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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 2/24/2020

Once you decide to buy a home, you need to buckle in because youíre in for an emotional roller coaster. You need to be prepared for any type of situation. Youíll need to hunker down and save a significant amount of money for a downpayment. Securing the financing for your home will be at the top of your list. You just donít want to find the home of your dreams only to find out that your offer is rejected, leaving you in a giant puddle of letdown. 


If you have already experienced the pain of having your offer rejected on a home, fear not. Below, youíll find some of the most common reasons why offers get rejected and what you can do about it. 


You Canít Afford The Home


If you try and get a house that you canít afford, chances are that your offer will be rejected. You need to find a reasonable price point to shop for a home. Make sure that your real estate agent understands your budget and wonít show you homes that are above your budget. If you know you wonít be able to resist, you definitely shouldnít risk finding a home that you love and is above your budget. 


There Was A Better Offer


Especially in highly competitive markets, itís easy for bidding wars to arise. A ďwarĒ may be avoided if buyers offer an amount far above the asking price. You always want to keep your offer as close to the asking price as possible. Never assume that other buyers will bid lower than the asking price. If you think like a seller, youíll have a better shot at getting the home of your dreams.     

 

Donít Ask For Too Much


Nothing annoys a seller more than too many contingencies. Many buyers can get carried away here. Itís a good idea to speak with your realtor about the reality of what you hope to get in return for purchasing the home. Your agent can help you to figure out whatís a necessity to ask to be done in the home and what isnít. 


You Didnít Get Pre-approved


Getting that pre-approval letter is oh so crucial to finding the right home. The seller wants the process to go as smoothly as you do. That means you need to get pre-approved before you even head into the field to search for a home. Some sellers may also only consider bids made by buyers who have been pre-approved. 


If you do your research, youíll be able to compete in any type of housing market. All you have to do is be prepared!  

  


To get your offer accepted on a home you love, you need to do your homework. As a buyer, you want to keep the needs of the seller in mind. Although you want the best deal for yourself, you're more likely to get a property that you want if you compromise a bit. 





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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 2/17/2020

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4 Improvements That Increase the Value of Your Home

Home improvement projects add useability, beauty and convenience to your house, and those characteristics make the house more desirable to potential buyers. If you’re considering a home improvement project, here are four that will increase the value of your home.

1. An Addition Increases Square Footage

One of the most impactful home improvements you can make is putting on an addition. Whether a family room, bedroom or home office, an addition adds useable square footage to your house -- and extra space is something that every prospective homebuyer can appreciate. 

While not a perfect measure because value varies with the type of room, you can roughly estimate how much value an addition would have by multiplying the average sale price per square foot in your neighborhood by how many square feet an addition is.

2. A Finished Basement Increases Useable Space

A cheaper alternative to installing an addition, finishing a basement is relatively easy and likewise increases useable space. 

Exactly what constitutes a finished basement can vary. You might simply want some shelves, carpeting and a few games, or you may want a full in-law apartment that’s complete with a bathroom and kitchenette. However you finish your home’s basement, though, the project will add value because anything is more useful than undeveloped storage space.

3. A Complete Kitchen Remodel

If you’re tired of cooking in an outdated kitchen, remodeling your kitchen will improve your day-to-day experience and let you recoup some of your investment. You probably won’t get the full cost of a kitchen remodel back when you sell your home, but you can regain most of the improvement’s cost if you’re wise in the changes that you make. Additionally, a remodeled kitchen can help sell your house faster if you’re in a slow real estate market.

4. A Master Bathroom Remodel

A house’s master bathroom is usually one of the three main rooms that potential homebuyers look at (with the kitchen and master bedroom being the other two). Thus, a master bathroom remodel is an improvement project that many will appreciate and be willing to pay for. 

When you remodel a master bathroom, consider what high-end aesthetics and luxury features would add the most perceived value from someone else’s perspective. Then, pick the ones you think will have the biggest benefit and that you personally like.

Ask a Real Estate Agent

For help deciding how to approach any of these home improvement projects, get in touch with one of our real estate agents. We’re professionals who every day see what attracts prospective homebuyers, and we’d be glad to help you design an improvement that will add true value to your home.





Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 2/10/2020

As a first-time homebuyer, it is easy to feel plenty of optimism as you search for your dream residence. And if you find your ideal house, it may seem likely that a home seller will accept your offer on the residence right away.

However, it is important to remember that a home seller might reject a first-time homebuyer's proposal, regardless of whether this homebuyer submits a competitive offer. In this scenario, a homebuyer needs to know how to move forward and continue to pursue his or her perfect residence.

What should a first-time homebuyer do if a home seller rejects an offer on a home? Here are three tips that every first-time homebuyer needs to know.

1. Learn from the Experience

If a home seller rejects an offer on a house, there is no need to worry. In fact, a first-time homebuyer may be able to resubmit an offer and find out why a home seller rejected his or her initial offer.

For example, a first-time homebuyer may lack financing at the time that he or she submits an offer on a house. But if a homebuyer gets approved for a mortgage and returns with a new offer, he or she may be more likely than before to gain a home seller's approval.

