Top Real Estate Articles for March 2019

Written by Posted On Saturday, 30 March 2019 09:44

Real Estate bloggers continue to write and share their expertise in the real estate industry. Bloggers write because they are passionate about the work they do and want to share their expertise with consumers about the world of real estate.

Spring has arrived and this is a time when homeowners consider selling and buyers are considering purchasing a home. Find the best real estate articles for the month of March 2019 from top bloggers across the United States.

How to Improve Your Credit Score

Purchasing a home is an exciting time, however, there are some requirements in order to purchase. If a buyer is going to be obtaining a mortgage, then that buyer will need to have good credit, or perhaps a co-signer. It is always beneficial to have good credit in case you are buying a home, but also if you are purchasing an automobile or any other large capital purchase.

Michelle Gibson has covered some critical points about improving your credit score including not collecting credit cards, don't accumulate credit card debt, ensure your payments are made on time and more.

Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid

As we are embarking on the selling season, this is a must read if a homeowner is selling their home. Bill Gassett has written a fabulous article about mistakes to avoid when selling. One of the worst mistakes is overpricing a home. A homeowner needs to be prepared and have a solid understanding of the comparable homes which have sold and price the home accordingly.

Other mistakes to avoid include not hiring a skilled real estate agent, hiring the wrong agent, thinking open houses are important and more!

5 Things Home Sellers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate

When you have listed your home for sale, you should have a candid conversation with your Real Estate agent. There are some things that sellers do that annoy real estate agents written by Xavier DeBuck. Once the home is listed for sale, sticking around during the showings is not recommended. That will chase the buyers right out of the house. They will not feel comfortable to discuss what they see in the home.

Other things include not following through with the repairs, even though that was promised. Overhyping upgrades in a home is not necessary as those upgrades may not result in a higher price point.

Eight Ways to Be Prepared for Picture Day

Listing photos are a crucial step in the selling of your home. These photos create the first impression a buyer will see as they are viewed online. Your home has one chance to make a first impression, and that will most likely be online!

Be prepared before photography is completed. Addressed deferred maintenance, ensure the curb appeal is inviting and the interior has been decluttered. Taking these steps will ensure that your photos will present well online and invite a potential buyer to come and view the home.

Consider aerial or drone photography to showcase the location and lot features. Additionally, twilight photography adds an element to how the home presents in the evening.

Smart Tips For Having A Quick Spring Home Sale

As we have entered the spring selling season, it is important to prepare your home to sell. Paul Sian has provided some excellent insight into selling during this spring season. Paul discusses the importance of the condition of the home and that is should be looking and smelling great. He also discusses having a pre-sale home inspection which will uncover any issues that might need to be addressed before the home goes into escrow.

Other considerations are price, curb appeal and any upgrades that the home may have. A great resource if you are getting ready to sell now!

Do I Need a Home Inspection?

Realtors are going to be telling a buyer that they need a home inspection! It is a step which should not be waived. Petra Norris has provided home inspections which should not be skipped. Most home buyers will have a general home inspection done, however, these can trigger other inspections.

Petra discusses the importance of a home inspection which will uncover defects in the home, a septic inspection (if you are in an area which utilizes septic tanks), termite inspection, mold inspection if there is past water intrusion issues and more. This is a great resource for anyone purchasing a home!

The Truth About Open Houses

Are you selling your home, and wondering what the marketing plan will include? Well if it is open houses, then be sure to read this article about the truth about open houses written by Kevin Vitali. Did you know that less than 3% of all home sales are a result of an open house? That is a very small statistic as opposed to the risks that you would be taking with having an open house.

Open houses allow virtual strangers to come in and tour the home. And there is no way to properly vet the attendees before walking in. There are security risks at an open house as they can be an opportunity for crime.

FHA Underwriting Guidelines That Buyers Should Know

FHA is the acronym for Federal Housing Administration. This organization was created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development back in 1934. Luke Skar has written an excellent article about these FHA Guidelines which are informative for any buyer who is getting an FHA loan. Luke has explained about mortgage insurance, debt to income ratio, employment, occupancy and more. He also explains that student loans are calculated into the debt to income ratio.

There is also information about FHA mortgage insurance and there are two forms. There is the mortgage insurance premium paid at closing. This amount is 1.75% of the loan. The second is the annual mortgage insurance premium. Very informative article about FHA loans.

How to Give Home Staging an Authentic Feel

If you are considering selling your home and it is vacant, then you may want to stage it. Most home buyers cannot imagine themselves in a vacant home and furnishings add depth and dimension. Danny Margagliano has put together an excellent article about staging and how to ensure it feels authentic. Homes that are staged will generally sell faster than others which are not staged.

There are ways to inexpensively stage the home like visiting stores such as Home Goods which generally have home decor at discounted prices. Keep a budget in mind as the goal is to sell the home!

Closing Thoughts

There is some great real estate content here which will sellers prepare to sell including staging tips, preparing for photos and improve your credit score.  Additionally, there are great tips for buyers including home inspections and information about FHA loans.

About the Author

The above real estate article “Top Real Estate Articles for March 2019 was written by Sharon Paxson of Newport Beach Real Estate. With experience since 2005 representing sellers, buyers, and landlords with their real estate transactions, we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise and guide you through the home buying or selling process. We specialize in internet marketing to ensure that a listing receives maximum exposure.

We service the following Orange County CA areas: Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Orange, Santa Ana, Sunset Beach, Tustin and more! If you are considering selling your home, we welcome the opportunity to work with you and list your home with a top Newport Beach CA Realtor.

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Sharon Paxson

Sharon Paxson is a full-time REALTOR® who assists Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, and Renters throughout Newport Beach CA and the surrounding area. Specializing in residential real estate since 2005 Sharon covers Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Costa Mesa, Corona del Mar, and Huntington Beach.

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