The holidays are a very busy time of year for most people, but before you know it, decorations will be put away and 2018 will be in full swing. If you’re planning to be a buyer in the new year, it’s helpful to start reading now on how to make an attractive offer to a seller in a competitive real estate market. Here are some tips that can help you make the best offer.
Tip #1: Know what you can afford.
How much do you owe in debt? What are the ins and outs of your monthly expenditures? Understanding your finances should be the first step in your home searching process, then getting a pre-approval letter from a lender will help you know what you can afford. In addition, this letter will show sellers that you’re serious about buying a home and you can put your offer in with the confidence, knowing that you can afford the monthly payment.
Tip #2: Create a stand-out offer.
When you find the home of your dreams, be ready to make a great offer right off the bat. Your agent will help you figure out what offer is the best one and will take into consideration other home sales in the area, as well as the condition of the home, and what your overall budget is.
Tip #3: Be ready to act quickly and possibly negotiate.
The Clark County real estate market is still hot, meaning that inventory is low and buyer demand is high. Because of this, buyers many times need to compete to get the home that they want. This is where working with a real estate agent is incredibly valuable. Your Realtor® will work with you on creating a great offer and will present it to the seller as soon as possible. If it’s a situation where there are multiple offers, then your agent will walk you through the process of counter-offers, if needed. The bottom line: when you find a home you love, you must be ready to act fast before it’s gone and have patience with the process, because sometimes it will take some negotiation to get your offer accepted.
Buying a home is very exciting and 2018 will be a great year to get out there and find a home that checks all the boxes on your wish list. Contact me when you’re ready to get the ball rolling on house searching so we can create a great offer that gets accepted. In the meantime, my hope is that you have a happy holiday season that’s full of things that are warm, fun, and fulfilling.
Moving can be a challenging time for people of all ages, but as a teenager, it can be even more life-changing. Emotions and hormones are changing and developing and for a teen, it could feel like you’re changing everything about their life. They may feel uprooted or feel like you’ve taken the foundation out from underneath them – especially if the move is far away. Here are some helpful tips on how to help your teenager deal with an upcoming move.
Tip #1: Give them time to prepare.
Give your teen plenty of warning and time to process the move that’s coming up. Communicating about it well in advance will be helpful. It might be tempting to hold off on breaking the news to her/him, but in the end this could be detrimental, because they may feel like it’s been “sprung” on them with little time to contemplate what changes will need to happen. Keep communication open and let them know various details about the move and let them do some research on the new neighborhood or city so they can get an idea of what it will be like.
Tip #2: Give them some input.
Allowing your teen some input on the process will help them take ownership of it a little bit and it could also help them get excited about the prospect of change. Consider what your teen has to say about neighborhoods and schools, explore places in town that are popular, and make sure that their voice is heard. Allowing them to express their feelings about it will not only help them deal with the upcoming change that’s about to happen, but it will also help them contribute to decisions that may need to be made. Whether it’s decisions on neighborhood or just picking out the styles/designs in their new room, your teen wants to be heard.
Tip #3: Give them opportunities to stay in touch with old friends.
Goodbyes are not always easy. The teenage years are immersed in building friendships and one of the hardest parts of moving for your teen might be that you may not ever see your friends again. Encourage your teen to stay in touch through social media, phone calls and texts, or if you will still be within driving distance, let them know that you are committed to helping them stay in touch by driving them back to the area to visit.
Tip #4: Talk positively.
Your teen will pick up a lot about your feelings, stress, and attitude about the move, sometimes without you even knowing it. So if you want them to react as positively as possible, you’ll need to talk about the move in a positive and encouraging way.
Moving can be difficult, but communication throughout the process can help greatly. New memories are waiting to be made and a new chapter in your new home will be an exciting time.
Winter is on the horizon and that means the temperatures will be steadily dropping. Because of that, it might not be the ideal time to move, but moving during the winter months can actually have some benefits to it. Moving service companies are not as busy, so that means you might see more flexibility in schedules and possibly even lower rates for different types of services. However, moving in the winter comes with a few challenges –especially when it comes to inclement weather, so here are some helpful tips to help you complete a smooth move to your new home.
Tip #1: Start moving early in the day.
Winter days are short, so that means you have less daylight to work with. If you’re moving during the winter, take advantage of the daytime hours and get started early in the morning. Pack well the night before and then plan on getting ready to move your items first thing in the morning so you can be done before it gets too dark outside. Moving in the dark can pose some safety risks, simply because you cannot see as well. Moving early in the day will also mean you’ll have slightly warmer temperatures, which will make it more comfortable.
Tip #2: Keep your walkways clear.
Moving is physically demanding, so the last thing you want to worry about is falling and injuring yourself on a slippery driveway or walkway while you’re carrying a heavy box of fragile valuables. Be sure that all of your entryways and exit points are clear of ice, snow, or any other obstacles that could threaten the safety of you or the people that are helping you move.
Tip #3: Layer up.
Even though you’re going to be physically active during your move, you should still dress with a couple of layers. You will need to stay warm, but wearing a bulky coat could get in the way. Instead, dress in a few layers of clothing. That way you’ll not only keep big, bulky clothing out of the way while you’re lifting boxes, but if you get warm, you can take off a layer or two to stay comfortable.
Tip #4: Keep supplies handy.
If you know you have a winter move coming up, be sure to keep your winter supplies handy, rather than packing them away in one of the many boxes you have piling up. Keep your gloves, hats, ice scrapers, and any other winter supplies that you think you might need in a place that is easy to get to.
Moving during the coldest part of the year doesn’t have to be completely miserable. With a little planning, your winter move can go smoothly and before you know it, you’ll be ready to settle into the warmth of your new home!