Examining A Home Objectively

Everyone heads out to look at potential homes with a list of the things they want in a house, and a list of the things they do not want.  In addition to that wish list, there are also some other things you will notice about the homes you visit that may strike you as potential problems. Let’s take a look at examining a home objectively, what matters and what doesn’t.

 

When looking at homes, it is important to know what things are deal breakers and what things are minor issues that you can deal with easily.  Turning down a dream home because of something that is an easy fix seems like a silly thing to do, but it happens surprisingly frequently.

 

Cosmetic Issues

You walk into a home and it has terrible wallpaper or paint colors you wouldn’t dream of using, and it turns you off immediately.  While the gut reaction is normal, it is important to step back from that instinct and think about it objectively.  Painting is not particularly difficult or expensive, so try to imagine how the home would look with a different color palette, one that is more your style.

 

The ability to recognize which issues are merely cosmetic and can be easily fixed is an important key to finding a house you will love.  Be prepared to visualize the home as you could make it with a few cosmetic changes.  It will open you up to the possibilities and might allow you to consider homes that aren’t perfect the way they stand now, but could be just right with a little elbow grease and paint.

 

Major Repairs

In some cases, the major repairs that a house needs might be obvious.  In other cases, they might only be unearthed during a home inspection.  Either way, you will need to consider whether you are willing to deal with the problem.

 

If the home needs expensive repairs, you can either try to get the seller to do the repairs or accept that you will need to do them yourself.  In most cases, the seller will probably not be willing to take on major repair work, but might reduce the price accordingly.  Still, this might be a deal breaker if you are seeking a turnkey home.

 

Knowing The Difference

A home inspection is the best way to uncover all the issues, both minor and major, that a house might have.  I would never let any of my clients buy a house without an inspection, except in extraordinary circumstances. When you review the inspection, look for things that can be easily fixed as well as those that can’t.  The amount of work you want to do on your home will determine what problems you can personally live with.

 

If you are thinking of buying a home, call me today — Chiara Petro with Realty Executives Associates at 865-588-3232

Top Three Reasons Your Knoxville TN Home Did Not Sell

If you are thinking of selling you will want to avoid the most common mistakes when selling your home. If your home has been on the market for some time and you haven’t had any offers, you might want to think about these. Here are the top three reasons your Knoxville TN home did not sell.

 

Home Is Priced Too High

This will certainly turn buyers off, and you may have to make several contingencies or offer incentives in order to get buyers even interested in making an offer. While you may feel your home is special, asking more than the fair market value will usually get you nowhere.

You will want to price your home for sale at or below market value to get in the most buyers. The more people who look at your home, the better your chances are for an offer.

 

Home Is In Bad Condition

While your home in its current condition may work for you and your family, if there are obvious repairs needed, or it is terribly outdated, fixing these problems will not only make it easier to market your home, but will also increase its value.  In most cases this increase will be considerably greater than the money you put into making the changes.

 

Home Is Being Marketed Incorrectly

When selling your home, there are no guarantees that the ultimate buyer will simply walk through the front door.  In many cases you may have to bring your home to the buyer.  Effective marketing will help ensure that your property receives maximum exposure to attract a ready, willing, and able buyer in the shortest period of time.

 

By adhering to the advice in these simple tips, you can avoid the biggest mistakes homeowners make when selling their homes, and the process will be smoother and more profitable in the long run.

 

If you are considering selling your Knoxville home, call Chiara today at 865-588-3232 and let me help you with all your real estate needs.

Open House Sun 1/8/2017 at 7317 Willette Ct Knoxville TN

7317 Willette Court

I will be hosting an Open House on Sunday January 8, 2017 at 7317 Willette Ct, Knoxville TN from 2 – 4 pm.

 

This is a lovingly maintained 3 bedroom, 3 bath home. The main floor has an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances. A cozy fireplace for those cold days. Large deck to enjoy the outdoors, and a separate workshop and storage shed.

 

If you’re out and about looking for your Dream Home, stop by and take a look, at the Open House on Sunday January 8, 2017 at 7317 Willette Ct, Knoxville TN from 2 – 4 pm.

 

If you would rather have a private showing, call my office Realty Executives Associates at 865-588-3232 and ask for Chiara. I’d be happy to show you around.

Now is the Right Time to Buy Your Dream Home

Buying vs Renting Your Knoxville TN Home

When it comes to a home, you have two options: buy or rent.  What is right for one person may not be right for another, which is why it’s important to know which is the best option for your individual situation, especially now that interest rates are starting to rise.

Why People Rent

There are a number of reasons why someone may either choose or be forced to rent, frequent relocating for employment, sporadic or unpredictable income, a high debt-to-income ratio, a bankruptcy or foreclosure within the last six months, unpaid collection accounts or judgments, or just not wanting the commitment to maintaining a home.

Maintenance Matters

As a homeowner, you will be responsible for any maintenance or repair issues that arise.  This is a big consideration when choosing whether to rent or buy.  When you rent, the property owner is responsible for repairs and it may not always be obvious that these issues can be very costly.

How To Know When It’s Time To Buy

If you have steady income with a good employment history, can provide a down payment of at least 3.5-10 percent of the purchase price and are current with all debts, it may be time to consider buying a home instead of renting.  In some cases, the cost of rent may even exceed that of a typical mortgage payment.

When deciding to buy, job stability is a big factor.  If your job does not require frequent relocation and you plan to live in the home for at least 5-10 years, you may want to consider making the purchase.  If you need to relocate after that, you may have enough equity from the sale to use as a down payment on another home.

Home Buyer’s Checklist 

If you can answer yes to the following questions, you may be ready for home ownership.  I can help you to find the perfect home based on your individual needs.

  • Have you been steadily employed for at least one year, but preferably two years?
  • Do you plan to live in the home long enough to build equity?
  • Can you provide a down payment and still have enough money left to pay for closing costs, utilities and home furnishings?
  • Are you current on all debts, including auto loans, credit cards, etc.?
  • In addition to any current debts that you may have, can you afford a monthly mortgage payment which will likely include property taxes and insurance?
  • Do you have the time to devote to shopping for a home and comparing interest rates from various lenders?
  • Have you checked your credit reports for inaccuracies and disputed anything that needs correction with each of the three major credit reporting agencies?

The decision to buy or rent is a very personal one that can only be determined after a careful evaluation of your situation. I can show you the perfect home and a lender can tell you whether or not you can afford it, but it’s up to you to make the choice as to whether or not you are ready to make the move. If you have been thinking of buying, now would be the time to start getting your finances in order, and lock in a lower interest rate, before the rates go up too much. If you aren’t sure, give me a call today at 865-588-3232, and ask for Chiara!