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March 24, 2019

The Dog Lover’s Guide to Buying a New Home with The Van Dyke Group

House hunting can be tough, and for many pet owners, there are additional considerations to take and hoops to jump through. Not only will you be looking for a house that meets your needs and falls within your price range, but you also want to find a home (and perhaps even a neighborhood) that everyone in your family will enjoy -- even Fido. Your pooch is part of your family, so it is imperative that you find a home he can be happy, healthy, and safe in. 

With all these needs to consider, many people with pets think, “Where do I even start?” Here’s a quick guide on the questions you need to ask to find the right new home for you and your furry family member.

#1 How much outdoor space do you need?

Will your dog spend a lot of time outdoors? Even if the answer is no, your pups may still require open spaces to run and play. If the answer is yes, you’ll want to be sure there is adequate shade. Most pet owners look for fenced-in yards or outdoor areas ideal for protecting their pets. Take note of what your dog enjoys doing outside -- rolling in the grass, lounging in the sun, or rolling in puddles -- and keep that in mind when searching for your new home.

#2 Do you want a neighborhood near a park?

Walking your dog doesn’t just keep your pup in shape -- studies show that walking your dog can also improve the health of your heart, mind, and body. Is it important to you and your health to have access to nice sidewalks or paths? Having a park nearby is a great way to take your dog on picnics or to play fetch, while dog parks are ideal opportunities for dogs to be social. Be sure to look at not just what the house has to offer your dog, but the entire neighborhood as well.

#3 Is your dog aging?

If you’re dealing with an aging dog or pet with a handicap, you may want to consider buying a home that makes it easier and less stressful for you to accommodate their needs. Will your dog have a hard time getting up and down stairs? Consider a house with few or no steps from the door to the yard. Does your aging dog suffer from incontinence? Look for floors that won’t stain and are easy to clean. Then, take the time to create a plan for moving your dog out of his current space and getting him comfortable in his new home -- just keep in mind that he’s still likely to experience stress from the move, which may result in accidents. Be sure your cleaning arsenal is updated with everything you’ll need to keep your new home spotless (and furless) even when he’s on his best behavior, including a vacuum cleaner, pet-friendly cleaning agents, and an air purifier that will eliminate any allergens and unwelcome odors Fido tracks in.

#4 Are there other pets or animals nearby?

Does your dog act like every animal is his best friend, or is he timid in social situations? You’ll want to take stock of the animals near the house. For example, will the friendly poodle next door antagonize your dog? Analyze the way your potential new neighbors take care of their dogs, and you’ll have a good idea of how they will view yours. It’s also important to find out if there is any wildlife in the area, especially if your dog is small and could be vulnerable to predatory or territorial animals.

Buying a new home is a new adventure. Sure, you will have moments when you second guess yourself, but overall, this is an exciting opportunity to reassess your priorities -- for you and your dog. Keeping your pet in mind while house hunting will help you make a choice that works not just right now, but also in the future.

Woof! Woof! Need more information on your new home adventure? Check out my dog friendly site at

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Posted in Mark Van Dyke
Jan. 31, 2019

What is a (CMA) Comparative Market Analysis?

A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is an evaluation of similar, recently sold homes (called comparables or comps) that are near a home or homes that you want to buy or sell. Buyers, sellers, or real estate agents perform a CMA report to establish and find a fair price range for the home the report is created for. The price range from the CMA can then be used as a guide to be used for establishing an offer price or a listing price.

Basically, performing a CMA involves finding the homes that are similar to the home under consideration, and creating an in-depth comparison of its size, age, location, and features of the home. It all comes down to one question: compared to other, comparable homes in this area, how much is this home worth? Answering that question involves looking at a fair amount of data on other homes in the current market.

The process for doing a comparative market analysis includes:

Defining criteria for selecting comparables in close range to the home

  • Determine a list of quality comparables
  • Evaluate the comparables within close range to the home
  • Adjust comparable values for differences in size, condition, location, amenities, etc
  • Estimate the ideal value of your target home based off the findings
Posted in The Van Dyke Group
Jan. 28, 2019

Think You Should For Sale By Owner? Think Again! [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • For Sale By Owner (FSBO) is the process of selling real estate without the representation of a real estate broker or real estate agent.
  • According to the National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 36% of homeowners who decided to FSBO last year did so to avoid paying a commission or fee. But, homes sold with an agent net 6% more than those sold as a FSBO according to Collateral Analytics!
  • Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, let’s get together to discuss the advantages of having an agent on your side.
Posted in Mark Van Dyke
Jan. 28, 2019

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring to Sell

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by the theory of ‘supply and demand.’ If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of that item increases.

