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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/16/2019

A persistent home seller may go above and beyond the call of duty to promote his or her residence to potential homebuyers. And as a property buyer, it is up to you to decide whether to proceed with a home purchase or walk away from a persistent home seller altogether.

Ultimately, dealing with a persistent home seller can be challenging, particularly for a first-time homebuyer. Lucky for you, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of negotiating with a persistent home seller.

Here are three tips to help you get the best results during a negotiation with a persistent home seller.

1. Learn About the Housing Market

Although a persistent home seller wants to do everything possible to find a buyer for his or her residence, it is important for a homebuyer to determine whether a residence is worth the price. As such, you should allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about the real estate market.

Look at the prices of available homes that are similar to the one that you're currently considering. By doing so, you can determine a price range for your home search.

Also, check out the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. This housing market data will help you determine whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market so you can plan accordingly.

2. Establish Realistic Expectations

It is common for homebuyers and home sellers to negotiate with one another. However, it is essential to establish realistic expectations before you enter a homebuying negotiation; otherwise, a homebuyer may struggle to acquire his or her dream residence at an affordable price.

For example, a homebuyer who expects a home seller to accommodate all of his or her requests may be disappointed if a property seller submits a counter-proposal. Conversely, a homebuyer who keeps an open mind and listens to a home seller's concerns can determine the best course of action.

Also, it is important to remember that a homebuyer can walk away from a persistent home seller at any time. This means if you feel uncomfortable with the price or other terms associated with a home purchase, you can step back and restart your search for the perfect house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you are uncertain about how to deal with a persistent home seller, don't hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent for extra help.

Typically, a real estate agent can act as a liaison between a property buyer and seller. This housing market professional will do whatever it takes to ensure a negotiation fulfills the needs of all sides. Plus, he or she can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations to help you make informed decisions throughout the property buying journey.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will answer any of your homebuying questions, at any time. This housing marketing professional understands what it takes to deal with a persistent home seller, and as a result, will do everything to help you simplify the homebuying cycle.

Ready to acquire your dream home? Use these tips, and you should have no trouble buying a house from a persistent home seller.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/9/2019

We get it. Buying a house, whether it's your first house or your third, is a big deal. You want to find the best deal for yourself while getting the home you’ve been dreaming about, and you want to live a happy life in the house for years to come. Deciding on which home to purchase can come with a lot of questions and self-doubt. Is the neighborhood as great as it seems? Will I have good neighbors? What if my circumstances change, will I be able to maintain my mortgage payments? If I wait longer will a better property come on the market? How do I know I'm making the right decision?

So many questions can paralyze you from pulling the trigger on your home purchase. We’re here to help you understand buyer’s remorse and how to make the best home purchase without detrimentally second guessing yourself throughout the buying process. So, what do you need to know?

Asking "What-if?" is entirely natural. Consumers question our purchasing decisions all the time. It doesn't matter if it's a new car, new home appliance, even a pair of shoes or a new accessory. People work hard for their incomes and want to get the best goods and services possible with their means. It's only natural that they want to ensure they make the best decision when it comes to significant investments like a home. You aren't any different, and that's completely natural. Recognizing and accepting the fear of buyer’s remorse can help you differentiate between good questioning and over-questioning your home purchase.

Holding out for something better. Worrying that a better home will come along down the road and that you've made your buying decision too hastily can put your investment goals on hold indefinitely. To keep yourself from falling into this agonizing trap work with your real estate agent to write down a complete list of everything you want in a home and order your list by priority. Keep your list with you and review it when you're viewing homes with your agent. When you think you've found the right place you might find that worry start to creep up, consult your list again, revisit the home and make your decision with certainty.

Avoiding Buyer’s remorse:

  • Make sure you find the right real estate agent. If you don’t have confidence in your agent, you’ll start to question their recommendations and your own decision making. Your agent should offer you guidance throughout the entire home buying process. They should be able to answer your questions thoroughly and take care to give you good advice. A good property agent will take the time to review your desires thoroughly and will only present you with homes that they know fit your list of requirements. Most importantly, you should feel completely comfortable with your agent, be able to call with questions when you have any concerns and feel that they are genuinely listening to you.
  • Don't take too much stock in advice from friends or family. You're enthusiastic about the prospect of buying a home, and you'll be tempted to show those close to your different houses you're considering. While you should feel free to do this, be wary of the feedback you might get. The best home for you might not match someone else's idea, and their opinion of your home selection, mortgage agreement or neighborhood choice shouldn't make you question your decision. If you're working with a good agent and consulting your financial advisor, you are in the best possible hands to make the right choice. Stick with your trusted professionals and be confident in your purchase.

Once you’ve selected a home, don’t keep shopping. Continuing to visit new open houses after you’re in the escrow process will only lead you to question your purchase. Believe in yourself, trust your professional guidance and follow through on the home you know to be right for you.





Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 6/2/2019

Buying a property is one of the best decisions a person can make; it is also a great way to invest. After spending a lot of money to buy or build on a property, the condition of the house should be paramount. Having to deal with foundation issues can be daunting; it can take a lot of money to repair a damaged foundation.

The foundation of a home is what holds all other structures in place. If the foundation was laid incorrectly or without the proper tests and procedures, it could cause problems for the owner in the future. The types of foundation are the pier, beam, and concrete. It's best to know what kind was used for your property to look out for tell-tale signs of weakness or deterioration of the foundation.

