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Pets Influence Home Buyers Decision Making Process

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Realtor Joey Nalty with her family Pet LabYour Pet is an Important Member of your Family!

If you’re a Pet Owner chances are a quiet street, a fenced yard, large shade trees, access to walking trails and a dog park nearby will appeal to you in your search for a new home!

Pets ARE part of your family!  Home buyers should talk openly to their Realtor about everything on their “wish list”.  Do you have a preferred location? How many bedrooms and baths do you need or want? Is a large yard important or do you prefer a smaller lot?  What about Schools?  Are you an existing home buyer or is new construction your preference? Think about Garage Space, Basement storage or additional living space, pool or no pool? Finally, when it comes to insuring the well-being and comfort of your pet you’ll want to give some thought to how your new home will work for them.

What home & community features are important to Pet Owners?

According to the National Association of Realtors Animal House Remodeling Impact Report, from 2016, 61% of US households own or planned to own a Pet in the future.  Some of the amenities homeowners with pets have found to be important include:  laminate flooring, washing stations, doggie/cat doors, cat litter closets, built-in spaces for dishware and pet beds.  Pet Owners also felt it important to live near Pet Supply Stores & Grooming Facilities, Dog Parks, Dog & Cat Day-Care Facilities, Kennels and the like.

Power of Pets

Pets influence the home buying decision process

Many communities have Animal-Friendly shops, businesses and even patio dining where well behaved dogs are welcome on your dining excursions!   It is not unusual to see water bowls on the sidewalks when walking thru town centers such as Doylestown, New Hope, Newtown, Perkasie and Yardley!  In fact, many businesses that host a “Take your Child to Work Day” now even have a “Bring your Dog to Work Day!”

We love our Pets as much as you love yours!  We Get it!

In conclusion, if a home in a Pet-Friendly community is your goal, be sure to find a Realtor that “Gets It”!  Most of all you’ll want a Realtor who is knowledgeable about the resources available for Pet Owners in different communities.

A good place to start your search for the right Realtor is HERE. Many of us are Pet Owners ourselves. In addition, Class-Harlan Real Estate has been serving the real estate needs of the community since 1963.  Our team of experienced Realtors strive to exceed their clients’ expectations with professionalism and integrity seven days a week.  For real estate assistance, please call Class-Harlan Real Estate at 215-348-8111 or visit www.ClassHarlan.com

 

 

 

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Title Insurance PROTECTS Your Ownership to YOUR Property

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Doylestown, PA—By searching, clearing and insuring the title to your home, before you buy it, your new owner’s title insurance policy will offer protection for your property for as long as you and your heirs own your home.  This could protect you from expensive legal problems down the road.

Do I Really Need Title Insurance?

“Home Buyers often ask, Do I really need title insurance?” claims Todd McCarty, Owner/Partner & Broker of Record – Class-Harlan Real Estate.  As a property is conveyed from one party to another, mistakes can be made, some long before interest has been made in the property and these “mistakes” could place your future ownership in jeopardy.  For example, the current homeowner could have avoided disclosing that they used the property as collateral for an unpaid loan, or fraudulently claimed to be the sole owner, or have outstanding real estate taxes or contractor debt.  So, “YES, title insurance is highly recommended!”  The cost is typically 0.5% of the home’s purchase price.

Whether you are paying cash or financing your home, your title insurance will defend your possession of your property and assume the legal costs of that defense for as long as you own the property!  And if any challenge to your ownership of the property proves to be legitimate, your title insurance policy will pay for your losses, just as your title insurance policy provides.

Important reasons why a new home buyer should purchase title insurance:

  • Forgery
  • Fraud in the execution of documents
  • Undue influence on a grantor of a deed
  • False impersonation by someone purporting to be the owner of real property
  • Undisclosed or missing heirs
  • Wills not properly probated or misinterpreted wills and trusts
  • Transfer of title by a minor
  • Incorrect legal descriptions
  • Non-delivery of deeds
  • Unsatisfied claims not shown on the record
  • Deeds executed under expired or false powers of attorneys
  • Confusion due to similar or identical names
  • Incorrect indexing of the land records

Class-Harlan Real Estate has been serving the real estate needs of the community since 1963.  The team of experienced Realtors strive to exceed their clients’ expectations with professionalism and integrity seven days a week.  For real estate assistance, please call Class-Harlan Real Estate at 215-348-8111 or visit Meet Our Team

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Settlement Day and Your Pre-Settlement Walk-Thru

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Congratulations! It is Settlement Day…

You are headed to your final walk-thru prior to Settlement Day with your real estate professional filled with excitement.  Your head is likely spinning with the daunting tasks of unpacking and deciding furniture placement, paint colors, future family gatherings and the like.

The pre-settlement walk-thru is an important final step for home buyers to take prior to heading to the Settlement table to meet the home sellers. Your real estate professional will guide you thru the process that typically takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the property.  You will want to have a copy of your agreement of sale with you, including all addenda as well as copies of receipts for work done by seller as a result of your inspection negotiations.

What should you look for on your final walk thru?

At the walk thru be sure all items included with the sale are left at the property and in the condition as agreed to with the Seller.  You’ll want to confirm that all items excluded from the sale of the property have been removed from the property.  The property should be in similar condition on Settlement Day as it was when you walked thru it, perhaps weeks, or sometimes months, prior.  Confirm any items Seller agreed to repair are in working order.

Check the major systems: heating, air conditioning, plumbing.  Make sure all are working or in a condition as agreed upon during negotiations with the home seller.  Run the hot water at all sink locations thru the property.  Check water pressure, look for leaks and flush all toilets. Be sure all appliances, light fixtures, ceiling fans and installed wall/window A/C units are operable.  Check systems in all buildings, pools, etc. on the property.

How is a Seller expected to leave the home?

Unless agreed to in writing, a seller is not required to have the home professionally cleaned prior to Settlement Day. But, it is so nice when they do! Some sellers leave picture hooks in the walls and some remove the hooks, spackle and repaint.  If this is important to you, be clear in the Agreement, how you want the property left for you.

If any issues are found during the walk-thru, your Realtor will guide you thru the negotiation of these items PRIOR to Closing.  You will have little recourse after Settlement Day.

If you agreed to purchase any items outside of the contract, make sure they are left at the property. You should make arrangements for payment of those items separately from the Settlement of the property.

 Class-Harlan Real Estate has been serving the real estate needs of the community since 1963.  The team of experienced Realtors strive to exceed their clients’ expectations with professionalism and integrity seven days a week.  For real estate assistance, please call Class-Harlan Real Estate at 215-348-8111 or visit Meet Our Team

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