5 Signs To Watch For When Looking For A New Home
By: Raj Qsar
Our team has the opportunity of working with many buyers across many different price points in The Orange County Real Estate Market. We look at homes all day, every day. And our first impression is usually on the internet via The MLS (Multiple Listing Service). There are certain red flags we pay special attention to that can distract buyers and waste valuable time in a hot buyers market causing buyers to lose focus on the real market and what is truly available and really for sale. Here are our Top 5 Signs to What Out For When Looking For A New Home;
1. What! No pictures?
What agent who wants to sell a home does not post any pictures on the MLS, their website, all the social media websites & all the other public websites? What seller who wants to sell a home would not allow an agent to post pictures. Let’s face it. Looks sell!!! And if there are no pictures of a home that is for sale then you can bet that something is not right. For an example of what great looks like check out these photos of an estate home we just sold in Yorba Linda. The Crown Jewel Of Vista Del Verde. Our team spent days preparing this home for the photo shoot and brought in professional stagers, design & layout guru’s, truck loads of furniture, hundreds of candles, landscapers, Fung Shui Masters and the list goes on & on. I think you know where we are going with this!!!
2. What! No description?
Once again, we are in the business of selling homes for our clients and we go to great lengths to make sure that every “I” is dotted and every “T” is crossed and that our description is an accurate representation of the home we are selling. If a description simply reads, “great home for sale in a great neighborhood.” Then you know to watch out! Something is wrong here as well. If a hired professional can not take the time to produce vernacular that is worthy of a home they are representing and in turn clients they are representing then what kind of sale is this going to produce and how smooth is this transaction going to be? For an example for what great text looks like have a look at this home. Fabulous in Fullerton
One question we are asked everyday is, “What are the comps like?” When a buyer or seller is asking us this question what they really mean is the following; Over the last 3-6 months what have similar homes in similar neighborhoods with similar features within a 0.5 mile -0.75 mile radius sold for and what do you think my home is worth (or what do you think I can get this home for) and why? So as you can see a lot goes into pricing a home for sale (many of us in the industry would call it an art form) and also on the flip side preparing an offer for your buyers that resembles the comps or more importantly an offer that will grab the attention of a seller is so important in todays real estate market. So if you are looking for a home in a neighborhood that has comps in the $900k range and a home lists in that same neighborhood, is a model match, has similar upgrades & features, similar location, similar outdoor amenities and lists for $1.3m then you know something is going on. Or on the flip side that same home lists for $600k. Something is wrong. Why is that same home worth $400k more than similar homes in the neighborhood? Why is that home priced at $600k? Are they doing an auction? Is it a short sale? Is it on a seismic fault line? Is the entire home laced with gold leaf wall portraits? Is the chandelier hanging in the dining room imported from the South of France and made by small elves with no thumbs and took 10 years to make? This does not make sense and you know you are in for a ride on this listing.
4. How Many Days On The Market?
Now we all know that you have to strike when the iron is hot and most homes gain the most attention or exposure the first 4 weeks on the market if priced right and in good shape (especially in a hot buyers market). What do you do if you are searching for homes on the internet or if your agent is emailing you homes that are currently for sale and you keep seeing the same home show up over & over again. You ask your agent, “why has this home been on the market for 600 days? Don’t they want to sell?” The response will probably be something like this, “That is a teaser.” Or “They are doing a Loan Mod.” Or “They are suing their lender.” There is always a story of why, who, what, when & where with these listings. So stay clear of these homes and you will be steps ahead of your competing buyers!
5. Multiple Agents. Multiple Listings. Multiple Photos. Same House.
Once again, that same home is “Back On The Market” for the 4th time and with the 4th Brokerage (each broker given 90 days to sell at an impossible price). Why, why, why you ask? You as the buyer basically have this home engraved in your head as you have seen it on the internet over the past 12 months. This would basically come down to a seller who has not come to grips with where the current market is today. They are stuck in 2005 or 2006 thinking that their home is worth 2x more than the comparables and that their upgrades are worth more than their neighbors upgrades and that the dirt their home sits on is that much more valuable than their neighbors. Once again, you may want to avoid this home and keep your blood pressure at the 120/80 mark!
Our team knows that there is no black & white in our real estate market and that these scenarios are a bit of fun on one side but could really help you save time, decrease your frustration level and increase your chance of success on purchasing that home of your dreams! Call us today if you have any questions about the real estate market! Or visit us at www.RajQsar.com to connect with us everywhere!