Everybody likes to think that they know all there is to know about purchasing a new home. They know what to look for because their aunts fathers sisters brother used to know a Realtor in the 1960's that built a house one time. The truth of the matter is that it always pays to allow the experts help you in purchasing. When you are ready to make an offer, be sure to ask your agent about these three things...
1. Complete Home Inspection- Unless the home is a brand new construction, make sure that you request a complete home inspection from a licensed and trusted home inspector in your area. This may cost between $100-$400, but could prevent future issues and help with negotiating price.
2. Termite And Pest Inspection- Depending on the location of the home, there will almost always be some kind of insects somewhere around the home, especially in Southeast Kentucky, but sometimes there could be underlying issues. Because you can not see termite damage by just walking through the home, it pays to have a termite inspector to actually look in the crawl space and throughout the home you are about to purchase.
3. Possible Re-sale- Every home does not have the same re-sale value, and nobody can give you a definite answer about what it could sell for in 1,3 or 20 years. You can always ask your agent their opinion, and look at other houses in the same neighborhood to see if they are comparable to yours, and if they raise or lower the value of homes around them.
When selling your home, be sure to ask your realtor what his or her marketing plan is.
It is vitally important that the person that you have trusted to take care of your most valuable assett has a plan to maximize the exposure of your property. There are many mediums that an agent worth their salt could use, and help you increase the potential of a buyer that is both ready and able to make a home purchase. The days of listing and waiting is over. It was an acceptable practice in days gone by for an agent to simply place a newly listed home on an Multiple Listing Service and then wait for a call, but with so many avenues and technologies today that the agent has access to, it only makes sense to use each tool they can to serve a customers needs.
As a licensed Realtor myself, I work tirelessly to stay up to date with the latest trends, technologies and real etate tools so that I can market your property more efficiantly, placing it in front of as many people as possible, exponentially multiplying the chances of a qualified buyer looking at your listing. Real Estate, like any other business depends on marketing, and market engagement. So when the time comes to sell your home, farm, business or other real estate, be sure to choose an agent and firm that values marketing and publicity, because the market is picking up and doing better, but only for those, who will work hard and be intentional!