There are a number of reasons why buyers might prefer homes that are not in a subdivision. Perhaps they would like a larger lot, prefer more privacy, or do not want to pay Homeowners Association fees. Even when they know what type of property they are looking for, it can be difficult to weed out subdivision homes when searching for available real estate. Working with an experienced real estate agent can help to pinpoint homes that match the buyer’s criteria and where to find them.
In today's real estate climate, homes sell quickly…and some sell well above the asking price. However, the trend of selling a home above the asking price stalled this spring. In the first quarter of 2023, buyers paid 99.9% of the list price for single-family homes in St. Louis. This summer, in the prime selling season, buyers probably will pay more than the asking price for homes in desirable neighborhoods. Homeowners who want to reel in big offers have three home pricing strategies to consider.
The internet is filled with “how to” advice for selling a home. But what about what not to do when selling a home? Sellers have a long list of things they feel they should take care of when they decide to sell. It is important to distinguish between what is likely to result in a quick sale at a good price, and what is simply not worth the time, effort, and money.
Most homeowners have a pretty good idea of where their property ends and their neighbor’s begins. But when it comes to a yard’s exact boundaries in a legal sense, “pretty good” is not good enough. Finding property lines for your house is particularly important when getting ready to sell. Buyers need to know precisely what they are getting—and not getting—along with the house.
House hunters often feel torn when they have found a house for sale by owner, commonly called a “FSBO.” Most home buyers want to be loyal to their realtor but wonder if they can or should work directly with a seller. And they might think working without a realtor could save them money. In fact, working with a realtor is essential when buying an FSBO because this type of sale needs extra attention from a real estate professional.
Has your house been on the market for a while, but you’re not getting any offers? There are few things more upsetting than not being able to sell a house. This is especially true when trying to coordinate the sale with the purchase of your next home. How long do you wait before you start to worry?
For many, owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. It means not having to ask a landlord for permission to paint cabinets; not having to pay extra to have a pet; and having a backyard to entertain friends. It also means an end to rental payments that don’t build equity.
The world of real estate has a language all its own…which can make it difficult for first-time buyers to understand the status of a listing when searching for a home. While a real estate agent can shed light on the differences between pending, under contract, contingent, and other terms encountered during the home buying process, it helps to know a little about them before beginning your search.
Unless you are a first time homebuyer or opting to give up homeownership and rent instead, you will likely be trying to navigate buying and selling a home at the same time. Doing both at once might seem way too stressful, and it can be a bumpy ride. But people manage to get through it all the time.
According to the National Association of Realtors, nearly a quarter of recent home buyers paid cash for their purchase. With such a large chunk of the market willing to bypass the mortgage process, it’s important to look at the benefits and disadvantages of a cash sale before accepting an offer. Selling your home for cash could allow you to get rid of it faster, but it may result in less profit than you were hoping to make.
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