The Buying Process

October 29, 2015

When choosing to buy a home, whether it be your first home or your retirement home, you’ve made a huge life decision! Starting this process can sometimes be overwhelming but here are some helpful steps to guide you through this process successfully.

The first step in your journey is to find a loan officer that you are comfortable working with. They will dig into your financial status and assess how much you can afford towards your new home. Once you have their per-approval letter, you are on your journey to find the perfect realtor that fits your needs.

After signing all the necessary documents, you may begin looking at as many homes as your desire until you find your new dream. After writing an offer and negotiating terms, your halfway through your home buying process! You will now get the opportunity to have a home inspection and you may renegotiate your terms or rescind your offer if you feel it’s necessary. After the home inspection allowance is over, the process is considered pending and all property title work, funding from your lender, and your lender will also require an appraisal be done on the property to ensure the price is fair market value. After all paperwork and approval is complete, you may now attend your closing where you will sign all the proper documents to become the new homeowner.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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The Buying Process- Video by Olivia Hernandez, Showing/Listing Assistant

October 27, 2015

Ready to buy your first home, your next home, or your dream home?  Olivia talks about what to expect during the buying process in this week’s video.  Coming Wednesday will be Olivia’s blog sharing with you more information about each of the steps in the buying process.

Click here to watch Olivia’s video about the buying process.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

 

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First Steps to Listing Your Home for Sale

October 22, 2015

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Taking these initial steps to prepare your home for sale are some of the most beneficial steps to take when it comes to listing your home on the market. These are what I like to call my ‘listing prep basics’.

Declutter: Now is the time to go through those closets and shelves, start packing what you don’t need for the next 3-6 months. If you haven’t seen or used something in 6+ months, decide if it’s a need or a want and either put it in an off-site storage unit or donate it. You may also call places like 1-800-Got-Junk, they’ll remove and recycle for you.

Repair: If there are repairs around the house that are visible to the naked eye or that you know about and haven’t gotten to, take care of them now. No house is perfect and every house will have a list of imperfections when it comes to the buyer’s inspection. Putting the effort into completing known repairs beforehand will have a positive impact when that time comes.

Refresh: If the wall color is not in the neutral color wheel or is damaged, repair and refresh the paint. Clean from top to bottom, including the carpets, windows and drapery. Don’t forget about curb appeal, replace any dead plants and keep up with seasonal maintenance.

When you work with my team, we will go through each area of your property and discuss what is best based on your needs and wants from the sale. We’re here to help you throughout the entire process, every step of the way.

Check out this video for my number one recommended step in preparing to list your home for sale.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact The Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

To see your current home value click here.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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First Step to Listing Your Home- Video by Chelsea Knutson, Team Lead

October 20, 2015

Wondering what your first step is in getting your home ready to list?  Chelsea will walk you through the first step in this week’s video and will be there for you when you are ready to list your home.  Watch for Chelsea’s blog on Wednesday where she will talk about what you need to do to be ready to list your home.

Click here to watch Chelsea’s video about the First Step to Listing Your Home

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

 

 

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Home Inspections: Why should I pay for one?

October 14, 2015

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When purchasing a home it is an option for you to get a home inspection. There is a cost, and many people ask why they should even have one completed if it is going to cost them extra money. There are an abundance of reasons but we will start with the most important.

Yes, a home inspection is a cost that is paid separately by you, the individual purchasing the home. This cost can range anywhere from $295-$450 depending on the size of the home as well as the style. This is going to provide you with an expert who inspects homes for a living and will dig deeper then the eye can see. It will also answer questions about your home you would have never thought to ask.

A question we get a lot is “What are they going to look at?”. Well, your inspector is going to spend quite a large amount of time in the home looking at, well, everything. They will be checking the condition of your foundation, looking for any way intrusion that may have occurred or may be occurring. They will also look at your water heater, furnace, and also in your attack. They do not just check the interior of the home, they also do a detailed check of the outside. On the outside they will check your grading to ensure there is not water entering around your foundation walls. They will climb on your roof to ensure it is in a condition that will last you for hopefully many years. Amongst these items, there is also so much more!

Lastly, you are going to get a third party opinion. Yes, you, your family and your Realtor will all be viewing the home prior to the inspection and will see many things. Having an inspector come through is another opinion on the over all condition of the home from a professional in that field. Going in to your new home feeling comfortable and knowledgeable is huge! You will have a sense of comfort and relief knowing what it is you need to do to make the home what you want it/need it to be.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying a home and/or selling your current home, contact the Better Living Group today! We are here to provide you with information on purchasing a home and a free market analysis for the home you are considering to sell. The Better Living Group are Real Estate professionals in the Twin Cities and Greater Metro areas who are ready and able to assist with all of your Real Estate needs and goals and to provide only the best Real Estate service to all of our clients past, present and future.

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

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Home Inspections: Video discussion by Georgie- Lead Buyer Specialist

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Are you considering whether or not you should invest in having a home inspection done when purchasing a new home?  Listen to what Georgie has to say about home inspections.

Stay tuned for more on Wednesday when Georgie blogs about the benefits of having a home inspection done.

Click here to watch Georgie’s video on Home Inspections

The Better Living Group

Realtors- GRI, ABR, CDPE

cknutson@kw.com or 763-496-2903

Keller Williams Classic Realty NW

 

 

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