Stay, Move or Remodel?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Decisions about homeownershipHow many times do you ask yourself, Should I or Shouldn’t I stay here, move to a different house, or remodel? I’ve been working with clients helping them buy and sell their homes since 1992 and I often get a call asking me this same question.

Buying, Selling and Renovating are all large decisions to make, and only YOU can really answer that question, but while you are sorting things out in your head, try putting the Pros and Cons ON PAPER and ITEMIZE them SEPARATELY: Stay. Move. Remodel.

When you begin the task of sorting each of these out ask yourself:

SHALL I STAY?

Will I be happy staying here in this home, in this neighborhood, and in this city? WHY would I want to move? What am I looking for in another home that I don’t have here?

SHALL I MOVE?

Have I outgrown this home and do I need a larger home? Or is this home too big and do I spend all my time taking care of it? Would a smaller home “free up my time” so I could enjoy doing things more to my liking? Would moving bring me to a better place? Some people move to be closer to their children. I do NOT recommend that. What happens if you move, and they get transferred elsewhere? Now you are in an area you may not be happy Homeownershipin, and you left an area where all your friends were? If you are thinking of moving, move where YOU will be happy!

SHALL I REMODEL MY EXISTING HOME?

I like my home, I like the location, but I would like to update my home so it would be more pleasing to me and my family, and it would add more value when it is time to sell.

Deciding what you want and how to go about obtaining it, is the most important and first thing to do in your decision making process. That’s why sorting through all the pros and cons of Stay-Move-Remodel are so important. And don’t make the mistake of asking all your friends for advice. Their life experiences, wants and needs are NOT yours. This will only confuse you further, and you will never be happy making YOUR decision based on THEIR wants and needs.

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Is Your Toilet Whistling at You?

By Nancy Hankin
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Whistling ToiletThis morning at 5:15 am I awoke to a loud whistling sound coming from my bathroom. I tried covering my ears so I could sleep for another hour, but this high-pitched screeching only got louder, so I got up and went into the bathroom to investigate where this terrible noise was coming from. Being the investigator I am, I located the culprit coming from the back of my toilet. As I stood there wondering what to do next, I decided it might be wise to remove the top off the tank.

After removing the top off the tank, I stood looking at all the weird things inside the tank. Now what? I started jigging a few of these strange items, and soon the whistling stopped. Had I just saved myself a $75 service call? I was elated. I fixed the toilet!

I decided to try flushing the toilet, now that I had practically earned a degree in plumbing. It flushed, there was no whistle, but I also discovered another problem. The water would not re-fill in the tank. I wiggled and jiggled some more of the items in the tank, and soon the water began to fill the tank…with NO whistle!

I am now walking around the house with my “fingers crossed,” hoping my repair job will hold up so I am not forced to call a plumber. As a precaution, I Googled “Whistling Toilets” on the Internet and found out others had experienced this same problem, so I am sending you a step-by-step instruction I found on the Internet about WHISTLING TOILETS. You might want to print it out, lay it on the top of your toilet tank, so you will be prepared when your toilet starts to whistle in the wee early hours of the morning. Here is what it said to do:

•    PlumbingWhistling sounds in a plumbing system are usually caused when water flows through a
restricted supply line. This can occur at the shut-off valve at the wall below the tank or at the
fill valve inside the tank.
•    First check the supply, make sure that shut-off valve is fully open. Then take off the tank
cover.
•    Flush the toilet and listen to each of these valves to locate the noise.
•    You may feel a vibration when you touch the valve. If you can locate the source, work on
that valve.
•    Debris, rust, or mineral deposits caught in small passageways restrict water flow and can
cause noise, thus remove them.
•    If the noise seems to be coming from the shut-off valve, open and close it several times.
•    This may clear debris. Leave the valve open. Flush again. If the whistle remains, you may
need to dismantle this valve and look for obstructions.
•    If you suspect that the noise comes from the fill valve inside the tank, check for obstructions.
•    In the tank, dismantle the top of the fill valve where the float arm is attached.
•    Clean and re-assemble it (it may provide the solution) .
•    Wear Gloves
•    If needed wear eye goggles

I guess now I can add PLUMBER to my list of accreditations.

Nancy Hankin: Associate Broker, CRS, SRES, e-Pro and PLUMBER!

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Where Can I Put All This Stuff?

By Nancy Hankin
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Palm Springs StorageI moved to the beautiful Palm Springs, California desert in 1992 and I LOVE it here, but I did discover one small teeny weeny problem. Where to store all my STUFF?

