DC METRO REAL ESTATE

Serving the Real Estate needs of the communities of Manassas, Bristow, Haymarket, Warrenton, Gainesville and Culpeper  in Northern Virginia


Dave Scardina  
Broker / Owner

703-829-SOLD

866-909-0900

Haymarket Real Estate Tips

Negotiating the Sale of Your Haymarket Home.


Some say that the Devil is in the Details and these last two steps are full of details as buyers make offers contingent upon certain conditions being met by the seller and sellers make counter offers in the process of closing your Haymarket home. Once there is agreement, however, many details still remain in order to finalize the sale.

Haymarket Housing Patterns


Haymarket Housing patterns tend to be homogenous, meaning homes worth $100,00 are located in $100,000 neighborhoods. It is important for properties to be within the general pricing patterns of their neighborhoods because over-valued homes, even if they are exceptional, are sometimes difficult to sell at full market price. Remember, lenders want to compare your home to nearby homes. If your Haymarket real estate is located in a neighborhood of $100,000 homes but you have added another $100,000 in improvements, you may have over- improved your property in that lenders will be reluctant to lend the higher amount.

Many sellers think that the price of their home is determined solely by what they are willing to accept and what the buyer is willing to pay. However, the lenders appraisal in Haymarket is one more variable and it can complicate the sale of your home. In these cases, it helps to have a knowledgeable REALTOR working on your side.


Guidelines for Buying Haymarket


Lets say everything is a GO! You have found the perfect Haymarket home. You know you can afford it and it is actually priced below what you expected to pay. What a bargain! Yes there are bargains to be found in Haymarket. At this point it is fine to put in an offer on the property but only with a well-planned contingency. Of course, it the home is going to be financed, the lender will want a Home Inspection before agreeing to lend money on the property. However, you need to protect yourself by making an offer SUBJECT TO a clean bill of health from the Home Inspector of your choice. This kind of a contingency gives you an out if the inspector finds a problem with the roof, or foundation or other structural problem that was not apparent to the seller or to your agent. This does not mean you will not buy the house but you will have a good reason to renegotiate the price with the seller.


Before You Buy Your Haymarket Home


Whether you are a first time buyer or someone who is moving up to a more expensive home its a good idea to start by cleaning up your credit report. Lets say you apply for a loan to purchase an Haymarket condo, town home, single-family home or any type of Haymarket. The lender will check out your monthly income and outgo to determine if you can afford to repay the loan. Therefore, it is to your advantage to pay off as many high-interest consumer loans as possible. If you are planning on buying a car, a boat or other major purchase, put it off until after you have bought your selected Haymarket real estate. Lenders look for certain patterns they consider red flags. These are: late payments, overextension, liens, garnishments and, of course, bankruptcy. Remember, debts reduce the amount of cash you can spend on the Haymarket you want to buy, so clear the decks as much as possible before applying for a loan


Buying a Haymarket Fixer-Upper


This, of course, depends on the condition of the Haymarket home and the estimated cost of the repairs you must make. Haymarket real estate in a good neighborhood that is priced about 25% lower than others that are in good shape may be a good deal if it simply needs cosmetic or minor structural repairs. If the house is a gut job, that is the entire inside will be torn out and rebuilt the 25% rule may work and may not so estimate your costs as closely as possible.

Shopping by neighborhood makes good sense when considering the purchase of a fixer upper. As a buyer, the more you know about the Haymarket homes in a particular area the better able you are when it comes time to judge whether or not a home your are considering meets the financial parameters you are looking for.


Green Remodeling Your Haymarket


If you are planning to remodel your Haymarket, keep home resale in mind and consider going green. Green remodeling is becoming more popular as homeowners consider health issues, skyrocketing energy costs and Earths natural resources. And, when it comes time to sell your home, your energy efficient and Earth saving remodeling may help you sell your Haymarket quickly and for top dollar.