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Bob Guidice has specialized in the Central Florida real estate market for over 20 years. He has developed a team of agents committed to understanding the individual needs of clients. Golfpark Properties is dedicated to providing knowledgeable guidance beginning from the moment you engage. Offering unparalleled service and promoting a prosperous relationship with our clients that will continue long after closing.
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Tips for Buying a Home
Stick to your Budget
This can be difficult when you find the perfect home but it’s out of your budget. Remember, you will need to pay the mortgage every month for likely 30 years. That new home excitement will wear off in a few months but you will be locked into your mortgage.
Don’t give up!
Sometimes it can be discouraging if you can’t find the perfect home you’re looking for. When there are fewer homes for sale, it can also be challenging when homes are selling so quickly. It’s important to stick with your process and always keep an open line of communication with your realtor. If you are discouraged, let them know! They’ve been through the buying and selling process dozens of times.
Trust your realtor
Your realtor is the expert to the buying process. If they are making decisions that don’t make sense, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Your realtor should be approachable and happy to teach/coach you during the home buying process.
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Tips for Selling a Home
Consult with your realtor about upgrades and repairs
Depending on the current home market, your home may sell for a premium without making any updates or repairs. Before you spend time and money on repairs, see if it’s worth it.
Leverage your social network to advertise your listing
After your home is listed, post the listing on your social media accounts or social media groups you are part of. For example, you may live in an HOA community and there is a Facebook Group for the HOA. Post your listing so your neighbors can see it’s for sale.
Get your home “listing ready”
When you prepare your home for viewing and photos, you want the buyer to picture themselves living in your home. If your home is vacant and empty, hiring a staging company to bring in furniture and decorations to make your home look cozy and livable. If you have a lot of pictures or personal trinkets, consider removing them so the buyer doesn’t feel like they are looking at or touring someone else’s home.
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What VALUE does a realtor add?
You might be asking what your realtor does all day. They do a lot of work behind the scenes.
Writing and understanding the offer
Realtors take time to write and review the offer or selling contract. They review the fine print to make sure that are no surprises. An offer, when buying or selling your home, is more than just a price. An offer may include contingencies or additional amendments. Your realtor will understand these additional terms and know how to negotiate to get not only a price that’s in your best interest, but terms that are in your best interest or conditions, such as, Buyer has 7 days to complete inspections and appraisal.
Depending on the state of the housing market, your realtor will know when to ask for more or when to take or make an offer right away. Their experience will help to save you time and money during your buying or selling journey. Your agent will work with the other agent, representing the other party, and negotiate to find the medium ground.
Their local real estate network
Your real estate agent has agent resources such as the MLS that are not available to the public. In addition, they have a close network of fellow realtors and other industry professional like title companies, inspectors, lender, and insurance agents. Due to this large network, they have access to information that is not, or not yet, available to the public. For example, your realtor may hear of a home that’s about to go on the market that sounds like a great option for you to buy. Because of your realtor, you may get access to these listing before they even hit the market.
Your realtor is your teacher
Your real estate agent is not just your professional representative when buying and selling a home. They are also your teacher who is educating you each step of the way. Your realtor should be approachable and willing to explain major or minor details of the
real estate process. The buying and selling process can move quickly, especially your first time. That’s why your trusted realtor is there, to guide you each step of the way.