Monday, January 22, 2024 / by Brian Armstrong
Buying a home is a complex process, so as we start out the year, we built this FAQ guide with the top 10 most common questions we heard in 2024!
What is Pre-Qualification?
Pre-qualification is one of the first steps you should take when looking for a home! Your mortgage lender will help you through the pre-approval process and show you what type of home you can afford! Pre-approval also lets sellers know you are ready to make a purchase, leaving you in a strong position to negotiate!
Do I Need a REALTOR® To Buy a Home?
While it is not required to use a REALTOR®, you may be missing out if you elect not to use one. A Realtor is there to help you and will walk you through every part of the home-buying process, so no stone is left unturned! You will not only benefit from having a knowledgeable resource you can reach out to, but they also do the heavy lifting to find you the perfect match!
Where Are Vermont Home Prices Headed?
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Thursday, February 23, 2023 / by Brian Armstrong
Much has changed in real estate over the last year, and we are still seeing a rapidly shifting market today! In Vermont, home prices have started to level out after tremendous growth, some homebuyers have exited the market to wait for calmer tides, and more homes are on the market than there have been over the past couple of years. So, what does that mean if you are thinking about selling your home? Prepare for a highly competitive market! In this article, we will dive into several ways to stand out amongst your competitors while avoiding Mistakes so you can come out on top with your home sale!
How Your Home Is Valued Today
The best opportunity for your home to attract buyers is the initial period after the listing goes live! Missing the mark at this stage can heavily impact your overall sale. If you undervalue your home, you will likely sell it quickly, however, you will miss out on maximizing your home's potential value! If you set your price above the market, it will sit on the ; ...
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 / by Brian Armstrong
Gearing up for an upcoming home purchase? If so, you are in the right place! While no two real estate deals are the same, in our decade of experience, we have seen many recurring themes across transactions. To help you master your purchase, we asked our team of experts to share five stellar negotiation tactics that have proven successful!
Cash or Pre-Approval
If you want to walk the walk and talk the talk, you need to be a cash buyer or have a pre-approval letter from the bank. Each scenario shows the home seller you are motivated and ready to purchase, which goes a long way! Most sellers do not want to negotiate with a buyer to find out they cannot get the finances to make the purchase. So, make sure to prioritize your finances before bargaining with sellers!
Know Your Comps
If you fall in love with a home yet are challenged by the list price, local comparables can be a huge help! Knowing what a home is worth is not as simple as finding out what price the neighbors as ! ...
Thursday, April 7, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Owning a home is a wonderful milestone and an investment in your future! Your home purchase is likely to be one of the largest investments you will make in your life, and just like any other investment, you must protect it. If you properly maintain your home, you may find you can live in it for several decades and still sell it for more than you originally paid! When you buy a new car, it will most likely depreciate the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot. On the flip side, when you purchase a new home, it will likely retain value for years if its condition is maintained. In this article, we will outline the best ways to protect your home, so you maximize the value of your investment in the future!
Make Preventative Maintenance a Priority
Owning a home means you are the "landlord", which comes with the responsibility of upkeep and maintaining the property. The first step towards keeping your home in tip-top shape is creating a maintenance schedule. Outline all the major ; ...
Thursday, March 3, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Ready to sell your home this spring? As the temperatures warm up in the Green Mountain State, you are not alone. Spring is one of the most common times of year for a homeowner to put their home up for sale, so it is essential to make sure your property is competitive against others coming to market. Throughout the process, there will be a variety of decisions for you to make, which will ultimately determine if you have a successful and profitable sale. Below we outline the top 5 mistakes you should avoid when selling your home!
Selling The Home "For Sale By Owner"
Many homeowners believe that they can save money selling their homes without a real estate agent. Sellers that hire an agent commonly pay about 6% of the sale to the agent for helping them close their deal from start to finish. While this may sound like a large chunk of the sale, the added value of having a knowledgeable agent can help sellers achieve higher offers and fewer days on the market by bringing in qualified buyer; ...