Peggy Lucas serving for the Birmingham, AL Area.
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A Buyer Agent is Like Having a Great Coach in Your Corner…Why Go it Alone?

The Top 5 Reasons to Work with a Buyer Agent when Buying a Home

1. Identifying Your Needs -vs- Your wants
A Buyer Agent will help you with prioritizing your needs and separate them from your wants. One example is a buyer may want a 4 bedroom house, but what they need is a three bedroom and a bonus room for the extra activity/home office space. If you are only looking at 4 bedroom houses…the perfect home for you might be missed due to the dreaded “4 bedroom blocker” syndrome.

2. Professional Connections Can Save You Time & Money
From contract to close there are a minimum of 12 professions that touch a real estate transaction. From the loan approval to the moving truck, a great experienced Buyer Agent will be able to provide access to their professional connections to make for a smooth transaction.

3. Professional Negotiator
Making an offer on the home you want to purchase is so much more than filling in the blanks and signing your life away. The agent you choose to work with should bring their years of experience, knowledge of the area comparable properties and local incentives. These are a few of the objectives that can make or break a buyer’s opportunity to get the house they want.

4. Equalizer of Emotions
Many times buyers get emotional throughout the home buying process. Whether it is deciding on which house to make an offer on (husband wants the brick ranch and the wife wants the southern colonial) or the end price of the purchase (“Seller is still too high”…”Buyer is cheating me out of equity”), an experienced Buyer Agent will help keep all parties on the path to a successful closing.

5. It Is FREE!

First time home buyers (and even some experienced buyers) do not realize that hiring a Realtor to be THEIR Buyer Agent to represent them throughout the buying process is FREE. There is no charge directly to the buyer when purchasing a home. The seller pays a commission at the closing that is offered out to all agents to bring buyers to their house. This is referred to as a Co-Op closing. The seller’s agent (Listing Agent) advertises in the Multiple Listing Service a co-operating broker fee that is paid at the closing.

So you see there are so many reasons that today’s buyers should have a Coach in their corner. Rocky Balboa had Mickey Goldmill.  The Chicago Bulls had Phil Jackson.  The Alabama Crimson Tide has Nick Saban and YOU can have me, Peggy Lucas, leading the way home for your Family.   Peggy Lucas ~ Putting Families First.

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 29

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 29 Don’t deviate from the contract.

Resist the temptation to diverge from the contract. For example, if the buyer requests a move-in prior to closing, just say no. Now is not the time to take any chances of the deal falling through.

If this all sounds like a lot of work, it is. But it’s to be expected when you’re selling anything of such great value. And you’ll thank yourself for all the expense and hard work when the outcome works to your satisfaction.

Please feel free to call me if you would like further explanation on any of these topics, or if you have any real estate questions at all. I simply see my mission as striving to be as helpful as I possibly can to area home owners. I hope this special report provided you with the information you need.

This is Tip 29 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 28

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 28 Make sure the contract is complete.

The best way to avoid problems is to make sure that all terms, costs and responsibilities are spelled out in the contract of sale. A contract should include the date it was made, the names of the parties involved in the transaction, the address of the property being sold, the purchase price, where deposit monies will be held, the date for loan approval, the date and place of closing, type of deed, any contingencies that remain to be settled, and whether there’s any personal property included (or not) in the sale, among other things.

This is Tip 28 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 27

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 27 Don’t take a lowball offer seriously.

An unacceptably low offer should not be taken personally or seriously. Rather, it should be countered, even with the slightest of reductions in your asking price. This lets a buyer know that their first offer isn’t seen as a very serious one.

This is Tip 27 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 26

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 26 A really low offer may mean the buyer’s not qualified.

If you feel an offer is inadequate, now would be a good time to make sure the buyer has been qualified to carry a mortgage of the size this deal would require (if you haven’t learned this already). Ask how they arrived at their figure, then suggest their agent use comparables to establish what homes are going for in your neighborhood.

This is Tip 26 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 25

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 25 Don’t take a low offer personally.

The first offer is invariably well below what you both know the buyer will end up paying for your property. Don’t get angry or feel insulted; evaluate the offer objectively. Make sure it spells out the offering price, adequate earnest money, amount of down payment, mortgage amount, a closing date and any special requests. Now you have a point from which you can negotiate.

This is Tip 25 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 24

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 24 Don’t give yourself a deadline.

Forcing yourself to sell by a certain date adds unnecessary pressure and puts you at a serious disadvantage in negotiations.

This is Tip 24 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 23

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 23 Don’t move out before you sell.

Studies have shown that it is more difficult to sell a home that is vacant—it looks forelorn, forgotten, simply not appealing. It could even cost you thousands. If you move, you’re also telling buyers that you have a new home and are probably motivated to sell.

This is Tip 23 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

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29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 22

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 22 Don’t sign a deal on your next home until you close the deal on this one.

If circumstances conspire to force you into closing on your new home while you’re still making mortgage payments on the old one, you might end up turning yourself into a seller who is eager (or desperate) for the first deal that comes along.

This is Tip 22 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.

 

29 Essential Tips That Get Hoover and Birmingham Area Homes Sold Fast (And For Top Dollar) Part 21

Selling your Hoover and Birmingham Area home can affect your very financial future. Here’s information that can help you efficiently sell your home and maximize your investment.

Tip No. 21 Find out when the buyer would like to close.

When a buyer would “like” to close is often when they need to close. Knowing this gives you his deadline for completing negotiations—again, an advantage in negotiations.

This is Tip 21 of a series of 29. Watch Peggy Lucas’ blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Hoover and Birmingham Area home.

Peggy Lucas proudly serves the Hoover real estate market, as well as the needs of residents of Birmingham, Pelham, Trussville and Alabaster, Alabama.