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According to Wikipedia: Real estate appraisal, property valuation or land valuation is the process of developing an opinion of value, for real property (usually market value). Real estate transactions often require appraisals because they occur infrequently and every property is unique (especially their condition, a key factor in valuation), unlike corporate stocks, which are traded daily and are identical (thus a centralized Walrasian auction like a stock exchange is unrealistic). The location also plays a key role in valuation. However, since property cannot change location, it is often the upgrades or improvements to the home that can change its value. Appraisal reports form the basis for mortgage loans, settling estates and divorces, taxation, and so on. Sometimes an appraisal report is used to establish a sale price for a property.
Ready to get moving?! Here’s some of our favorite ways to get you and your household set up for success.
Start going through your closets, drawers and cabinets and analyze what items can be donated
Gather all legal documentation into one box and maintain in an accessible and safe place. Documents should include vehicle titles, registration documents and licensing, birth certificates, wills, deeds, stock, legal, medical, and insurance records
Get estimates from three moving companies and make sure they have insurance
Start packing away items you don’t use every day
Deep clean the house (see cleaning checklist)
Meet with the stager for final staging recommendations
CHANGE OF ADDRESS & NOTIFICATIONS
Complete a change of address card at the U.S. Postal Service and at the following places you do business: • accountants • attorneys • banks • credit card companies • former employers • insurance agents • IRS/Social Security Admin • periodicals • stockbrokers
Cancel newspaper delivery
Notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of your new address
Contact all utility companies (cable, gas, electric, phone, garbage collection, water, etc.) to arrange for disconnect, final billing and connection at your new address. Arrange to have children’s school records transferred
Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical and life) to arrange for coverage in your new location
Cancel voter registration; re-register once you’ve settled into your new home
THE HOME STRETCH!
Defrost refrigerators and freezers
Pack first night items, including: alarm clocks, change of clothes, flashlight, phone, sheets, toiletries and towels
Keep medications, financial information and valuable items with you!
Make sure all of your inspection repairs are complete
Contact your home owner’s insurance company and let them know your day of closing
Your home needs to be left in clean condition, vacuumed, mopped, all cabinets and counters wiped clean, cleaned appliances and all trash and debris removed from inside and outside of the property
There are a lot of little things you can do when packing to help save yourself from a lot of stress. Here’s just a few!
PACK A MOVING SURVIVAL KIT
Coffee, filters, and coffee maker
Paper cups and plates, plastic utensils
Paper towels, toilet paper, soap
Water, sunglasses and chapstick, no matter the season – stay hydrayed in Colorado!
Keep jewelry, important papers or medications with you
Label boxes as you pack them with content and desired room location
Leave lamps, china and artwork or breakables for movers to pack
Pack heavy items in small boxes.
Do not over-stuff boxes; leave some extra room at the top
Tape cords underneath all electrical appliances
Wrap breakables in newspaper, bubble wrap, clothes or towel
Use RED packing tape for critical boxes you want to unpack first
Put plastic wrap over drawers so you don’t have to empty out their contents.
Pack plates vertically so they’re less likely to break. Make sure you wrap them well!
Don’t take clothes off their hangers. Move them in bunches in garbage bags still on the hangers. Easy and way cheaper than wardrobe boxes.
Color code each box according to room so you can identify what needs to go where in a glance.
Add some padding to your boxes. Plastic grocery bags are great for cushioning your breakables. Don’t leave room at the top without padding because otherwise they may get crushed.
Remember to mark boxes with breakables as fragile. Whether you’ve hired movers or are doing it yourself, you don’t want someone to be too rough with those boxes.
Cut triangles in boxes about 1/3 of the way down to create handles for easy carrying
Why Use a REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
This, too, may seem counterintuitive. The seller may believe that he or she will make more money without having to pay a real estate commission, but studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.
Research by the National Association of Realtors in their 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed that,
“the median selling price for all FSBO homes was $200,000 last year. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $264,900 – nearly $65,000 more for the typical home sale.”
We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the percentage of buyers who used the internet in their home search increased to 95%.
What every BUYER
Property taxes and qualified home interest are deductible on an individual’s federal income tax return in most cases.
Many times, a home is the largest asset an individual has and is considered one of the safest investments available.
A homeowner can exclude up to $500,000 of capital gains if married filing jointly or up to $250,000 if single or married filing separately. The home must have been the taxpayer’s principal residence for two of the last five years.
A portion of each amortized mortgage payment goes toward the principal, which is an investment.
A home is one of the few investments you can enjoy by living in it!
The majority of the time, a REALTOR® can show you any home, whether it is listed with a company or a builder or is even a For Sale By Owner.
Working with a REALTOR® to purchase a For Sale By Owner property is very advantageous, because someone will be looking out for your best interests.
Getting pre-qualified by a mortgage company will actually approve you for a specific loan amount subject to the property. This will give you confidence and will help when negotiating with the seller.
The right to conduct a property inspection, included in your purchase agreement, gives you the ability to negotiate with the seller once you know all the facts about the property’s condition.
In a “seller’s market,” don’t go looking for a deal. Set your sights on the right house for you, and then let your REALTOR help you negotiate the best price and terms.
Meet Our Lenders
Brittney Hansen is a Loan Officer with years of experience in the mortgage industry. She is able to apply the skills she has learned from previous careers to provide full service to her clients and realtor partners.
Based out of Colorado Springs, Chris Franquemont applies years of industry knowledge to structure home loans in a way that is most financially responsible for the buyer. He prioritizes creating a stress free home buying process. His experience processing home loans allowed him to master home skills.
Meet Our Inspectors
HomeTeam Inspection Service
For over 25 years, our customers have been confidently counting on our trustworthy team for all their home and business inspections.
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As part of your community, we are pleased to provide our local customers real estate professionals, home buyers and home sellers with a home inspection service that brings to the buying or selling of a home unmatched quality, precision, integrity, and professionalism.
Ground Floor Home Inspection
We believe in raising the standards of the industry, to disrupt the status quo. We do this by being a part of a bigger team that protects, educates and is driven to excellence; so that we can offer high quality home inspections.
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