Greater Nashville Home Blog

Thursday, June 17, 2021   /   by Jo Reimer

Contingency, what is that?

You may be hearing in the news today about homebuyers waiving contingencies when trying to secure a home. You may be wondering, “What are contingencies?”

Well, let’s start with the definition-

A contingency clause defines a condition or action that must be met for a real estate contract to become binding. A contingency becomes part of a binding sales contract when both parties, the buyer and the seller, agree to the terms and sign the contract.

What are some examples of contingencies? The most common are finance, appraisal, and inspection. For example, you may need to finalize the sale of your current home before purchasing this home, or there may be contingencies regarding the inspection or appraisal. Although these may sound like things you should be concerned about, contingencies are actually there to help protect you.

 So, you may be wondering what to do when you hear the word contingency.  The answer is simple, have someone on your side; ...

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  buying a home, selling homes

Thursday, June 3, 2021   /   by Jo Reimer

Talking about the $$$

We all know that buying a home is probably one of if not the biggest investment that you are going to make.  Not only the investment in your family’s future but it is a lot of money committed over many years.  It is also one of the most exciting ventures as you journey towards home ownership.
In the current market it is more important than ever to have the financial aspects of this journey set up before you start taking a deep look at potential homes.  Finding a qualified mortgage loan officer or broker that you feel comfortable with is the first step.  That individual will work with you through the process to find out just how much home you can afford, how much money you will need to pay for things like inspections and have at closing and any potential programs that are out there which could benefit you.  And it doesn’t hurt to talk with more than one lender as each has their own criteria and programs.  I had a client come to me with her own ! ...

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  buying a home

Thursday, May 20, 2021   /   by Jo Reimer

Listing Agents, Buying Agents Oh My!

When folks are looking to buy or sell a home they often wonder if they’ll need a real estate agent.  After all, don’t Listing Agents just put a property on the MLS and stick a sign in the yard?  How hard is that?  Or if you approach the Listing Agent on a house you’re interested in, can’t they just write up the offer for you and skip an agent for yourself?  Yes, but they’re protecting the SELLER’S interest.  Who is protecting yours?

A Listing Agent should have a solid marketing plan to get your home sold as quickly as possible and for top dollar.  That goes far beyond just putting a sign in your yard and putting it on the MLS.  The Listing Agent should market your home to other agents, do social media advertising, get your home staged, advise you on what repairs to make, do research to make sure yours is priced correctly, arrange professional photography and drone footage, measure rooms, and much, much more.  ...

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  selling homes, buying a home

Thursday, May 6, 2021   /   by Jo Reimer

Love at first sight?

We have all heard the saying “love at first sight” regarding love but what about a house?  What are potential buyers very first sight of your house?  If you are getting ready to sell, especially now that spring has sprung it is especially important to know.
The answer, the exterior of your house.  Those few moments as they get out of the car and take in the full picture of a house.  The color, shape, materials and wait for it….the yard!  We have talked before about how you must prep and neutralize the interior of your house as you get ready to sell.  Letting people see their lives and their belongings in the space.  Particularly important steps to have your house ready for the perfect buyer but we cannot forget about the outside spaces.
I know you have just spent time and money getting the inside ready and now I want you to prep the outside, yikes!  Well, the outside does not need to cost big bucks to fix up most likely just . ...

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  neighborhood, selling homes, staging homes

Thursday, April 22, 2021   /   by Jo Reimer

Looking at your house through a buyer’s eye

I am talking to my sellers today.  It’s time to sell the house you have spent years decorating and setting up to perfection in your eyes.  I mean, how can someone not want to snatch it right up, it is beautiful, right?  Well, I want to direct you to a key part of the above thought, “in your eyes.”
While I have no doubt that home has been set up perfectly and served you so well for years but now that it is time to sell and move on to your next journey, we need to change the focal point.  It’s no longer about how YOU see it; it’s about how your potential buyers sees it.  Remember, the moment you decide to sell it’s no longer your home, it’s theirs.  Help them see it that way.
Let’s be honest, we don’t like all the same colors or styles, which is perfectly fine, it’s what makes the world such an interesting place.  The key to selling your house is to look at it through the eye of a potential b! ...

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  selling homes, staging homes