Posts tagged ‘Real Estate Agents’

Should I Sell My House?

You are ready to buy a new home. You need to sell your current home before you can afford to move. You are watching the news everyday and thinking to yourself, “should I sell my house?”

If you purchased your house in the last three years, you might want to consult a real estate agent who has a working knowledge of your local housing market before making this important decision. With the market in such a volatile state, understanding your home’s value and your housing market will be critical to your decision of whether or not to sell. A real estate agent in your area will have the answers to these tough questions.

Have you owned your home five years or longer? Despite the change in home values following the burst bubble, your home is likely worth more now than when you moved in. While the value of your home will likely be lower than during the housing boom, your home has still likely appreciated. Deciding whether or not to sell will be less drastic a decision for you.

Once you’ve made a decision on whether or not to sell, you’ll need to decide whether or not to use a real estate agent. Real estate agents know your local housing market and can be a valuable resource in determining your home’s value. Agents can also assist you with the process of finding your next house.

You wouldn’t have someone work on your car that has no previous experience with auto repair, or have a person with no knowledge of cars suggest a car for you to buy, would you?

If you’re considering selling your house, make sure you consult a local real estate expert before putting a sign in your yard and getting in over your head.

October 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Home Evaluation

Having a home evaluation completed on your property is actually a very simple task. Many people think it will be difficult and don’t want to interact with other people, so they resort to a quick answer online. It’s important to understand the difference between an automated home evaluation and a true home evaluation.

Below is a pros and cons list of using an automated home evaluation service and a local professional for home evaluation needs.

The Automated Home Evaluation

  • Tax Records Create Inaccuracies. Most of the automated sites offing free home value information like Zillow, Trulia or Cyberhomes are using tax records to calculate the value of your home. This model of evaluating your home can be extremely inaccurate, because computers often fail to take into consideration many important, local market factors.
  • The Local Markets are Changing. Your local real estate market is changing so rapidly that your properties value can literally change overnight. A computer data center that is located nowhere near your location will not be able to update rapid changes on a local level so quickly.
  • Research Yourself. My recommendation is that if you’re looking to obtain a home evaluation, use the automated free systems for fun… but you need to get connected with a local real estate professional who knows your local real estate market for an accurate home evaluation.

Local Professional Home Evaluation Sites

If you are truly looking to find out the value of your home, deal with a real estate professional. Find someone you can trust to handle your real estate needs.

Real estate agents are armed with accurate market values and have an up-to-date knowledge of recent trends in your real estate market. There are so many home evaluation issues that can come up in this business that a computer can’t see… your local agent can see, however!

October 8, 2008 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Find Your House Value