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Sept. 19, 2018

Why You Need a Real Estate Agent On Your Team

If you are in the market of buying or selling your home, you inevitably will ask yourself whether you should enlist the services of a real estate agent or not. Although doing the work on your own has the potential to save you money, it also could be very costly in the long run. Buying or selling a home is a major life decision and although exciting, it can also be extremely stressful if trying to navigate the process on your own. Below you will find three reasons why teaming up with a real estate professional is in your best interest when starting your journey of buying or selling.


1.      Exposure & Access


The foundational responsibility of any real estate agent is to provide home buyers to home sellers and conversely, home sellers with potential home buyers. Whether from their own library of listings or those from another brokerage, realtors have access to all properties that are available on the market. How this is beneficial to you? Let’s say for example that you are a home buyer and you made the decision to hire a real estate agent. The real estate agent is able to locate all of the homes that meet your specified standards (square footage; number of bedrooms; location; open concept; price range etc.), contact the listing agents, schedule showings and then relay that information to you. If you did not have real estate agent working for you, you would be doing all the work on your own. You would end up spending countless hours perusing various websites to identify which homes look appeasing to your tastes. Then you would spend more of your time trying to get ahold of the listing agent and fitting into their schedule of when you could view the home only to find out that pictures online can be deceiving.



Home For Sale 


On the other hand, say you are selling your home, the real estate agent will provide their services of photographing your one-of-a-kind home and ensuring that everyone in town sees what they could be missing out on. Because real estate professionals work with one another on nearly a daily basis, your agent is able to make a personal phone call to his or her agent friend who has the perfect buyer and schedules a time to view your home. If you made the mistake of not hiring a real estate agent to assist with selling your home you again would have to do all of the work yourself. Your voicemail would be full (possibly) from potential buyers and you would have to make time in your busy schedule to show the home yourself. How frustrating to have a buyer not show up after you moved your schedule around to accommodate them.


2.      Negotiation Ninjas


Everyone likes to get a “good deal” on anything that they purchase. My wife is a triple-mega-master blackbelt in negotiating and I could use to learn a few things from her. In a perfect world, a buyer and seller would agree on the price and both parties would walk away feeling accomplished, however, negotiations in real estate can be difficult.




If you are handling buying a home without a real estate agent, telling the seller that their taste in neon-painted walls is repulsive probably wouldn’t be beneficial to your relationship. If however, you had an agent on your team, you could freely discuss what you did and did not particularly care about a home that you saw and not offend the seller. Your agent can then portray the concerns you have to the seller or the seller’s agent, and collectively find a resolution to continue working towards a deal.


3.      Paperwork


Trying to learn a new language is difficult, can be frustrating, takes time, repetition and practice. This is also true with the paperwork involved with a real estate transaction, whether you are buying or selling. A real estate agent deals with different contracts and unique conditions daily. They are educated in these different documents. They are professionally licensed to understand, work with, and utilize them. Without utilizing a real estate agent who is trained and well versed in all the various contracts, stipulations, and contingencies you could find yourself not only losing money but also in a bit of legal trouble if unable to perform your duties on a contract. Having a real estate agent on your team protects you in the long run, that is, after all, part of their job.


Article by Jordan Douglas,

Posted in Real Estate Agent
Sept. 13, 2018

You’re a Homeowner Now. What Do You Need to Know Next?































Buying a new home is an extremely exciting process. You are able to get out of that apartment you and your family have outgrown; you have found that forever home you have been looking for; you have found that home that, with a little sweat equity, you can make into your own; or any number of different reasons that you have decided to take the leap into homeownership. Regardless of what brought you to this point, you are finally here!


After you’ve moved all the furniture in, after you’ve hung your décor, family photos, and found your new “junk drawer”, it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy your new home, right? Yes and no. Invite the neighbors over, invite friends and family, of course you need to show off your new place with a house warming party. But after that excitement of homeownership wears off, you may quickly realize, like most first-time buyers, that you may lack the knowledge, skills or even tools to take care of your new home. Fret not, there is hope! 


Every homeowner should have a basic set of tools for performing routine maintenance and upkeep in and around their home. Being able to maintain your home can help you save money and be more knowledgeable about what you should be doing to keep your home in top shape. The following is a list of some of the essential tools I would recommend that homeowners should invest in:


·       Battery Powered Drill (at least 18v)

·       Channellock Pliers

·       Circular Saw or Handsaw

·       Drill Bits

·       Flashlight

·       Hammer

·       Level

·       Measuring Tape (at least 25’)

·       Phillips & Flathead Screwdriver

·       Speed Square

·       Utility Knife 


Although this may seem like a large list and you may be telling yourself, “I just spent all this money on a buying a house, why would I want to spend more money on tools?” but, you could very easily acquire your basic homeowner tool starter set for under $250 (obvious variables of brand; sales; store of purchase; etc. will dictate actual expense). Having these tools readily available will be very useful, and you’ll be thankful, when the time comes for you to put them to use.


Having the right tools is a great start but what if you are like some of the people I know (some of my family members actually) and right up there next to performing surgery on their “Things I Do NOT Want To Do” list, is the idea fixing a leaky faucet? Education and training is the answer. The first step, after getting your tool starter set of course, is becoming comfortable with using those tools. There is a plethora of ways to become more knowledgeable on home maintenance: books; magazines; do-it-yourself shows; your new neighbor that just happens to be a carpenter; etc.). There are even classes that you can attend to become more knowledgeable. The local Minot Home Depot offers a variety of classes to assist with homeowners seeking to become better equipped for maintaining their home. At the time of this article’s publication, the upcoming classes for Minot are: 


·       Installing a Faucet

o   Saturday, September 15 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am


·       Installing Wall Tile

o   Saturday, September 22 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am


·       Installing Smoke/CO Alarms

o   Saturday, October 13 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am 


NOTE: visit the Home Depot website to verify times/class


Smoke Detector Test













Most people are uncomfortable or even intimidated to use different tools, but educating yourself by whichever means suits you best, be it reading, watching or taking a hands-on class, will give you the confidence to tackle the home repair projects that arise. You should always keep a reserve of money to pay for home repairs, that is of course part of being a homeowner, but being able to make basic repairs to your newly purchased home could save you thousands of dollars per year. 