In Wisconsin, where I moved from, we had wonderful storage in Attics and Basements. When we had no idea where to put something, we just put it in one of these two places and it was out of sight and did not clutter up the main part of the house, but that is not the case now. In our area, we have NO attics or basements, and this created a problem when I first moved here…but I have since learned how to store STUFF in other places!

Here are a few things I have learned about Storing Stuff:

1.    Build cabinets with shelving in the garage, or add overhead storage bins. The garage is a great place to store things like luggage, seasonal bedding, holiday wrapping paper and ribbons. You can store pots and pans or items like mixers that you only use occasionally.  You can store your turkey roasting pan and extra (just in case you’ll ever need them someday) food storage containers in the garage as well. Add large hooks on the garage walls to store items you can hang stuff. I love my garage storage area and so does my STUFF.
2.    Do you have a second refrigerator you can put in the garage? You’ll be amazed what you can store in there.
3.    Under the bed storage is also a wonderful place to store things you don’t need every day. No one will see it, and you are the only one who knows you have “treasures” hidden under your bed.
4.    Closets are another place to store things. Build shelving high above the clothes and store a few things there as well.
5.    Build a bookcase in a bedroom, wide hallway or den with shelving above. The cabinet under the shelving makes a great storage area for hiding your STUFF!
Palm Springs Storage solutions6.    Stop buying books and start reading e-books. I fought this idea for years, then finally caved into the idea and now I love reading e-books when I have time (which seems to be seldom).
7.    If you have a corner cabinet in your kitchen, are you aware there is a lot of wasted storage space here? A handyman or cabinet person can easily build you a lazy-susan piece in this area and you can store lots of STUFF there as well. I have a kitchen corner area with two bar stools. I realized how much dead-space I had in this area. I had it opened up, and now I have a great place to store items I don’t use every day. I have an attractive door with handle on it that matches my kitchen cabinets, so it looks like part of the kitchen.
8.    Here’s another novel idea. Start throwing STUFF you have not used in the past five years away! What are you saving these things for? They are just cluttering up your house and this can clutter up your thought process as well. Get Rid of Them…..NOW! Stop hoarding.

I could go on and on, but to save time and space, I’ll stop here and let you Google “How to find storage space in your home.” Guaranteed, you’ll find plenty of great ways to STORE and HIDE all YOUR STUFF!

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I Could Kick Myself

By Nancy Hankin
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Home buying or selling decisionHave you ever pondered over doing something, then hesitated because you were fearful of going ahead, then “kicked yourself” because you lost out on a good deal….and now it was too late? It’s something we have all done, so you’re not unique in the “hesitation department.”

Buying and selling a home can be a major decision, so it is not unusual to give this a lot of thought and consideration. It may be one of the largest decisions you’ll ever make, so you don’t want to make a hasty decision…..one you’ll regret later on. On the other hand, if you dwell on this for too long, it could cost you a lot more money later on. So “what to do” should be considered, but not to the point you are stuck and can’t make a decision at all.

In the Palm Springs Desert Area where my clients buy and sell homes, there are several things to consider.

1)    WHY are you considering a purchase or a sale at this time?
2)    Are you thinking ahead of retirement, and wanting to buy NOW, while prices and interest rates are still very attractive?
3)    Are you thinking of buying now and using it as a rental, then using it yourself after you retire?
4)    Are you sick and tired of cold, snowy winter weather, and want to enjoy sunshine all winter long in your retirement years?
5)    Are you an avid golfer, tennis player, hiker or shopper? This is definitely the place to be!
6)    If you live in Orange, San Diego or Los Angeles county, do you want to enjoy a weekend vacation home just a short two hour drive away?
7)    Have you out-grown your existing home, and now that grandchildren are on the way, you want to purchase a home so your family can visit you oftener?
8)    Do you want to scale down the size of your “summer home” and buy a “winter home” so you can enjoy the best of two worlds?
9)    Do you want to continue to RENT a winter home in Paradise, helping your landlord enjoy their investment, or do you want to purchase an INVESTMENT property yourself?
10)    Are you aware NOT making a decision IS making a decision? Are you sure this was a wise one”

Home buying or selling decisionsThis list goes on and on, but the important thing is NOT to get stuck making a decision, because you may lose the opportunity of a lifetime if you wait until our market and interest rates move upward as they have always done in the past. When that happens you’ll “kick yourself” for not being able to make a decision….and your regrets will cost you “out of pocket” a lot more….had you made a wise decision earlier.

I’ve been helping clients buy and sell homes since 1992, and many of my clients have referred me to others, because I don’t PUSH my clients. I wait until they are ready, but I WILL ask them a lot of questions. I do this to HELP them come to a decision…..in hopes they won’t regret not being able to making any decision…one way or another!

