Browser Beware: Browsing Online vs. In Person

Are you up to date on all of your online browsing rules? Houselogic.com wrote a GREAT article about the better sites to use, how to spot incorrect/outdated information, etc. We are ALWAYS telling our buyers to send us addresses first if the home they see online didn’t come directly from us. We’ve seen homes listed on Zillow that sold a year ago before! We also warn our buyers that agents nowadays use photographers and filters for photos so when they walk into that shiny new home, it may not be as shiny and new as it looked online. We love this tidbit below! Be sure to follow the link to the full article and information.

“First things first: You wouldn’t read last month’s Vanity Fair for the latest cafe society gossip, right? So you shouldn’t browse property sites that show old listings.

Get the latest listings from realtor.com®, which pulls its information every 15 minutes from the Be First Through the DoorAsk your agent to send you automated emails from their MLS with new properties that meet your specs.Multiple Listing Service (MLS), regional databases where real estate agents post listings for sale. That means that realtor.com®’s listings are more accurate than some others, like Zillow and Trulia, which may update less often. You wouldn’t want to get your heart a flutter for a house that’s already off the market.” Credit: houselogic.com

https://www.houselogic.com/buy/how-to-buy-step-by-step/house-shopping-sites/

Need help searching for that perfect home?! Call us today at 636-336-1330 and ask for Ashley! Have a Sunshine rest of your Monday everyone!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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Inspections=Negotiation Process #2!

Good morning Sunshine and Happy Monday!

It’s a Friday for us, so we just wanted to wrap up something we’ve come across lately with our sellers/buyers. INSPECTIONS! Anytime I put a buyer under contract on their new dream home, I always, ALWAYS warn them not to get TOO excited until inspection is performed and the inspection notice is signed, sealed & delivered!

So many people don’t understand how crucial the inspection process is. Luckily, one of our favorite inspectors, Zac Lavoi (owner of Greystone Inspection Services), is phenomenal at performing the process & drafting a comprehensible report easy for buyers and sellers to read! Many things can fall apart at inspections that can kill a deal. For example, hidden moisture in walls, foundation issues, roof issues where insurance was claimed but the roof was never replaced, AND SO MUCH MORE!

We recommend doing your research on any inspection company before you hire them. They will be the people that help find ANY and ALL issues with the home you are about to move into. Lord knows you don’t want any surprises AFTER the fact! So this fun meme is for that time Realtors have waiting for that report to come in! LOL! Have a Sunshine week everyone! We hope this helps make it a little brighter!

The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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June Infographic

Here are the top trends in St. Louis real estate for June 2018. Thanks St. Louis Realtors Association for always helping keep our buyers and sellers knowlegable in the current home trends! Have a good night everyone!

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It’s DEFINITELY still a Seller’s Market!

Good morning Sunshine!

Lately, during our consults, we’ve been getting asked the question, “Is the market still hot?” Our answer…”ABSOLUTELY!” Summer months are always prime time. That usually doesn’t dull down until school is back in session. Just to give you an idea of how amazing the market is for seller’s who price their home correctly that are in first time home buyer price range and basically move in ready, we’ve attached our current Newstime ad to show you how many properties SOLD FAST which means they went under contract in two weeks or less. Out of all of the homes we’ve sold in the past year, the average days on market is 35 days! I’ve also attached this for your viewing pleasure. For a local and family owned company, we are so thrilled we can help so many families save money, sell quickly AND find their next journey/dream home. Have a Sunshine day!

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

 

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