8 Steps Sellers Would Rather Buyers Did Not Do Before Buying

8 Steps Sellers Would Rather Buyers Did Not Do Before Buying

Sellers in San Diego have it relatively easy right now.  Our for sale inventory is approximately one third as much as the market demands.  Sellers don't sweat and pace the floors at night in San Diego.  Buyers do. 

Here are a few steps that I suggest Buyers incorporate into their property search in order to make an informed decision.

1.  Visit the neighborhood at random times.  Make observations.  Is parking difficult?  Are kids playing in the street? 

2.  Let's get the creepy web sites out of the way:   www.crimemapping.com  www.meaganslaw.com 

3.  Talk with neighbors.  Ask if they are content.

4.  Consult www.googlemaps.com for an aerial view of the property.  Do you notice any potential issues with the adjacent properties?  Are there any shared roadways?

5.  Ask your Realtor to determine how much if any money they owe on their mortgage(s).  Use this information when crafting your offer.

6,   Find the Seller(s) on www.spokeo.com  Have they mentioned anything online about selling the property?

7.  Include a CLUE report in your purchase offer.  A CLUE reports lists previous insurance claims on the property for several years.  It is the CARFAX of real estate.  Sometimes Sellers forgot that they had a flood in the kitchen 4 years ago.  This is valuable information.

8.  Ask your Realtor if they have any insight into the motivation behind the sale.  Some situations will increase the Seller's motivation such as corporate relocation, divorce and public school territory adjustments.

Everyone will tell you it is "important to do your homework".  I am telling you now that if you don't do your homework someone else will turn in a paper with your name on it.  Don't risk it.

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Phone: 619-804-6840
Dated: June 6th 2014
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