Crime is a strong concern among buyers. It is human nature to want to know how safe an area is. A real estate agent is under no circumstances allowed to give his/her opinion or advice on crime. It is common practice for a professional real estate agent to refer a potential buyer to the local precinct for advice on the safety of certain areas. I can tell you as a native Staten Islander and retired New York City Police Sgt. that Staten Island is a nice place to live!
An Open House is an old school tool to lure potential buyers into a listed home for sale. Personally I feel open houses are most as effective as they once were although on occasion they do work.
Face it. In a buyers' market, which we are in now, the buyer is somewhat in control. With that they want to be convenienced somewhat schedule wise. A buyer will request a private appointment that works for them rather than show on a set day between set hours. In a sellers' market, if you recall, 7 to 10 years ago buyers were just racing from one open house to another open house to be the first to bid on the house. Prices were climbing and home inventory was scarce. Today's market is the opposite. In a buyers market there is a larger inventory of homes and…
Buyers should work with one agent. Many buyers feel that they should jump around from agent to agent or just deal with the listing agent.
In my personal opinion a buyer should work with one agent and only one agent. Yes they should be certain they are comfortable with the agent. The agent should be competent, accessible and knowledgeable. A buyer should actually interview the agent of their choice. Ask agent to verify his/her experience. Ask for stats. Make sure the agent is savy and knowledgeable in the market or area of interest. Inquire about their accessibility. Is the agent full time or part time? Some of the best agents are part time.
Once you have a working relationship with one agent and have established a bond, be loyal to that agent. If…
Buying a home can be a long drawn out and stressful process. It is so important to surround yourself with true professionals. Among these professionals are a real estate broker, an attorney, a home inspector and a mortgage broker.
Your first stop aside from maybe sitting with a real estate broker to make sure you feel comfortable and “hit it off” is to contact a mortgage broker to learn or verify your true buying power. Many naïve buyers look at homes first and then worry about buying power. Wrong! Aside from not wasting your time, seller’s time and real estate agents time, a buyer needs a pre qual from a reputable banking institution for various reasons:
• You need to know true buying power
• You need to know the monthly cost or expected budget
- Clear all clutter. Keep all couner tops, furniture, floors free of unecessary clutter!
- Open blinds. Let all natural light in.
- Turn on all lights prior to buyer showing up. Don't wait until they arrive. The more light the better. Rooms look bigger.
- Light a few scented candles. Just an inexpensive way to give a nice touch.
- Fill a few vases with flowers.
- Limit or remove most personal photos. Allow your buyer to start to picture your home as theirs.
- In season, plant bright flowers in gardens. Fill garden pots.
- Keep room temperature proper. Have air on ahead of time in summer and have
What is the Officer Next Door Program?
It is a program that falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Fulltime Police Officers that are employed by the NYPD, state or federal agencies may be able to purchase a home that is featured in the program.
With a 50% discount from the list price of the homes featured in the program, law enforcement officers, K-12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are incentivized to move into revitalized areas.
The goal of the government program is to strengthen designated areas throughout the United States of America. The homes that are available frequently change and can be viewed by the public and real estate professionals. Officers…