JoAnn Asselin | Westfield Real Estate, Agawam Real Estate, West Springfield Real Estate


Many sellers rely on agents to help them to deal with the task of selling their home. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, a real estate agent isn’t required. There are many advantages and disadvantages to selling your home as a “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO). Read on to discover the good and bad of selling your home on your own. 


The Pros


Avoid Paying Commission


Real estate commission is the main reason that many sellers choose to go it alone. You’ll pay about 6% commission on the sale of your home between buyers and sellers agents. When figuring out the asking price for your property, this number that you’ll pay for a commission is included. This sale price also should be enough to pay off the remaining balance on the property. If you don’t have a lot of equity in your home, an FSBO may be your only option if you can’t afford the commission. Another option is to wait to sell your home until you have built up enough equity for the transaction to make sense for you. 


You Can Find Other Resources To Help You Sell The Property


There are so many resources available to FSBOs in today’s market. Yards signs aren’t the only thing that sellers can use to get people interested in their property. Many websites and resources assist people taking the FSBO approach. You still may not be able to get your property listed everywhere if you’re not a real estate agent. 


Cons


You Won’t Be Able To List The Property Fully


Only licensed real estate agents have access to the MLS, where buyers' agents and other websites pull available properties.  Not having access to this can be a deterrent to the marketing of your home. You could miss out on getting many home showings that you otherwise would if your house was listed on the MLS. 


There’s No One To Help You With Paperwork And Negotiations


Real estate agents certainly earn their commission. There is a lot of work in both selling and buying a home. If you hire an agent, he’ll be taking phone calls, sending off forms, and dealing with the negotiations on the property. An agent will also coordinate home showings and have the ability to show your property when you’re unavailable. If you go it alone, you won’t have that assistance and may be a bit overwhelmed during the selling process.


A real estate agent also understands the lingo better than someone who has been outside of the business. There are many advantages to paying his fee if you decide to hire him for the sale of your home.           



Mortgage scams are everywhere, and many times are well disguised so they can be hard to uncover. Not all mortgage lenders have your interest at heart so when you go out for a mortgage loan, keep an eye on these warning signs and Mortgage scams are everywhere, but this time around they come like a wolf in sheep clothing, so it is pretty hard to uncover them. Not all mortgage lenders have your interest at heart so when you go out for a mortgage loan, keep an eye on these warning signs and be prepared to run away from any lender who does the following shady actions:

They pressure you to borrow more than what you want or need

Even though you are eligible for a certain sum of money that does not mean you have to spend heavily on buying a home. Paying less on a home purchase will prevent you from living from hand to mouth in your new home. An honest lender understands and will respect your choice to borrow less than you can afford instead that encouraging you to overspend or splurge on a house.

They rush you into signing documents without reading it

Getting a mortgage is complicated. There are piles of complicated paperwork, so it is crucial that you wrap your head around every document before putting your pen on it. If a lender encourages you or uses the familiar phrase "Everything is fine," it is best you withdraw yourself f from the mortgage. No matter how busy the bank may be, they would give you time to read through the papers.

They don’t give you a Good Faith Estimate

According to law, after three days of applying for a mortgage, a bank must provide a Good Faith Estimate showing your mortgage rate, closing cost, and other mortgage-related expenses. This way, a borrower will clearly understand their cost and know the estimated amount you will pay at closing. A shady lender typically does not provide this, so make sure you request one. Many banks hide this information to prevent borrowers from comparing the cost with other banks.

They use the bait and switch on you

To get more borrowers and get them excited about taking a mortgage, disreputable lenders promise borrowers one set of terms, but when it gets to closing, they deliver a different set of conditions. It is the sad truth some lenders get borrowers excited and take advantage of them when they're in a state of euphoria to alter the loan terms at the dying minute. If a lender uses this tactic on you, request an explanation. And if their reasons do not seem reasonable to you or your realtor, do not sign the mortgage documents.

They give you a blank loan form to sign

When going over mortgage document with your loan officer, be watchful for any blank forms or lines, and make sure the lender fills in all relevant information before you sign.

Getting a mortgage is not a stroll in the park. Experts recommend that you consult your attorney, local credit counseling agency or financial advisor to be on a safe side.


The Internet has changed the way you shop, but it has also changed the way retailers market their goods. No longer do families travel downtown on a Saturday afternoon to do their summer or back-to-school shopping. Nor is the mall the ultimate location to find all the current fashion and hang out at the food court. What was trending last week is now so-last-week. To understand the shift in the retail markets you need to know how people are shopping today and who is doing the purchasing. 

Generation Z is too big to ignore

The buying powerhouse in the United States has now shifted from what was the largest consumer base, the baby boomers, to Generation Z. Their buying dollar estimates are in the billions, and they are an educated group with definiteness of purpose. They possess a comfort level with technology that no generation before has. Since birth, they have had access to an ever-changing landscape of innovation and groundbreaking advancements in almost every segment of their lives. This ever-evolving environment has them expecting change and developing and adapting skills to navigate their lives. When you want to get their attention, you will need to think less about branding your product and more about this generation as individuals.

Tied to technology but living in reality

This generation Z lives both online and offline and sorts through massive amounts of information continually. They are making choices on how to spend their time, who to spend time with and what to purchase, all at lightning speeds. So, you may wonder, how does a retailer get information to them about a product or service? They need to be on point. Generation Z appreciates the bottom line about what your product does, and they will decide if they are interested. Trying to convince them or, if they think you are working too hard to sell them; that is a turn-off. Besides, generally, they want to support companies with quality products that also promote a cause or give back in some way. They are globally-minded and take up for humanitarian and other causes with passion and commitment.

Word-of-mouth or Instagram? 

Social media and its many platforms have created a massive impact on how Generation Z spends its money and how they pass the word along about products and companies. The trending influencers can cause ripples across a market within hours. The marketing world has changed are you prepared to serve this new powerhouse of consumers?

This week try to see how often you use your mobile devices to be a consumer. If you're in the housing market, seek out a real estate professional with a mobile presence to promote to young buyers.


This Multi-Family in Springfield, MA recently sold for $184,900. This style home was sold by JoAnn Asselin - Witalisz & Associates, Inc..


149-151 Maynard St, Springfield, MA 01109

Multi-Family

$176,900
Price
$184,900
Sale Price

2
Units
2,200
Approx. GLA
A nicely remodeled Two Family in excellent condition that abuts American International College Athletic Field. Ideal for Owner Occupancy or as an Investment Property. Units are spacious and almost identical with 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room and Washer/Dryer hook ups in each unit. Units have been updated including Windows, Hot Water Heaters, Plumbing and Electrical within the last ten years. Shouldn't be much to do! Very conveniently located near major highways and Colleges.

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149-151 Maynard St, Springfield, MA 01109

Multi-Family

$176,900
Price

2
Units
2,200
Approx. GLA
A nicely remodeled Two Family in excellent condition that abuts American International College Athletic Field. Ideal for Owner Occupancy or as an Investment Property. Units are spacious and almost identical with 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room and Washer/Dryer hook ups in each unit. Furnaces, Windows, Roof, Hot Water Heaters, Plumbing and Electrical have all been replaced within the last ten years. Shouldn't be much to do! Very conveniently located near major highways and Colleges.
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