Archive for February, 2008

Feb 29 2008

Chosing a Real Estate Agent In Bethesda

Published by Carolyn Thompson under Real Estate In

A home buyer should chose an experienced Real Estate Agent in Bethesda Agent.

Their knowledge of the real estate market in Bethesda is extensive. Their unsurpassed knowledge of the schools, recreational activities, traffic patterns and public transportation.  
 Bethesda Realtors have access to the complete listing information on the multiple listing service.  They use this information to locate a home in your target neighborhood and in your price range.  Bethesda Realtors also use the multiple listing service to research prior home sales prices, to help you gauge whether you are getting a good deal on the purchase price of your home. A local agent has experience writing contracts, which pertain to that jurisdiction.  Real estate contract vary from one state to the next, they also vary from county to county. There is more to contracts then simply filing in the blanks.  They carefully analyze the situation and try to write the offer in favor of our clients, while having the seller eagerly agree to the offer. Realtors have a responsibility to negotiate the terms on the clients behalf.  Some states allow dual agency in which the Realtors represent both the buyer and the seller.  This is not allowed in Maryland.  Your buyer’s agent represents you.  Often the terms are not exactly what the seller is looking for.  Perhaps the buyer needs to put off the purchase of the new property, until the property they are selling goes to settlement (this is also known as closing). A good Bethesda agent is with you every step of the way.  They recommend and attend the home inspections and work extensively with the title company to make sure the documents are in and closing occurs on time as anticipated. 

Use a Bethesda agent that has a track record of getting home buyers great deals in Bethesda.

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Feb 26 2008

Real Estate In Bethesda Maryland

Published by Carolyn Thompson under Real Estate In

Real Estate in Bethesda, Maryland has done extremely well.

 Bethesda is a solid market with numerous amenities.  The superior schools, subway, nightlife, shopping,  restuarants, and recreation make Bethesda an ideal place to live.

When you purchase real estate in Bethesda you can be assured that you won’t be far from numerous options for interesting outings.  You can cruise the Crescent Trail to Georgetown and return to have lunch at an outside cafe.  You can go home, clean up and go out to the theater and diner without leaving Bethesda. 

There is terrific real estate mix in Bethesda.  There are many Class A  commercial office buildings, single family homes, condos and townhouses.  There is something for everyone.

The number one reason for buying real estate in Bethesda is the people.  They are kind, open minded and educated.

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Feb 25 2008

Selecting A Superior Real Estate Agent

Published by Carolyn Thompson under Real Estate Agent

If you want to find a home that fits your needs and personality and get a good price for your home, then find a Superior Real Estate Agent. 

Many home buyers don’t like to haggle and have a need to pay a fair price for the home- Get over it!!!  A fair price is what someone is willing to pay for the house.  Okay, it is what a buyer is willing to pay for the house when the buyer and seller are not under any undue pressure to purchase the home.

Consider the fact that your home is an investment.  A Realtor is an investment counselor.  It is their responsibily to help you make an informed decision about purchasing your home.   This decision should include reviewing comparables if they are available.

A real estate agent should discus both the current fair market value of a home and the resale value of a home.   Is the home your considering purchasing on a busy street?  Does it have off street parking?  Is it near a water tower, or power lines?  These issues WILL have an effect on resale.   Will the home sell in a slower market or will you be stuck with it? 

A superior real estate agent will help to determine the offer price for a home while  taking into account all other factors, including how badly you want this perfect home.  The agent will find out what terms are important to the seller and with your permission, customize the offer to suit the seller’s needs. 

 An often overlooked point is that the sales price may be less important than other factors, such as how soon the buyer can close or a seller rent back.

The real estate agent should encourage the buyer to obtain a home inspection from an experienced inspector; work with the title company to make sure that the abstract is done, there are no liens on the property and that closing will be performed as scheduled.

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