Dan Christian Homes is a full-service realtor. We don’t just give you what you ask for and do what you tell us. We help you get the right answers to the RIGHT questions…not merely those you happen to ask. We do not fully delegate services like lender and escrow and home inspector but instead coordinate all of those vendors on your behalf towards a hassle-free closing. Our expert team offers advice and guidance throughout all aspects of the process, and our goal is to sell your home or get you into a new home smoothly and quickly.
Whether you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time or you’re a repeat buyer, buying a house is a financial and emotional decision that requires the experience and support of a real estate professional. In the maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work with a professional team that knows the community and much more.
Most first-time buyers need to finance their home purchase, and a consultation with a mortgage lender is a crucial step in the process. Find out how much you can afford before you begin your home search. Educating yourself on your local market and working with our team can help you narrow your priorities and make an informed decision about which home to choose.
While much attention is paid to the asking price of a home, a proposal to buy includes both the price and terms. In some cases, terms can represent thousands of dollars in additional value—or additional costs—for buyers, and we will help you maximize that value.
The closing process or escrow is increasingly computerized and automated. In practice, closings bring together a variety of parties who are part of the real estate transaction. Our team will guide you every step of the way.
There’s a reason nearly 90% of sellers use a listing agent: Selling a home takes time, knowledge of neighborhood trends, and negotiating skills. The agent’s chief tasks are to help set the right price and then get buyers in the door. Agents have access to the most up-to-date information about recent comps and competing listings in your neighborhood.
A good agent also will market your home aggressively. That means recommending staging techniques to make the place look great, maximizing the listing with professional-quality photographs, and showing the house to prospective buyers. Most important, the agent will vet potential buyers so you can deal only with serious prospects.
Once you’ve found a buyer, the agent will negotiate counter-offers, track the paperwork, schedule required inspections, order necessary documents and reports and generally guide you through the sometimes nerve- racking process towards closing the transaction.
We offer property management services for single family homes, condos and apartments directly dealing with the day-to-day management of your property so you don’t have to. We will interact with prospects and tenants, worry over marketing your rentals, handle maintenance and repair issues, respond to tenant complaints, and even pursue evictions.
We are a smaller management operation by design in order to provide focused attention to our clients and tenants with high-quality service. We work closely with our property owners to create a customized management package to meet their specific needs but generally handle such management tasks as determine an accurate rental rate, market the rental, manage tenant screening and selection, create an appropriate lease, manage tenant move in and move out, manage tenant issues and evictions, property maintenance, repairs and remodeling.
Prepare a Home for Sale: Declutter
When it’s time to sell your home, editing your decor will help make the sale. Buyers need to picture themselves living in your home, and they can’t do that if your stuff is crammed into every corner. Even if your house is dust-free and your fixtures are sparkling, your personal clutter can be a potential turnoff to potential buyers.
Decluttering can be daunting. After all, you’re still living in your house. You might need your stuff! Decluttering is not converting your house into a museum. It is selectively pruning anything that distracts buyers from seeing what they are getting with your house. We will guide you through the process.
As always, follow the golden rule of organizing: sort your things into three piles—keep, donate, and throw away. Ideally, at the end of the process, the keep pile is the smallest of the three.
Prepare a Home for Sale: Repairs & Maintenance
Prospective buyers won’t ignore even minor problems in a house, from broken light switches to leaky faucets, so you’ll want to have your home in tip-top shape. Follow the guidance of your real estate agent to attend to necessary maintenance and repairs. We can work with you on referrals to known and qualified vendors and services that can accomplish the task quickly, expertly and economically.
Curb appeal matters, so don’t forget to make your home look appealing from the street. Fix peeling paint, mangled gutters, and roof and siding issues. Spot-planting flowers strategically in flower beds can create a huge impact with a punch of color.
Once inside, buyers will first notice the walls and flooring, so you’ll want to get them looking nice and neat. A fresh coat of neutral color paint will do wonders to make the home look cozy and inviting. No stark white!
Replace outdated light fixtures, a rusted medicine cabinet or a cracked mirror. Fix small things like burned out light bulbs, running toilets, broken light switches, leaky faucets, broken window blinds and loud exhaust fans. Work with your agent to identify which repairs and replacements will net you the most return.
Home staging is the preparation of a private residence for sale. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product.
Professional home stagers are practiced in the art of working with the “flow” of a home, eliminating clutter and personalization, editing and arranging furniture, and even assisting in enhancing curb appeal. With the aid of a professional home stager, your house can make a notable first impression on potential buyers.
Home staging is not a necessary or appropriate expense for all home sales. As a rule, the higher the asking price of the home, the more one can spend to have it professionally staged. Our team will work with you to determine if a home is in need of this type of service, and what kind of benefit, if any, that it would have.