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We decided to interview Donna Cox because her name was on many for sale, pending or sold signs. After interviewing Donna, we decided without a doubt that she met our needs as the realtor to sell our home. She was knowledgeable about the area, her approach to marketing and pricing the property got us multiple offers within the first 3 days. She was prompt in returning calls or emails. She was not only professional but personal and caring. Her attention to detail and follow through along each step of the process ensured we remained informed right to the end. These extra steps even continued after our house was sold when she delivered a surprise keepsake for our young boys to help with the transition to their new home. Thank you again Donna!!!"P.M. & G.M., Nyack
I HIGHLY recommend Donna Cox! She really took the time to well inform me of what is going on in the market. She has more than covered all the bases in highlighting all the most important features of our home and property for the listing (Love the aerial photos!) and has been very attentive every step of the way to keep things moving. Donna is articulate, professional and a pleasure to work with. N.P. – W. Nyack
My experience working with Donna Cox was exceptional! This was my first time selling a property and she made the entire process feel seamless and easy. Donna knows the real estate market inside and out and advised me each step of the way - from staging decisions and pricing to offers and contract language. Donna was always friendly and approachable, I felt like I could text her with questions anytime, and I did. And she was also always the consummate professional. Her goal was to get my property sold. It was a pleasure working with Donna. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell.C.R.-M., Nyack
I can’t imagine working with a better agent - EVER. I know you do what's right for your clients and in these times of craziness it's nice to feel so comfortable working with you. I know you're our agent but we really feel like you looked out for us like a friend. I only hope we're friends after all the dust settles because you're a good person and such people are few and far between. E. & S. W. - West Nyack
Best. Greatest. Knowledge above all. Pleasant. Interested. Caring. Professional. Never met a lady like Donna Cox. Donna kept us updated all the time. She was lovely to work with and really was concerned about us and selling our home. She marketed our home professionally and kept our needs as her priority. I have sold many properties but have never met a real estate agent like Donna. I wish I had more homes to sell because I will miss working with her. As a disclosure we have no family relationship with Donna, we just love her. Hire her. B. & N. K. – Montebello, NY
In this extremely hot real estate market, some homeowners might consider selling their homes on their own which is known as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). They rationalize that they don’t need a real estate agent and believe that they can save the fee for the services a real estate agent offers.
However, a study by Collateral Analytics reveals that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent.
In the study, they analyzed home sales in a variety of markets. The data showed that:
“FSBOs tend to sell for lower prices than comparable home sales, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate.” (emphasis added)
Why would FSBOs net less money than if they had used an agent?
The study makes several suggestions:
“There could be systematic bias on the buyer side as well. FSBO sales might attract more strategic buyers than MLS sales, particularly buyers who rationalize lower-priced bids with the logic that the seller is “saving” a traditional commission. Such buyers might specifically search for and target sellers who are not getting representational assistance from agents.” In other words, ‘bargain lookers’ might shop FSBOs more often.
“Experienced agents are experts at ‘staging’ homes for sale” which could bring more money for the home.
“Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.” If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property.
Conclusions from the study:
FSBOs achieve prices significantly lower than those from similar properties sold by Realtors using the MLS.
The data suggests the average price was near 6% lowerfor FSBO sales of similar properties.
As Dave Ramsey, America’s trusted voice on money, explains:
“Research has shown that, between mistakes, lack of negotiating skills, pricing errors and general exposure on the market, you’ll cost yourself more than the real estate commission…You’ll come out slightly better and with a lot less hassle if you use a top-shelf agent.”
Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have climbed from 3.95% in the first week of January up to 4.61% last week, which marks a 7-year high according to Freddie Mac. The current pace of acceleration has been fueled by many factors.
“The price of oil and inflation are often seen as being connected in a cause-and-effect relationship. As oil prices move up or down, inflation follows in the same direction.”
You may have noticed that filling your gas tank has become substantially more expensive in recent months. The average national gas price has climbed nearly $0.50 from the beginning of the year, leading to the highest price for Memorial Day weekend since 2014.
As rates go up, your purchasing power goes down, but don’t worry; rates are still well below the averages we’ve seen over the last four decades.
“Freddie Mac said this year’s higher rates have not yet caused much of a ripple in the strong demand levels for buying a home seen in most markets, but inflationary pressures and the prospect of rates approaching 5 percent could begin to hit the psyche of some prospective buyers.”
Buying sooner rather than later will help lock in a lower rate than waiting, as the experts believe rates will continue to climb. Even a small increase in interest rates can have a big impact on your monthly housing cost.
If you are planning on buying a home this year, keep an eye on gas prices the next time you’re at the pump. If you start to feel a big jump in price, know that rates are probably on their way up, too.
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Date Last Updated: 2018-05-26