June 30, 2007

5 Good Questions Buyers May Not Think to Ask

First-time home buyers have a lot to think about, and sometimes they don’t consider all of the factors that will impact their enjoyment of their new home. A handful of recent home buyers in St. Louis say what they wish they would have asked before buying a property. The issues they raise are valid concerns for anybody buying a home practically anywhere:

For pet owners: How welcome and comfortable will my pet be in this home? Are there any pet restrictions and is there a safe convenient place to walk a dog?

For condo buyers: How often and by how much have the condo fees gone up in the past? Is there a maintenance fund, and how large is it? While past performance is no guarantee, stable fees and good planning in the past is promising.

For homes with basements: Does water sometime seep into the basement or other parts of the home? Has this property ever been flooded?

For everyone: Who are the neighbors? Do any of them have noisy animals or hobbies?

For homes near vacant land: What is the future of the adjacent open land? Just because a piece of property doesn’t have anything built on it now doesn’t guarantee that it won’t.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Casey Newman (06/23/07)


5 Good Questions Buyers May Not Think to Ask

June 30, 2007

First-time home buyers have a lot to think about, and sometimes they don’t consider all of the factors that will impact their enjoyment of their new home. A handful of recent home buyers in St. Louis say what they wish they would have asked before buying a property. The issues they raise are valid concerns for anybody buying a home practically anywhere:

For pet owners: How welcome and comfortable will my pet be in this home? Are there any pet restrictions and is there a safe convenient place to walk a dog?

For condo buyers: How often and by how much have the condo fees gone up in the past? Is there a maintenance fund, and how large is it? While past performance is no guarantee, stable fees and good planning in the past is promising.

For homes with basements: Does water sometime seep into the basement or other parts of the home? Has this property ever been flooded?

For everyone: Who are the neighbors? Do any of them have noisy animals or hobbies?

For homes near vacant land: What is the future of the adjacent open land? Just because a piece of property doesn’t have anything built on it now doesn’t guarantee that it won’t.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Casey Newman (06/23/07)


New Listing – advance notice

June 8, 2007

Here is the details on a new listing in Forest Lakes:

3776 finished, 500 unfinished
6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths
finished basement (with 2 of the bedrooms).
Screened porch, Flat rear yard, wooded behind. Fenced rear yard.
Several kids on this street.
Built in 1998, Brick.
School is Hollymead

Not yet on the market. Priced to sell at 495K

Charles A. McDonald
434-981-1585 (cell)
www.MyCharlottesvilleAGENT.com
REALTOR®, ABR®, e-PRO®, Circle of Excellence,
CAAR Professional Honor Society, “Certified New Homes Specialist”
Licensed to sell real estate in Virginia
Real Estate III, 500 Faulconer Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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