Appraisals and market values are both nothing more than a guess.
Agents can be great or they can put you though he'll.
Never sign a contract that is longer than 30 days and NEVER sign a contract that does not have an escape clause .
A good agent will market your home if you are selling or if you area buyer will keep you current as to what is in your affordable price range..
Never NEVER fall in love with anything you are buying. If you do SHUT UP ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL! Act like you really don't know if it's the home you want.
Before you make an offer do your own research as to local crime. Megan's law and sex crime violators within at least 6 blocks in all directions and drive the neighborhood during random hours to see what it's really like
Once you have all that AND MORE including neigh oorhood sold prices. Then make an offer. A LOW offer. Remember you can always go up easier than you can go lower on your offer( unless you found problems like termites structural problems etc)
Always check out your neighbors . aside from not wanting to live by a child molester try to avoid having a cop, a lawyer, A gang member, or a politician living within 2 houses of you in all directions. While most really are nice all you need is one of the bad ones to make your life miserable.
If you find out after buying go to the local Superior Court and get all the free forms and booklets to file a lawsuit or criminal complaint the minute they start messing with you. Immediate action in return for their acts is the best way to handle them which usually makes them back off fast.
If you are selling make up your own color handouts with photos of everythimy and include things like how big is the lot in acres and dimensions
How much are the property sewer and water taxes?. Do you have solar? Is the home near shopping? If so list as many local stores and eateries as possible and so on.
If your home doesn't sell. DO NOT LOWER YOUR PRICE! Instead I started raising my prices and everyone of those homes sold within days or weeks. Buyers see prices going up and some panic
Last always hire a licensed home inspection company and get a copy of their insurance policy and license.
Ok here's the last last tho g to do.
If you start having trouble with the other party or your agent or the other parties agent. Be firm that if the problem isn't resolved within 2 days you will kill the deal and keep that promise.
Once the other party give attitude expect it to get worse instead of better
Ok one final last thing ALWAYS Iinsist on a closings statement a minimum of 3 days prior to the closing date and in spite of you having a lawyer helping you go over it yourself 2 or more times checking everythi g I co using the math and who is paying for what.
I lost $1,000 due to my lawyers screw up and several years later a buyers lawyer kept messingeverything up delaying the closing. No one was happy and the buyers became defensive and obnoxious. I got the closing statement at 9pm the night before an 8am closing and read it quickly.
After the closing I went to my new home and looked closer at the closing statement where I found a $10,000 math error. I called the buyers and told them of the newest screw up by their lawyer. They cursed me and screamed the closing is over and they aren't giving me another penny! And don't bother us again!" Then slammed down the phone
Well I gave up and never tried calling again as they demanded. The error was in MY favor ! I'm always honest but never put up with attitudes or azzholes so gave them what they wanted