Blog Posts By Date: February 2020

02/21/2020

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be both invigorating and upsetting, particularly if it's your first time. Despite why you chose to sell your home, there are various complexities you can accidentally fall into, making your home selling experience far less than perfect. Fortunately, we've assembled a summary of the most widely recognized home selling mistakes to avoid when selling your home. Underestimating the cost of selling your house While the point of selling your home is to eventually benefit from the profits, many home sellers disregard the expenses related to selling their home. First of all, you can hope to utilize five to six percent of the entire cost of your home to cover the commissions of both the seller and buyer agents. For instance, in the event that you sell your home for $700,000 you could end up paying upwards of $30,000 in commission fees. Besides, this substantial cost does exclude potential concessions homebuyers may need you to make during the negotiation stage, for example, making fixes proposed by a home inspector. Skipping a pre-listing home inspection before selling your house Selling a house can be stressful, even when everything is going according to plan. However, if a homebuyer employs an inspector who notices an issue like pests, mold, or a split foundation, your feelings of anxiety will increase as you jeopardize losing the entire deal. Given that home inspections are relatively affordable, there's very little motive to stay away from them. Getting a pre-posting home review will comfort your psyche, as you'll either realize that your house is in sound condition or you'll have the option to handle the issues before homebuyers get the opportunity to bring them up during the negotiation stage. In the event that an issue arises, you can either fix it or you can tell purchasers and afterward and make a concession during the negotiation stage by properly depreciating the cost of your home. Pricing your home incorrectly On the off chance that you price your home excessively high, your home may remain available on the market for an unfathomable length of time. Then again, in the event that you price your home very low, you'll probably sell your home swiftly yet you chance passing up a lot of cash. The initial step to seeing how much your house is worth is using an online calculator or contact Advent for a free home valuation consultation. Schedule a meeting with your realtor afterward to consider an adequate pricing method for your home. They will take a gander at similar properties in your neighborhood that were recently sold, as well as bring perceptive insights into what the housing market is currently doing. Together, you'll select a satisfactory opening cost as well as a pricing strategy that will incentivize purchasers if your home starts to sit available for a long time. Not budgeting for your move At the point when you think about the moving procedure, you have two choices: paying a moving company or get your friend's truck and moving your items with buddies. By hiring a moving company instead of moving without anyone's help, you're getting somebody who will pack, move, and afterward unload your things. This implies a full-service mover can certainly be justified despite the tasks associated with selling your home. Also, when you contract movers your assets are safeguarded so you're secured in the event that anything breaks. Not addressing the exterior of your house Throughout the years, your home's outside has gotten damaged from the elements. With everything the unstoppable force of life tosses at it consistently, the paint on your home's outside and the stain on your deck has likely lost a touch of their radiance. So before posting, make certain to pressure wash your home first. Ensuring your home puts its best self forward in the marketing photos, you will likewise improve the general check offer when purchasers, in the long run, arrive for a tour. Along with pressure washing your home and deck, you can likewise set aside the time to pressure wash your garage door entryway, fence, yard, driveways, and any walkways you may have. One of the primary things a potential purchaser will see when they pull up to your house is the paint. On the off chance that you need to establish a suitable first impression, at that point you'll have to guarantee that your house is painted an intriguing color and that the nature of your paintwork is choice. While the activity of repainting your home may take a couple of days, the benefit of painting your home before selling will be certainly justified regardless of the effort. An ongoing report found that painting the outside of your home has a 51% quantifiable profit. But try not to stop with just the outside! In the event that you happen to have a bold and unfitting divider, you'll need to repaint them to be a more buyer-friendly neutral shade. Doing so will make it simpler for purchasers to have the option to imagine themselves living in your home as it makes them think about your dividers as a clear canvas.
Not refinishing hardwood floors or cleaning your carpet In case you're reading this at home, look down. How do your floors look? Regardless of whether they don't look awful, there's a fair possibility they're beginning to show their age. Since potential purchasers will be assessing each part of your home, you should begin considering revamping your hardwood floors and cleaning your rug. Regardless of where you're selling, the best time to have your rug cleaned or hardwood floors revamped is directly before you organize your home. Since you'll as of now be moving most (or the entirety) of your furniture to either another home or a capacity unit, this is an extraordinary time to complete your floors (like the floors above) and make them an offering point to potential homebuyers. Forgoing professional real estate photos With the coming of cameras on cell phones, everybody likes to consider themselves a photographer nowadays. Despite the fact that that image you took of your meal a week ago seemed as though it could be highlighted in promotions, you're still most likely not prepared to take your own real estate photographs. A Real Estate Photographer will ensure that your home looks extraordinary when you show it, in addition to the fact that they have the professional equipment, and they comprehend the points that best sell a home. On the off chance that you have an enormous home, a dazzling perspective you need to flaunt, or a lot of land, you may need to consider having aerial photographs taken of your home. The perspectives that automatons can catch are noteworthy and can assist appear with offing your home such that it will ensure it stands apart from different houses in your general vicinity that is available. Furthermore, drone innovation makes this choice more affordable than at any time in recent history, permitting you to get much more value for your money. Lingering during a home tour No one likes someone lingering around them, especially when they happen to be the owner of the house they're touring. On the off chance that you don't leave the home during a showing, potential buyers feel ungainly as they aim to discuss their thoughts on the house. You additionally keep your listing agent from being able to do their job to the best of their abilities as you’re naturally going to want to answer any questions the buyers have rather than leaving those questions to your agent. So as opposed to remaining in your home during a tour, try taking the opportunity to go shopping, get things done, or visit a few companions. Your agent will be thankful! Taking a Lowball Offer Personally Despite your reasons behind moving, the way that you've most likely lived in your home for a considerable length of time implies that you have plenty of solid sentiments attached to it. So when you get a lowball offer, it's normal to feel offended. Rather than leaving, send them back a counteroffer that you and your realtor believe is reasonable. In the event that they truly are intrigued, then you’ll be glad you didn’t let your emotions get the better of you. If you need any assistance during your home selling process, please call Darryl Glass via. Phone at (510) 500-7531, or email dglass@adventpropertiesinc.com dglass@adventpropertiesinc.com. You can also schedule a call with Darryl directly on his calendar below:   more...

