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Are you planning to buy a house or sell a house in the Hudson Valley? Whether you intend to buy or sell, be sure to review these important suggestions and tips about buying or selling a house. Find the best real estate offices that offer the resources needed to back up their agents during the difficult process of buying or selling a house in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, or Albany.

Before you start your search to buy a house, review the section Buying a House in the Hudson Valley where you will find suggestions, steps, and guidelines to prepare you for buying your new home. Review several items you may want to consider before you decide on the location or style of your new home.

Before you begin the process of selling a house, review the section on Tips to Sell a House . Find real estate tips to successfully sell your house. Find information to help you prepare your home for sale. Read this article to ensure that you get the best price when you sell a house in the Hudson Valley.

Before deciding on a real estate agent to list your house for sale, review tips and things that you need to know before deciding on the realtor that will sell your house. Interview several real estate agents and learn about each agent's techniques, marketing resources, and plans to sell your house in the Hudson Valley.

The number one decision is to decide if you are going to Sell by Owner, or find a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a house. The home you buy may be the home that you and your family will live in for many years. Be sure you select a real estate agent that understands the housing market and the location for your new home. Select a real estate agent that knows about the schools, shopping, parks, and neighborhood that you are considering for your new home.

Demographic Information for Westchester
Are you considering more than one location in Westchester? Compare one or more places to live at Westchester County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Westchester and select one or more towns to compare, study, and learn about.

Demographic Information for Rockland
Are you considering more than one location in Rockland? Compare one or more places to live at Rockland County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Rockland and select one or more towns to compare, study, and learn about.

Demographic Information for Putnam
Are you considering more than one location in Putnam? Compare one or more places to live at Putnam County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Putnam and select one or more towns to compare, study, and learn about.

Demographic Information for Orange
Are you considering more than one location in Orange? Compare one or more places to live at Orange County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Orange and select one or more towns to compare, study, and learn about.

Demographic Information for Dutchess
Are you considering more than one location in Dutchess County? Compare one or more places to live at Dutchess County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Dutchess and select one or more towns to compare.

Demographic Information for Ulster
Are you considering more than one location in Putnam? Compare one or more places to live at Ulster County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Ulster and select one or more towns to compare.

Demographic Information for Columbia
Are you considering more than one location in Columbia? Compare one or more places to live at Columbia County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Columbia and select one or more towns to compare.

Demographic Information for Greene
Are you considering more than one location in Greene? Compare one or more places to live at Greene County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Greene County and select one or more towns to compare.

Demographic Information for Rensselaer
Are you considering more than one location in Rensselaer? Compare one or more places to live at Rensselaer County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics in Rensselaer and select one or more towns to compare.

Demographic Information for Albany
Are you considering more than one location in Albany? Compare one or more places to live at Albany County Demographics where you can review the general population and housing characteristics of one or more towns. For example, if you have a young family, you will probably be interested in learning if there are young families with children the same age as your children. To learn about your prospective neighborhood visit Demographics for Albany and select one or more towns to compare, study, and learn about.

For families with children in school, one of the most important factors in selecting a location for your new home is the school district that your children will be attending.Learn about the schools in your new neighborhood. Review School Districts in Westchester and other counties in the Hudson River Valley. Find important information about a school district and each of the schools within the district, including school report cards for each school district.

Visit Shopping in Rockland. Find shopping centers places to shop in Westchester County.
Visit Shopping in Putnam. Find shopping centers and places to shop in Rockland County.
Visit Shopping in Orange. Find shopping centers and places to shop in Putnam County.
Visit Shopping in Dutchess. Find stores, and places to shop in Orange County.
Visit Shopping in Ulster. Find shopping centers and places to shop in Dutchess County.
Visit Shopping in Columbia. Find shopping centers and places to shop in Ulster County.
Visit Shopping in Greene. Find places to shop in Columbia County.
Visit Shopping in Rensselaer. Find places to shop in Greene County.
Visit Shopping in Westchester. Find places to shop in Rensselaer County.
Visit Shopping in Albany. Find places to shop in Albany County.

Before deciding on the location for your new home, do the research. Find out about things that are important to you and your family. If you have special interests, such as hiking, learn if the location of your new home offers these activities and attractions.
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Things to Consider When Buying a New Home

  • Are you going to commute to work by car, bus, train? If you need to commute by train - how far can you live from the train station? Public Transportation in Westchester County.

  • Do you want an older home, an antique home, or a new construction? If you are considering older homes or an antique, would you be open to renovating? How much is your total budget, including cost of a new home and cost of renovation? There are many things that can be changed in a home by renovating. Consider if you are willing to give the time, expense, and (possibly) aggravation to changing the home you have just purchased.

