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Money is No Longer a Hindrance!
By Peta-Gay
January 1, 2017
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2017 IS BRINGING IN DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS!
 
DC Government is offering up to $84,000, Prince George's County up to $10,000 and Virginia up to 2.5% of the sale price in assistance.
 
These funds can be used for new construction, re-sales (existing homes) and short sales, even foreclosures. If you are interested in purchasing a home I, Peta-Gay Lewis, am available to assist you with the process. I can be reached at 202 683-0158 or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com.
 
LET'S WIN TOGETHER!
 
Understanding Real Estate Contracts and What You Can Expect to Find
By Peta-Gay
January 3, 2017

 

There are a lot of things that go into the successful sale of your home, but many people are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the contract. Whether you consult with your real estate agent or plan on diving in on your own, it's important to be clear on the terms. If you're wondering what you can expect when it comes to the contract, here are some pointers on what to watch out for.

Real Estate Jargon

A real estate contract would not be complete without the professional terminology, so you'll see words like amortization, price-to-income ratio and title that may impact the meaning of your contract. Instead of going it blind, search the Internet for terms or consult with your real estate agent to provide a clear explanation.

Specifics On The Sale

Information regarding the specifics of your property will be present in the contract, and it's important to check this information before signing on the dotted line. While the address and location of your home are important, it's also critical to verify the purchase price that has been decided upon, the closing date on the property and any other items that have been negotiated and agreed upon.

Be Aware Of Withdrawal Terms

It can be easy to be taken away by excitement once you've received the perfect offer on your home, but it's important not to lose sight of everything that's required before the sale has been finalized. One of the most important parts of the contract is the withdrawal terms that are laid out, so be certain you're aware of what your rights are if you or the homebuyer decides to withdraw from the process.

Watch For Seller's Responsibilities

If you, as a seller, do not remain committed to the terms of the contract this can be a deal breaker, so ensure that you've familiarized yourself with exactly what's required of you. This may include everything from the maintenance on the property to offer negotiations, so it's important to comply with these terms.

Dealing with a real estate contract can be confusing for the layman, so it's worth your while to have a trusted real estate agent around who will be able to explain it. From withdrawal terms to seller responsibilities, there are plenty of things you should be aware of before sealing the deal. If you're currently embarking on selling your home, you may want to contact one of our trusted real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8096 Edwin Raynor Blvd Suite C Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

Six Key Reasons You Will Want to Work With a Real Estate Agent When Pricing Your Home
By Peta-Gay
January 5, 2017

Whether you know a little bit about the market or you've sold a home before, you may be considering pricing your own home to avoid the assistance of a real estate agent. However, there are a number of benefits associated with consulting an agent when selling your home. Before making a final decision, consider the following tips.

They Know The Neighborhood

It's great if you have familiarity with market prices, but knowing a neighborhood is key when it comes to determining price. The right agent will be able to help you arrive at a price that is good for your home and practical for the area you're selling in.

Is The Market Hot?

The price may be right, but if the market has cooled off, you may have to make a compromise in order to sell it. Instead of trying to arrive at this on your own, an agent will be able to provide insights into the best strategy.

They've Sold In The Area

A local agent may have sold properties in your area recently and may be well aware of the price potential. With this added expertise, they can walk the line between your ideal price and what you can get.

Preparing A Plan B

An agent may agree to go with a higher selling pricing if you're committed to it, but they will also help you make another plan if the price doesn't work out. It's disappointing to not get what you're asking for, but it's better to have a plan just in case.

Saving On Stress

It's one thing to decide on the price of your home, but it's quite another to deal with all the stress if it lingers on the market without an offer. If an agent assists you in determining your price, they'll also be there to shoulder some of the stress.

When It Comes To Negotiating

The negotiation following a home offer is make-or-break for selling your home, so having an agent is a great benefit. While they won't be able to make the decision for you, they can serve as a helpful guide in determining an appropriate counter offer.

