MARIA RAYMER - RE/MAX SPECIALISTS | ST JOHNS, FL Real Estate, JACKSONVILLE, FL Real Estate


If you’re in the market to buy a home, one of your worst fears may be that of getting into a bidding war. What if you knew it was possible to actually score a home without spending a penny more than your budget? Below, you’ll find some tips that you should heed before you even put an offer in on a home. 


Know Your Budget


The first step is to know your budget. If you can spend a bit more than the asking price on a home in a seller’s market, you may want to do just that. Buying a home is an emotional roller coaster and it’s easy to get sucked in. You need to think of all things practical before you even put a number on paper for an offer on a home. Work with your lender so that you know what you can spend. You can even consult your lender before you put an offer in if you know the circumstances of the home that you’re working with. The earlier you submit your offer the better.  


Make The Offer Personal


An offer should have some personality and drive attached to it. First, your agent needs to speak with the listing agent. It’s surprising just how many offers are placed where the agents never even speak. As a bonus, you can write a letter to the seller. Let them know how much you love the property, the neighborhood, or their wonderful herb garden that you plan on maintaining. Add some personal flair to your offer to give yourself a leg up as a buyer. 


Try To Close Sooner


There’s nothing more attractive to a motivated seller than a shorter time frame for closing. If the seller knows that you can close a deal in a shorter period of time, you may be able to win the deal with your sweet incentive. You can close on a deal faster by doing the inspection quickly. If you’re pre-approved for a mortgage that also helps speed the process along. You could even go a step further and get a conditional approval from the lender. 


Give The Sellers What They Want


If the sellers happen to need more time in their home, give them space (unless of course you’re in a hurry to move.) By cooperating with the sellers and not being a high maintenance buyer you can certainly give yourself an advantage in the home buying process. If you really want to impress a seller, submit an “as is” offer. A seller won’t turn down something that’s easier for them.    


145 Legendary Dr, ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32092  

Residential
$155,000
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Sought after community in St Johns County! Second floor unit with elevator access. Beautiful park view! Desirable gated community in World Golf Village! Just a short drive to Historical St Augustine and beaches and nestled in the top rated school district in Florida.This floorplan features 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths, with a screened balcony off the family room and a dining area, perfect for entertaining. The kitchen features sparkling granite countertops and lots of white cabinetry.Exclusive amenities include 2 pools (one heated), club house, putting area, 2 tennis courts & workout facilities.HOA fee includes: Gated entry, amenities access, water, basic cable,exterior building and grounds maintenance as well as exterior building insurance.


160 Coastal Oak Cir, PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL 32082  

Residential
$610,000
Price
4
Bedrooms
4/1
Full/Half Baths
This is it! Location, Location! True Ponte Vedra Beach! Located across from the Lodge & Bath Club just off Ponte Vedra Blvd in Seawalk, east of A1A. Deeded beach access. Walk to the ocean. Don't miss this opportunity to live in a quiet established area with club pool. Largest, private lot in community with a lake view. 3 year old roof with upgraded wind resistant technology. Home features sun room and library. Lovely 694 sq ft bonus loft area with bedroom, full bath & space for office & workout room. Kitchen features quartz counter tops, tile back splash & black appliances and breakfast area. Fireplace in family room. Spacious master bedroom & bath. Crown molding throughout. Master features double sinks & garden tub. Jack & Jill bath with 2 sinks in 2nd bath.


No matter how you look at it, putting your home on the market is a life-changing experience!

Not only will it change your future circumstances, but it will have an impact on your day-to-day routine, right now.

If your home is actively being shown by real estate agents, there are a few things you may need to do on a regular basis to make the best possible impression on potential buyers:

Keep it clean: Ordinarily, most homeowners aren't inclined to thoroughly clean their house every day -- or "at a moment's notice." Very few people have the time or motivation to keep their home's immaculate on a constant basis; it's exhausting just thinking about it! However, when your house is being viewed by prospective buyers, cleanliness -- or the lack, thereof -- will be noticed. Although "old habits die hard," it may be necessary to enlist the help and cooperation of your children (and spouse) in keeping the house looking presentable at all times. While it's unrealistic to expect your home to look immaculate day after day, it might be necessary to establish some new rules and standards for your family to follow about picking up clothes, toys, snack wrappers, and food residues. If you can maintain a "semblance of order" on an ongoing basis, then it shouldn't be too difficult to prepare your home for the next showing. While you'll usually get at least 24-hours notice before a house showing is scheduled, there may be the occasional request for a same-day visit.

Appearances count: "Keeping up Appearances" is more than just a popular British sitcom; it's a necessary goal for anyone hoping to sell their home within a reasonable period of time. Doing your best to stage your home in an attractive, inviting way is a key ingredient to a successful home-selling strategy. Setting priorities for curb appeal will also help you put your best foot forward in a competitive real estate market. Although many aspects of home staging are based on common sense and simple home decorating principles, it's difficult to be objective when your family's home is involved. There's certainly a lot of credible information online concerning the benefits of reducing household clutter and leaning toward neutral paint colors, but you can also turn to your real estate agent for tips on enhancing your home's curb appeal, interior appearance, and overall marketability.

Unless the home you're selling is relatively new or completely updated, there are a lot of decisions to make about how much time, energy, and money should be spend on upgrades, repairs, and enhancements. While everyone's situation, budget, and timetable is different, it's usually necessary to correct issues that might be considered a glaring problem or a deal breaker. Sometimes those issues don't come to the forefront, however, until you get specific feedback from agents and prospective buyers.


115 Legendary Dr, ST AUGUSTINE, FL 32092  

Residential
$152,500
Price
2
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Beautiful condo in World Golf Village! Perfect investor opportunity. Just a short drive to Historical St Augustine and beaches. Wood, laminate floors, 2 spacious bedrooms, move in ready! Tile kitchen, granite counters subway tile back splash. Screened balcony. Refrigerator, washer and dryer stay! Great Community with 2 pools, club house, putting area & workout room. Unit located close to club facilities and mailboxes.




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