Let me help sell your Breckenridge/Summit County property- I have been a realtor here for over 35 years and am a native of Summit County and the Breckenridge area. As you can read below – choosing the right realtor is very important. Give me a call – I would love to help you.
Here’s what a couple of my clients have to say:
- Candy Snyder reviewed
- 02/23/2015 Helped me sell a home
I bought and sold my condo with Candy. She also referred me to the agent that helped me buy my home in Denver and Arlington. Needless to say, she has been involved in all of my real estate transactions for the past decade. She goes above and beyond in every aspect. I cannot wait to buy my next mountain property with Candy!
- Candy Snyder reviewed
- 05/27/2014 Helped me buy a home
- Candy was incredibly responsive to our questions throughout the process- this was a 2d home for us and it has been about 16 years since we bought our last one. We were unsure about what we wanted and she gave us ideas to consider when looking at the listings that she sent to us. Very nice and again, incredibly responsive.
Candy Snyder -970-485-3000 Candy@CandySellsColorado.com
My wife and I finally received an offer on our home. We had been trying to sell our home, after failing as landlords, for about six months now. Looking back over the time we’ve owned the home, there have been quite a few lessons we’ve learned along the way.
Becoming a landlord had been my idea. My wife didn’t want to rent out our home after we had to move to a new state thanks to my job. I had dreams of having a real estate portfolio that threw off thousands of dollars in passive income in retirement. It was part of my grand scheme, buckets of passive income in retirement. I had dreams of becoming the next Donald Trump.
Being a landlord really opened my eyes, and my wife’s eyes too, as to what our risk tolerance truly is. We found that we didn’t have the appetite that we thought.
A Good Realtor Makes All the Difference
I cannot stress enough the importance of having a great real estate agent. I’ve always said that you don’t want to pick professionals like a real estate agent, lawyer, doctor from the Yellow Pages. You need to get recommendations from your friends, family and coworkers. You also want to interview these professionals to ensure that you’re both the right fit for each other. Your personal finance team, in which a real estate agent will be a prime player, will help to lay the foundation for your financial life and the moves you make now and in the future. Think of your real estate agent, lawyer, certified public accountant and certified financial planner to be members of your own board of directors.
My wife and I found our first real estate agent from a mutual friend. My wife and I were moving to a new town, and one of her girlfriends knew an excellent real estate agent that specialized in working with first-time home buyers. It was a match made in heaven. It was a great experience when my wife and I purchased our first home in the spring of 2009.
So, it only made sense for us to call the same agent again when we were looking to sell the home six years later. But she was no longer in the business, having stopped to raise a family. Thankfully she recommended another agent who she would personally use to sell her home if it came to that. That’s a great endorsement. I was sold.
It’s been a great experience working with our new real estate agent selling our home this year. If you do nothing else, making this one choice can set you up for success and make all the difference in the world.
Don’t Accept the First Offer
The first offer that you receive from a buyer is just a starting point. It’s their “going in position.” It’s the buyers shooting for the moon. The offer that we received on our house wasn’t what we had hoped for after six months on the market.
The buyers had a few other surprises For example, they asked for a 60-day due diligence period. This would take our home off the market for two months while they thought about it some more, and they had very little incentive to stay in the deal with next to no earnest money.
We went back and forth for almost four days before we settled on an agreement that worked for both parties. When I look back at buying the house six years earlier, I can’t help but kick myself mentally for not asking for more concessions from the buildern. For example, I always wished that I had asked for garage door openers and window blinds. These two additions alone were the bane of my existence for the first two weeks that we lived in our new home. The builder accepted our first offer outright because we didn’t “shoot for the moon.”
So, I will never forget that the first offer isn’t always the best offer for the other party. It should be more of wishful thinking. It pays to negotiate a little. You can see this in popular television shows like “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers.” The first person goes in high, the next goes low, and then they meet in the middle. Buying and selling a home is similar. Of course, you don’t want to scare a buyer off by too much back and forth. There’s the fine art to getting what you want and keeping them on the hook.
Hank Coleman is the publisher of the popular personal finance blog Money Q&A, where he answers readers’ tough money questions. Follow him on Twitter@MoneyQandA.