So pick up that phone and give me a call. Let’s talk about your wants, needs and concerns. I’m here to help any way I can. Perhaps I can help you get off the “I can’t make a decision” mat, and help you work through your decision making process.

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The Story of the Fourth of July

4th of July2015The Declaration of Independence

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

  • But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
  • It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
  • And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

4th of JulyIn contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

Now that you have that “Little bit of History,” under your belt, go out and celebrate this day with ice cream, flags waving and parades down Main Street. Light up those BBQ grills and invite the neighbors over. Perhaps you can play a little Independence Day Trivia! And when the day is over and fireworks lights the sky, be thankful for all you have living in this wonderful nation where you are allowed free speech and the ability to express your opinions….because there are a lot of places in the world you can’t do that.

Happy 4th of July to all.

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What Is That Stuff?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Palm Springs Hard Water

The other day I noticed the water coming from the bathroom faucet was not coming out in a nice steady stream. It was spraying here, there and everywhere. I had my bathroom remodeled about seven years ago and never really thought about removing the nozzle (that’s the name I gave it because it was better than calling it a (Thing-a-Ma Jig).  I bet you never knew if you searched on Google on the Internet, that you will find plenty of shops that sell Thing a Ma Jigs! I was amazed too!

Now getting back to the Thing a Ma Jig nozzle like piece that water comes out of. I decided to take a peek and carefully remove it from the faucet so I could see what was causing the water to splay out from the nozzle. Well….it did not come off so easily. I twisted and turned it with all my might, and after a half hour of exhausting work, it finally came off.

Oh boy…what a mess! There was hard white stuff all over this piece. I Googled again and learned that this was a calcium deposit that builds up over time when it is not regularly cleaned. I guess I had not cleaned it for seven years. I went to the store, got Lime-Away and proceeded to take all the thing a ma jigs off all the faucets in the house and let them soak overnight.

The instructions said to wear rubber gloves to I would not get the Lime-Away on my hands. I put on thick rubber gloves and removed each piece and started scrubbing with all my might using an old toothbrush. Some came off, and other areas needed a little extra help. I took a rag and placed a flathead screwdriver in the rag and used this to remove the areas that were harder to clean. I learned later that I could have used vinegar aPalm Springs Home Upkeepnd water to do the same thing.

I now had clean nozzle-like things that I could easily screw back onto the faucet? Mission accomplished! I also made a note to do this once every year so I could maintain a good steady stream for each faucet throughout the year. In the meantime, I also learned on Google the importance of running a shower and flushing a toilet every few weeks, even if you don’t normally use them because they might be in a guest room that gets seldom used. Calcium can build up anywhere and everywhere there is water, so it is important to keep that water flowing nice and steady throughout the year.

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GRILLING TRICKS

By Nancy Hankin
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Cooking on Grilling, BBQ, Outdoor Cookingthe grill isn’t just for summer anymore. With the popularity of gas grills, lots of us use the grill year round. I started grilling year-round in 1975 when I lived in Mequon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Each winter when the snow started falling I reminded the kids that we had to shovel a path to the grill. I never used the broiler in the stove because I just loved grilled food!

Whether you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, food preparation is easier and more fun if the grill is clean and properly maintained.  I just had the grill I purchased about six years ago professionally cleaned. Now it sparkles. Well…that may be a wee bit of an exaggeration, but it sure looks nice both inside and out.

Do you experience food sticking on the rack? Before you light the barbecue, spray the rack liberally with a non-stick cooking spray. Food won’t stick and cleanup will be a lot easier. If the grill surface is caked with baked-on food, wrap the rack in heavy-duty aluminum foil, dull side facing out. Heat the grill to high, and place the wrapped rack over the flame (or coals) for 12-15 minutes. When the rack is cool, remove the foil. All the burned on grease and food will fall away, leaving the grill rack spotless and ready to grill again. It works like magic!

Immediately after you’ve removed the cooked food from the grill, you can make a ball of aluminum foil and scrub the warm rack…..or you can use a heavy duty brush made especially for cleaning grill racks as soon as you remove the food from the grill. When working on a hot grill, take care not to burn your fingers.

If you use permanent briquettes in your grill, you can clean them by flipping them over, and letting the grill burn for about 15 minutes with the cover closed.

Before you set a pan on the grill to warm barbecue sauce or other food, rub the bottom of the pan with a bar of soap. The soot will be easier to clean off later.

