5 Tips For Buying or Selling Your Home Author: South Valley Chamber Published: August 6, 2019 When buying or selling a home, there can be a lot of ups and downs as far as the market is concerned. But there is also the idea that people can do it themselves, only to find out later that there are a lot of runarounds and things unaccounted for that makes the process exhausting and difficult. A realtor is, in a sense, an advocate for every situation. They are an advisor, an educator, and a job with many hats. This means that a realtor knows about all of those ups and downs and is prepared ahead of time. They know every little detail of buying and selling homes. We sat down with Joy Natale, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, and got a few words of advice for buying and selling a home. Have a list of priorities that you want in a home. This will make it easier to find a home you would be happy with. Ideally, you should put down on paper at least 12 things you need and some extras that would be nice to have. Keep yourself realistic. You may find everything you want in a home, but chances are, it may not fit within your budget. Or, as an example, you may find the perfect house on the hillside that you’ve always dreamt of, but it is a further commute to work than what you originally had planned. Be willing to work with the situation at hand. Begin working with a realtor ahead of time. How good is your credit? Have others put down an offer on the same house? How will we know if your offer is the correct offer? These are all types of questions that can be answered by your realtor. Many people don’t know this, but a realtor can find ways to help improve your credit ahead of time to get approved for a better interest rate. 30% of offers placed on a home end up failing. It is wise to keep your options open and your home on the market. If you’re planning to buy or sell, six months ahead of time is the ideal amount of time to begin working with a realtor. Realtors are able to help you along in the process of inspecting your home and dealing with issues that should have been addressed prior to selling. It just so happens that putting down 20% on a home is a common misconception. Although it is recommended, it isn’t always the scenario for many people who are purchasing homes. You’ll have to find out what best fits your current life situation as far as job and salary is concerned. Joy Natale is a professional realtor in Sandy and can help you in the process of selling or buying your home. For more information on how to get in contact with Joy, you can contact her directly at 801-913-1095 or visit her website here: https://joynatale.bhhsutah.com. Article written by Nate Williams, a content intern at Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.