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C. For SalebyOwner.com Founder Uses Agent to Sell Home by Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The founder of a popular for-sale by owner Web site used a real estate broker to help sell his 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom New York apartment after it lingered on the market for six months. Colby Sambrotto, the founder and former chief operating officer of ForSalebyOwner.com, tried to sell the property himself by listing it online and through classified ads, but after six months of it sitting on the market, he sought the help of a real estate broker. Broker Jesse Buckler told Sambrotto the condo was priced too low and wasn’t attracting the right buyer for the condo.
"At first he wouldn't let me increase the price," Buckler said. "I told him I know what I am doing—the market is picking up."
The condo soon attracted multiple offers and ended up closing recently for $150,000 more than the original asking price.
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C. For Sellers & Buyers:
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
Little things can make a big difference in how much you ultimately sell a property for, according to a group of New York brokers who say just a few small, smart improvements to a home can increase the sales price by 5 to 10 percent.
They’ve calculated it down to a science. In a recent New York Times article, “To Sell an Apartment, No Detail Is Too Small,” brokers in New York City share how seemingly small defects in a home can drastically affect the home’s final sales price and how just a few small staging upgrades–like throw pillows–can actually increase the value.
Here are some examples of what these New York brokers have found that can impact a sales price. (Keep in mind these are based on New York rents so the prices reflected below may be higher than many other markets.)
WHAT CAN DECREASE A PROPERTY’S VALUE
WHAT CAN INCREASE A PROPERTY’S VALUE
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** 10 Reasons to Buy a Home
Time magazine is being overly pessimistic in its recent cover piece that called into question the benefits of homeownership. In fact, now is a great time to buy. And, what's more, tomorrow will be a great time to own, because the fundamental strength of homeownership hasn't changed.
Why is now a great time to buy? Here are 10 reasons:
1. You can get a good deal. Prices are down 30 percent on average. They're at a level that makes sense for people's income.
2. Mortgages are cheap. At 4.3 percent on average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, your costs to own are down by a fifth from two years ago.
3. You can save on taxes. When you add up the deductions for mortgage interest and others, the cost of owning can drop below renting for a comparable place.
4. It'll be yours. The one benefit to owning that never changes is that you can paint your walls orange if you want (generally speaking; there might be some community restrictions). How many landlords will let you do that?
5. You can get a better home. In some markets, it's simply the case that the nicest places are for-sale homes and condos.
6. It offers some inflation protection. Historically, appreciation over time outpaces inflation.
7. It's risk capital. If the economy picks up, you stand to benefit from that, even if you're goal is just to have a nice place to live.
8. It's forced savings. A part of your payment each month goes to equity.
9. There is a lot to choose from. There are some 4 million homes available today, about a year's supply. Now's the time to find something you like and get it.
10. Sooner or later the market will clear. The U.S. is expected to grow by another 100 million people in 40 years. They have to live somewhere. Demand will eventually outpace supply.
Source: Wall Street Journal, Brett Arends (9/16/10)
**.4 Tips for Setting the Right Sales Price
Sellers think their homes are worth more than their real estate professional recommends, and buyers think these same homes are worth less.
It’s a difficult disconnect that makes selling properties a challenge. Successfully marketing a home requires that the price be set carefully -- or it will languish on the market. Among the considerations:
Source: The Washington Post, Associated Press (09/18/2010)
There are many reasons to buy as we all know. but there are 4 Reasons to Sell Now too:
Selling a property in this tough market can seem like a challenge. Here are four factors that actually make this a good time to post a For-Sale sign.
Source: McClatchy Tribune, Kate Forgach (02/07/2010)
One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale) Page 7 D:
(1) Buyer accepts the property in its present condition.
(2) Buyer accepts the property in its present condition provided Seller, at Seller's expense, shall complete the following speccific repairs and treatments:____________
The 2nd option can only be used if there are known specific repair items at the time the contract is written. This does not prevent the buyer from requesting repairs later on during the option period on an amendment to the contract. Below is an article from TAR discussing this: Clarification of new Paragraph 7D in One To Four Family Residential Contract
TREC Broker-Lawyer Committee member Dawn Moore, an attorney with Allegiance Title Company, offers this explanation of the new language in Paragraph 7D of the One To Four Family Residential Contract (Resale) (TAR 1601, TREC 20-8), which became mandatory Sept. 1:
To prevent a potentially fatal contract-drafting error, TREC approved a change to Paragraph 7D of the One To Four Family Residential Contract (Resale). Paragraph 7D establishes the agreement between seller and buyer as to one of the material terms of the contract: acceptance of property condition.
In order to bind the seller to the buyer, the buyer must make a firm offer complete with all material terms to which the seller can agree. If the buyer has no repairs in mind when making the original offer, the buyer checks Paragraph 7D(1). If the buyer knows of a specific item that needs repairing (either because it's visible, shows up on the seller’s disclosure, or is otherwise disclosed to the buyer prior to inspections), the buyer checks Paragraph 7D(2) and inserts the specific repair. During the option period, the buyer may submit an amendment to either provision. If the seller does not accept the buyer’s amendment, the buyer may terminate the contract.
Note: Paragraph 7D(2) calls for specific repairs. If the agent fills in anything other than a specific repair, TREC sees it as the agent practicing law without a license. This contract is an “as is” contract with an option.