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  • Posted May 10th, 2017 by Moving Station
    Your home has a contract! Now what?!?! So you have a buyer and you agreed upon a price and terms. What’s next? Selling a house is progress of steps. Each state has laws that govern the sale process. Your experienced agent will share the specifics. In general, a home is not sold until it is closed. In real estate, the status of your home is now called: “under contract” or “pending sale.” Typically, the following steps are next to occur: • Buyer’s inspections: typically the buyer...
  • Posted April 25th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    We assisted a family selling their condo in the suburbs north of Chicago. While helping them correctly price the property before listing, we considered a very similar, though not quite as nice property that sold recently for $312,000. However, there was another condo currently on the market priced at $329,000, and it would be our competition. Like the sold property, it was very nice, but lacked some of the upgrades our homeowner’s property offered. This competing property had already been on...
  • Posted April 11th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    It seems like a simple concept but this may be the hardest step of staging your home. Why it is so difficult for people to get rid of the things they no longer use? Many of these belongings have some degree of an emotional value. Many people believe getting rid of useless family heirlooms means losing the past. Another concern is that no matter how unlikely, we might want to use that particular item one day. Whatever the reason may be, it is important to remember that a cluttered home will...
  • Posted March 28th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    As anyone who has made the transition to retirement living can tell you, the move logistics can get overwhelming, and fast! Between the sale of your home, downsizing and de-cluttering, potentially planning an estate sale, and lining up movers, the To Do list builds pretty quickly. That is exactly why many retirement communities provide resources like Moving Station to assist with the transition and ease the stress often associated with the move. We recently assisted a couple moving from their...
  • Posted March 14th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    Shortly after you have signed a purchase agreement with a buyer, a home inspection will probably take place. In most purchase and sale agreements across the country, a “home inspection contingency” is part of the contract language. Unless the buyer intends to tear down your house to build something new, he or she will want to be aware of every potential maintenance issue that may exist. The inspection itself usually takes 2 to 3 hours. In addition to checking the home’s structural...
  • Posted February 28th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    We assisted a homeowner by gathering information on her home sale, as she was making preparations for a move into her retirement community. We introduced two knowledgeable agents who completed market analyses and came up with pricing suggestions of $355,000 and $365,000, respectively. The homeowner was disappointed, and felt she had been watching the market in the area and that her home was worth much more. Unable to convince her of the market value, the homeowner went on to list her home with...
  • Posted February 16th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    Here at Moving Station, we are experts in real estate, no matter the type of home or the market. Whether a seller enlists our help to sell a high-rise condo in Chicago or a ranch in Arizona, we know how to navigate the local market and position our listing correctly. For the owners of the Thomas Lincoln House in Hingham, MA, our industry knowledge helped our clients find a niche on the local market and attract the right buyer. The house is a unique one. Built in 1650, it still has many of the...
  • Posted January 31st, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    Housing forecasts are appearing and real estate professionals are curiously watching the market trends. Of course, trying to anticipate what the real estate market will do is a task that can confound even the most seasoned experts. While keeping in mind that no one has a “crystal ball,” these here are a few things we anticipate could happen this year. Heated housing market. Predictions from the National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...
  • Posted January 10th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg
    We assisted a homeowner, as she was making preparations for a move into her retirement community, with gathering information on her home sale. We introduced two knowledgeable agents who completed market analyses and came up with pricing suggestions of $355,000 and $365,000, respectively. The homeowner was disappointed, feeling she had been watching the market in the area and that her home was worth much more. Unable to convince her of the market value, the homeowner went on to list her home...
  • Posted December 14th, 2016 by Clarissa Gregg
    Why You Should Never Sell Without an Agent Many sellers think that managing their own home sale would be much easier than having an agent assist them in selling their home. After all, who knows the home better than the owner? However, having a real estate professional involved is one of the most important steps of selling your home. Here are a few reasons why you should never sell your home without an agent to assist you. 1. Agents know your market best. They are able to determine what other...