3 Ways to Make Counteroffers Easier

People often think of Real Estate negotiations as having a strong arm.  Not true.  In fact, The Caton Team knows – Real Estate Sales is a meeting of the minds.  It should leave both parties happy and feeling as if they sold at the right price and bought at the right price.  Sometimes we’ll encounter people with a difference of opinion – so I thought I would share this article from realtor.com and Daily Real Estate News to share some insight on how to properly negotiate.  

3 Ways to Make Counteroffers Easier

No matter if your client is buying or selling, counteroffers can pose sticky negotiations from both sides. Here are three tips for successfully responding to counteroffers from Desare Kohn-Laski, broker-owner of Skye Louis Realty in Coconut Creek, Fla.

1. Ask for something in return.

Sellers and buyers alike should remember that counteroffers are made because the other party outlines something very specific they want in the transaction, Kohn-Laski says. For example, if your buyers find that appliances are specifically not included in the seller’s counteroffer, then your buyers might want to offer more money to include the appliances in their second offer.

2. Offer incentives.

If you are on the seller side, your client could offer to pay the buyer’s homeowners association fees for a specific period. “Capitalize on the primary truth that most buyers will need extra cash after the big purchase,” Kohn-Laski says. Incentive ideas for buyers include interior repainting or a year of free lawn services. For sellers, covering moving costs or repair costs from an issue found during inspection could also be useful incentives.

3. Know when to split the difference.

Meeting the other side halfway is usually a winning solution; it’s an art that leads to closing deals, Kohn-Laski says. When a few thousand or few hundred dollars appear to be the hurdle, you can counter by offering to split the difference. For instance, if the list price is $435,000 and your buyer wants it for $430,000, split the $5,000 difference to achieve $432,500.

The Caton Team prides ourselves with fair and honest dealings.  We know how to represent a seller to protect their best interests while managing the sale of their home.  We also know how to write the best offer for a buyer, in order to get their needs met and an agreeable contract for the seller.  In this competitive market – price isn’t always everything – curious why?  Call or email us – we’d be happy to share our ideas.  

I read this article at: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/07/11/3-ways-make-counteroffers-easier?tp=i-H43-Bb-KE-Da9A-1p-EHi7-1c-DZER-2A0rzW&om_rid=3237216%20&Om_ntype=RMOdaily&om_mid=1254

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What Caused Real House Prices to Decline for the First Time in 8 months?

When I received this article from First American – I had to share – interesting!

What Caused Real House Prices to Decline for the First Time in 8 months?

Written by: Mark Fleming, First American Chief Economist

First American’s proprietary Real House Price Index (RHPI) looks at April 2017 data and includes analysis from First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming on the impact of wages and lower interest rates on real house prices.

“Despite the monetary tightening policies of the Federal Reserve, a dip in the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage and wage gains increased consumer house-buying power sufficiently to offset the gain in unadjusted house prices. The decline in real, purchasing-power adjusted house prices between March and April was the largest month-over-month decline since July 2016,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American.

For Mark’s full analysis on affordability, the top five states and markets with the greatest and smallest increases in real house prices, and more, please visit the Real House Price Index.

“The decline in real, purchasing-power adjusted house prices between March and April was the largest month-over-month decline since July 2016 and a respite from the 8-month-long trend of increasing real house prices.”

The RHPI offers an alternative view of the change over time of house prices at the national, state and metropolitan area level. The traditional perspective on house prices is fixated on the actual prices and the changes in those prices, which overlooks what really matters to potential buyers – their purchasing power, or how much they can afford to buy. The RHPI adjusts prices for purchasing power by considering how income levels and interest rates influence the amount one can borrow.

The RHPI is updated monthly with new data. Look for the next edition of the RHPI the week of July 24, 2017.

 

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I read this article at: https://firstexchange.com/June2017HousingUpdate

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San Mateo County Farmers Markets, Events & Things to Do!

San Mateo County Farmers Markets, Events & Things to Do!

FARMERS MARKETS

Belmont
Year-round: Sun 10:00am-2:00pm
El Camino Real and O’Neill Ave

Brisbane
Year-round: Thur 2:30-6:30pm
11 Old County Road

Daly City
Year-round: Thur & Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
Serramonte Shopping Center 

Foster City
Year-Round: Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm
Sun. 2:30pm-6:30pm
791 Beach Park Blvd. 

Menlo Park
Year-round: Sun. 9:00am-1:00pm
1050 Chestnut St. 