On the other hand, a homebuyer should be ready to move forward with a home search if necessary. Thus, if a home offer is rejected, try not to get too emotional. Instead, a homebuyer should be prepared to reenter the housing market and start his or her search for the perfect home from stage one.

2. Don't Dwell on the Past

For a first-time homebuyer, it can be frustrating and annoying to conduct a home search, find the ideal home and receive a rejection after a proposal to buy the house is submitted. But there is no reason to dwell on the past for too long, as doing so may force a homebuyer to miss out on opportunities to pursue other residences.

Remember, the housing market often features dozens of outstanding houses to match all homebuyers' price ranges. This means if you receive a rejection on one home proposal, you can always restart a home search. And ultimately, a diligent homebuyer should have no trouble discovering a terrific residence, even if his or her initial offer on a residence is rejected.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a housing market expert who understands what it takes to submit a competitive offer on a house. Therefore, he or she will help you prepare a fair offer on a home before you submit it.

If a home offer is rejected, a real estate agent can help you alleviate stress. This housing market professional may be able to explain why the offer was rejected and help you plan your next steps in the homebuying journey.

Don't worry if your first offer on a house is rejected Ė conversely, use these tips, and you can move one step closer to acquiring a stellar residence that matches or exceeds your expectations.




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 2/3/2020

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As 2019 draws to a close, people aren't just turning the page on a new year but also a new decade. With a new decade comes new trends in the real estate industry. The 2010s were a time of drastic shifts in the real estate market. This new decade is sure to be more of the same. As a result, there are a few trends for 2020 that everyone should note.

What the Current Generation Desires

While there are people of all ages looking for houses, the majority of people currently looking for homes are members of the millennial generation. Many of these individuals and families are buying a home for the first time. Many members of this generation are looking for something specific in their home. This might be a laundry room, patio, or additional space in the garage. This also means that many people looking for homes care more about these features than they do about the overall size of the home.

Home Prices are Rising Slowly

When the real estate market crashed about ten years ago, many people were concerned. Fortunately, home prices have rebounded since then and the market has stabilized. For now, home prices are continuing to rise; however, they are rising slowly. This means that those who are looking to establish equity in their current home will continue to do so. This also means that anyone who is looking to buy a home might be able to find the house that is right for them at a discounted rate.

Mortgage Rates Remain Low

In addition, mortgage rates are remaining low as well. Mortgage rates bottomed out a few years ago and haven't changed significantly since then. This has led to a boom in the number of people looking to buy a home, providing advantages for both buyers and sellers. Some people thought that with the rapid rise in the number of people buying homes, mortgage rates would start to climb. This hasn't been the case. This is another reason why many people looking to buy a home should try to act quickly. Mortgage rates cannot go much lower.

More Work is Done Online

With more millennials looking to buy a home than ever before, it should come as no surprise that more of the work is shifting to the internet. More people than ever before are looking at listings online. As a result, anyone looking to sell a home should make sure the information on their online listing is accurate. Furthermore, people looking to purchase a home should also check out the internet listings. Of course, make sure to verify that anything posted online is accurate before acting on it!




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Posted by N.B.Taylor & Co., Inc. Realtors on 1/27/2020

If you plan to buy a house in the near future, you should try to map out the property buying journey. By doing so, you can identify any potential homebuying hurdles and resolve such issues.

To better understand what to expect when you pursue your dream home, let's take a look at three key questions that every homebuyer needs to consider.

1. Where do I want to live?

There is no shortage of high-quality houses available in cities and towns nationwide. As such, it sometimes can be tough to determine exactly where you want to live due to the sheer volume of available homes.

As a homebuyer, it helps to consider your future plans before you kick off a house search. For example, if you intend to enroll in continuing education courses at a university in a particular city, you may want to focus on homes near the city itself. Or, if you prefer to raise your family in a small town, you should plan your house search accordingly.

Don't forget to craft a list of homebuying criteria too. This list will help you further narrow your home search and focus on properties that have features that match your needs.

2. What can I afford to spend on a house?

Buying a home may prove to be virtually impossible if you fail to obtain a mortgage. Lucky for you, many banks and credit unions offer mortgages to homebuyers and can teach you everything you need to know about home financing.

Meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. That way, you can analyze a broad range of mortgage options and select a mortgage that corresponds to your finances.

In addition, it may be beneficial to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Once you are pre-approved for a mortgage, you can enter the real estate market with a budget in hand.

3. How can I achieve my desired goals?

The homebuying journey can be tough to navigate, regardless of whether you're a first-time or experienced property buyer. But if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can achieve your desired results in no time at all.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to discover the right house, at the right price, regardless of the housing market's conditions. He or she will allocate time and resources to learn about your homebuying goals and ensure you can purchase a great residence at a budget-friendly price.

Also, a real estate agent will help you streamline your house search. This housing market professional will set up home showings and keep you up to date about open house events. And when you find your ideal home, a real estate agent will make it easy to submit a competitive offer to purchase this residence.

Take the guesswork out of the homebuying journey Ė work with a real estate agent, and you can receive comprehensive guidance as you pursue your dream home.




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