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4 Stress Reducing Tips Every Home Buyer Should Know

Buying a home is an extremely stressful process. From getting financing to working through the numerous problems you’ll have before you close, some may say it is one of the most stressful things you will ever do. That is why I’m writing this article – to give you 4 stress reducing tips every home buyer should know in order to keep them calm, cool, and collected when buying their next home.

1) You’re Not Going To Get Everything You Want

We work with a ton of people who are looking for their dream home. One thing many of these buyers forget is that they will have to compromise. Buying a home comes down to truly figuring out the 3-4 things that are most important for you and looking for and getting those. These important 3-4 things are going to be different for everyone, but it’s impossible to find an all brick home with a pool, a kitchen the size of a basketball court, bedrooms bigger than a tennis court, and bathrooms the size of cathedrals all for less than $100,000. It doesn’t exist. Anywhere. The unfortunate truth though is many buyers expect all of this when they start looking. Lower your expectations and focus on 3-4 reasonable things you want in a home.

2) A Good Lender & A Good Agent Are Must Haves

There are two people that pretty much every real estate deal needs. A lender and a real estate agent. These two factors allow you to get a home and find a home. Without them, your stuck having to save up a TON of cash to buy your home, and your market is limited to the few people not working with agents. Thus, make sure your lender and real estate agent are the best in the game. The good news is a good real estate agent will be able to recommend some good lenders, and any good lenders will be able to recommend good real estate agents. Ask around, read reviews, and see who everyone else is using. There is a reason everyone is using them.

Selling before you buy? Check out 6 Things You Must Do Before Selling Your Home!

3) Don’t Freak Out About Your Home Inspection

Get a home inspection. It’s an extremely important part of the home-buying process, but don’t freak out if it comes back with 30 things wrong with it. Most homes have a few little things wrong with them. This is okay. Look past the little stuff that could be fixed with a wrench in a weekend. Focus on big things – flooded basements, termite damage, water damage. These are things that can be not only costly but add up over time. Another little tip – if it’s working, a seller isn’t going to fix it. If the roof or HVAC system is old but functioning, ask for a home warranty, not a new roof or HVAC because the seller isn’t going to replace them.

4) Breath; It’ll Be Okay

As I said at the beginning, buying a home is a stressful process. The best thing you can do is breath and lean on the people who you’re working with who do this every day – your lender, your real estate agent, your inspector, etc. We all do this every single day. Termite damage? We know how to handle it. Not going to have your down payment in time for closing? We can still make the deal come together. Seller not wanting to fix anything? We can keep pushing. We are professionals, and you’re working with us for a reason. Keep us informed, and let us solve problems for you. If you do this, your transaction will go a lot smoother and with a lot less stress.

If you are looking for a home anywhere in East TN, give me or Patrick a call! We are more than happy to help you find your dream home! Nic: (423) 748-0999 Patrick: (423) 312-4543

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6 Things You Must Do Before Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be an extremely stressful process. From dealing with minor repairs before listing to finding the right agent and choosing the best offer. Just the thought of selling your home can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to give you 6 things you must do before selling your home.

1) Get Your Landscaping In Order

The first impression your house will have on potential buyers is from the outside, and because of this, it is important to make sure you have well-kept landscaping that is inviting and welcoming. Would you want to buy a house that’s yard hadn’t been mowed in weeks or one that had shrubs grown up past the windows? I know I wouldn’t, and I’ve seen great houses lose buyers because of this. It’s a simple fix that can go a long way towards selling your home.

2) Keep Your House Clean 24/7

This can be the hardest part of some sellers. Not only do you need to keep your yard tidy, but you also have to keep the inside of your house spic and span at all times. Doing this while living in your house is more difficult than some can imagine. You’ll find yourself constantly running around and picking things up minutes before a REALTOR© is supposed to show up and show your house. In order to prevent this from happening, we suggest having a nightly clean up policy. Take 15-30 minutes every night and pick up your house while it is for sale will stop the last minute freakouts from happening.

3) Fix The Small Stuff

Is the pain on your deck starting to chip? What about that door that just doesn’t shut all the way anymore? That’s just two examples of delayed maintenance items that should be addressed before listing your home for sale. By taking care of these two issues, buyers are more likely to assume you took care of the rest of your home – even if it had been years since that door open or the deck had been repainted.

4) Clean Out Your Junk

This one may seem a bit over the top, but the truth is people don’t like to see cluttered and junk filled houses, garages, or basements. If it looks like you don’t have enough storage, how can you expect someone that is looking to buy your home to think they’ll have enough storage? You can’t, and because of this, we recommend cleaning out/throwing away all of the junk you can before listing your home. Doing this makes packing up and moving easier too, so it really is a win/win/win!

5) Brighten It Up!

One small tactic that can go a long way towards selling your home is adding more light. Make sure all of your light bulbs are working, and open up the windows before showings. Doing so will help make the home feel more open and more inviting from the moment a potential buyer steps through the door. I would also recommend turning on any lamps in the house as that light can help brighten up dark corners.

6) Don’t Forget The Back

Many sellers forget the back of their homes even exist. We’ve seen hundreds of homes that are beautiful from the front door through the entire house. Then, the backyard strikes! From dirty siding on the extior to foot high grass and decks that are falling apart, we’ve seen it all stop people from pulling the trigger on an otherwise great looking home. Don’t forget about your backyard. Give the house a good pressure wash and keep that grass mowed!

Bonus! Find A Great, Local REALTOR®

While it is possible to sell a home without a REALTOR®, having one on your side makes the entire deal a lot easier and a lot less stressful. It allows them to manage things like pricing, contracts, counteroffers, home inspections, appraisal issues, and best of all, it puts a lot of the risk involved in selling a home on the REALTOR®. They are the one to blame if there is a contract issue not you as the home owner.