Millbrae
Year-round: Sat. 8:00am-1:00pm
200 Broadway, Millbrae

Redwood City
Multiple Venues and Times – see link

San Mateo
Year-round: Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm
College of San Mateo

San Carlos
Year-round: Sun. 10:00am-2:00pm
700 Block Laurel Street

Events

Community Day in the Park
June 4, 2017
12:00pm-5:00pm
San Bruno City Park

Summer Foodfest
June 24, 2017
12:00pm
Facebook Headquarters

Biggest Little Airshow
June 3, 2017
10:00am
Hiller Aviation Museum
San Carlos

cityFEST
June 2-4, 2017
5:00pm
Leo Ryan Park
Foster City

Summer Concert Series – Beatles Tribute
June 14, 2017
6:30pm-8:00pm
Fremont Park
Menlo Park

Free First Fridays
June 2, 2017
10:00am-4:00pm
San Mateo County History Museum
Redwood City

Movies on the Square – Hidden Figures
June 1, 2017
8:45pm-11:00pm
Courthouse Square
Redwood City

St. Pius Festival
June 3-4, 2017
1:00pm-10:00pm
St. Pius Church
Redwood City

First Fridays
June 2, 2017
10:16am
Barracuda Japanese Restaurant
Burlingame

San Mateo County Fair
June 10-18, 2017
10:00am
San Mateo County Event Center

 

THINGS TO DO

Planet Granite Belmont
Crystal Springs Regional Trail 
San Bruno Mountain State Park
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Peninsula Museum of Art 
Hiller Aviation Museum 
San Mateo County History Museum
Filoli
Bay Area Ski Bus
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
Bel Mateo Bowl 
Half Moon Bay State Beach 
Poplar Creek Golf Course
Half Moon Bay Golf Links
CuriOdyssey
S
anchez Adobe
M
emorial Park  
Club Fox
U
nleashed Art Gallery 
Museum of PEZ Memorabilia
GoKart Racer

 

MOVIES COMING SOON

Friday, June 2, 2017
Wonder Woman
Captain Underpants
Churchill

Friday, June 9, 2017
The Mummy
The Hero

Friday, June 16, 2017
Cars 3
Rough Night
Resident Evil: Vendetta

Friday, June 23, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight
The Beguiled

Friday, June 30, 2017
Despicable Me 3
The House

 

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Buyers Grow More Confident About Housing

Buyers Grow More Confident About Housing

You may need to do less convincing to get home shoppers to make their move in the housing market. Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 2.2 percentage points in April, with five of six components rising that measure confidence in buying, employment, household incomes, financing, and more.

The share of Americans who say now is a good time to buy rose 5 percentage points in April. However, the net share of those saying now is a good time to sell fell 5 percentage points, the index showed.

“The Home Purchase Sentiment Index returned to its longer-term trend line after reclaiming ground last month,” says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist. “This is aligned with our market forecast of about 3 percent sales growth in 2017. Historically strong inflation-adjusted house price gains are tempering consumer sentiment, whereas consumer optimism regarding the ease of getting a mortgage reached a survey high. On balance, housing continues on a gradual growth track.”

Here are more findings from Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index reading from April, which is based on a survey of about 1,000 consumers.

•35%: the net share of Americans who say it’s a good time to buy a home, up 5 percentage points from March.

•26%: the net percentage of consumers who say it’s a good time to sell, dropping 5 percentage points from last month’s all-time survey high.

•45%: the net share of Americans who believe home prices will rise by 1 percentage point.

•77%: the net share of consumers who say they’re not concerned about losing their job, up 7 percentage points from March.

•13%: the net share of consumers who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago, up 2 percentage points from March.

I read this article at: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/09/buyers-grow-more-confident-about-housing?om_rid=AACmlZ&om_mid=_BZEibMB9boI5pJ&om_ntype=RMODaily

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SPECIAL POST – Making an Offer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Making an Offer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

I had to post this article the moment I read it. So timely – and allow me to add my Silicon Valley Realtor 2 cents in italics.  

In competitive housing markets across the country, making an offer that sticks has become increasingly difficult. Ensure your client doesn’t make the process even tougher by succumbing to one of these common mistakes.

The Caton Team works with Sellers and Buyers up and down the San Francisco Peninsula.  So we know – as a Seller’s Realtor  – what we want to see in an offer and supporting documents which only aids us when we represent Buyers.  

