Get More Money With a Pre-Appraisal!

Haus im Fokus einer LupeFinding out, after it’s too late, that your house is actually worth more than your sell price doesn’t exactly feel great!  Unfortunately, in real estate, this happens all too often.  Of course, there are always willing buyers just waiting to take advantage of the right opportunity.  As a seller, now more than ever, it’s wise to be proactive in order to protect your own best interest.  One of the easiest ways you can avoid this regrettable predicament is to invest in an appraisal before even putting your home on the market.  Here are just a few of the reasons why…..

Property values in your area may be higher than you think!

You may not be aware of the actual values of the homes in your neighborhood or surrounding area.  This may be because houses are not often listed and sold in your area or because property values are rapidly changing.  Comparable sales, at times, are not available to sufficiently determine a home’s actual worth or correct listing price.  Other cases of unknown value may be because of the possible uniqueness of a design or the overall appeal of a certain home, rendering it more difficult to price.  However, an appraiser has “seen it all” and will be able to provide a report with the estimated value along with sales data to confirm the value of any given property.  A good appraiser will track property value trends, and you will reap the rewards!

With a pre-appraisal, you can avoid over pricing!

Over pricing a property is one of the biggest mistakes a seller can make.  Over pricing usually leads to a lower sales price in the long run.  Not only that, but homes listed over their value also take longer to sell.  With a pre-appraisal, the guess work is eliminated and you can avoid this costly mistake.

You can use an appraisal to back up your list price to potential buyers!

When buyers see a list price and a professional appraisal to go along with it, they have more peace of mind going into the loan application process.  There’s hardly anything worse, when it comes to buying a home, than being fearful that the appraisal will ruin your deal on the dream home you’ve found.  With a pre-appraisal, buyers can go into the mortgage process with a leg up, knowing that the home they have chosen will appraise for the amount they need to finance.  In turn, this also gives you, the buyer, peace of mind!

Avoid having to deal with hagglers and “low ball” offers!

Unfortunately, nothing can stop low ball offers from coming, but you can do something to slow them down a bit.  Let buyers know, up front, that you have a current appraisal on hand.  This will cut down on the amount of offers from folks just wanting to walk away with a good deal for investment or other purposes.  A pre-appraisal lets them know that you are a serious seller and you know what you’ve got!

No matter what your real estate needs may be, we are here to help! Contact us here at the Scherer Team today. Call 888-300-4431 to schedule your complimentary consultation!

Fall Fun in Palm Beach County: Pumpkin Patches

Basket with apples on the fallen leaves

Fall has arrived, and with it comes pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and October 31st, also known as Halloween for some.  There’s always plenty to do in our area, and this time of year brings even more opportunities to get outdoors and have some family fun.  Here’s a list of some of our favorite area activities!

Bedner’s Fall Festival located at 10066 Lee Road in Boynton Beach is open daily, except Tuesday.  Activities include hayrides, a corn maze, petting zoo, bounce houses, and abundant fall foods.  This festival also offers face painting and local craft vendors and will run weekends from October 1st through October 30th.

Kidfest in Delray Beach is held October 29th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Kids of all ages can trick-or-treat, in a safe environment, along the avenue and Pineapple Grove from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A parade begins at 1:00 p.m., and children are invited to participate by lining up at the SE corner of Old School Square Park.  After the parade, Kidfest offers bounce houses, live entertainment, food vendors, crafts, and more.  Event location is 802 NE 1st Street.

Great Pumpkin Night Out is held October 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church, the event is located at 9625 North Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens.  Food vendors such as Chick-fil-A, bounce houses, live music and other activities will be offered.

Fall Festival in Palm Beach Gardens is on October 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event is located at 4404 Burns Road in the Burns Road Recreation Center.  Featured events will be trick-or-treating on the trail, crafts, live music, and many other activities.  Don’t forget your costumes and cameras for plenty of photos opportunities.

Family Fall Festival on October 31st is hosted by Christ Fellowship and located at 5343 Northlake Blvd is a safe alternative for Halloween.  The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  There will be free candy and lots of activities for the kids as well as food for purchase.  For more information, go to www.gochristfellowship.com/fff.

All of us here at the Scherer Team wish you and your family a safe and fun Fall season!

Thinking of buying or selling a home before the holidays? Give us a call today 888-300-4431!

Are your Neighbors Affecting the Sale of your Home?

NachbarschaftWith the best of circumstances, selling your home can sometimes feel like a game of chess.  Are all of the pieces in all of the right places?  It’s no doubt; sellers can control most everything in their own home and in their own yard.  But what about an obstacle that seems beyond their control? What about the neighbor’s home….or yard….or dog (just to name a few factors that could come in to play).  Here’s some good advice on handling some tough issues that may arise if you find yourself stuck in a “less than perfect” situation.

Overgrown Lawns – Living next to a neighbor who doesn’t maintain his lawn is no fun for most of us, and it’s even less fun when you’re trying to sell your home.  Depending on your relationship with said neighbor, a friendly request may do the trick.  If not, a call to your neighborhood home owner’s association may help, and if all else fails, a call to the city will probably take care of the issue.  Fortunately, most neighborhoods and/or cities have laws in place to keep residents from overgrowing their lots and causing an eyesore.  When homeowners don’t cooperate, some cities actually go out and mow the lawn and fine the owners for the time and labor.

Foreclosures – If there is a foreclosure in close proximity, it may not be well maintained and the landscaping may also be overgrown.  In these cases, banks are required to maintain the property on a basic level.  A little research and you should be able to locate the bank in question.  The city or HOA may also have the information you need.

Hoarders – Do you have a neighbor who likes to collect items?  Maybe it even looks like they’re having a yard sale when they aren’t?  This one is a little tougher.  First, make calls to the HOA and the city to check on laws that prohibit storing junk in the front yard, and report your neighbor.  If that doesn’t get the job done, you may have your work cut out for you.  It will be worth the money and time spent in the long run, but buying a shed for your neighbor and helping with the clean-up may be in order.  Sound crazy?  Eager home sellers have been known to do it more frequently than you may think.

Annoying Animals – From barking dogs to stray cats, most cities have ordinances in place to help you.  They, first, have to be notified though.  Stay on top of the situation and make as many calls as necessary to take care of the problem.  Again, if you have a friendly relationship with your neighbor, a friendly chat may be all that’s needed.

Remember – Whatever the unappealing problem with your neighbor or neighborhood may be, always stay on the proper side of the law.  And certainly don’t do anything that could put you in harm’s way.  With a little creativity and diligence, most of these roadblocks can be cleared.

For more information on preparing your home for the real estate market, contact the Scherer Team at 888-300-4431.