HOW TO DEAL WITH LOW BALL OFFERS
If you take care to price your home correctly – that is, at a price that is in line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently – then you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price.
That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer. You might. So, what do you do when that happens?
First, understand that the buyer may not necessarily be trying to steal away your home at a bargain-basement price. He might simply be mistaken about its true market value. Of course, he might also be coming in at a low price in the hopes he’ll get lucky.
You will never actually know the buyer’s motives. So, it would be a mistake to get angry or dismiss the offer out-of-hand. That low-ball offer might end up being the beginning of a negotiation that results in the sale of your home at a good price.
Your first step is to work with me to determine:
- Whether the buyer is serious.
- Whether the buyer is qualified. (For example, does he have a pre-approved mortgage?)
- How amenable the buyer is to a counter-offer that reflects the true market value of your home.
- What that counter-offer should be.
This isn’t an easy process. It takes the knowledge and experience of a professional real estate agent like me to get it right.
HOW TO DECIDE IF YOU SHOULD REPLACE YOUR WINDOWS
One of the most prominent features of any home is the windows. If they are well maintained, they will have a positive impact on the impression potential buyers have of your property. Of course, the opposite occurs when your windows look old and worn.
So, does that mean you should replace your windows?
That depends on a number of factors. Window replacement can be an expensive renovation. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.
- Do you see water infiltration or mildew on the interior sides of any of the window sills? This means that moisture is creeping in from the outside, and you need to get those windows repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
- If your windows are double-paned – (two panes of glass) – check for any signs of moisture in between the glass panes. Moisture indicates that the thermal seal is broken and, at a minimum, the glass will need to be replaced.
- Take a look at your windows from the outside. Is the trim rotted or cracked anywhere? Are there dark spots or any signs of rotting on the wood frames? Repairs or replacement may be required.
- Check the operation of your windows. Do they open and close easily? Some windows, such as those in bedrooms, are often designed to be big enough to use as an exit in case of a fire. It’s important to make sure those work properly.
- Finally, are you happy with how your windows look? Do you feel that your property will look significantly better with new windows?
Although they are expensive, replacing windows can have a lot of advantages. Depending on the efficiency of your current windows, replacing them could cut your energy costs by 10-20%. In addition, new windows block out more exterior noise, making your home quieter.
Want more tips on increasing the value, and enjoyment, of your property? Call me today.
ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICES FOR HOUSEHOLD FLOORS
Choosing new or replacement eco-friendly flooring is one of the emerging trends among house and condo owners. Eco-friendly flooring is generally identified as being made from and with more sustainable resources; materials that don’t deplete or permanently damage the environment (such as toxic laminates); or, material that is easy to reuse or recycle after its intended purpose. Here are some examples:
Renewable/Sustainable: Bamboo and cork are popular natural resources that renew relatively quickly. It should be noted that traditional woods are also renewable, as long as they are managed through sustainable practices. Before you buy natural flooring products, ask if the harvesting methods are verified through an accredited authority.
Repurposed/Reclaimed: Flooring made from old building structures (e.g. posts, beams, walls, and planks) is a viable alternative option to grown and harvested resources. Likewise, recycled glass, plastic, and rubber provide ample raw materials for creative flooring effects. Using them also reduces landfill. These products can be found through decorative flooring dealers.
Reusable/Recyclable: When purchasing any product, whether natural, synthetic and/or manufactured, it is important to know that the product can be easily recycled when it is beyond its usefulness, without causing environmental detriment in a landfill.
RECIPE: Lemon Garlic Salmon and Asparagus
6 (6-oz) salmon fillets, skin removed
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 Tbsp. freshly chopped dill
3 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Dill, for garnish
Preheat oven broiler to high and set rack to the second highest shelf. Line baking sheet with foil.
Place salmon on baking sheet. Rub each fillet with garlic and dill to coat evenly. Arrange asparagus around salmon and pour lemon juice over the top. Drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Broil for 8-10 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through. Serve salmon with asparagus. Garnish with lemon wedges and dill.
TRAVEL SPOTLIGHT: Charleston, SC
One of the most popular, up-and-coming weekend destinations in the country is the charming city of Charleston. As an urban city with a small-town feel, Charleston has exploded in popularity in recent years because of a boom in chic restaurants and shops. It’s also rich in history and offers picturesque landscapes throughout the city.
The Vendue Hotel is a wonderful venue for first-time visitors to Charleston. Its central location allows you to walk to most of the city’s major attractions. Plus, it houses an art gallery with an artist in residence. The hotel also features one of the finest rooftop eateries in the city with views of Charleston Harbor.
Historical tours and modern attractions
Plenty of historical tours are available by carriage, boat, and bicycle – or on foot. Top-rated attractions include the Nathaniel Russell House, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston Gaillard Center, City Market and Market Hall, and The Schooner Pride.
Restaurant choices are overwhelming, but a few that are sure to satisfy include Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop for lunch or leisurely snacks and beverages. For dinner, Edmund’s Oast is a great choice with excellent food, and you may be able to score a spot at the Chef’s Counter. A favorite of the locals, Husk Restaurant transforms the essence of Southern food and is located in a converted Victorian home. For the quintessential dining experience, visit McCrady’s, South Carolina’s only restaurant to receive AAA’s Five Diamond Rating.
Brunch is a meal not to be skipped in Charleston. Poogan’s Porch, Hominy Grill or Lowcountry Bistro will leave you eager to return for more. Try asking locals and servers where they go for the best of what you’re craving.
NOTABLE, QUOTABLE, QUOTES!
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
John D. Rockefeller
“Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.”