02/14/2020

The Latest Version of the FICO Score, and How it Could Affect You

The Latest Version of the FICO Score, and How it Could Affect You

FICO recently reported its new form of the FICO score, a three-digit number that evaluates an individual's credit uncertainty. The new scoring model will consider consumers' debt levels and will more intently monitor personal advances. Prior scoring models took previews of an individual's payment history. The new model will take a chronicled perspective on payments and can process significantly more data, including account balances for the past two years, expecting to give loan specialists more knowledge into how people are dealing with their credit, FICO said.
Around 80 million people will see a change of 20 points or more. Of those, about half will see scores go up while the other half will see their scores drop. The individuals who have high credit card debt compared to their overall credit, or who have recently missed installments could see a huge drop. While individuals who make timely payments and do not carry high balances will probably recognize a slight increase in their score. With a more in-depth perspective on payments, customers that pay their credit card balances monthly will not be punished as much for large one-time purchases and irregular high balances. However, those who consistently maintain debt will see a drop in their FICO rating. Nonetheless, FICO estimates that an additional 110 million consumers will see only a modest change to score if at all.   more...

02/14/2020

The Down Payment Hurdle: Maybe Easier to Overcome Than You Think

The Down Payment Hurdle: Maybe Easier to Overcome Than You Think

The California housing market continues to be invigorated by low mortgage rates, which has led to a year-over-year increase in home sales for the second month in a row. At just over 400,000 sales in the month of September, the 5.8 percent year-over-year increase is the highest growth rate seen since March 2017. Lower interest rates caused the monthly payment on the median-priced home to drop 7.4 percent from last September, continuing the declining trend that started in March 2019. The dip in mortgage payment, which enables home buyers to save hundreds of dollars, is an important variable that could help sustain the sales momentum through the remaining part of 2020.
But housing affordability is not just about mortgage payments. Down payments also play a huge role in holding buyers back from buying sooner. According to the California Association of REALTORS® 2019 Consumer Survey, over a quarter of buyers say they would have purchased sooner, but they needed to save for their down payment first. And this is felt to an even higher degree by younger generations, with two out of every three millennials reporting the need to save for a down payment. With the median price remaining near the record high, and a typical buyer still putting 20 percent down, the median down payment for a single-family home in California in September was $121,136- a number nearly $20,000 higher than the median household income reported by California buyers and nearly $25,000 higher than the median income of younger buyers, resulting in millennials saving for a median of four years with 24 percent saving for eight years or more.   more...