5 Tips for Buyers with Children
1. Preview neighborhoods as a family.
Checking out the neighborhood(s) where you will be house hunting can help get kids ready for (and excited about) a move. If you already live nearby, a drive to see sights and get dessert at a local shop can be a fun adventure.
If you’re moving farther away, consider learning more about your new neighborhood online. In additions to local travel and city sites, many agent sites and top real estate search portals now have neighborhood features that highlight local amenities.
2. Consider a sitter.
You don’t have to take your children to see every house, and they can be distracting at financial appointments. To keep your sanity intact, consider a sitter. If you are far from your home base, you may be able to ask your real estate agent for a childcare referral from his or her large network of contacts.
3. Pack snacks.
This is a great tip even if you don’t have kids! Driving around, assessing homes and reading forms all day can sap your energy and brain power. Pack healthy, portable snacks like fruit, nuts or trail mix to keep everyone alert and in a good mood.
4. Set ground rules.
Before you go see houses, talk to your kids about your expectations for their behavior. Some good ground rules might be no running and no opening drawers or doors without permission. You might also want to discuss keeping opinions to yourselves until you are out of the home, to avoid putting the listing agent or seller in an awkward position.
5. Be careful about premature promises.
Never say “and this is your room, little Susie!” until the contract closes and you are 100% sure you own the house. Home buying negotiations can be tricky and home inspections can make or break deals. If something goes wrong, it’s certainly a bummer. Breaking the news to your kids – who may already have their hearts set on the home – is even more of a bummer.
This article was published on http://www.point2homes.com/
Chester County is still experiencing a ‘sellers market’ with low inventory. What it means is that we have less sellers & more buyers. However, we do have more closed sales and the average sale price is higher than it was in 4th quarter 2013.
I see more buyers that have been renting for quite some time and are ready to buy a house. They are in no hurry to find the house; They are picky. Buyers are looking for hassle free properties – clean, de-cluttered, newer HVAC, newer roof and some upgrades/updates. Those homes typically get off the market fast.
Have you been thinking about selling your home in 2015? This is a great time to list your home! Call, email or text me so we can discuss selling your home this Spring.
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Forbes came up with a list of 12 Strange & Unusual Homes for Sale. It’s great to see that houses go beyond the ranch, bi-level & colonial.
This is the Mushroom House, NY – as unique on the inside as it is on the outside. From the Mushroom House to the Stone Castle to the Floating Home, which is your favorite? Do you have a local house in Chester County that stands out? To see the outside & inside of these 12 homes click HERE.
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