Itasca Realty

Itasca County Real Estate


Advantages of using a buyer's agent to purchase your home

There are many factors to consider when contemplating the purchase of a home. From the location and property type to the design and market value, purchasing real estate can quickly become a daunting process. This process can often pose a dilemma as to whether they should go on their own to find the right property and complete the sale process or to contract a buyer’s agent. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or real estate mogul in the making, here are a few reasons we believe using a buyer’s agent may give you the advantage.

Buyer’s agents are free
When buyer’s agents are mentioned, people may think it will cost them. Fortunately, in most cases this is actually quite the opposite as more often than not, in residential real estate, the responsibility of paying the commissions usually lies on the seller irrespective of whether a buyer’s agent is in the mix or not. This means you can contract an agent, that may offer a better understanding of the real estate landscape and negotiate a better sale price.

Negotiating power
Perhaps you're new to the real estate market and do not yet have the knowedge and years of expertise that a buyer’s agent has by your side. A buyer’s agent will help you hold all the chips when negotiating with the seller and help you obtain the best terms possible on the property of your choice.

Access to properties
Our agents have full access to the MLS allowing them enhanced search options to help you find that perfect home or property that better matches your preferred desires. An agent will do the leg work after collecting information on your preferences saving you time and money by excluding homes with issues. Even when there is no property matching your needs available, buyer’s agents will continually be on the lookout and inform you as soon as something suitable comes to market.

Do what you know, save you time and money
Whether you're a novelist or Phd., your time is valuable and just like a real estate agent wouldn't write a novel or do brain surgery they have a unique skillset that will benefit you in the final sale. Buyer’s agents are qualified professionals with a large network of professional colleagues and acquaintances that have first-hand knowledge about properties, areas and locations. Rather than going DIY in an unchartered territory, allow the buyer’s agent to work their magic while you do what matters to you and when the time comes to look at the properties you'll enjoy it a lot more.

Knowledge, experience and expertise
As we earlier noted, buyer’s agents have first-hand information about the areas, what properties are a good buy, and which ones you should steer clear of. They have unparalleled experience with the real estate market and can educate you about your options, timing, policies, buying process as well as the housing laws and other relationships. This professional expertise can be leveraged to help you make informed decisions about the property you’ve been eyeing.

From writing offers, reviewing disclosures and filling escrows to compiling and filing all the paperwork post-purchase, this is not one thing you want to do on your own. Having a buyer’s agents will help cross your t's and dot your i's to ensure that every detailed is handled appropriately and everyone meets up with their requirements.

To conclude

Having a buyer’s agent by your side is a great thing to do when buying a new home. The wealth of experience and expertise gathered over the years will be available to ensure that you make the right choice and get the keys to the property that is ideal for you and your family.

How to prepare your home for a sale in 12 steps

With the ever increasing real estate properties on the market, buyers have an ever increasing selection of affordable homes to choose from. While you may be in a hurry to sell your home quickly, not preparing your home for a sale before placing it on the market can cost you time and money. 

Be it your first home for sale or just another property being listed, the presence or absence of a near-perfect effort can either land a premium price on your property or significantly reduce the value in the buyer’s eyes.

Here are 12 steps to help you prepare your home for sale.

  1. Try to buy your own home
    Before you hang the “for sale” sign, approach your home and inspect it like you did the first time you bought it or have a friend, family member or neighbor go through the home in order to be impartial. This will help you see any issues from a buyer’s perspective.

  2. An entrance to impress
    A good first impression of your home is not to be made from inside the house. Rather, it starts from, your environment and surrounding. Ensure that your lawn is perfectly mowed, the gardens weeded and the bushes pruned. You should also have a litter free property. Use a pressure washer on the walkways, steps, decking, sidings, garage door, etc. Clean all gutters and drainages of any debris.

    An impressive entrance will bring more potential buyers in the door in anticipation of a stunning interior.

  3. Make the appropriate repairs
    You want your home to be at prime condition before your buyers arrive. Take care of both major and minor defects that are visible especially things like leaky roofs, cracked windows and holes in the wall.

  4. Our door should be inviting
    Splurge out some paint and give your door a sharp look with some fresh coat of contrasting color that makes it stand out. If your house numbers are faded too, now is the time to replace them. You also need a welcome mat if the old one is no longer much to talk about.

  5. Wash the floors and walls
    Now that we are indoors, we would like to see you clean the ground and walls. If your home isn’t in so great shape because of the kids or another reason, you may be smart to order for a house cleaning service to wipe every spot clean.

  6. The bathrooms definitely matter
    From the tiles, to the walls to the broken mirrors and cracked sinks, clean and/or change everything. Buyers value bathrooms just as much as they value their money, you would need to make your bathroom so shiny they’d think it was never used.

  7. Depersonalize and remove clutter
    When buyers step into a space, they consciously or subconsciously begin to place and envision their properties inside the space. The only thing that’s going to block that imagination is all your personal belongings lying everywhere like your home isn’t up for sale. Use boxes and storage units to clean up and leave the space void.
  8. Shine bright like a diamond
    Clean everything till it sparkles. From kitchen counter tops to ceiling fans and floors, make sure everything shines.

  9. Go neutral
    Paint your home in neutral colors. You don’t want buyers looking away simply because they don’t like the red coat you’ve used in your hallway. (By the way, who uses red in hallways?)

  10. Organize your closets and drawers
    If you keep your drawers and closets unorganized, now is the time to get it all together. Seeing a messy closet will give buyers the notion that you home has insufficient storage space.

  11. Remove foul odors
    Spray an air freshener or neutralizer in your home to make the air more conducive. Keep litter boxes and garbage bags outdoor, do the dishes and take out the burnt food. Those leftover in the refrigerator too and the spoilt milk on the kitchen counter.

    Invite natural smells by bringing in some house plants and turn on the air con if you have one. You could also bake some cookies and capture your buyer’s olfactory.

  12. Let go of the emotional attachment
    This is a very serious point as many sellers meet the right buyers but don’t make up their mind because of emotional connection to the four walls
    It’s all about the money, as soon as you shake hands, it’s no longer your home, let it go.