Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid.Lowball OffersGoing far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you&rsq... read more
Real Estate is an industry that affects everyone. It is a barometer for a good economy. So, with the spotlight on the real estate industry, there are plenty of fly-by-night companies trying to cash in by making promises that unfortunately are often not kept. The reality is that there are many large, successful and ethical companies that have been in business and have been supporting consumers real estate services for years - some for decades - through good markets and bad. How does this work? Many... read more
Exploring options for a mortgage can be daunting. There are so many questions that we face.Who do you choose? Who can you trust? What's the best option? Chris Harding, Senior Loan Officer at Northeast Equitable Mortage, broke down the differences between a broker, a banker and a mortgage lender to make it easier for you to decipher. Let's take a look at his breakdown:
Mortgage BrokerA mortgage broker is a middle person or “matchmaker” who represents the mortgage loan products of man... read more
The big question on everyone’s mind when they think about the current real estate market is, “What’s next?” The past few months were marked with fewer homes for sale and higher demand, which caused Sellers to push up their asking prices. Why? Well, because they could. And Buyers were answering, too. In June, we saw that the Average Sold Price was at its highest in some of the counties in the Delaware Valley. You can see the full report here. But will that trend continue? Let’s take a l... read more
You’ve found the home, negotiated the purchase, gone through inspections, and received your mortgage approval. All that is remaining is a smooth and timely settlement…hopefully! However, that may not be the case if your lender is scheduled to “wire” the loan funds for your purchase.A wire transfer is an electronic transfer of money. They're (most of the time) reliable, fast and get the job done.
Unfortunately, wire transfers can present drawbacks. They sometimes can get lost or numbe... read more