Putting the grill rack in the tub is another popular way to clean it, but then you’re faced with cleaning the tub, too. This alternative to the bathtub is very effective: Moisten paper towels with undiluted household ammonia, and then lay them on both sides of the grill rack. Put the rack in a large garbage bag, seal it, and leave it overnight. The next day, open the bag carefully and away from your face (because it stinks). Wipe the grill rack with the paper towels in the bag and then wash with soapy water and rinse.Grlling, Grill, Outdoor cooking, outdoor kitchens

Don’t forget to clean the outside of the grill. Use paper towels and a waterless hand cleaner. Work the cleaner into the metal, paying particular attention to the areas where grease or food has dripped. Do not rinse. Instead, buff the surface to a shine with paper towels.

If your grill has a window, clean the interior surface of the glass with oven cleaner. Spray the cleaner on, wait a few minutes, and wipe clean.

Now that you have all the secrets of how you can keep your grill clean and the envy of all your neighbors, go out and buy some great food to grill for your next meal. And for those stuck in winter weather, make sure to shovel that path to the grill so you can enjoy grilled BBQ dinners with tasty grilled vegetables all winter long. Or come on down to beautiful Palm Springs, California and I will help you find a great winter home at a great price so you, too, can Enjoy Summer All Winter Long,” while you enjoy grilling all year like I do!

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Getting Antsy Are You?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

correctly price homeThere are many reasons why a property does not sell quickly. No matter whether they are large or small, they are cause for concern. Many of these reasons are out of your control. But if your house has been on the market longer than you expected, here are some items to consider.

Take a look at what you can control, starting with the price. An honest discussion with your Realtor is in order. Is your home priced correctly for the current market? Do you need to make some adjustments? A price too high will scare away potential buyers.

I sell homes in the Palm Springs Desert Area. I had a discussion yesterday about pricing homes to SELL. Unfortunately, this person told me she knew of someone who had a home for sale, and it took them about 18 months and many price reductions later, to get their home SOLD. The seller came up with a price that would include what they bought the home for over twenty years ago, the improvements they made to meet their needs, and then they “tacked on” what they figured inflation would be. Shame on their Realtor for listing such a grossly over-priced home and not explaining to the seller WHY this price was over-priced! This is definitely NOT how to sell your home. SELLERS do NOT determine price. REALTOR’S do NOT determine price. The MARKETPLACE determines price by looking at past sales (COMPS) in the neighborhood, then adding and deducting various items that either add or detract from the price. Here are a few things that can add value, or detract from value.

  • Upgraded Kitchens and Bathrooms
  • Upgraded Flooring
  • Newer HVAC Systems
  • Solar Panels
  • Newer Appliances
  • Views
  • Landscaping

So the next time you are thinking about Listing your home for sale, run as fast as you can if the Realtor asks YOU “what would you like to price your home for”….or does not show you HOW the home should be priced, and backed up with information to substantiate this price. LISTEN to your Realtor. I’ll take a “wild stab in the dark” and guess they have sold far more homes than you have!

The next item to tackle is presentation, starting with curb appeal. If the lawn is tidy and nicely landscaped, the trim neatly painted and the front door says ‘Welcome,’ you’ll be more likely to attract a buyer.

Good presentation and packaging should follow inside. When a potential buyer opens the front door, what do they see, smell and feel? Keeping your home spotless will keep you ready for those spur of the moment showings. Keep a spray cleaner and cloth handy for quick touch ups. Hang up clothes, straighten the towels on the rack and make sure the dishes are in the dishwasher. It’s a good idea to take the trash out each morning to prevent unpleasant smells that might build up. It’s the little things that count when you’re trying to make a good imp06 09 15 smiley dollar signs jpgression.

  • Now let’s discuss CLUTTER!

Cluttered homes are a big turn-off to buyers because they cannot imagine how their things would fit in your space due to all that clutter. NOW is a good time to “Start Packing” to help eliminate all that clutter. Only keep a few items on tables, counter-tops, and dressers. Remove most personal photos and many of your “treasures” in your display cases or curio cabinets.

Make a potential buyer’s tour pleasant with good lighting in every room – even in utility spaces. Arrange furniture so they can easily move from one room to the other. Fluff the sofa cushions and add a nice throw for a feeling of comfort. You may even want to add a some fresh flowers in the entryway.

Sometimes just removing some furniture or adding a piece of furniture can make a big difference when you are staging your home to look its best. I have a person I work with who is great at working with most of your furnishings, sometimes just moving pieces from one room to another makes a huge difference in how a home looks on the market. When my sellers hire her, their homes sell quickly…or lickety split as we used to say!. Sometimes painting a room will create a wonderful new and fresh feel to the room. If you have carpet that is loose, have it stretched and properly tacked down. You’ll be amazed at how doing a few inexpensive things to your home will add thousands of dollars to the offers you’ll receive.

