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Selling your vacant home can be an opening for burglary or vandalism. What can a seller do to lessen the chance that their vacant for sale home will not be a victim? If you are selling then it is likely not a secret. This assumes you have met and know your neighbors by the time you are moving!Let your neighbors know your house is vacant and your real estate agent's name/contact information. (This might help get your home sold if someone asks them about your house.) Let them know what kind of car your real estate agent drives. Do not neglect your yard maintenance. Keep the grass trimmed and the flower beds well maintained. If other neighborhood homes look well groomed, make sure your home fits in. Brighten up your home's exterior. If you do not already have them consider outdoor lighting. A well lighted yard can discourage would be burglars from hiding in landscaping as well as provide cover for window entry. Lights with motion sensors are even better. The goal is to make your home less appealing and approachable to criminals. A further step would be to place some lights on timers within your home.If your home has an alarm, use it. Make sure your real estate agent includes "Alarm on" in the message to other real estate agents. Even if it is only a local alarm when it goes off uninvited types usually retreat!Consider letting your neighborhood watch (if you have one) know your house is vacant. Just as some police departments will do routine checks while you are on vacation, check with your local department about performing periodic checks as well.Find out from your real estate agent the type of access controls they will have in place on your home. Are they using a combination lock box to hold the key? In my opinion this is the least secure of all control mechanisms.Will your real estate agent be using an electronic lock box such as the Supra lock box where each agent has an individual pin number for controlled access. These devices will allow listing agents (and owners if possible/desired) to receive an email when your house key is accessed.Ask your agent if they will ever go by and check on the home. I make it a policy to go by my unoccupied listings whenever there have been recent showings and, at a minimum, every two or three days if there have been no showings. Not only does it allow me to pick up real estate agent cards left after the showings but also to check doors and windows. Although agents should always double check all doors before leaving a showing, mistakes happen.Finally, if your home is vacant but still has furniture present make sure personally identifying documents and data (PCs) are secure. Ideally important papers, medications, computer data and weapons should be moved removed if the house is unoccupied.Remember, most real estate agents do not personally know their buyers. Your listing agent will not know the buyers either. While real estate agents try their best to securely protect your home while in your house, do what you can as well.If you are considering selling your Melbourne, Florida home, please give me a call (321-693-3850, direct) if I can help in any way.Send me an email to request a comparative market analysis.Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
What kind of response should a prospective buyer expect when sending an email to a real estate agent to see a house now?Most real estate agents in this business receive email contacts daily from complete strangers. One of the most common is an inquiry about seeing properties in such and such neighborhood today or soon. What response should senders expect? Most likely the sender wants a quick "Sure whenever it is convenient I will meet you there!"However, in 2015 Realtor safety has unfortunately become a higher priority than it was in the past (or at least received more publicity). There have been too many cases where real estate agents have been robbed, beaten and even murdered.Real estate agent safety is a top priority for every real estate broker owner and should be for every agent in the business.For this reason expect your request to be met with a "Please meet me at my office." (or some other public location.More importantly, expect the response to be met with questions.A prospective buyer should expect to receive a response that includes questions on ability to buy (mortgage qualification), time frame, familiarity with the home purchase process, if working with another agent plus a few more.If a phone number has been provided senders may receive an initial phone call although many (generation Y/Z/millennials) prefer to do business by email and text rather than telephone.My typical response will be an initial email unless the sender has provided the phone number (interpreted as "call me, please"). Regardless of the form my response takes it will always include a question about the preferred manner/times of communication.So why so many questions? To determine expectations and deliver the results clients seek.Related Read: Safety Practices When Buying or Selling a Home Ready to buy a home in Melbourne, Florida? Call me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.
While the condo and townhouse market in Brevard County, Florida has shown further signs of recovery it lacks the intensity of the single family home sales in June 2015.For information on buying a condo in Brevard County, Florida (Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach), give me a call at 321-693-3850 or send me an email.
