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Why Should You Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection?

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Miami real estate market is starting to heat up. If you have been thinking about selling your home, you are probably feeling overwhelmed with the growing list of things that you have to do. Your mind might not even be thinking about what happens when you get an offer. This actually a good time to consider what will happen when an offer on your home is submitted to you.

Typically in a real estate negotiation in Miami, the buyer will have a condition to do a home inspection. Recently there has been a growing trend of sellers having a pre-listing home inspection done. Don’t be scared. Here are a few reasons it would be a good idea for you to consider it.

Truly Knowing Your Home

Even if you have lived in the same house for 15 years, without a proper inspection, it might be impossible to know everything that is really going on in your home. For instance, you would never know that you have dormant asbestos in your attic if you've never lifted the insulation. That might sound scary, but thousands of homes have it, and it is not harmful at all unless it is moved.

Although that is an extreme example, you get the idea. It would be much better for you to get a true understanding of your home before listing it. Allow yourself the time to address the issues that arise before your home hits the market.

Negotiating Power

If you have already taken the time and energy to have a pre-listing inspection done, there are no surprises that will happen in the middle of your offer process with respect to the home.

In a typical real estate negotiation, the buyer will put submit an offer that is conditional on a home inspection. They will then hire out and perform the home inspection. The buyers will review the results with their agent. If there is anything that pops up as a red flag for the seller, the buyers would use that to negotiate either to have you, the seller, remedy the issue before the closing date, or a price reduction to compensate for the issue. This can cause a few important problems in the middle of the offer:

  1. The buyers can get cold feet and feel that you are hiding things.

  2. You can be surprised and caught off guard with having to repair or reduce the price.

These are both emotional circumstances that can derail a negotiation in the middle of the offer process. A pre-listing home inspection is an opportunity to avoid these flare-ups from happening. It can give the buyer confidence with the home as well as knowing you are being as transparent as you can be. It will allow you to be in control of negotiating the condition of your home and defend your asking price.

If you have questions about a pre-listing home inspection, or Miami area real estate, contact us now. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.


A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

You know what they say, out with the old and in with the new. With Spring here, even in Florida, its the perfect time to say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to a good spring cleaning. Here are a few ideas to help speed up and organize the process.

Clean Upholstery and carpets

The fabrics of your home have been collecting a season's worth of germs, dust, and dried skin. Yuck! They will need a deep cleaning to prepare for the year ahead. The greenest way to clean these is with a steam cleaner. This is a non-toxic way to remove allergens and dirt from your textiles. If you are using a rented machine or are shampooing the fabric, make sure to use an earth-friendly product.

Wash Those Walls

Give all the walls, cabinets, and wood furniture a good wash. Believe it or not, walls can gather dirt and dust just like any other surface in your home. Use a sponge and dishwashing detergent. For the hard to reach areas, you can use your mop. Once you are finished, do the same with your baseboards. Not only will this catch the remnants of the cleaning you just did to your walls, but baseboards are also a breeding zone for dirt.

Make Those Windows Shine

Windows are our home's eyes to the sunshine. One of the healthiest ways to get our windows gleaming is to clean with vinegar. If you don’t like the smell or prefer to use a cleaning product, aim for something organic. Don’t forget to wipe down the frames and ledges as well.

Inside The Appliances

Just like the rest of the home, winter can wreak havoc on the inside of the appliances we use. Your stove tends to produce more meals over the winter months, so it is time for deep cleaning. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water or the self-cleaning function built right into your stove. Take all the food out of your refrigerator and give the shelves a wipe. Gently pull the appliances out from the wall to clean the back of them and the floors surrounding the area.


5 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor Before Buying in Miami

Friday, April 5, 2019

There are so many things to consider when buying a new home in Miami. The best way to help get all of the information is to speak to your real estate agent. Your agent, if you’ve done your homework and chosen the right one, holds a wealth of local knowledge. All you have to do is ask the right questions. Whether you are a first time home or a seasoned pro, there is always a lot to learn from the right real estate professional.

What Can I really Afford to Buy?

You have to be realistic about what you can really afford from the get-go. This is going to be imperative to allow your real estate agent to find something that is actually within your budget. You be up all night looking at listings on a variety of different website, but your agent has a wealth of information about everything that is going on behind the scenes. It is so much better to know your limits than to get enamoured with a home you actually can’t afford.

What is the first thing I need to do?

Typical home buyers will start their home search on the internet, in fact, stats say that 90% of home buyers do just that. But, depending on what your needs are as a buyer, it might be best for you to meet with a mortgage broker first. Or maybe you should sell your current home before beginning the buying process. Regardless, the right first step is to book an appointment with your real estate agent. A local professional will be well armed with the knowledge and experience to help you head down the right path.

How does this work?

Look, this is a lot of money, and it is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Instead of asking these questions as you go through the process, ask up front. When you book that first meeting, as your real estate agent to go through the entire process with you, step-by-step. Knowledge is power. And for you to be truly ready to move forward and start looking at homes, it would be best to know exactly how this is going to pan out for you.

Who pays your commission?

Don’t be scared to ask about the commission. It is a fair and valid question. Having a clear picture of how your agent's commission is paid is also going to help you be with your realistic budget. You are hiring your agent, don’t forget that. So like anyone else your hire, to solidify the business relationship you will want to discuss payment.

What Questions Should I Ask You?

After you’ve asked all the questions you want, your next question should always be” What haven’t I asked you that I need to know?”. You have so many things to think about with this process, it is highly likely that you are going to forget something. A good real estate agent will be prepared with everything you don’t know that you need to know.

Let the Global Life Team answer your questions for you. Global Life Realty offers a concierge approach to real estate. We understand that each individual client deserves personalized service and attention to detail.


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