The supply of homes for sale dramatically increases every spring, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). As an example, here is what happened to housing inventory at the beginning of 2018:

Why It Makes No Sense to Wait for Spring To Sell | MyKCM

Putting your home on the market now, rather than waiting for increased competition in the spring, might make a lot of sense.

Bottom Line

Buyers in the market during the winter are truly motivated purchasers and they want to buy now. With limited inventory currently available in most markets, sellers are in a great position to negotiate.

 

Looking to buy or sell? Give The Van Dyke Group a call today!

Jan. 22, 2019

What Is The Cost Of Waiting Until Next Year To Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted in Mark Van Dyke
Jan. 21, 2019

The Critical Role of The REALTOR® In The Residential Real Estate Transaction

Below is a list of more than 230 possible actions, research steps, procedures, processes, and review stages that a REALTOR® may provide in a typical, successful residential real estate transaction.

As residential real estate transactions can vary, each action, step, or process may not be mandatory in every residential transaction. However, this list underscores the importance of having the help and guidance of a professional who understands the residential real estate sales process.

REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and pledge to uphold the stringent, enforceable tenets of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics in their professional dealings with the public.

SELLER(S)’ REPRESENTATION

PRE-LISTING ACTIVITIES

  1. Contact property owner(s) and make appointment with seller(s) for listing presentation.

  2. Send seller(s) confirmation of listing appointment and call to confirm.

  3. Review pre-appointment questions.

  4. Research appropriate sampling of currently listed comparable properties (i.e., appropriate by property type, price range, and location).

  5. Research trends and sales activity for an appropriate period (past three to six months is recommended) from MLS and public records databases.

  6. Research “average days on market” for the property type, price range, and location.

  7. Download and review property tax roll information.

  8. Research property’s public record information for ownership and deed type.

  9. Research property’s public record information for lot size and dimensions.

  10. Research and verify legal description.

  11. Research property’s land use coding and deed restrictions. 

  12. Research property’s current use and zoning.

  13. Ascertain need for lead-based paint disclosure.

  14. Prepare market analysis to establish broker opinion of value.

  15. Prepare listing-presentation package with above materials.

  16. Perform exterior “curb-appeal assessment” of subject property.

  17. Verify public-school zoning and discuss with the seller(s) the impact of school districts on market value determination.

  18. Review listing-appointment checklist to verify that all steps and actions have been completed.

     

    LISTING-APPOINTMENT PRESENTATION ACTIVITIES

    1. Review broker’s and company’s credentials and accomplishments in the market with seller(s).

    2. Present company’s profile and position of “niche” in the marketplace.

    3. Give seller(s) an overview and projections of current market conditions.

    4. Present market analysis results to seller(s), including sold comparables, current listings, and expired.

    5. Offer pricing strategy based on professional judgment and interpretation of current market conditions.

    6. Discuss goals with seller(s) to market effectively.

    7. Explain marketing power and benefits of the MLS.

    8. Explain the different marketing options and their effectiveness.

    9. Explain work the brokerage does “behind the scenes” and the broker’s availability on weekends.

    10. Explain brokerages role in taking calls to screen for qualified buyers and to protect seller(s) from curiosity seekers.

    11. Present and discuss strategic master marketing plan.

    12. Review results of curb-appeal assessment with seller(s) and provide suggestions to improve sale-ability.

    13. Research and verify city sewer/septic tank systems. Verify when property’s septic system was last pumped or inspected.

    14. Well water: Confirm well status, depth, and output from third-party well report.

    15. Natural gas: Research/verify the availability of natural gas and supplier’s name and phone number.

    16. Verify security system, current term of service, and determine if it’s owned or leased.

    17. Verify if seller(s) has transferable termite bond – obtain a copy of the terms and conditions of bond that may be available to buyer(s). 

