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April 19, 2023

Spring Ahead!

Spring has arrived, and with it comes the season of buying and selling homes. The weather is heating up, and the flowers are blooming, making it the perfect time for potential buyers to look closer at their dream homes. This is also an excellent opportunity for sellers to showcase their property and potentially secure a higher selling price. But before diving headfirst into the real estate market, buyers and sellers must make several important decisions.

The first decision for sellers is to determine the best time to list their property. Spring is traditionally the most active season in the real estate market. As the weather improves, more people are eager to move and take advantage of the opportunities that come with the season. Spring is also a time when families with children are more likely to look for a new home, as they want to transition before the new school year begins.

The most significant decision for buyers is determining their budget and finding a home that meets their needs. With the housing market currently experiencing high demand, it's crucial to be pre-approved for a mortgage to secure a competitive offer on a property. Buyers should also determine their must-haves, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, location, and access to amenities like schools and parks.

Getting an appraisal is one of the most critical aspects of buying or selling a home. An appraisal determines a property's market value by an independent, impartial, and objective third-party professional. The lender often orders the appraisal after the buyer and seller have already agreed upon a price. The lender uses this appraisal to understand their risk exposure, not necessarily to ensure the buyer or the seller has made the best possible financial. Therefore, ordering a separate appraisal upfront is essential for sellers because it helps them determine a fair asking price for their property. It is equally important for buyers to order an appraisal because it helps them ensure they are not overpaying for a home. Remember, real estate agent commissions on both sides of the transaction are based on a percentage of the overall sale price. Therefore, the higher the price, the more money the agents receive.  

An appraisal considers several factors when determining a property's value. These include the property's location, size, condition, and competing sales in the area. The appraiser will also look at the property's amenities, such as a pool or a garage. With a detailed appraiser report, buyers and sellers can make informed decisions about their transactions.

Spring is an excellent time for buyers and sellers to enter the real estate market. Buyers need to determine their budget and must-haves, while sellers need to decide the best time and price to list their property. Appraisals are essential to the real estate transaction, providing buyers and sellers with a fair assessment of a property's value. With a bit of preparation and the help of an appraisal, the buying and selling process can be smooth and successful. This spring, let's embrace the new beginnings of the season and take advantage of the real estate market's full potential!

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About the author:
Heather Sullivan
Head of Operations Training Programs

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