The atmospheric conditions are not in a state of decline; rather, they indicate the change of seasons.

Just as the seasons change, so does the real estate market. Some of these changes are straightforward, while others pose more complex challenges. Understanding these shifts is crucial, as they encompass the evolving perspectives of homebuyers, the opportunities available to sellers, the associated costs for both parties, the ongoing education of real estate professionals, compliance obligations, and how they communicate with their clientele.

Some of the fundamental regulations undergoing modification are as follows:

  1. Before viewing a property, a prospective buyer is required to execute a Buyer Broker agreement.
  2.  The seller’s agent is prohibited from publicizing the compensation intended for the buyer’s agent in the Multiple Listing Service.

The following regulations will remain unchanged:

  1. Our code of ethics and state statutes and laws bind REALTORS.
  2. REALTORS are dedicated to aiding, negotiating, educating, and supporting our clients while upholding our ethical and fiduciary responsibilities.
  3. Collaboration with fellow REALTORS and the comprehensive provision of information to our clients is mandatory.

When considering the impact on consumers, it is essential to recognize the significance of working with a REALTOR when selling or purchasing a home. This partnership represents a crucial investment in your future. Understanding the home’s value and the net settlement at closing is paramount for sellers and should be clearly outlined from the outset.

The costs associated with selling a home encompass a range of expenses, including but not limited to: (10-12% of the purchase price)

1. Upgrading or repairing the property before listing it on the market may include renovations, repairs, or cosmetic enhancements to increase the home’s market value and appeal to potential buyers.

2. Arranging, staging, and preparing the home for showings to enhance its appeal may involve hiring professional stagers or investing in decor and furnishings to present the property in the best possible light.

3. Invest in professional photographs or videos to effectively showcase the property to potential buyers, ensuring that the marketing materials accurately represent the property and attract interest.

4. Covering marketing expenses such as open house costs to attract prospective buyers, which may include advertising, signage, refreshments, and promotional materials to generate interest and foot traffic.

5. Compensation for the REALTOR’s services, which typically includes commission fees based on the sale price of the home and the level of service the REALTOR provides.

6. Escrow fees cover the costs associated with the escrow process, including the handling and disbursement of funds, document preparation, and ensuring a smooth and secure transaction.

7. Costs associated with conducting a title search may include fees for a professional title search to verify the property’s ownership history and uncover any potential issues or encumbrances on the title.

8. Recording fees for the necessary legal documentation may include fees for recording the deed, mortgage, or other legal documents with the appropriate government office.

9. Notary fees for authenticating essential documents, which may include the certification and authentication of signatures on legal documents to ensure their validity and legality.

10. Termite treatment may be necessary to address any termite infestations or damage to the property, ensuring that the home is free from pests and structurally sound for the new owner.

11. Septic inspections may be required to assess the septic system’s condition and functionality, ensure compliance with local regulations, and identify any potential issues that may need to be addressed before the sale.

12. A home warranty may be offered to provide additional peace of mind to the buyer and protect against unexpected repairs or replacements of major home systems and appliances after the sale.

13. Seller concessions for buyer requests, which may include financial contributions or accommodation made by the seller to address specific requests or concerns the buyer raises during the negotiation and due diligence process.

This comprehensive breakdown highlights the various financial considerations involved in selling a home, ensuring that consumers are well-informed and prepared for the associated costs.

The costs associated with a buyer’s purchase of their home, which is an important investment in their future, can be broken down into several components: (3-6% of the purchase price)

1. Loan Costs: The lender charges fees to process the loan and provide pre-approval. These can include application fees, origination fees, and points.

2. Inspection Costs: The expenses incurred for hiring a professional to inspect the property for structural or mechanical issues.

3. Appraisal Fees: The cost of having a professional appraiser evaluate the property to determine its market value.

4. Earnest Money Deposit: This is a deposit made by the buyer to show their seriousness and commitment to the purchase.

5. Down Payment: This is the buyer’s initial payment, which varies depending on the type of loan that is approved.

6. Appraisal or Underwriting Requirements: These are any additional conditions or requirements the lender sets to fulfill before the loan can be closed.

7. Buyer Broker Compensation: The commission paid to the buyer’s real estate agent or broker for their services.

8. Taxes, HOA Fees, and Transfer Fees: These are additional costs that may be associated with the property, such as property taxes, homeowner association fees, and transfer fees.

9. Escrow Fees: These are the fees charged by the escrow company for handling the transfer of funds and documents during the closing process.

10. Title Fees: These are the costs associated with obtaining a clear title for the property, including title search and insurance fees.

11. Notary Fees: These are the fees charged by a notary public for verifying and certifying important documents related to the purchase.  

“If you have any questions or need help understanding these changes, or assistance with buying or selling your largest investment in your future, feel free to call our office.

Summitt’s River Realty is the real estate professional you deserve to confidently guide you through the process of investing in your future.”