Delaying

“Time kills deals,” says Andrew Sandholm of BOND New York Properties in New York. “Dragging your feet means you could wind up paying more in a bidding war situation or missing out on the property altogether.” Buyers need to be ready with their paperwork, such as bank statements, a pre-approval letter, and documents supporting proof of funds, from the day they begin house-hunting mode. That way they can pounce quickly with an offer when they do find a home they like.

My goodness, this is the truth.  In fact, in order to ensure my Buyers a smoother experience, I no longer show homes until the Buyer has been pre-approved.  A Buyer MUST KNOW their own budget, how much they can afford, how much their lives cost BEFORE they start house hunting.  Once we find a home, we must focus on THAT HOME and the disclosures package.  When we sit down to write an offer, that is NOT the time to discuss budget.  That’s the time to discuss the home, condition, inspections, disclosures and how much it is worth to you.  To be frank – to be a successful Buyer in the Silicon Valley – a Buyer should have Under Writer Approval.  That is what it takes to be a strong and successful  Buyer in the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market.  Curious what that means – give The Caton Team a call.

Making an offer for their preapproved amount

Smart buyers are getting preapproved to show a seller they’re financially able to purchase a home. However, Chuck Silverston, principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Brookline, Mass., warns buyers against using that document to come up with an offer amount.

“Many buyers come in with a preapproval for the exact offer price, but when you’re competing against other offers, including cash offers, you want to show financial strength,” Silverston says. “An exact preapproval could make a listing agent nervous because not only does the buyer not have any wiggle room to negotiate, but they might no longer qualify if interest rates rise.”

There was a time in our Real Estate Market that we would customize each lender approval letter with the offer price.  It was a a way of not showing all your cards at once.  For instance, you are approved for $3 million but your letter and offer says $2 million.  Well when the Sellers Realtor lines up the offers and tries to determine financial strength – having no wiggle room in your lender letter will diminish your financial strength.  And sadly, though my lender calls on behalf of my Buyers to each offer we write – many lenders do not call.  I know this as my phone is radio silent on offer day – too bad more lenders don’t step up to the plate and offer wonderful customer service.  But that is a whole other blog!

Submitting a lowball offer

Lowballing a seller often backfires, particularly in a seller’s market. “A lowball offer that isn’t backed up with math or comparable sales data is disrespectful and could turn off the seller and possibly mean you will miss out on the property completely,” Sandholm says.

From time to time, as a Seller’s Realtor – we’ll get these mysterious faxed in offers.  (I joke, they are not faxed anymore) but you get my gist.  They are awful offers, terribly written, and low.  Too low.  Insultingly low.  As a Seller – don’t get offended.  As a professional Realtor – The Caton Team knows how to handle these delicate situations.

Waiving inspection contingencies

“I don’t care whether it’s new construction or even your mom’s house you’re buying from her – get it inspected,” urges Joshua Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty in Duluth, Ga. Further, if you waive the inspection contingency in your offer, you may lose the earnest money if you later back out of the deal.

Well, if you are a Buyer in the Silicon Valley – and you’ve written more than one offer – you have learned the hard way that contingencies are deal killers in a sellers market.  If a Buyer is in a multiple offer situation – any contingency can and probably will throw you to the bottom of the stack.  HOWEVER, The Caton Team understands what a Seller wants in their offer and we understand what the Buyer needs.  The Caton Team has a great Buyer Strategy when these critical terms are at stake.  Come sit down with us and we’ll discuss our distinctive Buying in Silicon Valley strategy.  

Not presenting yourself well enough

In a seller’s market, buyers need to take steps to make sure they look good in the eyes of the seller. “In today’s highly competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to deal with,” Silverston says. Buyers may want to avoid pointing out every defect, making nitpicky queries, or questioning the seller’s tastes.

“Basically buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers,” he says.

“The easiest to deal with”… Did you catch that phrase?  When the Caton Team works with Sellers and reviews offers – we are looking for the best offer, with the best terms that WILL CLOSE ESCROW!.  Taking a great – high offer – no contingencies blah blah blah – won’t matter a hill of beans if it does not close escrow.  

What sets The Caton Team apart from other Realtors is our level of hustle.  I don’t know another word for what I do when I represent a Buyer.  I hustle.  Ask my clients.  Read my YELP reviews.  I work hard.  Finding a home is no longer my principle job as a Realtor.  I know that sounds funny but with the internet and all the listings available online 24/7 – finding the home has become the Buyers Journey.  But GETTING THE HOME – is what I do best.  The Caton Team has exceptional  negotiating skills.  It starts with the first call to our fellow Realtor when we find the home, through the disclosure review, through the offer writing, through the offer presenting.  Yes, The Caton Team still presents their offers.  When possible we take the time to present the offer to the Sellers Agent, we ask questions before, during and after.  If you have ever worked with us – you will know and see the difference in our level of service.  Any agent can find a home, but The Caton Team will guide you on how to get the home YOU WANT! 

