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 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


6 Home Buying Myths
Buying a home often seems daunting. Even after buying your first home, the process can still be overwhelming. There is so much information available to you, you’re often left wondering what’s true, what’s a myth, and who is it you can turn to help you parse through it? We’re here to break down some common misconceptions about buying a home.

MYTHS

Step one is finding the right house

We totally understand why this myth is so popular. You’ve decided to make your move and the first thing on your mind is obviously going to be where you will eventually lay your head every night, make new memories, and plant your roots. While home shopping is the ultimate goal, you should start by meeting with a lender to figure out your financial options. If you don’t know your spending power you may actually miss out on the right house for you. You’d be surprised to learn the right house could be larger or more expensive while still being within your budget.

You have to have perfect credit to buy a home

While perfect credit is ideal, and more often will give you more financing options, we recognize not everyone has the most ideal credit. The truth is that there are many loan options available, which still offer good interest rates. It’s a matter of taking your time, doing your research, and working with an expert mortgage professional to figure out what loan is best.

You need a down payment of 20%

A 20% down payment can seem like a steep cost, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer.  Luckily, FHA has you covered for that with loan options that include financing for as low as 3.5% down. There are other programs, like the VA for service members, that have smaller options than 20% down. However, even without FHA and VA loans, there are options. For more of the nitty-gritty, check out one of our previous blog posts on the matter.

Schools don’t matter if you don’t have kids

Whether you have children or not, schools are an important factor when it comes to home value. The location of your home, as well as your neighborhood, are vital aspects of the cost of your house. If you decide to move on to another home, a good school system can make for an easy sell.

New homes don’t need a home inspection

Just because something is new, doesn’t mean it’s immune to problems. Home inspections help protect you from existing or potential issues. Getting a licensed professional to complete an inspection will reassure your decision to buy a home and save you money in the long run.  

 

You don’t need an agent

Agents know the market, which is critical when it comes to getting the best value for your budget. They also have the necessary experience you need when it comes to buying and selling houses; they can see things that you might overlook. Moreover, their knowledge base extends out past just houses for sale. Agents can help you find solutions to common hiccups, explain customary charges, and can go to bat for you when it comes to negotiations. Think of a real estate agent as your GPS system. Yes, you can get from point A to point B without it, but why would you want to?

 

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions, financial and otherwise, you’ll make in your lifetime. The house you buy will become a home filled with wonderful memories. Take your time to fully understand the process and learn from the professionals. Even better, work with a professional. HOMM Real Estate Services is here to take the weight of buying a home off your shoulders. We have all the tools to help you buy the right home that is within your budget, so you can lay your head down every night knowing you got the best deal myth-free.

 

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 April 30th, 2019 2:46 PM

The holiday season is in full swing and with the excitement of decorating, eating delicious home-cooked meals, and seeing friends and family, comes the not-so-exciting reality of hosting in a home you’re no longer in love with. Here are some signs it might be time to the move to a home better suited to fit your needs.

#1 You can’t get to or find your holiday decorations.

It’s finally time to deck the halls! Now you have to gather up your favorite holiday decorations. Are they in the tiny attic that needs a rickety ladder to access? Under the bed in the guest room or the top shelf of the hall closet? No, that’s what is in those plastic bins in the garage stacked to almost toppling… you think! Instead of decorating as a family one Sunday afternoon, you spend the first week of the holiday season hunting down where you hid your décor. Rather than having to store the décor in any and every possible space in your home – or for those apartment-living who may be using disposable decorations because you have no spare spaces, take time at the start of the New Year to look at home with ample storage and an attic with a drop-down ladder access and maybe even a hobby room where you could unravel your Christmas lights in comfort.

#2 Your neighborhood curbs the bright lights.

You want to be the home that everyone drives by to be awed by the bright lights of Santa and his reindeer, Mr. and Mrs. Snow, the North Pole Penguin family and enough lights to be seen from the International Space Station. One problem, the Homeowners Association Grinch is about to blow a fuse and impose a blackout. Time to move to another neighborhood where you can have the best and brightest yard on the block and celebrate like a star!  

