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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 8/6/2020

Buying is home is a lengthy and, at times, stressful process. So, it can be discouraging when your offer is rejected.

If youíve recently had a purchase offer rejected by the homeowner, donít worry--you have options.

In this post, weíre going to cover some of those options so you can start focusing on your next move and potentially even make a second offer that gets accepted.

1.  Reassess your offer, not the seller

You could spend days guessing the reasons the seller might not have accepted your offer if they didnít give you a straightforward answer.

However, your time is better spent addressing your own offer. Double check the following things:

  • Is your offer significantly lower than the asking price?

  • If so, is it lower than comparable sale prices for homes in the neighborhood?

  • Does your offer contain more than the usual contingencies?

Once youíve reassessed, you can determine if a second offer is appropriate for your situation, or if youíre ready to move onto other prospects with the knowledge youíve gained from this experience in hand.

2. Formulate your second offer

So, youíve decided to make another attempt at the house. Now is the time to discuss details with your spouse and real estate agent.

Out of respect for the sellerís time and their timeline for selling the home, you should treat your second offer as your last.

So, make sure youíre putting your best offer forward. This can mean removing those contingencies mentioned earlier or increasing the amount. However, be realistic about your budget and donít waive contingencies that are necessary (commonly appraisals, inspection, and financing contingencies).

3. Consider including a personal offer letter

In todayís competitive market, many sellers are fielding multiple offers on their home. To set yourself apart from the competitors and to help the seller get to know your goals and reasoning better, a personal letter is often a great tool.

Donít be afraid to give details in your offer letter. Explain what excites you about the house, why it is ideal for your family, and what your plans are for living there.

What shouldnít you include in your offer letter? Avoid statements that try to evoke pity or guilt from the seller. This seldom works and will put-off most buyers to your offer.

4. Moving on is good time management

If you arenít comfortable increasing your offer or if you receive a second rejection, itís typically a good idea to move onto other prospects. It may seem like wasted time--however, just like a job interview that didnít go as planned, itís an excellent learning experience.

Youíll walk away knowing more about the negotiation process, dealing with sellers and agents, and you might even find a home thatís better than the first one in the process!

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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 8/5/2020

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Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 7/30/2020

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Some home maintenance projects definitely require a professional. But given just how fast homeownership costs can add up, it's nice to know that other home projects are DIY for the average person. 

Replacing your toilet fill valve and the flapper is one such project. 

The toilet is one of the few items in our homes that hasn't changed much in the past couple hundred years. What does that mean for you? 

For the most part, basic mechanical principles make it work. And the great news is, if the toilet looks okay cosmetically, then replacing these mechanisms basically gives you a toilet that will function as if brand new. 

Let's get started.

What you'll need

  • An XL bucket that can hold about three to five gallons. It needs to fit under the back of your toilet.
  • Crescent adjustable wrenches
  • Rags
  • Replacement parts (fill valve, flapper and/or gasket). *Pro tip* Just look inside your toilet to see what kind of valve it uses. 

    Aside from the replacement parts, we'll bet you have most of these things at home. Replace all or some of these parts using this guide. It's up to you.

    Step one: Empty the tank

    Start by turning off the water using the knob behind your toilet. This keeps the tank from re-filling as you empty it.

    Flush the toilet. This will empty the tank partway. Don't miss this step or there will be way more water in the tank than the bucket can hold.

    Now, place your bucket behind the toilet, and carefully remove the hose from the tank but not the wall. Direct the water into the bucket.

    *Pro tip* If you have a larger than average tank, then you might have more water in it than you can fit into the bucket. Don't freak out it if it fills fast. Just place your thumb over the hole to stop the flow. Empty the bucket into one of the following:

  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Sink
  • Toilet bowl
  • Step two: remove the flapper & gasket

    The flapper simply sits on top of the hole in the bottom of the tank. Simply dislodge the hinge of the flapper and pull it out of the tank.

    Now, remove the gasket under the tank. Just unscrew the tank from the bowl. Lift the bowl carefully and set it on the floor. Remove the gasket by hand. You can then remove the valve by unscrewing it.

    *Pro tip*:  If the nut and bolt are on extra tight, you'll need one wrench to hold the nut under the tank while you unscrew from the inside. 

    Step three: replace the gasket & flapper

    Simply screw the new gasket on. Be careful not to over-tighten and strip the grooves or you'll have a more significant repair job on your hands.

    Screw the tank back onto the bowl, and then install your new valve with the lock nut, which will be under the tank. Place the flexible tube into the tanks overflow pipe.

    Now, snap the new flapper in place and that's it. Use the rags to clean up any water that spilled. Fill up your tank and go. 

