Saturday, June 27, 2015

Financial Considerations and Selling Your Florida Home

Selling your home is about making a profit, however, that doesn't mean that it doesn't come
without costs. Here is an overview of some of the major costs you'll be responsible for paying at
Mortgage Balance is the remaining balance on your original home loan. You will need to pay off your mortgage in its entirety when your home is sold.

Home Equity Loans (2nd, 3rd Mortgages) Any loan against the value of your home will also need to be paid in full after the sale of your home.
Prepayment Penalties
The bank or lending institution that currently owns your mortgage title may assess a prepayment
penalty depending on your loan terms and conditions. You should speak to your lender
now and ask if they plan on assessing a prepayment penalty, and figure out exactly how
much that amount is. You may be able to negotiate with your lender to reduce or waive the
pre-payment penalty, if there is any.
You'll also want to submit a formal pre-payment notice to your lender.

Pre-sale preparations
In most cases, it's not advisable to make major investments in your home right before a sale. There
are however, a few things that can be done to increase your home's curb appeal, fix minor
problems and otherwise make your property more attractive. Together we can identify what items
should be addressed and create a budget for these pre-sale preparations that are sure to show a
significant return on investment.
Closing Costs
All closing costs associated with the sale of your home will be listed for you and for the home buyer
in the HUD-1 settlement form. The buyer is generally responsible for all of these closing costs
which include:
Loan Fees for the
• Buyer's home mortgage
• Insurance Premiums
• Title Costs (Examination and Insurance)
• Legal documents and services fees
• Recording/Filing Fees

In some cases, buyers make a request for you as the seller to cover their closing costs as part of their
purchase offer. We will negotiate these requests if they are made and we will help you understand why, in some case, it may be advantageous to cover the buyers closing costs, if asked, and what limitations. we can set to make sure we know the close approximate net of your home sale before closing. As the seller, you will be responsible for paying the Real Estate Broker commission fee. which covers the buyer's side and yours.

The money that you make from the sale of your home is considered capital gains. The good news is that these profits can be excluded from your taxable income, up to $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for a married couple, as long as your home was your principal residence.
To exclude the full portion of those gains, you will need to have lived in your house for at least 24 months in the 5 years previous to the sale date of the property.

This is considered the "2 in 5 rule."
If you do not meet the minimum occupancy requirement you still may be able to exclude a portion
of your gains if you are selling your house because of circumstances related to your health or to your job. You should speak with your accountant or a certified tax specialist if you believe you fall under one of the exclusions or need help in reporting your capital gains after the sale of your home.
If this property is a real estate investment your profits will be considered taxable income and will be subject to state, federal and self-employment taxes. Again, in this circumstance you should speak to a financial specialist who can help you fully understand and minimize your tax liability.
Moving Costs
Moving isn't only a hassle, it can also be very expensive. Whether you're moving to a new house in
your neighborhood or across the country, it's important to estimate and plan for the full cost of
moving from your home once it is sold.

Setting Your Home's Listing Price

Your home's listing price is based on many factors including:

• Current, local market conditions
• Comparable home sales (Sold in the last 90 days, but can use solds up to 180 days)
• Buyer availability for your property
• Proceed considerations

Setting an appropriate listing price is often times the difference between getting your
property sold or having it linger on the market, eventually not selling or selling for way less
than anticipated.

If we set a listing price too high, we will lack in interested buyers. If we set a listing price that
is too low, we will short change your home so it’s important to set the home list price based
on the condition and market.

Properties over-priced by 5% lose 50% of Buyer pool and 10% over-priced
lose 75% of prospective Buyers who will never view the property.

Once a property sits on the market too long, it becomes stagnant and that can cause it to lose values in the eyes of prospective buyers since the number of days on the market is available to the public. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Home Selling Tidbits

First, CALL ME to offer staging advice and  list your home..

Then remember…
First impressions are lasting impressions so next and foremost, the EXTERIOR of your home needs to appear inviting for showings:
  • The lawn and shrubbery should be trimmed, the sidewalks edged and the yard clean and clear of debris.
  • Depending on the season, the flower beds should be cultivated and flowers blooming.
  • Touch up anything that needs it.
  • Consider the value of a quick coat of exterior paint. Unless the interior of the home is completely run down and in bad repair, the only thing decorating will do, will be to make your home more sale-able but it will not get you a better price. Be critical of your property as if you were the Buyer. Do not hesitate to make small, inexpensive repairs and….
  1. Always have your home neat and tidy.
  2. “Thin out” your furniture (fewer items in a room offers a feeling of size). You want the buyer to see what they’re buying, not what you’re taking with you.  Clutter is distracting to Buyers so ELIMINATE CLUTTER.
  3. Give special attention to the kitchen and bathroom since these rooms sell more homes than anything else.
  4. Windows should be sparkling clean and walls unmarred.
  5. Fix leaky faucets, loose doorknobs, difficult and warped cabinet doors and drawers.
  6. Remove any unnecessary material from garage, utility rooms and closets, to show off their full storage and utility space.
  7. Keep stairways and doorways clear to avoid cluttered appearance and possible accidents.
  8. Keep all rooms clean, bright and neatly arranged.
  9. Turn on lights in dark rooms and raise shades midway. Have any porch furniture attractively placed.
  10. Depending on the season, have a fire in the fireplace or outdoor grill ready to use. Create the impression of relaxed family enjoyment.
  11. BEWARE OF ANY UNAPPEALING ODORS, like cigarette smoke (NO SMOKING INSIDE), animal odors, etc. This will influence buyers. Burn or heat vanilla for a more pleasant, homey aroma and feeling of warmth.
  12. No TV. Instead, play soft, low music in the background.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at or give me a “Hello” call (407) 595-6820!!