Edward Jarvis' Blog
When did you last find yourself wishing that you could be a part of a group, whether it be sports, religious, community, professional or some other kind? It could be daunting to try to find not only a group that follows what you are looking for concerning fulfillment but also in camaraderie and atmosphere. The first step is to get out there and find them and then try them out until you have found one that fits.
You're taking the kids to their respective activities and get started thinking about what it was like when you played as a kid. Then you realize that you haven't honestly played anything for years and all of a sudden have a strong desire to rectify that great wrong. Where do you start? Depending on what sport you are pursuing you could go to the local park and find a pick-up game—soccer, basketball, etc.—that might be just the thing to get you started. Or, you may decide that you really want something a little more structured that you can be a part of longer-term. Your answer may well lie in your local adult league. These leagues are wide-ranging in both the sports and the skill levels that they represent. Some ways to find these leagues are to do an internet search for “adult [sport] leagues [your area/city/state],” check with your local YMCA, find your city recreation center or maybe ask the players at the park what leagues that they know about. In that last case, you will also get a picture of what the league is like based on what they tell you or how good they may play.
Community organizations are as varied as the community that it is in. Some examples of service type groups are Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary International. Then there are traditionally fraternal organizations like the Masons or the Moose and Elk (who are now open to everybody). If you are a veteran, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are a couple of the many options. As you can discern from this small list of examples the only thing limiting your involvement in a group is your imagination. Start by finding what is available in your area and the contact them to see what they can tell you to help you determine if it will be the right group for you.
The point is to go out there, make yourself available and have fun
Some of us have an easier time then others joining a group, but that should never stop you from becoming a part of something greater than yourself. Find someone who has extensive knowledge of your area like your local real estate agent and ask them for tips to get out there and join your local community. The first step may be your hardest, so stop thinking about it and get out there.
The home selling journey offers no guarantees, and as such, there is no assurance that you'll be able to enjoy a fast, profitable home selling experience. Lucky for you, we're here to offer insights into the home seller's perspective and ensure you can reap the benefits of a successful home selling journey.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you become a smart home seller.
1. Analyze Your House's Strengths and Weaknesses
Although you've allocated significant time and resources to keep your house looking great over the years, your home soon may be just one of many houses that is available to property buyers. But if you analyze your residence's strengths and weaknesses, you may be able to identify opportunities to improve your house and differentiate it from others in a competitive real estate market.
Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a house inspection before you list a residence. This inspection will enable you to receive a comprehensive analysis of your house from a property expert. Then, you can use an inspection report to prioritize home improvement projects and upgrade your house accordingly.
2. Set an Aggressive Initial Asking Price
What you initially paid for your house is unlikely to match your home's present value. However, if you analyze the real estate market, you may be better equipped than ever before to establish an aggressive initial asking price for your residence.
Take a look at the prices of available houses in your city or town that are comparable to your own residence. By doing so, you can narrow the price range for homes in your region.
Furthermore, a home appraisal may prove to be exceedingly valuable. An appraisal enables you to receive a property valuation based on your house's condition, age and the current state of the real estate sector. With this appraisal in hand, you can set an asking price for your house that will hit the mark with many potential buyers.
3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent
Even a home seller who is persistent and intelligent may require additional help to achieve the optimal results. Fortunately, real estate agents are available who can make it simple for a home seller to maximize his or her home sale earnings.
A real estate agent is a housing market expert who is unafraid to be honest with a home seller. This housing market professional will offer unbiased feedback about a residence's condition and provide recommendations to help a home seller improve his or her property. Plus, a real estate agent is happy to respond to a home seller's concerns and questions. This means a home seller can receive extensive housing market insights from his or her real estate agent and make informed decisions throughout the home selling journey.
When it comes to selling a home, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and anyone can enter the real estate market as a smart home seller.
When it comes to purchasing a home, there is no need to settle for an "average" homebuying experience. Instead, there are many things that you can do to become an expert homebuyer, i.e. someone who can discover a first-rate house at a budget-friendly price.
Now, let's take a look at three ways that a "typical" homebuyer can become an extraordinary one:
1. Evaluate the Housing Market Closely
The housing market can be complicated, particularly for those who are searching for a house for the first time. Fortunately, an informed homebuyer will be able to identify real estate market trends and plan accordingly.
For example, if there is an abundance of houses available and a shortage of homebuyers, you likely are operating in a buyer's market. In this market, you should have no trouble locating a top-notch house at a price that corresponds to your budget.
On the other hand, a real estate market that features a limited number of outstanding houses commonly favors property sellers. Therefore, you'll need to proceed cautiously if you want to acquire a high-end house at an affordable price.
Of course, you should always check out a wide range of houses in cities and towns where you'd like to live. This will enable you to explore many houses and improve your chances of finding a residence that matches or exceeds your expectations.
2. Get Your Finances in Order
Although you'd like to buy a home in the near future, you still need to figure out how you'll pay for it. Lucky for you, many credit unions and banks are available that can make it easy for you to get pre-approved for a mortgage.
Lenders are happy to meet with you at your convenience. These financial institutions can outline a variety of mortgage options and help you make an informed mortgage decision.
With a mortgage in hand, you can enter the real estate market with clear-cut financial expectations. This may help you avoid the temptation to overspend on a home. Plus, you'll be better equipped than other property buyers to narrow your home search, thereby accelerating the process of acquiring your ideal house.
3. Work with a Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent is a housing market professional. As such, he or she can help you simplify the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner.
For homebuyers, hiring a real estate agent is essential. This housing market professional can keep you up to date about new properties as they become available, set up home showings, submit home offers on your behalf and much more.
Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is available to respond to your homebuying concerns and queries at any time. He or she will even provide homebuying recommendations to ensure you can navigate the property buying cycle quickly and effortlessly.
Ready to become an expert homebuyer? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can streamline the process of acquiring a terrific home that you can enjoy for years to come.