    1. Discuss home-warranty program with homeowner.

    2. Verify if property has rental units involved.

    3. Make copies of all leases for retention in listing file.

    4. Verify all rents and all deposits.

    5. Assess interior décor and suggest changes.

    6. Prepare net sheet for seller(s).

    7. Review accuracy of current title information with sellers. (If possible, obtain copies of seller(s)’ deed, owner’s title insurance policy, and most-recent survey.)

    8. Verify names of owner(s) as they appear in county’s public property records.

    9. Verify with seller(s) if there are any outstanding or expired construction permits or if any changes have been made to the property since the seller(s) purchased the property.

    10. Obtain copy of current Title Insurance Policy.

    11. Complete listing contract and addenda (using names of seller(s) as they appear on deed or title policy). Obtain seller(s)’ signature(s) on the listing agreement and return a signed copy of the listing contract to the seller(s). (If property is jointly owned, all owners should sign listing agreement.)

    12. Review with seller(s) the standard closing costs and pro-rations typical to the HUD statements.

    13. Obtain seller(s)’ permission to use a lock box.

    14. Measure interior room sizes.

    15. Confirm lot size via owner’s copy of certified survey, if available.

    16. Note any and all unrecorded property lines, agreements, and easements that are known to the seller if they are not otherwise noted.

    17. Obtain house plans, if applicable and available.

    18. Review house plans and make a copy. 

     

    POST-LISTING ACTIVITIES

    1. Compile and assemble formal file on property.

    2. Obtain copy of subdivision plat/complex layout.

    3. Verify with seller(s) if there are any outstanding or expired construction permits or if any changes have been made to the property since the seller(s) purchased the property.

    4. Obtain copy of current title insurance policy.

    5. Provide seller(s) with a copy of a blank sales contract to review in preparation of their receipt of an offer.

    6. Inform tenants of listing and discuss how showings will be handled.

    7. Arrange for installation of yard sign.

    8. Have seller(s) complete the seller(s)’ disclosure form. 

     

    LISTING ACTIVITIES

    1. Order plat map for retention in property’s listing file.

    2. Prepare showing instructions for buyer(s)’ broker and agree on showing-time window with seller(s).

    3. Install electronic lock box and program the lock box with agreed-upon showing-time windows.

    4. Obtain current mortgage loan(s) information: companies and loan account numbers.

    5. Verify current loan information with lender(s).

    6. Identify homeowner association manager, if applicable.

    7. Verify homeowner association fees and pending or unpaid assessments with homeowner association manager.

    8. Research electricity availability and supplier’s name and phone number.

    9. Prepare detailed list of property amenities and assess market impact.

    10. Prepare detailed list of property’s “inclusions and conveyances with sale.”

    11. Compile list of completed repairs and maintenance items.

    12. Explain benefits of homeowner warranty to seller(s).

    13. Assist sellers with completion and submission of homeowner-warranty application.

    14. Place homeowner warranty in property file for conveyance at time of sale.

    15. Make extra key for lockbox.

    16. Place a copy of the seller(s)’ completed disclosure form in the property file.

    17. Arrange for interior and exterior photos to be taken for MLS listing.

    18. Arrange for creation of a virtual tour if one will be used in marketing the property.

    19. Complete a new-listing checklist.

    20. Enter listing into office records and/or create listing file. 

       

     

    MLS-RELATED ACTIVITIES

    1. Prepare “MLS profile sheet.” (Listing broker is responsible for “quality control” and accuracy of listing data).

    2. Enter property data from profile sheet into MLS listing database.

    3. Proofread MLS database listing for accuracy, including proper placement in mapping function.

    4. Take additional photos of the property to upload into MLS and for use in flyers.

    5. Provide seller(s) with a copy of the MLS profile sheet data form.

 

