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Three Things to Know Before Buying Real Estate

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014



There is so much to know when buying property but I thought I would take a shot at boiling the list down to a starter set of three things – three things every buyer should know about buying property.

First off, you should love the place. It is not so much about price and location at first but how you feel about the place. If you are not “wowed” by the place at first it probably will not grow on you in the future. Now some realtors are reluctant to show you a lot of property but do not let that stop you. Get out there and look and look. Go to open houses. Go online, but be careful of the online photos which tend to over flatter the place. Make sure you love it.

Secondly there is a lot to know about price. Look at comparable prices of recently sold and listing prices to give you an idea of what the place might go for (be careful to boil it down to price per square foot and then add and subtract for important differences). Also find out if places are really selling near their asking prices in your area. Wide variations between selling and asking prices may give buyers a chance to negotiate. Tighter ask-sell ranges may mean the sellers have more power.
Go ahead and put those contingencies in your offer. Too many and you may scare away the seller but I think better safe than sorry in most cases. A financing contingency makes sense if you are borrowing. Even if you have a pre-approval letter things may change. (you can always show your pre-approval letter to the seller to give them some assurance). Inspection contingencies are pretty standard but make sure you have the ability to ask for a credit at closing or demand needed repairs be fixed before buying. Ask for and review the seller’s disclosure letter so you know what they know about the place. Any other contingencies you can think of may also make sense – like building code or HOA approval for any expansions you plan, or write in those furniture pieces you would like.
Now there is more to buying property so get with our team to help you, but looking at how you feel about the place, price considerations and contingencies are a great place to start.
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Hope to meet and talk with you soon,

Mark Goebel PA & Nan Goebel PA
Co-Founders Naples Best Addresses Team
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Mark Goebel, PA and Nan Goebel, PA
REALTOR Coldwell Banker 5th Avenue South
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Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples, Florida with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples. After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a Naples real estate team with his wife Nan. Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full-time over all others and enjoy Naples real estate.
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