Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The First Sign of Spring For Sale Signs!

You might look out your window and see grey skies, possible a few snowflakes, maybe  a frosty windshield. So it’s still winter – right?  Not so in the world of real estate!

All over sellers are shining up their homes, pre-packing clutter and getting ready to roll out the welcome mat for you! Every newly listed home represents a choice for buyers.  An opportunity to compare features, condition and prices. While all of that is taking place, buyers everywhere are gearing up for the hunt. The longer you wait to seriously look at houses the more you could end up in paying due to multiple offers.

Multiple offers are good for the seller and cause the buyer to possible pay a little more for a home than they would have if they were to be the ONLY offer. When you make an offer on a home you are really starting a conversation with the seller. You talk about terms, inspections, who pays for what and when you expect to close and take possession. If you are writing an offer on a home that has other offers coming in, you need to give your highest and best (in some markets often above asking) and the least restricting terms for the seller is always recommended.

So what are you doing this weekend? Now is the time to start seriously looking at homes and looking with your eye on potential.  Get on paper your FIVE MUST HAVES, determine your ideal location and a secondary location. Approach each home with the desire to make it your own, consider the potential and don’t forget to take condition into consideration – possibly you can get the seller to take less so you can update. Make sure your agent presents a well-written offer that includes an explanation on your offer price if it’s considerably lower than asking.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, let’s talk! I have over 10 years experience in real estate and many resources to help you get the most value for your money!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Full Disclsoure

Recently Sean Penn has been the talk of all the news channels. Journalists everywhere are either for or against his now famous interview with El Chapo. As the debate rages on regarding the ethics of what he did the thing that hit me was the questions about Sean Penn allowing El Chop to edit the article Penn was writing.

On Fox News, Geraldo Rivera felt Penn was acting a s true journalist and because he fully disclosed at the beginning of the article that El Chapo had full control over the content and Penn had not violated any journalist rules or obligations. With that in mind I started to think about what “full disclosure” means and how it applies to life today.

In so many areas of modern life we need to dig for the truth, we need to ask questions that go three layers deep in an attempt to reveal true intentions. The Internet and social media explosion has allowed people, companies and yes terrorists to hide in the shadows. I personally do not want to conduct my life and my business this way

So in the spirit of full disclosure here is what I want people to know about my professional services as a Realtor. My mission as your real estate professional is:

To provide you with the most relevant market information helping you make a well informed buying, selling, investing decision. As part of my dedication to providing excellent service to my clients I have committed to a variety of educational opportunities to enhance and keep my skills up to date in an ever-changing business environment. I am prepared to help you through every step of your transaction.

As your Realtor I will market your home as though it were my own. I will negotiate to get you the best price with the best terms. When you need a lender, an inspector, etc I can refer you to some of the best in the business – these are people I would use on my own home. I will treat your transaction as though it were my own.

About Pam Kutsick, Accredited Buyers Rep, multi-million dollar producer, over 10 years in real estate. Helping buyers and sellers get the best deal in Central Ohio.