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Secrets of Winning the Offer War (Part 4 of 4)

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Here is Part Four of the four part series on winning the offer war. If you missed the first two,  here are the links to Part One about “PRICE”,  Part Two about “TERMS“, and Part Three about “CONTINGENCIES”  Today we’ll be looking at the third factor:

PERSONAL TOUCH

  • Home sellers sell for a myriad of reasons. If your offer is for a home where the seller has been resident, you may assume that back when they bought the house, it was with plans for the future on their minds and optimism in their hearts.  Whatever happened between then and now, people lived in the home and hold a deep appreciation for the shelter from the storm, real and metaphorical, that it provided.  Many sellers hope the home they’re leaving will be someone else’s fresh start.  Presenting yourself as the one who will appreciate and care for the home is a way of winning hearts and minds.  It’s what agents call a “love letter,” sharing with the seller your admiration for the home, and vision of what it will be like for you to live there.
  • Have your agent present the offer in person to the sellers, if that’s possible. Agents in this area know each other– and experienced agents tend to respect and trust offers brought from someone they know has been in the business a while. Offers from such are usually clear and competent.

The tips in this four part series will help you understand exactly what it takes to create a competitive winning offer.  There is a fifth ingredient, and that’s your real estate agent. I hope you will consider me a member of your home buying team.  Together, following this plan as best we can, we’ll create beautiful winning offers.

If you’re pursuing your dream of home ownership, or if you want to sell an East Bay home, I can help.  Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home.

Also, if you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Want Business? Take a Vacation

I know it seems strange, but every time I decide to take a vacation I get very busy.
Tomorrow, as I mentioned in Monday’s blog, the family and I are traveling to Seattle, but first I have to write and send an offer for one of my buyer clients and refer out two more sets of buyer clients–who are also ready to write–to some very supportive collegues at Coldwell Banker.
So. . . regarding this graphic from California Association of Realtors about Buyer Optimisim,  I would have to emphatically agree!

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I hope you enjoy yourself as much as we will!

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Real Estate: Ya gotta love it or you’ll leave it.

Many think that real estate is something people do part-time.  It’s not, and it can’t be if you take it seriously.  It’s a real job, and getting more complicated all the time.

I grew up watching my folks, both of them, work as Realtors.  It was a 24/7 job then as it is now. People who want to buy or sell a home often need their agents time & advice in the evenings, weekends, really any time of the day or night.  And then there are home tours, open houses, home inspections, contract negotiations–it goes on and on.

One thing that’s different now then when my folks were agents is that the sales contract was just a few pages.  Now it’s a multipage tome, so detailed and ever-changing that every year our office alerts us to updates to make sure we’re filling it in correctly.

One new agent I’m mentoring in my office said “I’ve never worked so hard at any job as I do as an agent”.  It’s true, but  on the other hand helping  buyers and sellers move forward with their lives is a  very satisfying way to earn a living.

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Real Estate: Ya gotta love it–and I do.

For up to the minute information about local real state, including my new listing on 1540 Blake Street in Berkeley (pictured above: two homes on one lot),  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, give me a call and/or keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

This Week’s One A Day Fun in the Bay Area

Roosevelt with Maj. Gen. Oscar W. Griswold, circa 1943. Credit Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Roosevelt with Maj. Gen. Oscar W. Griswold, circa 1943. Credit Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I meant to write my one-a-day-fun blog earlier in the day, but I had gone to my local library on Saturday and brought home a couple of fabulous books.

I tend to read at night, sometimes until the book crashes down on my nose when I doze off, but I was so enthralled by this one that I didn’t get tired at all.

The one I’m reading is called “The Mantle of Command“and it’s a book about F.D.R. during the war years.  The topic and the stirring and able authorship by Nigel Hamilton kept me awake till the wee hours.

Thus, my early morning routine was completely destroyed.  It seemed like before I got a chance to drink my morning coffee it was time to head to Alameda and show some great new clients some available homes.  I’m back now, so let’s see what’s out there to do that’s Free, Fun, and Local!!

TUESDAY September 23rd
Bay Area  filmmaker Jeff Giordano w/8 short films in Albany

WEDNESDAY September 24th
50th Annual Book Sale at Fort Mason

THURSDAY September 25th
Barbary Coast Comedy Night in Oakland

FRIDAY September 26th
Frozen” Singalong Party in Jack London Square

SATURDAY September 26th
Bonfire of Reflection in the Oakland Hills

SUNDAY September 27th
Free Sunday Concerts at the Starry Plow in Berkeley

Have fun this week, and if you’re interested in purchasing two clean, cute, homes on one lot in Berkeley, 1540 Blake Street’s offer date is coming up Wednesday, September the 24th.

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1540 Blake Street Front
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cottage front

For up to the minute information about local real state, including my new listing on 1540 Blake Street in Berkeley (pictured above: two homes on one lot),  home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley and Bay Area, give me a call and/or keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Homebuyers, Bids, and Budgets

Much more than the list price needs to be considered when you’re making an offer on a home.  Here are some points to ponder:

  • The competition–how many other offers are out there?
  • Your down payment–more is better
  • Your potential monthly mortgage payments–are they affordable?
  • Any improvements you might want to make after you own the home (see the illustration below)–these you need to budget for.
  • You’re willing to make your offer stronger by waving certain contingencies and/or offering a quick close
  • Whether, If you don’t get the home at the price you offered, you will feel OK knowing you did what was best for you.

A good agent (me) will guide you through all of this and help you present the offer that best fits your needs and circumstances.

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For up to the minute information about local real state including  high walk score homes,  information about home sales and values, AND  free and cheap activites in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.

If you’re interested in specific information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley