HOMM Real Estate Services Blog



Whether you’ve been looking for a new home for a long time and have finally found the right one or a home you’ve had your eye on has recently been put on the market; you’ve just decided on your dream home. Knowing exactly what you want is an exciting prospect. You feel confident in your decision.  Plus, you can already envision where the couch will go and the art you want to hang. Before running away with a fantasy, you have to sit down and write the offer. You have made this terrific decision, but now you have to deal with the logistics. You might ask yourself what you can do to ensure the seller is impressed with your offer and while cold hard cash might be ideal, very few of us are lottery winners. Fortunately, there are still great ways to ensure the seller takes your offer seriously and improve your chance of acceptance. Here are our top 5 ways to make your offer stand out.

1. Pre-Approval Letter – A pre-approval means your lender has run all the numbers and gathered all the documentation necessary to close the loan. Having pre-approval shows the home sellers that you are serious about the offer and ready to move when prompted. Unsure how to go about getting pre-approved? Talk to your agent about the resources you need and they’ll connect you to the right lender.  

2. Contingency Removals – There are certain contingencies in place that are necessary for both physical and financial safety. Don’t remove any contingency that could put you at risk. There are plenty of contingencies though you can safely remove. By removing those or shortening the contingency periods, you’ll provide peace of mind to the sellers, thus making your offer more favorable. Again, your agent is in your court and has the experience to understand the pros and cons of all the contingencies.

3. Sell Your Home First – Nothing says serious offer quite like having your home sold. If a buyer still needs to sell their home, sellers can take that as a red flag. Especially if a buyer needs to sell their own home before closing.  Sell before you write the offer whenever possible.

4. Escrow Period – In buying and selling timing is everything. Work with the right agent who will know how to present your offer, and will understand if a longer or shorter escrow period is needed based on the seller’s moving needs.

5. Win-Win – Most importantly, show the seller that you want to create a win-win situation for you both. Negotiations will happen, but if you avoid seeming unreasonable or demanding, you’ll be making an offer they can’t refuse.

While the price is always important to the home seller, there are other valuable concessions or offers which can mean as much. Have you found the “Right Realtor” to work with? One who knows how to negotiate the most beneficial real estate deal for you. Look no further than the expert agents at HOMM Real Estate Services, who view the transaction as a win for all sides and learn what’s important to the seller before you write the offer. By accommodating their needs as much as possible, you are more likely to have your offer accepted. Thus, making your buying easy as pie.   

HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 

Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on October 30th, 2019 9:35 PM


Although it’s only the beginning of October, the holidays are coming much sooner than you might think. Halloween, for one, is only a few weeks away! You might think that now is not the time to buy or sell but we are here to give you some tips and dispel any myths. 

Buying during Autumn

You might think all the homes for sale would be sold by the first cooler evening.  But in reality, many homes do not sell by the time school starts. They tend to linger on the market into early fall months. Plus, they could be at a deep discount after being on the market all summer. Moreover, there are plenty of fresh houses on the market with sellers looking to put up a sold sign before the even slower winter months. What is your biggest strength? There are fewer buyers out searching; meaning you should have more options and more leverage. Autumn can be the perfect time to buy a home if you play it right. To make sure you’re ready, follow these few steps: 

•    Be prepared. Fall home buyers should be ready to move when they find the right home at the right price. Get prequalified so that you can jump at the right opportunity.

•    Establish a price range and stick to it. Because the market tends to see seasonal slow-downs, you and your Realtor have more opportunity to make your money go even further than it would in the busy months. 

•    Notice the imperfections. With hurricane season and rain every day, homes can show their scars. Look for evidence of water intrusion and evaluate the yard debris. Imperfections in the gutters or ceiling will become more apparent and there will be no surprises.

•    Visit the local school. With school back in session, you can see everything a school has to offer and how everything runs. This is also a good time to visit and ask questions from teachers and administrators. They are fresh from the summer and prepared to answer any and all questions. 

•    This last one might seem contradictory but, wait for winter if necessary. Buyers all but evaporate in the winter months, so while the competition seems low in the fall wait for the right home to come along; even if it’s in January. 

Selling 

On the flip side, selling during fall and into the holiday season isn’t as difficult as you might think. The holiday season seems distant at the moment; but in reality, as soon as you’re taking cobwebs and the candy bowl down, you’ll have a gorgeous wreath to put up.  Many home sellers are concerned it’s the wrong time to list their homes. In reality, your home shines a little brighter in the holiday season. Your home is all dressed up in its holiday bests; meaning the buyer will feel more emotionally tied to it. There is no need to wait for the hectic New Year selling season to list. There are benefits to selling now!

