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home in its current condition may work for you and your family, if there are obvious repairs needed, or it is terribly outdated, fixing these problems will not only make it easier to market your home, but will also increase its value.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

Understanding Closing Costs When Buying Your Knoxville, TN Home

Most people who are in the market for a new home are aware of the costs associated with purchasing a home and moving, but closing costs can be expenses that may be overlooked, especially for first-time home buyers.  In most cases, they can be approximately four percent of the purchase price of your home.  So before planning your home purchase budget, here are some expenses that aren’t always talked about that you may want to include when buying your Knoxville TN home.

 

In general, there are two types of closing costs, recurring and non-recurring.  Recurring costs include things like fire and flood insurance, property taxes, and mortgage insurance; these are expenses that should become part of your monthly budget and in most cases, are often anticipated by new home buyers.

 

Non-recurring costs are one-time costs that are associated with closing a home purchase, and usually make up the bulk of extra expenses.  Non-recurring closing costs usually include:

  • Title Policies
  • Escrow
  • Wire Fees
  • Delivery
  • Endorsements
  • Recording
  • Transfer Taxes
  • Home Protection Plans
  • Natural Hazard Disclosures
  • Home Inspection
  • Lender Fees

 

All of these costs will be discussed with you by your lender. And your actual closing fees may include just a few of these costs. Purchasing a home is a huge investment and expense, and getting a clear picture of the cost before signing your name on the dotted line is important.

 

If you would like a referral to a lender or you are thinking of buying your Knoxville TN home, call me today at 865-588-3232

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!