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Real Estate Questions Answered
Yes, I provide market evaluation services for your home in today's market. You may need this for many reasons, you may be thinking of selling your home. You may also need this information for insurance purposes, for refinancing options, credit related matters or to settle an estate. Call me for more details.
In addition to comparing the home to your minimum requirement and wish lists, consider the following:
Is there enough room for both the present and the future?
Are there enough bedrooms and bathrooms?
Is the house structurally sound?
Do the mechanical systems and appliances work?
Is the yard big enough?
Do you like the floor plan?
Will your furniture fit in the space? Is there enough storage space? (Bring a tape measure to better answer these questions.)
Does anything need to repaired or replaced? Will the seller repair or replace the items?
Imagine the house in good weather and bad, and in each season. Will you be happy with it year-round?
Take your time and think carefully about each house you see. I can help you with the pros and cons of each home from a professional standpoint.
Calculating your offer should involve several factors: what homes sell for in the area, the home's condition, how long it's been on the market, financing terms, and the seller's situation. By the time you're ready to make an offer, you should have a good idea of what the home is worth and what you can afford. And, be prepared for give-and-take negotiation, which is very common when buying a home. The buyer and seller may often go back and forth until they can agree on a price.
Choose your lender carefully. Look for financial stability and a reputation for customer satisfaction. Be sure to choose a company that gives helpful advice and that makes you feel comfortable. A lender that has the authority to approve and process your loan locally is preferable, since it will be easier for you to monitor the status of your application and ask questions. Plus, it's beneficial when the lender knows home values and conditions in the local area. Do research and ask family, friends, and I can give you some recommendations.
Select a community that will allow you to best live your daily life. Many people choose communities based on schools. Do you want access to shopping and public transportation? Is access to local facilities like libraries and museums important to you? Or do you prefer the peace and quiet of a rural community? When you find places that you like, talk to people that live there. They know the most about the area and will be your future neighbors. More than anything, you want a neighborhood where you feel comfortable in.
Testimonials from Thoughtful Customers
Jim & Darcey DeRose
Dear Keri, It was such a pleasure having you list and sell our home! You were knowledgeable, professional and made our real estate transaction enjoyable. You initially won me over when you said you were going to work hard to get top dollar for our home ~ and you did. Well done! Thank You!
Keri is OUTSTANDING!! We struck gold with her and she made our house hunt a very pleasurable one. From beginning to end, Keri made us feel like her only clients! She was so attentive, caring, professional, communicative, knowledgable, and most importantly, extremely genuine. The night before we planned to look at our first set of homes, Keri emailed to tell us that she put a house back on our list that we had removed, because she really wanted us to see the neighborhood. Long story short, the house Keri put back on our list, was the house we bought! This is a true testament of Keri’s insight and talent. We absolutely LOVE our house, and she knew we would all along. The entire process went so swiftly and smoothly thanks to Keri’s oversight and follow-through. She communicated with us every step of the way, and efficiently handled every single detail for us. There was zero stress during the process. In fact, we haven’t stopped talking about what an amazing realtor she is to our friends and family. Even several weeks after we settled-in to our new home, Keri contacted us to see how everything was going. Keri’s service is impeccable. She actually made our experience of buying a house an extremely joyful one! We are so incredibly grateful to her.