Consumer Advice On Choosing A Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

Debi Drecksler

In the past thirty two years, I have bought and sold four homes. Life experience is a wonderful teacher.

When selling a home, the # 1 priority is marketing your property. One option is to list your home with a professional Realtor. Ask your friends and neighbors who they recommend and/or pick up the phone and call Realtors who advertise in your area. Set up interviews at your home so that the Realtor can view the property and have the opportunity to meet with you.

Guest blog by Debi Drecksler, a Writer in Candler, NC

The Importance of Checking Permit Statuses Before Buying A Home

Obtain the Proper Permits for House Upgrades & Modifications

When you buy a home, one of the most important things you should do is to check on statuses of permits for anything that looks to be an addition or a major modification to the home. For example, room additions, garage additions, bathroom additions, major remodels, adding a guest house or building a second story above the garage all must be permitted by the city.

Benefits of Homeownership - Why You Should Buy A Home in California

What are the benefits to owning a home?

We often talk about the How To’s of homeownership, but today we’re going to talk about the Why’s of homeownership. There are many benefits to being a property owner. Some might be obvious to you, others might not. Take a look at the list below and let us know in the comments section any benefits of being a homeowner that we might have missed.

Picking the Right California Real Estate Broker...It's That Important

Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles CA

Choosing the right California Real Estate Broker can mean the world of difference when buying or selling a home. Real Estate Brokers are supposed to make complicated real estate transactions simple and easy for their clients. They are supposed to do all the grunt work.

Download Our New California Real Estate E-book For The Amazon Kindle

Real estate book for the Amazon Kindle

We’re pleased to announce that our new e-book California Real Estate: How To Pay Significantly Less Than Your Neighbors & Avoid Costly Mistakes is now available for download!

We gave out a few copies over the weekend and have already gotten some positive feedback. Please let us know your thoughts.

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Closing Your Real Estate Transaction

How to close a real estate transaction in California

Your offer has been accepted and the goal is now to get escrow opened and closed. This is not as simple as it seems. Many real estate transactions get to this point but never end up closing. When you talk about a real estate transaction “closing” that means the new owner has been recorded on title and has taken possession of the home. The transaction is not finished until it closes.

Negotiating the Best Deal on Real Estate

Negotiating the best deal on California Real Estate

If you are entering into negotiations on real estate you need to understand how counter offers work. Not understanding could prove to be a costly mistake. A counter offer is an offer by one party that has anything different from the terms of the original offer. A counter offer is a rejection of an offer. Therefore, making even one seemingly insignificant change to an offer, rejects that offer.

Making an Appealing Offer on Real Estate

How To Make Appealing Offers on Real Estate in California

Now that you’ve found a home, or several homes that fit your investment criteria, it’s time to make an offer. Making an offer is not as straightforward as you would think. An offer contains several different terms, all of which affect your overall offer. An offer is more than just price.

Understanding Real Estate Expenses

True Costs of Home ownership in California

Before you begin making offers on homes, make sure you understand all the expenses associated with buying and owning a home. Whether you are a first time home buyer or you’ve owned a home for many years, understanding the expenses associated with homeownership is critical. As we said previously, knowing is half the battle, at least you can plan for it.

Capitalizing on the Real Estate Resources Available

Utilize the real estate resources available to you

You’ve come a long way in the home buying process and have hopefully learned many of the skills necessary to pay significantly less than your neighbors and avoid costly mistakes. The real estate buying process may seem complicated because honestly, it is! Remember though, you’ve built your team and are not alone. Be sure to capitalize on the resources available to you.