Real Estate Blog


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

 As I drive around our community, I​ occasionally​​ notice ​​homes that are for sale by the owners ​​​(FSBO​).  I often wonder if these owners know the ramifications of ​selling their own homes​. I am listing some points to consider and think about.  Once you read these points​, I think you may agree with me, that working with a professional is best for your protection in what is usually one of the largest financial investments of your lifetime.​

The percentage of selling homes by yourself has declined from 13% (2001) to 8% in 2016​, according to a recent survey.​ Much of that decline is certainly due to the use of ​technology, but also because of buyers​ understanding more of what is involved in selling homes .  So, they seem to be taking the smarter and less risky route to selling their home faster by working with a full time professional to market the sale of their home. Using a professional Realtor usually allows you to receive a larger return on your investment in your home, with less risks and surprises in a shorter period of time. Let's cover some of the ​benefits​of selling with a professional:

​:​*    Selling with a Realtor you ​will ​spend a lot le​ss​​ time marketing the sale of your home​. The Realtor will handle showings​ with potential buyers,​​ scheduling professional photographers for ​pictures​ that will help aid in the sale of your home​, marketing​ to numerous websites, assisting in the negotiating of an offer to purchase your home and much more.

​*    You will actually​ ​receive more exposure to potential buyers by listing your home for sale with​ a Realtor because they have​ ​access to marketing opportunities ​that​ are not available to you, such as the Multiple Listing Service​. More importantly, your home will only be viewed by potential buyers that are escorted by your Realtor or other Realtors, ensuring safety and security for your family. The safety and security is the most important point in today's crazy world of scammers and would-be theives. A professional Realtor will have a protective lock-box that insures a digital register of who has entered your home.

* Another benefit to choosing to use a Realtor is that you as the seller will not be putting money out up front.  Sales commissions are paid when the sale closes and all contractual obligations are met. Your broker will instruct the closing attorney to handle all of the closing details.

*  ​Be sure you have a plan on where you will move after your home is sold.  If you are in the same area, your Realtor can help you find your next home. ​ This is what your Realtor does everyday and he or she know​s​ what is available for sale and available for you and your famil​y to ensure a seamless transition from one home to the next.

*   ​Your Realtor is there to guide you through legal requirements set out according to the sales contract. ​​Occasionally, mistakes are made that wind up costing more than originally planned.   Your Realtor will be there to assist in making the sales transaction smooth and as painless as possible. The listing Agent will protect you from the liability of a buyer suing for unknown problems or issues that can occur after the sale.

*   One of the most important factors in selling your home is pricing your home correctly.  This is something that your Realtor does in many ways​ by advising you of the selling prices of similar homes in your area and by meeting appraisers that are sent by the buyer's lender to be certain their investment is a wise one.  A great percentage of homes sales will require an appraisal and if the home doesn't appraise for the selling price on the contract, Sellers are back to ​​square one to begin again and have usually missed chances to sell to buyers interested when the property was first on the market.  EVEN IN A SELLER'S MARKET, APPRAISALS ARE CRITICAL.​

Selling your home can be stressful enough without trying to do it yourself.  I know being able to talk to a professional about situations that arise is a much needed comfort in selling your home. 

​REMEMBER...​​​am here to​ assist  you with all your needs, "You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley




Posted on 07/19/2017 1:47 PM by Jarod Tanksley

Thursday, 13 July 2017

It seems like sooner or later, you will experience selling your home and moving into another.  While moving can be disruptive for parents, it can be traumatic for children. Simply because it is usually not their plan but the plan of the parents and in most cases connected to a work/career position.

This is a time when children need that extra attention and should be included in the process to feel more comfortable about the change.  Children love familiarity and routine.  As parents you need to consider the move. weigh the benefits of the change versus the zone of comfort and know how to assist them in the transition from the children's surroundings, friends and social life. 

Whatever the circumstances of a move happen to be, keeping a positive attitude is essential during this time of transition.  Everyone in the family is looking for reassurance that everything is going to be okay.

Talking about the move can answer numerous questions that might lead to anxiety.  Parents should give as much information as possible to help contribute to an atmosphere of calm and happiness.  Of course, you have to answer all questions truthfully and be receptive to both positive and negative reactions.

A move across town affords you the ability to show the new home to your children, however a cross country move may not.   Not to worry!  In this day of technology you can take movies and pictures and even provide a picture or two of prospective homes and the new schools they will  be attending.  

Suggestions for a smooth transition:

*  Keep information clear and simple

*  Explain that packing toys and favorite books is to move them and is not throwing them away

*  You can role play with toy trucks and figures to make move seem more on their level.

*  If new home is nearby and vacant - make a visit and take a couple of toys each visit.

*  Do not make any other big changes like potty training or advancing from a crib to a bed during move.

*  Buying new furniture for children's room sounds great but you might want to wait until you are in and settled to make that kind of change. 

*  Arrange a sitter for younger children on moving day.

Moving with teenagers can add a whole new set of challenges.  It can involve severing romantic relationships to re-arranging special events like prom that are already in the planning stages.  In some cases an older child might even want to finish the year by living with a relative or close friend.  There is the other thought that moving mid year can give students time to meet new friends and become involved before the school year ends.  Give a lot of thought and conversation with your child to see which situation works best for your family.

Moving can present many challenges, but many good things also come from a life change like moving.  Many times the family becomes bonded and much closer by sharing new experiences. It seems you learn more about each other while going through the change of residences.  Preparing for the move and talking about the move seems to be the key.

...."You've got a Friemd in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley


Brentview Realty



Posted on 07/13/2017 7:16 AM by Jarod Tanksley

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