Obviously, there are some things out of your control, such as interest rates, the stock market or how many other homes are for sale at the same time. Market conditions change. Sometimes they run “hot,” other-times “cold.” Build on your home’s positive aspects and keep the communication going with your agent. You loved your house enough to make the purchase and so will someone else, but in most cases NOT PRICING YOUR HOME CORRECTLY is the reason it is not selling!

 

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Where Are All Those Buyers Hiding?

Selling houseWhen it’s time to sell your home, one of the biggest questions might be “where do buyers come from?” According to recent surveys, about 90% have been hunting for properties on the Internet long before they start searching for an agent.

  • 80% Find an agent on the Internet
  • 10% ‘From For Sale’ signs
  • 7% Referred by a relocation service, friend or out-of-area Realtor
  • 2% advertising in magazines and newspapers
  • 1% Open houses

The bottom line is that most home purchases are made with the assistance of a real estate professional and the tools they provide. And we find that especially true in the Palm Springs Desert Area, where so many buyers are from out-of-the-area.

The marketing of your home is serious business and there can be many pitfalls, some of them expensive. Your real estate professional is trained in the skills necessary to take the whole process from start to finish. You will gain valuable assistance in everything from pricing to creatingReal estate agent the look buyers want right on through making the right financial transactions.

What many are not aware of is that many sales fall apart because their Realtor is not experienced in “holding the sale together” when problems arrive. A good Realtor is a “problem solver” and they are good at “thinking outside the box!” They are excellent negotiators and they are skilled at exposing the property to a vast audience. In the Palm Springs Desert Area I work in, exposure to the International market is also important because we are a resort and vacation area many seek during the cold winter days while we bask in the warmth of sun more than 350 days a year. Re/Max has offices in most countries all over the world with over 100,000 agents. Their marketing reaches a large global market often looking for golf, good weather and lots of great shopping.

Any way you look at it, your real estate professional is the best source for a qualified buyer. I have over 23 years of experience in selling and marketing homes, and I also have education above and beyond what is required of an agent. Give me a call, or check me out here. I’m here to help you anyway I can.

 

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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HERE COME THE GLITCHES

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Selling Home, Murphy's Law, Selling home expectationsThat’s just “Good Old Murphy’s Law!” There’s potential for lots of things to go awry. So be prepared for the typical glitches and problems that will rear its ugly face!.

Many sellers are dismayed to learn what buyers and real estate professionals think the home is worth. Home values rise and fall in response to changing markets. A number of subjective factors, like the floor plan or curb appeal, can affect the value of a home. Your agent can provide you with information about similar homes in your area that have sold recently, and work with you to price your house accordingly……so don’t get mad at the messenger. We are here to help you get the most dollar in today’s market.

Remember most other people won’t appreciate your home as you do. The longer you’ve lived in your house, the more it’s been shaped to reflect your lifestyle, your tastes, and your needs. The longer you’ve lived there, the more you love it. Buyers will view your home with an eye to how it can best suit their lifestyles, tastes, and needs, which may involve anything from cosmetic changes to major remodeling. Since these changes will cost the buyer time and money, the buyer will value your property less than you do.  

When you put your home on the market, buyers are going to want to view it. During this time, you will keep your home looking its best, and be ready to leave at any time during the day, evenings, and weekends. Unexpected showings aren’t uncommon, and despite the fact that you want to accommodate buyers, your nerves may get a little frayed.

Since you want to get the best possible price for your home, and the buyer wants to get the best bargain around, you may begin to view the buyer as a bit of an adversary. The buyer may present a long list of concerns, complaints, and requests for repairs, some reasonable, and some not. Be aware that this is all part of the normal process and don’t let if affect you personally. Your agent will deal with the buyers’ agent, so you won’t need to Love home, real selling pricedeal with the buyers face-to-face. It’s important to remain flexible, and to compromise in order to finalize a purchase offer and ultimately close the deal.

In order to avoid surprises after you have an offer, have your property inspected before it goes on the market, and make necessary repairs and adjustments. The buyer will no doubt have another inspection performed, but the buyer’s offer will reflect the favorable inspection that you provide.

Selling a home is a complex process involving lots of steps and individual service providers, so a problem here or there is not uncommon. Schedule all the steps early, be patient, and communicate regularly with your real estate professional. Your agent can track the transaction, make sure that things are moving along as they should, and intervene when things get bogged down for any reason.

When you’re selling your house, things can go wrong, and probably will. Be comforted by the fact that glitches are commonplace, and most can be remedied or negotiated. Plan well, be patient, and take lots of deep breaths! Or give me a call and I’ll hold your hand when you just need a friend to tell you…….”this too shall pass!”

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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