Working with Crystal has been FABULOUS. She is very knowledgeable, always quick to respond, and so extremely helpful! Not to mention she is so kind and easy to get along with. She took all the stress and worry out of the process and made it go so smoothly! I can't wait to work with her again!
~ Brooke G.
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The story of The Heritage Home Team begins several years ago with a young woman who had a passion for personal finance. Crystal wanted to learn how the average American grew their wealth. What her studies always brought her back to was that Americans that owned homes were wealthier and more ‘comfortable’ then Americans that did not own their own home.
But, it’s not just about moving into any home. It’s about finding a home of good quality in a good area that will continue to appreciate year after year. This is what Crystal and The Heritage Home Team pride themselves in: finding a good quality home, in the target price range, in the available time frame.
How does this apply to you, the seller? Whether in a seller’s OR buyer’s market the best way to sell your home is by appealing to potential buyers; to make sure they can see themselves living in your home, not wondering who currently lives there. My job is not only to help you price and market your home aggressively – it is also to view your home through the eyes of a buyer, from the very beginning.
The Heritage Home Team also prides itself in being ‘green’. You’d be amazed at how wasteful a life on the go can be. The Heritage Home Team drives hybrid cars, only prints when needed – and double sided if possible, saves files in electronic format instead of paper format, shys away from prepackaged products, and is learning how to be greener every day. The little things add up!
Most people want a home that is move-in ready. There are a lot of houses out there that meet that criteria, however, many houses are flipped. There are people who buy a house and make all of the small, cosmetic changes that a buyer wouldn’t want to make themselves, but want in a home. If you are thinking of purchasing a home, there are some key questions you should ask to see if the flip was done well or if it’s hiding bigger issues.
Ask when the home was last sold. If it was purchased just recently for a low price and now it is on the higher end of the scale, that could indicate that it was flipped. If this isn’t the first flip that the sellers have performed, try to get in touch with the buyers of some of the other properties the sellers have flipped and see if all the home’s systems worked when they moved in and if they discovered any hidden problems.
2. Old home with new features
Typically it’s difficult to find a home with charm and an updated interior. If it’s a flipped home, the sellers are looking to sell as soon as possible because they don’t want to have the extra expense. In some cases, sellers might offer buyers a stipend in order to “personalize” the home the way they want. Make sure to see how much the stipend is and what it will cover. Sometimes the stipend will only cover the cheaper materials.
3. Full Property Disclosure
This document (seller’s disclosure) is very important to review. It lists everything the sellers know about the house, including any changes they themselves made to it. Not every state requires a property disclosure from sellers. However, you can request to have a written report from the sellers – make sure they sign it. If work was done on the home with the current sellers, you can also request to see the work permits and check to see if the work passed inspection. This could save you a lot of headaches in the future.
If you suspect the home has been flipped, it’s important to hire a professional home inspector. Regardless if the home has been flipped, you should always have a home inspection. If you find problems with the home, but love it, you can always negotiate to have the owner fix them. When choosing a home inspector, make sure they are licensed, accredited, insured and have been in the business for a long time.
If more than painting and wallpaper has been done to the home, ask to see the permits that went along with the work. When walking through the home, check under the sinks (old plumbing shouldn’t be tied into old plumbing in kitchens or bathrooms that are new) and check the electrical panel (wiring should be tidy, not messy). If there aren’t any permits to back up the work, this is a huge red flag. There is the very real possibility that the work isn’t up to code and could be a safety risk to your family.
If you are in the market to buy a house, please let us know! We’d love to help you find your dream home and we are more than happy to help walk you through the process. We have a list of vendors who we recommend.