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Welcome Home: Resolutions… for everyone

PAULA PARKER & BUTCH ELICH

2011 is just starting, and most of us are making a list of resolutions for the upcoming 365 days. We all do it, even if it’s just a mental list of things we’d like to accomplish. The New Year gives everybody a clean slate from which to work; it’s a great time to tackle things we’ve been putting off. We’re no different and today we have some standard items, some resolution suggestions, and some fun stuff to inspire you in the upcoming year! These are some no-brainers, but again, use the New Year to actually put the plan in motion. If you’re planning to buy a home, clean up your credit score. Since it’s used for everything from the interest rate you will be charged on a loan, to the premiums for insurance, it’s worth taking the time to be sure your credit report doesn’t have any errors on it. Get pre-approved for a mortgage. Your buying power is almost zero if you can’t prove you have the ability to buy. Take the time to meet with a local lender and get that pre-approval in writing. Ask us for a list of local lenders who can really help you get the job done.If selling is in the stars for you in 2011, you have to get ahead of the competition. Do this by taking care of all of those little repairs you’ve been putting off, or by using a professional home stager to give your home that model-look. The first impression is important. Next, price it to sell… in real life, today, not in some fantasy land of the past. It doesn’t matter how much you need to buy your next home, or how much you need to get out of debt, or how much you just need to break even. Overpriced homes will sit on the market and end up costing you more money that you don’t have in the end. Price it right or don’t put the sign in the yard. Also, don’t take low offers personally. It’s the home they’re buying, not you. Buyers know they can get a great deal, somewhere. They are willing to throw out low offers just to see who bites, and price outweighs features in many cases. With competition heating up from foreclosures and short sales, you can’t take a low offer personally. Counter, negotiate and if it doesn’t work, move along. If the buyer isn’t willing to pay a fair price for your home, they will more than likely be making offers for quite a while before they are successful.Most of all, and these are always on our list, not just for 2011… resolve to be thankful, and resolve to honor yourself and others in the days ahead. The two best gifts we can give ourselves and the people we meet each day is to resolve to be thankful for the year that has past, and to be true to the days ahead. We resolve to be true to our profession and speak frankly about what it will take to get customers where they want to end up in their real estate transactions. The tide is turning, confidence is on the rise, 2011 is going to be great for those who believe.


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