Here is the information you need to know to be charged less. While you get more.

You know longer have to pay the full 6% to a big box Realtor®. Two percent doesn't sound like much, but it adds up quickly. With Uber Realty, The max you'll ever pay to sell your home is 4%. with home prices on the rise; we believe you should never have to pay more. Last year the average we saved our sellers was $6,345.63.

Dec. 7, 2018

Did you follow-up on the inspection of your Navarre home?

Did you follow-up on the inspection of your Navarre home?

 

Follow-up is one of the main responsibilities of a Realtor. When selling your home in Navarre, the agent you choose is key to a smooth transaction. How well they communicate with you is vital to the process. Do they let you know how the transaction works, as well as what and when events are happening? If they do, it goes a long way to help deal with the stress of the whole process, however not all agents are very adept at this important step. All transactions follow a certain flow and it starts with the homeowner. If you don't know what's going on, it's hard for you to make good decisions. So it's really important to use a real estate agent to sell your Navarre home who is great at following up with you. 

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Navarre home. I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Navarre Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth, or call 850.499.2940.

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Dec. 6, 2018

How And When Should Repairs Be Made Before You Close On Your New Home

How And When Should Repairs Be Made Before You Close On Your New Home

 

One of the most confusing steps in the process to buy a home is the inspection period. 

 

Often, contracts can come apart at the seams and dreams can be crushed because buyers and sellers don't fully understand the inspection period or the terms of the contract that highlight how inspections and repairs should be handled. 

 

We never want to see our buyers and sellers suffer from confusion or lack of education about things like inspections so today we're explaining the repairs process. 

 

Once the inspection report comes back and both parties come to a written agreement about what is to be fixed, it is time to tackle the how and when of those repairs. Florida law says:

 

All repairs and replacements shall be completed in a good and workmanlike manner by an appropriately licensed person, in accordance with all requirements of the law, and shall consist of materials or items of quality, value, capacity and performance to, or better than, that existing as of the Effective Date."

 

If you're like most people, that phrasing is a bit confusing so let’s break down what the law says a bit further.

 

What is “Workman like Manner”?

In the first part of that paragraph, you will notice that the repairs and replacements are to be made in a workmanlike manner. But what does that mean? Well, if any of the repairs needed are legally required to be made by someone with a license, you will need to hire a licensed worker to complete them. This could be a plumber, electrician, engineer, etc.. However, if the repair is something small like a hole in the drywall, it can probably be fixed by anyone with the skill. 

 

What Is “Replacing”?

The next term which causes some confusion is replaced. The law states that a replacement must “consist of materials or items of quality, value, capacity and performance too, or better then, that existing as of the Effective Date" of the contract. Let’s say that the modern stainless steel dishwasher must be replaced. The seller cannot replace it with an older, less valuable one that they found at a dent and ding store. This is because it wouldn’t be of the same materials and value to the buyer.

 

Timing

Once necessary repairs and replacements have been identified by both parties, a timeline for those to be completed must be implemented. Obviously, most people make closing the deadline for these to be made. 

 

However, in some cases, it is impossible for the seller to make the repairs and replacements in time for closing. This does not mean that the deal needs to fall apart! When this happens, the law will allow you to close with the seller to pay 125 percent of the estimated costs to complete the applicable items(s), but not to exceed the General Repair, WDO or Permit Limits, must be placed into escrow at the Closing. If the buyer does not use the full amount of the escrow fund, the remaining funds will be returned to the seller. 

 

Re-inspections & Walk-Throughs

As a buyer, you do have the right to have another inspection performed after the seller makes the agreed upon repairs and replacements. You yourself and/or your Realtor may also walk through the property on the day before or the day of closing (prior to the closing) to ensure that all demands have been met by the seller. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of this right every time you purchase a property. 

 

Superior Service Without The Premium Pricing

Not only do you deserve to have the highest quality service from your Realtor, but you also deserve to pay a fair price for that service.

 

At Uber Realty, we will never overcharge you the sky-high commission rates of 6% that those other guys demand. In fact, on average, we save our seller $6,000 on the sale of their property! 

 

There’s no need to try and navigate the complexities of things like inspections and negotiations when you buy and sell real estate. Simply hire a Realtor that cares more about helping you achieve your goals than padding their own pockets. 

