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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Selling your house in Lakeville MN

Contact The Long Group with Keller Williams for your no obligation Market Analysis on your home. 
(952) 240-8821 or email
Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. We can take care of everything you need, from start to close.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. We can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.
The housing values in Lakeville is stabilizing.  Lakeville is projected to have I high population increase in the next five years.  This is good for homeowners when buyers are looking for good property values in a growing city with great Lakeville schools. 

First Time Home Buyers in Apple Valley MN

If you are a first time home buyer there are some key point that you should try to focus on when buying you first home Apple Valley

What can you afford?
Before you get out there and physically start looking at homes you should talk to a Loan Officer and get a Pre Approval Letter.  You will need this for two reason. First of all, why start looking at homes if you are unsure what a bank will lend you money on.  It is always unfortunate when a buyer finds the home of their dreams only to find that that are not qualified to purchase.  A lender will run your credit score and weigh your Debt to Income  to see what you can afford.  Second, when you are ready to write an offer on a home, all offers must be presented with a "pre approval" letter or "proof of funds" if you are paying cash.  Any one that is selling their home will want to see that a prospective buyer is capable of doing so before they pull their home off the market with a pending sale.

What are your "Must Haves" in buying a home in Apple Valley?
Make a list of 5 thing that you must have e.g; Location, Style of House,Yard Size, Kitchen Size, Master Bed, number of bathrooms etc.....  Keep in mind, that you may have to sacrifice one thing to get another but 4 out 5 is great.  Narrow your search down with your must haves.  With so many homes on the market, it is important to do this, other wise you could end up looking at 30-50 homes.  I have seen it time and time again, with out understanding what you really need in a house, the home buying process can drag out to the point where it becomes more of a chore for the buyer and it takes out the excitement. Identify what you need vs what you want and focus on those needs.  The average home buyer looks at 15 homes before writing an offer.

What should I expect from my Realtor?
  • Trusted resource for answers about the process
  • Expertise about neighborhood features
  • Ability to target home searches
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Support through the closing and beyond

When working with my clients, I pride myself in providing all of the necessary resources to help them with a smooth transition into the world of home ownership. 

Please feel free to contact Danny Long with The Long Group with any questions that you may have.  Whether you are first time home buyer are have been through the process before, I can help!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Apple Valley Real Estate Market Trends 2012

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