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What’s My Home Worth?

Comparative Market Analysis

To receive a free market value of your home just fill in the form below. We will get comparable sales information from your neighborhood that are no more than 6 months old to determine an estimated market value of your home. If you need a more precise market value estimate we can arrange to tour the property with you. All information you provide us will be kept confidential.

By submitting this form with your phone number you authorize Ameristate Realty representatives to contact you even if your name is on the Federal "Do-not-call List."

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Before the Showing

Before-the-Showing

DO ALL THESE THINGS RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOWING

Turn on all lights inside your home.

Allow for maximum light to enter your home by opening all blinds, shutters and curtains. A well lit home enhances the bright welcoming atmosphere of the home and most people like well lit homes that allows for maximum light in the home.

GIVE PRIVACY

Take a walk to the park to give buyers some privacy or anything else you can think of to stay out of sight. If you are following the buyers from room to room they won’t feel comfortable to make any comments or give feedback to the showing agent.

Scents
Scented sprays are too obvious and may be found offensive. For a pleasing fragrance, add a few drops of vanilla extract on a stove burner or boil water and add some cinnamon. Refrigerator cookies are quick and easy to bake, as well as lighting a scented candle prior to a showing.

Empty trash
Maker sure you empty all trash before the showing. Trash never gives a good impression of your home.

Play Music
Adjust the temperature to a comfortable temperature not to cold, Turn off the TV and play some nice shooting music.

Pets
If you have pets is better to take your pets with you or keep them outside to allow for the home showing.

THE OFFER

Timing is everything in real estate once you receive an offer that you are going to accept it’s important to accept it as soon as possible. The longer that you wait the more time you give the buyer to think or see other options and can withdraw their offer.
An offer is not binding until all parties in the contract sign any final changes on the offer. If minor changes need to be done it is advice that they are done and completed as soon as possible because during this time buyer or seller can change their mind.

CLOSING

When the negotiation is finalized and the offer is accepted then we have a binding purchase contract and will proceed with the closing. The title company involved in the transaction is in charge of placing the earnest money in an escrow account. The title company provides you with a HUD1 settlement statement one or two days before the closing where it would show the buyers and sellers closing cost. Once the title company confirms they have receive documents from the lender then they schedule the time for the closing and signing of closing documents before your home is sold.

I am Ready to Sell Now!

Let’s get started.  Do you want to know how much your home is worth?  Are you ready to list your home for sale? Let us help you.  
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Advantage of using a Listing Agent !

Advantages for using a Listing Agent to sell your house

We have put together an extensive list of reasons why you should use a real estate agent when selling your house:

  1. The number one reason is the MLS-Multiple Listing Service provides exposure to thousands of people through real estate agents; the efforts of a “For Sale By Owner” cannot compare with the exposure the listing will have on MLS.
  2. The Internet.  We also market homes in separate websites that we have set up for each real estate agent in our team.  
  3. At Ameristate Realty, we have our own office assistants. This means that we will be available at all times to handle inquiries and set up showings.
  4. Selling a home without using a listing agent can be extremely stressful. A seller selling privately can expect to put in a minimum of 80 hours “work” into the project. This does not account for other out of pocket expenditures such as marketing and a lawn sign.
  5. A real estate agent must adhere to a rigorous code of ethics. A direct buyer or seller is not so constrained. Purchasers want the protection a real estate agent can offer.
  6. By use of a comparative market analysis, a real estate agent can help a seller choose the right asking price.
  7. Market value is influenced by perceived value just as much as by the concrete statistics. Real estate agents are able to offer suggestions about how to improve a home’s “showability” which can increase that value.
  8. Much of a real estate company’s business comes from corporate or personal referrals. This market is unavailable to private sellers.
  9. Out of town buyers seldom have time or knowledge to deal directly with owners, but they do contact sales representatives through relocation systems.
  10. The best qualified buyers work with real estate agents. People who have been transferred from out of town, have their home for sale, or have sold their home all work with sales representatives.
  11. Other homeowners who have already listed their homes usually purchase through the company with which their own home is listed.
  12. Real estate agents are capable of qualifying prospects so that only those who qualify to buy the home are introduced to it. This eliminates most “lookers” and non-serious purchasers, and saves you a lot of time and falsely “getting your hopes up.”
  13. Real estate agents screen all prospects and accompany all potential buyers through the property. There is less chance that strangers who may have activities in mind other that of buying a house will come, and it makes opening your home to the public safer in general.
  14. Showing your home becomes much less of a headache. You get advanced notice of appointments and you are not required to be home.
  15. Private showings eliminate the possibility of a personality conflict between seller and purchaser.
  16. Demonstrating property is an art.  It takes skill and judgment in order to properly evaluate each home. It is the real estate agent’s job to recognize and demonstrate the home’s strong points and its features.
  17. A real estate agent can select the best route to a showing and point out comparable properties that will assure that the property is shown in the best light possible.
  18. Virtually every buyer has objections that sales representatives are trained to handle. A private seller is more emotionally involved and may be less equipped to alleviate these concerns.
  19. Not all buyers will come out and say what is bothering them, particularly in front of the seller. A real estate professional is trained to smoke these out and handle them professionally.
  20. Real estate professionals are trained to follow-up on all leads, inquiries, and showings. Such follow-up is normally expected and does not have a detrimental effect on a seller’s bargaining position, while a private seller doing follow-up can seem desperate.
  21. In real estate, the offers are in writing and irrevocable. Private buyers often give verbal offers and then revoke them.
  22. Real estate agents are trained to be good negotiators.
  23. A real estate agent is aware of many different ways to finance a purchase and often have reliable financing contacts, while a private seller does not normally assist in finding suitable financing.
  24. A real estate agent can help eliminate red tape and keep legal costs to a minimum. If you are not using a real estate agent to draw up your contracts and collect other legal documents, a lawyer will have to do it for you and they will charge you accordingly.
  25. Real estate agents stay involved with the deal until the transaction is closed.
  26. A buyer will be more comfortable when a seller uses a real estate agent because the buyer knows that although a seller may leave town, the real estate agent will be there to help out with all the steps during the sale completion and closing process.
  27. From a buyer’s perspective, a licensed real estate representative is more credible than an owner who will have their own biases.
  28. A real estate agent is trained and experienced to ensure that all important steps in the sales process are complete and properly conducted, which significantly reduces the possibility of legal issues arising later.