What does that mean?  Well you know – come sit down with The Caton Team and we’ll chat about it.  

How can The Caton Team help you?

Thank you for read,

Sabrina

I read this article at: http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/10/making-offer-5-mistakes-avoid?om_rid=AACmlZ&om_mid=_BZE0AQB9bqaWV2&om_ntype=RMODaily

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THE ADVANTAGES AND DRAWBACKS OF AN OPEN HOUSE

With MAY 1st being the official best day to list your home for sale – I thought I would share this great article…. 

THE ADVANTAGES AND DRAWBACKS OF AN OPEN HOUSE

Ahhh the open house.  Some clients love them some hate them.  I thought I would share this article and add my two cents in italics.  

Open houses are a long-standing tradition in the sale of residential real estate to expose more people to a home for sale. Open houses are normally held on weekends to capture more traffic because that is when most people are off from work. The real estate agents put out signs on boulevards or near street corners to draw drive-by traffic and usually list the homes in the real estate sections of newspapers to bring in more people.

Ultimately, you’re goal is to bring in a buyer. But is throwing open the doors to your home really going to clinch a sale? Let’s investigate the pros and cons of an open house.

Advantages

Buyers can examine the home freely
Because open houses last a few hours, potential buyers can investigate parts of the home and take photos without pressure to leave right away. This real-time research is something buyers cannot gain just by viewing pictures online. By physically walking through a space, it is possible to get a true sense of what the home feels like. A serious home buyer is going to want to see the house in person.

I suppose if you’re trying to buy and not working with a Realtor – an Open House would be important.  However, I prefer to show homes outside of the weekend.  It may inconvenience the seller – but my buyers get more time IN the home alone so we can chat about the pros and cons.  

Create buzz and possibly a bidding war
Open house viewings can increase competition among would-be buyers – which is excellent news for you as a seller. Certain buyers, eager to secure their dream home, will not want to be outbid by rival buyers – so they may look to act quickly, to push through a fast house sale. If buyers are chomping at the bit to make offers, this puts you in a strong negotiating position.

On the San Francisco Peninsula – you don’t need an Open House to create a bidding war.

Convenience is key
Hosting an open house can be a great way to limit the number of individual showings your house may get while on the market. Rather than arranging for four or five private showings, you can prep your home once to receive multiple visitors. A scheduled open house allows you to make arrangements ahead of time to be out of your home with children and/or pets.

I do think an open house is easier for sellers since it is a set time that they can prepare for.  However, just because a client sees the home during the Open House does’t mean they won’t want to come back for a second look with their Realtor.  So one way or the other, the seller will want to make their home available – even more so by private appointment.  The last buyer I worked with – I couldn’t get into the unit myself!  And it was very frustrating to have a seller so private.  I understand the intrusion – but sellers do need to make the home available for clients and agents to see so we can do our job properly!

Clean home, happy home
If you’re still living in the home, you have to go the extra mile to prepare your house to be shown, constantly focused on keeping things neat. Decluttering your home prior to an open house makes it easier for a buyer to visualize their personal items within the rooms and motivates you to keep your home tidy.

I tell my sellers – start packing.  Less is more.  Declutter – make it shine.  It’s more than just a sign out front that sells a home.  I’m happy to discus the Caton Team’s selling strategies privately – contact us for an appointment.  

Feedback: the good, bad and ugly
Open houses are a great way to get feedback from multiple sources about the positives and negatives of your home. And while some comments can sting, it’s good to know what potential problems your home has so you can fix the issues in a timely fashion. As in any situation, some comments will be valid (the sink is leaking in the guest bath) while other feedback will seem random and unhelpful (the bathroom is too yellow). Take the good and the bad with a grain of salt, you cannot please everyone.

This is so true – but don’t take ANYTHING personally!

Drawbacks

Little Chance of a Sale
Statistics prove that it’s rare to garner a sale or a bid from an open house. The percentage of homes that actually sell as a result of an open house is less than 3%. An open house may actually benefit a realtor more because it gives them professional exposure as well as an opportunity to sell other homes they are representing. An open house is about mingling and researching, not necessarily for closing a sale.

