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4 Tips for the Final Walk-Through

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The final walk-through is an important part of the home buying process, so you should always be prepared as the real estate professional. This step gives a buyer the opportunity to assess the home top-to-bottom before closing. Although a home inspector can accompany a buyer during the final walk-through, it’s essential for the buyer to evaluate the home as an inspector would.

To successfully complete the final walk-through, keep these tips in mind.

1. Have your contract, inspection report and any seller disclosures handy when walking through the home. These documents will help you determine if any new issues developed after the inspection, and which repairs, if any, were included in the agreement.

2. Inspect both the exterior and interior of the home, paying special attention to any issues the seller agreed to resolve before closing. This is crucial, especially if the seller has already vacated. Spend some time assessing the landscape and grounds, as well as confirming that all doors and windows not only open and close properly, but are also secure.

3. Inside the home, test the HVAC system and all appliances included in the contract. Turn on and off all lights, both inside and outside, and check the temperature and water pressure for all faucets. Remember to flush toilets to ensure there are no drips or leaks.

4. Before completing the final walk-through, be sure to ask for working keys to every door, alarm codes, garage openers and any appliance or system manuals. It’s also a good idea to ask for copies of receipts for any repairs the sellers paid for.

Source: RISMedia’s Housecall

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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10 Most Memorable Blogs of 2014

Oh, what a year it has been! We’ve had a great time blogging for our readers, ranging from real estate professionals and brokers to consumers looking for decorating advice as well as those in the process of buying or selling a home. We hope you will continue to follow The Real Estate Book Blog!

Before we look forward to the new year, let’s take a look back at your top ten favorite blogs in 2014.

1. How to Boost Curb Appeal – Starting with the Front Door!

 

2. Trendy Bathroom Upgrades for a Quick Sell

 

3. New Home Trends You Should Know About in 2015

 

4. Setting the Record Straight: Top Home Buying Myths

 

5. Three Overlooked Home Features That Drive Curb Appeal

 

6. The Hottest Home Design Trends for Spring

 

7. How to Cut Energy Costs in the Heat of Summer

 

8. Is Your Home Staged for Every Season?

 

9. Why Grammar Matters in Real Estate

 

10. Think Pink in October!
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5 Questions Every Real Estate Agent Should Ask a New Client.

agent_houseby Courtney Soinski

There are many articles out there suggesting questions that buyers should ask their real estate agent, but now it’s your turn!

Whether you’re an experienced REALTOR® or not, it’s important to always be crystal clear on a new client’s background information and preferences.  Know where you stand before jumping into a relationship with a lead.

Here are 5 questions you should ask a new client:

  1. Why are you buying and why is now the right time to move?  

    Learning WHY they are buying a new home at this specific time is very helpful in tailoring your real estate services to fit their needs.  It will also help you determine how many hours you can expect to work.  For instance, some may be looking for a REALTOR® way before they sell their current home, while others may wait until the last minute.  Everyone’s timing is different.

  2. How many houses have you already seen and what are your 3 favorite neighborhoods?   

    You’ll gain a better understanding of their recent real estate experience and at the same time, you’ll find out if they have already been working with another agent.  Also, ask them to list their 3 favorite neighborhoods – this is an easy way to begin discussing the importance they place on schools, demographics, and where they want to live.

  3. If we found your perfect home tomorrow, what would you do?  

    Ask this question so you can evaluate their readiness to actually move and better grasp their preferred timeline.  If you’re speaking with a first-time home buyer, use this moment to go over the closing process and any other details they need to know about buying a new home.

  4. Are you working with a lender?  

    Now you’ll can make an easy transition into a financial conversation.  This is a great opportunity to learn whether or not they are pre-approved.  If they have not been pre-approved, suggest a lender of your choosing.

  5. What would be a deal breaker?  

    Find out what they DON’T want.  Specifically, what features, or lack of, would immediately rule out a home?  This will save you tons of time and energy when finding the best home for your new client.  Everyone has different preferences when it comes to their next home, and understanding what to omit speeds up the buying process.

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