In my experience as a real estate broker, I've encountered a number of Frequently Asked Questions. Here's a quick FAQ list to answer some of the most important real estate questions that my buyers and sellers have asked.
Buying a Home
Q: How much can I afford?
A: The home that you can afford to purchase depends upon many factors. You should meet with a lender to get pre-approved. Your lender will be able to tell you how much you can afford. If you don't have a lender, I can recommend a great one for you. I can help you find the home of your dreams that's within your budget as well.
Q: Can I buy a home and sell my current home at the same time?
A: Yes you can! It may be a little complicated, but it can be done.
Q: How many homes should I see before making an offer?
A: That depends on you. In my experience buyers know that it is THE home within moments of walking in the door. It's a good idea to look at several homes online to discover what you like. I can put you on an online search based on your home specific criteria. By the time we start looking at homes, you may be surprised at how quickly you find a home you love.
Selling Your Home
Q: What do I need to do to my house before putting it on the market?
A: Your home should be clean, de-cluttered, and updated if possible. A fresh coat of paint and new carpet or flooring goes a long way. Your outside bushes should be trimmed, pealing paint should be fixed and the general appearance of your home should be appealing to the eye. Contact me for a quick home assessment, so you'll know exactly what needs to be done.
Q: How much is my house worth?
A: The price of your own home will depend on many factors. Your Realtor should be able to provide comparable properties with equal square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, plus other amenities that have recently sold in your area. It's not an exact science, and the pricing may also be based on how quickly you want to move. Don't forget that although you may want a certain dollar amount for your home, the market ultimately determines the value.