Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This month's real estate news

This month's real estate news:


You’ve got a contract on your home for sale—congratulations! But before you pop the cork on the champagne, you’ve got to go through an ordeal that could make or break that sweet deal: a home inspection.

The home inspection is a contingency written into most offers, meaning that if the buyers aren’t happy with the result, they can cancel the sale without losing their earnest money deposit, or reopen negotiations and ask for a price reduction.
So it’s important to prepare yourself and your home for this important step of the process. How? Hey, we’re glad you asked! Let’s start at the beginning.
Will there always be a home inspection?
If your buyers are planning to tear down your home and build their own dream house, you might feel a pang of regret, but at least you won’t need to worry about the quality and condition of your property. These buyers are trying to get the lowest price possible and, if they think a clean contract without an inspection contingency will make them an attractive buyer in a competitive market, they’ll often forgo an inspection contingency.
But most buyers who are planning to live in your home want to know what they’re getting into. They want to know which systems work, and which don’t. They want to know how much money they’ll need to plow into the purchase, and which items you, dear seller, are willing to fix or replace to seal the deal.
The results of home inspections can give buyers peace of mind, or a tool they can use to bargain down the price. In the worst case, people with buyer’s remorse will use results of a home inspection to back out of the deal without penalty.
Sound scary? Don’t fret just yet. That first home inspection will let you know everything that’s wrong with your home. Armed with that information, you can fix problems before the next buyer shows up, adjust the price to reflect necessary repairs, or simply have a ready response when the issue comes up again.
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Here are some local number's; home prices for May 2016-July 2017 vs. same period last year:

Glendale+   15.0%
Burbank     +   10.7%
Toluca Lake+     5.0%
Pasadena+   14.8%
Studio City -     2.6%
Hollywood Hills -   14.1%
Valley Village+     6.6%
Sherman Oaks    +     3.9%

Call me if you would like home selling strategies that net top dollar!
Ana Connell 818-795-8474.

Weekly mortgage rates:

30 yr. fixed rate        3.90      0.03
15 yr. fixed rate         3.18      0.00
5 yr. adjustable rate  3.14       0.01
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