#3 Your kitchen just isn’t cooking up the holiday spirit

Big family dinners should be a time of excitement and celebration, not an episode of cutthroat kitchen. If your small oven is making you choose between pie and stuffing, you’re forced to microwave the turkey, (which you can do, according to Butterball) and you keep trying to figure out a way to make more counter space, but always end up with the same amount (not enough), you might be trying to make something work that can’t. Buying a new home with a large kitchen island, up-to-date appliances, ample prep and serving surfaces doesn’t have to be a dream. It’s really very possible to find a kitchen where you can prepare, cook, serve every big festive meal AND the dessert and hors d’oeuvres.  Then, you can have your pie and stuffing and eat it too! 

#4 There’s no room for the whole family.

Arguably the best thing about the holiday season is gathering the entire family. The dining table has the leaf added, the card table and folding garden table and chairs are set up, but the lack of space means you have to open the sliding glass doors and the head of the table, Grandpa, is physically seated out on the lanai. Not to mention that the kids aren’t just at another table, the table is in another room altogether. What’s the point of all coming together if you are forced to separate just so everyone gets a seat? Instead of banishing family members to the outdoors, consider how to upgrade your eating arrangements with a dining room to accommodate everyone. Holiday gatherings around the table create the greatest of memories, it’s time for the youngest, and everyone in-between, to hear and enjoy the amazing stories the family elders have to tell.

#5 Too many cars, not enough carolers

There’s nothing like holiday cheer to unite people, especially among neighbors. Whether it’s enjoying each other’s lawn displays or sharing Christmas cookies. And while your neighbor’s ugly sweater party is filled with festive cheer, it makes it almost impossible to park on your street. Not to mention the fact that the holiday cheer stays inside. You miss the old days of familiar faces singing door to door.  A change of scenery means you can find the type of community you can sing alongside. 

#6 You simply don’t want to host anymore

Like the turkey, you’re done! You’ve paid your dues! As your kids have left and started nests of their own, it’s time to let the younger generation take over. The new memories you make in their homes will become just as important as the old ones. Plus, downsizing allows you to choose what’s most important to take with you and what you need to pass on or just leave behind. You can fully embrace the start of a new life in a new environment.

New Year New Home

Consider giving yourself the present you actually want, a new home with all the bells and whistles you deserve and need to really enjoy being home for the holidays.

HOMM Real Estate Services can help you find exactly what you want on your wish list, no holiday magic needed.

 

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 November 27th, 2018 7:41 PM

Military Moves

Moving to a new home is a decision we all make to meet life’s demands – careers, families, lifestyles, location and the list goes on. Still, buying, selling and relocating homes is an overwhelming endeavor for anyone, regardless of how many times you’ve done it. Together with the excitement and anticipation of new beginnings, we all deal with an emotional stress that can be hard to articulate.

MANEUVERS

Add active military status to mix and an already stressful situation becomes even more taxing. Regardless of rank, length or type of service active military members know all too well that moving can be last-minute news. With destinations often unknown, military moves can be fraught with uncertainty.

Military or not - moving involves countless decisions and planning. But for the military, relocations can be a carefully executed maneuver.

ATTENTION! THAT’S AN ORDER

The real issue is that you never know when the order will be issued. PCS (permanent change of station) orders are sent at any time, with little to no consideration for the school calendar, an impending birth or a big birthday celebration. Further, the orders may arrive late, involve deployment, require leaving a spouse to handle the move single-handedly or even demand an overseas relocation.

Military career paths often dictate the length of an assignment and the likely next location. This means it is common for active military to know the destination of their next move. Regardless, it’s still quite the mission to make any kind of house move.

Once you’ve received your orders, you will need to get into gear!

Here’s some advice on acting on such an order:

DRILL DOWN YOUR PLAN

Realizing you may or may not have the luxury of time to plan the mission, there are a few checklist items you can quickly handle to drill down your plan.

