• Uncategorized
  • Anyone can sell a house

    House for sale can in bag not included

    People tell me they can sell their home without the help of a real estate agent.  Sometimes for a fee I put a home on the MLS for a seller. They always end up asking for more help. Most home owners can show their home and some like to hold open houses. Yet most home owners struggle to complete the transaction.

    What goes in the purchase agreement? Who pays the closing costs? Who pays for the inspection? Do I need to pull permits for the repairs that the buyers want?  does the inspection work? Who is responsible for an appraisal? Does the buyer have to buy the home if it appraises for less than the asking price? If we accept an inspection contingent offer, can we sell the house to someone else if a higher offer comes in?

    Do sellers pay the property taxes or do the buyers? Who pays the state deed tax? Are water tests required?

    What can go wrong between the time we accepts a buyers offer and the closing? Who sets up the closing? What is a closing? Who pays the closer?

    Should I sell my appliances with my home? What is included in the sale and what is not?

    There are many more questions. No two homes are quite the same and neither are the buyers or the sellers and the answers to some of the questions above depends upon how the purchase agreement is written. Buyers and sellers can agree to all sorts of things. There are laws that govern real estate sales and there are business practices too.

    Even with all of the technology we have selling a home isn’t as easy as homeowners sometimes think it is.  I know a sales person who decided to sell a home. It all went just fine and it closed but I’ll never understand why that home owner did all that work and ended up getting 30K less for the home just to avoid paying 16K in commissions. Yet it is true anyone can sell a house. 🙂

    We make it look super easy but there is more to it than a for sale sign and an MLS listing. None of it is rocket science but it helps to have experience.

  • For Boomers
  • An older population and future housing needs

    Our future as an aging society
    Our future as an aging society

    While it is true that the baby boom generation is no longer the largest generation it is also true that the whole world is aging and at some point in the next three years or so for the first time in human history there will be more 65 year olds than there are five year olds.

    We really have no way of knowing if this trend will some day be reversed but for now we need to work with what we have.

    As the daughter of elderly parents I wonder if our housing will be adequate as we age. Our current system of providing care for the elderly doesn’t make a lot of sense either. The U.S. isn’t as old as some other countries mostly because of immigration but it looks like that could change in the near future too.

    From a business point of view I think now is a great time to develop products and services for older American’s and for the very old. Elders could benefit from the use of more technology.  Last year I bought my dad an Amazon echo. He can now do all sorts of things for himself using voice commands.

    I see old people every day and all of the time.

  • Friday fun
  • Watch live or wait?

    Live on Facebook - right now

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Last weekend I watched a “facebook live” video a few hours after it went live. The host was expressing concern because only two people were watching. There wasn’t anything about the video that made it time sensitive.

    I guess I don’t get it. Part of the reason we capture video and still photos is so we can save a moment or a memory. We can watch a video of a child taking her first step as it happens or two hours later and it all looks the same to me.

    All day long there are people posting on social media. Should I drop what I am doing and watch or look or can it wait until later or tomorrow or a week from now even?

    Life is full of interruptions but only if we let interrupt.

  • Uncategorized
  • August 1st, not a good day to make an offer

    August first is the day that new laws take effect in Minnesota and every August changes made to our real estate contracts take effect. It isn’t the best day to make an offer on a home for sale. Real estate agents do not get to see the forms/contracts until August 1st but we do get some information about changes.

    This year it looks like one of the forms was simplified and a few have new options added to them. In general over the years more pages are added to our contracts to accommodate more paragraphs. Some of the changes are made to reflect new laws and some of the changes are made to head off problems and misunderstandings that arise from the wording of our existing contracts.

    The Minnesota association of Realtors is responsible for the forms we use. There is a by appointment only committee of members who suggest changes to the forms.

    Happy August!

    sun flowers
    Urban flowers
  • For Boomers
  • July 4th is early this year

    Over the weekend I had a hard time finding a real estate agent who could help with an out of town home buyer. Agents told me that it was a holiday. Actually I completely understand. People often have time off over the July 4th holiday and they want to use it to do a little house hunting. Some of the folks who call me seem to have just figured out that they are going to buy a home in St. Paul or maybe they just got in the car and it took them here and while they are here they want to explore the possibility of buying a home here.

    I work with a few people who are relocating every year. Some of them have a plan ahead of time and interview real estate agents and make appointments to tour homes months in advance, which allows me to clear my calendar and give them the undivided attention they need and deserve as we tour 10 to 20 houses in a day or two.

    Often those who come into town and don’t plan ahead end up working with the junior real estate agent who doesn’t yet have any business. That agent will end up paying a referral fee for a the “lead”. They may not actually know what they are doing but they need to start some place.

    If you are looking for a great agent to work with over the 4th of July weekend this year you are already way to late but it isn’t too late to start looking for an agent to work with over the Labor day weekend or during the winter holidays.

    July 4th in St. Paul
    July 4th in St. Paul