Hello Downey Properties Family 👋
Jackie here! I wanted to reach out and share a little of my own experience buying and selling in today’s market. I closed this past Friday and oh boy do I truly appreciate all of our amazing clients. These past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind of chaos at all hours, on all days. So first, thank you all for trusting us, we truly appreciate you! Below are just my thoughts and tips for selling and buying, hopefully they help you with your own feelings when moving.
Let’s start with selling: Take the current advantages of selling. You're going to make more than ever before and that's pretty amazing. It’s no secret that we are in a heavy seller’s market and that being said, you’re going to have a LOT going on in the first few days on the market. You’ll be asked to be out of your home for all the showings, review offers and choose from what could be several amazing offers. Lean in to your agent for advice! Even though I knew the answers to all of my questions, I still asked Bobby about 4,827 questions a day and I literally do this all day, every day. It’s OK, selling is stressful, we are here for YOU! We will make sure you are comfortable with the entire selling process, talk you through the terms of any offers, and ensure that you get the best deal possible for your needs.
Some selling tips? Take those first few days that your house is on the market and go on a short trip. Allow all of the showings to happen back-to-back when you’re away so that you don’t have to worry about being in and out of the house all day. Once you're under contract, pack up EVERYTHING early. Hire out what you can for both pre-listing work and moving day. This can include Pressure washers, packers, movers, cleaners, etc. If you need someone, let us know, we have tons of tried and true referrals.
Let’s move on to buying. As you know, it’s NOT fun. You know that you are paying towards the upper end of current value for a home. You know sellers are going to tell you take it or leave it. You know you will bend over backwards to accommodate. Two-week leaseback? Fine. Cook them 4 course dinners throughout their leaseback? No problem. Hire movers for the sellers? Sure. First born child to be named after the seller? Great!
Ok, Ok. Maybe it’s not THAT bad, but it can certainly feel like it and that can really sour your feelings towards your amazing new home… if you let it.
My advice for buying? Start by writing down a list of all of your reasons for moving and come back to it often. You bought the house for something and we want you to keep that something top of mind. This is not a pros and con’s list; this is all the positives for your new adventure. Focus on the future. Focus on making this house your home. Enjoy all of the new memories you’ll be making and know that you are working towards your goals. Also, look forward, your home will continue to appreciate so keep an eye on your neighbors’ sales (we can set you up on a neighborhood watch) and celebrate when other homes sell at or above your value.
Did you end up with a project house? I know the feeling 🥴 Make a Pinterest board, goal board or PowerPoint with your renovation ideas. Then when you realize that inside your kitchen cabinet is a hole that must be where monsters live, literally a true story, you can pull out your vision board and again, focus on the future.
We truly appreciate each and every client we’ve helped and we hope that you loved working with us just as much. We know the process can feel stressful to even the most even-keeled person, so if you need absolutely anything at all, please reach out!