Getting your offer accepted in today's market is no small task. There a different techniques or tactics that an agent can use to give you the edge as they present their offer. I do a few things differently that others in my field. One is that I like to present the offer to the agent instead of just emailing or faxing it and hope that they look at it. I call them to let them know that it is on it's way over. Then I confirm that they have it. At that point I take them through the highlights of why my offer is better than any others. The number one reason is that I have never had a deal fall apart and not get to the closing table. My customers what to buy a house so I pull out all the stops to make sure that is what they do.Getting your offer accepted
might not be that easy if it isn't a good offer. The reality is that we are in a seller's market so they days of offering 80% of asking price are behind us. I advise my customers not to overpay for a home but you need to be prepared to be aggressive. For those that are very price sensitive you can do other things to make your offer attractive like reducing or removing inspections contingencies (Removing an inspection contingency is not right for everyone)Getting your offer accepted might be as easy as putting your entire down payment as the escrow deposit. As long as you adhere to the terms of the contract there is little to no chance of this backfiring on you. When I personally buy houses I put the entire purchase price down in escrow.I can't give away all my skills in this article because I don't want you educating your Realtor with my techniques. I'd love for you to have me use them on your behalf. I'll throw one more tip out there for you. Shhhhh...Don't tell my competition. Write a personal letter to the seller to tell them WHY they should pick you. Talk about your family, your plans for the future, how much you love the house. If your offer is the same as another, I have no doubt that this will set your offer apart. Sometimes it helps so much that they will take your offer even if it isn't the highest. I'd love to share more with you on getting your offer accepted so please contact me.You can also see me on YouTube or Facebook
Programmable Thermostats Save You Money and keep you more comfortable. There are still quite a few homes for sale out there that don't have programmable thermostats and that is a shame because they are so cheap. You can get a bare bones thermostat for as little as $20. There are some super fancy ones for hundreds of dollars but so far I haven't been convinced as to why they are worth the extra money. Now if you want to be able to adjust your thermostat from your smart phone then maybe the higher price tag is worth it for you. You'll just have a longer payback time.
Those who save the most with a programmable thermostat are those that take the time to use them. As you may remember I have a few rental homes. All of my rental homes have programmable thermostats and the reason is that if I can keep my renters utility bills lower then they will stay longer. Some of the tenants don't bother and have their thermostat at 74 degrees even when they are not there. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO.
Since most of us are creatures of habit and most people have jobs with set schedules Programmable Thermostats Save You Money because you can lower the number of times your A/C turns on using your thermostat when you aren't home. Each time that your systems turn on it uses the most energy. If you can reduce the number of times it turns on then you will save money.
What I recommend is that if you leave for work at 8am every day and you don't get home until 5:30 then program your thermostat to turn a higher temp (i.e. 83-85 degrees) at 8am and then turn back down to your comfort level at 4:45pm so that way it is cool when you walk back in. You don't have to reduce comfort when using a programmable thermostat. Even if you are gone on a play date or out to dinner for 3 hours or more you should turn up your A/C a couple of degrees. Some thermostats have an away feature that you can push on your way out of the house with a temp you have already preset.
Every degree above 78 degrees you save 6-10% on your electric bill. Also, you can improve the feel of your living space by using ceiling fans which lower the feel of a room by 1-4 degrees. So if you feel comfortable at 77 degrees the set your A/C to 80 degrees and turn on a fan. That could save you 14% on your bill. Keep it mind that fans do no actually cool a space so turn off fans in rooms that are empty. I have recently seen Energy Star Rated fans on the market and I bought one for each room in my house.
So remember, Programmable Thermostats Save You Money but only if you use it and use it properly.