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Haymarket FAIR MARKET VALUE


Setting the right price is an important first step in getting a home sold. Sellers often wonder if they should spend $200 to $400 for a professional appraisal of their Haymarket real estate before placing it on the market.

WAYS TO DETERMINE VALUE IN Haymarket


A professional appraiser's opinion of a property's market value is based on the recent sales of similar Haymarket real estate. Different appraisers could come up with different numbers. Even if all of them agreed on a value, there is no guarantee that you would receive that amount for your property. An alternative to a professional appraisal is to ask a professional Realtor for a written market analysis of your property. This analysis will include information about recent home sales in your neighborhood, as well as how those homes compare to yours.

Guidelines for Buying Haymarket


The Internet is great but nothing really substitutes for your personal inspection of homes that are for sale in the Haymarket. When you have visited plenty of homes online and in person when the right property comes along you will know it.

It is perfectly normal for buyers to have a general idea of what they want in a home without a great deal of specificity. Research, both online and in person will help you define your Haymarket needs but you can and should know your financial needs before you even start looking. I recommend that buyers go through the process of prequalifying with a lender or at least with a real estate agent in order to narrow the search among homes that are a possibility. Many agents refuse to show homes to prospective buyers who have not been pre-qualified.


Haymarket Real Estate Title Insurance


Buying a new home is the single largest financial investment for most families but there are risks. What if the seller doesnt really own the home? What if there are mortgages, judgements or liens against the property? What if the property taxes have not been paid for several years? Haymarket real estate Title insurance protects you against these types of risks and against the risks of human error. It is your basic home ownership protection.

Haymarket Title insurance protects you against future losses arising out of events that have happened in the past. Unlike other types of insurance, title insurance is paid when the policy is issued and is good for the life of the policy. The premium required is based on the amount of the sale or the mortgage.


Haymarket Real Estate Title Insurance


Buyers in the Haymarket market can be tempted to save money by foregoing a title search but the risks are heavy because title problems are many and varied. Some typical problems that title searches have uncovered include a second mortgage on a home that does not appear to have been paid off. The sellers borrowed money years ago from a parent who insisted that a second mortgage be recorded. The loan was repaid but the title wasnt cleared. Another typical Haymarket problem occurs when an owner had work done on the property but for one reason or another failed to pay the contractor in full. The contractor filed a mechanics lien on the property and it has never been removed. These are liens on the property and if you take title to a property without clearing these liens or encumbrances, you may be responsible them.


What Makes Haymarket Sell?


Books have been written about this topic but to be concise, successful sale depends on six factors: Price; Terms; Location; The Homes Condition; The Homes Accessibility and the Marketing exposure the Haymarket receives.

Price is what a willing seller and a willing buyer agree on. Price is determined by the current market, which fluctuates causing home values and prices to fluctuate. Often Haymarket that does not sell is over-priced for the current market. Terms can vary as well. Some owners want payment in full, some are willing to carry a second.

Location is a major consideration in pricing and desirability for Haymarket. Has the neighborhood gone to pot or does it look like a street at Disneyland? Are there open spaces nearby or is the home located in the middle of commercial district?


When Haymarket Does Not Sell


The number one, main reason why a home remains on the market is PRICE. There can be other problems as well such as the homes condition or location and even overall market conditions but the major reason for the NO SALE sign is the Haymarket is over priced. In fact, proper pricing will often overcome most all obstacles.

Some people prefer to buy Haymarket that needs some work if the price is right. Investors look at the property, evaluate the cost of brining it up to speed and make an offer if they feel they can make a quick profit. These kinds of investors are looking to fix and flip. Others with limited budgets may see the fixer-upper as a way to get started with Haymarket ownership. They may spend years working on improving the home, making improvements as they can afford it. So, a homes poor condition will not prevent a sale if the price reflects the situation.