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9 Reasons you need an Agent to help you Buy or Sell a home!

by Lorna Calder

Whether you're selling your first or fourth home, buying  an existing property or building a new home, there;'s one thing you need: a reputable agent. While some may say you can buy or sell a home on your own, if you're not familiar with the whole process, it will lead to more frustration and aggravation than it's worth. Why go at it alone when you can have an experienced professional by your side to help you every step of the way?

 

 

1. An Agent will represent you.

When you buy a home, you may be tempted to work with the seller's agent, but that agent is loyal to their client - the seller or builder. A buyer's agent will keep you best interests in mind. They'll explain the process, negotiate with the seller or builder and help you purchase the home of your dreams. Likewise, if you're selling, make sure you're working with a trustworthy agent who can expertly represent you with the buyer's agent.

 

2. An Agent will guide you through the process.

Since agents deal with the buying and selling process every day, they understand its nuances. They can explain often complicated contractual language, handle requests from the other side and spot potential issues before they become problems. 

 

3. An Agent knows what to look for.

They'll see things you may not know to look for, such as wear and tear, issues or the condition of the roof or wiring. If you're buying a home, they'll help you assess the state of the home you're viewing. If you're selling a home, they'll help you decide what updates to make before you list. 

 

4. An Agent is objective.

If you're selling your home, an agent can offer advice about how to position your home in the local market to attract the right buyers. If you're buying a home, they can offer objective insight into the homes you're viewing and help you find the one that's right for you. 

 

5. An Agent is an expert in your local area. 

If you're moving to a new area, an agent can give you the scoop on the best schools and neighborhoods, as well as warn you about areas prone to flooding, located near busy roads or are future hot spots for city redevelopment plans. Similarly, they understand the local market and can give you tips to help your home stand out and sell quickly. 

 

6. An Agent offers advice based on experience. 

Agents rely on their experience to give you tips in regards to inspections, price reductions and other issues that may arise during the course of the transaction. 

 

7. An Agent works on your behalf. 

Whether it's negotiating the sale, handling challenges or objections that may arise, or acting as a liaison, an agent uses their expertise and skill to communicate your best interests with the other party. 

 

8. An Agent will continue to serve after closing. 

Sometimes issues arise in the first year following a home purchase, An agent will help you resolve these issues and connect you with reputable tradespeople in their networks. 

 

9. Going at it alone may end up costing you!

Sellers often make a big mistake when trying to sell their own home by pricing it too high. A home that's not priced well will sit on the market for weeks. Enlisting the aid of an agent will help you price your home to sell so that it piques the attention on the right buyers. 

 

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8 Ways to SAVE money on your home's energy bill this winter...

by Lorna Calder

As we enter the colder months, you may notice something: an increase in your energy bill! Having less daylight makes us want to switch on those lights earlier than we would have and the cooler weather has us turning up the heat! The summer and winter months tend to be the most energy-invasive times of the whole year, as we try to maintain a comfy temperature indoors, despite what he thermometer says. 

 

 

1. Set the thermostat to 68 degrees when you are home. 

Studies have shown that you use 3-5% more energy per every degree the thermostat is set above 68 degrees.Try putting a sweater or a blanket on to stay warm instead of increasing the heat. That one of two degrees you keep it down will really help that bill look a little less frightening!

 

2. Lower the thermostat when you leave the house.

Why would you heat your house when no one is home to enjoy it? You can save 5-15% a year on your energy bill by lowering the thermostat 10-15 degrees! PS. Having a programmable thermostat will save you to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs.2

 

3. To keep warm air from escaping close your curtains and blinds at night and when you are out of the house. 

You can also go the extra mile by investing in blackout curtains. These curtains can help keep the warm air where it belongs, inside your home!

 

4. Check for drafts around doors and windows.

When you see cracks or gaps, caulk them to prevent heat from escaping.

 

5. When you're not using your fireplace, close the damper. 

This little mindful act will keep your home noticeably warmer! PS. One of the largest energy expenses in a home is actually Space Heating, accounting for 45% of energy bills.2

 

6. Insulate, Insulate, INSULATE!

Small cracks and holes around your house can amount to up to 25% of heat loss. When your walls, floors and attic are properly insulated you can save up to 10% on your total energy costs.1

 

7. Replace those old windows!

Depending on your climate, windows can account for 20-50% of a home's heating and cooling needs.2 By replacing your old windows with high performance, energy efficient windows you can make sure you're not losing precious heat! What's the added bonus? These windows not only regulate the amount of heat that is absorbed, they can also help block outside noise.

 

8. Maintain your heating and cooling duct system!

You can avoid sudden and costly repairs that could leave your home without heat by keeping your HVAC system in great shape, that will save you money on your energy bills. 

 

Download a copy of the informational PDF with extras HERE!

 

 

Sources: 1. PG&E 2. Energy.gov 3. EnergyStar

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