First, find a good REALTOR®. This has to be your first decision - especially if you’re relocating. Ask for referrals. There’s a very good chance you have a friend or colleague who has already made a move or two. Interview the agents and build a relationship. Since you’ll most likely be moving out of state to a new city, consider your agent the ally. A solid relationship with your agent will be a major factor to a successful move.

You’ll know the date of the new duty, so work backwards from that key date. Take note of logical move out dates, keeping in mind commitments such as school semesters, packing and relocation dates and times and a spouse’s new job start date.

It’s also a smart move to seek advice from your base transportation office. Each branch of the forces offers a multitude of resources. Take this as a chance to better understand possible relocation assistance programs.

AT EASE

There are many resources available to our military once they’ve received orders. (Helpful PCS information courtesy of Military.com can be found at here.)

We’d like to offer you the assistance you need from a HOMM Real Estate Services REALTOR®.

Not only are we 20-year plus Tampa bay veteran agents, but we also offer you first-hand experience of military moves. As veterans, military spouses or military children, our REALTORS® understand the experience from their own countless moves.

They understand what makes military buyers’ and sellers’ needs different from other moves. They “talk the talk,” understanding terminology and acronyms with no need to explain the urgency and strictness of deadlines.

In fact, Broker/Owner Marie Negron founded HOMM Real Estate Services as a result of these very same experiences. Helping Others Make Moves. It’s the HOMM mission.

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 November 23rd, 2018 2:16 PM

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Our British ally’s Commonwealth of Nations observes Remembrance Day, also referred to as “Poppy Day”.  The message: Lest we Forget.

The American Legion distributes the poppies. For the most part, the paper or plastic flowers are made by our very own veterans.

TOP 5 REASONS TO SALUTE

We thought today was the ideal time to share our Top 5 Reasons to salute Veterans.

You will find our personal and professional worlds combine. After all, the HOMM Real Estate Services agency is made up of veterans, military spouses or military children. Working with military clients is extraordinarily rewarding for us. As such, we may have different reasons than most behind our salutes.

Salute 1: Thank you

It’s simply put, but heartfelt. Thank you for your courage, commitment, and self-sacrifice to protect our freedom.

Salute 2: Honor

In addition to honoring our veterans and active military members, we recognize the honor of being able to serve you. We know a sale or purchase of a home can’t compare to sacrifices made on our behalf; the honor is knowing we are able to help you with finding your home.

Salute 3: Family

We understand the importance of family. We also understand how difficult it can be to be so far away from your loved ones. Moreover, we know military-families are a very tight-knit community. By serving you, bringing you into our community and providing guidance, we can become your support network. Like one big family.

Salute 4: Camaraderie

Mutual trust, commitment, and friendship. Familiar characteristics among veterans and active duty service members. We find this to be one of the most meaningful salutes. Sharing experiences, telling stories, finding common ground, relating to peers can create immediate and long-lasting bonds. We find honor in winning your trust, proving our commitment to you and earning your friendship.

Salute 5: Duty

As Real Estate professionals, we have a number of duties to all of our clients. Yet, interestingly, the attributes of our professional duties align closely with those of our military.

Decisive. Integrity. Dedicated. Trustworthy. Knowledge. Core Values.

HOMM Real Estate Services bring this – and more – to you with every real estate transaction and on every Veterans Day.

Today, Veterans Day, our first call of duty is to stand and salute you. Thank you for your service.

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 November 9th, 2018 3:32 PM

WE WANT IT ALL

Entering the housing market for the first time can be a huge move – no pun intended.  Buying a new home is an especially hefty move – pun fully intended this time.  Whatever your reason for buying; whether it be to find a larger home, down-size, relocate, move to a condo or single-family home or invest in a new property, it’s important to recognize the difference between desires and needs.

It’s no secret that everyone wants it all!  We all love the idea of the “perfect” home on the “perfect” street in the “perfect” neighborhood with the “perfect” school district and at the “perfect” price.  If only buying a home could be that ideal.

