Category: Real Estate | Issue: October 2021
5 tips for buying in a tight market 1. Determine and stick to a budget 2. Identify desired neighborhoods and home wants vs. needs 3. Be ready to make a decision quickly on a home 4. Bid competitively 5. Contact me Tonya Jarvis Licensed Realtor RE/MAX Results Owasso Multi-Million Dollar Producer Tulsa Real Producers 918-527-4290 eat1@eau1eav1eaw1 facebook.com/magicmakingrealtor tjarvis.remax-oklahoma.com tonyajarvis.com instagram.com/tonya_welcomes_you_home_remax/
A Real Estate Experience with Trust, Transparency and Earned Business! Working For You and With You for ALL Real Estate Needs! Tonya Jarvis is native to the State of Oklahoma. She is passionate about Oklahoma as well as the people. With an extensive background in Human Resources she has served the Tulsa Area as an HR Consultant in many different industries in the state. That continued passion for helping people led her into Real Estate and the desire to help those buying and/or selling homes as well as any future “Okies” looking to relocate from other states. Tonya has spent several years in the business helping in all facets of Real Estate as one of the top Realtors in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. Tonya is an avid scary movie watcher and when not being enticed my ghosts and ghouls, she loves her time entertaining family and friends. Buying a Home Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will make, with long-term financial ramifications. It calls for many informed decisions and for good advice from a real estate professional. When buying a home, you can learn from the knowledge and skill of a Real Estate Associate. What can a Real Estate Associate do to help you buy the right home for you? They will help you determine how much home you can actually afford. Often, they can suggest additional ways to accrue the down payment and explain alternative financing methods. They can also introduce you to a mortgage counselor and arrange to have you "pre-approved" which can improve your negotiating position and enable you to achieve your home-buying objectives faster and with less stress. Providing client level services, they can work for you as a buyer's associate and help negotiate the best price and terms for you. They will help you work out a realistic idea of the home best suited to your needs - size, style, features, location, accessibility to schools, transportation, shopping, and other personal preferences. They have access to a listing of all available homes in the multi-list system, can evaluate them in terms of your needs and affordability, and will not waste your time showing you unsuitable homes. They can often suggest simple, imaginative changes that could make a home more suitable for you and improve its utility and value. They can supply information on real estate values, taxes, utility costs, municipal services and facilities, and may be aware of proposed zoning changes that could affect your decision to buy. Although the law does not normally require an attorney to review documents or oversee real estate closings, they can provide you with a list of law practitioners to choose from if you would like to use the services of an attorney. They can help familiarize you with the closing process and they will obtain closing figures in advance of closing for your review. They can provide you with a list of qualified home inspectors, pest inspectors, surveyors, and help to coordinate inspection appointments. Selling Your Home Sometimes, life just hands us the inevitable: just when everything seems right with your home, something happens and you have to sell your dwelling. No matter what your reasons are for selling, remember that now is no time to dawdle, the process of preparing a home for sale can take a month or more. So, here's how to start: 1. Take a Fresh Look at Your Home Your home looks great to you, but a buyer wants to see it since he and his family will be living in it -- so take a fresh look at your dwelling. Hop in your car, drive around the block, and then scrutinize your home as a prospective buyer will see it for the first time. First, consider what's called "street appeal;" does it need washing or painting? Does the driveway need repair work? Is the landscaping in good shape? Remember, be very critical; your buyer will be. Next, pull into the driveway and take a good, hard look. Is the yard neat and trimmed? What about the view from the front yard? Then, walk inside and size up the interior as though seeing it for the first time. Take a tour and imagine what your real estate representative might say about each room, look into cabinets, open doors, check out the bathroom. Then, make a mental note of the things that might put off potential buyers, along with another list of the things that first attracted you to the dwelling. Remember, the home's become a great place for you, but a new buyer will see things that you don't. 2. Clean Out the Clutter Before You Start to Sell Before putting your home on the market, get rid of clutter in every area -- closets, attic storage, kitchen cabinets, drawers, bath vanities, and shelves -- everywhere. Remember, this is no time to be sentimental: if you don't use it, lose it. Potential buyers are seriously put off by clutter, and most of us drag a lot more things through life than we really need. Also, don't forget the furniture and fixtures when getting rid of clutter -- most of us put too much in too little space, which makes a buying prospect, think your home is too small. Then, have a great moving sale with all the stuff you've collected and use the proceeds for paint or whatever other materials you need for repair projects. If you just can't bear to part with some possessions, store them in the attic or some other place that's out of sight to a potential buyer. 3. To Sell, Sell, Sell -- Clean, Clean, Clean After you've cleared out the clutter, it's time to really clean. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, strip and polish the floors, scour the bathrooms, go over the laundry room, polish the furniture, scour out the cabinets, wash the windows and window coverings, and spiff up the ceiling fans and kitchen appliances. In short, clean everything. Don't forget the exterior; paint or power-wash everything that needs the work. Remember, this is a ceiling-to-floor, roof-to-foundation clean-up project. 4. Get More for Your Home: Repairs Pay Off After you've cleaned the place to within an inch of its life, the next project is making all the repairs necessary to attract a buyer. So, patch up the roof, touch up all the paint, repair the screens, spruce up the porch framing, and make your entry area really shine. Don't forget to water the lawn and landscape beds, and take the time to trim, mow, edge and get rid of sick or dying plants. Inside, fix the grout in the bathrooms and on tile floors, adjust any doors that need it, fix any scratches on the walls, cover any stains, and be sure to fix any plumbing problems. Remember, do what your home needs before the first buyer appears at your door. Also, it's a good idea to get all this done before getting the real estate associate to make the first listing -- a good real estate professional will advise you on what needs to be done. Also, if you have friends willing to be brutally honest about what your home needs to sell, invite them to assess the fix-up needs. There is, however, an alternative to the sweat equity you get from a total fix-up --but it carries a price. An "as-is" sale keeps you from doing all this work, but a buyer will assess about twice the price you would have paid for the repairs. Then, the buyer will deduct that amount from your asking price before making an offer. 