Tuesday, November 13, 2012

     Whether you’re a first-time buyer, selling your current home or relocating to a different part of the country, the support of a qualified, knowledgeable real estate agent can alleviate many of your concerns and ensure a smooth transaction.   A professional agent can market your present residence, help you locate the home of your dreams and assist in making your transfer to an unfamiliar area easier.
     To find a trained sales associate or broker, you may need to look no further than your own neighborhood or home town.  If a well-established brokerage is involved in many listings and sale, this is a god sign.  Speak with some of the agent’s past customers about the quality and integrity of service and performance.  Successful real estate agents rely heavily on customer referrals and will therefore strive to provide the very best in customer service and satisfaction.
     Set up appointments to “interview” agents and brokers much like an employer world interview a prospective employee.  Inquire about their training, marketing programs and specific service policies.  Also determine how many years of experience they have, the number of listings they have had, and the number of homes they have sold within the past few years.  More importantly, find out how well they know the area.  Ask for references, and check them out.
     Your goal is to determine just how knowledgeable the agents are.  Question them on financing, closing costs and/or local market conditions, depending on whether you’re a prospective home buyer or seller, to determine their expertise.  If they know their stuff, they should be able to answer your questions effortlessly.
     If you’re selling your home, learn what they will do if you decide to list with them.  How do they plan to market your home?  Will they provide you with a market analysis to help you determine the most effective listing price for your property?  Will they supply regular progress reports and assist with negotiations once you’ve received offers?
     If you are relocating to a different part of the country, is your agent connected with a national relocation service that will not only expose your present property to incoming transferees, but assist with your search for a new house?
     Ask for a written guarantee that everything promised will be delivered.  The CENTURY 21® organization, for example, backs its listings with the CENTURY 21 Seller Service PledgeÔ.  This 11-point written commitment covers everything from furnishing the seller with a marketing plan to monitoring pre-settlement activities throughout the closing process.  It also gives the seller the right to terminate the listing if the pledge is not fulfilled.
          A qualified real estate agent should be able to answer all your questions and provide you with qualify service that is courteous and responsible.  Finding the right person may take time and patience, buy when purchasing or selling a home, the selection of a dependable agent should be tops on your list.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Private Country Setting

Quiet, peaceful 2 acres with 2 stall barn and paddock, new fence & new roof.  Three bedrooms, master suite with private bathroom. Fresh interior paint & updated kitchen cabinets. Large screened porch off kitchen & dining area.


Contact me for your private showing
Lisa Cushman
C21 Results Realty Services

For more information on this home Visit website at~  www.7870nicholsonrd.besthomearound.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

                                       Welcome Home!

Beautiful Craftsman style home for sale in Suwanee, GA
5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, full basement, private fenced back yard! 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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The Secret to Home Buying in 2012

The truth is that there really isn't a secret to home buying in 2012 or any other year, but there are five tips I recommend you read before taking the plunge, especially in this new world of post bubbles and bailouts.

The Internet is your best friend, seriously. Your next best friend is your Realtor.

The 2012 market remains in favor of the buyer. Inventory is high, prices and interest rates are low. Maximize your time and gas money by using websites that synch with your local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and be sure to hire and consult with a real estate agent when making a home purchase. It costs nothing for buyers to hire representation, because the seller pays the bill.

Get your financial house in order, first.

Today, lenders have strict qualifying guidelines for buyers, and it's important you know what those are, before you fall in a love with a house you can't get an approval for. Talk to a mortgage broker about current requirements for a loan and then get a list of fees associated with the home buying process. Weight those against what you have in the bank. If you have money in the bank and great credit, buying a house won't be a problem. If not, you might be waiting until 2013, or later.

Scope out foreclosures, but do it responsibly.

Foreclosure are (and probably always will be) remarkable deals. However, deal or not, foreclosures are rarely in tiptop shape. When visiting a winterized foreclosure (when the heat and water are switched off) make sure to get those services turned on and make sure those services are in working order before committing to a purchase. Foreclosures do not require banks to disclose material defects, meaning that the buyer should approach (and buy) with extreme caution.

Don't forget about short sales.

If the prospect of a foreclosure lemon makes you a little nervous, consider a short sale as an alternative. While short sales are anything but short when it comes to wait time, closing and nearly everything else, they make up for it in price. In 2012, short sales will continue to be a steal for all buyers who have a salubrious helping of staying power.

Don't skimp on the home inspection.

No matter if it's a foreclosure, short sale or your garden-variety real estate transaction, never forgo an independent inspection. The $300 to $400 you invest in getting one -- even when you are buying brand new homes-- saves you money now and more money later on.

The home buying game hasn't changed too much from prior years. There is now world ending difference in 2012, any more than there was in 2011. However, the rules of home buying are getting tighter and more complex by the day, meaning that waiting too much longer to take the plunge into home ownership might not be the brightest move. Buy now, but buy responsibly.