  • Do you have children that are in public school or are entering school age over the next few years? If yes, review the elementary, middle, and high schools within each town at Hudson Valley School Districts

  • Do you want a private single home or are you open to looking at condominiums that are attached? If you prefer a private home, do you prefer contemporary homes, colonial homes, ranch style homes, a "unique" that does not fit into a category? Even if you are open to different style homes, there may be a particular style that you want to eliminate from your search for a home.

  • Do you have any animals that need to be considered in your decision?

  • What type of property do you want? Do you prefer the privacy associated with a wooded property? Do you have children and need an open space for your children to play? Do you want to see this area from your kitchen window?

  • Do you prefer patios or decks?

  • How many bedrooms, bathrooms and fireplaces do you want? Do you want a lot of closet space? Do you want a family room

  • Do you want the family room adjacent to your kitchen or more privately situated?

  • Can you easily renovate to create more closets, a bathroom, a bedroom?

  • What size home are you considering; 1800 square feet, 2500 square feet, 3000 to 4000, or larger?

  • Once you have found the home that you want to buy, hire a house inspector. Your home inspection is extremely important. Hire a reputable Home Inspector to provide a General Home Inspection. Home inspections should cover: water quality, plumbing, radon, septic tank, oil tank, termite inspection, lead, asbestos, and more.

    From the initial process of finding a home in the Hudson Valley, through the final steps, your Real Estate Agent should guide you through the Mortgage Pre-approval process; the Down Payment process, Mortgage Options and finally, Closing Costs.

    Buying a Home in the Hudson River Valley
    Buyer's Agent and Seller's Agent

    If you are thinking of buying a home, it is in your best interest to know the difference between seller, buyer and dual real estate agents. Using the wrong style of agent could affect the financial terms of the deal and have material legal implications. Arm yourself with an understanding of the difference between a Buying Agent and Seller's Agent. Learn how to use each to your advantage when buying a home.

    There are frequent discussions about buyer's agents and seller's agents. Real estate law now obligates an agent to indicate who they are representing. This usually happens when you first meet with an agent, through a written disclosure document that you must sign, that identifies whether the agent is working for the buyer or seller. A seller's agents represent the seller. Most real estate agents who show and market houses are seller's agents.

    A seller's agent typically works for the person selling a house and therefore, looks out for the interests of the seller. On the other hand, buyer's agents actually work for the buyer and have an obligation to look out for the interests of the buyer. There are also dual agents that represent both sides of the home buying experience.

    More often than not, this has little to do with who actually pays the agent. So, why does it matter? If you are the buyer, it is important for you to use a buyer agent because of the financial, legal and ethical implications. A seller's agent has a fiduciary alignment to the seller not to you as the buyer. Accordingly, during the negotiations a seller's agent will be aligned with the seller.

      For example: Suppose an agent realizes that the seller must relocate for a new job, has become highly motivated and is now willing to accept $25,000 under the home's list price. If the agent is a buyer's agent - working for you - he/she will be obligated and very likely excited to tell you this information. However, if the agent is the seller's agent aligned with the seller - he/she does not have to disclose this news to you and may not tell the essential fact initially in an effort to get the higher offer from you.

    Occasionally, you will find an agent that says they are performing in a dual role; meaning they are serving as a buyer and seller agent. Be careful in this situation. As a buyer, you may want to stay clear of a dual agent. Realistically, the dual agent is unable to negotiate the buyer's interests without adversely affecting the seller and visa versa. There are admirable agents that can operate effectively in the dual role. However, as a buyer, you should be conscious of the prospective conflict. If you want the bottom price on a home, seek a reliable buyer's agent whose loyalties are aligned with you.

    You may be wondering who actually pays for a buyer's agent. Typically the selling agent lists the house in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and agrees to split the commission with the agent who brings the buyer. Frequently, the seller's agent and the buyer's agent split the real estate commission with fifty percent for each agent. This means that although the buyer's agent is representing for you, the seller is funding the commissions to the buyer's agent. At times you may find a house where the selling agent does not agree to split the commission with the agent who brings the buyer and in that case you will have to settle on who will pay for the buyer's agent.

    Knowing the financial, legal and ethical implications of buyer, seller and dual agents is important to you as a home purchaser. Prior to engaging in any real estate transaction as the home buyer, find yourself a good buyer's agent with at least 10-12 years of experience in your market. They will have a fiduciary responsibility to act in your best interest and have the experience to help you negotiate the lowest price for the home.

