IN Millcreek Summer 2017 - Page 56

Buying and Selling Tips from the Local Pros “The real estate market in northwest Pennsylvania continues to be strong, thanks to low interest rates and consumer confidence. With the low inventory of homes available to qualified buyers, now is a great time to think about selling your home and moving into that perfect home you’ve always dreamed of. Even though good homes sell quickly, too many sellers think selling a home is easy. STOP right there. This is possibly the most expensive and important thing you own; let a professional do the work for you, allowing you to live your life and probably end up with more money than you thought. Selling your home properly means teaming up with a company that offers you the very best in marketing services, especially one able to reach out to today’s technology-savvy buyers. Interview the managers. See what their entire office and company will do for you to get your home sold quickly. Interview two or three different companies and feel good about your decision. Ask the manager or broker about the type of training agents receive to be the best in their field. Get the home ready to sell. Fix the little things and freshen up the interior, making it neutral to the eye of the buyer. Do some extra yard work, giving the home that HGTV curb appeal that is so important to today’s buyer. Have a home inspector come in before the buyer does, to let you know what should be repaired. It will cost much less if you do it. Most important: think like a buyer. The buyer controls the market.” – Mark Eller, Howard Hanna Broker/Sales Manager • • • • • • • • • “Buyers Beware! The entire world has changed in mortgage lending when you are looking for a new home or refinancing your existing home. The hurdles are many and the process can seem frustrating, invasive and, at times, infuriating. But if you have people on your side who are experienced, they can navigate you through the process (like my team at Vendetti Real Estate Services), and a lot of the bother and stress will be explained to calm your nerves. Also, using a local lender will always help ease the process, as it is right here in your community and accessible to be of assistance when needed. A strong team on your side will make all the differ- ence when buying your new home!” – C. James Vendetti, Esquire, Vendetti Real Estate Services • • • • • • • • • “The general rule in real estate is that buyers seek the least expensive home in the best neighborhood they can afford. In terms of improvements, this means you want a home that fits in the neighborhood but is not over-improved. For example, if most homes in your neighborhood have three bedrooms, two baths and 2,500 sq. ft. of finished space, a property with five bedrooms, more baths and far more space would likely be priced much higher and likely be more difficult to sell. Improvements should be made so that the property shows well, is consistent with the neighborhood and does not involve capital investments, the cost of which cannot be recovered from the sale. Furthermore, improvements should reflect community preferences. Cosmetic improvements—paint, removing wallpaper and landscaping—help a home “show” better and often are good investments. Mechanical repairs, to ensure that all systems and appliances are in good working condition, are recommended to get a ѽɥt+L9х]͡ɸ5Iхє++q!͕́ɕє٥ѥѵɔݥѠѡЁѡ)͕́ѡɽЁѡɽ丁-ѡݸݕѥ丁-͡)ɕ́ɥMݕѡ݅݅䁅݅丁ɕ́͵ɕ́Ѽ)ѡͥѡeԁͼЁݕ́ȁ͵̰ͽȁ)ȁɕ͠ЁЁѼѡɽЁȁѼɕѱ䁕ѡѕɥȁѡ))!́ѼɕɕѥиЁɔɽٕ)ݽɭݥѠЁݡ́ѡɕݕѕ́Ѽȁ́Դ)䁍ɕ́Ёԁѡɽ́ԁɔɭ]ѡɥ)́׊eѕѡɽݐt+L5)̰!݅ɐ!Iѽ++qȁ͕̰$ɕ٥ɕѽȁ݅ѡɽ՝ѡɔ)ЁЁѼٔѕ́ɕɥѡѼ͕ɽ٥ɕЁ́ͅѼ)ɕѥɭЁхѥ̸ѕɥɅ饹݅̽ɥ)՝ɕݥѠѽé̸)ȁ̰$՝ЁѥݥѠɽͥѼЁѡ)嵕ЁЁɕЁɥ̸͍́ݥѠȁɕѽȁԁɕȁqٔ)ɕtȁ݅ЁȁȁѼȁݸ=͔ٕ役e)ѥٔɕ䁥́ɕаͼ͕Ёхѥ́ɱ䁥ѡɽ́Ѽ)ͥȁ͕ɍt+Lɕ!݅ɐ!Iѽ(ЀиȸQ<YIQ%M5ɕ