Making your offer stand out in a multiple offer situation in Tampa Bay

Currently most of the Tampa Bay area is experiencing  a “sellers market”, there are more buyers looking for homes than inventory currently available.  This has caused many properties to have multiple offers at the same time.

What can we do to make your offer stand out when you are in a multiple offer situation?

Take the time to get pre-approved by your lender before you begin your home search.  Pre-approval is different than pre-qualified.  Pre-qualified means a lender has asked qualifying questions and you meet the criteria to get a loan.  Pre-approved is a more involved process where the lender reviews your credit history, financial documents, pay stubs, etc and has determined you are qualified for the mortgage, making you a more appealing buyer to the sellers.

Present your offer quickly and make sure your offer is strong as possible.  The seller will review each offer presented and compare yours to the others.  This is not the time to place a low ball offer, the seller will omit yours and move on to one of the others instead of countering.  Provide a larger than average down payment to show you are serious and less likely to walk away from the sale. Limit the number of contingencies to the sale, the less hurdles the better.  And try not to ask for seller contributions to your closing costs, this will reduce the profit the seller will make from your offer and may make it less appealing than the other offers.

You could also include a personal letter to the sellers telling them why purchasing their home is important to you.  Many sellers are emotionally attached to their home and want to know the new owner will care for it and be as happy in the home as they were.

Finally, make sure you have an agent who can advise you on the best strategy to get the home of your dreams!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Century 21 Affiliated, Tampa Bay

(813)244-9688

 

 

 

Open House Sunday 1/22/17

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I will be hosting an Open House tomorrow, Sunday January 22, 2017 from 1 to 3 at the beautiful home pictured above, located at 18306 Cypress Bay Parkway, Land O’ Lakes FL.  If you are in the area I would love for you to stop by, visit with me and take a tour of the property.  It’s a charming three bedroom 2 bath home on a conservation lot for maximum privacy.

The home is located in the Asbel Creek development in northern Land O’ Lakes.  Currently Asbel Creek has 12 homes for sale ranging in price from $160,000 to $308,000 with 12 additional homes under contract.  In the last 90 days 16 homes have sold in the development, going under contract in an average of 34 days and selling for 97.7% of list price.

If you are in the area I would love to see you Sunday.  If not and you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Asbel Creek, Land O’ Lakes, or anywhere in the Tampa Bay area I would love to help you!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated, Tampa Bay

(813)244-9688

 

 

 

Tips to be the perfect prospective buyer

When you are touring homes with your agent looking for the perfect home to purchase it’s important to keep in mind the homes you are visiting belong to the sellers.  You are a visitor in someone else’s home.

You have the right to inspect every nook and crannie of the house, open closet doors, look in the cupboards and the pantry but remember the belongings are the homeowners personal property and should be left alone.

Most of us have been parents and understand you will need to bring your children with you when visiting properties, but be sure to supervise them.  Bring along a small toy or video game for them to play with or take turns watching them with your partner.  Children will often want to be part of the home buying experience and they should be if possible, but unsupervised children have been known to accidentally damage a sellers home or belongings.  (some unsupervised adults have too!)

Remember it is the sellers home, so follow their rules.  This means taking off your shoes when asked, scheduling showings at their convenience and turning off the lights and locking up when finished.

Following these simple tips will help make searching for the perfect home a breeze!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated

(813)244-9688

 

 

Visit the Florida Manatees in Apollo Beach

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Winter has come to the Tampa Bay area and that means it’s time to visit the manatees!

Every year when the temperature drops below 68 degrees the manatees come to the TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach to keep warm.  The power plant takes salt water in from the gulf and uses it to cool the power plant.  The warm water is then discharged into the canal and the manatees know it.  They come here every winter to keep warm.

TECO has built a fantastic viewing center where you can see the manatees up close.  There is also an education center where visitors can learn more about the beautiful creatures.

It’s a great place to visit and take out of town guests.  They are open most days from November 1 to April 15 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Here is a link to their site if you are interested in visiting http://www.tampaelectric.com/company/mvc/

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Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated, Tampa Bay

(813)244-9688

 

It’s official, I’ve earned my GRI certification

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My GRI Certificate and pin arrived today!  I am so excited!  I worked very hard to earn this national real estate designation.  GRI stands for Graduate, REALTOR® Institute.

This means I have gained in depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate.  It shows my job is important to me, I take it seriously and will do everything I can to be the best Realtor® I can be.

GRI may be my first designation, but it will not be my last!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Century 21 Affiliated

(813)244-9688