As a homebuyer looking for homes in the Oakland County, Michigan area you may find yourself asking what property is included in the sale of the home, so this is to give some clarification on the topic of personal verse included property. Although your realtor would know exactly what is included and excluded with the sale of the home, but you should be aware as well when searching for a new home especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. Keep in mind attention to the details is a must to prevent a disagreement between the home seller and home buyer at time of the final walk-through and what was included in the sale of the home.
Knowing the difference between what’s included in the sale of the home and what’s excluded
First things first, when a homebuyer receives the listing ticket or reads the description it should state what is included in the sale of the home and also it should state exclusions as well to prevent any misconception of the buyer’s expectations of what included in the sale of the home. Many times, the issue or confusion can be addressed before or after the showing by the homebuyer, but can still arise after seeing the home days later. Basically, anything that is fixed to the property is included in the sale of the home unless otherwise stated in the description or directly from the home seller.
What are examples of fixed items that are included in the sale of the home
As a homebuyer you may need examples on what property is included with the sale of the home in order to make a homebuying decision. Some Include:
These are just some examples of things that are “Nailed Down” or attached to the home that in most cases are property that is included in the sale of the home, but as I mentioned their may be some exclusions to some of these items if stated by the home seller. It is best to discuss this with your Realtor as each home is different.
What if I wanted something in the home that is excluded and not attached?
Normally if something is excluded and not included in the sale of the home means the home seller is not willing to part from it, but your Realtor at time of writing offer could ask on your behalf to include it in the sell. An example would be something like a hanging mirror that you think looks great with the home and you as a homebuyer would like to have it. The best option is for the home seller to avoid property that is not included in the sale of the home be removed and replace the property before starting to show the home for sale.
It is my hopes that this helps with both homebuyers and home sellers understand what property is included in the sale of the home. Remember that I’m always here to help in all of your real estate needs and services. You can call or email me anytime [email protected] or 248-790-5594
Welcome Home Buyers-Nose, Lights and Set the Table
It may seem obvious, but many sellers fail to recognize that a home that feels, looks, and smells welcoming and homey will more likely raise a buyer’s interest when they come for a showing. Of course, you think your home is pretty comfortable and welcoming already, but there are a few things you can do to make buyers welcome and at home from the moment they walk in the door. The tips below and in this article will make your home stand out from all the others when it comes time for the home buyers to reflect on the days searches and which ones said to them “Welcome Home Buyers”.
Lead With The Nose
If your home smells good, it will make buyers want to stick around longer and know they are welcome home buyers. The sense of smell is the strongest of all the five senses in its connection to our emotions. Certain smells simply make us feel comfortable and at home no matter where we are. There are a few smells that are almost universal. Try a flameless scented burner that is safe but releases a wonderful fragrance in your home. Choose scents like vanilla or spices, smells that remind people of home cooking and sweet treats.
Almost as important as how a home looks is how it smells. Ask a close friend to walk through your home — objectively — and take a whiff here and there. Are there any offensive odors? Is it too perfumy? Too drab? Stale? Musty? Are there pet odors (which should be fixed — not covered up!)? What can you do to impress potential buyers with aroma therapy?
When it comes time to sell your home, you’ll want to work with a real estate professional who knows all aspects of the selling process — including showcasing. Call us today to talk about how we can help you display your home to sell for the best possible price!
Be sure your fragrance isn’t overwhelming, however, and don’t use it to mask other odors like cat litter or food smells. Buyers will know right away you are trying to hide something!
Let The Light Shine In
Clean your windows and open all of the blinds and curtains to let the sunshine into the home. The warm feeling will make your buyers feel like welcome home buyers and they will want to settle in and bask in the glow. A brightly lit home looks bigger, too, while a dark home will appear smaller.
Lots of lights open up a room and gives it a larger appearance. If you’ve been using 50 watt bulbs, move up to 100 watts. If a large living room has only one lamp, move in another. Open curtains. Add mirrors. When it’s being shown, the home should be bright. Brightness gives a showy feel. And your home is now center stage!
Be sure you replace burnt out light bulbs so your home will be fully lit and have a welcoming glow even in the evening or on a cloudy day.
Set The Table
It may seem odd, but a table set as though a family is about to sit down to a meal makes the home feel lived in and comfortable without being cluttered or too personal. Set the table with matching dishes and a nice but simple centerpiece, to give the dining room that ready to sit down feel. When you welcome home buyers to see how the home is functional and in order in this way could be the meaning of getting an offer and not.
Do Your Homework
Ask what buyers are looking for in your community. What are they saying about the homes they don’t buy? And what is it about the homes that are selling that makes them so popular? By determining your ideal target buyer, you will better understand how to merchandise your home. Our experience in your specific neighborhood can help you answer all these questions and welcome home buyers to your beautiful home. Welcome home buyers with information such as ; utility cost, garbage pick-up days, school bus drop offs and local shopping, this is another great way to pro-actively answer any questions they may have.
