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Here are some common costs homebuyers may need to think of, depending on what you and your prospective property may or may not yet have.
There are several other buyer costs which are pretty standard, as well, and I would be happy to discuss them with you. Feel free to contact me at (619) 209-9953, and we can discuss turning your real estate dreams into reality.
krista bell, REALTOR
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We all feel stress at one time or another, but purchasing or selling a home can take stress to a whole new level. In fact, 30% of people say that their top source of stress is money-related*. BUT the home buying or selling process does not have to be so stressful. Here are some ways to help you keep your cool when transaction stress starts to send you into a panic.
1. Make sure you start with great agent whom you trust to do her job well for you. The best way to stress less during the home sale or purchase process is to have an expert at hand to do the worrying for you. Happy to volunteer my services.
2. Have fun! Looking at properties can be a blast with the right company, and folks who have fun during even mundane activities such as having your property held open can have lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. You've earned this. Have a good belly laugh and celebrate all the successes during the real estate process.
3. Choose your reaction. When the pressure is on, everyone has their breaking point. But, in every situation, we have a choice: We can let the stress consume us, or we can see it as a new challenge and focus on the positive. It's best for our health and sanity to choose the latter.
4. Relax wisely. During your downtime in the home search or sale, instead of spacing out in front of the television, go for a walk with the dog, do yoga or dance in your living room (my favorite).
5. Sleep. We all know lack of sleep can leave us frazzled, so try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. If this isn't possible, take a 10 minute nap during the day; any longer can disturb your sleep cycle. Maybe your agent can drive you around and let you nap in the backseat.
6. Breathe. In times of stress, we tend to take quick, shallow breaths. Especially when tensions are high or when negotiations may have you anxious, try to focus on your breath and take longer, deeper breaths.
7. Worry if you need to, but only allow yourself 10 minutes to do so. Things may not always go the way you expect them to in a real estate transaction. If you have to lose it for a few, set a timer and give yourself a limited time to freak out. Think of all the possible outcomes of the situation a good agent has already prepared you for the possibilities and once the timer goes off, let it go and visualize the positive.
8. Put things into perspective. Sometimes the things we stress over the most won't matter in five years or even five weeks. Buying and selling property is a big, important decision, but rarely do people lose their lives in the process. Think about the big picture to help you turn mountains back into molehills.
I look forward to helping you, your family and friends with your real estate needs, so contact me today at 619-209-9953 or email@example.com to set your real estate plans in motion!
*Sources: Real Simple and Buffini.
Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price does not have to be.
The key to saving money when purchasing a home is creating and sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations. Your REALTOR® should guide you and offer you the best advice possible, but you are the one who must ultimately make the final decision during offers and counter offers.
Here are six tips to ensure you and your agent negotiate the best price on your possible new property:
1. Get your financing in order.
When you need financing to purchase a property, getting pre-approved for a mortgage shows sellers that you're serious about buying and able to immediately move forward with the purchase of their home. Sellers choose buyers who are a sure financial bet, not those whose financing could flop, so they have to know you have started the loan process - if you need a loan before selecting your offer and taking their property off of the market.
2. Ask questions!
Do not be afraid to ask your agent questions for information to help you understand the sellers' financial position and motivation. Are they facing foreclosure or a short sale? Have they already purchased a home or relocated (which may make them eager to accept a lower price to avoid paying two mortgages)? Has the home been on the market for a long time, or was it just listed? Have previous offers been accepted? If so, why did they fall through? The more signs that sellers are eager to sell, the lower your offer can reasonably go.
3. Work back from a final price to determine your initial offer.
Before writing up your offer, know the most you are willing to pay for a property. Your agent should carefully review the comparable properties in the area which have recently sold with you so you have a clear understanding of the property's market value and how much you are willing to pay for it. With your agent, work backwards from that number to determine your initial offer. This can set the tone for the entire negotiation. A too-low bid may offend sellers emotionally invested in the sales price; a too-high bid may lead you to spend more than necessary to close the sale.
4. Avoid complicated contingencies.
Sellers favor offers that leave little to chance. If at all possible, keep your offer free of complicated contingencies, such as making the purchase conditional on the sale of your current home. Keep contingencies for mortgage approval, property inspections, and environmental checks typical in your area, whenever achievable.
5. Remain unemotional.
This is easily one of the toughest negotiation tips - especially when you have fallen in love with a property and envision yourself living there in the years to come. BUT, buying a home is a business transaction, and treating it that way helps you save money. Consider any forward movement by the sellers, however slight, a sign of interest - and keep negotiating.
Each time you make a concession, ask for one in return. If the sellers ask you to boost your price, ask them to contribute to closing costs or pay for a home warranty. If sellers won't budge, make it clear you're willing to walk away; they may get nervous and accept your offer.
6. Don't let competition change your plan.
Great homes and those competitively priced can draw multiple offers in any market. Don't let competition propel you to go beyond your predetermined price or agree to concessions - like waiving a property inspection - which are not in your best interest. When stakes are high, and a lot of money is at stake, going back to your well thought-out plan and strategy will be a steadfast ideal to which you can hold, and will make you more grounded as opposed to getting caught up in an auction mentality from other interested buyers.
If you need a negotiation expert and agent extraordinaire, contact me via email or (619) 209-9953: I'll talk great care of you.
krista bell, REALTOR®
Many thanks to G.M. Filisko for this article.