red flags when buying a home
If you see any of these things when you’re seeing a home and you want something move-in ready, run away!
Each of these red flags denote more than casual, easy fixes–these are signs of a major fixer-upper.
As you do your walkthroughs with your agent, pay close attention to these signs.
If there’s a weird smell in each of the rooms, or random fresh paint, or water stains on the ceiling, you’ll probably want to ask the sellers about it before moving forward.
Your agent will guide you through this process and help you find the right home for you–with fixes that are on par with your comfort level.
P.S. Save this post so you can have it handy while you tour homes!
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bottom of the market
Unless you have a crystal ball, it’s impossible to time the bottom of the market.
Because here’s the thing: the market is unpredictable for a reason. Even the experts don’t know what’s coming next.
That’s why you have to take real estate into perspective with the rest of your life.
Is it a good time for you to sell your home or to become a homebuyer for the first time?
The answer really depends on your unique situation, your needs, and your lifestyle.
In short, you should buy a home when it works for your life and your finances.
Likewise, you should sell your home when it works for your life and your finances.
There isn’t a quick and easy YES or NO–because everyone’s life is different.
If you’re having a hard time deciding whether now is the right time for you to enter the real estate market as a buyer or a seller, then send me a DM.
I’ll give you the information you need to make the right decision for your life.
7 steps to buying a home
Buying a home doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, it only takes 7 simple steps.
But if you feel like buying a home is a little overwhelming or stressful, that’s okay!
It helps to have things broken down into simple steps that you can mark off as you go through the process.
So no matter what part of the process you’re in, you can know you’re making progress.
If you haven’t started your journey to becoming a homeowner yet, then I suggest researching lenders and agents and setting up interviews to find some you like.
If you’re stuck in the middle, looking at houses, patience is your best friend. Making a list of your wants and needs is also super helpful at this point!
If you’re closer to the end, it’s a good time to start finding an inspector that you can trust.
Remember: you don’t have to do any of this on your own. There are so many helpful resources out there to help guide you through your journey.
Ever struggle to find a word that describes your house perfectly?
Here are some inspiring words that can advertise houses of all kinds.
Let me know in the comments what advertising word you would use to describe your house.
#advertisingwords #sellingyourhome #westslopebestslope
4 reasons for home inspections
Did you know that even brand new homes can have issues?
It might seem like you can skip the whole inspection process when you’re buying a new build. But, sadly, that’s not the best idea.
New construction can still need some fixes before it’s move-in ready.
Because there are so many contractors working on the same property, it’s easy for things to get missed and for miscommunications to happen. An inspection will catch any problems and then you’ll be able to negotiate fixes with your builder.
It’s way easier to take care of those fixes before you close on the home rather than finding them months down the road and having to deal with a builder’s warranty process.
Your home is likely your biggest investment, so it’s worth the extra time and money to make sure that everything is pristine before you move in.
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From my home to yours, happy holidays!
This holiday season, it’s my greatest wish that you get to spend time with those you love, doing what you love, in a place that you love.
Tap the like button if you’re ready for the best holiday season ever!
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list for santa
What are you wishing for this holiday season when it comes to your home?
If Santa could bring you anything you want for your home–what would you ask for?
Personally, I think a backyard oasis or a new home office would be amazing–the perfect balance of work and play.
Let me know in the comments what’s on your home wish list!
#christmas #happyholidays #christmas2022
My best tip for you if you want to buy a home?
If now is the right time for you to buy, then you should commit to it and buy.
Because if you’re focused on interest rates, you should know that they’re not the problem–they’re an excuse.
Interest rates right now are still pretty low compared to historical rates, and you can always refinance your mortgage when rates drop.
More than that, if you’re renting right now because of interest rates, then you’re really doing yourself a disservice. You’re already paying that interest to your landlord.
That doesn’t make money sense. You might as well build some equity and set yourself up for financial success in the long run.
If you want to chat more about interest rates, and how you can buy a home even now, then send me a DM!
#interestrates #mortgagerates #homebuyer
Inspections are an incredibly important part of the real estate process.
Whether you’re buying or selling, you need to know about the home inspection contingency.
A home inspection contingency states that the purchase of the home itself is contingent on the results of a home inspection.
That means if the inspection comes back with some things that need to be fixed, the buyer can renegotiate the purchase agreement with the seller.
The buyer can ask the seller to fix the problems, come down on the purchase price, or for some other negotiation. Alternatively, if the seller and the buyer cannot come to an agreement, the buyer can walk away from the sale.
As you can see, an inspection contingency can have big repercussions on the purchase agreement between the buyer and the seller.
No matter which side of the table you’re on though, your real estate agent can guide you through each step of the real estate process and negotiations to ensure that your best interests are protected.
the perfect gift
If you’re looking to get your real estate agent a gift, I’ll make it easy for you.
Just give them a referral!
We love our clients, so when our clients show a little love back and tell their friends and family members about us, it’s like the best present EVER.
If you know anyone who might be buying or selling their home soon, feel free to send them my info.
I’d be thrilled to meet them and guide them through their real estate journey!
#realtorgift #happyholidays #grandjunction
Kauai Alpha Fitt, REALTOR® SRES with Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties in Grand Junction, Colorado.