buyers: Is That a Want, A Need, or a Demand?
- 04/13/14 08:31 PM
Is That a Want, A Need, or a Demand?
Carlsbad buyers always have requests for features in the home they are searching for.
As they should.
Sometimes the list is short, perhaps even vague, but other times it’s very detailed and, sad to say, possibly out of touch with the reality of the budget and the local housing market.
It is not always clear if what the buyers are asking for is a want, a need, or a demand.
It’s important information to know... for them AND for us!
Several recent requests, actually demands, that were a problem due
buyers: How to Handle Repairs When Buying a Carlsbad Home
- 03/29/14 02:07 PM
How to Handle Repairs When Buying a Carlsbad Home
When buying a home in Carlsbad you undoubtedly will have a home inspection. Any prudent buyer will.
Watch this Google Hangout video from 4 real estate experts first to learn about what to expect from inspections.
NOW read on about how to deal with repairs.
So the inspection (or inspections if you opt for others like roofing, electrical, pool/spa, HVAC) is done and there are some issues.
First, don't let that surprise you.
There ARE no perfect homes. So go into the inspection process expecting there will be some defects
buyers: To Inspect or Not to Inspect is Not the Question
- 03/28/14 10:42 AM
To Inspect or Not to Inspect is Not the Question
Home inspections during the purchase process are essential in my opinion. That's true of most REALTORS I suspect (see our Google Hangout Video on this topic below).
The question is NOT just “should I inspect or not?”
Home inspections can cause a lot of anxiety for buyers and sellers alike.
However, a prudent buyer will have one, knowing it’s money well spent, and a seller should expect this.
There are some variations in different markets, but the general issues regarding inspections are essentially the same.
As a buyer you want
buyers: Carlsbad Buyers & Sellers, Do NOT Rely on Zillow to Make Decisions
- 03/25/14 08:47 PM
Carlsbad Buyers and Sellers
Do NOT Rely on Zillow to Make Your Decisions
This is a warning to not use Zillow as the be-all-end-all for making decisions about the price your home should sell at or what offer you should make.
No, I am not telling you to not use Zillow. I know many buyers and sellers do, and I won’t argue with the fact that there is a ton of information available.
But the data you find is simply that – a data point in time, and one that's not necessarily accurate.
And if you are basing a
buyers: What Do My HOA Fees in Carlsbad Cover?
- 03/24/14 05:21 PM
What Do My HOA Fees in Carlsbad Cover?
Buyers often ask, as they should, what the HOA fees cover for a particular property they are interested in. This can include condominiums as well as single family detached homes with a Home Owner’s Association.
This is not about the pros and cons of having an HOA and the fees involved, but an overview of the common fees we see in the Carlsbad area and what they cover.
Buyers should, of course, verify all this information to their satisfaction.
Agents generally list the amount of the HOA fees for a particular property in
buyers: Why Move to Carlsbad? No Snow! No Mosquitoes! No Humidity!
- 03/19/14 07:33 AM
Why Move to Carlsbad? No Snow! No Mosquitoes! No Humidity!
I’ve had several conversations recently with people who live here, as well as those considering or planning a move, about the main reasons to buy a home in Carlsbad, apart from the terrific year-round weather and the beaches.
There is a common theme…
no snow, no mosquitoes, and no humidity.
Oh, we get snow in the mountains in Southern California, and you can see it from many vantage points in Carlsbad. On a really clear day you can see snow at Big Bear and other distant mountains. But we
buyers: Making an Offer in Your Relocation
- 03/10/14 08:24 PM
Making an Offer in Your Relocation
No doubt you are planning to buy a new home when you relocate. Whether or not you are a first time buyer or one who is experienced, if you are moving to a new area and planning to buy there are some things you need to know about making an offer on a new home.
The process of making an offer, and the paperwork, can vary substantially from state to state. Some states are very simple, while others are much more structured and complex.
Keeping that in mind, as a relocating buyer it's critical
buyers: 6 Tips for Carlsbad Sellers to Maximize Showings
- 03/09/14 02:47 PM
Showing Snafus Sellers in Carlsbad Need to Know About
No matter how prepared we are, and how carefully we craft showing instructions for the MLS so agents will know the procedure to follow for showing, snafus can and do occur.
It may be carelessness on the part of the agent, a change of heart by the buyers at the last minute, failure to read or follow the showing instructions, delays due to traffic, or simply human error.
But showings do not always go according to plan, although these are the exception. Best to be prepared and aware it could
buyers: The Top 5 Things First Time Buyers Must Do
- 03/05/14 03:55 PM
The Top 5 Things First Time Buyers Must Do
Don’t you sometimes hate being told what to do?
But when planning to make what will be the biggest financial investment in your life – that’s scary sounding, isn’t it – you need to know the essentials to do in order to accomplish your goal and not make mistakes you will regret.
Buying a home is not like purchasing a DVD or a shirt you can return to the store and get your money back if you don’t like it.
As a first time buyer if you aren’t prepared to
buyers: My Heroes Home Advantage Program in Carlsbad and Nearby Communities
- 03/03/14 04:43 PM
My Heroes Home Advantage Program for Carlsbad and Nearby Communities
I am so excited about the Heroes Home Advantage Program I can now offer you, our Heroes, for your home purchase and sale here in North San Diego County.
Think of it – as a Hero you can receive 25% of the total commission I earn (based on the listing contract) back as a credit on a home purchase or sale.