While your perfect home is certainly out there, it may come with a few compromises.

GOIN

G THE DISTANCE

The old cliché “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” isn’t dead yet.  It’s still a major factor for most home buyers, but consider other factors before making your decision.

Good school districts, for instance, are desirable even if you aren’t worried about the closest bus stop.  Schools continue to be one of the most important factors for resale and in turn when deciding on location.

You’ll also want to consider your commute time.  Is your top pick the farthest away from your place of employment?  Weigh up the pros and cons.  The location may not be the most desirable, but the home may be worth the distance if it meets your other needs.

IS BIGGER ALWAYS BETTER?

We all have a pretty good idea of what we want in a home: bedrooms, bathrooms, garage and yard size.  However, it’s a smart move to evaluate the size of the home against what you need and what you want.  You may find that biggest isn’t always best.

There’s a valid difference between wanting square footage and needing the right kind of spaces.  Beware: square footage can be deceiving when compared to a well-designed and efficient floor plan with fewer wasted spaces.

A large, growing family may benefit from several bedrooms, but may find a home where a large open-concept kitchen-family room and a separate bonus room are more conducive to their living needs.

Notwithstanding the trend toward tiny home living, it’s clear today’s buyers desire to have different choices, freedoms and flexibility.  For many, a smaller home far outweighs the needs for storage, home-maintenance and overall large living.

WEEKEND WARRIOR

For some, it’s a romantic notion to remodel or renovate a home. While inspiring, take note that the DIY and makeover shows have a crew of countless professionals and volunteers. They are all feverishly hustling behind the scenes to complete a remodel within the allotted 60-minute air time.  In reality, despite the undeniable charm and beauty, there is a litany of concerns and issues involved in purchasing an older home.  When considering a remodel, determine if you’re willing to give up many future weekends to complete the project before making that decision.

BUYING POWER

Before you start this huge move, you should know what you can afford.  Speak with a mortgage professional, your financial advisor or bank.  You can also contact an agent at HOMM Real Estate Services.  Crunch some numbers with the HOMM Real Estate Services mortgage calculators or if you’re renting, compare your payments here.

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 19th, 2018 3:55 PM

Established March 2018

In early 2018, Broker/Owner John & Judy Styles of Styles and Styles Real Estate in Brandon, Florida announced that they would be retiring and folding the brokerage unless they could find a buyer.

As a local Tampa Bay Real Estate Agent of Styles and Styles for almost 20 years, Marie Negron was faced with making a tough decision – quickly.  She knew that she could be that potential buyer.  Marie was used to making important life-changing decisions under tight deadlines and pressure.  As a former Military spouse of 20 years, Marie had experienced her fair share of moves, and quick moves at that.  This situation appeared to be no different. Similar to her many relocations, Marie knew how to look at the opportunity presented and turn it into a positive.

EXPERT DECISION

With that, the decision was made.  The opportunity for Marie to purchase the brokerage, from the Styles, was too good to pass.

Styles and Styles specialized in REOs (Real Estate Owned), Property Management and General Real Estate.  Marie, while concentrating more so on property management and general real estate nonetheless knew the business inside and out.  After all, she had been trained by experts and was enjoying tremendous success.  More importantly, Marie recognized this opportunity could be turned into another positive move.

With an innate understanding of what it takes to share her experiences with her clients, Marie had the fundamentals and wherewithal to establish a new brokerage.

VISION

Marie’s vision of Helping Others Make Moves was born into HOMM Real Estate Services.

This boutique-style full-service real estate agency offers a personalized real estate experience.  Marie has attracted a team of top-notch professionals and invested in the very latest cutting-edge technology.

As the leader of HOMM Real Estate Services team, Marie has instilled a philosophy to provide customers with personal attention, close interaction, solid advice and a commitment to Helping Others Make Moves.

Marie maintains a company goal to always create quality, personal and profitable transactions that deliver exceptional results and a five-star experience. 

Welcome to HOMM Real Estate Services.

Established March 2018!


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 19th, 2018 3:52 PM