Are you ready to buy a house?

Think you’re ready to buy a house? Are you sure? There are great advantages to home ownership but it’s not right for everyone. Do you know how much house you can afford? What will your monthly payment be?

Real Estate Calculators, Bruce Moore, Realtor

 

Our real estate calculators can help you answer some of these questions. Go check em out!

 

When you are ready to buy your perfect home in Louisville, call me! I can help.

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

 

Ready to Sell Your Home? Should you try to sell it yourself?

NO!  Why? There are many reasons you should not try to sell your own house. Here are just a few:

  • MLS – FiSBOs (For Sale By Owner) homes will not be listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Only licensed Realtors can post a home to the MLS and home buyers working with a real estate agent search the MLS for houses to show to their clients.

    Home for sale in Louisville, Realtor

  • In general, real estate agents won’t show FiSBOs because they have no guarantee of being paid. The main reason home owners try to sell their own house is to save money. Therefore, even if they offer a commission to real estate agents in the transaction, it is generally much less than the agent would earn with a Realtor listed house.
  • Would you do your own surgery?  Of course not! And while selling your home may not be a life threatening event, it can be a legal nightmare. Sellers can get in a lot of legal trouble if they don’t know what they are doing.
  • FiSBOs typically sell for less money. See stats below
  • Buyers may be intimidated by a FiSBO. Real estate agents have certain legal obligations to their clients which a home owner selling their own house, does not. Many buyers feel uneasy dealing directly with the seller of a house, without a Realtor representing their best interests.

 

Some FiSBO stats:

For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Statistics

FSBOs accounted for 9% of home sales in 2012. The typical FSBO home sold for $174,900 compared to $215,000 for agent-assisted home sales.
FSBO Methods Used to Market Home:

  • • Yard sign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48%
  • • Listing on Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32%
    • For-sale-by-owner websites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20%
    • Other websites with real estate listings (e.g. Yahoo, Google, etc.) . . . 11%
    • Social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) . .  10%
    • Video hosting websites (e.g. YouTube, etc.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .     2%
  • Friends, relatives, or neighbors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30%
  • Print newspaper advertisement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   14%
  • Open house . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12%
  • Direct mail (flyers, postcards, etc.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2%
  • Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1%
  • For-sale-by-owner magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1%
  • Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  <1%
  • None – Did not actively market home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31%
  • Other. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2%

 

Do yourself a favor. Leave the home selling process to a professional Realtor. You’ll be glad you did! 

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861 

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

Are you overwhelmed by all the Realtors out there? How do you choose the best one for you?

Let’s face it…there are tons of Realtors in every market so how do you choose the one that’s best for you when you are ready to buy or sell a home? Buying or selling a home is a huge step for most of us. Do yourself a big favor… don’t trust this decision to Joe Schmoe, Realtor who happens sells real estate on the side. Here are some tips for choosing a real estate professional.

Louisville Real Estate, Realtor Bruce Moore1. Ask for referrals. Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective Realtor for a list of past clients. Those are the people who were in your shoes at one time and chose this particular Realtor. Find out what their experience was. Were they happy with the service?

2. Check the local real estate board. Does this agent actually have a real estate license?  Are there any disciplinary actions or complaints?

3. The Award goes to…. Has your potential real estate agent won any awards? Peer awards speak volumes. Call your local real estate association to find out.

4. Is this agent certified? The real estate profession offers many different certifications. Is your agent an ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) who specializes in helping home buyers? Is he or she a residential or commercial specialist?

5. Is the Realtor Internet savvy?  With the majority of house searches beginning on the Internet, Realtors today must be actively promoting their listings online. Make sure you choose a Realtor who knows the best sites to market your home.

6. Ask lots of questions. How long have you been a full time agent?  How many houses do you sell on average per year? Where do you plan to market my home? Don’t be afraid to ask!

When you are ready to buy or sell a house in the Louisville area, call me!

Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861

ABR – Specialist in working with Home buyers.
E-Pro – Specialist in using the latest Technology to help buyers find and buy their dream home.
IRES – International Real Estate Specialist

$10,000 Price Cut! Home for Sale in Louisville’s Germantown

Great House for sale just off Barret Avenue in Louisville

House for sale in Louisville, Ky
913 Ellison Avenue, Louisville Ky

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Bruce Moore, Realtor
RE/MAX First
Louisville, Ky
502-640-6861

 

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