So You're "In the Market?"
Read This BEFORE You Start!
Uncommonly good advice for those looking to
buy or sell Real Estate
The other day my friend told me an ALARMING story:
He was at the doctor’s office seeking counsel for a mysterious problem. Things were moving along, until the doctor asked my friend to “sit tight for a minute…”
The doctor went around to his desk. Instead of sitting back, my friend leaned forward and discovered the doctor was using the internet to find an answer!
I think you’ll agree, when we seek professional help, it’s VITAL to choose someone with a long history of knowledge and wisdom to draw on.
BEWARE: there are a lot of people masquerading as “professionals” in the real estate industry… If you are buying or selling a home, the last thing you want is a realtor who lacks experience. Choose wrong and what could have been an easy and fast process turns into a nightmare.
Here are three foolproof questions you must ask your potential realtor:
1. How many homes have you sold in the past year?
2. Do you have any customer reviews online?
3. How does your marketing system work & what is it?
You can’t afford to have a “newbie” in charge of your very important real estate transaction! Choose someone who is selling a LOT of homes. (1 of every 2 agents in the Boulder area sold 2 or LESS homes in the past year - they might be the ones Googling “how to sell a home” when you’re not looking!)
Reviews don’t lie. Use the internet to see who’s been providing TOP customer service and most importantly, RESULTS. 5-star reviews mean great customer service and high satisfaction for you.
Lastly, marketing is really what this business is all about. Many realtors seem content to put the sign in the yard and hope for the best. You want someone who will PUSH and work daily, doing everything possible until your goal has been achieved.
I’m Dave Janis, and I hope this checklist is helpful for you. Welcome to my site. Have a look around and feel free to call me if you have any questions or if you think I might be able to serve you!
"Definitely" Dave Janis
P.S. - The “definitely” stands for the answer I’ll give when you ask whether I can sell your home fast and for the most money possible.
P.P.S. - I asked my friend whether he jumped off the table and got out of that doctor’s office, to which he said, “NO, but only because I was wearing that little examination dress and nothing more!”
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When it comes time to buy or sell your home, the question sometimes comes up about whether you should work with a small brokerage or whether there are more advantages to working with a larger company.
Recent housing industry news provides one more reason why bigger may be better when it comes time to pick a real estate company to represent you.
Over the past few months, there has been a battle brewing behind the scenes between major online real estate companies, a rift that could seriously impact whether thousands of properties will be shown on two of the nation's biggest websites, Zillow and Trulia.
The battle came to a head in early April when ListHub, one of the nation's leading listing syndicators (which is owned by Move Inc.), officially ended its prior agreements with Zillow and Trulia and stopped sending information about their listings to these two giant real estate websites.
Before the days of estate taxes, children simply moved into the family home and took over the master bedroom after their parents died. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy anymore. There are several ways to give a home to your child. And a few are tax-free. But in order for the transaction to work properly, you’ve got to plan ahead. Here is a rundown of your options.
If you plan to live in your home until you die, and your estate is below the unified federal estate gift and estate tax exemption amount ($5.43 million for 2015), this is your best strategy. When you die, your home’s tax basis will be stepped up to fair market value. So you and your heirs will escape capital gains tax on your home’s appreciation. And, because the value of your estate is below the estate tax exemption, your heirs will owe no federal estate tax. They are free to move into the house, or sell it and keep the cash while owing little or no tax to the Feds (thanks to the basis step-up rule). If they do move into the house, their tax basis for calculating the gain or loss on subsequent sales will be the home’s fair market value at the time of your death
Many communities throughout Colorado are experiencing below normal precipitation and below average reservoir storage, which can impact water supplies for all residents. As a result of persistent dry conditions, Governor Hickenlooper has activated the Drought Response and Mitigation Plan to ensure that the state is doing everything possible to address drought related impacts.
There are a number of simple steps that homeowners can take to help conserve our water resources - and possibly even save money in the long run. Some of the steps may even improve your home's appeal to potential buyers when it comes time to sell.