Tuesday, September 29, 2020

3 Things Buyers Notice Right Away When Touring Your Home

I work with many buyers and these are the three things I observe most buyers notice right away when we are touring a home. 

Buyers notice curve appeal.

The first thing that buyers see when walking into your home is its curb appeal. You ever heard of the saying "you can never have a second chance to make a good first impression"? It is also true when selling your house. 

Story time. I worked with buyers who did not even want to see the inside of the house as soon as we pulled up in the driveway. The lawn wasn't mowed, the weeds were growing and there were litters all over the ground. They later explained that if seller couldn't even do a simple task of picking up trash in front of the house (never mind mowing the lawn or the weeds), they were not confident that the homeowners took care of the inside of the house. That, coupled with the fact that the internet pictures were not very compelling, and the neighbors had a million cars parked in front of it (I'm exaggerating but you get the drift), they decided they did not want to waste their time touring the house any more than they want to waste the seller's time. 

So, when your agent tells you curb appeal matters, listen to him or her. They know this from experience and they want to sell your home sooner just as you do. 

Buyers notice whatever undesirable smell your house gives off.

As soon as buyers enter your home, they will notice right away the smell of it. Keep your pets somewhere else temporarily if possible. Open the windows to let some fresh air in. Hire a professional to deep clean if you can.

When selling your home and you like to smoke inside your house, stop. Just stop. Smoke outside. Just until your house sells and you can do whatever you want again on your next one. 

Most people love pets but some are allergic to it and some don't even like it. We toured this home in Lake Elsinore that has a pet pig that lives inside the house which is fine, to each their own. But as soon as we walk in, the house had an unpleasant smell to it. Although the house looked nice, we couldn't even stay five minutes to tour it because my clients got headaches from the combined pet smell and scented candles. 

Try not cook right before a showing. However, the smell of fresh baked cookies seem to be very welcoming to many buyers. 

Once you take care of all the unappealing smell, only then you should make your house more inviting with scented fragrance like vanilla or lavender. Something that would make someone consider themselves living in your home so hopefully you can get an offer. 

Buyers notice clutters and mess. 

Be honest. When you visit your family and friends, do you not notice if their house is messy? Of course you do because it stands out. You do not judge but you notice. When it comes to buying a house, it's imperative that you clean up a little bit... or a lot... because it distracts the buyers. Instead of focusing on your home and imagine where their furniture will go, they are thinking what else are you not taking care of. They're wondering if there are any ants around, or worse, rats. You do not want them to have that impression because when you're selling your home, buyers, and sometimes agents, will judge you. 

If you or someone you know is looking to own, sell or invest in real estate in Canyon Lake - Menifee area and the surrounding cities, I'd love to help! 

Angela Carpio, Realtor





Monday, September 7, 2020

Buying a New Construction Home? Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know...

When working with clients who are looking to own their new home, I want to make sure that they do not miss out on anything so I talk about new construction homes with them to see if it is something that they would consider. Here are 5 things you need to know when purchasing a new construction home. 

Having your own real estate agent helps you.

Technically, you do not need to work with a real estate agent when purchasing a new construction home. Guess what? Builders pay the agent's commission. Not working with an agent DOES NOT give you discount on the purchase of your home anyway so not having someone on your corner is a disadvantage to you. Especially if you're a first time home buyer, you need someone objective and someone who knows that they're doing to guide you. Here's a warning. Do not just work with any real estate agent. Make sure they have experience so they know how to help you. I attend each and every appointment my clients have and even though ultimately, it is their decision, I remain the objective agent they need me to be and point out things that may or may not help them based on their wants, needs and whys. 

You may be paying higher taxes.

With new housing construction comes new amenities, infrastructure and services. Depending on where your new construction home search takes you, you will likely pay the Mello-Roos tax. A Mello-Roos  is a special tax assessment applied only to residents of the district that benefits from the project. It is an extra tax burden that you may or may not want to take on so be sure to do your research. I advise my clients right away if a community have Mello-Roos and they usually does. This way, no one's time is wasted and they know exactly what they're getting into. 

There are some items you may be able to negotiate.

Builders maybe reluctant to drop the price of the new construction home but there are some other items you may be able to negotiate. Better home upgrades is one of them. Another one is closing cost when you work with their in house lender. That's why it is important to work with an agent who has experience working with new construction homes. You could potentially save thousands of dollars. 

Everything needs to be in writing.

Just like when purchasing a pre-loved home, everything the sales consultant tells you need to be in writing. I don't mean in an email or a text message. Any negotiated upgrades or closing cost need to be part of the contract. This is where having your own real estate agent helps you. I once attended a contract signing for my clients where they forgot to include the $10,000 home gallery upgrades we asked for. Fortunately, I caught it so it was added on the contract. 

Learn about the community.

Ask what features benefit the community. Ask about clubhouse, health and fitness center, community pool if they have one. Ask about the parks. If you have children, ask what school district does the property falls on so you can do your research on those schools. How close or far are you from the stores? What are their plans for the community and for the city? Think about what is important to you. Again, this is where having an agent can help you because your agent should stop and think about your wants and needs and how this property checks all those. I know that's what I do for my clients. 

When you know what to do, what to expect and when you work with the right people, the right team, purchasing a new construction home, can be the right fit for you. 

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If you or someone you know is looking to own, sell or invest in real estate in Canyon Lake - Menifee area and the surrounding cities, I'd love to help! 

Angela Carpio, Realtor





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