A lot has happened in the Day in the Life of this Main Line Realtor®. Our young buyers in the multiple offer situation decided they would first put their condo on the market and check the interest before moving forward with offers on any homes. They are qualified by their lender to carry 2 mortgages, but qualification is only the maximum number to bear in mind. Going to the max is what hurt a lot of home buyers during that real estate crash, so even though the lenders are more conservative, buyers are sensitive as well and it is our job to honor that. We are cheering them on as they prepare their condo for the market using a local agent in that neighborhood.
Although this Main Line Realtor® handles listings and could help them sell their home, in this case it made more sense for them to use the agent who had helped them buy it. Most Main Line Realtors® would jump at the chance to do 2 transactions, but we work only for one side of any transaction to avoid conflicts and decline any matters if necessary for the best interest of that client.
Speaking of listings, we just finished a deal for relocating buyers. Got them a wonderful price on a home that had just come back on the market after a buyer pulled out due to inspection issues. Often that is a great time to swoop in and seal a good deal so the sellers are not facing the prospect of another long marketing period. They are tired of showing the house, of hearing what an inspector thinks is wrong with it (often things that never caused them any problems), and of waiting for the buyer to go through the lending process. A quick closing, preferably cash, can be very tempting to a seller-even if the price is lower than what they originally accepted.
Houses for sale on the Main Line are in short supply right now, so my other buyers, who want to stay in one elementary school area, have decided to expand their search to include the other 2 in that school district. That will be easier for them, as they were only finding homes with insurmountable issues like flood plain location, bad stucco or busy roads: all things we recommend against. Showing them houses, though, is difficult, because they both work full time and it is dark so early here now that on weeknights we are unable to see the homes in daylight. This viewing is very important in order to judge the light in the home. We think you should consider the direction the rooms face that will be used the most, as well as how much light gets into the home through trees, porches, overhangs, etc. So this Main Line Realtor® spends a good part of the weekends showing houses during the day!
There is no doubt about it – there’s a comfort in staying in a home you’ve lived in for many years instead of moving to a totally new or unfamiliar environment. There is, however, new information that suggests this might not be the best option for everyone. The familiarity of your current home is the pro of aging in place, but the potential financial drawbacks to remodeling or renovating might actually be more costly than the long-term benefitsRead More
Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was only 1% behind February for the most monthly views per listing on realtor.com.Read More