BUYERS/SELLERS

BUYERS INFORMATION

As Your Agent, I Will:

  • Assure that you see all the properties in the area that meet your criteria and you will be able to Search the MLS.

  • Guide you through the entire home buying process, from finding homes to look at, to getting the best financing.

  • Make sure you don't pay too much for your new home and help you avoid costly mistakes.

  • Answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy, and more.

My services and experience range from financial aid to helping you find the home that best suits you and your family. 

For your convenience, I also provide listings by email. ASK Joe today.

I pride myself on repeat business and hope you'll come to understand why.

Buying a home is an exciting time in one's life. Making the smart move of choosing a REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your new home and community meets your needs.

Before You Start Looking For Your New Home:

  • Check your credit rating. Straighten out any errors before its too late.

  • Determine a comfortable monthly budget for your new purchase, including down payment and monthly payment.

  • Find a loan agent from our list of preferred lenders and get pre-approved.

  • Choose a REALTOR® that you trust and who understands your needs.

  • Determine what neighborhood best matches your needs.

  • Identify important features you need your new home to have.

Closing Costs to Expect:

  • Lender fees include charges for loan processing, underwriting, preparation and establishing an escrow account.

  • Third-party fees include charges for insurance, title search, and other inspections such as termites.

  • Government fees include deed recording and state & local mortgage taxes.

  • Escrow and interest fees include homeowner's insurance, loan interest, real estate taxes, and occasionally private mortgage insurance.

Find out how much your closing costs could be.
Contact Joe Today!


 
 

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SELLERS INFORMATION

As Your Agent, I Will:

  • Complete a comparative market analysis that will compare your home's value to that of your neighbors.

  • Compile a comprehensive plan detailing all the efforts I will employ to sell your home, including Internet and local media.

  • Present your home to as many qualified buyers as possible getting your home maximum exposure.

  • Help you stage your home and generate curb appeal to ensure you get the highest price.

  • Assist with obtaining offers and help you in negotiating the best deal as smoothly as possible.

  • Help you find your next home and answer all of your questions about the local market area, including schools, neighborhoods, the local economy, and more.

Recent Home Sales

What are homes selling for on your street?

ASK Joe to find out what neighborhood homes are selling for, free of charge, or choose a more detailed analysis of the value of your home.

Getting the Highest Price for Your Home

Curb appeal is key and could make a difference whether people stop and take a flyer, or drive right by. Here are a few tips to increase the curb appeal of your home.

How to Improve Curb Appeal

A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can help make sure they want to come inside your house by spending some time working on the its exterior appearance.

It's difficult to look at our own house in the same way that potential home buyers do, because when we become accustomed to the way something looks and functions, we can't see its faults. Decide right now to stop thinking of the property as a home. It's a house a commodity you want to sell for the highest dollar possible.

Curb Appeal Exercise

The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.

  1. What is your first impression of the house and yard area?

  2. What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them?

  3. What are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How can you minimize or improve them?

Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive?

Take photos of the home's exterior. If you have a digital camera, view the color versions first, then remove the color and look at it in black and white, because it's easier to see problems when color isn't around to affect our senses.

Make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make the grounds more attractive.

  • Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.

  • Stow away unnecessary garden implements and tools.

  • Clean windows and gutters.

  • Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.

  • Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or bricks.

  • Mow the lawn. Get rid of weeds.

  • Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.

  • Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the home's roof.

Don't Forget the Rear View

Buyers doing a drive by will try their best to see your back yard. If it's visible from another street or from someone's driveway, include it in your curb appeal efforts.

Evening Curb Appeal

Do your curb appeal exercise again at dusk, because it isn't unusual for potential buyers to drive by houses in the evening.

One quick way to improve evening curb appeal is with lighting:

  • String low voltage lighting along your driveway, sidewalks, and near important landscaping elements.

  • Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.

  • Make sure lighting that's visible through front doors and windows enhances the home's appearance.

Landscaping Decisions

There are times that adding elements to your landscaping can improve curb appeal, but there are other times whenremoving something is even more effective.

Most buyers cannot visualize changes, and often won't take a second look at a house if the first look doesn't appeal to them. Home buyers who can visualize changes, and are prepared to make them, expect you to reduce the price of the house to compensate for the work they plan to do.

A Few Curb Appeal Tips

  • If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders for a dingy house. Drive around your town to find color schemes that are appealing.

  • Install a more attractive front door, maybe something with leaded glass inserts.

  • If you can't justify the cost of a new door, consider replacing plain doorknob hardware with something more attractive.

  • If new hardware is beyond your budget, repaint or stain the door and polish the hardware?

Staging your home is important. Many buyers will stay in your home longer if it's staged appropriately. I have compiled some ideas.

Present your home in the most effective manner.

You usually only have one shot at impressing potential home buyers, so take some time to prepare your home.

Home Prep Basics

Everything from floors to windows must be spotless, including the oven and other major appliances.
Skylights should be crystal-clear, too. Do not forget to make bathrooms shine!

Kill the offensive pet or cooking odors. They're the first thing buyers notice, and often a permanent turnoff.

Repair leaks and drips & window panes and screens.

Paint if necessary.

Eliminate Clutter

Put away small kitchen appliances and other items that are sitting on countertops and tables.

Remove photographs and other small items from table-tops. If you have any type of collection. It may be a good time to start packing even if you need to rent storage space.

Organize closets and cabinets.

Outside Tasks

Clean the drain gutters. Buyers nearly always comment if gutters are full of leaves and it makes them question other maintenance issues.

Store or organize items that make the yard look messy.
Make your front entry inviting. Decorate it, paint the door, or buy a new door. It's the first look at your house, so make it a good one.

If the Home Is Vacant

Vacant homes often home buyers with a blast of stale or mildew-laden air, and once buyers smell mildew, they are out the door. During cold months, the interior of a house without heat always feels colder than it is outside. Leaving the heat or air conditioning running while a home is on the market reduces odors and makes the house more inviting.

Keep the lawn and landscaping tidy, even if you have to hire someone to do it.


Closing Costs to Expect:

  • Title insurance fees depend on the sales price of the home.

  • Broker's commission is a full-service fee and will cost anywhere between 5% to 7%.

  • Local property transfer tax, country transfer tax, state transfer tax, and state capital gains tax are the charges that you'll pay for the privilege of selling your home. Credit to the buyer of unpaid real estate taxes for the prior or current year are variable and depend on when you close and when your taxes are due.

  • FHA fees and costs are all fees are now negotiable between an FHA buyer and seller.

  • Home inspections fees are in some circumstances paid for by the seller and include pest, radon and other inspections.

  • Miscellaneous fees can accrue from correcting problems noticed during the home inspection.

 

Selling your home shouldn't be a stressful ordeal. Making the smart move of choosing a REALTOR® is your first step to ensuring that your investment in your home pays off.

My services and experience allow you to focus on your move while I manage your home sale from our initial consultation to the closing deal, and beyond.

I pride myself on repeat business and hope you'll come to understand why.

Find out how much your closing costs could be.
Contact Joe Today!

Contact Info

Joseph "Joe" Williams
REALTOR RS CRS, SFR, e-PRO

PO Box 223700
Princeville, HI 96722

PRINCEVILLE OFFICE:
5-4280 Kuhio Hwy., Princeville, HI 96722

 

Phone: 808-652-2984 

 

Email: joe@joewilliamshawaii.com
 

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