Forget Your Emotions When Pricing Your Home

In almost every scenario, homeowners think their home is worth more than it actually is.  We have a self serving bias that is sometimes hard to get over, even in the face of facts.  To a perspective buyer, your home is just another property, but to you it is much more.  The home where you … [Read more…]

Closing Costs

Whether you are buying a house or selling one, there are expenses that will be incurred.  These expenses are called closing costs and are collected at the time of closing on the property.  Typically, the buyer’s costs are greater.  These include, but are not limited to, lender fees, appraisal fees, inspections, buy down point when … [Read more…]

Tips For Summer Selling

It’s no secret, summer is one of the best times to sell your home.  This summer the market will be red hot.  If you are trying to sell your home, now is the time to put your best foot forward.  Here are a few things to consider while your home is on the market over … [Read more…]

Rock Hill, SC

Rock Hill is not only my home town, it is also the place I do the vast majority of my business.  While I serve the entire York County area, my focus is, and has always been, Rock Hill.  Originally a railroad depot, Rock Hill got it’s name from the fact that railway conductors refereed to the depot … [Read more…]

Earnest Money

When you make an offer on a house, the offer needs to be accompanied by an earnest money deposit.  The purpose of this is to show the seller your sincere intentions to purchase the property.  There is no set amount for earnest money, but the more you put down the better your offer will look.  … [Read more…]

Getting Pre-Approved for a Loan

Everyone loves to look at houses.  After all, that is the fun part of being a Realtor.  However, as a buyer, you should get pre-approved for a loan prior to starting your home search.  This will allow you to know what you can afford and will also ensure you are ready to make an offer when … [Read more…]

Short Sales

Despite their name, short sales are not a quick process.  There is a common misconception that short sales do not take long, but the “short” refers to the homeowner being short on their mortgage, or being underwater.  This means they owe more than the home is currently worth.  In a short sale the bank allows … [Read more…]

Contingencies

As a rule, it is best as a buyer to submit your offer with as few contingencies as possible.  This will make your offer more attractive to a seller.  Some contingencies are expected, such as financing, appraisal, and inspections but adding in additional ones can lessen the strength of your offer. The most common contingency … [Read more…]

Staging Your Home

Once your home is listed and showings begin, you want to put your best foot forward.  Make your home look it’s absolute best and bring out it’s utmost potential.  This can help you get the most for your home and well as reduce days on market.  Here are a few tips for staging your home: Depersonalize- … [Read more…]

Home Inspections

While a home inspection is often not mandatory in a real estate transaction, it is highly recommended.  A home inspection is an objective analysis of the house and it’s major components by a licensed professional.  Even new houses have problems that may go unseen by the untrained eye.  Older homes sometimes have inspections that are … [Read more…]