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I help people buy, sell and invest in Real Estate.
I help people buy, sell and invest in Real Estate.

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7 Important Things Home Sellers Often Forget to Do
By Jennifer O'Neill | Mar 21, 2017
When you’re selling your home there’s so much to do: find a Realtor®, do touch-ups, get that balky air conditioner fixed, look into staging… It’s no wonder that sometimes things fall between the cracks. Big things. (We’re not pointing fingers, promise!) Our arsenal of experts—aka real estate agents who have worked with many home sellers—identify the to-do’s that sellers typically overlook. We promise you, these tasks are well worth the time it will take to complete them (which isn’t very long at all).

Heed this sound advice, and there’s a good chance selling your house won’t be nearly as stressful as everyone tells you it is.

To-do No. 1: Google your address

Not all sellers scour the Internet to find out what’s being said about their property, but they should. Nearly all buyers—90%—search online during their hunt for a home, according to the National Association of Realtors. You should be aware of what your online listing looks like, since it will influence the kinds of concerns buyers will have, says Avery Boyce, a Realtor with Compass Real Estate in Washington, D.C.

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“Is the site’s estimated value very different from your asking price? It might be because tax records have the wrong information about the number of bedrooms or bathrooms your house has, and this is easily fixed,” Boyce says. Consider this too: Google Maps’ street view of your property may not show improvements that you’ve made, so you’ll want to be sure to include those updates in your listing.

To-do No. 2: Account for improvements and issues

“If you’ve owned your home for a while, make a list of all the problems you’ve solved while you’ve lived there,” says Boyce. This could include chimney fires, water damage, or a flood in the basement. Whether you solved the problem or not, you should disclose this information to the buyer so you don’t wind up in a lawsuit after the sale. Disclosing “invisible improvements” that you’ve made, like re-grading or adding a French drain system, can also be a great source of comfort for buyers, adds Boyce.

“The same goes for sewer lines or tanks, radon remediation, or leaky skylights.”

To-do No. 3: Check your real estate agent’s references

An agent’s bad behavior or incompetence could cost you time, money, and peace of mind, so it’s well worth taking extra steps to find the best real estate agent for you. Ask friends for recommendations.

Check that the people you’re considering have a current real estate license—with no complaints filed against them. Meet with the agent and reach out to a few of their references directly.

“Real estate agents should be happy to provide a number of references for a new client to call,” says Marianne Leonard Cashman a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate in Andover, MA. As far as talking to your friends about a real estate agent recommendation, here are some questions Cashman suggests asking:

Did you have confidence in your real estate agent?
Do you think he/she had good knowledge of the local market?
Did your agent communicate well and keep you informed during the entire transaction?
Do you think that he/she negotiated well on your behalf?
Did your agent have good vendors who could assist you?
Did your agent returned calls/emails in a timely fashion?
Would you recommend this person? Why? (Or why not?)
To-do No. 4: Insist on social media marketing

You staged your home beautifully, picked a competitive price, and listed the property, but there’s something else you’ll need to prepare before you’re fully ready to sell—a social media marketing plan. Video tours, floor plans, and photo galleries promoted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are must-dos, advises Cashman.

“You want to make sure that your agent is using all avenues to attract the right buyer for your home,” she explains. “Make sure your home has a presence on your agent’s website, their agency’s website, and is promoted on various sites that will market the home and give information about open houses.”

To-do No. 5: Make sure the doorbell rings

Ah, attention to detail. It’s those little cosmetic repairs that could cost you your home sale. If buyers see that you can’t even be bothered to repair a busted doorbell, they’re automatically going to think about what else may need fixing and view the home negatively.

“First impressions make all the difference,” says Cashman. “A well-kept home, starting with the view from the curb, gives the perception that the seller has great pride in the home and has taken good care of it—which translates into less energy and costs for the buyer as they prepare to move in.”

To-do No. 6: Clean inside everything

Storage is a huge selling point for homes. So be warned: Buyers are going to poke around inside closets, drawers, cabinets, ovens, refrigerators, and even the dishwasher, whether they’re cleaned or not—so you’d better make sure they are clean.

“Spending the money on a service to deep-clean your home will come back to you at least 10 times in your sales price,” says Boyce. Even if you’ve swept up and scrubbed all surfaces to a shine, you’re not done until dust, crumbs, and creepy crawlies are cleaned out from within the small spaces too.

To-do No. 7: Clarify which items are not included

You don’t want a buyer to fall in love with your house because of the custom window treatments and then rescind their offer when they find out the curtains aren’t for sale.

