Diary of a frustrated apartment dweller
Today is the happiest day of my life…I just moved into my new home. I’m all unpacked, I’m sitting in my favorite chair, the kids are happily playing in our new private backyard…this is the life.
First off, I want you to know why I’m writing you this letter—no, I’m not selling anything. The reason is…I feel obligated to share my story with people that were in my same situation—frustrated with apartment life and the home buying process—(dealing with real estate salespeople)
Below is how our home buying process began—it was filled with aggravation and frustration! But it ended with lots of smiles.
We did what we thought every home buyer does…Drove around neighborhoods, visited open houses and new homes, checked the newspaper and home magazines—Geez, do you think there are enough home magazines out there?
Anyway, this is where our frustrations began… If you’ve ever called a real estate salesperson to get simple information about a home, like an address or price, then you’ll probably feel a little “deja-vu” here…when we would call an salesperson…all we got were “sales pitches” and excuses. I felt like I was talking with a used car salesperson—I didn’t know who to trust.
Things changed. A friend of mine told me about CENTURY 21, Smith & Associates — I called Joe Crain and he provided me with the information I wanted and left me in control. For example, I received a list of 43 homes that met my criteria, the real estate salesperson I dealt with before told me there were only 7. Additionally, each day thereafter, I received daily updates on the homes that matched what I was looking for.
And the great thing was, when I received information about the homes that met my criteria, I could drive by them –ALONE—and when I wanted to see the inside of one that interested me, I just picked up the phone and scheduled an appointment at my convenience.
Then when I found the home of my dreams…they negotiated a great price and terms on my behalf…I got a great deal! And the best part was, even though they represented me, the whole time, I didn’t have to pay them a penny, their fees where paid by the seller. So, if your looking for an ordinary salesperson, they’re easy to find—just go pick up one of those “home magazines” (you know the ones, where 75% of the homes are already soldJ) If your looking for a consultant, who you can trust to give you all of your options and guarantee to save your money, give Joe Crain a call.
Best Wishes in your home search
2008 Cost vs. Value Report: Still Many Happy Returns for Home Rehabs
Remodeling magazine's annual report shows that maintenance-related projects and moderately priced upgrades are providing stable paybacks, even in a slower market.
By G.M. Filisko | | December 2008
Despite home price drops in many cities, remodeling projects are holding their own as a way for owners to add value.
Many people are wondering where their money will be safest during these uncertain economic times. When home owners turn to you for your expert advice, counsel them that some things never change: Investing in their home still pays off.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® statistics show that home prices have fallen by an average of 7 percent nationally in the past year. But the value of home owners’ investment in remodeling projects has declined only 3.86 percent on average between 2007 and 2008, according to Remodeling’s 2008–2009 Cost vs. Value Report.
Remodeling produces the Cost vs. Value Report each year in cooperation with REALTOR® magazine. REALTORS® responding to a survey in midsummer said home owners could expect to recoup a national average of 67.3 percent of their investment in 30 different home improvement projects. At the height of the housing boom in 2005, home owners could expect to recoup a national average of 86.7 percent on projects.
Remodeling remains hot in 10 cities, where, on at least some projects, home owners can recover 100 percent of their costs. In Charlotte, N.C., for example, decks, midrange kitchen remodels, vinyl siding, and window-replacement projects all would net more than they cost, in respondents’ estimation. High rates of recovery were seen in both strong real estate markets and weak ones.
Many cities with the highest rates of recovery were smaller—Jackson, Miss., and Billings, Mont., for example—which may point to lower labor and materials costs that are easier to recoup.
Seattle also made the list of cities with a cost recovery of more than 100 percent on decks and minor kitchen remodels. In fact, Pacific Coast cities recorded the best payback on remodeling by a wide margin, as they did in 2007. Although construction costs on the Pacific Coast are nearly 17 percent higher than national averages, the value of renovations at resale more than makes up for those higher prices.
The result is an average cost-recouped percentage that’s 14.8 percent higher than in the rest of the country. The toughest place to get your money back: Midwestern cities such as Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Milwaukee.