The Best Time to Buy or Sell a Home depends on where you live. But, here in San Diego, we don’t suffer pronounced slow down in the market like many other areas in the country. And I have found that November is a great month to buy a home and get some good deals. And if you are selling a home, you will be dealing with a lot of SERIOUS buyers. There are many homes on the market that didn’t sell during the summer months, either because they were priced to high, or they may need more renovation work than buyers wanted to take on. With effective and skilled negotiations, these properties can be picked up for a great price. Please call me for more information, I would love to help you get a deal or sell your home. Craig Sutliff Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner Email: Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com Cell: 619-857-
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There is a significant, Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units to home buyers, home sellers and any homeowner that owns an older central A/C unit. And this threat can mean a BIG hit to your pocketbook! For more information, please call or email me, I am happy to help: Craig Sutliff, Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner The GreenHouse Group Cell: 619-857-4954 Email: Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com BRE Lic# 01735288 NMLS ID
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Hidden Secrets Lurking in this Beautiful Home? One of the most important steps in purchasing a home, is having a home inspection conducted. Now, just what kind of home inspection do you need? Well, the first step is to get a General Home Inspection. A general home inspector will conduct a general inspection of 5 primary home features: foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical and overall functioning systems of the home. If the home inspector finds any deficiencies with these areas, he will typically recommend a more in-depth inspection by a specialist, such as a licensed plumber, electrician or foundation specialist. This particular home, my clients were in contract to purchase, had some uneven floors that raised the concerns of these first time home buyers I was representing. Where many agents might try to downplay the significance of any negative findings, the role of a true consultant is to leave no stone unturned and to make sure any concerns of their client(s) are addressed. So in this case, we hired a foundation specialist to investigate the home further. As it turned out, there were some minor corrections that were recommended, which we were able to negotiate with the sellers to have repaired. Now my clients have complete confidence in the home, and that I will look out for their best interests. So if you are looking for a real estate agent that
So you’ve reviewed your Home Inspection Report and have discussed your concerns with your real estate consultant, what are your options? Option A) If the home is not to your satisfaction and you’d like to cancel the contract, as long as you have not removed your contingencies, you still can so get the heck outta there! Option B) the property checked-out, there were no major problems detected, you are good to go if you feel comfortable moving forward or Option C) There are some items you’d like the Seller to repair before moving forward. Now the way you address these issues takes a whole lotta strategizing because your ultimate goal is to get your requests to fly with the Seller. For a tips on how to best handle the situation and get what you want, shoot me line to the info below: Anahi@greenmeansgrow.com or at 858.381.2621. Till next time and happy house hunting!
Did you discover items during the home inspection that surprised you? After a home inspection, you’ll receive a detailed Home Inspection Report. The summary will be a lengthy size, but don’t be alarmed! No single home is perfect and inspectors have to disclose everything about a property, so that will include missing sink stoppers and old water heaters too! Remember, the report is the property profile and a diagnostics tool for your records and future use for potential upgrades, repairs, or simply to take preventive measures. So, while some items are pretty common in almost every home, the rule of thumb is: if it is a health and safety issue, we as your representatives will be all over it! You should have a conversation with your agent about the report to discuss your concerns, talk about your options, get your agent’s opinion, and put together what is called a Request For Repairs, this request will go out to the Seller so it requires a great deal of strategy. We will discuss the do’s and don’ts of drafting a Request For Repairs next time, but for a list of the most common discoveries at home inspections, shoot me line to the info below: Anahi@greenmeansgrow.com or at 858.381.2621. Till next time and happy house hunting!
In the last video we defined a home inspection, so today, we’re going to talk about what to expect at one. Now, the duration of the inspection depends on the size of the property: a 2 bedroom 1,200 sq ft. condo can take 1.5-2.5hrs, a 3-4 bedroom 1,800 sq. ft. house can take 2.5-3.5 hrs. So plan ahead and block some time in your schedule to attend the home inspection. The inspector will check the following major components of a property’s integrity: electrical, plumbing, roof, foundation, and integrated appliances. While you are more than welcomed to follow the inspector around the property, please know that there is a method to their inspection and it should always end with a wrap-up. In the wrap up the inspector will give you a summary of the findings and allow time for all of your questions. While it is not mandatory for you to attend your home inspection, you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice if you don’t at least show-up for the wrap-up. Yes, you’ll typically received your inspection report within 24-48hrs, but remember, this is your opportunity to find-out as much as possible about the home you are about to purchase, ask questions, and have some time to carefully look around…I even like to have a little fun by preparing for the big move! For tips on how to make the best
Your offer has been accepted, you’ve made your earnest money deposit, and now you are beginning your investigations. Next is the home Inspection: Per Wikkipedia: “A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.”p tonspection?ction.ssues with the house you are about to purchase so that you can decide whether to move forward or The most important step to take during your investigation period, is doing yourself the biggest favor and exercising your right to a home inspection. A home inspection is kind of like when you visit your general practitioner for a physical. After some tests, you will be told the results of your overall health, what to watch-out for, what needs immediate attention, and when to seek the advice of a specialist if necessary. A home inspection is not about figuring-out if the property is worth what you are paying for it, that is an appraisal which we will cover at a later time, it’s not about focusing on aesthetic things like a poorly maintained carpet/floor/yard. An inspection is for you to know if there are any alarming issues with the property so that you can decide whether to move forward or walk-away from the transaction. While inspectors do a thorough investigation of the