Lisa Scungio's Blog
22 Milk St, Millville, MA 01529
22 Milk St, Millville, MA 01529
After you receive an offer on your home, how should you respond? Ultimately, there are many questions for a home seller to consider before accepting a proposal, including:
1. What is my home worth?
Did you get your home appraised before you added it to the real estate market? If so, you may want to review a home offer in contrast to your home appraisal. This will give you a better idea about whether the offer is "fair" based on your home's condition.
If you have not received a home appraisal, there's no need to worry. In fact, there are many ways to assess your home to determine whether to accept or decline a proposal.
Check out the prices of comparable residences in your city or town. This will enable you to see how these houses are priced and better understand how to proceed with an offer.
Also, review the prices of homes that recently sold in your area. With this information, you can learn about the current state of the housing market.
2. Are there any other offers to consider?
As a home seller, you'll likely have 24 to 48 hours to respond to an offer on your residence. But if you receive multiple offers at the same time, you'll want to evaluate these proposals in conjunction with one another.
Even if you receive two offers for the exact same price, these proposals may differ.
For example, a homebuyer who has financing in hand will be able to streamline the process of going from homebuyer to homeowner. On the other hand, a homebuyer who submits an offer without financing in hand may require additional time to secure a mortgage from a bank or credit union.
Take a close look at all of the offers on your home. Review these proposals with a fine-tooth comb, and you'll be able to make an informed decision.
3. Does this offer meet or exceed my expectations?
An offer on your home may fall short of your initial asking price, but this offer can still meet or surpass your expectations.
Consider what you hope to accomplish as a home seller as you review an offer.
For instance, if your goal is to sell your home as quickly as possible, you may be more inclined to accept one of the first offers you receive. Or, if you can afford to remain patient, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach to ensure you get an offer that matches or exceeds your initial asking price.
4. What will happen if I accept the offer?
After you accept an offer on your home, a homebuyer likely will want to complete a home inspection.
If the home inspection goes well, the homebuyer probably will proceed with his or her purchase. If it does not, you may need to complete home maintenance or repairs to finalize the purchase agreement.
Remember, if you accept an offer, there are still several steps that will need to be completed before you sell your house. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you'll know exactly what to expect at each stage of the home selling process.
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We all know how hard the beginning of the month can be; it seems like there are a million bills due all at the same time, and one of those bills is usually the most expensive among them all—your mortgage. After you budget for all of your expenses, that gigantic payment can really make a big impact on your bank account. That's just one reason why some homeowners choose to pay their mortgage in halves twice a month, rather than monthly as a whole.
Paying Your Mortgage Differently Than Traditional Monthly Payments
You might be able to choose to pay your mortgage bi-weekly or semi-monthly. Generally speaking, these are the same thing. However, a few days' difference here and there actually means that you would make 26 payments throughout the year if you paid bi-weekly, which is the same as 13 months' worth of payments. Semi-monthly payments would be paid twice a month, which comes out to 12 months' payments at the end of the year. Both are beneficial for several reasons, but obviously, you'll be paying a whole extra month if you pay bi-weekly, which can really cause the savings to add up over the life of a loan.
The difference comes in the timing in which your payments would be due. If you're paid on the 15th and last day of the month, bi-weekly payments can be tricky because there will be two times a year in which your payment will be due before your paycheck arrives. However, you can still opt for semi-monthly payments that get paid in accordance with your pay schedule.
The Benefits of Paying Your Mortgage Twice a Month
Let's start with the obvious benefit: you'll spread one amount of money across two payments. That means you'll have more money leftover during the initial payment date than usual and you can put that extra cash toward principle or put it in a savings account until the next payment's due so it can collect a little interest. Not only that, but because there's less time between payments, there will be less interest since interest is calculated at a daily rate. Since each payment will push a little more money toward principle, you'll actually end up paying your mortgage off faster than you would if you paid monthly in most cases. Be sure to check your loan documents to verify that you don't have a pre-payment penalty before you put this plan into place!
Before you commit to (or keep going with) monthly payments on your mortgage, stop and think about the benefits you could gain from splitting your payments in half. This is a great way to spread out the cost of one of your biggest expenses while simultaneously ensuring you're chipping away at your principle.