Archive for November, 2014

Your Brooklyn Realtor, Multiple Offers and You

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Brooklyn Realtor

List With Charles D’Alessandro, Your Brooklyn Realtor

When you list your home and the housing market is fierce, it is not uncommon for more than one offer to be given on your home. Multiple offers are a great problem to have! Plan for them.  Talk with your Brooklyn Realtor about all options available to you. Discuss with him about what to expect and how to handle situations that may come up with multiple offers. Sellers and agent work together. Collaborate with your Brooklyn Realtor and set up a standard policy to handle multiple offers before they start coming in. Knowledge is power, and your agent will work in your behalf. He will keep you informed throughout the entire process from beginning to end so that you can make a good decision.  Working with your Brooklyn Realtor is like a marriage – come together and make the sale of your home happen!

Your Brooklyn Realtor is your representative. He does everything on your behalf. He presents each contract to you and provides his advice on each one. He will work together with you to get the greatest amount of money from the sale of your home with the least amount of stress.

Every offer should be in writing. Proof the buyers have the money for the sale and proper financing to support the offer should accompany their offer. Remember, your Brooklyn Realtor is your representative who works in your behalf, and therefore, all offers should be discussed with him. He will help you understand each offer as they come in, and you will be able to make an educated decision based on clear understanding of what to do with each offer on your home. For instance, an offer of $400,000 cash is a strong offer and could be better than a $405,000 offer with 5% down. Your Brooklyn Realtor is here to help you understand why, and he will explain everything.

What if you’ve accepted an offer when another that seems better is received? What if you accept a first offer but it has not yet been delivered to the purchaser? In either of these situations, talk with your Brooklyn Realtor. He is knowledgeable and easy to talk to.  He will help you know what to do.

Ultimately, you must decide what is best for you and your situation. The option to accept an offer and close it is in your hands, but you and your Brooklyn Realtor must work together to obtain the best offer for the sale of your home with minimal stress.

Ask your Brooklyn Realtor about how the selling process should happen and make sure you are on the same page. Don’t forget that he works for you. You are in a partnership with him. Trust him. He has your best interest at heart to obtain the ultimate goal – the best price for the sale of your home – with as little stress as possible

Selling or buying a home does not have to be stressful. Click on the link provided for more information on selling and buying a house:

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I have been collaborating with and helping clients purchase or sell their Brooklyn homes for over 27 years. I am knowledgeable and will represent you well to get you the best possible price on your home. Hire your Brooklyn Realtor, Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate, Call  (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com today.

Are You Dreading Spending Another Winter in Brooklyn?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

 

winter in Brooklyn

Your Brooklyn Realtor Charles shoveling snow during the winter in Brooklyn

December 2014 weather predictions: temperature 37 degrees (2 degrees below avg.); precipitation 6” (3” above avg.); Dec 1-2: Heavy rain, then sunny, mild; Dec 3-5: Heavy rain, then sunny, mild; Dec 6-13: Rain to snow, then flurries, cold; Dec 14-17: Heavy rain, then flurries, cold; Dec 13-21: Stormy, rain and snow, then sunny, cold; Dec 22-29: Rain and snow, then sunny, cold; Dec 30-31: Snowy, cold.

The end of November is approaching, and the temperature has been dropping. Winter is coming, and it is going to be cold! The 2014-2015 Farmers’ Almanac predicts that winter in Brooklyn “will be colder and slightly wetter than normal, with above-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be in late December and early and mid-January. The snowiest periods will be in mid- and late December, mid-January, and early to mid-February.”

Has this thought crossed your mind, “Do I want to go through this again?” Do these predictions of oncoming snow and cold encourage you to fly south to a warmer location? Are you considering purchasing a second home to avoid winter in Brooklyn?

Whether or not you choose to migrate south with other snowbirds to avoid spending another winter in Brooklyn, there are a few home maintenance tasks to check off your to-do list to winterize your home. Write these tasks down and get to work before it’s too cold:

  1. Make sure weather stripping on your doors is in place.
  2. Caulk windows.
  3. Switch your blades to run clockwise to push warmer air down.
  4. Invest in a programmable thermostat.
  5. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors even if they’re not beeping.
  6. Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  7. Winterize your air conditioner.
  8. Replace or clean furnace filters.
  9. Insulate exposed water pipes and give the water heater an insulated jacket.

Now your home is ready for winter in Brooklyn.

winter in Brooklyn

Winter in Brooklyn – A warm “Hello”

Snowbirds usually take flight to spend the winter in warmer locales such as California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, the Carolinas or elsewhere along the Sun Belt.

Snowbird? What’s a snowbird? Wikipedia defines snowbirds as “typically retirees who wish to avoid the snow and cold temperatures of northern winter, but maintain ties with family and friends by staying there the rest of the year.

“A significant portion of the snowbird community is made up of recreational vehicle users (RVers). Many own a motorhome for the sole purpose of traveling south in the winter. Many RV parks label themselves “snowbird friendly.”

No matter where you choose to fly south for the winter, you’ll want to think about the weather there before choosing.

  1. Are the daily highs averaging between 63 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit for seven or more months of the year?
  2. Is there less than 60 inches of rain a year?
  3. Does the sun shine for at least 60 percent of the time on a yearly average?

The top ten states with the best weather year round are:

  1. California
  2. Hawaii
  3. Texas
  4. Arizona
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. South Carolina
  8. Delaware
  9. North Carolina
  10. Louisiana

Runner-up states to consider spending the winter in Brooklyn are:

  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

In addition to weather, consider the tax environment of each locale listed above. Florida, for example, has no income tax. Most of the lowest per-capita tax states are in the South, partly because of the lower income in regions of the South.

Another point to consider is that when you retire, your income usually falls. This could make saving on heating costs extremely important. Look into the answer to this question, “Will what I save on heating be spent on the cost of air conditioning in this locale?” The answer could be the deciding factor on where you will stay while it’s winter in Brooklyn.

If you are dreading spending another winter in Brooklyn and are considering selling in order to relocate or have questions about purchasing a second home in a warmer locale, contact me,  Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn real estate agent with Fillmore Real Estate, or call (718) 253-9600 ext. 206 for answers. I am knowledgeable and easy to talk with. Your real estate needs are top priority with me. I can also be reached by email at charles@brooklynrealestatesales.com.