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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Should You Hire a Local Realtor When Buying a Home?

When you buy a home, it’s incredibly important to work with a local Realtor. Local agents, like me, know the area best.

When you buy a home, it’s incredibly important that you hire a local Realtor who has boots on the ground.


Recently, a list came out with the top 10 zip codes in Philadelphia.Properties are really moving in these 10 zip codes, and I’ve lived in seven of them. I have the inside track on what’s happening in those areas.

For example, we recently had some clients who were from out of town. They came to Philadelphia, looked at a property, and asked, “Why has this home been on the market for 53 days? The price is great and it has everything we want—why is it still on the market?”

Since I know the area, I was able to answer them. This particular home is across the street from a supermarket, and the supermarket’s loading dock faces the house.

That means from 3 to 5 a.m., truckers come in to unload their products. If these buyers worked with an agent who didn’t know the area, they would have wound up with a rude, early wake-up call.

Before you hire an agent, make sure that you interview two to three Realtors. Make sure that they know the area. I go to a lot of zoning and community civic association meetings because they tell me what’s coming down the line. I also go to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meetings to get an idea of what’s happening in the next two to five years.

So, hiring a local Realtor with boots on the ground is always your best bet when buying your home. That’s not necessarily the case for sellers, but that’s another video.

In the meantime, if you have any real estate questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tips for Pet Owners Who Want to Sell Their Home

If you have a pet and you're looking to sell your home, I’ve got some helpful advice.

Two out of three of us have a pet, and 61% of pet owners say they have trouble finding a home that is a good match for their pet.

In fact, a recent survey noted that 31% of animal owners don't put in an offer because a home would not suit their pet.

This means that if your home is a good match for a pet, it will be attractive to animal owners.

On the other hand, 67% of Realtors also estimate that having a pet in your home can make it harder for you to sell.

So what should you do? There are three things I typically recommend:

Number one, repair any damage

From the floors, to the walls, to the doors, and the yard — these are areas that pets love to chew on, scratch at, and dig up. Repairing this damage is an investment that will pay for itself many times over in terms of a higher sale price.

Pet owners are less sensitive to odors in their home than prospective buyers are.

Secondly, get a professional to remove pet odors

Pet owners are less sensitive to odors in their home than prospective buyers are. That's why you should hire a professional cleaning crew to clean carpets, rugs, or upholstery that has absorbed pet smells. Once you're done, ask a friend or your Realtor to sniff around to make sure the job is really complete.

Number three, take your pet out of your home during showings

Some people are afraid of animals. Others might be allergic. Regardless of the time, money, and effort you've put in to clean and repair your home, some buyers will be prejudiced by simply knowing that a pet currently lives there.

By following these simple guidelines, you will be able to sell your home for the highest price possible, whether the buyer is a pet owner or not. 

If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your home for a sale, give me a call or send me an email today.

Monday, May 1, 2017

How Do You Know If a House or a Condo Will Be the Right Fit?

How do you decide whether a house or condo is a better fit for you? Here's how I help clients make the decision.

When you're looking to buy a home, how do you decide which choice is best between a house and a condo?

It's a big decision, so we want to start with a list of pros and cons of both homes and condos. Each unit is different, but they generally share a few pros and cons.

For instance, one of the pros of a condo is that you usually get to live in the center of town. You usually get security, parking, and maintenance as well. The downside is that those conveniences need to be paid in a monthly fee. The condominium association will come with rules and regulations as well. It might dictate things like who can stay there and where they can park and what kind of decorations you can put on your windows or door. These things are all decided by the community.

Condos have many conveniences, but they come at a price.

This can be bothersome to some people, but many others simply don't care.

On the house side, you'll probably have to live further out from the center of town. However, the big pro is that you have no restrictions. You can do whatever you want to your home and you aren't restricted by limits on pets or how many people can live there. You're also responsible for the home's maintenance like lawn care and roof care, as well as replacing things like old windows and doors.

The good thing about going through a list like this is that it answers the question for most buyers of whether they want to go with a home or a condo. If you'd like to have a more in-depth conversation about your specific situation and whether a condo or house makes more sense for you, don't hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I'm always happy to help!