Sign Up Free! For Home Tracker

The link on the left side bar “Home Tracker” will take you to a page to sign up for your free Home Tracker account. It’s a good tool for anyone that owns property locally and resides in a different area. Or for anyone that wants to track the value of their property.

What does Home Tracker do:

  • Monitors the value of your property and sends you e-mail updates whenever the value changes
  • Help you estimate how much actual or planned improvements add to the value of your home
  • Sends community information
  • Scheduled e-mail reminders for regular or periodic home maintenance
  • Access to homeowner concierge contractor services & more.

 

Crime Map

I read a story in the local paper about a new web site at www.raidsonline.com where you can search for crimes in your neighborhood. The site also has a means for you to give tips anonymously. So far I’ve noticed that Goodyear and Avondale are mentioned on the site. I think that anyone doing their DD on buying a house would be interested in it. So check it out at www.raidsonline.com or just click the crime map screen shot image shown below.

raidsonline Crime Map

Selling Your Home (getting ready)

Selling your home can be both a rewarding and demanding experience. As a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Realtor, I am committed to helping you through the challenging parts so that you can enjoy the rewards of selling your home for as much as possible and as soon as possible.

Here’s a list of suggestions to help you get started:

Affiliate with an Independent Sales Associate (Andy Bennett), if you’re not in the Phoenix West Valley call me for a referral to a Coldwell Banker professional in your area. I can be reached at 623 344-1003 x3071   card1 300x168 Selling Your Home (getting ready)Start planning early You may have personal possessions that you no longer need or want. Now’s the time to reduce clutter. Hold a yard sale, donate your stuff to charity, give it away or just throw it out.

Start packing early Start boxing up any items that you want to keep, but won’t be using before moving day.

Identify your home’s flaws or problems Sellers are obligated to disclose any major problems or flaws in the home, including things like mold, termites, asbestos, or a new highway to be built nearby. If you fail to mention things like a leaky roof, you could be liable and could possibly be sued. There’s no upside in trying to hide problems anyway since most buyers will have the home inspected before closing.

Get the house in “showcase” condition Small cosmetic touches can increase your home’s value. See the Improvement Section below.

Decide what goes and what stays Before you start showing your home, you need to decide what will be included in the sale. If you want to take your washer and dryer with you, state that in your marketing flyers or online listings.

Look for a new home Homesellers are generally advised not to begin the search for a new home until they’re reasonable confident that their own home will close. Even then, it’s always possible that the sale could fall through. If that happened, you could be faced with the prospect of owning two homes.

Trying to perfectly time the sale of your existing home and the purchase of your new home can be stressful. However, if you have to move quickly, or if you don’t want to lose the opportunity to purchase your dream home, you can choose to buy and sell simultaneously. Just make sure to listen to the advice of your Sales Associate and request his help in making it all happen.

Suggested Exterior Improvements Painting: Touch up your house’s exterior paint before you put it on the market. Paint and/or clean the front door.

Lawn: Keep your lawn freshly mowed and neatly trimmed. Clear debris from the lawn and the border of your home.

Sidewalks: Sweep your sidewalks daily.

Shrubbery: Remove or replace any dead or dying trees, hedges, or shrubs; prune anything that looks unsightly or overgrown.

Flowers: Filling flowerbeds with seasonal flowers is an inexpensive way to add color and charm to your property. Consider placing a flower pot by your front door.

Repairs: Be sure that all gutters and downspouts are in place and clean. Replace missing roof shingles and broken or cracked windows.

Suggested Interior Improvements

Clean, scrub, and polish: Keep your stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and other appliances spotlessly clean inside and out.

Clean and spot-treat all carpeting. Polish wood floors and vinyl flooring. Clean walls, doors, and woodwork.

Eliminate odors: Buyers will notice strong smells as soon as they walk through your front door. Eliminate smoke, mildew, and pet odors.

Fix drippy faucets and running toilets: If any of your sinks or bathtubs drain slowly, unclog them.

Keep clutter off kitchen counters and remove dirty dishes from the sink. Remove clutter from all closets.

Make cosmetic improvements: Painting isn’t expensive if you do it yourself, but be careful when selecting interior colors. Avoid cherry red, canary yellow, emerald green, and other bold colors with strong visual impact.

Make sure hinges and knobs are tightened and doors close properly.

Suggested Staging Tips Here are some staging tips that you can use to increase your house’s emotional appeal.

Kitchen: Aromas from fragrant goodies like freshly baked gingerbread or just-brewed coffee bring back wonderful memories of home.

Bathrooms: Always have fresh towels in bathrooms. Buy new shower curtains; old ones are usually spotted with mildew. Put new soap in the soap dishes.

Clear everything off your refrigerator: Most folks use magnets or tape to stick everything from vacation snapshots and finger-painting masterpieces. Clear everything off.

Comfort: Keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A house that’s too hot or too cold isn’t inviting.

Flowers: Vases of colorful, fresh flowers spotted throughout the house make a wonderful impression on prospective buyers.

A light spray of Febreze or other air freshener can add a fresh clean scent.

Disclosures to make when selling a home

There are several features that homeowners display to potential buyers when selling a home. However, sellers may not be aware that there are other characteristics they must inform buyers of before they can complete the transactions. Most owners may be hesitant to point out past problems with their home for fear that it may derail the sale. However, failing to make certain disclosures can lead to delayed or canceled sales, or legal problems.

So before completing a sale, make sure that buyers are aware of any previous factors that have impacted the home’s value.

Repairs

It’s important that sellers notify buyers of any repairs or updates the home underwent since they purchased it, according to MSN Money. Some sellers may assume that it’s unnecessary to disclosure repairs completed in the past that were resolved, but even corrected problems should be mentioned in the event that new homeowners experience similar issues. Repairs that should be mentioned include foundation issues, electrical, sewage, plumbing and roof problems and any repairs disclosed by the previous owners of the home, the news source explains.

Although it’s not mandatory, sellers may also want to provide the contact information of the service that made the repairs in case the issue occurs again.

Health hazards

Any problems that may lead to health issues should also be expressly mentioned to buyers before the transaction is complete. First and foremost, problems that could lead to water damage or mold should take priority. This includes leaky roofs, flooded basements and other water problems that could result in hazardous mold and mildew. Sellers who live in homes built before 1978 should also notify buyers if lead paint was used in the home, MSN Real Estate reports. Many sellers who purchase older homes tend to paint over lead paint or have a specialist remove peeling and faded paint. These actions should be communicated to the buyer to give them additional options if the lead paint was not removed.

Most sellers hire a home inspector to detect these types of issues before putting their house on the market. This can give sellers time to correct the problems and provide more information to potential buyers about the repairs. In addition, making repairs before the home is on the market may also allow sellers to sell the home for more money.

I have posted a sample Sellers Property Disclosure and Declaration form under the Seller/Sample Forms menu on the left.

You will also be asked for a CLUE report especially if financing. You can request a CLUE report from your homeowner insurance company.

 

 

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