 

For more information about how we can help you save thousands when you sell your property, email info@uberrealty.com. 

 

Dec. 6, 2018

How Much Must A Seller Repair After A Home “Fails” An Inspection

How Much Must A Seller Repair After A Home “Fails” An Inspection

 

You’ve found the home of your dreams, made an offer and had it accepted. This is a huge and exciting milestone! But before you can pop the champagne and truly celebrate, you have to go through the escrow period and any negotiations that arise after the inspection report comes back.

 

In some cases, the inspection report will indicate some major red flags and repairs that can cause some serious, deal-killing conflict between the buyer and seller.

 

However, with a greater understanding of what the seller is truly obligated to repair, those negotiations can be made much smoother. 

 

Here is an explanation of Florida law as it pertains to home inspections.

 

General Repairs

In paragraph 9(a) of the contract, a general repair limit should be indicated. If the seller obtains estimates to make the repairs that are at or below that limit, the seller will proceed with making said repairs. However, if the estimates exceed that limit, the seller has three options:

  1. The seller can agree in writing to make all of the repairs up to that limit and compensate the buyer for any additional repairs that need to be made. For example, if the limit is $1,000 and the repair estimates are $1,500, the seller can offer to pay the buyer the additional $500.
  2. The buyer can make a written request to the buyer to indicate which repairs they want them to make in amounts up to the limit. Additional required repairs will become the buyer’s responsibility in an ”as-is” condition.
  3. If neither party send a written request or notification within the 5-day timeframe, the contract can be canceled by either party. If the contract is canceled, the buyer is entitled to receive their earnest money deposit back and both parties will be absolved of obligation to one another.

Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO’s)

A separate limit exists to address the problem of wood destroying organisms like termites. If the cost to handle the infestation and damages costs is within the limit stated on the contract, the seller will be responsible for those repairs and extermination. 

 

However, if the costs to make repairs and eliminate the infestation exceed the repair limit, you will need to provide written notice of what you want from the seller. The seller can also provide written notice of how much they are willing to contribute towards the problem. Again, if neither party provides any written notice within the 5-day period allowed by the contract, either party can cancel the contract. 

 

If you are a buyer obtaining financing to purchase the property, it is very important that you and your Realtor comply with any extra obligations required by that lender. Unfortunately, in some cases, the costs of repairs grows once the work begins which could lead the lender to deny the financing so you need to be proactive. 

Closing Out Permits

Finally, it is also crucial that all open permits on the property be closed before the owner’s title is transferred over. If the cost to close open permits or pay off any fines exceeds the limit, the seller does have the option to compensate the buyer. This is typically done in the form of a credit to the buyer at closing. Again, the standard 5-day period which can lead to cancellations of the contract exists here too.

 

Superior Service Without The Premium Pricing

Not only do you deserve to have the highest quality service from your Realtor, but you also deserve to pay a fair price for that service.

 

At Uber Realty, we will never overcharge you the sky-high commission rates of 6% that those other guys demand. In fact, on average, we save our seller $6,000 on the sale of their property! 

 

There’s no need to try and navigate the complexities of things like inspections and negotiations when you buy and sell real estate. Simply hire a Realtor that cares more about helping you achieve your goals than padding their own pockets. 

 

For more information about how we can help you save thousands when you sell your property, email info@uberrealty.com.

 

Dec. 6, 2018

Understanding Your Home Inspection

Understanding Your Home Inspection

An Essential Guide For Buyers

The escrow period of buying a home is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and nerve-inducing portions of buying a home.

 

There are tons of vendors to schedule, paperwork to organize, and deadlines to meet.

One of the most critical and most misunderstood pieces of the escrow puzzle are the home inspection.

Unfortunately, if you don’t fully understand your home inspection, it could cost you in both the long and short run.

 

Today, we’re going to break down the basics of the home inspection so you can go into every escrow as prepared as a pro.

 

Your Responsibility As A Buyer

As a buyer, it is your job to schedule a home inspector to come in and assess the home you intend to buy within the allotted inspection period indicated on your contract. If you have hired a Realtor, they will usually handle this for you. However, it is important to note that this should be done as early in the inspection period as possible because if the report indicates some shortcomings that you want the seller to fix it will need to be tackled within the inspection period.

