Why New Construction Negotiations Require a Realtor’s Savvy

August 6, 2019

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One of the many reasons to use a real estate agent to buy a home is their negotiating expertise. But when buying new construction, buyers can be tempted to purchase straight through the builder’s agent (an on-site agent operating on behalf of the builder).

 

It’s not uncommon for a buyer to say, “I work in sales! I know how to negotiate.” Negotiating skills are valuable in virtually every industry, so many buyers assume their own skills can seal a great deal. But good Realtors have honed negotiating techniques that are specific not just to the industry but also to all builders and will benefit you big time at the closing table.

 

Here are five ways a Realtor’s negotiating savvy will benefit you when buying new construction:

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Quick Guide to Downsizing Without Getting Overwhelmed

July 23, 2019

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Posted by in News

There is no doubt about it—downsizing is on trend. This includes retirees, parents whose children have moved out, and some who are just looking for a change. But in many cases, those looking to reduce square footage are met with an abundance of stuff, making moving seem overwhelming.

 

While reducing things you’ve accumulated over the years can be a challenge, step-by-step, it is possible to downsize without drowning in stuff!

 

 

1. Assess your new environment.

 Where you are moving makes a huge difference in how much you must part with. For example, moving from a 4-bedroom home to a 2-bedroom condo will require elimination of, say, two bedroom suites and a couple closets’ worth of things.

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How to Find Your Ideal Square Footage

June 25, 2019

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New construction homes in the U.S. continue to inch a little larger each year, however the number of family members in the average household remains steady. This leaves many buyers scratching their heads and asking, how much house should I buy?

 

Since all residents generally meander around the entire house, estimations are individual and approximate. Some online sources estimate as high as 1,000 square feet per person while others dip down to 100 square feet per person. Many estimates fall around 500 square feet per person.

 

One Atlanta architect recommends calculating a ratio between bedrooms and living space. He said, “A rule of thumb that we have is: for every bedroom, you need to provide places for two people to sit in the dining area and living area.”

 

Before you start doing any math, there is another huge consideration: how much is right for you.

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New construction or existing home: 3 not-so-obvious questions

June 11, 2019

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When you move to the First Coast, you have some decisions to make. Will you move to the city, suburbs or beach? Will you choose Jacksonville, St. Augustine or another nearby town? And of course, will you look for an existing home or new construction?

 

Each of these decisions comes down to personal preference, plain and simple. It’s often said newly constructed homes cost more now but may be less costly than older homes in the long term. Beyond the numbers, there are other fairly obvious differences—aesthetics, access to amenities and good schools, appliance warranties, neighborhood, and so on.

 

Here are three important but not-so-obvious questions that may help you decide:

 

Do you want more house or more yard?

While there are certainly exceptions, many existing homes tend to be on larger lots and boast less square footage inside. The average home built in 1990 barely broke 2,000 sq. ft. while homes built today average nearly 2,700 sq. ft.

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