“The law says that anything bolted to the wall or ceiling goes to the buyer unless specifically excluded in the contract,” says Boyce. “If you want to take your flat-screen TV, chandelier, or custom pot rack, be sure to label it as soon as the house goes on the market, so that buyers don’t bank on owning that item and wind up disappointed.”

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Buying a home? Realtor with Remax in Fairfield CA Sandra Aslin says..Here are 7 Most Annoying Things About Buying a Home to consider....
Buying a home is the American dream. So why, then, is it also a complete nightmare? Talk to most home buyers, and they’ll readily admit that for every high point, there are plenty of lows that leave them grumbling. To make sure you’re mentally prepared, here are some common irritations you may encounter on the path to homeownership. Rest assured, it’s worth it in the end, but it’s best to know what you’re up against. Fight the good fight!

Annoyance No. 1: Accessibility issues

You’ve seen the listing of your dreams online, but how does it look in real life? You’re dying to know … if only the owner would let you take a tour. Sellers who treat their homes like fortresses and make it difficult to get in for showings—and, later on, home inspections and walk-throughs—are a major hassle for home buyers looking to make a deal.
We know people are busy and all, but assuming they truly do want to sell their home—it is listed, after all—couldn’t they find a way to squeeze you in?
Annoyance No. 2: The ‘purchase diet’
Even before starting your house hunt, you’ll need to scratch together a down payment. And there’s more: Once you’ve found the perfect home for you, you’ll also need to cough up closing costs. Then, you’d better start preparing for moving expenses.

With all this money flying out of your bank account, you have to suddenly be very, very careful about making any unnecessary purchases. Hey, even some necessary ones may now seem debatable. Who needs dinner, anyway? You ate this morning, isn’t that enough?
Annoyance No. 3: The wait to decorate

You’re so excited about your new digs, you can’t wait to furnish every inch. But alas, you’ll probably have to put the brakes on any trips to Room & Board, since not only did you just blow pretty much all of your funds on the house itself, but there are more serious consequences as well.
Annoyance No. 4: The seller leaves some ‘parting gifts’ …

You can’t wait to park your car in your new garage. But as you open the door, you’re faced with a scene from an episode of “Hoarders,” thanks to the previous owner, who opted to leave you a few unwanted surprises.

Yes, they’re supposed to leave the home clean and debris-free, but they must have deluded themselves into thinking that you’d love to inherit their old milk crates, half-used bags of potting soil, and other castoffs. Ever heard of holding a garage sale right when you move in? Well, now’s your chance.
At least in this case, there’s a pre-emptive measure you can take: “Have your agent coordinate a time where you can meet with the seller prior to closing to go over how everything works, or ask for a list of instructions on how certain things operate in the house,” suggests Ameer. After all, who knows better than the person who’s been living there already?
Annoyance No. 5: … or parting messages

Wendy Flynn, a Realtor with Keller Williams in College Station, TX, recalls disgruntled sellers who went to the trouble of releasing all the freon from the home’s air-conditioning system after the final walk-through—for the sole purpose of sticking it to the buyers after hard feelings had developed over the course of the transaction. Unfortunately, this is no one-off.
“I had another angry seller who removed all of the lightbulbs from the house just before closing … and the buyers had to purchase all new lightbulbs for the house,” she says.

Moral of the story: Try your best not to rub your sellers the wrong way, because bad vibes can become toxic.
Annoyance No. 6: Postpurchase letdown

It can be a real disappointment when there are items in a home that looked great when you were viewing the home, but just below the surface, it turns out that things are not exactly what they seemed.
Annoyance No. 7: How does this work?

Everything seemed so simple and user-friendly on the walk-though, but now that you’re on your own, nothing makes sense. You’d swear that figuring out that odd door that won’t lock or the sprinkler system requires an engineering degree.

