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Seller Concessions Explained- Southeast Michigan Real Estate

This is my attempt at a very simplified explanation of what seller concessions are.

Example: You want to buy the house you just looked at and want to make an offer of $200,000. You need $5000 in seller concessions (seller paying all or part of your closing costs). Your offer will be $205,000 asking the seller to pay $5000 in concessions. If you offer $200K and ask for $5K in concessions, your offer is really $195,000.

The seller isn’t really paying your closing costs- you are mortgaging them.

Sellers- you really aren’t paying those closing costs. The buyer is mortgaging them.

Buyers- sellers have a bottom line. They don’t tend to come down to that bottom line AND pay concessions. The concessions are rolled into the purchase price.

Sellers– don’t question the amount of the concessions. If the buyer’s loan officer is over charging them that is their business. You only need to be concerned about your bottom line.

Compliments of Jackie Hawley, Realtor of the JHawley and Associates Real Estate Team at ReMax Encore in Clarkston MI.

Cell: (248)736-6407



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Now your Southeast Michgan house is on the market- beautifully described in the MLS with 25 photos and a virtual tour, sign in the yard with color flyers in the box (again- beautifully described), full color ads all over the internet. Everything is going along just like your Realtor told you it would.

And now the first call.

Someone wants to show your house tomorrow between 1 and 2. That doesn’t mean they show up and leave in that hour. It doesn’t mean they won’t be running early and possibly show up at 5 to 1. Or quarter to one. They may get there at 1:55 and not be done until 2:30 or 2:45.

Please have the house ready early. And if an agent with client in tow shows up a bit early, be prepared to leave immediately. If you get home at 2:05 and they are still there, keep driving! Circle around the block a few times, or go get a coffee.

The goal is to get the house sold- not point out they’re early or make them feel rushed by coming home while they’re still there. Scheduling isn’t a science. Some buyers are faster lookers than others. We don’t know what houses they looked at previous to yours- they may have been dumps and they spent little time on them and arrived early to yours. Whatever.

Just remember- the times you are given for the showing are just approximations.

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Jackie Hawley, Realtor
ReMax Encore, Clarkston MI
Cell: 248-736-640




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What Sets Me Apart From Other Southeast Michigan Listing Agents?

I’ve been showing houses quite a bit lately and have noticed some disturbing trends. Many of these trends are confined to foreclosure listings; or at least I thought the incomplete listings with no yard sign out front and no electricity on in the house was a foreclosure issue. Many of these foreclosure agents never even see the house, so I guess that can be their excuse. But other agents have been following suit. I guess in their minds good service is graded on a curve and as long as foreclosure agents behave like secretaries for the bank, most of the rest seem to feel the need to imitate.

I showed a house last night, after dark, and was surprised to find no electricity on in the house. I called the listing office and set the appointment with a member of the listing agent’s team. You would think she could have told me we would be looking with flash lights, and I would have thanked her and rescheduled for the weekend during the day.

I’m showing a house tomorrow to the same couple. When I pulled the aerial today I was pleasantly surprised to find it’s a lakefront home. The listing never mentioned that it’s on the water. Good for us on the buyer side, but not so good for the seller.

Non foreclosure agents are starting to fill both the agent remarks and buyer remarks on the MLS sheet with showing instructions and ass covering statements such as “buyer or buyer’s agent to verify taxes, sq. footage, etc.” Or BATVI – buyer agent to verify information. DUH! The MLS is supposed to “sell” the house- to entice buyer’s agents to show the listing.

Sometimes the agent remarks are left blank and even on occasion the public remarks are blank. I showed a house with central air that was not included in the MLS. I showed a house today with lake privileges and a subdivision beach and the water name search field was left blank. 20% of the lake front listings in this North Oakland County area also leave the water name search field blank so their listings won’t come up if I am searching for houses on a specific lake.

A while back I was showing houses on acreage and over a third of the listings left the acre search field blank. I’ve shown 2 houses in the past week or so where the listing agent missed a bathroom. And it goes on and on.

I don’t know what has happened to customer service. If a listing agent can’t/won’t fill out a listing completely, how are they going to handle the rest of the transaction? If the incomplete listing is a short sale will the listing agent be able to, or willing to, send everything the lien holders ask for in a timely fashion? I highly doubt it if they can’t even fill in a lake name or check the central air box.

As real estate agents we are dealing with hundreds of thousands of other people’s dollars and we should take that commitment seriously.

One thing I can promise is if you list your Southeast Michigan home with me, your listing will be completely and accurately filled out. You will have the maximum number of photos allowed and a virtual tour (unless your house is a pig sty- no need of scaring off buyers!). You will have a sign in your yard unless otherwise requested and if you don’t have the electricity turned on in the house you can find another agent. I list homes to sell and I sell them at the highest price possible. I will communicate with you throughout- from the time you sign the listing agreement until the sale closes.

I take my job seriously. We like to call ourselves professionals and should behave in a professional manner. Our listings are our face to the public and those listings should represent the home better than those on for sale by owner web sites.

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Jackie Hawley, Realtor
ReMax Encore
Cell: (248) 736-6407



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