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Rx for Bedford Real Estate Inspection Jitters

As worrisome physical symptoms go, house inspection jitters should not be worrisome in the least. Neither Bedford home buyers or their counterparts (Bedford home sellers) need be troubled if they find themselves awaiting the house inspector with mounting anxiety: these are perfectly normal symptoms. My advice echoes HGTV’s prescription for a “Drama-Free Real Estate Rx”—in their words, “Don’t Freak Out.”

The utter normalcy for pre-inspection jitters is indisputable—as is their cause. If you are the seller, you can be perfectly satisfied that you have done everything possible to ensure that your Bedford home is in tip-top shape, and yet be aware that some totally unknown malady (that only a sharp-eyed house inspector could ever uncover) might be lurking. If you are the buyer, you’ve found the house you’ve been searching for, but know that all the plans you’ve set into motion could be derailed by some unanticipated dire structural finding.

With so much on the line, the house inspection is usually viewed as the last possible monkey wrench that could be thrown into the works of the deal. Jitters are appropriate.

The prescription for real estate inspection jitters is to realize that although deal-killing inspections are certainly possible, they aren’t all that likely. The reason is that almost any set of negative findings can be dealt with rationally: in terms of dollars and cents. Your Bedford real estate agent (hopefully me!) is expert at doing away with post-inspection jitters. If the problems are so minor that they don’t bother the buyer, the jitters disappear all by themselves.

If more major items are in play, contractor bids can be gathered and compared, and the probable costs factored into a renegotiation which results in a deal that seems fair to all. The most frequent result is the calm knowledge that the house inspection jitters were quickly put to rest via a mature and rational solution: freak-out not warranted.

Helping buyers and sellers appraise the results of Bedford real estate inspections is only one part of how I can help you when it comes to the very important project of buying or selling Bedford properties. I hope you’ll consider giving me a call!

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary

LAER Realty Partners           http://www.JoanParcewski.LAERRealty.com

JParcewski@LAERRealty.com    cell 978-376-3978

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It all starts with making the offer

I love doing open houses and meeting those looking for their first home, their next home.

Each has their expectations at what their next home will look like – where it will be, what things they just must have, how much they can afford or much they will spend

The one question that always amazes me – “Is there room for negotiation?”

A reminder to all buyers – “The first step in purchasing or selling Massachusetts residential real estate is the presentation and acceptance of an Offer To Purchase.”    Once a seller has a”written” offer then they have 3 options before them – 1) accept   2) negotiate different price/terms   3) reject

No seller or their realtor will discuss anything about negotiation without this “written offer” in place.

A reminder that an offer should include a pre-approval (for those needing a loan) or proof of funds (for those paying cash) as well as deposit monies (usually $500/$1000) to show that you are earnest in your offer and any other required paperwork for that property,  The deposit monies will not be cashed until the offer has been fully negotiated and accepted by the seller,

So just as I said from the beginning –  It all starts with the offer.  If you want that property, make that offer or you might never own it,

If you need help with making that offer or putting your home on the market to move into the next stage of your life – give me a call,  It is always an honor to serve my clients –

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary     Joan@woodsre.com    C 978-376-3978   http://www.JoanParcewski.com

Remax Real Estate Group (The Woods Team)  655  Boston Rd  Billerica  O 978-262-9665

Is Home Staging an Investment….of Just an Expense — from Green Apple Staging in Canada

I found this article posted by Green Apple Staging in Canada.  The theory rings true nearly 3 years later and in our markets here as well.  It’s definitely worth the read.     Joan Parcewski  Woods Real Estate  joan@woodsre.com.
March 23, 2010

Is Home Staging an Investment . . . or Just an Expense?

This is a question on many home sellers minds! Here in Calgary, I think the home selling market is just awakening to the concept of Home Staging.

Perhaps HGTV has does its part in spreading the word about Home Staging, but I think many home owners are still skeptical when it comes to laying down some of their hard earned cash. Especially when it’s a home they want to sell — not invest in further.

I don’t blame these home owners and sellers – I don’t like parting with money that needn’t be spent, either!

The reality, though, is that home buying has changed. Buyer’s expectations have been elevated by all those TV shows, and home decor magazines and show homes . . . and even your home selling competition.

Everybody has to work a little harder to sell a house than before, and when the house down the street does a mini facelift, you need to compete with that, too. A buyer is looking at both properties — not just yours.

The general rule of thumb is that a seller should invest up to 1% of their home’s value getting it ready for sale. This includes any deferred home maintenance, some painting, pre-packing and decluttering . . . and then styling or staging to create an inviting presentation.

So, for an average home of $400,000, that’s $4,000 to get it ready to sell.  That sounds like a lot!

But consider the alternative . . . you choose not to spend anything in preparing your home.

http://www.greenapplestaging.com/blog/2010/03/23/is-home-staging-an-investment-or-just-an-expense/

5 Buyer Turnoffs

This information comes from an article on Trulia.com.  As a real estate agent, I see reactions to these 5 all the time. 

1.  Pools – “ many home buyers are turning down homes specifically because they have a pool.”

2.  Your stuff –  “Yes – your taste is immaculate. But it’s your taste.

3.  Carpet –  “Concerns about the relative difficulty and expense of cleaning carpets, to the cost of replacing them when you want a decor change, to the tendency of carpets to hold pet hair, mites and other allergens that may impact family members with respiratory issues are, collectively causing carpet to fall out of favor with today’s home buyers.”

4.  Gold bathroom fixtures – “best described as things that are old, but not old enough to be vintage, retro, classic or historic.

5.  Elaborate gardens and/or vast landscaping – “ some buyers simply know they don’t or won’t put the time, money and water into their care, so would rather not take them on.”

For more details on each of these read the entire article at

http://www.trulia.com/blog/taranelson/2012/09/5_surprising_home_buyer_turn_offs?ecampaign=cnews201209C&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2Ftaranelson%2F2012%2F09%2F5_surprising_home_buyer_turn_offs

 

Get A Picture Perfect Home Sale – WSJ Reprint 8/26/2012

You are constantly hearing how important first impressions are when it comes to all things – including real estate.  Today with so many using the internet to decide what homes they may or may not research further, first impression is even more important.  What is that first impression on the internet?  the photos – the video of that home you are trying to sell. 

According to this WSJ article:

Good pictures are a crucial marketing tool for a home sale.

Just ask Clarissa and Mark Padilla, who were able to get a contract on their Sherman Oaks, Calif., condo unit in less than two weeks—and at the price they wanted.

Ms. Padilla attributes the quick sale to the professional photography used to market the home, which lured about 25 people to an open house the first weekend the house went on sale……………………..According to research from the National Association of Realtors, 98% of home buyers who searched for a home online said photos were among the most useful features of real-estate websites.

For the complete article visit – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444812704577605310134435428.html?mod=e2tw

Ask any realtor what sells a house – a good first impression.  So first its the pictures (the photography, the videography) – it’s what creates the emotion that leads to the sale.  Everyone imagines their dream home.  The pictures helps them envision a specific property as that dream home.

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary   

Woods Real Estate          978-376-3978     joan@woodsre.com  www.JoanParcewski.com

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