5. Putting Your Home on the Market: Show It to Sell It After you have cleaned, shined, mowed, and generally whipped your property into shape, it's time to attract a buyer. Regardless of who markets your home, you or a real estate professional, there are other, small things you must do to attract buyers. For example, even if it's bright daylight, open the blinds and turn on the lights. Also, open all the interior doors to make the home appear roomier. Be sure to remove all your kids and pets -- they're cute, but a prospect wants to see your home, not your pride and joy. In addition, make sure your pet's litter pan is clean so the home smells clean and fresh, not like air freshener. Remember, you need to make sure your home is available to be seen by a prospective buyer with as little notice as possible. That means less than an hour, or even five minutes, if possible. 6. Get a Sense of the Market Before you put your home on the market, take a weekend day to check out the competition: homes with similar prices and in similar neighborhoods. Remember, you don't have to go out and buy new furniture just to look like that beautiful new model in the new development -- what you want is the feel of that new model -- clean, uncluttered, and fresh. Remember, after location, the most important item to a buyer is a well maintained home. Many flaws can be overlooked if the buyer knows he can move in without a lot of trouble and expense. "My boyfriend and I are first time home buyers and just closed on our home. We had no idea what the process was of buying a home and all the ins and outs that goes with it. We met Tonya when setting up an appointment to look at a home through Zillow and I am so glad we chose to stick with her. Tonya answered all of our questions and walked us through each little step. She communicated so well which was what made the entire process a breeze. She made us feel comfortable and at ease with our decision. Looking at homes, she quickly picked up on our style and what we were looking for and never went over our budget. She was easy to talk to and felt like a friend, never pushy or negative. We had a few minor bumps and had to do some negotiations and she fought for us the entire way and we came out on top. Once we put an offer in on a home she kept me informed of what was happening and what it meant until the day we signed papers and even after the sale. Buying your first home can be overwhelming and a little scary but Tonya really made the entire process so easy. It almost felt too easy! We put all of our trust into her and I would do it all over again. I would definitely use her in the future and recommend her to any of my family or friends." - Autumn Mefford, Tulsa OK "Tonya was great, she went above and beyond during the whole home buying process. We encountered problems with the lenders and she got me through it all. I appreciate everything Tonya did to ensure that we got into a house we loved, now we are. We absolutely love the house. Anyone who is looking to sell or buy should definitely contact Tonya. She won't let you down." - Lisa Phillips, Skiatook OK "Tonya definitely went above and beyond her job. She constantly followed up on things and helped us stay on track, along with the seller and bank. Tonya always stayed in communication with us throughout the process. We highly recommend her. " - Buyer, Adair OK "My house was sold in record time with Agent Tonya Jarvis! I was very pleased. Tonya took care of everything and made it very easy for me. I would recommend her to everyone!" - Seller, Skiatook OK "Tonya Jarvis saved a deal destined to fall through with a willingness to push through obstacles. She worked with buyer to see this sale close. well done!!" - Seller, Tulsa OK "Tonya was so helpful and went out of her way to help us find the perfect home! So thankful we found her! She accommodated our weekend needs and late evening showings. We could not have had a better experience." - Buyer, Oologah OK "Tonya did a great job in helping us find a home. it was awesome to have her because of her area knowledge and expertise. We were truly glad we used her as a real estate agent." - Buyer, Sapulpa OK Deciding to sell or buy a home is a big step. To make sure it’s a step in the right direction, choose the person best qualified to handle your real estate needs: a RE/MAX Sales Associate. Averaging three times the production and more advanced industry education than other professionals, RE/MAX Associates are truly "The Real Estate Leaders®" in quality customer service. Customer satisfaction is reflected in their high, industry-leading rate of repeat and referral business. Affiliation with the global RE/MAX network provides Associates with multiple competitive advantages in serving your real estate needs. From national television advertising to personal advertising controlled by Associates, RE/MAX enjoys brand-name recognition worldwide. Belonging to the real estate network with the most market presence and market share, RE/MAX Associates have the most to offer you. So, take a step in the right direction. Contact a RE/MAX Associate today. When you choose a RE/MAX Sales Associate to sell your home or help you purchase a new home, you’ll experience a whole new level of service. First, RE/MAX Associates are "The Hometown Experts With a World of Experiencesm." Across the globe, they make their living in the same communities in which they live. They’re the people next-door, or just down the block. Consummate professionals, RE/MAX Associates lead the industry in advanced real estate education and production. That’s why they’re known as "The Real Estate Leaders®" and why no one in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Customer Satisfaction The proof of quality service is in repeat customers and in customers who refer RE/MAX Associates to their friends. RE/MAX Sales Associates average 70 percent of their business from repeats and referrals, while other professionals average about 30 percent from those sources. Education RE/MAX Associates lead professionals of competing companies in professional designations which denote specialized training and education. They dominate the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Relocation Professional (CRP), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Leadership Training Graduate (LTG) ranks. Production That experience and education means RE/MAX Associates are better qualified to set the right price for the homes they list, are better equipped to market those homes, and are likely to find a buyer in a shorter period of time. That experience and education also means they are better qualified to find the right home for any buyer. As a result, the average RE/MAX Sales Associate out-produces competing professionals three to one. Deciding to sell or buy a home is a big step. Make sure it’s a step in the right direction by choosing the person best qualified to handle your real estate needs: a RE/MAX Sales Associate.