Moving Checklist

Two Months Before

Sort and purge
Go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.

Research
Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it.

Create a moving binder
Use this binder to keep track of everything—all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.

Organize school records
Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.

Six Weeks Before

Order Supplies
Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, Bubble Wrap, and permanent markers. Don’t forget to order specialty containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.

Use it or lose it
Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.

Take Measurements
Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.

One Month Before

Choose your mover and confirm arrangements
Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.

Begin Packing
Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as the waffle iron and croquet set. While packing, note items of special value that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Make sure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound, such as a computer.

Label
Clearly label and number each box with its contents and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away.

Separate Valuables
Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.

Do a change of address
Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at usps.gov. But in case there are stragglers, it’s always wise to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with him or her two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that.

Notify important parties
Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, your employer’s human resources department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and credit card, insurance, and utility companies.

Forward medical records
Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers or obtain copies of them yourself. Ask for referrals.

Two Weeks Before

Arrange to be off from work on moving day
Notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.

Tune up
Take your car to a garage, and ask the mechanic to consider what services might be needed if you’re moving to a new climate.

Clean out your safe-deposit box
If you’ll be changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.

Contact the moving company
Reconfirm the arrangements.

One Week Before

Refill prescriptions
Stock up on prescriptions you’ll need during the next couple of weeks.

Pack your suitcases
Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.

A Few Days Before

Defrost the freezer
If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.

Double-check the details
Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the staff. Include contact information, such as your cell phone number.

Plan for the payment
If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s check, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover up to $100. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.

Moving Day

Verify
Make sure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired: The USDOT number painted on its side should match the number on the estimate you were given. Scams are not unheard-of.

Take Inventory
Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.

Selling your home

Selling-Your-Home

PRICE IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

Selling your home can be a frustrating process. We highly recommend that home owners list their house through a Real Estate Professional. The number one factor to getting your house sold is to “Price it Right.” If you price your home too low you will lose money and if you price it to high you will lose the opportunity of many buyers. The most common approach to sellers is to price their house high and go down if it doesn’t sell. Not a very good tactic and stressful if it carries on for a long time. Bear in mind that as a seller, the house should be ready to show at all times… never turn down a buyer that wants to see your house. The house has to appraise if the buyer is buying with financing from a lender (bank). If it doesn’t appraise at or above the contract sales price, the buyer will either ask the seller to come down on the price or simply back out of the contract. It is highly unlikely that the buyer will come out of pocket with the difference. The Right Price means more traffic, more traffic means a buyer is on the horizon and ultimately, the sale of the house. In addition to the traffic regenerated from the MLS- Multiple Listing Service we will provide effective advertising and marketing for the sale of your home.

Ameristate Realty will perform a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to help us determine the market value (list price) for your house should be. A CMA is what appraisers use to determine what the market value is for a house. Very important and if not done correctly, could reduce profits for the seller. We will know the condition of the market and will advice whether this is a good time to list for sale your home on the market. Our focus is to look out for your best interest.

 

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