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A realty reality guide to successful real estate transactions for buyers and sellers. Written and spoken by a Georgia Realtor in Atlanta. What you want and need to know with some sarcasm, wit, and humor thrown in for good measure. Plus a dollop of homespun philosophy. Knowledge, strategy, and guidance for winning real estate results. Give it a try. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/d-j-stavropoulos/support

State of Real(i)ty D. J. Stavropoulos

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A realty reality guide to successful real estate transactions for buyers and sellers. Written and spoken by a Georgia Realtor in Atlanta. What you want and need to know with some sarcasm, wit, and humor thrown in for good measure. Plus a dollop of homespun philosophy. Knowledge, strategy, and guidance for winning real estate results. Give it a try. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/d-j-stavropoulos/support

    Episode 13: Finding a Listing Agent

    Episode 13: Finding a Listing Agent

    This episode covers how to find a listing agent to sell your home. There are lots of ways to engage with agents and hire one to sell your property, but many people don't put much thought into the importance of making this decision, which can mean the difference between a successful sale and a failed attempt that lingers on for months or years. I this episode, I describe key criteria to look for when hiring an agent and why. The more time you spend up front interviewing before hiring an agent, the more likely you are to having a successful sale. Thanks for listening.


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    • 18 Min.
    Episode 12: Seller Motivation

    Episode 12: Seller Motivation

    This episode covers motivations for selling. Without a strong motivation, your home sale can linger for much longer than it needs to and whatever challenges you encounter could lead you to quit early.  Seller motivation is either an external force driving you to sell your home or simply and internal desire to sell and move on. Know what your motivation is and discuss it with your agent. Moving for a new job, schools, death in the family, or relocation to a new city are specific external factors for moving. While simply feeling like you're tired of your home and want something new is an internal factor. External factors are usually stronger. Keep it top of mind to drive you forward and know that selling your home is typically needed to move on to the next phase in your life, and getting there is the end goal (not selling your home). Thanks for listening.

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    • 16 Min.
    Episode 11: iBuyers

    Episode 11: iBuyers

    What you need to know about iBuyers: what they are, how they differ from a traditional home sale, and why they may or may not make sense for you when you decide to sell. An iBuyer is a technology- and data-driven cash investor whose goal is to buy homes and quickly sell them for a profit. For a Seller, the timing is quick, there's a huge convenience factor, and they have more control and less risk. But a Seller will pay for all of this in terms of their net proceeds, which could be less than what they would net if they hire an agent and sell their home the traditional way. Thanks for listening.

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    • 10 Min.
    Episode 10: Appraisal Contingency

    Episode 10: Appraisal Contingency

    This episode covers the appraisal contingency, which is common when the buyer is getting a loan to purchase a property. The appraisal contingency allows the lender to appraise the home and provide an appraised value to the buyer.  If the appraised value is lower than the contract price, the buyer has the right to ask the seller to lower the price to the appraised value. This difference can be negotiated and split between the seller and the buyer. But the buyer has the right to terminate the contract and get their earnest money back if the seller refuses to pay the entire amount.

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    • 13 Min.
    Episode 09: Financing Contingency

    Episode 09: Financing Contingency

    This episode covers the financing contingency, which is what you ask for in your offer if you need to get a loan to buy the property. It basically means that if you cannot get a loan, you can terminate and get your earnest money back. As long as you follow the details of the contract. Financing contingencies are very common since most buyers need to get a mortgage to buy a property. However, there are steps you can take to fully prepare yourself for the loan process, reduce the contingency period, and make the seller feel confident that your loan will be approved. All of which increase the chances that your offer will be accepted. The best thing you can probably do is get fully approved by a lender before you even make an offer. Thanks for listening.

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    • 18 Min.
    Episode 08: Buyer's Due Diligence

    Episode 08: Buyer's Due Diligence

    This episode is all about Due Diligence, the period just after you go binding (all parties have signed the Purchase and Sale Agreement). This is when the Buyer has inspections done, negotiates asks of of the Seller, and reaches agreement or chooses to terminate. Thanks for listening.

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    • 14 Min.

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