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What was invented in 1903,
and patented in 1906 by G. C. Beilder?
is the New Housing Crisis: Prepare Now
The National Geographic
channel has coined the phrase “Disaster Doesn’t Wait” to promote its TV show, Doomsday Preppers. The show features
families preparing for economic, political and natural disasters, and as the
phrase suggests, they’re preparing because disasters can happen … and they
don’t wait until we’re ready for them.
Thousands across North America
have had more than a passing acquaintanceship with natural disasters this year,
as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and fire storms have wreaked havoc from
coast to coast.
The results have been
catastrophic for many – loss of friends and relatives, loss of homes and
possessions and financial losses, as some insurance policies didn’t cover all
damages. In one instance, the affected homeowners had hurricane insurance, but
not flood insurance, and therefore weren’t protected from the flood caused by
last year’s Hurricane Sandy.
It has been a year of extreme
weather: Insurance companies are reporting huge losses and the media are
calling it “the new housing crisis.” Statistical forecasts indicate that many
cities are at risk should this extreme weather pattern continue, and experts
are debating how to respond.
Many cities are examining or
revising flood plain maps to ensure they are up-to-date, and discussions are
underway on measures that will make our concrete urban spaces more weather resistant,
and our homeowners better prepared for flooding around their homes.
One thing you can do now: Ensure your insurance policy is in order by
checking with your provider to be sure you’re prepared for more extreme
weather. Disaster Doesn’t Wait.
Taking the Right Steps to Sell Your Home
Even though making the decision to sell your home isn’t easy, the real work – actually selling it – has just begun. Fortunately, expert help is available from your local real estate agent. You need to become familiar with your competition and establish a selling price that’s consistent with comparable homes in your area. You can do online research and visit open houses yourself, but at this stage, consider hiring an experienced agent. Your agent can provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) which details what other homes like yours have sold for. When you visit open houses, notice features that make positive or negative impressions on you. Now ask your agent to suggest ideas to ensure your home makes a positive impression, and make suggested repairs and/or consider staging. At this point, you and your agent will come up with a realistic selling price. The most critical task of any agent is negotiating the sale of your home. For this, you need one who has been in the business for a while. There is a difference.
By selecting an experienced agent, you’ll be helping ensure a satisfactory outcome. Through the negotiating process, your agent will work hard to help you and the buyer come to an agreement that you both can live with. Your agent should always show respect for the other party and set a positive tone for the negotiation. Remember, everything is negotiable. If the buyer won't increase the offer to your price, you can negotiate other things such as upgrades or repairs, or inclusions and services such as appraisals or home inspections. You can also offer to sell the house as is, without doing any repairs, at a lower price. Be involved. The more both parties are involved in the process, the more likely you are to come to a good agreement – one which is wise and efficient and provides a good outcome for both parties.
"I chose Deborah from a list of realtors referred to me by a law firm familiar with realtors that work in this area. The fact that she was on the list made me comfortable with her selection.
My expectations of Deborah were to represent me in all aspects concerning the estate sale of the home. She took the time to explain the special nuances of an estate sale, the process we should follow to get the best valuation of the property to use in establishing the initial selling price, how the property was going to be marketed by her firm, how we should stage the property for public viewing, key items we should convey in the sale of the house, and the feedback we would receive each week from the public viewing by prospective buyers. Deborah came across as very experienced and knowledgeable in real estate transactions and totally committed to represent us as sellers.
Deborah did a great job of making some recommendations concerning upgrades that could be made to the house that would help facilitate the sale of the home and were based on viewer feedback reports. The upgrades were reasonable to make and did help facilitate the eventual sale of the house. Since we were out of town sellers, we were able to rely on Deborah to procure contractors to make some of those upgrades. Deborah also did a good job of communicating the status of prospective buyers throughout their contract period.
The bottom line is the house was lsited in March and sold in October at a price that was in the range of our expectations.
I would highly recommend Deborah to any perspective seller."
"I highly recommend choosing Deborah Harris as your realtor. Thanks to her unrelenting support, my husband and I have found our dream home and I am sure that with her help, you could find that special place as well."
"Deborah Harris was recommended to me by a close friend 2-years ago and became my Real Estate Agent. Even though I was uncertain about moving from PA to DE, Deborah has shown me many houses over the past few years with patience and kindness during every visit. She helped me find and purchase my new home in DE in Sept. 2013. Deborah is very knowledgeable in the Real Estate business and has shared much needed information. She has provided excellent contacts to make this move a smooth transition. What I like most about Deobrah is she never gave up on me over a 2-year period and always showed enthusiasm. Even after settlement, Deborah has responded quickly to any issues and concerns in my new home. Thanks to Deborah, house hunting has been a wonderful, exciting experience and I would absolutley recommend her to friends and family."
"Our experience working with Deborah was a pleasure. Deborah is very knowledgeable, organized and displayed a don't quit attitude in helping us find our dream home. Deborah Harris is very professional and we would highly recommend her to serve as your real estate perfessional."
"Thank you for all of your hard work, guidance and patience with assisting me in finding a new home! I am very grateful to have had you as my realtor and consistently looking out to protect my best interests as my buyers agent. You truly go out of your way to assist the people you work with, and if I know of anyone who is looking to buy a home, I will be sure to refer them to you. Thanks so much and take care!"
Deborah and Cindy have very professional and efficient work habits. Other clients of Remax should be so lucky to have you serve them. Thank you for everything you have done and will do in the future. 07/03/2012
Bernard & Marleen Wilder
"We found the Triple Platinum Team to be professional, reliable and understanding of our circumstances. With the market conditions and our personal situation, Deborah actually made our situation less challenging, because we needed a Realtor we could trust and who would really do the work for us. Deborah's knowledge of the market helped us to sell our home quickly."
Lisa & Takashi
"Deborah is a great agent! She is friendly, listens to what you are looking for, and above all, a true professional and pleasure to work with!"
"Deborah, I really appreciate all of the work you did to get my house sold. You stuck with it during a difficult process. Thanks!"
"Thank you. I will never forget what you have done to get my house sold. Thank you for always exhibiting professionalism and class! You're the best!"
"Words alone cannot express our thanks and gratitude to you for your patience and kindness extended to us in our search for a home. You made a difficult task so pleasant and we thank you for that."
Melvin & Pat
"Thank you very much for all that you have done to make our first home buying experience a pleasant one. You have been wonderful to work with"
Ronald & Melanie
"A true professional in all aspects of the word. From the first day I met Deborah she exhibited knowledge, finesse and a good head for business. Deborah always remained informative and positive throughout the selling process and would keep me abreast of any updates, changes and issues. I highly endorse and recommend Deborah Harris and would definitely use her again."
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