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Online real estate listings have revolutionized the way buyers locate property, compare prices and find real estate professionals. But before you log on, make sure you have all the tools to get the most from your search.
You may have heard the old saying: the three most important rules of real estate are location, location and location. To be sure, the first step in any online search is locating the specific area you’re interested in.
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Another important consideration is being able to find the kind of property you want. Always dreamed of a house by the water? Or maybe you’re looking for a little mountain hideaway? Just remember that once you’ve located the magazine for your area of interest, you’ll be able to choose from a list of all the different property types that are available.
And if you’re working with a budget, make sure to take advantage of other features like setting a price range and selecting the number of bedrooms and baths.
Seeing is Believing
It’s hard to get excited about a property if you don’t know what it looks like. So to help save time and effort finding exactly what you want, all listings come with photos and detailed property descriptions. Some properties even have virtual tours so you can enjoy 360 degree views and feel as though you’re actually standing inside the house or on the lot.
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Talk to the Expert
If you want learn more about a property, the next step is getting in touch with the listing agent. They’ll be able to answer any questions you might have, and also provide details about the neighborhood, the city even the local schools. All listings include the agent’s contact information. You can call them at the office or send them an email. Don’t delay when you find the right property talk to the expert!
With a little preparation and the guidance of a professional real estate agent, you can help make the sale of your home go much more smoothly. Key factors include setting the proper price, effective marketing, and making your home sparkle inside and out.
Inspect Your House
Before putting your house on the market, a seller’s inspection is highly recommended. The inspection can help identify previously unknown problems, as well as give you time to make any necessary repairs or renovations. Likewise, many states require sellers to disclose known problems with their house.
Consider hiring a professional home inspector, as they can often identify problems that are easily overlooked by a novice. Important things to look for include leaks, evidence of wood rot and wood-destroying pests, structural integrity and a thorough assessment of major systems such as the plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems.
Find the Right Agent
The right agent can help you set an appropriate price, advertise and show the house to buyers, handle negotiations, draw up offers and coordinate the closing. In short, they can help you sell your home in less time, with less aggravation, and for more money.
To find the right agent, you can start by asking family or friends for a recommendation. Next, contact the agent and set up a meeting for a listing presentation.
This is gives you an opportunity to hear the agent’s plans for selling your property, as well as learn other important factors such as:
- Information about the current market and comparable sales
- Plans for marketing the house, including advertising and open houses
- How long the agent has worked in the community, former clients, etc.
- How much money you’ll net based on different selling prices.
Give Your Home Curb Appeal
Even if your home is in good shape, there are probably a few things you can do to make it really sparkle. This is what’s known as curb appeal, and experts agree that making a good first impression is a crucial factor in attracting buyers. Improving your home’s curb appeal can be as easy as tidying up the yard, washing windows, touching up exterior paint or even adding a new bed of flowers.
Cleanliness and Clutter
Houses look a lot smaller if they’re crammed full of belongings-and you can’t just hide it in the garage either. Buyers like to imagine storage spaces full of their belongings, not yours. Get rid of clutter, and give the house a top-to-bottom cleaning. In particular, make sure the kitchens and bathrooms are immaculate. Buyers will notice right away if these rooms aren’t spotless.
If you want to go the extra mile, you might even consider staging your house for showings. This can be as simple as adding houseplants and some decorative lamps, all the way to hiring an interior designer to bring in elaborate rugs, antique furniture and expensive artworks.
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Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace at 3.26 percent, down from 3.33 percent at this same time last week.
After peaking at 3.35 percent on Wednesday, the 30-year fixed rate hovered between 3.28 and 3.33 percent over the remainder of the week before dropping to the current rate this morning.
“Rates are down slightly from last week’s 16-week high as optimism about an improving economy began to wane after successful fiscal cliff negotiations,” said Erin Lantz, director of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. “Although there is a fair amount of economic news scheduled this week, we don’t expect any surprises that would move rates significantly.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate on January 15, 2013 was 2.59 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.44 percent.