•    Lower Inventory – Conventional wisdom attempts to say taking your home off the market and waiting until spring is the best way to sell. In reality, with less competition on the market, your home will stand out to buyers and you’ll be able to negotiate a price that works for both of you. 

•    Your competition is distracted – While most people are cozying up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte or out trying to find the best deals during holiday shopping, you’ll be able to sell your house with the ability to focus on your own sale and not worry about what everyone else is doing. 

•    Serious Buyers – Similarly to distracted competition, most buyers are pausing their home search. While that seems counterintuitive, in reality, the buyers that are shopping for a home mean business. Moving is not fun at any time of the year, but the holidays are especially complicated. The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy family and friends. Buyers willing to seriously shop during the most wonderful time of the year are absolutely serious about purchasing a home. In real estate, studies show that if a buyer is out looking for a new home during these months, they have a reason to move which tends to create better offers. 

•    Interest Rates are still Low – Traditionally, Interest Rates stay on the lower end during the holiday season. The New Year looms and no one knows what is coming; so you can rely on a consistently lower interest rate.

In conclusion, whether you want to buy during autumn or sell during the holidays, HOMM Real Estate Services can help. From finding you either the best buyer or home for sale in a slower market to negotiating the price you not only need but want, HOMM Real Estate Services will make sure you are taken care of all throughout the season.


HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.  Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.


Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on October 4th, 2019 12:23 PM

Is It Time to Move? 6 Telltale Signs you need a change 

Most people dread even just the thought of moving. However, those same people feel over the moon once they’ve completed their move. From packing every little thing to transporting precious furniture safely, the logistics of moving seem scary. An even bigger fear is the fear of change. Your home is, well, your home! You have a deep emotional attachment to it and nostalgic for the time you’ve spent in it. The way you feel is completely understandable, but a home that no longer fits your needs can make even the most beloved home feel uncomfortable. Yet, there’s a nagging voice in the back of your head saying is this right for me and my family?

Here are 6 telltale signs that you should consider putting a “For Sale” sign out front.

  1. Your Home is Too Small - Have you found yourself waiting in a bathroom line that reminds you of your school days? Or constantly stepping on toys or toes just to get around the house? You’ve probably outgrown your home. Sometimes you don’t even realize the kind of space you need to live comfortably until your home gets uncomfortable. Moving to a new home means you can ensure you have the right number of bathrooms and a bonus room with ample toy storage.
  2. Your Home is Too Big - Life changes! Suddenly that extra bedroom looks less like a guest bedroom and more like another room to clean. Empty Nesters often find there is too much to maintain in a large home. You finally have the time to travel and relax, why spend it keeping up a house that no longer fits your needs?
  3. Your Home is Too Expensive - Are you spending all your extra cash on making repairs? Does it feel like every time you turn around you have to fix something else? Your house might have become a money pit without you even noticing it. Don’t stick around in a home that’s eating up your savings and annual bonuses just to keep the space livable. Moving means the chance to find a home with exactly what you want without all the surprise repair costs.
  4. The Neighborhood isn’t what it used to be - Neighborhoods change over time for many reasons. If you feel like the days of knowing your neighbors’ names are long gone, community rules are too lax or too stringent, or its simply not evolved as you had hoped, then it’s time to move on. If you’ve noticed a decline in your neighborhood, the value of your home might be declining as well. We’d recommend moving on to greener pastures.
  5. You’re sick of the weather - Have you ever looked out of the kitchen window to snow flurries and thought “not again” or feel like you could go the rest of your life without shoveling another sidewalk? You’re not alone. According to the Census Bureau, more people are moving south than any other region. Moving to warmer weather – and, in our case, the Tampa Bay area can solve any and all freezing cold problems.
  6. Change is good! - At the end of the day, it’s good to make a change. Change promotes growth in both your personal and professional lives. Moving means you get to try a different style of home or a more fitting and enriching location. If your home isn’t making you happy any longer, it’s time to make a change and move.  

Are you ready to make your move? Here at HOMM Real Estate Services, we are Helping Others Make Moves every day. We understand the market place, use proven methods and state-of-the-art technology to thoughtfully plan and prepare your home to sell. We’re ready, are you?

 

HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 

Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on July 19th, 2019 7:10 PM

 Whether you’re buying or selling your home, either task can be extremely stressful. Doing both at the same time seems extremely overwhelming and a little nuts, but it is possible to do both. The good news is that people buy and sell in tandem all the time. With a few simple tricks and tips, both buying and selling can be a seamless process.

Tricks and tips on buying and selling at the same time 

First stop: Decluttering now, not later. It’s everyone’s nightmare to move with things they don’t need to. Why wait until closing to get rid of the stuff you’ve been meaning to for years? Use listing your home as a motivation to finally take those donations to Goodwill. It’s easier for potential buyers to see themselves in the space if they aren’t distracted by the old recliner you haven’t had the time to deal with.