MARKETING AND SHOWING ACTIVITIES

  1. Create print and Internet ads with seller(s)’ input and approval.

  2. Provide “special feature” cards for marketing, if applicable.

  3. Submit ads to company’s participating Internet real estate sites.

  4. Reprint/supply brochures promptly as needed.

  5. Create QR codes.

  6. Prepare mailing and contact list.

  7. Generate mail-merge letters to contact list.

  8. Order “just listed” labels and reports.

  9. Prepare flyers.

  10. Prepare property marketing brochure for seller(s)’ review.

  11. Order an appropriate quantity of marketing brochures or flyers.

  12. E-mail marketing material to brokers and agents with marketing material.

  13. Upload listing to company and broker’s Internet site, if applicable.

  14. Mail out “just listed” notice to all neighborhood residents.

  15. Inform Network Referral Program of listing.

  16. Coordinate showings with owners, tenants, and other REALTORS®. Return all calls promptly (weekends included).

  17. Provide showing time comments and feedback to seller(s) and recommend changes according to potential buyer comments.

  18. Review comparable MLS listings and new trends regularly to verify property remains competitive in price, terms, conditions, and availability. 

  19. Provide marketing data to buyers coming through international relocation networks.

  20. Provide marketing data to buyers coming from referral network.

  21. Convey price changes promptly to all Internet groups.

  22. Request feedback from buyers’ brokers after showings.

  23. Review weekly market study reports.

  24. Discuss feedback from showing sales associates with seller(s) to determine if changes will accelerate the sale.

  25. Call seller(s) weekly to discuss marketing and pricing.

  26. Promptly enter price changes in MLS listing database. 

 

OFFER AND CONTRACT ACTIVITIES

  1. Verify proper licensure of buyer’s broker and salesperson.

  2. Obtain a signed and dated verification that escrow deposit was delivered to escrow agency.

  3. Receive and review all offer to purchase contracts submitted by buyers or buyers’ brokers.

  4. Evaluate offer(s) and prepare a “net sheet” on each offer, for the seller(s) to make comparisons.

  5. Review offers with seller(s) and review merits and weaknesses of each component of each offer.

  6. Contact buyers’ broker to review buyer(s)’ qualifications and discuss offer.

  7. Provide seller(s)’ disclosure to buyer(s)’ broker or buyer upon request (prior to offer if possible).

  8. Confirm buyer(s) is pre-approved by contacting lender.

  9. Obtain a copy of the buyer(s)’ pre-approval letter from lender.

  10. Negotiate all offers and counteroffers on seller(s)’ behalf.

  11. Prepare and convey any counteroffers, acceptance, or amendments to buyer(s)’ broker.

  12. When offer to purchase is accepted and signed by seller(s) (“contract”), deliver contract to selling/buyer(s)’ broker or if none, to buyer(s).

  13. Verify contract is signed by all parties.

  14. Provide copies of the contract and all addenda to closing attorney and the title company.

  15. Record and promptly deposit buyer(s)’ earnest money with escrow agent.

  16. Disseminate “under-contract showing restrictions” as seller(s) requests.

  17. Deliver copies of signed contract to seller(s)

  18. Provide copies of contract to lender. 

  19. Inform seller(s) how to handle additional offers to purchase submitted between effective date of contract and closing.

  20. Change status in MLS to “sale pending”.

  21. Update listing file to show “sale pending”. 

 

LOAN-PROCESS ACTIVITIES

  1. Contact buyer(s)’ lender weekly to verify processing is on track.

  2. Follow buyer(s)’ loan processing through to the underwriter.

  3. Relay final approval of buyer(s)’ loan application to seller(s).

     

 

HOME-INSPECTION ACTIVITIES

  1. Coordinate buyer(s)’ professional home and termite (WDO) inspections with seller(s).

  2. If property is vacant, arrange for power and water to be turned on.

  3. Review home inspector’s report and WDO report with seller(s) and discuss issues and options, if needed.

  4. Enter home inspection WDO inspection completion into listing file.

  5. Verify seller(s)’ compliance with home inspection report and WDO report repair requirements.

  6. Recommend or assist seller(s) with identifying trustworthy contractors to perform any required repairs.

  7. Obtain copies of repair bills showing seller(s) has made required repairs.

  8. Coordinate entry into the property and buyer’s review of completed repairs if needed. 

    APPRAISAL ACTIVITIES

     

    1. Make arrangements for appraiser to enter property.

    2. Follow-up on appraisal.

    3. Enter appraisal completion into listing file.

    4. Discuss appraisal report with seller(s) and suggest options, if necessary. 

     

    CLOSING-PREPARATION ACTIVITIES

    1. Distribute signed contracts to all involved parties (buyer, seller(s), title company, lender, seller(s)/buyer(s) broker, closing agent) and provide contact information as needed.

