Of course not! Is it in your best interests? I think not! Let me tell you a funny story that happened a few weeks ago. I had a call from a buyer couple wanting to see one of my listings. They were out looking for homes on their own(no agent). Nice couple, after talking with them they decided this home was not for them. I asked if they would like any help with their home search and this is when the husband told me he was going to represent himself. I told him good luck and we parted ways. Well, the next day I was talking to an agent friend of mine and as it turns out he showed this same couple one of his listings. They were interested in his listing and the buyer asked this agent if he made an offer on the property, would the agent reduce his commission by 3%. The agent said I think not, but if you want to make an offer why don’t you just make it, less the 3%? Well, this property was listed at $270,000, had been on the market for about 90 days, it was also in a neighborhood of less expensive homes. Anyway, this guy proceeds to make an offer through the listing agent, guess how much? $260,000!!!!!!!! I just about fell over! What a BIG MISTAKE! You know what the seller did? Accepted the offer than did cartwheels! I just couldn’t believe he did that! The listing agent represented the SELLER not the BUYER! Do you think the listing agent was going to tell Mr. Buyer he could offer a LOT less? Heck no, he represents the seller and wants that house sold for the most money possible!
If that buyer had asked me to represent him**(at no cost to him), I could have told him that the seller of this property had inherited the house, and owned it free and clear and that it was overpriced for the neighborhood. If he would have made an offer through me I would have suggested he offer about $230,000 and after negotiations, would have probably secured a contract around 245-250K. This would have saved this buyer $10,000-$15,000 or more! The bad thing about this is that buyer won’t know he overpaid until he goes to resell it and discovers he paid way too much! By then it’s too late!
Don’t let this happen to you or anyone you know, or like! I can help you find a home and get you the best possible deal at no cost to you! Once we find a home for you I also help you from contract to closing, negotiating building inspections, finding you financing, maybe getting you a home warranty and much, much more. For more information how I can help or if you have questions, feel free to give me a call. I am available 7 days a week. Thanks Pete. 314-852-3862
**If you hire me as a Buyers Agent and purchase most any home in the MLS, my commission is paid by the seller, NOT by you. When Mr. Seller lists his home with an agent at let’s say 6%, he then typically pays any Buyers Agent 2.7% of the 6%, keeping 3.3% for himself. If you(as an unrepresented buyer)were to write a contract through the listing agent, he would keep the whole 6%, and would most likely be representing the seller, NOT YOU! Unless, he does disclosed Dual Agency but that is a topic for another day!
Buying ~or~ Selling?
Take a look at the following article that outlines the new tax credit.
NATION’S HOUSING NEWSTax credit for home buyers works like an interest-free loanPurchasers can shave as much as $7,500 off their IRS bills, though it must be repaid.By Kenneth R. Harney, Washington Post Writers Group
August 3, 2008 WASHINGTON — Anyone who’s been sitting on the sidelines hesitant to jump into the housing market until conditions settle down should know these dates: April 9, 2008, through June 30, 2009.
They mark the eligibility period for the home purchase tax credit created by the housing bill enacted last week. If you have not owned a house during the last three years — or are considering buying a first home — and you close on a purchase before the end of next June, you may be eligible for a credit of as much as $7,500 against your federal taxes for 2008 or 2009 ($3,750 if you file taxes as a single person).The new tax credit is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of buyers. Here’s an overview of the specifics.
* The basic idea: To jump-start housing sales and clear out stocks of unsold real estate, Congress is offering tax credits to encourage new purchasers. Buy any house — new, old, in any location or condition for any price — within the designated time period and the IRS will cut as much as $7,500 off your tax bill this year or next.
For example, if you’re an eligible buyer of a home this year and you owe the IRS $4,000 on your total 2008 income tax bill, your $7,500 tax credit could wipe out everything you owe plus get you a $3,500 refund.
* Eligibility rules: If you own a home now, you’re not eligible. If you sold your home more than three years ago and now rent, you are eligible. The same is true if you’ve never owned a home. Close on a house before next June 30 and you can claim a credit of up to 10% of the purchase price to a maximum of $7,500.
If your adjusted gross income exceeds $150,000 ($75,000 for singles), the credit maximum begins to phase down. You cannot claim the credit if you financed the property using a state or local housing agency’s tax-exempt bond mortgage, or do not plan to use the house as your principal residence.
* Payback: Unlike some past tax credits, this one must be repaid over an extended period. Starting in the second tax year after purchase and continuing for up to 15 years, taxpayers are expected to make pro-rata repayments to the government on their federal filings. Over a 15-year payback period for the full $7,500 credit, the cost would be $500 a year.
If you sell the house before the end of the repayment period, and you have no gain on the sale, you won’t be expected to repay the remainder of the credit from the proceeds. If you have a net gain, the “recapture” cannot exceed the amount of your gain. In other words, the federal government is taking on all or much of the risk that the value of your new house won’t increase over time.
At its core, the new tax credit works very much like an interest-free loan. You pay the principal back in increments over time, but there’s no interest charge to you.
Rob Dietz, an economist for the National Assn. of Home Builders, says the credit not only will pull first-time buyers into the market but also will have a powerful “multiplier effect” as thousands of sellers of these credit-assisted houses go out and purchase replacement homes for themselves — extending the effect of the credit into the move-up segment.
How do you claim the credit? If you qualify, you simply request the credit on your tax return for either 2008 or 2009, which will be modified for that purpose.
Even if you purchase in 2009, you can take the credit against your 2008 taxes by filing an amended return. The home Builders group is launching an educational website, at www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com, with additional information for consumers.For more info or if you would like help finding a home, shoot me an e-mail or give me a call! Thanks, Pete.
Happy New Year! It is going to be a GREAT 2008! My Dad(53 years in R.E.)always said, œJan. 1st is the first day of Spring in the real estate
market! I don™t know about you, but I am glad to say goodbye to 2007!
The real estate market was pretty rough last year. Although, not to toot my own horn, I still sold over 25 homes! (toot-toot!) Last year the home sellers still wanted top dollar for their homes, oblivious to what was going on around them. Most home sellers owed more on their homes than they were worth. The buyers were far and few in between. I think they hibernated all year! Now the Good News! The buyer calls are way up in the last Two weeks, with people wanting to go look at homes. Interest rates are still really good. I think the bad is behind us and home sales and values are going to start rising again. When you listen to the national news, realize the
St. Louis market does not follow what is happening all across the country. For example, think of it like the weather, the temperature is not the same all across the country. It is 30 degrees in St. Louis and probably 60 degrees in
Arizona! So, what is happening in
Phoenix in real estate is not the same as what is happening here! So, what does this mean to you? I think now is a great time to buy! Most sellers have come down to earth on what their property is actually worth, and I have seen quite a few deals out there! If I had enough money, I would buy them all! If you are thinking about selling, it might not be a bad time to get your home on the market. You can beat out the people who will wait until spring to do so, less competition! So, whether you are thinking about buying or selling, if I can help you in any way, just give me a call. If you see a home you want to go look at, or you are curious what you might sell yours for, give me a call or shoot me an e-mail. I hope you and your families are well and I wish us all a very prosperous 2008! And remember, 2008 will be Great!
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