Why use a Realtor?

A frequent consideration for buyers and sellers is “Do I need a Realtor?” It often appears anyone with a camera and internet access can list a house or find his next home. Here are some important things a Realtor can handle during a real estate transaction:

  • Negotiations – Not everyone is cut out for the negotiation process. Realtors understand the delicate negotiation process and can help balance the needs of both buyer and seller.
  • Contracts – In this litigious world, making sure you understand every clause and definition of a contract is more important than ever. A realtor is trained to understand the unique parts of a real estate contract and will guide you through understanding what you are signing.
  • Convenience – You have a career, a family and are preparing for a move. Let a Realtor handle the phone calls, questions and appointments or narrow down the existing inventory to the best options for you.
  • Price – Realtors are trained to use recent home sales to help you sell or buy at the perfect price for the home and the market.

With over 20 years of experience, I can help you with all of the above and make your next real estate transaction simple and efficient. Contact me now at DinoP@kw.com.

The Pros and Cons of Condo Living

Condominiums are more popular than ever! Is trading your house for a condo right for you? Consider the following:

Maintenance – While not exactly maintenance free, condos come with far less of a honey-do list than a traditional home and yard. Most association fees cover basic lawn care, snow removal, landscaping and general upkeep. Is cutting the grass your idea of relaxation on the weekend or will you happily give up this chore?

Sense of Community – Condos come ready with a set of new acquaintances and neighbors. With many residents in a small footprint, you will have plenty of opportunities for new friends, and most condo communities have some organized activities. While participation is certainly not required, if you are looking for privacy, it may be harder to find in a condo community.

Security – Many condominium complexes have security features such as cameras, security gates or even foot patrols. In addition, the proximity of units can create a more secure environment. In a multi-level or high-rise complex there may be secure elevator access or a full-time lobby attendant. If security is a concern for you, this may be well worth the trade-off of carrying groceries up the stairs or taking the dog out via elevator.

Community Regulations – Most condominium associations have regulations that may cover issues such as pets, noise, access, use of facilities, parking and many others. These regulations keep the condo community safe, pleasant and clean. Check to be sure the regulations suit your lifestyle. If you want to customize the exterior of your home or have many vehicles to park, a traditional home may be a better fit.

Each condo community is unique. As a real estate expert with over 20 years of experience, let me help you find the right community for you. Contact me now at DinoP@kw.com.