Secondly, start the move early. Before you even list your home for sale, why not start packing? Pack up personal items, unnecessary clutter, and excess furniture and move them to storage. Your Christmas tree doesn’t need to stay in the hall closet and your fancy kitchen gadgets don’t need to clutter up the counter. Only keeping essential items out allows your space to look bigger and neater. 

In terms of buying, work closely with your agent to map out your needs and wants. Focus to your preferred, home size, price point and specific needs Have your agent prepare your showings selectively, thus ensuring you see the homes that suit your needs.

 

Next, set up a timeline with selling and buying requirements. Even more importantly, make sure your agent, or agents, understand the timeline and requirements. There are many standard contingencies in buying in selling that can either protect you from owning two homes at once. Moreover, the purchase of your new home may rest on successfully closing on your current one. Having an educated and professional agent can prevent any surprises along the way. At HOMM Real Estate Services, we have a team of top-notch professionals, who have served the Tampa Bay area for over 100 combined years. Since each sale is different, we’ll know how to handle any curve balls that come your way. 

 

Also, get the whole family involved. Making a moving plan and helping out are what families are for! If you organize all the moving parts, it’s easier to handle any unforeseen circumstances. Keeping to a plan also helps you feel less overwhelmed. Create excitement around the move by giving everyone a specific and important (to them) task. With everyone on the same page, you can avoid any drama when it comes down to the crunch time of moving. 

 

Lastly, remain as calm as you can be. You can only do so much when it comes to buying and selling. Having a HOMM agent in your corner can allow you to put your feet up because, in our business, we know exactly how to make the moves. We are Helping Others Make Moves every day.

 

HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

 

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 

Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on June 26th, 2019 2:48 PM


Sellers

Selling your home is a big emotional decision, and often coming to that decision takes time. Finally, you decide to put your house on the market and in a perfect world it would sell immediately. Sadly, though this is not always the case. With every passing day you might feel more and more out of control. The unknowns of selling a house sometimes feel endless and leave you with a feeling of hopelessness. You start to wonder what kind of control you have on the process, if any at all! Let’s just stop for a moment and take a deep breath. Homes are bought and sold every minute of every day. There are ways to deal with these unknowns, recognize what you can and can’t control, and know your agent is there to help you through to the closing.

Buyers

Oh, if only we could control buyers! Snap your fingers and magically someone buys your house with the perfect offer. In reality, buyers can appear to be cumbersome and unmanageable at times. They request showings at weird hours, write crazy offers, and make up unreasonable repair requests. The buyer’s particular wants and wishes can feel like a personal affront. It’s important to remember, though, that the way they handle home buying has nothing to do with you on a personal level. Try to keep in mind they are on their own journey looking for a dream home and are stressed out too.

The Market

While the whims of buyers feel much more personal, the market is a big picture factor out of your control. The market forces determine interest rates and sales prices. At the end of the day, you can’t change these forces. The one thing you can control is how informed you are. Knowing all the facts prevents surprises. If something in the market changes, you’ll be prepared for how it affects the sale.

Inspectors

You’ve spent years loving and caring for your home. However, there might be something out of your home upkeep routine that only a comprehensive, professional home inspection can uncover. These hidden issues can feel devastating and even unreasonable at first, but in reality, an inspector is just trying to protect everyone involved. The best way to avoid unpleasant surprises (and any expenses that come with them) is to a put a listing home warranty in place. The warranty will cover the costs so you can handle whatever may come your way.

Appraisers

An unfortunate appraisal can feel like a major blow. In the end, appraisers are trained professionals working within fairly stringent guidelines. Moreover, there are ways to combat a poor appraisal. You can challenge them, but it is always your lender and agent who can help you navigate an unfavorable appraisal and make it work to achieve what you need from your sale.

 

How to take control

Does all of this sound like a lot to deal with? That’s okay. The best way to handle dealing with the things out of your control is to understand what you can do for yourself initially.

Make sure you do your due diligence and have a good agent in your corner. Find the right agent who can educate and guide you through all 

of the steps to sell your home, one who knows how to field unexpected issues, negotiate on your behalf, help you handle the issues, overcome the obstacles, and get your home sold. Then trust your agent to keep things under control for you. Now, take control and concentrate on packing up and moving into your next home.


HOMM Real Estate Services, located in the Brandon, Florida area of Tampa-Bay focused to Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk Counties. As a full-service general real estate company, we specialize in general real estate, home buyers, home sellers, new home construction, rentals, tenants and landlords, and property management.

Learn more about Marie Negron, her team and HOMM Real Estate Services. Call 813-684-5954 or email info.hommsales@gmail.com to get started.

 






Posted by Marie Negron, Owner on May 21st, 2019 9:38 PM