The beginning of a new calendar year is the time many of us designate to make changes in our lives. Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking or read a few more books, this is an opportunity to reflect and rethink how we will conduct ourselves in the coming year.
Even though most new year’s resolutions tend to be of a personal nature, it’s also an opportunity to assess improvements we can make to our professional lives and finances.
As a REALTOR®, my professional resolution, year in and year out, is to list and sell more homes. Fortunately, The TEAM and I do quite well in that regard. But another resolution is to continue to provide the public, and especially our customers, with the consumer-driven information they need to make good real estate choices in Hernando County, Florida. That is fulfilling on both a professional and personal level.
To that end, I thought it might be useful to share a few resolutions for consideration by those who are contemplating selling or buying a home in 2012. If this is the year you need to make a move, or to invest in your property for a future move, these suggestions should get you off to a good start on your way to a successful real estate transaction.
3 new year’s resolutions for home sellers
1. The most important decision you make is selecting a real estate professional. Resolve to do your homework. Check credentials and ask for references. Ensure they place a high priority on effective communication.
2. The second-most-important decision a seller makes is establishing a fair and realistic asking price. Resolve to rely on your real estate professional to help with this crucial strategy, and ensure you are well-versed in the 3 Rs of setting the right price.
3. Grab a paper and pen and take a good look around the inside and outside of your home. Make a list of of all the repairs or improvements that need to be made. Set priorities and get to work. Doing so now not only will prepare your home for the market, it will save you money in the long run, regardless of whether your home sells sooner or later.
3 new year’s resolutions for home buyers
1. Before you start shopping for a home, get pre-approved for a mortgage. Contact a reputable lending professional and find out what you can afford. If necessary, start saving money for your down payment. You must be ready to act when you find your dream home.
2. Promise yourself you won’t play games. It wastes time — yours, your real estate agent’s, and the home seller’s. Looking at homes you can’t afford, or that you are merely curious about touring, is not bargaining in good faith. And, when it comes time to make an offer, listen to your real estate professional and know the local market conditions .
3. Make a resolution that you will practice the golden rule when you are in negotiations with the seller. Treat them as you would like to be treated. That means be well-mannered in their home, and be wary of making a low-ball offer or taking it personally if your offer is declined. Remember: It’s a process, not a competition.
As I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012, I leave you with these tidbits, which apply to all new year’s resolutions:
3 secrets to successful new year’s resolutions
1. Write them down. If it’s in writing, you can’t deny them or forget them.
2. Set a timetable. A deadline is the enemy of procrastination.
3. Establish consequences. Reward yourself (a lot!) for success and and punish yourself (not too much!) for failure.THE Gail Spada TEAM hopes you have found this information useful. Your feedback is encouraged. Until next time, please remember our pledge: When it comes to buying or selling property in Hernando County, we make sure … it’s all about YOU!