Making an Offer on a House: Real Estate in Minneapolis

So you found a house in Minneapolis and you are ready to make an offer. You’ve been looking for a long time. You have been in over 75 houses in the last two months and you are sick on seeing stuff you don’t like. Now it is time to make the decision!

What do you do when you want to make an offer? I always tell my clients when we start looking for houses, it is very important to determine your goals. Where do you want to live, how much do you want to spend, what type of house do you want to live in, how long do you plan on living in the house? These are all very important decisions you should figure out before you look for houses and also during the search process.

Once you have determined these goals it is a lot easier to find the right house. Also, there are a lot of houses on the market right now.

A lot of foreclosures that are in bad shape, short sales that are in bad condition, and just traditional sales where the people who live in the homes have not updated the house since the 1950s. But you will find the right one, the diamond in the rough, and usually when you do, the house will sell fast. It might sell the first day, first showing.

Most of the houses that I bought sold in the first couple days and usually there were multiple offers. I put an offer on a duplex in Uptown off Garfield and 34th in April. I offered seven grand over list price. I didn’t get the house and later I found out there were 18 other offers and the house ended up going $35,000 over list price.

Now this was a little bit of an exception because it was a foreclosure and it was listed very low, and it was in a great location but still. I have seen this happen and being involved in deals that happen like happens this time and time again.

The good ones go fast. That is why it is really important to determine what you want so when the good deal pops up you are ready to pull the trigger and prepared to make your best offer. It is also good to look at a lot of houses to figure out what you want.

After going through 30 houses in the same general area, you will start to get a really good idea of what you like and what you don’t like. By the time a gem comes up on the market, you will be writing the paper work and sending it over to the listing agent before the link can dry on the paper, well before you can put it in the scanner to email. So remember, determine your goals when you are looking for real estate in Minneapolis.

US Real Estate Listings – The Scoop

If you are wondering where to find US Real Estate Listings, the internet may actually be a good resource for such information. You will only have access to public listings though, unless you choose to sign up with a web service that grants you access to private US Real Estate Listings. The internet has made it very convenient to have access to these things.

Trying to search for US real estate listings on the net will return a whole lot of results, since there are so many properties available for sale. You may actually find it overwhelming at the start. With all these listings to choose from, you may have started wondering why you would even want to avail of the services we offer.

Well, first of all, although these listings are most conveniently and easily accessible, they are not the best bargains out there. Best bargains would not be shared to just anyone and everyone, most of whom they do not know. We have a dedicated team in the US that does for us and our partners, and maybe even for you if decide we are worth the try.

Secondly, there is no reliable way of checking the condition of the house and be able to safely gauge on the costs for repairs or renovations on it just through the internet US Real Estate Listings. The most ideal method is to have someone be physically present at the property’s location to be able to more reliably assess the condition of the property and what renovations or repairs are to be done, and this someone must have a good working knowledge of such things to be able to handle this task. A very much reliable team we have set up in the US are great at carrying out this task. They make sure that we all make as much profit as possible and have actually done this several times already.

Lastly, the sites with all the US Real Estate Listings will be impersonal towards you. You will not be able to expect them to be very accommodating to your questions and concerns as you would with a professional you are hiring. Contacting them could be quite a lengthy process, which simply means this is something they do not encourage. I have yet to see such real listings sites that actually deal with you on a more personal level and treat its customers individually. This gladly is not the case with us. Fortunately for you, we are able and are most willing to hear you out on your questions and concerns and we will definitely take the time address them until you understand and are content with our response. We do not deal with people interested in our services by the thousands or by the thousands, we deal by the individual.

These are the few critical things you must consider before actually deciding on buying real estate properties of which the listings you just found on some real estate listings site. If you find none of these as bothersome, then go ahead and buy from such type of sites. If these are bothersome for you, then it might be best for you to have our reliably experienced hands handle your investing carefully and well.

In Real Estate, a Picture IS Worth Thousands of Dollars (Part 1)

Just like you can’t see a great personality across a crowded floor, potential home buyers cannot find the homes of their dreams based on words alone. Great photography can get your house more prospective buyers and as a result a better offer or offers to choose from. Too often agents and sellers use existing photographs or take quick photos of a property to market the home. The photographs often appear either dated, amateur, or simply don’t show off the home’s greatest features. In real estate, buyers are often looking for reasons NOT to purchase a home…so first impressions mean everything. In the following series of blogs, I will discuss basic techniques to making your photographs stand out and SELL your listings faster.

I am a Top Producing real estate agent in McLean, VA and have been a professional photographer for 10 years. Aside from photographing my own listings in McLean, Vienna and Arlington, I also photograph listings for other agents and sellers throughout Northern Virginia. Here are some tips to taking great photographs to market your real estate.

General Appearance

First off is the exterior appearance. Want to attract buyers? Be attractive! Make sure that the house is looking its best. All garden hoses and trash cans have been moved out of site, the lawn and yard have been mowed and landscaped, debris removed from the yard, roof and/or sidewalk. If painted areas are looking worn, paint them! This may sound obvious, but you would be amazed at how many photos of properties I see where general appearance was clearly not addressed. You wouldn’t go on a first date not looking your best, why list a house when it’s not looking its best?

Lighting

Lighting can make all the difference in the world. NEVER photograph a house when the light is directly over you or in front of you. When the sun is directly over the house (typically 11:00 am -4:00 pm), you will see the greatest shadows appearing from the roof and windows. This can be very unflattering. Instead, take the photographs in the early morning (7:30 am – 9:30 am) or late afternoon (5:00 pm – 7:00pm). Which time you choose should be dictated by where the sun is in relation to the area being photographed. If the house faces east, you will want to photograph in the morning. Otherwise, you will want to photograph in the afternoon. As a general rule, photograph with the sun behind you and over your shoulder. If the sun is in front of you, you will either get a silhouette or you will be fighting glare on your lens. Another alternative is photographing your real estate with overcast skies. The benefit of this is that you will get soft, even light throughout the image with little to no shadows. The one negative is that you will have white or grey skies. This problem can easily be alleviated by cropping your image or Using Photoshop to paint in blue skies.

Camera Placement

Next, there is the question of camera placement (i.e. how high is the camera in relationship to the house). If the camera is too low, the house will look like a tower and the sides of the house will bow inwards towards the roof. If the camera is too high, the house will have a diminutive appearance and the sides of the house will bow inwards towards the ground. The trick to good camera placement is to divide the house into thirds as you look at it through the camera lens. Imagine three horizontal lines as you look through your lense. Your camera should be in the middle third, giving equal importance to the bottom and top of the real estate property you are photographing. This is very easy to do with a rambler or raised rambler home. Two to three level houses (colonial, split level, split foyer, Cape Cod, Craftsman, or Contemporary) and townhouses will require a ladder to get to the proper vantage point. Make sure your camera lense is parallel to the face of the house that you are photographing. Otherwise, your image will be distorted.

Composition

Finally, you will want to compose your image so as to show off the greatest attributes of the property or hide any potential shortcomings. If the house is small, get up close and fill the photograph with the image of the house. Real Estate properties look bigger when photographed up close. Whenever possible, photograph the house from an angle (front and side or back and side) so as to give your house depth. If you want to show off a house’s large yard, back away from the building and include more of the yard. In my next blog, I will discuss interior photography.