Many homeowners want to embark on selling their home on their own, but a real estate agent can be very helpful in determining a purchase price and assisting with the negotiations. If you're currently getting prepared to sell your home, you may want to contact one of our trusted real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8096 Edwin Raynor Blvd Suite C Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

5 Major Red Flags to Watch for When You Are Touring an Open House
By Peta-Gay
January 6, 2017

An open house is one of the best opportunities a potential homeowner will have to take stock of a home and determine if it will work for them. However, it can also be a good opportunity to discover some glaring red flags that might make it a less worthwhile investment. If you're currently perusing the open houses in your neighborhood, here's some things you should make sure to watch out for.

A Selling Hot-Spot

It's well and good if you love the home you visit, but 'location, location, location' is a popular phrase for a reason. If you've noticed a lot of homes for sale in the area, this could be a sign of a rising crime rate or other neighborhood issues that are less than pleasing.

An Odd Smell

Baked goods or room spray are quite common when it comes to an open house, but it's possible that they're masking a less-than pleasant odor. Since this can point to a hard home fix-up, it's worth checking out the closets or the basement where a strange smell can indicate mildew or mold.

A Bad Paint Job

Paint that's peeling may mean that a few fresh coats are long overdue, but it can also indicate moisture issues in the home that have gone untreated. As this kind of repair can cost a pretty penny, it's worth determining if there are sealing issues with windows or doors.

A Few Obvious Fix-Ups

A sticky door or a damaged wall may not seem so bad on their own, but if you notice a few things that need to be fixed around the home, it can be a sign that there's more afoot. If a homeowner has cared for the property during their ownership, it will likely show in small details like this. 

Incomplete Construction

It may seem like a good sign to see a house that's undergoing a renovation, but it can actually be a risk to invest in a home that's not complete. Instead of leaving this to chance, you may want to check with the construction contractor to determine the scope of the work and when it will be finished.

An open house may be a good time to decide if you're interested in a home, but it can also be the perfect opportunity to search for deficiencies that may end up costing you. If you're currently on the market for a new home, you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals for more information.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8096 Edwin Raynor Blvd Suite C Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com

Fixed-rate vs. Adjustable-rate Mortgages: The Pros and Cons of Each
By Peta-Gay
January 16, 2017

Whether or not you're new to the housing market, you've likely heard about low interest rates and are wondering what kind of impact these can have on your mortgage. Both fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages have their benefits and drawbacks, but what will work for you depends on your financial health and knowledge of the real estate market. If you're currently comparing the pros and the cons of each, here are some pointers on how they can impact your home purchase.

The Security Of A Known Rate

With the relatively low interest rates of the last few years, many people can be enraptured with the idea of a variable rate mortgage that may save them money. However, while a variable rate mortgage can certainly provide a benefit if low interest rates remain in place, a fixed rate can provide the homebuyer with the economic security of knowing exactly what their rate is for the entire length of their loan period.

A Lower Mortgage Cost

It goes without saying that there's a strong benefit in knowing exactly what your mortgage payment will be each month. However, while a fixed-rate mortgage can offer this assurance, an adjustable-rate can actually end up costing you a lot less in the long term. Since mortgage rates will fluctuate over the term of your loan and a lower interest rate means a lowered monthly payment, this can result in a more economical price tag when it comes to your biggest investment.

How Market Savvy Are You?

Many homebuyers feel confident enough in timing the market and getting a good price that they aren't as concerned with the choice between an adjustable and fixed-rates. However, if you're not savvy when it comes to the real estate, deciding on a variable rate can make a monthly payment difficult if you're already pushing your financial capabilities. Instead of making a rash decision, ensure you're aware of your flexibility before deciding which rate option to choose.

There are a variety of benefits on both sides of the equation, whether you choose a fixed-rate or an adjustable-rate mortgage. However, what works best for you can depend entirely on your economic situation and your loan period so it's important to consider all the variables before making a decision. If you're currently on the market for a home you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals to aide in your search.

About the Blogger - Peta-Gay Lewis, ABR®, MRP®, PSA® is Founder & Principal of Property Locators, LLC™. She is a licensed Property Manager & REALTOR in DC, MD, and VA with Douglas Realty, LLC (8096 Edwin Raynor Blvd Suite C Pasadena, MD 21122). Her contact information is 202 683-0158 (c), 410 255-3690 (o) or agent@propertylocatorsllc.com