May 2014

There are 2 blog entries for May 2014.

One thing most home buyers want to know before they begin the home buying process, is what expenses they might encounter throughout this process. The price you negotiate for your new home is just the beginning as there are likely going to be more than a few extra expenses and costs that you will be up against. If you have a set budget, you’ll need to take the following into consideration:

Appraisal fee: Your mortgage lender will most likely require a home appraisal in order to ensure that you aren’t drastically over paying for your home. The costs here typically depend on the size of the property and how complex the appraisal will be, but a general ball park figure would be around $150 to $250. Some lenders may waive this fee, so when negotiating

In our first article on preparing your home for showing, we talked about curb appeal and some tips on how to make the exterior of your house look good for showings. We mentioned that a high percentage of homes are actually sold within minutes of a potential buyer pulling into the driveway, which is true. However, you could have the nicest looking exterior in the world, but if a buyer enters your home and see messy, cluttered living spaces you’re going to find that your home is on the market for a long time.

The best advice we give to our clients regarding preparing the interior of their homes for showings is to start off with a targeted approach involving items inside your home. Chances are that you have accumulated a lot of “stuff” throughout the