Real Estate & Law

Good morning and Happy Monday!

We are HUGE morning people, so we are ready to roll with the posts! We hope you are too ;). As some of you may know, real estate requires a LOT of law and legal jargon that us salespeople and brokers SHOULD be aware of! Trust me, after just passing the brokers courses and finals myself, there’s some stuff in there that I’m sure most people not in our field are unaware of. So to help everyone out a bit, I found this awesome informative Pinterest post on what sellers should consider legal wise. Hope this helps brighten your day and expand your knowledge in the wonderful world of real estate!

Have a Sunshine Day everyone!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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What’s the STATUS?

Hi everyone!

Lately, we have been getting a lot of new buyers, which we LOVE! One of the things they count on us for is to understand the MLS (multiple listing service) and be able to answer any questions they may have.  A common misunderstanding we come across with newbies to the real estate market is not understand status and the difference between the status abbreviations you may see on website such as Realtor, Zillow, Trulia, Homes.com, etc. Here’s a full breakdown from us at Sunshine Realty to help anyone and everyone out for future reference 🙂

A: A means active. Property is available and can be scheduled to be shown.

CN: CN stands for Contingent NO kickout. This means there is a contract on the home and it stands to be a solid contract. All that is pending is the closing of the sale. Most times, home is unavailable to be shown. If it is available to be shown, it should be in agent remarks and it is usually just to accept possible back up offers.

CW: CW stands for Contingent WITH kickout. This one is probably the most confusing to our customers. If a home is contingent WITH a kickout that typically means that the buyers still need to sell their home and the contract is contingent upon that. Most of these have a kickout clause where if a buyer comes in and wants to purchase that home, they can kick the current contract out within 48 hours if the current buyers cannot secure financing.

P: P stands for Pending. Same as CN. Contract on home and is just pending on the closing of the sale. Typically unavailable.

O: O means Option. Same as P and CN,  option is a contract on a specific piece of real estate that allows the buyer the exclusive right to purchase the property. The buyer has the option to buy the property within a certain timeline, however, the seller cannot sell to anyone else in that period.

We hope this is informative for you and that this helps you in your future endeavors. We understand that real estate can be a bit confusing and we are here to help clear any of that up for you as much as we can! Give us a call today, this week, next week or whenever you need us at 636-336-1330 and ask for Ashley :).

Have a Sunshine week everyone! Stay warm in these ranging temps 😉

-The Sunshine Team

We LOVE checklists…

Here is a helpful checklist for all you buyers who found the perfect house in a very heavy market thanks to Old Republic Title and Pinterest! Hope it helps! Have a Sunshine day!!

-The Sunshine Team

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Photos: Lesson of the Week

Today we are going to have a quick talk about photos :). Too often lately have we seen photos taken by “realtors” WITH THEIR CELL PHONES in the picture. Here is the problem with that:

A. Any reputable Realtor will either have a professional camera and know how to work it.

B. A reputable Realtor will hire a professional photographer if they do not have a professional camera.

C. NO ONE should ever have to put up with a Realtor that they pay to be taking pictures with their cell phone!!!!

Here are a few more things that SHOULD NEVER happen in your home photos:

D. Toilet seat should be down for all photos.

E. Realtor and anyone else should NOT be in the photo. A photographer/Realtor should know how to shoot a room without finding themselves in the mirror of the photo.

F. There should NOT be a photo of just the floors or just a door. I’ve skipped out on seeing a home before because I couldn’t see the whole room or get a feel for the whole layout.

There are many more things that should be avoided when taking photos that we may help touch base on later. However, if you have any questions until then or would like us to show you what a difference professional photos can make, give us a call today!

Have a Sunshine Day!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn and Dana

FHA Lowers MIP!!

Good Evening Sunshine 🙂
We can’t wait to share this news. Just…WOW! Another step to help home buyers accomplish the purchase of their dream home! Thank you to National Association of Realtors for sharing this exciting news!
“FHA TAKES STEPS TO HELP HOME BUYERS
In a move applauded by housing experts, the federal Housing Administration (FHA) took an important step to help low and moderate-income buyers get into a home.  For the first time in two years, FHA has cut their annual mortgage insurance premium.  The premium has been cut from .85 to .60 percent.” (Reference: Nat’l Association of Realtors)
See the full article here: http://narnewsline.blogs.realtor.org/2017/01/09/fha-cuts-mortgage-insurance-premium-for-first-time-since-january-2015/#sf50032163