As one final note, you should always stay within your comfortability level when planning to make basic repairs to your home. Educate yourself with how to properly and safely use the tools that you have.  If you are not confident or if it is something that seems outside your current knowledge base, consult a professional, hire someone licensed to perform the work, or practice, as I have often done, at the in-laws’ house.


Article written by Jordan


Posted in Home Ownership
Oct. 7, 2017

More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell!

Is Now The Time To Sell Your Home?
More Americans Say Now is a Good Time to Sell! | MyKCM

Recently published data from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey showed that rising house prices were the catalyst behind an eight-point increase in the net percentage of respondents who say now is a good time to sell. The index is now 21 points higher than it was this time last year.

Overall, 62% of Americans studied said that now is a good time to sell (up from 58%), while 26% of respondents said that now is not a good time to sell (down from 30%). The remaining score is the contrast between the two percentages, or 36%.

According to CoreLogic, house prices are now up 6.7% over last year and 78.8% of homeowners with a mortgage in the US now have significant equity (defined as 20% or more).

As home prices have risen, more and more homeowners have realized that now is a good time to sell their homes in order to take advantage of the extra equity they now have.

At the same time, though, increasing prices have had the exact opposite impact on the good-time-to-buy scale as many customers are nervous that they will not be able to afford a home; the net score decreased 5 points to 18%.

Doug Duncan, Vice President & Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, had this to say,

“In the early stages of the economic expansion, home selling sentiment trailed home buying sentiment by a significant margin. The reverse is true today.

The net good time to sell share is now double the net good time to buy share, with record high percentages of consumers citing home prices as the primary reason for both perceptions. Such a sizable gap between selling and buying sentiment, if it persists, could weigh on the housing market through the rest of the year.”

Buyer demand continues to outpace the number of homes for sale, which has pushed prices up across the US. Until the supply starts to adequately match demand, there will be a gap between the opinions surrounding buying and selling.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of listing your home for sale this year, now is the time!

Considering selling your home, get a no-obligation home value estimate by simply clicking here.

Posted in Sell My House
Oct. 7, 2017

How to Get the Most Money from the Sale of Your Home

Maximize your home savings

Every homeowner wants to ensure they maximize their financial prize when selling their home. But how can you guarantee you get maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to make sure that you get the best price possible.

1. Price it just a little LOW

This may appear counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners believe pricing their home a little OVER market worth will leave them area for negotiation. In actuality, this just significantly lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

Maximize your property value

Rather than the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it to ensure that demand for the house is maximized. Using this method, the seller will never be fighting with a buyer over the purchase price, but will instead have multiple purchasers fighting with one another over the house. gives this advice:


“Aim to price your premises at or just slightly below the going price. Today’s buyers are highly educated, so if they sense they’re obtaining a deal, they’re more likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, specifically in areas with low inventory.”


2. Use a genuine Estate Professional


This, too, may appear counterintuitive. Owner may think they would make more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this getting said, studies have proven that homes typically sell for additional money when handled by a genuine estate professional. A new research by Collateral Analytics, reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save hardly any money, and in some cases could be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. In the analysis, they analyzed home product sales in a variety of markets in 2016 and the first half of 2017. The info showed that: “FSBOs tend to sell for decrease prices than comparable home sales, and perhaps below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” The results of the study showed that the differential in selling prices for FSBOs when compared to MLS sales of comparable properties is about 5.5%. Sales in 2017 recommend the average cost was near 6% lower for FSBO sales of very similar properties.


Bottom Line


Price your home at or somewhat below the current market value and hire a specialist. This will guarantee that you maximize the price you get for your home.


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Posted in Sell My House
March 25, 2010

What To Look For In Your Real Estate Agent

How do you choose the team who are going to help you make your vision of owning a home a reality? What should you be looking for? How do you know if you’ve picked the right Realtor©?

The most important trait that you should be looking for in your Realtor© is a person who is going to take the time and effort to really educate you on the options available to you in today’s real estate market.

As Dave Ramsey, the famous financial adviser, suggests:

“When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

Do your research. 

Ask your family and friends for recommendations of agents whom they have used before and have had great buying experiences with. Look for a Realtor© who will be honest and dependable, and someone you can rely on; after all, you will be trusting them with helping you make one of the largest monetary decisions of your lifeWhether this is your 1st or 5th time purchasing a house, you want to make certain that you have an agent who is going to have the difficult discussions with you, not just the easy ones. If your offer isn’t accepted by the real estate seller, or they believe that there may be something wrong with the house that you’ve fallen in love with, you would rather know what they think than make an expensive mistake.

According to a Zillow Consumer Housing Trends Report, millennials have now started to favor a more hands-on approach to their real estate experience:

“While older generations rely on real estate agents for information and expertise, millennials expect real estate agents to become trusted advisers and strategic partners.”Watch for a Realtor© to invest in your family’s future with you. You want a Realtor© who isn’t focused on the transaction but is rather focused on helping you learn the process while helping you find your dream place.

Bottom Line

In this world of Google online searches, where it seems like all the solutions are just a mouse-click away, you need a Realtor© who is going to teach you and share the knowledge that you need to know before you even know you need it. To learn more about Betsy Edwards, and Make Minot Home Real Estate click here.



Posted in Buying A Home