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2017 Real Estate Resolutions for Las Sendas Homeowners
You might not be thinking beyond getting through the holiday season right now, but the New Year is just around the corner, and with it will come reflections about new goals. If you are thinking about buying a new home, the New Year may be the right time to start planning. 2017 may very well be the best year in recent times for buying a Las Sendas home because the market offers a lot of great opportunities and interest rates are quite competitive.
Before you start your search for your next home – or before you start thinking about selling a Las Sendas home – you will need to make sure all your ducks are in a row. Here are a few 2017 resolutions you might want to make to get prepared:
Set Clear Goals
You need to know what you want to accomplish before you can create a plan to get there. Your goal should be as specific as possible. Ask yourself questions such as:
- What kind of house do I want to buy?
- What features must it have? What features would I like for it to have?
- Is there a specific neighborhood in Las Sendas that you would like to live in?
- If not, are there specific features you want a neighborhood to have?
- How much do you want to spend?
- How much do you want to put down?
Your Las Sendas real estate agent will review this information to help you find the right information, but the answers will also help you make the right decisions to reach your goals.
Clean Up Your Finances
If you are looking at buying a Las Sendas home this year, you have hopefully already been saving. But if you haven’t, NOW is the time to start. The more you can put down, the better the terms you will get for financing. Even if you have a good down payment ready, you’ll need to save to pay for closing costs, potentially new furniture and appliances and potentially repairs or upgrades to the home.
Set a budget for yourself now, and stick to it. Save everything you can. Then set a clear budget for your new home, and work closely with your East Mesa realtor and lender to find a home and the right financing to stay on budget.
Have Financing Ready before You Search
Before you start looking for your new home, you need to have your financing ready. Doing so will ensure that you are in a competitive position to bid on homes that might have multiple bidders, and it will help you to avoid heartache if you get your sights set on a home and the financing doesn’t come through.
Talk to several lenders before you start your housing search, and narrow down your options until you get the best potential terms. Ask for a pre-approval letter, and then start your search for your Las Sendas real estate agent.
Find a Great Realtor
The right realtor will have a bid impact on your housing search. Your realtor can help you focus your search on the right neighborhoods to get the deals you want and find the right homes, and your realtor can help you negotiate to get the best price. Your realtor can also help you find the real gems in the market before others find them and scoop them up.
Find the best Las Sendas real estate agent by asking for referrals from friends, family and colleagues. Look online to see what past clients have to say about their experience. Go to networking events to meet realtors, or set up coffee dates with a few who have been referred or who have gotten good reviews. You’ll be able to narrow down your choices based on your meeting and whether the person seems in tune with your personality and your goals.
Practice Your Negotiation Skills
All home sales should include some negotiation. Even in very hot markets, you may still be able to get a little knocked off the list price or get some extras like home upgrades if you know how to negotiate. Your realtor will help, but you should also have a good idea of how to negotiate and what you want to ask for.
Negotiation can be intimidating for many, but if you practice, you will feel more confident. The good thing is that these negotiations rarely take place in person, so you will feel more relaxed making these counter-offers on paper.
Get Your House Ready
If you’re a current Las Sendas homeowner, you may want to think about selling your home at the same time you shop for a new one. Fortunately, selling a Las Sendas home can net you a nice profit right now, and working with the right realtor can help you make a fast sale.
Start making those repairs that you’ve been putting off now. Repaint all the rooms to give them a fresh look and to make sure that you have a neutral palette. Buyers need to be able to see themselves in your house, and providing a neutral canvas will allow them to do that. Talk to your realtor about strategic upgrades that will get you the most return, like new flooring or granite countertops. Consider hiring a professional stager to put your home in the best light for a fast sale at the best price.
Buying or selling a home is a huge undertaking, but done right, you will enjoy many benefits for years to come. The realtors at Coldwell Banker Trails and Paths can help you with some of these resolutions, whether you are considering buying or selling a Las Sendas home. A Las Sendas real estate agent from our team will talk with you about your goals and spend time getting to know you so that we can help you find the perfect home or get just the right price for your current home. Call our office today to start working with one of our agents!