Now more than ever, it’s more important to have an expert in your corner that you trust to guide you as you sell your home. For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without a Real Estate Agent or Broker representing you. Here are a few reasons why selling as a FSBO is a big mistake.

You’re more likely to Net More Money when you work with a Real Estate Agent, especially in today’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors, Houses sold with an agent net an average of 6% more than those sold on their own. Selling your property on your own can also be difficult from a legal standpoint. Real Estate Agents and Brokers act as a third party to help you avoid legal issues. This is one of the main contributing factors why FSBO has dropped from 19% to 8% over the course of the last 20 years. (NAR)

Icoronavirus 3n spite of the COVID-19 Pandemic, seller's haven't cancelled their plans to move. Our agent’s now have over 6 months of experience selling houses during the pandemic, and we can help assist you in making the process easier and safer. Face coverings, booties and/or shoe removal, hand washing, social distancing and sanitizing surfaces are just a few of the common preventives in helping show your home safely. We have also held a handful of very successful Open Houses for our clients, by limiting the amount of parties entering the home and creating a designated entrance and exit in order to decrease contact between parties.

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As we are quickly approaching the holiday season, one of the frequently asked questions we receive about selling a home is, “should I sell my home during the holidays?” Some would say, you should absolutely not list your home during the holidays, and you should wait until after the new year. Others will say that you should list during the holidays because it has many advantages!

female hand holding house toy near oak branch in autumn season parkSelling your home is a big step. It usually involves a long to-do list, repairs, cleaning and a whole lot of purging!     With our help, we can guide you through the process and ease some of those common stressors.

Many industries have been devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Real Estate is not one of them. Normally, the Real  Estate Market tends to slow down in the late Summer, but this year it peaked in July, August and into September. The days on market are still low, houses are going under contract within days, and in most cases well over and above asking price.

Anyone that is contemplating about putting their home on the market should not wait. A seller will always be able to negotiate the best deal when demand is high, and the supply is limited.

Purchaser demand is so high, that the market is running out of inventory. Home sales are continuing to skyrocket, but the inventory of existing homes for sale is dropping dramatically.

Have you ever noted “Current Use” when viewing a listing on line?  What does Current Use actually mean?  The current manner which I am utilizing the property?  A common thought but, not the case.

Whether it be land or a home, property can be classified as such.

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Have you ever thought about buying an investment property on your own? If you have, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of investment properties. There are a few main factors to consider before your purchase:

1. Location
2. Down Payment
3. Insurance

Location: The neighborhood should positively impact your home’s value and attract tenants or tourists. It’s crucial that your property will be able to generate enough income to comfortably cover your expenses for the property, such as your mortgage, property taxes, repairs or HOA fees.

Down Payment: Investment properties require a higher down payment if they are not owner-occupied. Typically, it is a minimum of 20% down, but it doesn’t hurt to put more down if you are able.

Insurance: Rental property or landlord insurance covers property damage, protects again liability and lost rental income. A business owner’s policy is common with vacation rentals, since you’re basically operating a mini hotel.

Working by referral is all about trust. Relationships are more important than transactions. Many agents in the marketplace take a transactional approach when it comes to sales. What does that mean exactly? It means they will identify a client, close the deal and then move on to the next one. At Locke Associates, we choose not to work that way because we want to build relationships with our clients. We believe the client deserves more from the professional that they decide to work with.