Read my blog on the Dos & Don'ts for selling your home. You'll see that I'm not a fan of Zillow's Zestimates and Trulia is owned by the same company so it applies to them as well. The true market price of your home depends on a variety of factors and is best valued by a licensed real estate salesperson.
Buying My New Home
Many home sellers plan to buy a new home with the proceeds. I recommend that my sellers browse for homes using my mobile app to find features, neighborhoods, and price ranges that they may be most interested in pursuing. However, I also recommend that they wait to begin shopping until they no longer have a mortgage contingency, based on selling their existing home. This avoids disappointment when the home that my seller falls in love with, is pulled out from underneath them, by another non-contingent buyer.
How Should I Stage My Home?
Home staging ensures that your home appeals to as many potential buyers as possible. My Pinterest page offers tips for home staging. As soon as the home buyer sees your home, they should immediately be able to see themselves living there. Most home buyers are looking to move right in, without putting another penny into fixing it up. And, those who are looking for a fixer upper are often looking for a bargain. Your licensed real estate salesperson should help you balance the effort and investment needed to stage your home so that you maximize the financial return that you get on your home.
When entertaining a contract for the sale of your home, there are several items to consider before accepting the offer. While price is important, the financing type is also very important. Cash is always ideal as mortgages add complexity to the transaction. But, when a buyer requires a mortgage there are certain mortgage types that are more preferred by sellers over others. For example, Conventional is preferred over FHA. Your real estate salesperson should explain the pros and cons of the mortgage types as you receive offers on your home so that you fully understand what it means to you.
As a lifelong resident of the area and after graduating from Canisius College with a B.S. in Accounting, I began purchasing my own real estate in Buffalo, West Seneca & Angola, New York. As a real estate investor, I learned a lot that I wanted to share with others, so after graduating from Medaille College with my Masters degree and with my long career in business, I chose to become a Licensed Real Estate Professional. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I look forward to every day that I get to work with my clients.