To welcome home buyers see your house as a home is important in getting them really interested in making it their home. With just a few simple adjustments, you can create a feeling that welcomes buyers to settle in—they will want to make an offer so they never have to leave!
Finding a great agent in can be a task in itself as there are thousands to choose from but be aware Oakland County Home Buyers and Sellers Avoid the wrong Real Estate agent! if at all possible . Myself, I love being an Oakland County Michigan Realtor and take pride in every home buyer and home seller that I have helped in my career as an Real Estate agent. Lets face it many Oakland County home buyers and sellers will interview several agents before deciding on one to handle their real estate transaction, and it is said by some that they will usually go with the first one they interview. Why is this? Can it be that we all seem alike? I don’t think so myself, it is that the home buyer or seller that has a perception (like lawyers) that Realtor s are all alike and only show motivation when trying to get the Buyer Contract or Sellers Contract to make the sale, after that some seem to change as far as their motivation is concerned. On the other hand there are many great agents that miss opportunities due to these types of agents and everyone suffers seller,buyer and agents.
Oakland County home buyers and home sellers are faced with a very important life changing decision when deciding to sell or buy a home and many agents understand and respect that and it is important to act professional and look the part. Personally speaking, I like being myself from the first time I meet a home buyer or a home seller and find it easier to be myself throughout the transaction so they know exactly what to expect from me. There are many times that I go out on showings in casual clothing (we are taught this is a no no) but many of clients seem to like that and they don’t feel so intimidated as they would if I was decked out in a suit and tie putting on “the act”. I believe the worst thing that a Oakland County home buyer and seller can face is a “Pushy” agent.
If your Oakland County Real Estate agent is more akin to a used car salesmen when trying to get you to buy a house, dump them. A pushy agent will call you with hundreds of listings, even if they don’t particularly match your criteria, or send you tireless emails trying to set up appointments. If you’re selling your home, a pushy real estate agent will try to get you to put your Oakland County house on the market for a substantially higher price than where it’s valued. They will not let down when you stop returning their calls, and simply try harder to get a hold of you with “that perfect house.” A pushy real estate agent is usually one that gets a commission from your service, and may be desperate to make a sale if they haven’t been very successful. You should never feel pressured to make a decision on a home before you’re ready. If your real estate agent puts this kind of stress on you, you have grounds to ask them to back off.
Being pushy is one of the worst things and agent can do and makes them look desperate for a sale or a listing, it also turns the home buyer or home seller off, it also leaves them with the impression that we are all alike, which is far from the truth in most cases. There are many kinds of real estate agents out there and most are professional and attentive to their clients needs, ones that will go above and beyond their clients expectations, for me what works is being myself and enjoying what I do to a fault. Like any other career there are good days and bad days but all in all to me it is a challenge and a chance to show my skills in my own particular way which makes it exciting and never dull. Looking from the Oakland County home buyer and home seller’s prospective there are many different types of agents which can sway their decision to work with you or not.
1) Pushy Agent (which I described)
2) Falsely Accommodating Agents: Once you have giving your Oakland County Realtor your criteria and they show you homes that don’t fit it on a constant bases its time to rethink your choice. A good real estate agent will really listen to what you’re looking for and try to accommodate your specifications as best as he or she can. They won’t waste your time showing you homes that don’t fit your criteria. Any agent that does this is trying to test your resolve; they assume that with you’ll budge on price if they find the perfect house. If they’re showing you four-bedroom homes when you want a two-bedroom home, they might legitimately not know of two-bedroom homes within your price range, and thus be desperately trying to show you other options outside your criteria.
3) Out of Touch Agents: These agents are very hard to reach. An agent who is slow to answer emails or phone calls and has a hard time gathering up information quickly is likely only working in the field part-time and is far too inaccessible to complete a transaction. Sometimes these agents have too many listings to manage their client base and stay in touch once they have abtained the listing, some will even send another less experienced agent from their team to follow up on your needs and concerns.
4) Inexperienced Agents: The Oakland County agent you work with should have solid experience with the specific neighborhood where you’re looking into buying in Oakland County. They should also have experience with your target market and price range. An agent who is just getting into the real estate field doesn’t have the same types of connections an experienced agent will have. Inexperienced agents may be fine for transactions that involve Oakland County condos or townhouses, but so many more complicated factors come with buying, selling, and appraising a house.
5) Uneducated Agents: I believe education comes from experience, some training is a good asset to have under your belt and looks good on your resume and builds confidence in not only yourself but your clients as well. Working in the real estate field doesn’t require a college degree. For that reason, you can easily wind up with a 19-year-old agent who might know the area, but doesn’t necessarily have the business skills to forge a legitimate transaction. A college-educated realtor is more likely to be prepared for the complexities of the business and have the skills to succeed in the long-term. Not all Realtor’s without a college background are bad choices, but generally speaking, a lot of them bypassed college in an effort to take an easier, faster route toward financial success.
