Sunday, May 29, 2011

Run, lizard, run

Yesterday I was working in the yard and moving dirt from one area to another. There happened to be a lizard hanging around when I was digging up the dirt, and I kept making him run from one place to another. I really didn't mind that I kept bugging this lizard because it was that slimey kind that reminds me of a snake.
Any way I thought about how sometimes life makes you feel like that lizard had to feel....like you just can't get away from the sharp, scary shovel that keeps coming down around you. Sometimes home searching or selling can even seem like that shovel. First you have to find a real estate agent that you trust; and then you have to be sure your credit score is strong enough for a loan. Next comes all the searching for the perfect home or waiting for the right buyer to come along. Then deciding on a fair price to offer or accept can send you running in a different direction. The next 'shovel' can be a home inspection.
But hang in there because, just like with that lizard, the 'shovel' will stop digging, and you'll be able to enjoy a new and exciting place.

Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Make It Yours

Well another Valentine's Day has come and gone. I was thinking about how flowers, chocolates and cards have been a Valentine's staple for many years and how many of these gifts were sent over the last couple of days. On the other hand, there is no telling how many of these gifts were not purchased and marked down to sell today.
In relating this to real estate, I can't help but wonder how many things we expect in a home just because they have been a staple in the homes that we have seen for years. When you are searching for a new home, think about the things that you need and/or want. Try not to look for something that you won't use in your new home. For example, if you don't need or use a formal dining room, then a formal dining room isn't a necessity in your new home. Customizing your new home for you and your family can make it even more enjoyable and even more 'home' for you and your family.

Isaiah 58:11 (New International Version, ©2010)

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Don't Steal From Me!!

Somehow my husband's credit card information was recently stolen. We learned about this thief because he/she tried to charge something to his card in a different state. I am so thankful that our bank noticed the change in spending habits and called us to check. Then they closed the card and stopped any fraudulent charges to our account. Now my husband will have to go through the hassle of getting a new card, but we definitely prefer that pain over paying for someone else to misuse his card. Of course we had many mixed emotions: mad ("we work hard to pay our bills; they need to get a job and use their money, not ours, to pay their bills"); happy ("we were so thankful and glad that our bank was paying attention, noticed what was going on, and stopped it"); and mad - again ("he had to stop using his card and will have to wait to get a new card, while the thief probably won't get caught and will never have to take any responsibility for his/her crime").
To relate this to real estate I thought about how some buyers miss out, and the home they really wanted gets 'taken' from them. If you are a buyer, there are a couple of things that I would like to suggest when you find a home that you really love:
1) Limit your search: If at all possible, don't look at ten or twenty homes at one time; only look at five or six homes per day. I know that there are times when an out-of-town buyer has to look at all he can over the weekend, so you are excused.
2) Take notes on every home that you visit. After a while you won't be able to remember which home had which feature.
2) If you fall in love with the first home you see, visit at least two or three more homes. That way you will have something for comparing the first home.
3) As soon as you know 'this is the one', get your agent to write up the offer and send it to the listing agent. If you have to sell your current place first, write up a contingency offer.
This is actually only part of the things that you need to do as a buyer. Of course the first step of a buyer should be to find a real estate agent that they trust to walk them through the buying process and to represent them. Since the agent's commission is included in the price of the home, what do you have to lose??!!!

John 10:10 (New International Version, ©2010)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.