Their Responsibility As A Seller

One of the most common misconceptions that buyers have is that the seller is required to fix everything that turns up as broken in the inspection report. In reality, the seller is not required to repair anything cosmetic. The state law defines this as, "aesthetic imperfections that do not affect the Working Condition of the item," and the contract lists several examples. Also important to note: The contract specifically states that limited roof life is not considered a defect as long as there isn't "evidence of actual leaks, leakage or structural damage."

Resolving Conflict About The Inspection Report

Once the report comes back, you as the buyer have the right to request certain repairs and replacements be made and the seller then has the right to either agree, refuse or offer their own terms. Usually, the sellers will obtain quotes on the costs of the repairs to decide on how much they are willing to fix.

 

This portion of the negotiations can often be even more intense and complex as the initial negotiations about the price and a savvy Realtor really comes in handy at this point. If the seller doesn’t trust the results of the report, they may also independently hire another inspector to perform a second inspection to compare the two reports.

Superior Service Without The Premium Pricing

Not only do you deserve to have the highest quality service from your Realtor, but you also deserve to pay a fair price for that service.

 

At Uber Realty, we will never overcharge you the sky-high commission rates of 6% that those other guys demand. In fact, on average, we save our seller $6,000 on the sale of their property!

 

There’s no need to try and navigate the complexities of things like inspections and negotiations when you buy and sell real estate. Simply hire a Realtor that cares more about helping you achieve your goals than padding their own pockets.

 

For more information about how we can help you save thousands when you sell your property, email info@uberrealty.com.

 

Nov. 27, 2018

When you sell your home.

If you were running a business, would you choose contractors that charge a higher wage even if you knew one who did superior work and charged less? Would you rather use a big company with large overhead or a company that understands the value of your money and actually cares about how much you keep when the transaction is complete?

Do different real estate brokerages attract a different buyer pool? Do buyers care what real estate company is representing the seller? Do you think a person would buy a specific home because one particular company listed it for sale? 
If you answered no to these questions, you have a great grasp of the intricacies of home selling. Home selling is a marketplace, and your home will be competing against other homes to attract a buyer. As a home seller, you are a business person, in the business of selling your home. In order to be competitive, you need to hire the real estate company that will not only help position you in the marketplace at the correct price but also help reduce your cost to sell. That is just good business. 
You bought your Niceville home and you invested your time and money in it. You should be the one who profits from your investment as much as possible.

Don't let a real estate agent convince you that you have to pay a higher commission to sell your Niceville home quickly- or for more money. At Uber Realty we've sold hundreds of homes for 4%. 

 

We Charge Less. You Get More.

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Niceville home. I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Niceville Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth, or call 850.499.2940.

 

 

 

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Nov. 19, 2018

"I can see clearly now the rain is gone... It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day."

"I can see clearly now the rain is gone... It's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day."
My mom had a cassette player in her car when I was a kid. I think she only had one tape because it seemed to me that we listened to Johnny Nash singing that song in particular, over and over. 

Selling your Niceville home has a lot to do with what you see and what you don't see. When I come over to your home I see things differently than a homebuyer does. I envision how your home is going to photograph, what issues might come up with inspections, and how it compares to another home in that price range- particularly the ones that are selling.

Because of this, you, the home seller and I, the real estate agent/broker, need to become friends so we can have an open, honest discussion about what some issues might be and about how the whole process works. So first I will listen to your desires and concerns. Then I will ask you what you want to do and by when you need to do it. Invite me over to talk- I'll bring cookies. Together we will remove home-selling obstacles and see clearly to a "bright, sunshiny" home sale.

Don't let a real estate agent convince you that you have to pay a higher commission to sell your Niceville home quickly- or for more money. At Uber Realty we've sold hundreds of homes for 4%. 

 

We Charge Less. You Get More.

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Niceville home. I offer the most competitive commission structure in the       Niceville Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth, or call 850.499.2940.

 

 

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Nov. 16, 2018

Does your Shalimar Home description on the MLS sound like a Tinder Bio?

Does your Shalimar Home description on the MLS sound like a Tinder Bio?

