Declutter Craze Help!

With all of the Marie Kondo fanatics out there lately, and since we get this question ALL the time, we thought we’d post a helpful guide for decluttering that we recently saw on Pinterest. We hope this helps you in your spring cleaning phase, and remember, if you are in St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, Warren or Lincoln County, MO, we can help you list and sell your home and save you THOUSANDS in the process with commissions! Reach out today to find out how we can help make this process a fun and smooth one!

Have a Sunshine rest of your Hump Day everyone!

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-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

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Fees You May NOT Have Prepared For…

Happy February Sunshine!

Today, and lately actually, we have been working with a lot of sellers and buyers that don’t know about certain fees/costs that are involved in the home buying process. Particularly, closing fees, title fees, inspections both government and home, etc. We found a FANTASTIC article written by houselogic.com discussing a lot of these “unknowns” that many people, especially first time home buyers, may not know about.

Check it out here: Unknown fees for a Buyer

To recap a lot of it here, a buyer has many fees when it comes to buying a home ON TOP of the actual purchase price. These costs can include an appraisal ordered by the lender, lender fees, title company and search fees that help provide clear title, possible survey fee if you want to know where your property ends and begins, home inspection fees including radon, sewer, pest & overall home, etc. ALL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT before you take the plunge into the home buying process :). We hope this helps brighten your day just a bit and gives you just a little more insight into the home purchase process and what to plan ahead for!

Have a Sunshine Day everyone! And remember, if you need help in selling, buying or both, we are here for you! Give us a call today at 636-336-1330 and ask for Ashley to get your simplified process started :). Everyone needs a little help every once in a while 😉

-The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

Repairs to make before listing your home

Hey Sunshine!

Today, I saw a really great article on houselogic.com about repairs to make before selling your home. Here is the link…has some great info in there including fixing outdated grout, damaged yard, pet damage, floor damage and water stain damage!

Houselogic article: repairs to make before selling your home

Those are all fantastic recommendations…especially the info on water stains. Those scare buyers! Fix them, especially if what caused them are already taken care of! Easy and SO SO worth it!

Here are a few other things we recommend sellers do before listing their home:

*Paint over dark colors with neutral tones to brighten your space.

*Service your AC/Heater if you haven’t done so in over a year.

*Clean and stretch any carpeting that looks outdated to give it a new look!

*Paint/repair baseboards/doors

These recommendations plus the other great ideas in the houselogic.com article are great starters to getting your home ready to list and meet with a listing agent! Call us today for a free consult to learn about these and MUCH MORE!

Happy Monday!

The Sunshine Team

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

 

 

 

Home Sales Decrease as Interest Rate Increases

Heads up! Great article on the declining home sales due to the inevitable increase in interest rates. Read up!

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“Existing home sales fell 3.4% in September causing home sales to tumble more than 4% from a year ago this time, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Sales are now clocking in at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.1 million, down from 5.37 million in September of 2017.

“This is the lowest existing home sales level since November 2015,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR. “A decade’s high mortgage rates are preventing consumers from making quick decisions on home purchases. All the while, affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur under-performing sales activity across the country.”

Interest rates are on the rise. Mortgage interest rates averaged 4.85% on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage for the week ending October 18, according to Freddie Mac. The 15-year adjustable rate mortgage averaged 4.26% while the 5-year ARM averaged 4.1%. Last year, this time, mortgage rates were under 4%.”

Read more here : https://gateless.com/articles/close-buyers/existing-home-sales-down-as-interest-rates-rise?CampaignId=492

Need to save money in the home buying and selling process?! WE CAN HELP with OUR commission structure! Call us today to find out how!

Have a Sunshine Day!

Ashley, Evelyn & Dana

What to Expect…From a Home Inspection

Good morning everyone!

Today, I thought we’d discuss home inspections. First, because the New York Times just wrote a pretty awesome article that I wanted to share with all of you. Second, because I have a buyer’s inspection today in the beautiful Lake Saint Louis, MO and am hoping for stellar results! Before I share this link with you, I wanted to point out something that I read in it. I saw that the article says that most first time home buyers don’t know that they are responsible for the home inspection and to make sure to make it contingent upon these inspections. While this is TRUE, the standard contract DOES include an inspection contingency. Also, it is the responsibility of your agent to let you know all of these things that you are responsible. Another point I wanted to make is that there are two types of inspections in Missouri that most people are responsible for. The home inspection which is 95% of the time taken care of by the buyer and then the city/occupancy inspection which is taken care of by the seller to make sure everything is up to code and not dangerous! Most of St. Charles County does not require a city inspection (aside from LSL) but most of St. Louis County DOES! Hope this helps you get by a little easier during your home buying process. And remember, Sunshine Realty is ALWAYS here to assist if you need an agent!

Here is the NY Times link that shows you just what to expect during most inspections:

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