Where Do I Start Looking To Buy A Home In Bend?

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BEND – Home buying can sometimes be a mix of excitement and frustration because, you know that it’s the right decision that you want to make for yourself and your family but you don’t know where to get started.

In this post were going to cover steps to that you should take so you can find a home for sale in Bend and save the time, money plus hassle of having to do everything yourself.

Step 1 – Find a Realtor

The first step towards finding a home in Bend that’s for sale is hiring a Real Estate Agent. You will want to work with a Realtor because; he or she will have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) as well as a variety of other contacts to help you find the home that’s perfect for you.

Step 2 – What “Exactly” Are You Looking For?

Every home buyer knows what they want in a home and also what they are willing to settle for. Before you start your home search you should come up with your list of what you want and what you and your family is willing to settle for because, this approach will help you to stay clear during your home search especially if you find a home that could be great after you do some remodeling work to it.

Step 3 – Get Prequalified For a Mortgage Loan

Another important thing that you need to do before searching for a Bend Oregon Home is to get pre-qualified for a mortgage loan because, pre-qualification means that you will know what homes you can really afford and not face the disappointment of finding the right home only to realize later that it’s out of your price range.

For more tips on the home buying process in Bend, or to view the latest homes for sale in the area, contact me today at (541) 383-1426.

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What to Expect From Buyers before Listing Your Home on the 2013 Bend Oregon Real Estate Market

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In the 2013 Bend Oregon Real Estate Market one thing sellers can expect is for buyers to always be looking for ways to pay below the seller’s asking price but the seller can be prepared before they list their home if they know what parts of their home the buyer might use as their reason for submitting a lower offer.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

The first areas of any home on the 2013 Bend Oregon Real Estate Market that a buyer will pinpoint as their reasons for submitting a lower offer are that the kitchens and bathrooms of the home need serious updating.

Buyers can be picky, especially if they are looking for their dream home, and find a home with a kitchen or bathroom that has flooring or fixtures that need to be replaced and walls that should have been painted years ago.

Every buyer should make the effort to update their home, before they list it, by painting walls neutral colors, replacing old, outdated flooring and investing in new fixtures for the home like faucets, sinks and hardware for cabinets because, making a small investment in the home before listing it can ultimately save the owner tens of thousands of dollars and enable them to sell their homes for more than their asking price.

Hire a Licensed Contractor

When making any major repairs, before listing a home on the 2013 Bend Oregon Real Estate Market, a homeowner should always make the effort to hire a licensed contractor to work on their home, especially when making plumbing or electrical repairs, because, if the buyer’s agent finds out that the home owner performed all of the work on their home themselves, this could be another reason for them to submit a low offer on the Bend Oregon Home For Sale because, they could ultimately claim that some parts of the home are not up to code since a licensed contractor didn’t perform the repairs for the home owner.

To learn more about how to get your home ready to sell on the 2013 Bend Oregon Real Estate Market, or to view the latest Bend Homes for Sale, contact me today by calling: (541) 383-1426. 

What Happens When The Seller Doesn’t Make Repairs To Their Bend Home?

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During the process of searching for a home in Bend Oregon, you may come across the perfect house, but there are repairs that need to be made.

As the home buyer you’ve done your “due diligence” and hired a home inspection service than submitted your repair request to the sellers listing agent but what happens if the owner of the home that you’re interested in buying doesn’t make the repairs to the home that you’ve requested?

When purchasing a home the owner of the home (seller) is responsible contractually for making repairs to the home that have been negotiated between the buyer and seller but if the repairs are not made to the home as the buyer requested then the buyer has several options to choose from including:

Postpone Closing Until The Repairs Have Been Completed

This option isn’t one that the buyer or seller typically wants to choose because both parties are ready to move forward with their lives, but if it’s chosen, both the buyer and seller can extend their closing date by drafting an addendum to the sales contract.

Put The Repair Funds In Escrow

As the buyer, you want the repairs made, before you move in the home, and you also have the option to request that the funds be put into an escrow account until the owner has made the repairs on the home.

If the seller doesn’t complete the requested repairs by a specified date, you will be issued the funds and will have the ability to make the repairs to the home on your own.

Ask For A Credit From The Seller

Although this step could be risky since home repairs are often more expensive than originally thought it could be a smart decision for you to ask the seller for a credit, for the home repair costs, so the sale can close without any problems.

Go Back To The Table And Re-Negotiate

Last of all, but most important, if you’re not able to come to an agreement on what repairs the seller should make to their home you might want to sit down with the seller and re-negotiate what repairs they should make.

This step doesn’t always work out in the favor of the home buyer but it may enable you to close the sale with the seller and get into the home sooner, rather than later.

For more tips on how to deal with repairs before you purchase a home, or to view the latest Bend Oregon homes for sale, contact me today by calling: (541) 383-1426.

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