The current Florida housing market is hot. In Brevard County, Florida the median days on the market for single family homes is currently about 30 days. That means many sellers are often receiving multiple offers. Multiple offer situations will sometimes cause buyers to try additional tactics.One of the tactics some buyers will use is the personal letter to the seller. These letters, although not common practice, are sometimes written by buyers explaining why they want to buy the home.Some buyers may even include pictures of the kids or even remembrances of a similar house in times gone by or whatever. The point of the letter is to attempt to gain some additional leverage.But will they work? I don't know but, if a buyer is willing to pen the letter, why not try if they really want a specific property?Some sellers may be so emotionally attached to their home that they may be more receptive knowing it is being lived in by a buyer who wants it so badly.Key Point: A letter from a prospective buyer, while maybe an attempt at the seller's heartstrings, will not make up for a poorly prepared, poorly reasoned offer.If a prospective buyer is going to include a personal appeal with their offer it is still critical to make sure the offer is: Competitive. After all, it is almost always about price. Read "Your Offer is more than price."Supported. Support refers to either a mortgage pre-approval letter or proof of funds letter being available. Sellers must have faith a buyer has the ability to close before accepting any offer. Clean. By clean I am referring to including the fewest contingencies possible. Here in Florida, property inspection and financing/appraisal contingencies are usually expected. Timely. The usual time frame for closings in Florida with a mortgage is about 45 days. Some lenders may be able to pull it off in 30 days. Cash offers can be closed in days or weeks. So, will a letter to the seller help a buyer get their offer accepted? Perhaps, if all the above components of a well written competitive offer accompanies the letter.Considering buying a home in Viera or Melbourne, Florida? Call me at 321-693-3850 if I can help.
The gated condo community of The Ventura at Turtle Creek located in Rockledge, Florida provides excellent amenities, very attractive prices and a resort lifestyle in a central Florida location close to everything (Orlando International Airport only 40 miles away). The Ventura at Turtle Creek is located next to Turtle Creek Golf Course and is near excellent schools, shopping and more. This gated condo complex will appeal to anyone looking for a primary, secondary or investment condominium in Florida. Condo association fees are approximately $360 per month and covers exterior maintenance, insurance, water/sewer, club house/pool and amenities as well as the gated entry. Currently there are only two units on the market in Ventura at Turtle Creek. One is a foreclosure (not finance-able due to its condition ) which is listed at $93,900. The other unit is a 3/2 with a garage listed at $168,500. There have been seven units sold in Ventura at Turtle Creek over the past 6 months. The last three sales (since June 2015) included:1576 Peregrine #309 - a Santa Anna floor plan with 1,447 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bath sold for $127,000.1576 Peregrine #101 - a Sonoma floor plan with 1,247 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bath sold for $116,000.1576 Peregrine #107 - a Napa floor plan with 1,112 sq ft under air, 2 bedrooms/2 baths sold for $121,000.Two other floor plans which were built in Ventura at Turtle Creek (although none are currently listed) include Santa Rosa, 1,412 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bathSanta Cruz, 1,391 sq ft under air, 3 bedrooms/2 bathIf you are looking for a gated condo community near Viera in central Brevard County, check out Ventura at Turtle Creek.Call me at 321-693-3850 or email me if I can help you with a home purchase or sale in Viera and Rockledge, Florida.
I recently posted an article about buying the imperfect home. The discussion focused on buyers coming to a decision about what they are looking for in a home purchase.To help buyers decide what they want in a home I suggest this break down.Decide first on the "Must haves." These include things like location, space requirements (inside and outside), age and type of construction, school district and the like. Next consider the "Can't haves." Just like you must have certain things, there are things you just do not want. Know what these are from the start and share with your Realtor® early to avoid wasting your time.Lastly are all those "Nice to have items." While not necessary identify those extras so your Realtor® can include them in the search. Your Realtor® is the market expert and may just know where to find these as well!So what decision must be made in order to find the "perfect" home? When budget and reality meet the hardest choice buyers must make is deciding what one can live without. This is the point where the "must have" list is scrubbed to reveal the real must have characteristics.Yes, nothing is ever perfect but imperfect can work pretty well.Ready to buy a home in Melbourne, Florida? Call me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email if I can help in any way.
