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Tips for Buyers and Sellers
Buying or selling a home is probably the largest financial decision you will ever make. Whether this is your first home purchase or you are moving on to a different home that better meets your needs and you want to sell yours, this decision must be made carefully.
FOR BUYERS FOR SELLERS
Buying a home is a great way to invest in the future. But nothing is set in stone regarding the process. And though there's plenty of general information available online from many sources, market insight and negotiation skills require professional know-how and resources.

Creating A New Home Wish List
Before the home search begins, your real estate agent will want to know as much as possible about the features and amenities you desire. To help your agent better serve you, divide your preferences into "negotiable" and "non-negotiable." Here are some details to consider; Exterior - type of home, age of property, preferences in architectural style, number of stories, type of foundation, roof construction, lot size and/or location, landscape preferences, pool and garage. Interior considerations include number of bedrooms, bathrooms, minimum square feet, central air/heat, electric or gas appliances, fireplace, kitchen amenities, formals, office or study, laundry room, flooring preferences, how much renovation will you be willing to do and must your home accommodate any special needs. The finer the details on your wish list, the more effective your home search will be. You should divide your lists into negotiable and non-negotiable items; this will allow some flexibility during the search, especially as your agent scouts for homes on your behalf.

Defining Your Needs
Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new home! Before you start your home buying journey it is best to clearly define and understand why you want to buy. Are you tired of paying rent? Have you outgrown your current home? Do you want to shorten your commute? Having a clear sense of your reasons for buying will help you chose the right home. Deciding On A Location Where you buy not only affects the home's current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle. Your agent will be able to
conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Items that should be considered and communicated to your agent include; urban, suburban, commute time, school districts, desirable neighborhoods, proximity to restaurants, retail, airport, and major highways as well as health care facilities, parks and length of time you plan to live in your home.

Considering New Home Construction
Whether to buy an existing home or have one built is yet another decision to make during the home-buying process. If you decide to go with new construction, a real estate agent can be a powerful advocate in your corner as you negotiate upgrades, a move-in date and other terms with the home builder. Things to consider in this area are selecting a builder, using your real estate agent to work directly with the builder representative, and understanding the timing of new home construction.

So you've decided to sell your house. Before anything else it's a good idea to sit down and clarify your motivations and draw up a basic time frame for the selling process.

Defining Your Needs
Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new home! Before you start your home buying journey it is best to clearly define and understand why you want to buy. Are you tired of paying rent? Have you outgrown your current home? Do you want to shorten your commute? Having a clear sense of your reasons for buying will help you chose the right home.

Reasons for Selling
Write down all the reasons for selling your home, "Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?" For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you'd like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Being clear about your intentions for selling will make it easier for an agent to determine the most appropriate option for your specified financial, lifestyle, and real estate goals. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.

Setting a Price
You're always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this hapens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings. Deciding On A Location Where you buy not only affects the home's current and future value, but it also affects your lifestyle. Your agent will be able to conduct a more targeted home search if you outline your preferences in neighborhoods and nearby amenities. Items that should be considered and communicated to your agent include; urban, suburban, commute time, school districts, desirable neighborhoods, proximity to restaurants, retail, airport, and major highways as well as health care facilities, parks and length of time you plan to live in your home.