Your Agents Love On Valentines-Count The 8 Ways

Your Agents Love On Valentines-Count The 8 Ways

With Valentine’s Day fast-approaching, there’s no denying love is in the air. Let’s think for a moment about the persons love who’s always there for you, helping to make your  home dreams come true. We’re talking about your real estate agents love.

Just what does it take to make the agent who’s done so much for you swoon? There are plenty of ways to build a harmonious, lasting, and fulfilling relationship that will take you from starter home to happily ever after.

Check out this list of things that’ll make your agent fall head over heels in love with you this Valentines Day.

1. Agents love your friends and family referrals

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Talking up your real estate agent to friends and family is the greatest gift you can give. Being a connector is a wonderful way to help your favorite agent build and grow their business. Go ahead, brag about how amazing your agents love is; they’ll adore you for it.

2. Make sure your open house is pet-free

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Barking dogs, loose hamsters, and roaming lizards are a huge turn-off to potential homebuyers. Securing your pets or taking them off-premises will mean the world to your agent, who probably has better things to do than herd your cats.

3. Get pre-approved

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Getting pre-approved for a mortgage means you’re a serious buyer, and if you find “the one” you’re good to go. Agents don’t have any time to waste. Knowing that you can come up with the funds at the closing is a weight off their minds. (It also means that you’re not just spending weekends looking at homes because you cancelled cable and can’t think of anything else to do.)

4. You’ll show your home at a moment’s notice

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Because no one can predict when a buyer might want to see a home, sellers who are open to a last-minute showing make an agent’s job that must easier. Letting interested parties take a tour when it’s convenient for them may just sell your home that much faster, which is a win for everyone.

5. Commit to keeping your home clean

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Nothing makes a house shine quite like keeping it clean and uncluttered. Ensuring your place is “show ready”—from the moment it’s first listed until the closing—eliminates any worries your agent may feel as buyer agents and their clients come to view your house… and that peace of mind is priceless.

6. Up your curb appeal

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Recognizing that the front of the home is the first thing would-be buyers see, it’s crucial to keep the exterior well-maintained. Sellers who are on top of cutting the grass and raking the leaves make a great first impression—and as they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression of love.

7. Take your agent’s advice

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Whether it’s about recommended staging, or an item that needs to be fixed before the home inspection, following the advice of your real estate agent is beneficial for all parties. After all, you’ve hired a pro, so why not heed their wisdom and reap the rewards?

8. Leave a glowing review on social media or offer a testimonial

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Again, sharing the love is a big part of helping your agent gain new clients. Offer to write a testimonial for their website, or share your experience on social media and let the world know you’re crazy about him or her.

Oakland County Affordable Homes Less Likely?

Oakland County Affordable Homes Less Likely?

Anywhere you go in Oakland County, Michigan there are parts of the County where homes seem to be more affordable than other in the area.  These more affordable homes are what we call “Starter Homes”. The more affordable homes attract young families due to being more affordable homes then those with higher square footage and a much higher price tag. These more affordable homes make for great neighborhoods that have a abundance of younger families just starting out with their first home purchase.

Affordable Homes Tough Search

Although the affordable homes are what seem to be plentiful in this market of home shortages and low inventory in the Oakland County area, this is not necessarily true.  Some first time homebuyers feel that the area provides less of an inventory for them to find the more affordable homes. In fact, the ATTOM Data Solutions “Q 1 2018 U.S.  Home Affordability Report states that 59 percent of the 446 counties they analyzed were very much more affordable then the historic average, with 27 percent of the counted counties actually showed a year to year increase in affordability.

The study referenced above would give way in meaning that prices were more affordable this year than last. The fact is that counties where this was true do not include the Oakland County, Michigan region leading to the belief that in our area this is not so true.  The Counties where homes were more affordable over last year include Cook County (Chicago); Harris County (Houston), Maricopa County (New York).  Even though affordable homes may have seem to be something of the past,  but your budget , neighborhoods that appeal to you and your lifestyle will have the final say. READ MORE HERE

The Take Away

When inventory of affordable homes seem to be less available, it means it is time to re-evaluate your needs and wants in your new home. Mortgage rates are still at historical lows and down payments are as little as 6 percent down, it make it a great time to buy a new home. I’m here to help, give me a call and let’s see where you stand 248-790-5594.

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