Maybe it should. You've grabbed buyers' attention with great pictures of your gorgeous kitchen, spacious master bedroom, the ensuite to die for, and your large rear-addition. 
It's important for your home to have an attractive personality also. Looks will get them in the door, but we want them to be infatuated with your house above all others. You need to relay all of the reasons why you desired your Shalimar home when you purchased it so that they will make a love connection with your home- the way you did. 
Home selling is an emotional business so you have to invoke emotions in buyers. There are very few people who aren't practical and will spend $300,000 on just any old house. We need to make them passionate about the purchase of your home. Let's tell buyers all the special details about your home that makes it that one-of-a-kind, inviting, captivating residence they will fall crazy in love with.

Don't let a real estate agent convince you that you have to pay a higher commission to sell your Shalimar home quickly- and for more money. At Uber Realty we sell hundreds of homes for 4%- We Charge Less, and You Get More.

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Shalimar home. I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Shalimar Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

 

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Nov. 15, 2018

A new study says that men who have full beards are more attractive than men who are clean-shaven. How does this apply to homes in Niceville?

A new study says that men who have full beards are more attractive than men who are clean-shaven. How does this apply to homes in Niceville?

 

My guess is that landscaping in a front yard is similar to a neat, trimmed beard on a man's face. It looks meticulous and tidy as though the owner looks after and cares for the entire package- the person as well as the property. A well-manicured yard can make a difference when a home-buyer looks at your Niceville home. Make a great first impression by trimming the bushes, mowing the lawn, and edging the walk and driveway. 

 

A well-kept yard frames the features of a house, in the same way, a well-groomed beard frames the face of a man.

 

Don't let a real estate agent convince you that you have to pay a higher commission to sell your Niceville home quickly- and for more money. At Uber Realty we sell hundreds of homes for 4%- We Charge Less, and You Get More.

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Niceville home. I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Niceville Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

 

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Nov. 14, 2018

Who will be the most successful home sellers in Bluewater Bay?

Who will be the most successful home sellers in Bluewater Bay?

The home sellers that have the right mindset. You might ask, what does that mean? It means they're serious and prepare their home like they're in the business of selling it.
They prepare the house like a good merchant puts their products on the shelf. If you got to a grocery store and look at how the fruits and vegetables are displayed, the better they are displayed the more they cost. If you buy a Fuji apple from Walmart as opposed to Whole Foods, how different do you think the apple will be? For argument's sake, let's just say it's the same exact apple. Whole Foods will charge more and get what they ask because they display it like it's worth what they're charging. They will get a higher return because they stage their product better. 
Prepare your Bluewater Bay home as if you're going to sell it in Whole Foods.

Don't let a real estate agent convince you that you have to pay a higher commission to sell your Bluewater Bay home quickly- and for more money. At Uber Realty we sell hundreds of homes for 4%- We Charge Less, and You Get More.

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Bluewater Bay home. I offer the most competitive commission structure in the Bluewater Bay Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

 

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Nov. 12, 2018

When selling your Niceville home, if you could possibly cut out a step in the process, what can you gain and what can you lose?

When selling your Niceville home, if you could cut out a step in the process, what can you gain and what can you lose?

If you cut out a step, you can lose a lot. When buying a home, a lot of people think that a home inspector is a waste of time and money. Say you hire a home inspector who is one of the best in the business and he/she does an exhaustive inspection and finds nothing wrong? Would you feel you've wasted your money? I would be happy that it was confirmed that I was purchasing a home that is not in need of immediate repairs or worse: that there was lurking a hidden expensive and disastrous catastrophe. 
 
Also, the inspection report will advise you about the things that might need attention later on. How old are and in what condition are the appliances? The roof? The plumbing? The electrical?
 
Houses need constant maintenance. They do not heal themselves if they are sick or broken-down.
It's important to consider a home warranty to cover the unexpected or even some expected repairs.

Don't let a real estate agent convince you that you have to pay a higher commission to sell your Niceville home quickly- and for more money. At Uber Realty we sell hundred's of homes for 4%-  

 

We Charge Less, and You Get More.

 

Call Jim, Broker/Owner of Uber Realty to sell your Niceville home. 

Not only do I have the resources mentioned, but I also offer the most competitive commission structure in the Niceville Real Estate Market. To get started, click here to find out what your property is worth or call 850.499.2940.

 

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