Not required unless your financing requires it but always a good idea. The home inspection not only will reveal things that you may have missed when you looked at the house but it is a good education for the new buyers.
One thing to remember. The home inspection should not be used as a negotiating tool. Unless there are health or safety issues found as a result of the inspection that need attention, your price should be negotiated up front.... more
If we examine absorption rates - that is the number of homes currently on the market and the number of months it would take to "absorb" those, our metro area is running at about 10.5 months. The number of homes coming on the market each week affects that as does the fact that some homes get taking out of the pool if there is a sale "pending." Many of these are in that nebulous bank-owned, foreclosure and distressed pool. So called absorption is also affected by listings that run out without selling, others that are cancelled by sellers who decide to wait. A detail analysis of your area should be provided by your agent. He or she can properly assess a pattern over your specific neighborhood, compare like and unlike homes and see if a certain type of home sells sooner, etc. You sit down with your agent and set up the parameters of the analysis and see what you find. If you want more help, please contact me. No cost, no obligations,... more
Lakeshore is a plus - if you look at tax-assessed valuations you will see how your neighbors' shoreline and homes compare with yours for tax purposes. Your county assessor can break out the mill rates - the percentages used to determine the various county services, etc used by people in your area - and how those affect your particular piece of property. We are seeing that many counties which have expanded fairly rapidly over the last few years have raised the land value even when the structure value has stayed the same or declined. Assessed value is for tax purposes; appraised value usually means a value determined by an independent licensed appraiser for market or lending purposes. These values may be similar or far apart. If you want to challenge the assessed value and the taxes, your county will have a process and procedure and tell you what is needed. Good luck! Liz... more
Shaupp....Honetsly, it's a law of numbers. I'd do an Open now and in Feb.. What have you to lose? The more often you're open, the better your chances are of having some sort of traffic. The more people that seem your home, the more likely it is to sell. I agree with Aaron on SuperBowl Sunday, but not on Parade. There always seems to be good traffic out during Parade, and people are starting to think "moving" at that time!... more