    For more easy DIY projects, follow our blog.

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    Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 7/23/2020

    After you accept an offer to purchase your house, a buyer and his or her real estate agent likely will want to conduct a property inspection. Although the mere thought of a home inspection may cause a property seller to stress, it is important to understand the importance of an inspection for both sellers and buyers.

    Now, let's take a look at three things that every seller needs to know about home inspections.

    1. A home inspection offers valuable insights for both a seller and buyer.

    During a home inspection, a buyer, his or her real estate agent and a house inspector will examine a residence both inside and out. The inspection allows a buyer to take a close look at a residence and identify any underlying issues with a house before finalizing a home purchase.

    Meanwhile, a seller may learn about assorted home problems following an inspection as well. And if a home has various problems, a seller may need to correct these issues to fulfill a buyer's requests.

    2. A home inspection won't necessarily slow down or stop a house sale.

    Typically, a home inspection is performed after a seller accepts a buyer's offer to purchase. At this point, a buyer wants to ensure a home matches or exceeds his or her expectations. With an inspection, a buyer can learn about all aspects of a residence and proceed accordingly.

    If problems are discovered during a home inspection, there is no need for a seller to worry. Oftentimes, a buyer will request a seller fix any problems with a home, or he or she may ask for a price reduction. As a seller, you may be able to negotiate with a buyer to find common ground relative to the costs of myriad home repairs too.

    3. A home inspection generally does not take long to complete.

    In many instances, a home inspection takes just hours to complete, and a buyer will receive a house inspection report within a few days of the evaluation. After a buyer reviews the home inspection report results, he or she can choose to move forward with a home purchase. Or, a buyer can rescind his or her offer to purchase or request home repairs or a reduced purchase price.

    A seller will find out how a buyer wants to proceed within days of a home inspection. If a buyer and seller can come to terms after an inspection, both parties can proceed with a home transaction. On the other hand, if a buyer and seller cannot reach an agreement following an inspection, both parties can reenter the housing market.

    Lastly, when it comes to selling a home, it often helps to hire an expert real estate agent. This housing market professional can teach a seller about home inspections, as well as what to expect at each stage of the property selling journey. That way, a seller can prepare for any potential home selling hurdles and take the necessary steps to overcome such problems before they get out of hand.

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    Posted by Lawton Real Estate, Inc on 7/16/2020

    Weíve all had those times when we canít seem to get a good nightís sleep. If you recently moved to a new home or if youíre on vacation, the new environment or mattress can make it difficult to fall asleep.

    Itís even more frustrating when youíre in the comfort of your own home but are still having trouble sleeping.

    In this article, weíre going to give you some tips and habits you can build to help better your sleep. Weíll talk about ways to get to sleep on time, how to improve your sleeping habits, and how to sleep through the night.

    Getting to bed on time

    Most of us live busy lives that make it hard to unwind at the end of the day. Others simply have a hard time calling it quits on the show or movie theyíre watching when they should be getting some sleep. Either way, itís essential to build a good bedtime routine to make sure youíre falling asleep at an appropriate time each night.

    To start, youíll want to make sure you assign yourself a bed time. Though bed times seem like a rule for children, it can help adults vastly improve their sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each morning reinforces your bodyís natural sleep cycle.

    To ensure you go to bed on time, you can set a reminder or alarm on your phone for a half-hour before you need to be in bed. This will give you time to finish what youíre doing and get ready for bed.

    There are also apps that will help you do this, which weíll talk about in the next section.

    Monitor your sleep

    Sleep is deeply important to how we function throughout our day. A poor nightís sleep is a short-term hindrance, putting us in a bad mood or making it difficult to focus. But, in the long run, lacking sleep is a health risk that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.

    The takeaway? We should all take sleep seriously. To do so, a good way is to monitor your sleep. One easy way is to download an app that does just that. For iPhone users, the pre-installed Bedtime feature (part of the Clock app) is a simple way to set reminders and gain insight into your sleeping habit.

    A more thorough way to monitor your sleep is to keep a sleep journal or to buy a smartwatch that tracks your sleep for you. Regardless of your method, keeping tabs on your sleep quality will help you prioritize your health and wellness.

    Quick tips for improving your sleep

    • Go to bed at the same time each time

    • Avoid bright screens (phone, TV, laptop) for an hour before bed

    • Read, knit, or do some other relaxing hobby before bed

    • Donít eat for two hours before bed

    • If you canít sleep, try listening to calming music or a guided meditation

    • If youíre a light sleeper, try wearing comfortable earplugs and an eye mask to bed

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