Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Real Estate is a Service Industry

Many years ago, before the computer revolution and the information explosion on the internet, all property listings were tracked of on paper within each real estate office.

Today, available properties are common knowledge to anyone who has access to the computer.  Educated consumers have made it possible to streamline the real estate process.  The buyers have already researched properties of their choice online.  They understand the location and features and commensurate pricing associated with each property.  The role of the agent has grown into more of a service provider than an information specialist.

The KCM blog has written a great post on this topic today Here.

Enjoy the nice weather!

If you would like to buy or sell a home call me today.  I am here to help!

Thank you

Carla Brooks
703-577-4960
brkslong@aol.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

Home Inspection Tips

Buyers should always have a home inspection before purchasing real estate.  Costly necessary repairs, not visible to the eye at initial walk through, may be needed.  A home inspector will point out these items and they can be negotiated for repair before settlement at the sellers' expense.

The buyer chooses the home inspector.  An excellent resource for home inspector referrals is the buyer's realtor.  A realtor works closely with home inspectors to resolve home inspection items and knows who to call.  Generally speaking, a realtor should refer 3 home inspector companies to the buyer.  From there, the buyer should carefully interview each company and hire the one that suits their needs.  If the buyer does not feel comfortable with the referrals from their agent, they can go on the internet and do some research to find one that satisfies their criteria.

The buyers should be present at the home inspection.  The home inspection is an excellent time to get to know the property and learn how the major applicances and HVAC systems work. ( The buyer will be expected to check on these systems at the final walk through before settlement.)  The buyer should ask as many questions as possible during the home inspecgtion.  The home inspector moves from room to room and outside to inside and the buyer should be at his/her side.  Learn as much as you can at the home inspection.  It is your time and your money and hopefully your future property!



Home Inspectors are hired to find items that need repair and safety-related concerns.  Cosmetic items are not normally addressed by home inspectors.

Virginia is a "buyer beware" state.   If a seller knows of a particular deficiency they should relay this information to the potential buyers.  Otherwise, the burden is on the buyer to uncover deficiencies that affect the value of the property and/or enjoyment of the property.

 The home inspector is not responsible for the condition of the home and is not a party to the contract of sale.  They do not go behind walls or under flooring or move furniture.  It is quite possible that a serious problem may not be detected provided the appropriate "red flags" are not raised during the home inspection.

All in all, the home inspection is a "must do" before buying real estate.  Home Inspection techniques are constantly being upgraded with minimal issues popping up after settlement.  This brings peace of mind to buyers and sellers.

Home Inspections, combined with home warranty programs, are a great way to reduce the occurance/impact of a post settlement issues.

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today for expert advice.  I will treat your transaction as if it were my own.

                                                                       Thank you

                                                                    Carla Brooks
                                                                brkslong@aol.com
                                                                   703-577-4960    

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tips for DIY Maintenance


 Tired of having a monkey wrench thrown in your monthly budget plans?

  Here some ideas for home maintenance that are bound to save the homeowner some $$.

Hiring a contractor for every project around the house is costly.

  If you are a real estate investor, consider troubleshooting some of issues yourself to save money as well.

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

Thank you

Carla Brooks
brkslong@aol.com
703-577-4960

PS photo is a courtesy of free digital photos





Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What do buyers need from their agents?

Are you in the market to buy a home?  Wondering what to ask of your realtor in the home buying process?

Some of these questions you may already have the answer to, particularly if you have purchased a home in the past.  If this is your first home purchase, this post by the KCM Blog may help.

Discuss your questions, fears and concerns with your realtor.  This is your purchase and you deserve to be happy!

If you are ready to purchase a home, call me today.  I have experience, integrity and understand how to make the process enjoyable and satisfying....

Thank you

Carla Brooks
703-577-4960
brkslong@aol.com

PS picture is a courtesy of free digital photos

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Another beautiful weekend!

Not all the hydrangea blossoms were destroyed by latent frost....



Enjoy the weekend.  If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today. I am here to help.

Thank you

Carla Brooks
703-577-4960
brkslong@aol.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

Giving Thanks Today





SEVENTY YEARS AGO TODAY, tens of thousands of American soldiers, sailors and airmen, along with thousands of allied troops, stormed the beaches of Normandy in Operation Overlord — D-Day — and saved the world. We remember, and give thanks to everyone who preserved freedom and our country.











God Bless America!

Carla Brooks

Monday, June 2, 2014

Clematis Love





Ran into this bush today, thought I'd take a few photos for you to enjoy.

If you would like to buy or sell a home, call me today.  I am here to help.

Thank you

Carla Brooks
703-577-4960
brkslong@aol.com