Real Estate Facts You Should Know…………..

Want to sell quickly? Price it just under the market


What that means in dollar signs: "Set a price slightly below market value, Just "a fraction." For example: If similar homes in your neighborhood are clustered around $210,000, you might price yours at $200,000 or $198,000, he says.

What the agent wishes you knew: "The longer a house is on the market, the less likely you are to get fair value, so you really want to position yourself to be the one that sells, not the one that languishes."

If you're turning around and buying a home, and you already have cash in hand, thanks to a fast sale, "that puts you in a very powerful position,"

The preapproval letter is just the beginning

That pre-approval letter is just one of the first refreshment stations of the home buying marathon, not the finish line.

Just before closing, a lender will re-examine a prospective buyer's financial situation -- complete with a recent copy of the credit history and other updated information.                   If those numbers have changed for the worse (salary decrease, higher card balances, new lines of credit), then the applicant could get clocked with a higher interest rate or even lose the loan. "The number of buyers who get denied is significant,"  What the agent wishes you knew: Never get new loans or start using credit cards more heavily until after you've actually closed on the home.

Even better, retain your frugality until you've been in the home for a few months and have a good sense of how homeownership affects your finances.

Selling a house probably takes longer than you think

If you're selling a home, it's important to understand the timeline, and that's something most people don't understand," he says.

Underestimating the time it takes -- and building a schedule around those unrealistic expectations -- adds stress. Instead, realize how long the process takes in the real world, and plan accordingly. Another important factor: Different markets (and prices) move at different speeds, he says.

What the agent wishes you knew: A smart seller allows a minimum of four to six months to sell.  And that's if you have a home that's priced right in a good market with one solid offer that makes it to the closing table.

Not all 'buyers' are able to buy

To prove their worthiness, sometimes prospective buyers will show a prequalification letter,  "And that means nothing." That's because in a pre-qualification, lenders usually don't verify buyers' information. A pre-approval, on the other hand, involves third-party verification.

What the agent wishes you knew: Serious (and smart) buyers are "preapproved." That means they've already applied for the loan, the bank has verified their financial information and (if the numbers remain the same until closing) it promises to loan a specific amount at a specific interest rate.

Still, after an offer, smart agents will call the lender and verify that the prospective buyer is preapproved for the necessary amount.  At the same time, that agent will verify that the lender would have no problem closing in the expected time period -- usually 35 to 50 days.

Yes, it really does have to smell good

Sellers sometimes drag their feet on little details that make a big difference. He can't count the number of clients who asked, "Does it really matter if we have the carpets cleaned or take the family photos off the wall?"

"The answer is yes.”.  A buyer needs to walk in and have it look good, feel good and smell good. Sellers should put themselves in the shoes of prospective buyers -- and try to see the house for the first time.

The home should be kept showroom-ready. What the agent wishes you knew:  A mess leaves an impression that's hard for a buyer to overcome. The impression you want: "Warm, inviting, clean and comfortable.”

We don't make as much as you think

Chances are the agent you hire to sell your house -- or find a new one -- isn't getting as big a cut of the deal as you might think.

Six percent isn't anywhere near what we're taking home. While the two sides will split that commission, those agents, in turn, each split their share with their broker.                      What the agent wishes you knew (unless your agent is handling both sides of the transaction), figure he or she is getting roughly one-quarter of the commission. The idea that agents are getting all or even half the commission, he says, is still one of the biggest misconceptions.