This credit could be used for an interest rate buy down if you qualify and it’s allowed by the lender (which can save you a ton of money over
buyers: Services for Relocating Sellers
- 02/23/14 07:39 PM
Services for Relocating Sellers
My specialization as a Carlsbad area real estate professional is relocation, both inbound and outbound to Southern California,. While a good portion of my business is buyers relocating to the area, I also work with sellers who are relocating out of SoCal.
In my business I provide a number of services to help sellers who are moving out of the area to assist them in the transition. This is particularly important for those homeowners who have not moved a significant distance before and don't know what to expect.
I have relocated a major distance
buyers: Carlsbad Homes with Pools – Enjoy Outdoor Living Year-Round in Carlsbad CA
- 02/09/14 04:23 PM
Carlsbad Homes with Pools – Enjoy Outdoor Living Year-Round in Carlsbad CA
If you are seeking to buy a new home with a pool, Carlsbad has a lot of options for you.
Many buyers moving to the Carlsbad area are looking to enjoy our Southern California outdoor lifestyle, which in many cases means finding a Carlsbad home for sale with a pool, or perhaps room to add one.
Most buyers seem to prefer a private pool, but in some cases the community pool will work well, especially if buyers don’t want the maintenance issues.
Buying a Carlsbad home that offers
buyers: Why You Should See, Hear, and Touch the Community When Relocating
- 02/09/14 12:17 PM
Why You Should See, Hear, and Touch the Community When Relocating
Moving to an area you don’t know is a tough challenge, even if you know you want to be there, perhaps know people there, and have heard the sorts of things about the area that appeal to you.
At the risk of generalizing, I think most buyers looking for a primary home in a new area have the community at the top of the list of what’s important, not just the house.
Buyers generally buy in a particular community or neighborhood, and are not just purchasing a property, in my
buyers: Last Minute Lender Issues That Can Ruin Your Day, and Your Closing
- 01/30/14 06:39 AM
Last Minute Lender Issues That Can Ruin Your Day, and Your Closing
I doubt anyone will disagree that the mortgage process can be a real challenge. There are more requirements than before, a wealth of documentation that needs to be provided, and an administrative process that sometimes makes you shake your head at how long it takes. It may feel like they don’t even care that there are deadlines to be met.
The following are are not necessarily issues that will happen to you, as things vary from lender to lender. But they are all things I have encountered
buyers: Why is Your Seller’s Frozen Meat My Buyers’ Problem?
- 12/30/13 08:05 PM
Why is Your Seller’s Frozen Meat My Buyers’ Problem?
I don’t get it.
The frozen meat shouldn't convey. It wasn’t in the contract to remain, and we asked for all personal items to be removed before closing.
Yes, I know it was a short sale and the seller vacated and moved out of the area months ago.
But why is the frozen meat in the freezer now my buyers’ problem since closing has occurred?
I guess it’s part of the AS IS status of the property?
Or considered trash left behind.
buyers: Finding School, Crime and Other Information During Your Relocation
- 12/29/13 05:33 PM
Finding School, Crime and Other Information During Your Relocation
Video #9 (see below) in my Relocation Tips Video Series provides some tips on finding school, crime and other information during your relocation. The complete list of articles and videos preceding this one are listed at the bottom of the article.
Buyers often have questions about the schools and crime when seeking a new home and neighborhood. Questions such as “are the schools good in this area” or “is this a safe neighborhood” are common.
The REALTOR you are working with in your relocation should be a good resource
buyers: Packing for your Relocation - Do It Yourself or Not?!
- 12/24/13 10:57 PM
Packing for your Relocation - Do It Yourself or Not?!
Video #8 (see below) in my Relocation Tips Video Series is about packing for your move, in particular issues related to packing yourself, or not. The complete list of articles and videos preceding this one are listed at the bottom of the article.
If you are considering the DIY approach to packing for your move, here are some things to consider:
1. Packing yourself, or some of your stuff, can save you some money. Check with your movers to find out more about packing costs if you prefer
buyers: Buying vs. Renting When Relocating to Your New Home
- 12/19/13 07:37 AM
Buying vs. Renting When Relocating to Your New Home
Video #5 in my Relocation Tips Video Series is about the dilemma of renting vs. buying when relocating.
Here are the prior articles (with videos) in this series in case you missed them:
Video #4 – Finding the Right REALTOR® to Help in Your Relocation
Video #3 – Moving with a Relocation Package
Video #2 – Getting Pre-Approved
Video #1 – Relocation Expenses
Introduction to Relocation Tips Video Series
A tough question many who relocate must face is whether to buy or rent in the
buyers: Relocation Tips Video Series from the Southern California Relocation Dude (Jeff Dowler, CRS) Launches
- 12/01/13 07:34 PM
Relocation Tips Video Series from the Southern California Relocation Dude (Jeff Dowler, CRS) Launches
I’m finally getting something off the ground and into reality, after much thought, and perhaps a wee bit of procrastination. I prefer to think of it as careful planning, however.
One of my areas of expertise and specialization is relocation. I know it well, having experienced it firsthand 4 major times (most recently from Boston to Carlsbad) and helping my Mom relocate from PA to SoCal earlier this summer.
I’ve helped lots of people relocate in and out of Southern California, and also
buyers: What Do You Want in YOUR Backyard?
- 10/04/13 07:09 AM
What Do You Want in YOUR Backyard?
Having a good sized backyard is a requirement for many buyers in Carlsbad. Size can vary quite a bit but often this is a MUST HAVE.
Have you given any thought to what you want in your backyard?
The reasons for having a backyard, and what buyers are looking for in their homes with backyards, can and do
The focus, in our area, however, is usually on an outdoor living and entertaining lifestyle.
We tend to live our lives here in the backyard, not the