Happy New Year! It is going to be a wild ride finding just the RIGHT home for you needs. Why? The market is STILL very aggressive; that’s the truth! As I have said to most of my buyers, it is moving in the direction of a buyer’s market. However, in most price ranges, it is NOT there yet. We have moved very near a balanced market, and we anticipate it to be brisk at the entry levels (under $350K) but more reasonable in the upper price ranges.
Given that update, I do want to update you all on the factors around seeking homes, and actually previewing properties. FIRST, and I think foremost, be CAREFUL. There are all sorts of scam artists out there looking for easy victims. Don’t be one. Work with an experienced, local Realtor®. Even if your best friend is a great Realtor® out of area, they might not be up to speed on the rural areas that might not be a fit for your family, pets, or business ventures.
Please don’t over think this. Nevada County is beautiful, and our crime rate is very low, but common sense when seeing properties in rural areas is advised. Many people have pets, dogs for example, that are not accustomed to having company show up and let themselves into the house. So please work with someone who will make appointments and keep them.
Beyond safety, be ready to be respectful of other people’s homes. Wear shoes that can be left at the door. Wear socks or foot coverings that allow you to preview the home without leaving your shoe debris behind. Also it works the other way around. Many folks have pets, and pet hair in their homes (not if I have advised them to be sure to clean up!), and, if you are bare footed, you can leave with dog/cat hair on your feet! Feel free to bring a pair of “booties” to cover your shoes. This is helpful and well mannered!
Discuss your likes and dislikes before entering someone’s home. We are in a tech-era. Though it is not something we consider “well-mannered”, sellers have been known to record what the buyer has to say about their home, and even have cameras following you around. If it is a home you really like, and are ready to make an offer on, you can tip your hand by saying too much while on the preview hunt. So be circumspect. Think about what you like and don’t like. Say what you will inside, but remember you might be recorded.
Bring a notebook or a tablet. I provide a book for my clients with the client copy of the MLS input so you can write notes right on that page to remind yourself of what you liked and did not like. Other agents handle this differently. If you are going to take any pictures, please let me know in advance so I might ask PERMISSION to do so. Filming is often discouraged. People are likely to rebel against someone recording their personal property. There are usually lots of pictures posted online, and in my listings there are video and Youtube videos. Taking other pictures is something I strongly suggest asking permission for in advance.
Trust me to take you where you need to go and how to get there. Do not always trust the GPS. They are sometimes wrong. Or, in some cases, they are correct but are not the best way to reach the property.
Finally, should you be the one to find a “For Sale by Owner”, let the owner know immediately that you are being represented by an agent. This is a disclosure for them to know you will be represented, and not expect you to just take their “word” for what they are selling. Disclosure is the top reason to work together with your Realtor® (me of course) to have a fair and reasonable closing.
Call me and we can go look!