    Tips to Sell a House
    Selling a Home
    Hudson Valley Real Estate



    Tips for Selling a House
    There are several things to consider when selling a home. These factors will greatly influence not only the final price for your property, but also how quickly it will sell and how much aggravation you will have throughout the process of selling a home.

    Once you have selected a realtor, you will need to prepare your home for sale. Be sure you are aware of all the federal, state, and local disclosure laws. Your Real Estate Agent should be able to guide you through this process. If your house is overpriced, agents are going to show similar homes priced more attractively. Your listing is likely to be shown less often. However, if your house is a "unique" or "one of a kind" and you can wait for the right buyer, you may be able to demand a higher price for your home.

    Location
    Time and again it is said that the three things to look for in buying a property are (1) Location, (2) Location, and (3) Location. There are positive and negative factors to almost every location. Let's pretend your property is right next door to a fire station. You need the kind of marketing professional that can sell the benefits of not having to worry about your new home burning down, or perhaps the savings on fire insurance. Seriously, no matter where your property may be located, there is a ready, willing, and able buyer in the marketplace. Problems with the location of a property can be overcome, you just need a realtor who will work hard to sell your house.

    Realtor
    Realtors differ in their approach to buying or selling a house . Each will take a different approach in marketing your home. A realtor may just list you home on the MLS system and hope it will sell itself, to realtors who actively market the home through newspaper advertising, the Internet, Open Houses and more. You will likely have a positive Real Estate experience if you pick a realtor who meets the following criteria:

      Personality
      It's hard to work with an agent you don't like. If you do not like your real estate agent, you won't trust him/her to guide you in successfully selling your house. You have enough on your mind without having to argue and bicker with your broker. No matter how good a real estate agent is, if you don't like each other, the process of buying or selling a house will be negatively impacted.

      Availability
      Having a full time realtor (or a team of them) is vital to the successful sale of your home. If your realtor isn't available to sell your house because he/she's "working a day job", then how committed is that realtor to you?

      Work Ethic
      Just like any other professional in your life you need a realtor who is organized, professional, and hard working. Have you ever seen a lawyer show up for a case in sweat pants and a t-shirt? Or a doctor say; "I'm sorry, I can't deliver your baby because I have a 4:00 t-off time"? How about an accountant who can't manage his own finances? You should be able to expect the same level of professionalism from the agent you choose to represent you. By having a professional realtor working on your behalf, your entire experience will be more positive.


    Terms of Selling a House

    If you are selling a house in the Hudson Valley consider the following:

    Are you flexible on possession dates?

    Is your property easy to show?

    Are you prepared to negotiate on appliances and other items?

    Flexibility makes your home much more attractive to potential buyers.
    For example, many out-of-town buyers won't even consider a home if the possession is not flexible. First time home buyers often have to purchase the appliances with the home because they have to put all of their savings into the down payment. Where are they going to get $3000 to buy appliances?

    Condition
    Once you have decided to sell your house, you need to prepare your house and property. First impressions count.
    • Paint the front door and trim, make sure the doorbell works, lights have working light bulbs, put old lawn furniture, excess clothing, etc. in storage. Just a few things that can be done to make properties more marketable. Remember, cleanliness and pride of ownership will get you more money than a messy dirty house. Even if you are selling an "as is" property, looks are everything

    • Remove clutter from inside and outside the house, including the garage.

    • Clean the fridge, oven, range, and clear the countertops.

    • Mow the lawn, trim shrubs and remove dead scrubs.

    • Apply a fresh coat of paint throughout the house.

    Once your home is clean and tidy, you can get a few estimates from reputable real estate brokers. Upon selecting your real estate agent and a listing price, you are ready to put your home on the market.

    Price
    Determining a price is more than just picking a number. It involves careful analysis of the property. Many things come into account when determining a price. In fact, it is often through price where short comings in the other factors are balanced. For instance, if your home has been damaged from bad renters, is difficult to gain access to, is located between the city dump and the airport, then the home will have to be priced accordingly.

    Optionally, you can try to sell your home without a Real Estate Agent. You may get lucky, but the right Real Estate Agent will probably find the right buyer at the best price. A good realtor knows the current inventory in the real estate market in your town. A good realtor also knows how to correctly price your home for your area.

    Disclaimer
    The above is intended as a brief guide and summary. Consult a real estate professional throughout the process of purchasing or selling your home.

    Sources include:
    John Carle & Sharon Gregresh, realtors with Royal LePage - ArTeam in St. Albert, AB. At www.workingtogether.ca/.


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