    2. Coordinate closing process with buyer(s)’ broker and lender.

    3. Update closing forms and files.

    4. Confirm location, date, and time where closing will be held and notify all parties.

    5. Confirm with closing agent that all title problems have been resolved.

    6. Confirm that the seller has the proper Power of Attorney or trust documents, as required.

    7. Work with buyer(s)’ broker in scheduling and conducting buyer(s)’ final walk-through prior to closing.

    8. Confirm with closing agent that all tax, HOA, utility, and other applicable pro-rations have been resolved.

    9. Request final closing figures from closing agent.

    10. Review closing figures on HUD statement with seller(s) to verify accuracy of preparation.

    11. Forward verified closing figures to buyer(s)’ broker and confirm buyer(s)’ broker has received and reviewed closing figures.

    12. Confirm buyer(s) and Buyer(s)’ broker has received title insurance commitment.

    13. Provide homeowners warranty for availability at closing.

    14. Recommend courtesy closing agent for absentee seller(s), as needed.

    15. Review closing documents with seller(s) and their counsel.

    16. Provide earnest money deposit check from escrow account to closing agent. If closing agent is holding escrow funds make sure it appears on the final HUD.

    17. Coordinate this closing with seller(s)’ next purchase and resolve any timing problems, if applicable.

    18. Confirm seller(s)’ net proceeds check at closing.

     

    AFTER-CLOSING ACTIVITIES

    1. Provide REALTOR® referral information for seller(s)’ relocation destination, if applicable.

    2. Change MLS status to “sold.” Enter sale date, price, selling broker, and listing broker’s ID numbers, etc.

    3. Close out listing in company files.

    4. Follow up with seller(s)

      BUYER(S)’ REPRESENTATION BUYER(S)-PRESENTATION ACTIVITIES

    5. Respond to prospective buyer(s) inquiries. 

    6. Interview the buyer(s) prospect and obtain buyer(s) personal information and explain the homebuying process.

    7. Determine if REALTOR® has a conflicting brokerage relationship or other conflict of interest with the buyer(s).

    8. Discuss the pre-approval financial process with the buyer(s).

    9. Suggest at least three mortgage lenders to assist buyer(s) in becoming pre-approved.

    10. Determine through discovery the buyer(s)’ preferences in a home as well as the location, price, size, type of home, special needs, and ADA accommodations etc. 

     

    PRE-CONTRACT ACTIVITIES

    1. Obtain and review pre-approval letter from lender.

    2. Search the MLS for properties that meet the buyer(s)’ criteria.

    3. Make appointments with seller(s) or seller(s)’ listing broker to show the properties selected by the buyer(s).

    4. OFFER AND CONTRACT ACTIVITIES

      1. Obtain a “good faith estimate” from the buyer(s)’ lender for the target purchase price and review with buyer(s).

      2. Meet with buyer(s) to preview offer, contract form, addenda, and miscellaneous forms.

      3. Complete offer to purchase and all addenda.

      4. Provide seller(s)’ disclosure forms to buyer(s).

      5. Submit offer to purchase signed by buyer(s) to seller(s)’ broker.

      6. Provide credit report information to seller(s) if property will be seller-financed.

      7. Provide buyer(s) a copy of all forms used in making the offer.

      8. Negotiate all offers on buyer(s)’ behalf.

      9. Prepare and convey any counteroffers, acceptance, or amendments to seller(s)’ broker.

      10. Verify final offer is signed by all parties (“contract”), and that all necessary documents are attached.

      11. Deliver fully signed and initialed contract to buyer.

      12. Distribute signed contracts to all involved parties (buyer(s), seller(s), title company, lender, seller(s)/buyer(s) broker, and closing agent) and provide contact information as needed.

      13. Record and promptly deposit buyer(s)’ earnest money in escrow account or deliver to closing agent and obtain a receipt.

