What are you looking for???

One statistic is that home owners nowadays stay in their homes for about 5-7 years. Then the itch starts to, well, … itch…

A larger home is the next step. Growing family, baby one has arrived and (for some reason) baby number two is really not that much of a stretch. I am not a parent of humans, so I cannot be taken seriously, although, two german shepherds feels like two toddlers at times.

For the longest time, recession included, homeowners were not able to sell their home, use the proceeds, and buy their move up home. In the current economical landscape, and real estate market however, opportunities are plentiful and doors are opening left and right.

Due to the still incredibly low interest rates (yep, they are low, google the stats) there are more buyers than sellers. A seller’s market is still going on. Put your home on the market at a competitive price point, market the heck out of it and you have a good chance that you will be playing ‘poker’ with several buyers, increasing the purchase price and better the terms of the contract. I am here to help you with that process.

One of my listings, still in escrow, in Torrance is in escrow with an accepted offer well above the current market values. Stretching the market to new heights.

Are you ready to find out what is possible for you? Call or text me today. I’d love to help you or anyone you refer to me.

Robin

Why use Robin for your next home buying or selling adventure? Because you need an advocate in the real estate market!

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How to be Dog Friendly

Is it just me or are dogs, cats, birds and the like always the winners when it comes to views, clicks, comments etc on social media?

Sometimes when I post a very important or prudent item on real estate, no one seems to care. When I wrap a little bit of “pet” around it, all of a sudden a gazillion people seem to like the post.

Makes me wonder of I should use our two German Shepherd, Eland and Maaike to drum up some business. Actually, without thinking about it, they have already. I just should use them more in to the open.

What would you like to see in regards to pet friendly posts?

Let me know.

Have a great day with your pet wherever you are.

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Here’s the keys to your new home, now you can fall in love with it.

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I don’t know about you but one of the hardest things for my clients is, not to fall in love with the house… they fell in love with…

I make it a fun game, or at least try to.

“Yep, this is an awesome home, let’s write an offer on it.”
“Great news guys! Your offer has been accepted, we are opening escrow.”
” This seems to be a very smooth transaction, we should close in 30 days!”

All the while I tell my clients NOT to fall in love with the house that they are buying. As long as I do not hand you the keys, it is NOT yours! Up till the last day of escrow something can go wrong and POOF, the deal falls apart, and we have to start all over.

Once I have confirmation that the home has recorded in your name, I can legally hand you the keys, and you can fall in love with your home, for the first time, or again, after I smacked you out of your falling in love stage of the home-buying experience.

Congrats, you are now a home owner!

Go celebrate and tell your friends, I work by referral you know…

Cheers to you!

Robin – Cal BRA: 01509977 – Keller Williams Realty – http://www.IWantRealEstate.Info

Requesting repairs when buying a home.

Ever wondered why a home inspection is so important?

even when a seller says “this home is sold as-is” you want to do a home inspection on the house that hopefully soon will be your home.

Buying a home involves money, quite a bit of money. You want to know what you are buying right?? What is good about the home, what’s bad, and what is “just the way it is”…

Based on the home inspection, where the inspector will go through the home with a fine tooth comb, under the home, and over the home, there may be things that need attention and repair. So, we will draft a Request for Repair and submit that to the seller of the home.

These repairs can be as simple as installing a smoke detector or strapping the water heater, to replacing a broken window to repairing a foundation that is falling apart.

Of course, some repairs are so huge that you may wonder if you want to move forward with the purchase of the home. A foundation that needs repair may not give you a good feeling and you may decide to cancel the escrow. As long as you are within the Contingency Period, this should not be a problem. (I’ll talk about the Contingency Removal Period in another post)

After submitting the Request for Repair, the seller may decide to do all repairs that you asked for, repair just a few or give you a credit on the purchase price. Negotiation is the key word here.

Know what you buy, buyer beware!

 

 

Solutions and Results for VA-loans

Very exciting day today. 

Opening escrow on a home in Bellflower, California. My client is a veteran using a well deserved V-loan.

VA-loans are great loan products to get our veterans into a home. Misunderstood the VA-loan is too(as I feel like I talk like Yoda). The borrower is not paying anything out of pocket for the loan. The seller is paying for the Veteran’s closing costs. Sellers aren’t always eager to do this. Especially in a real estate market like the one we are in right now. It is still a seller’s market and people selling a home can pick and choose which buyer to work with. The VA using Veteran is often not the one picked due to the costs to the seller.

Solution?

Write a clean offer, ask for the exact amount of closing costs (often less then the regular 3%), offer to work with a great escrow office, have the Veteran write a letter to the seller. Don’t give up, don’t get frustrated and continue to believe in the fact that there is a home out there for everyone.

Result?

Greatfull buyer! Satisfied seller!

WIN-WIN

Cheers!