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Homes for Sale South Florida: Real Estate New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions for Buyers, Sellers & Renters in 2013
 
 
You want to set yourself up for an efficient and successful home search. You can shorten the amount of time it takes to find and buy a home by considering a few suggestions.
To start, make your first stop your lender. This will save time once you‘re ready to make offers and indicate you are a serious buyer. An offer from a pre-qualified buyer sends a favorable message to the seller you are ready and able to close; an asset that will bode well for you especially when offering less than list price. Working with a lender first also helps clarify what you can afford before you begin to search for homes.
 
Make sure all funds you need to close are liquid and easy to access. This will assure you can move fast on submitting an offer when you find just the right home.
 
Before working with a realtor, test the waters by searching for homes on the internet to establish what type of home and area best suits your needs and budget. You can find out crucial information about area schools, amenities and services that are likely to influence where you want to live.
 
Start some initial packing. You are going to have to pack up your belongings anyway so, whatever you can do without in the short term, pack it up. This will lessen your load and reduce stress when it comes time to make your big move.
 
 
You want to put your best foot forward when potential buyers begin to tour your home. The better your home shows, the more interest it is going to receive. Word travels fast among realtors when a home is easy to show and draws favorable attention from potential buyers.
 
First, tackle those easy-to-fix projects like squeaky hinges, torn screens or light touch up paint. If you have more substantial issues that need to be fixed but, you choose not to repair before moving, get three bids from area contractors to educate yourself on what it will cost the next homeowner to resolve. For instance, if a major appliance such as your water heater or air conditioner is likely to fail the home inspection, be prepared to offer a credit to your potential buyer. Those few bids will give you the knowledge you need to negotiate a reasonable and fair credit and eliminate any concern that could obstruct a successful sale.
 
Potential buyers like to see homes that look clean, uncluttered and smell fresh. Thorough and frequent cleaning is cost-effective and will help your home stand out as one that appears well cared for and buyers can imagine as their own. Invest in a few inexpensive air fresheners to add a pleasant scent and continually remove any clutter.
 
Empty closets of any items you don’t need in the short term. Over-crowded closets and storage areas give the appearance of less than suitable storage; which is not a message you want to send to a potential buyer. Besides, packing extraneous items up makes for a few less boxes to worry about when it comes time to move.
 
De-personalize. Buyers need to imagine your home as their home. Try to pack away overly personal items like family photos so your home offers a less personalized appearance. This small effort will help your buyers see themselves in the rooms of your home.
 
Make a “Show Plan” with any family or friends living in the home. This means, have a game plan when you know potential buyers are headed to your home. This should take no more than 5 minutes time and will help keep everyone cooperating to keep your home show-worthy. Ideas include, putting away all toys or at least isolating them to one area. Put away anything lying around like clothing, magazines, hobbies or sports gear. If there are dishes in the sink wash them and clean any surrounded counters. If larger or noisy animals are part of the family, consider taking them for a relaxing walk once you see the potential buyers arrive.
 
 
Like buyers, you are best served to begin your search on the internet so by the time you contact a realtor, you have a good idea of the exact type of home, area and budget that best suits your needs.
 
Good specifics to address with your realtor include:
 
-Your intended time frame to lease;
-What amenities are most important to you (i.e., pool, golf, proximity to highways, etc)
-Whether or not you need to accommodate pets;
-Let you realtor know the age of all occupants;
-Share issues such as if you own a recreational vehicle you will need to park or a car
     that due to size or commercial lettering, may cause an issue with HOA regulations.
 
The more your realtor knows about you and the other occupants, the quicker they can hone in on a productive search and find you just the right new address.
 
Isolate all funds needed for deposits into one, easily accessible account.
 
Consider getting a professional credit check done which can be presented with your offer to lease, this will bode very well for you as a potential tenant.
 
Get three written personal reference letters from colleagues at work, neighbors or if possible, your current landlord. Along with a credit report, reference letters present a very favorable picture to your potential new landlord.
 
Research the cost and coverage of renters insurance. You may not need to protect the home itself but, as a renter you need to protect the contents.
 
 
 
 
The New Year is nearly upon us. A few resolutions can help all of us buying, selling or renting in 2013 experience a more productive and successful real estate transaction.
 
Best of health and happiness to you at your new address in 2013!!
 
 
Copyright 2012: Valerie Anne Martinetti

47 Comments to Homes for Sale South Florida: Real Estate New Year's Resolutions:

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Valerie Anne Martinetti on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:13 AM
Hey thanks SO MUCH, what a kind comment, you made my day! I am glad you found the article helpful. Real estate is my passion. I am so thankful for my clients here in South Florida and blog readers all over the world; you all make it possible for me to make my vocation, my vacation - I love my job! Please share any ideas you have for future blog content so we can continue the conversation - Valerie Anne :o)
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Valerie Anne Martinetti on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:44 AM
I am glad the blog simplied the process for you. I encourage my clients to enjoy the process of any real estate endeavor. Sure, it can be stressful waiting for financing or, for the right buyer to show up on your doorstep. However, focus on the positive new beginnings and rejuvenatiion a new living space will bring to your life. Where you make your home is surely no small decision; find a good realtor to protect your interests, breathe deep and follow your instincts :)
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Valerie Anne Martinetti on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:32 PM
Hi Noosa Resort; Noosa Apartments & Aanlias - What kind comments and I hope you'll share your own take on this subject with us. These resolutions apply for much of the year and yes, I must admit, we often tweak them a bit depending on the market and/or seasonal influences. I encourage both my sellers and buyers to think outside the box, here in South Florida our market is in flux, currently trending in favor of sellers. Does this change how each market is approached? Most definitely. I advise all to stay informed on their current market and at the ready to employ a fresh approach, you'll always end up ahead of the pack!
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Valerie Anne Martinetti on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:47 PM
Thanks Property Software - Please keep reading and sharing your thoughts with us.
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Valerie Anne Martinetti on Friday, March 15, 2013 9:57 AM
Absolutely, heater repair ... in addition to it being necessary for all offers to be accompanied by a pre-approval letter or proof of funds as it says in my blog; you are 100% right that seeing a lender before you start looking for a home establishes your exact price range. Why look if you don't know what you can afford? Good point, thank you.
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Hi there Toronto - Thank you for taking the time to post on my blog and especially for your kind words. If you'd care to tell me what left you confused, I be delighted to clarify, as you can see, I just love to write about real estate in South Florida - cheers!
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