      14. Provide receipt of escrow deposit to seller(s)’ broker.

      15. Place copies of signed contract in office file.

      16. Inform buyer(s) of additional offers to purchase that are submitted between effective date of contract and closing.

      17. Update listing file to show “sale pending.” 

         

        HOME AND TERMITE INSPECTION ACTIVITIES

        199. Provide buyer(s) with at least three home inspection companies and three WDO inspection companies from which to select.

        1. Coordinate buyer(s)’ professional home and WDO inspection with seller(s)’ broker.

        2. Review home and WDO inspection reports with buyer.

        3. Enter completion of home and WDO inspection reports into the listing file.

        4. Order septic system, well, or mold inspections, if applicable.

        5. Receive and review septic system, well, or mold reports with buyer(s) and note any possible impact on sale.

        6. Provide copy of septic system, well and mold inspection reports, if any, to lender and seller(s).

        7. Verify seller(s)’ compliance with all inspection repair requirements.

         

        TRACKING THE LOAN-PROCESS ACTIVITIES

        1. Coordinate with lender on discount points being locked in with dates.

        2. Confirm verifications of deposit and buyer(s)’ employment have been returned.

        3. Contact lender weekly to verify processing is on track.

        4. Follow loan processing through to the underwriter.

        5. APPRAISAL ACTIVITIES

          1. Schedule appraisal with seller(s) or seller(s)’ broker.

          2. Inform buyer(s) of options if appraisal report is different than the contract/purchase price.

          3. Provide comparable sales used in market pricing to appraiser.

          4. Follow-up on appraisal until completed.

          5. Enter completion into the listing file. 

           

          CLOSING-PREPARATION ACTIVITIES

          1. Coordinate closing process with seller(s)’ broker, lender, and closing agent.

          2. Update closing forms and files.

          3. Verify all parties have all forms and information needed to close the sale.

          4. Assist in obtaining power of attorney or trust documents, as required.

          5. Work with seller(s)’ broker in scheduling and conducting buyer(s)’ final walk-through prior to closing.

          6. Confirm buyer(s) has received title insurance commitment.

          7. Confirm location, date, and time where closing will be held and notify all parties.

          8. Confirm with closing agent that all tax, HOA, utility, and other applicable pro-rations have been resolved.

          9. Request final closing figures from closing agent.

          10. Review and verify closing figures on HUD statement with buyer(s).

          11. Forward verified closing figures to seller(s)’ broker and confirm seller(s)’ broker has received and reviewed closing figures.

          12. Verify that seller(s)’ broker has provided homeowners warranty, if purchased, at closing.

          13. Forward closing documents to absentee buyer(s) as requested, if applicable.

          14. Provide earnest money deposit check from escrow account to closing agent. If closing agent is holding escrow funds make sure it appears on the final HUD.

          15. Confirm collected funds from buyer(s) are available for closing.

          16. Explain filing for homestead exemption.

          17. Verify transfer of all keys (house, mailbox, and HOA/community), garage- door openers, HOA/security/gate access codes, pool equipment, and appliance manuals.

          18. Close out listing.

          19. Assist with filing claims with homeowner’s warranty company, if requested.

          20. Respond to any follow-up calls and provide any additional information required from office files.

          21. Follow up with buyer(s).

           

          In addition to the above activities/services which may be performed by a REALTOR® during a real estate transaction, today’s real estate market requires REALTORS® to offer additional assistance when the transaction involves short sales, foreclosures, or bank-owned properties.

          Also, during the marketing process, homeowners may be in need of property-management services which REALTORS® also perform. Whether you are buying, selling, or in need of a property manager, we encourage you to discuss with your REALTOR® in detail what additional services may be necessary for you to accomplish your objective. 

           

Posted in The Van Dyke Group
Jan. 21, 2019

The Difference Having a Professional on Your Side Makes

In today’s fast-paced world, where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search are. The truth is, with the addition of more information, comes more confusion.

Shows like Property BrothersFixer Upper and the dozens more on HGTV have given many a false sense of what it’s like to buy and sell a home.

Now more than ever, you need an expert on your side who is going to guide you toward your dreams and not let anything get in the way of achieving them. Buying and/or selling a home is definitely not something you want to DIY (Do It Yourself)!

Here are just some of the reasons you need a real estate professional in your corner:

There’s more to real estate than finding a house you like online!