The choices are clear when it comes to selecting an Oakland County Realtor to handle your home buying and selling needs, but go with your gut instinct as this is probably the best way to tell about an agent. The things listed above are very important to consider as well when making one of the most important decisions in your lifetime. Don’t cut yourself short by choosing an agent that has more Commercials,Billboards,Magazine Ads or more signs in the neighborhood.These things are important but should not be your only reason for your choice of finding and working with a great Oakland County Realtor. Be Yourself!
Please see the funny video below, it will make your day!
Working with a true Real Estate professional from Oakland County comes with a lot of advantages over trying to go after it alone.
By working with a pro you’ll get:
Someone with Oakland County Market Knowledge who can help you navigate existing inventory and get you a good deal
Someone with the industry contacts to help you through a pain free transaction
To save time! Avoid common newbie mistakes. Plus you’ll be able to quickly focus in on properties fitting your unique criteria
A 3rd Party Buffer when it comes time to negotiate. You won’t want too many emotions involved here – having a buffer could make you lots of $$$
Please Enjoy my Oakland County MI Homes December 2014 Newsletter. This Newsletter is for your enjoyment whether your a past Oakland County Home Buyers or Home Seller and maybe a future one,which I would love to earn your trust in all of your Oakland County MI Real Estate Needs. Please feel free to pass it along to your friends and family. I hope you have a great Holiday Season filled with joy and laughter. If you know anyone looking to Buy or Sell a Home in Oakland County Michigan you can be assured I will take excellent care of them and I’m never too busy for your referrals. Thanks again
Tom Gilliam Real Estate Consultant RE/MAX CLASSIC ♦ 248-790-5594
On a Personal Note
It’s That time of year again in Oakland County MI when people and families settle in for the Holidays and festive occasions that make the cold weather more tolerant. I hope that you enjoy this Newsletter and that it finds you and your family well. It has been a busy season for myself in The Oakland County real estate market and I’m very thankful to my present and past home buyers and sellers for their respect and trust.
Please enjoy this Newsletter and pass it along to friends and family. Please remember to have a safe and Happy Holiday and enjoy friends and family. Please remember that I’m never too busy for referrals from your family and friends in Oakland County Michigan.
Motivational speaker Jim Carroll says those looking for insights from a true master of leadership, creativity, and innovation should look no further than Santa Claus. Here’s what we can learn from Old Saint Nick:
He’s aware. He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. For goodness sake!
He’s organized. He’s got a list. He checks it twice.
He has an unblemished reputation for “delivering on the promise” and delighting the customer. With a firm deadline to hit (December 24th) there is no margin for error.
He knows exactly what the customer wants. He received and read your letter. He excels at keeping up with constantly changing customer demands.
He’s not afraid of hiring those who are different: Rudolph. Red Nosed. Reindeer. Enough said.
He inspires his staff with a singular mission. They fulfill their duty with passion. They wear cool hats to remind them they’re on a team. They sing while they work.
He has integrity as a core virtue. His leadership core is based on knowing who’s naughty and who’s nice.
Thank You Friends and Clients
Welcome to new clients and Thank You to friends who’ve trusted me with their referrals.I appreciate my wonderful friends and clients who thoughtfully introduce their friends, family and coworkers to me.
Tom Phillips — Candice Mammo — Richard Derby
Infographic of the Month
Your Home Might Not
Be Worth What You Think…
If you’ve been considering selling or refinancing your home, you may already have a price in mind. But beware. Your price might not be based on sound data. Here are a few cautions to consider before you get too excited about your home’s value.
When you get a high valuation from agents, ask them to justify the price. The last thing you want is to list too high, because your property will languish and lose appeal, causing it to sell for less than market value.
Comparables will tell you what other houses are selling for. Don’t argue with the comparables, but work with a real estate agent who understands the market trends in your area. If they know prices are rising, they might press higher. But if they know prices are stable, they’ll suggest pricing your house competitively.
Price your home based on solds, not actives. Homes that are on the market now are not an indication of what they will sell for. Sellers often want to price their homes higher than a neighbor’s house, even though that house has been sitting unsold for months.
Pricing right, or even lower than market value (thereby creating interest and possibly a bidding war), is the easiest way to get your home sold. Your fear of leaving a few thousand dollars on the table upfront should pale in comparison to what could happen if you can’t sell at your “preferred” price.
So, What Is Your House Really Worth?
If you are thinking about selling or refinancing in the near future, you’ll need an accurate evaluation of your home’s value. Send your address and a description of the condition and features of your home to [email protected].
I will run the data and send you a 100% FREE house valuation.
