The Sellers’ Disclosure Package — Disclosures, Reports & Inspections
The sellers’ disclosure package typically includes a home inspection, pest report, seller transfer disclosure report, local hazards such as earthquake or slide zones, and more.
We’ll upload the sellers’ disclosure package to our cloud server site, send you the link, then carefully review it with you via Zoom video call.
Screen sharing lets each of us be in a different location and see the same thing. I zoom (on Zoom) in on important things, so it’s actually better than reviewing it in person.
After our review, you’ll know which additional inspections to get.
The best scenario for you is when the seller doesn’t have any inspections – it gives us a chance to negotiate price changes or credits for you if our inspections turn up work.
We’ll Craft Your Offer To Make It Easier For The Seller To Say YES!
When I call to let you know which offer the seller has selected, my favorite word is “Congratulations!”
Here how we craft your offer to increase the odds of the seller saying YES! to you.
Set Aside Time For Your Offer
We’ll let you know the day and time offers are due. It’s best to review the disclosures and offer paperwork a day or two before then.
It takes about an hour to review the seller disclosures with you, and at least that much time to prepare the disclosures, recent sales (comps), and the purchase agreement for signing.
Review Our Neighborhood Market Research
We’ll show you nearby homes which have recently sold so you get a hyper-local view of neighborhood market conditions.
Click the map or photos to view a sample report.
What’s The Likely Overbid?
There’s a relationship between how many buyers ask for property disclosures, and how many offers the home receives.
There is also a correlation between how many offers a listing receives, and the amount of overbid.
I’ll analyze nearby recent sales and market conditions for each home you bid on.
Detailed Analysis For Each Home You’re Considering Buying
There’s a strong relationship between the square footage of a home and the sales price. Homes are in different conditions, so you’d expect there to be scattered data, but the trend line is clear.
What about Zillow? We’ll compare actual MLS sales prices to the values assigned by automated valuation websites such as Zillow, Redfin, Realtor.com, and NARRPR. The circles are sales reported in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The triangles, diamonds and squares are automated valuations.
We offer the advantage of having been inside many of the homes … so we have “boots on the ground” knowledge that computer algorithms can’t possibly have.
Well Priced Homes Sell Quickly … And With Large Overbids
Most homes sell within 10-15 days of coming on the market – that’s when a home is highly likely to sell for more than its asking price. Once a home has been on the market for about a month, it often sells for less than the original asking price. Savvy sellers position their home’s list price to generate multiple offers.
Digital Signing – No matter if you’re down the street or overseas
Robin & Walt signed their contract … under an ancient apple tree … in Normandy!
As long as you’re within the Troposphere … we can make it happen!
Relationships With Other Agents
Other agents know when we represent the buyers, it will close.
We’ve gotten our buyers’ offer accepted because of our reputation and relationships with other agents – they tell us they’d rather work with us than other agents since they know once we’re in contract, there’s a very high likelihood that it will close.
The Offer Presentation
In general, the sellers’ agent collects offers on a specific date and time. It’s a sealed bid process – you don’t know anything about the other offers.
The Seller’s Response
When a seller receives multiple offers, they usually select one to counter or accept. That’s why it’s best to submit your best offer; it’s unlikely you’ll have a chance to improve it.
Sometimes the seller counters two or more offers at the same time, a “multiple counter offer”. Even if each buyer accepts the terms of the sellers’ multiple counteroffer, the seller gets to decide one to accept. Multiple counter offers tend to irritate buyers; it’s not uncommon for one or more of them to withdraw from the negotiations.
Timing – Closing, Possession Dates, Vacation, or Travel
The lender will let us know realistic time frames for loan approval and funding; look at your calendar to see if you’ve upcoming vacations or business trips.
Let us know if you have any vacations or travel plans. Some buyers elect to give their co-buyer power-of-attorney to sign on their behalf. The title company will prepare it for you.
The Title Company can arrange for a signing service/notary to meet you at your home or office. If you’re signing in a different state, they’ll attach the appropriate notary tag to the appropriate. If overseas, however, your documents have to be signed at a US Consulate; be sure to check their schedule and hours and to make sure you can notarize it so the paperwork’s returned in time.
We know how to craft your offers so you buy at the best possible price.
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