A damaged foundation is a result of various environmental elements and stress like expanding and contracting soil, a terrible drainage system or excessive moisture. This stress over time causes the foundation to begin to weaken, resulting in uneven floors in the house, cracks on the walls and gaps in exterior doors.

The following are signs that indicate that you are likely having foundation issues:

Cracks in the walls.

A crack in the wall can be a sign of a foundation problem. If you notice floor cracks, a broken chimney, or wall fissures in your house, this might be your first sign of a damaged foundation.

Sinking floor. 

Have you noticed that some parts of your property are falling? Have them checked out to be sure it's not a foundation problem. One part of the house over time will be lower than the other if a sinking or settling floor is left unattended too long. Sinking or settling occurs when the ground the property is built on begins to collapse under the weight of the structure. Areas of the house that used to be even would begin to sag or dip. You would notice that such areas will not be on the same level as other parts on the property. It could be as a result of soil shift, humidity from water seepage or poor drainage system. 

Doors that don’t open or close properly. 

Another tell-tale sign of foundation issues is when the interior doors begin to stick or drag. Exterior doors may frequently leave space at the edge creating an uneven appearance.

Gaps around window frames. 

Did you suddenly notice gaps around your window or door? A faulty foundation can be the cause. Double-hung windows will be difficult to close because of the unevenness and inability to align the sash correctly.

Dampness in the basement.

Is your basement or crawl space becoming damp without any apparent source of moisture? Damp basement can cause a lot of problems like a moldy smell, mold growth, and uneven or saggy floors. 

Ask a professional engineer or contractor to help you investigate these signs to ascertain if it is a foundation problem. Discuss how you might go about fixing it and explore different options. Most of these evaluations are usually free and can save you thousands of dollars.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/26/2019

Selecting the right car seat for your child can be a little bit tricky. It can difficult if you don’t know how to go about it. Considering the significant number of options in the market, you need to have an idea of what you are looking for. 

The primary function of a child car seat is to minimize harm to your infant in case of an accident. The car seat will your child stay safe in the event of any unplanned occurrence like sudden collision or situation whereby you brake suddenly. When buying the right car seat for your child, some of the factors to consider are the comfort, ease of use, versatility among others. Here are some tips that will help you choose the right car seat for your child: 

Always buy new products.

You might consider buying used products when it comes to other baby items like clothes, toys, and others. But a car seat is one of the things that you must always buy new. You need a new car seat for your child because technology is continuously evolving. Also, you have no idea of what the old car seat has been through. It might have been recalled or have been in a crash. Therefore, a new car seat is essential for the safety of the child. 

Select a car seat that matches your child’s weight, age, and height.

This is another important consideration that helps you to choose the right car seat for your child. Each car seat comes with a manual that spells out its specifications. Therefore, you should check the specification of the seat before choosing it. 

Know how much space you have in your back seat.

It is essential to know how much room you have in your backseat before going for any car seat. Some bigger models may be larger than the space available in your vehicle's backseat. Prevent this by measuring your backseat to know how much space it has and what kind of car seats will fit. 

Check out expert as well as customers reviews.

A good way of getting enough information about a particular car seat you intend buying is by reading online reviews from customers who had used the product at a specific time in the past. You can visit websites like Amazon and TheBump.com among others. When you visit these websites, you will have enough information that will help you to make an informed purchase.




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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 5/19/2019

?Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is the latest technology hitting shelves and being brought into homes. We now not only have the ability to control various devices in our home from an app on our phone but we can also create reports to gain insight into how we use them. Data enthusiasts unite!

The Nest learning thermostat is every Dad’s best friend. You now have the hard data to back up why everyone needs to keep the house temperature exactly where you set it. And if anyone does turn it up you can turn it back down right from your phone.

Nest can also go into away mode when it detects that no one is home. Think of it like sleep mode for your laptop… but for the whole house. This thermostat wants to help you be more efficient with heat, and your hard earned dollars, by alerting you when it makes sense to lower temps.

If you are a data enthusiast you can use reports to see how much energy you’ve used throughout the week and/or month. Let’s be honest that’s enough to make us all data enthusiast converts.

Nest Cam IQ allows you to keep watch over your domain. It has face recognition capabilities and high-quality footage to recognize family members, frequent visitors, and intruders. When you add the Nest Aware feature you can even get updates right on your phone of the comings and goings of your home.

With microphone capability, you’re able to speak to those in the room, even if your two towns over. Keep your home safe, dogs off of the couch and teens from breaking house rules. And night mode utilized LED lights to get clear pictures for 24/7 film coverage.

Nest Protect is the smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm you wish you always had. It recognizes the difference between smoke and steam which means no more obnoxious false alarms when cooking. You can use your towels solely for drying your hands again.

If that alarm happens to go off when you aren’t home it alerts your phone so you’re in the know at all times. It even warns you when the alarm is about to go off so it does scare the bejeezus out of you. As in it actually says “Heads up. There’s smoke in the kitchen” (or whichever room it’s installed in).

Nest Protect even has a motion detector and nightlight. So it knows to give you a little light as you walk by at night. You don’t have to choose between stumbling in the dark or fighting bleary-eyed through the brightness of normal lighting.

One last thing: if you upgrade to a Rheem water heater you can sync it up to your Nest Protect. Why would you want to do that? If one of your alarms does go off you can set up a trigger reaction where your water heater will shut off. It can also sync up to your Nest thermostat and turn the heat off as well.




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