How to Profit from
Your Spare Room
Perhaps the kids have moved out, but you’re not ready to sell yet. Or your condo is in a tourist area, and you don’t mind staying at mom’s every now and then. Perhaps you own a nice trailer parked in a quiet yard?
All of these are possible scenarios when you might have an extra room, or even your whole house available for a night or two. Someone else could be renting that space from you for $50-$300/night.
Airbnb.com is a site that has transformed our notion of travel. With Airbnb, you can list your home, or even just a room, for travelers from all over the world. They stay, you get paid. It’s a growing alternative to hotels and works particularly well for those places that are located in a desirable travel spot or one that attracts large sporting or entertainment events or conventions.
But the exciting news for those with a property “to spare” is the potential income generated. Some people are paying their mortgage by renting out their space a few nights each month. Others are making so much, money, they’ve added apartments onto their house.
If you’re thinking of taking the Airbnb plunge, be aware that the growth of the marketplace has also caused some backlash, not surprisingly, among hoteliers. Because of that, there may be rules in your city that affect what you can and can’t do with and Aribnb, including paying extra taxes. Visit Airbnb.com to learn more.
December Quiz Question
What gas makes up the majority of the air we breathe?
When Should You Stop Renting and Buy Your
This choice often comes down to a financial decision: Can you afford what you want?
But that’s not the whole story. There are more things to think about than just Can you afford it? If you—or someone you know—is trying to make this decision, email me for a copy of this eye-opening report.
About Tom Gilliam-Realtor: If you are looking for a home in Greater Oakland County, Michigan, you need to find a Realtor who knows the community. Tom Gilliam currently lives in the Greater Oakland County Area and is very familiar with the market, neighborhoods, schools and community issues. Located into the heart of Farmington Hills, Tom is ready to help families find homes in the Oakland County area including: Farmington Hills, Birmingham, Troy, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Ferndale, Royal Oak, Northville and the Metro-Detroit area (specifically Canton and Novi).
Oakland County, Michigan is full of great neighborhoods that are perfect for families or single adults. With access to public transportation and easy accessibility to the Metro Detroit area, you can live in a suburban neighborhood and still have access to the amenities of the big city life. Oakland County is one of the best places to Buy a Home or Sell a Home in Southeastern Michigan and is a great place to live. From the City of Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy, Northville and Novi to name a few it is a community that continues to thrive in the Housing Market. Oakland County also has many parks a recreation some highlights of Oakland County Parks include a nature center, five golf courses, wedding and banquet facilities, an action-packed BMX race track and two waterparks to name a few. If your looking for a perfect community to Buy or Sell a Home, Oakland County Michigan has so much to offer and is sure to please the pickiest of Buyers. Lets us know if we can help you find the perfect Home in Oakland County Michigan or Sell your homes fast and as seamless as possible.
Tom works as a Realtor with the RE/MAX Classic Offices. He was spent 16 years helping families find the perfect home as well as assisting families who need to sell their home. As a Realtor Tom specializes in helping first-time home buyers. Because navigating the real estate market can be difficult, having an expert who is intimately familiar with the neighborhood you are considering is a great way to get inside tips about traffic, shopping centers, family activities and other small details that make a community feel like home.
If you are considering purchasing a foreclosure or a short sale, having a professional real estate agent is essential. Because these sales are often more complicated and drawn out, having an agent on your side can increase your chances of getting the home of your dreams. Tom has specific experience dealing with short sales and foreclosures. He is trained in working with these unique real estate issues and has hands-on experience helping other buyers and sellers navigate these waters.
For Tom, helping a family find the perfect home brings a sense of accomplishment. His goal is to help you find the home you want at an affordable price. Real Estate is a competitive market and sometimes you’ll find a Realtor that pressures you into purchasing a home you don’t’ want or are not sure about. Tom believes that you should be truly happy with your purchase. Buying a home is a big investment, don’t settle for a home you don’t truly love.
As a Realtor who has spent nearly two decades helping families find their perfect homes and sell their properties for a fair price, Tom knows that the best way to decide whether you love a home is to fall in love with it in person. Of course, technology has its place for home buyers and sellers. Using social media and websites can save hours of time by allowing you to narrow homes down before you start traipsing through door after door.
While Tom believes the convenience is a benefit to the real estate market he also believes that working face-to-face allows him to get to know you better. He focuses on getting to know what you want and helping you find it. With Tom you get the convenience of online listings and the benefits of personal, face-to-face service to even better tailor your search.
Whether you need to sell your home so you can move on to a new job or you are looking for your starter home in Oakland County, Tom is here to help you make the process as easy of a transition as possible
As a professional Oakland County Michigan REALTOR®, I take pride in my knowledge of the current market conditions in all of the region’s micro-markets - and offer my clients an intimate glimpse into the neighborhoods that might become their next home or one they sell a home in.