Speaking of which: Home sellers face their own share of annoyances. So if you’re also hoping to unload the home you’re in as well, tune in tomorrow for the full list of all the irritations in store!
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Deed Restrictions, What about them when buying, building or upgrading for a home.
The day my sister planned to close on an acre-lot where she and her family hoped to build a brand-new house, Her real estate agent turned up a deed restriction that limited the number of garages she could construct. They had intended to build three, but according to the deed, they could have only two.
This seems like the ultimate First World problem, I know. But it was the first deed restriction they, as a new developer, had encountered, and I didn’t understand why this rule had come out of nowhere to block their progress on land they were paying good money for.
It turns out, the restriction was more than 50 years old and created by a neighborhood association that long ago ceased to exist—and therefore couldn’t enforce it. They ended up closing the deal, but I had to consider all the dreamy-eyed buyers who longed to build their own home and were thwarted by rules—archaic or not.
And here’s the rub: Deed restrictions affect more than would-be home builders. You can be restricted by anything from the number of bedrooms in your house to the types of vehicles in your driveway. It’s best to know about deed restrictions before you buy, so let’s take a look at what they’re all about.
First, find out if your property has any deed restrictions
First, let’s back up for a second. Deed restrictions, often called “restrictive covenants” (especially in the context of homeowners associations), are restrictions contained in a deed that limit how a property can be used and what can be built on it. Most often, developers include restrictions not covered by local zoning regulations. The property doesn’t even have to be part of an HOA to be limited by some rule a developer included in the deed decades ago—as I discovered.
Deed restrictions turn up during title searches and a careful reading of the current deed. They “run with the land,” which means that anyone who buys the property in future is supposed to abide by the restrictions, whether they were attached to the property 20 years ago when the neighborhood was developed, or 100 years ago when the land was a farm.
“When building a new home, or even doing an addition to your current home, it’s vital that you check your deed for any building restrictions,” says Bill Golden, an Atlanta-area Realtor®.
Deed restrictions aren’t HOA rules
Don’t confuse deed restrictions with regular HOA rules. An HOA can decide one day that no home in the association can string up Christmas lights. But if all the homeowners object, the HOA board can easily change its mind.
Deed restrictions, on the other hand, are difficult to change. Usually it takes a judicial ruling to invalidate them. In the worst of all worlds, a property’s use can be limited by both deed and HOA restrictions.
Types of deed restrictions run the gamut
And deed restrictions aren’t just about construction. Zachary D. Schorr, a Los Angeles real estate attorney, says he’s seen deed restrictions that require exterior paint colors to match colors found in nature, or even restrict rental properties.
“With the rise of VRBO and Airbnb, we are even seeing restrictions on nightly rentals and the minimum rental period for a house,” Schorr says.
Today, HOAs and developers create restrictions that, in theory, provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Some common deed restrictions can cover the following:
Number of bedrooms (an attempt to prevent overwhelming sewer and septic capacities)
Building height, width, and siting (to prevent obstructing views, especially in scenic and vacation areas)
Number of vehicles allowed in the driveway or in front of the house, intended to keep the neighborhood from looking cluttered and junky
Type of vehicles allowed in the driveway, like motor homes, boats, and motorcycles
Type of fencing allowed (e.g., chain-link fences or very high privacy fences might be restricted)
Type and number of trees you can remove from the property (Some restrictions protect a percentage of trees on a lot, which may have been put in place years ago by neighboring farmers and still are attached to the land.)
Style, color, and construction materials used in a renovation (an attempt to limit architectural variations in a neighborhood)
Pools, sheds, detached workshops, and extra garages can be forbidden or restricted
Use of your home as a business (to prevent a lot of strangers from coming and going)
Types of animals allowed on the property (Many deeds restrict livestock like chickens and goats; some also restrict breeds and number of pets.)
Who enforces deed restrictions?
Before World War II, property owners often wrote deed covenants that restricted the race and religion of future owners. However, in 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants that impose racial or religious restriction cannot be enforced.
Today, some title companies that research deed restrictions don’t even include these restrictive covenants in their reports, fearing a potential buyer might misconstrue their existence with their enforceability, leaving the title company open to discrimination charges.
Many covenants, in fact, exist in limbo because no ruling body still exists to enforce them—just like the garage covenant on the deed to my property. Your real estate agent and title company can help you determine if the ruling body still exists or is actively enforcing the rules, an important piece of information to know before you buy.
How to change a deed restriction
Modifying a restrictive covenant isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible, either.
First, go to your county courthouse and obtain a copy of the covenant, which often contains provisions for changing it or, if you’re lucky, an expiration date. Sometimes, you can seek special permission from the governing body, like your HOA. Sometimes you can violate the covenant if you obtain permission from your neighbors.
Some states maintain laws that allow property owners to modify covenants if they follow certain steps.
If all else fails, you may be able to persuade a judge to invalidate a covenant if it’s vague, impractical, illegal, or has been widely disregarded by neighbors.
What if you can’t change the restriction?
This is why we say investigate all restrictions before buying. You may not want the hassle of begging enforcing groups or judges to allow you to build a work shed or park your boat in the driveway.
It’s often easier to adjust your expectations or find another property when deed restrictions prevent you from building your dream home.

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Sold!!🏆another home sold by buyers agent Sandra Aslin with Remax Gold. Helpng people buy and sell their home in Solano County and surrounding areas. I can help you too.

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