Brevard County, Florida First Time Home Buyer Programs exist in July 2015 - if you know where to look. As a Brevard County, Florida real estate agent I can refer you to some mortgage lenders who can help you put your home buying goals in motion.If you are a first time buyer there is at least one program I am aware of at this time. In a nutshell it offers up to $15,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance to first time buyers in Brevard County, Florida.Of course, a buyer must qualify for a mortgage based on credit history/credit score, employment history and have a little money to contribute to the process.If you are a first time home buyer and would like to speak with a lender, just send me an email. I will gladly provide you with a few lenders in the Brevard County, Florida area to help you.Read These Articles About The Home Buying ProcessQuestions Your Real Estate Agent May AskHome Buyer Tips: Frequent Buyer Questions Difference Between Mortgage Pre-Qualification and Mortgage Pre-ApprovalLook Beyond The Mortgage Pre-ApprovalWhat is Earnest Money?Why Do I need My Own Real Estate Agent?And when you are ready to buy your Brevard County, Florida home, I would welcome a chance to help you.
Changing Your Hard Drive...How Difficult Could That Be? Selling Your Home...How Difficult Could That Be?17 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000
Changing a hard drive? How difficult could it be?I got a warning message a few days ago that my hard drive on my office desktop was eventually going to fail ( a S.M.A.R.T. error message). After researching it a bit I found that I should be pro-active and order a new drive.The Internet is a great thing. I found the drive I needed and checked with the computer maker (Dell). Their price was high so I shopped around and ordered one from Best Buy.Again I say the Internet is a great thing. I searched for information about how to change a hard drive. There were lots of articles from which to choose. The advice was abundantAnd it all really seemed so easy.In the end I did change out the drive and clone my failing drive. It took me about eight hours (seven to learn and about an hour to accomplish the task).Was it really worth eight hours of my time? Would I have been better off if I had paid someone to do it for me?This experience reminded me of some of the home sellers I met over the years who chose to go the for sale by owner (FSBO) route.The Internet is a great thing. They picked up all they needed to know from the Internet. Some may have accomplished their goal. And it all really seemed so easy.But was it worth it?Was their time really well spent? Did their net results gain them more than if they had called on a professional.Sometimes "because you can" may not be the best choice.Considering selling your Viera, Florida home as a for sale by owner? Call me for an analysis and advice. It is free - even if you choose to go it alone! Image courtesy of Sorapop at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
When a home owner calls a real estate agent to sell their home they will likely be on the receiving end of a lot of questions. One of the questions most important questions a prospective seller will be asked is their mortgage status.What are some of the mortgage specific questions a seller may be asked by a prospective listing agent? But it is very important to know some basic information about a prospective seller's mortgage such as:Is there a mortgage?Is there more than one mortgage (a second/home equity line)? Is your mortgage current?If not, how far are you behind with your payments? Have you received a lis pendens (notice of pending action like foreclosure)? [Notice: I am not an attorney.] Who is your lender?What is your mortgage balance? Are there other liens on your property? The real estate agent a seller hires to market their home must get a general picture of the type of sale/seller's circumstances. The loan balance will help your agent prepare a projected net proceeds estimate based on your home's probable selling price. These mortgage questions, along with a few others during the pre-listing interview, will help your agent understand whether there is a "need to sell" or just a "want to sell." If there is a required break even number a seller must receive then your agent needs to be able to determine if there is even a possibility of making it in the current market.So when I ask you about your mortgage (and related questions) it is not to be intrusive but to better formulate a plan of action.Ready to sell your Viera or Melbourne, Florida home?
The real estate agent you choose to sell your Melbourne, Florida home will likely make a lot of recommendations. Recommendations vary greatly based on the specific property and seller circumstances. Suggestions may run the entire spectrum from type of sale, listing price/strategies, preparing for the market to whether to have a pre-listing inspection performed.Sellers should evaluate these recommendations and can choose to act on the recommendations or ignore them.Sellers hire me because of my expertise in Melbourne, Florida real estate. Still, I have previously had some sellers choose to ignore my recommendations..... until. Until the issue shows up on a property inspection report and the buyer either walks or requests repairs. Until the issue shows up on an appraisal or four point inspection.Until showings disappear and no offers arrive.Sometimes sellers are deaf to their real estate agent but hear quite clearly when the appraiser, inspector or buyer speaks.As a seller, consider the recommendations of your real estate agent from the beginning rather than waiting to hear it from someone else. By that time it may have already cost more than the initial expense had an issue been addressed early.Again I ask, who are you going to listen to? Ready to sell your Melbourne, Florida home? Call me at 321-693-3850 or send me an email. I will provide you a market analysis and recommendations. You can chose to accept my recommendations or ignore them. What do you have to lose...they are free!
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