There are over 230 possible steps that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, someone who knows what these actions are, to ensure you achieve your dream?

You Need a Skilled Negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator like could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer, to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

What is the home you’re buying or selling worth in today’s market?

There is so much information out there on the news and on the internet about home sales, prices, and mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively and correctly price your home at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a lowball offer?

Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, advises:

“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.”

Hiring an agent who has his or her finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying or selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

Bottom Line

Today’s real estate market is highly competitive. Having a professional who’s been there before to guide you through the process is a simple step that will give you a huge advantage!

Jan. 18, 2019

Grant Van Dyke Realtor Van Dyke Group RE/MAX Fine Properties Arizona

Grant Van Dyke Founder of The Van Dyke Group specializes in Single Family Residential Home Sales in Carefree, Cave Creek, North Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale.  Team Leader Grant Van Dyke, a tenured Realtor, brings levels of expertise to your real estate experience. With a background in Architecture and Urban Design, current with market trends and strategies, vested with knowledge and equipped with the tools and technology relevant to the industry, he remains an invaluable expert for both sellers and buyers. Ready to search and purchase your next property, or first home, representation in the sell of your home, or, questions about investment strategy,  Grant and The Van Dyke Group, are the answer.

Our clientele have an unparalleled advantage in today's unpredictable real estate environment, working with the Professionals at The Van Dyke Group.  Knowledge, experience and leadership, with a plethora of backgrounds, make the difference. The Van Dyke Group of professionals, offer a solid commitment to fulfilling customer goals with market analysis, local and regional expertise and strategic negotiation skills.  Our passion for marketing real estate has made The Van Dyke Group a leading partner with RE/MAX Fine Properties.

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March 25, 2010

Mark Van Dyke Realtor Van Dyke Group RE/MAX Fine Properties Arizona

As Seen on HGTV Desert Homes, Mark Van Dyke, is a real estate agent with The Van Dyke Group Powered by RE/MAX Fine Properties located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Call on Mark Van Dyke when you need personable, responsive and knowledgeable real estate buying and selling services.

Mark and The Van Dyke Group specialize in representing clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences in Arizona. We pride ourselves with our knowledge of current local market transactions, neighborhood information, and related marketing services, including mortgage, insurance, home inspection and home warranty information.

Mark is very helpful, plugged-in and has incredible social media presence, buyer and seller websites, and can help you find homes in the most digitally savvy ways possible. Mark is also a professional social media marketer who utilizes the latest real estate technology advancements. Mark promises to help list, market & sell your house quickly utilizing the most current online advertising, marketing, photography, video and buyer/seller services including but not limited to:

* Global MLS Syndication
* Zillow, Realtor & Trulia, Syndication
* Facebook & Instagram Marketing
* You Tube Video Marketing
* Twitter & Pinterest Advertising
* Social Media Buyer & Seller Marketing
* Open House Marketing
* Ongoing Buyer Marketing
* 3D & VR Interactive Virtual Tours
* Drone Photography & Video
* Streaming Property Tours
* Buyer/Seller Nurturing Services
* Speaking Photos
* Buyer Showings
* Custom Listing & Buyer Websites
* Virtual Staging Solutions
* Floor Plan Visual Tours

Mark Van Dyke is your real estate partner, not just your agent. Look to Mark as a key ally who can guide you through the home buying or selling process who also helps you envision success from start to finish. Mark has your best interest at heart and will help you every step of the way, from finding potential homes and touring those properties to finding a lender, and ultimately, signing the closing papers.

Did you see Mark Van Dyke featured on HGTV? Please visit: http://www.MarkVanDykeHGTV.com

Connect with Mark on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/markvandykeusa

Check out "What Your Property is Worth" on Mark's Website at: http://www.VanDykeRealEstate.com

When it comes down to it, Mark Van Dyke is a customer driven, online marketing professional dedicated to achieving optimal results while providing exceptional realtor services. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, the entire sales and marketing team at The Van Dyke Group Powered by Platinum Living Realty will put 35+ years of real estate expertise to work for You!

Mark Van Dyke Client Testimonials: http://reach150.com/m/review/88711/platinum-living-realty-mark-van-dyke-scottsdale-az-real-estate-agent

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