Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Process of Selling Your Home

  1. Meet with a Real Estate Professional: There's no commitment required on your part for the initial meeting. It will be educational and help you identify your next steps. 
  2. Establish a Price: Your agent will provide a market analysis, which will help you set an asking price.
  3. Strategic Price: As difficult as it may be, it's important to review the market analysis and consider your home price objectively. 
  4. Prepare Your Home: View your home through the eyes of the buyer and ask yourself what you'd expect. Your agent will offer some useful suggestions. 
  5. List It For Sale: When everything is in place your agent will put your home on the open market. It's critical you make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to view your home. 
  6. Showings: Potential buyers may ask to see your home on short notice. It's best if you can accommodate these requests, you never want to miss a potential sale. 
  7. Offers and Negotiation: If everything goes well, a buyer and (most often the agent who represents them) will present your agent with an offer. 
  8. Choosing an Offer: Your agent will present the benefits and risks of each offer. You will have the opportunity to either accept or counter any offer based on its merits. 
  9. Under Contract: At this point, you and the buyer have agreed to all of the terms of the offer and both parties have signed the agreements.
  10. Final Details: While under contract, the buyer will work with their mortgage provider to finalize the loan and perform other due diligence. 
  11. Inspection: The buyer will usually perform a physical inspection of the home. They may even ask you to make certain repairs. Your agent will explain all of your options regarding the inspection. 
  12. Closing: This is the transfer of funds and ownership. Depending on when the buyer moves into the home you will need to be all packed up and ready to move. 

Nakia Evans, GRI
   Associate Broker, REALTOR 

Office:410-252-2111 |  Fax:410-560-2825

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Five things to know about home inspections

Home inspection is an important part of the home sale process, both for buyers and sellers. When it’s time for you to hire an inspector, here are five things you should be thinking about:

 1. It’s your choice: You are not bound or obligated to use any particular inspector. Your real estate professional may have some recommendations, but it’s ultimately up to you. Ask around and choose wisely—better to pay a little more now for a highly-respected inspector than to be surprised by a problem that the inspection didn’t reveal.

 2. Looking for big problems: The inspector will be focused on the integrity of the home—safety, electrical work, foundation, load-bearing walls, etc. The inspector is not there to point out problems with ugly paint colors or light fixtures.

 3. The report: There are hundreds of items to inspect in a home, so the inspector’s report will focus on the basics: What’s damaged, what needs repaired, etc. The report should be easy to read and understand.

 4. Code of ethics: Though the inspector is working for the party that pays the inspector’s fee, the inspector will not deliver a report that intentionally hides or omits damaging information about the home. The report is private between you and the inspector, but if you’re the seller, you’re required to disclose any problems that the inspection reveals.

 5. The inspector is not liable: Even the best inspectors can’t find every single problem in a home. They can’t see inside the walls or through the floors, so there could still be problems lurking. If a problem is revealed down the road, the inspector can’t be held responsible. 

Nakia M. Evans, GRI  
Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell: 443-864-1358

22 Padonia Rd., Ste A-100
Timonium, MD 21093
Office 410-252-2111

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

3908 Cranston Avenue Baltimore, MD 21229

Property Site:
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Price: $115,000

For more information about this property, please contact Nakia Evans at (410) 252-2111 or You can also text 4264481 to 67299.

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MLS ID: BA9912424

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Strategies for a successful yard sale

It always feels great to get rid of the things you don’t need. One option for decluttering is to haul everything to a donation center, or perhaps even a dump (where you’ll have to pay to get rid of your stuff). But with a little more effort, you can get rid of the things you no longer need and get some extra cash: have a yard sale. Here are some tips for a successful sale.

Marketing: Hey, even a yard sale needs some marketing and advertising! Post flyers in your neighborhood, set up a sign down the block directing traffic to your sale, and post the information about your sale online.

Go to the bank: Garage sales are typically a cash-only operation. Buyers won’t have exact change, so go to the bank and get several rolls of change and various bills.

Don’t get too caught up with haggling: Don’t give something away without a fair price, but also remember to look at the big picture: Most of the items you’re selling is stuff you’d just donate or throw out anyway. You want it gone, first and foremost, and the extra cash is a nice bonus.

Going out of business sale: As the day or weekend wears on, you’re going to have stuff that doesn’t sell. To minimize your remaining items, mark them down or put them in a free pile as the sale winds down. It’s better than taking junk back into your home! 

Nakia M. Evans, GRI  
Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell: 443-864-1358

22 Padonia Rd., Ste A-100
Timonium, MD 21093
Office 410-252-2111