six great real estate articles that are worth reading published from the end of November through December. Take a look at one or all of them and if you enjoy them please consider sharing socially.