Let's Focus on Your Homes Best Side
February is just about over and it is time to get your home in tip-top shape and ready to list if you plan on moving this year! As a Realtor® with over 20 years of experience, I can tell you that one of the most important aspects of listing your property is to offer the best first impression of your home to buyers! It is no longer enough to make sure your home is just clean and tidy when buyers arrive at your doorstep for a showing. You need to make sure your home makes the very best first impression online before buyers ever set foot in the foyer!
Your chosen real estate professional should walk through your home with you to discuss areas that need attention before photographs are taken by a professional photographer. Selfies may be all the rage, but taking listing pictures of one of your most important assets should be done by a trained professional and this should be part of the listing procedure used by your Realtor®. They should also be taking extensive notes on your home’s best qualities as they move through your home with you to use as captions on the still photographs once pictures are uploaded into the MLS system. Adding descriptions along with photographs can help buyer’s better understand the best details and character points of your home.
A video tour can also be created and posted for online viewing on platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow, Trulia and others to encourage interest and showcase your home’s best qualities. By having your home marketed through multiple sites, it is receiving the widest exposure rather than just appearing on the MLS site. An audio track can be added to a video tour to describe your home’s details. QR codes can be created and added to print media to link to the listing or any tours that have been created. This can be very helpful when flyers are used outside the property to quickly capture interest of potential buyers driving through neighborhoods an see a sign in your yard.
When you choose a Realtor®, ask about how they plan to market your home and make it stand out from the competition. Look at examples of some of their current listings online to see how they accentuate details on different sites. Buyers do a lot of shopping on their phones and tablets before they ever decide they want to see a property in person. Make sure your home will make the very best first impression when you list it!
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Jarod Tanklsey 615.403.8265
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Brentview Realty 615.373.2814
Posted on 02/26/2020 9:49 AM by jarod tanksley
Ready to Buy? Pre-Approval will Help!
Now that we are well into the new year, many of you may be considering buying a new home. Whether it is your first home-buying experience or not, let me offer you some tips to make the process a little easier! With home inventories low, there may be more competition in your desired neighborhood. Keeping this in mind, you want to take every opportunity you can to stand out from other buyers. One of the best ways to do this is getting pre-approval from your lender. This is a step that has become more important to most sellers in a competitive market where often times multiple offers are made on a property soon after the home hits the market.
Mortgage pre-approval is not a difficult process but does require a bit of research, time and of course, lots of paperwork! This process shows sellers that you are serious about purchasing their home by being financially prepared before you ever look at their home. If they accept your contract there may be some surprises but more than likely they won’t be caused by your personal finances.
To get the process started you will need to choose a lender you are comfortable working with because you will be spending some time with them and sharing quite a bit of financial information along the way. They will look at your credit report and request copies of tax documents, pay stubs, savings and checking account statements or other documents for proof of income. If someone is assisting you with a down payment, they may ask for a letter from that person stating the money is a gift rather than a loan that must be paid back to them at some point in the future. They will also request information regarding your current debts to determine how much you can afford to borrow for your new home.
Once they have completed the analysis of your income, assets and debts you will be given a price point to assist you in narrowing your search. Pre-approval documents are generally valid for 60-90 days so you want to be sure you are ready to put a home under contract before you embark on the process if you don’t want to repeat it at a later date. Also keep in mind that pre-approval is not a strict guarantee that the lender will approve you for a mortgage, especially if any of your financial circumstances such as changing jobs or acquiring additional debt occurs. You also don’t have to get your mortgage from the lender who provided your pre-approval and might want to shop around to a second or third lender for a better rate if the first one is not satisfactory to you as the mortgage business can be very competitive. Keeping these few tips in mind will help you be more financially prepared when you make the decision to buy a new home and as always feel free to reach out to me if I can help you in any way! #Doyouknowjarod
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Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty 615.373.2814
Posted on 02/12/2020 9:28 AM by jarod tanksley