Rose and Thorn of the Warmer Season House Hunt

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The rose of home hunting in the spring is that you could move right as summer hits and experience the coalesce…ahh. School fell off the plate, and moving fell right in its place. There’s open windows, dusting things out in the sunshine. It’s easy to get outside the mess and take a vacation or a break. The kids are free to help and you don’t have pressure of on-the-dot pick up and drop off. The rose is that the school year builds in a three month gap for you to shift life around, and prioritize family.

house huntThe thorn is that in order to have the sweetest-sweet spot moving day… you have to take on some stress of the hunt, a dead line, the obstacles, the hope and disappointment. In order to move in June, you really need to be on the ball looking in April / early May. Teachers know best- this is when exhaustion hits, cabin fever has brought all the crazy full-force, you get sick, testing happens again, year reviews. It’s a stressful time of the school year—and you have to take on that extra to do list. House hunting is an extra-curricular job. If you don’t have an offer accepted by May then you know moving gets less ideal.

Making big decisions under stress is dangerous. You are blinded. You cannot see straight. You loss sight of ideals, even though great, the rocks show in the hard place.

  • “We want to be in THIS school district (rock) no matter what the house has to look like (hard place).” You’ve done your homework:
  • “THIS is our budget (rock) so we can only afford this bottom line (hard place),” and you ignore options outside the box that could transform your situation:
  • Will you have picked the right realtor? right real estate agent? Any time to do the research on what’s the difference? Let alone who is the best?

Click here to access resources that will help you smell the rose, and hold the house without getting pricked by thorns. Stress is manageable and help is available. 

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Take Photos at an Open House

We’re willing to bet you’ve probably never seen any prospective home buyers walking around inside a property for an open house with a big camera in hand, snapping away at every possible angle. The thought’s preposterous, because the website or flyer already has a detailed listing of photos! What’s the point?

The Point Is This: Not Even the Best Photos a Real Estate Agent Can Take Will Show Everything About an Open House

A house could be haunted. There could be black mold or something. And understand this: a real estate agent will do whatever he or she can to highlight the strengths of the property and minimize the weaknesses as much as possible.

But as a prospective home buyer, you still have the right to know absolutely everything about a property before even considering buying it. Even as an RTO possibility, that’s of specific importance; think about house

You’re going to buy the darn thing! Why not make sure you’re investing in something worthwhile?

You Have to Understand That Some Homeowners/Tenants May Get Antsy

And they have every right to. Legally, a homeowner looking to sell the house, or even rent it out for RTO, might actually have a problem with a prospective home buyer snapping pictures of the portraits of the cat, dog, son, daughter or vase up the stairway, just as an example. But here’s the thing….

You, as a home buyer, have every right to know everything you need to know about the house. Therefore, your RTO consultant can work with the homeowner, and/or realtor in a situation, to ask the homeowner’s permission to take photos. And that’s something you can definitely work with.

A homeowner, home seller, or prospective RTO landlord needs to understand this — if you’re not letting your prospects know everything about your property, chances are you’ll lose buyers pretty quick.

It’s All About Negotiation and Consultation

That’s just another big reason why you’d need a rent-to-own consultant on your side. It’s hard enough working with an agent. Try just any homeowner working on finding a tenant for a rent-to-own. Try a homeowner working without the knowledge, know-how, and resources to make the right decisions!


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