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Home Buyer Toolbox

Preparing to Buy

  • Required tools you will need
  • Get Pre-Qualified
  • Define you Wants vs. Needs list

Starting Your Search

  • Find the Right Neighborhood
  • Understanding Real Estate Online
  • Finding the Right Realtor

Viewing Properties

  • Showing Checklist
  • What to expect during showings

Making an Offer

  • Items you will need
  • Understanding the offer
  • Contingency periods
  • Counter offers and terms

The Escrow Process

  • Real Estate Disclosures
  • How to hold title
  • Home Warranty
  • Home Inspections
  • Requesting Repairs
  • Cancelling Escrow

Closing Escrow

  • Signing Docs
  • Recording Title

Moving In

  • Moving Companies
  • Setting Up Utilities

After Close

  • Get Setup on Automated Home Valuation Updates
  • Rating and Reviewing Your Agent
  • Staying in touch

Home Owner Toolbox

Moving In

  • Moving Companies
  • Setting Up Utilities

After Close

  • Get Setup on Automated Home Valuation Updates
  • Rating and Reviewing Your Agent
  • Staying in touch

Home Selling Toolbox

Getting Started with Selling a Property

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that listing your property is the first step. Knowledge is power so before you get ahead of yourself, get ahead of the game by doing your homework.

Tips and Tools

Assess Your Market

Competition is all around you, from new home developments to foreclosures. You must investigate all challengers to your house.

Assess Your Property

Even in a sellers’ market it’s important to have your property in top shape to get the best price. In a buyers’ market, it’s imperative.

Selling by the Season

As the seasons change, so do the tactics necessary to get your property sold.

Find a Realtor®

You need someone in your corner who will help you get the best price for your house. Here’s what a Realtor® from The Local Realty can do for you.

Setting the Stage

Any good house painter or actor will tell you the key to success is preparation. Before you put the “for sale” sign in the yard, make sure your home is bright and Oscar-worthy.

Indoor Fix-ups

When selling, it’s key to know on which rooms to spend your energy and dollars.

Outdoor Fix-ups

First impressions count for a lot, especially in real estate. Make sure your house gives buyers something to remember.

During the Listing

Putting the “for sale” sign in the front yard is just the beginning. Make sure you know what to expect as the sales process begins.

The Offer

Price is obviously important, but make sure you understand the whole offer before making a decision because sometimes the devil actually is in the details.

The Negotiation

Like playing poker, negotiation is an art, and those who win always keep their cool.

Waiting to Close

You can’t let up just because you are in escrow. Make sure to stay on top of these issues and you’ll walk away a happy seller.

Rental Toolbox

Preparing to Rent

  • Required tools you will need
  • Get finances ready
  • Define you Wants vs. Needs list

Starting Your Search

  • Find the Right Neighborhood
  • Understanding Real Estate Online
  • Rentals Scams – Beware
  • Finding a Rental Agent

Viewing Properties

  • Showing Checklist
  • What to expect during showings

The Application Process

  • Items you will need
  • Understanding the application process
  • Rental Disclosures
  • Completed a Move In/Move Out Inspection
  • Requesting Repairs

Signing Rental Documents

  • The Rental Agreement
  • What to watch out for
  • Documenting everything

Moving In

  • Moving Companies
  • Setting Up Utilities