I am going to tell this to you straight.  When agents host open houses – yay sure it’s great IF we meet a buyer for THAT house.  But truly – when I spend my weekends holding open houses – I’m looking for buyers and sellers who need my services – and what better way to meet people in need for a Realtor than sitting at an open house!  So now you know.  As a seller – I’d bend over backwards for the private showing appointments – THOSE are your serious buyers because they are already working with a professional Realtor, have realistic expectations, are pre-approved to buy a home in YOUR price range.  Those are the important appointments.  Truthfully a seller is better off leaving the home for private showings than just open houses.  

People with No Intention of Buying
Some of the people who show up to an open house may have bad intentions. Nosy people and thieves disguised as buyers often come with no intention of bidding or buying the house. Some people may innocently browse with no purpose, but thieves are there to scope the place out for valuables. Consider the security issue before scheduling an open house; and take inventory of any items within the home that could be easily removed in a flurry of visitors.

This is where packing up is most important.  We do not want your jewelry box out in the bedroom during the open house.  Though I aways have a co-host, criminals are going to get away with their crimes no matter how many hosts there are.  So just pack everything that means sometimes to you – after all you are selling and going to move.  

Don’t give your home a bad reputation
If a house does not sell after the first, two or three open houses, it means buyers are probably not interested for various reasons. Continued open houses can give the impression that there is something wrong with your home. Be careful of realtors who only focus on open houses as their key selling tool. A better realtor will use various resources to sell the home for maximum results.

 If your home does’t sell in the first two weeks – then you have some major back pedaling to do.  Instead of discussing this here – I invite any seller that is frustrated to a free, no obligation consultation where The Caton Team review the pros and cons and develop a strategy to achieve your financial goal of selling your home.  

Virtual tours
Today’s technology allows you to get great results using online photos or a video tour of your home. Prospective buyers don’t have to change out of their pajamas on a Saturday morning to take a virtual look-see of any home on the market. Plus, you don’t have to invite strangers into your home.

Call my old fashioned – it’s ok – I’m getting used to it – haha.  Virtual tours are wonderful internet tools BUT NOT SUBSTITUTE for actually walking through the home, looking at the neighbors house from a real street view, not a online map street view.  They can be fun to watch – but again – real, serious buyers are going to need to walk through your home for real. So make it available to them.  

Ultimately, it is the seller’s decision to schedule an open house. They are not required. Consider the pros and cons carefully before opening your doors to potential buyers, lookie loos and the like.

And let’s chat.  Perhaps one weekend is good, perhaps an evening is good.  Working with a professional Realtor will help guide you ever step of the way.  Looking for a pro?  Give The Caton Team an opportunity to sit down and talk to you.  Face to face, no virtual  goggles needed.  We’ll be happy to help you!

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The best month and day to put a home on the market – well my birthday of course!

The best month and day to put a home on the market, according to Zillow

A study points to a Saturday in May as a seller’s peak opportunity

Key Takeaways

Homes listed between May 1 through 15 tend to sell nine days faster and sell 1 percent above the asking price, a new Zillow study says.

You may want to hide during the ides of March, but the ides of May are the perfect time to put a home on the market, says a new study by Zillow.

In 20 of the 25 metro areas studied, homes listed anywhere between May 1 and May 15 sold nine days faster and for up to 1 percent more than the asking price.

“With 3 percent fewer homes on the market than last year, 2017 is shaping up to be another competitive buying season,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell in a statement.

“Many [homebuyers] who started looking for homes in the early spring will still be searching for their dream home months later. By May, some buyers may be anxious to get settled into a new home — and will be more willing to pay a premium to close the deal.”

Mark your calendar for a Saturday in May

Moreover, Zillow’s research revealed the best day to place a home on the market is Saturday — listings that appear on Zillow’s site on this day garner 20 percent more views than early-in-the-week listings.

The second best day to list is Friday, when properties receive 14 percent more views.

Lastly, Gudell says sellers have to be cognizant of other factors, such as weather.

Sellers in Texas, California and Florida have more leeway in when to list their home due to warmer weather patterns. Also, sellers who live in areas without distinct seasonal weather tend to have little variation in sales price based on the month.

Are you thinking of selling?  Call the Caton Team – it is what we do best!  We’re available for a free consultation.  

I read this article at: http://www.inman.com/2017/03/02/the-best-month-and-day-to-put-a-home-on-the-market-according-to-zillow/?utm_source=weeklyheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sundaysend&utm_content=20170310_readmore

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Call us at: 650-568-5522 Office: 650-365-9200

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

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