of the best buys and best homes are under contract within 24 hours of
hitting the market before a sign is in the
BUYERS - So many buyers tell me that they realized, after several missed
opportunities by contacting agents and homeowners from yard signs and
open houses, that they needed a professional to be their advocate, to get them in the door and give them a chance at the really
good homes on the market. Someone with a knowledge of home values and
neighborhoods. I know how to negotiate a fair price and terms, to help you navigate through the home inspection process,
to protect your interests under ever changing real estate law, to help you make a wise decision with all the facts and save your emotions for loving the house.
If it is
your first or tenth home purchase,
I provide the same level of
service and care to all my clients. I understand that agents, lenders,
appraisers, home inspectors and insurance companies deal with the real
estate transaction process daily but you don't. My goal is
to make your home search and purchase the stress free and happy
occasion that it should be. I take care to understand your needs to find the right
home and environment for you and your family.
I will give you all the information you need about recent equivalent sales to determine an appropriate offer. Computer generated internet valuations such as Zestimates do not take into account condition or value of improvements or the possibility that the home is unique for the neighborhood. I will make all those adjustments for you.
I am experienced in presenting your offer in a manner to get the best results especially if there are
multiple offers, making sure you understand the details of the documents
and coordinating all the players in order to close and move you in on
SELLERS - I also give the same
consideration to my clients who list their home with me.
Selling a home is far
more complicated than putting a sign in the yard and an ad online and
waiting for a "bite". One of the biggest challenges is, not finding an interested buyer, but finding a buyer who actually has the financial means to afford your home.
You may have heard about the new, tougher regulations on lenders and real estate transactions that took affect on October 3, 2015. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in response to the recent recession, has put into place many protections for the rights of buyers. The intent is to make the purchase of a home more transparent for buyers including more privacy protections. One result is that it extends the time to close by at least a week.
The rights of sellers are hardly addressed by the CFPB and, if anything, obtaining accurate prequalification information on buyers and updates on the mortgage progress has been made more difficult. In all financed home purchases banks and lenders will now be creating the closing documents instead of settlement companies which means that you need a knowledgeable, experienced real estate agent, now more than ever, as your advocate to keep the lender focused on closing on time.
Besides my expertise in managing the transaction and its documentation requirements, I also know how to show a home to its best
advantage with quality photographs and descriptions that target the appropriate
audience with a wide internet presence. The quality, not the quantity, of photographs is what is important. I will not include a photograph unless it shows your home to the best advantage. You need to get the buyer in the door! I look at each home I place on the
market from the buyer's point of view and make suggestions to enhance that very
important first impression. This is important in any price range.
Once an offer is negotiated and accepted is when the real work begins. You need someone who has the experience working with diverse personalities in tough situations to "keep the deal together" in your best interests. The appropriate and "current" state documents need to be fully
executed, the hand money received and escrowed properly, the schedules of all parties
monitored to meet the multiple deadlines in the sales contract, inspection and municipal dye test issues negotiated
appropriately then corrections made and approved. You need someone who will monitor and prod the
lenders and other agents to stay on track and make sure appraisals,
title searches, municipality certifications and insurance happen so you close on time.
A bit about myself –
QSC certified, a Quality Service Certified® Real Estate Professional
Member of Realtors® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh
Member of the Pennsylvania Association of
Member of the National Association of Realtors®
Licensed Realtor® for ten years
Lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area
Studied architecture & architectural history
at Carnegie-Mellon University
Previously construction project manager
for luxury hotels across the country
Co-Owner of Arbors Bed & Breakfast on
Pittsburgh’s North Side
My present Civil War era home was featured on
the TV show “If Walls Could Talk”
One thing I learned from
my background in the hospitality industry is that the business is all about
customer satisfaction. For each guest it is their home away from home.
Everyone deserves the same quality treatment.
I have carried this philosophy into my real estate career. Whether
you are a first time home buyer or have bought or sold many homes I offer the
same level of care and service to all my clients. I want to be your trusted go
to person for all of your real estate needs and questions, not only during the
sale process but on into the future.
The real estate industry is constantly evolving through changes in
laws as well as technology. I am committed to making your buying or
selling experience as pleasurable and effortless as possible through my
knowledge of the market, protecting your interests and being your chief
negotiator to get you the best deal possible. I am pleased that
Northwood is committed to staying ahead of the curve in all things real estate
and insisting that its agents maintain a high level of training and ethical
conduct. Our record keeping is all paperless to protect your valuable personal
Following are LINKS TO THREE VALUABLE REAL ESTATE
TOOLS provided to you free
from Northwood to (1) set up your own personal searches and new listing
alerts from the entire West Penn Multi-list, (2) get
detailed listing information and photos with our Mobile APP, even about houses you see for sale while out driving and (3) find out the
current market value of your home or any home anywhere in the United
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text to 412-298-0152 for more information. Any method
reaches me on my smartphone.
I look forward to assisting you.
1. SET UP YOUR OWN FREE PERSONAL SEARCHES on the multi-list
alerting you as soon as new listings appear:
Please visit my website at http://myagent.northwood.com/craigmelichar where you will find directions to set up your own personal
account for access to the entire list of homes for sale in the West Penn
Multi-list. Please contact me if you have questions or need help setting up
your searches whether you are searching for a home or would just like to see
what homes are for sale in your neighborhood. Your search can be
set up to e-mail you as soon as a new property comes on the market that fits
2. FREE MOBILE APP access to the Multi-list, real time and accurate:
Download a great mobile app to your
smartphone with the same multi-list information as searches on your computer. In addition, this app
uses the GPS on your phone to instantly learn about homes for sale near your
present location when you are out driving. When you see a for sale sign, find out detailed information and photos immediately! With GPS off you
can still search the entire West Penn Multi-list for price, photos, home details and even an audio tour. After clicking the link below, when the home page comes up just click
on “Share This Site”, then share to your mobile phone number. When the message shows up on your phone, click on the link to open the home page on your phone. PLEASE NOTE! On your phone, once the home page opens, be sure to "save to home screen" in order to add a shortcut to open the app for future searches. Please feel
free to share this link with your friends and family.
3. Are you interested in finding THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME or your neighbors ???
ePropertyWatch is a new FREE tool to find the market value of YOUR home or someone else's home. I use it for my own home. I really like the feature that gives me regular updates on recent sales in my neighborhood. As you zoom in on your neighborhood search map it becomes a satellite photograph of your home and neighbors.
It takes approximately one minute to sign up. You can request monthly or biweekly email updates with details on homes sold within the last 90 days. You can make your search as small as one tenth of a square mile of your home up to several square miles. Please keep in mind that this is a property valuation calculated from mathematical modeling using a database from the multi-list and public tax records at a specific point in time analyzing values of comparable properties. All properties vary in value due to condition, updates, and location. To receive the most accurate value of your home please call me at 412-298-0152. This tool works anywhere in the United States so feel free to share with out of state friends and relatives.
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