Moving with kids

Moving With Kids

 Summertime is moving time for a lot of American families, and while moving may be exciting for adults, it can be downright traumatic for the kids. In the midst of preparations, packing, looking for a new house, often parents forget that special care must be taken with their children to ease the transition. Following are some tips to help make your move with kids as smooth as possible.

Before the move l Attitude is everything. Even if you are less than thrilled to be moving (if your spouse has been transferred to someplace you swore you’d never live, for instance), you must project a positive attitude to your kids. They will pick up on whatever signals you send and act accordingly. 

l Manage your stress level. You will be stressed out, of course. But you must concentrate on getting enough rest, proper nutrition and exercise during the transition so that you will be able to handle the stress in a healthy way and be available to your children.

 l Reassure your kids that they will not lose contact with their friends. This is especially critical for pre-teens and teens. Buy a special address book so your child can gather addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

 l If possible, bring your kids along when you look at houses so they feel involved in the process. This will help them to accept that the family will be moving.

 l If you’re moving to another part of the state or to a different state, get out the atlas and show your child where you’ll be moving. Put together information on climate, topography, local attractions and land features (mountains, ocean, lakes), historical data. Get on the web site of your destination and look at it together.

 l Gather information on the sports or other extra-curricular activities that interest your child so you know how and when to sign up. For older children involved in high school sports, look at area newspapers to read up on the teams’ activities.

 l Encourage your child to take part in the moving process as much as possible. Younger children can help pack their favorite belongings themselves to help them realize that although the family will be in a new home, their stuff will stay with them.

 l Before you move, hold a going-away party for your child. Encourage your child to keep contact with his or her old friends while encouraging new friendships.

 l Put together a scrapbook/photo album of the old house, with a journal recording special memories—holiday gatherings, favorite spots in the house, etc.

 l Before you leave, let each child say goodbye to the old house in their own way. Provide them with the closure they need so that they can move on.

 When you arrive  

l Keep to a routine. Have dinner the same time each night and make sure the kids are in bed at a specific time. While difficult in the midst of unpacking and other moving-in chores, it’s crucial to settling the kids in as soon as possible.

 l Be consistent with discipline. Don’t let misbehavior slide just because you’re too tired and stressed out to deal with issues. The sooner you establish that this home is just like the old one, the better.

 l Take your child to visit his or her new school and arrange to meet the teachers.

 l Supply your children with several copies of your new address and phone number.

 l When you move into your new home, begin a new keepsake and encourage your child to write about his or her hopes and expectations at the new home.


The Top Dates for Listing a Home Revealed

The Top Dates for Listing a Home Revealed

Home listings are most likely to debut on Thursdays and Fridays, with Fridays being the most common listing day by a slight margin, according to research by the National Association of REALTORS®.

What are the most popular dates to list? Half of all new listings in 2016 were first listed between March and July, which supports that the spring season is indeed real estate’s busiest time.

The most popular month for new listings is April, followed by March, May, June, and July, according to NAR.

“While home closings exhibit a strong tendency to get done at the end of the month, listings are much steadier throughout the course of the month with a slight tendency to be posted earlier rather than later,” NAR researchers note at the Economists’ Outlook blog.



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How Much Does It Cost to Sell a House?

Show me the money! Admit it, that’s what you’re thinking when you consider selling your house. In fact, chances are good you’ve mentally spent much of the proceeds already—on a new house you’re buying, and maybe even a nice vacation this summer. Slow down there—while selling a home can indeed bring in some sweet profits, not every dollar goes into your pocket. You also have to pay the professionals who help you unload your property. So now the question in your mind is probably: How much does it cost to sell a house? Really?

On average, home sellers pay their listing agent a commission amounting to about 6% of the price of their home (although that percentage can vary). On a $250,000 house sale, this amounts to roughly $15,000.

That might seem like a huge chunk of change, but don’t go assuming you’re getting ripped off! Here’s where that money goes, and why it’s totally worth it.

The real estate agent commission, explained

If you’re picturing your real estate agent pocketing the whole sum, think again.

“Sellers are often confused by the often-quoted ‘6% commission fee,’ and it’s because many agents don’t explain clearly why it’s being collected,”!!

In fact, that commission is split between the buyer’s agent‘s brokerage and the seller’s. They might split it evenly, or the seller’s agent’s side might get a bit more. From those splits, the respective brokerages take their cut—which, again, varies—and the remaining amount goes to the agents.

Remember, most agents don’t receive a salary, so that fee pays for all that time the agent spent marketing your home. It also includes costs like photographs and signage, as well as the cost to list it on the multiple listings service. And if your house doesn’t sell, the agent doesn’t get reimbursed for those costs—or paid for her time.

How much sellers pay in closing costs

While buyers tend to pay more in closing costs, sellers aren’t completely off the hook. You can expect to spend an additional 2% of your home’s price on this expense.

Closing costs tend to be fixed, including transfer taxes, escrow expenses, and notary fees. You’ll also pay at closing any outstanding property taxes, a prorated share of the water and sewage bills, and the remainder of your mortgage.

Yet you may have control over a few closing costs, says Gumbinger. If you hire a real estate attorney to oversee your side of the transaction, it’s worth shopping around to compare rates. You might also be able to avoid a $100 to $200 reissue fee for the title search if you can provide a copy of your policy.

Should I just sell my house myself to save money?

In a hot market, many sellers may think they can sell their house themselves to avoid the commission fees.

However, most people don’t realize that if you sell your house on your own, you still have to pay for the buyer’s agent’s brokerage fee.

“Since over 93% of active buyers have a real estate agent representing them, it’s the only way to attract these agents—and thus their buyers—to even consider your home,” Nelson says.

What about that cash they would still be saving by selling their home as “For Sale by Owner,” or FSBO?

Consider what your agent brings to the party:

  • Marketing, signs, advertising support, and professional photography
  • The time and “hassle factor” savings of not having to be present for showings, manage calls, host an open house, set up legal representation for paperwork, and conduct the negotiations
  • The legal protection that comes with working with a licensed real estate agent
  • The professional market knowledge that can help you wisely price the house
  • Negotiating expertise that allows your agent to extract the best terms and price from the buyer
  • A wider pool of potential buyers that comes with listing your home on the MLS
  • Access to other agents, who have or know potential buyers. In fact,  many sales can happen before a home is even listed, because agents will reach out to one another.

“In the end, that ‘savings’ to list a home yourself doesn’t usually save you any money,”. “In fact, it can cost you in terms of time, stress, and often a lower price for your home.”

You know the saying “you get what you pay for”? Well, you also earn what you save. Think long and hard about your limitations in terms of time and expertise before heading down the home-selling path solo. After all, this home sale may be one of the largest financial transactions of your life, so it’s not exactly something you should cut corners on with the hopes of saving a few bucks.

Low Inventory – Sellers Needed!!


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Help your clients settle into their new home

You just helped your client find the home of their dreams. But as soon as they move in, they realize they’re missing everything they need to keep the major appliances running smoothly.

You can be the hero!

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Inspections and walk-throughs

The next time you’re at an inspection or finishing up a walk-through… here’s what you do:

  • Open the My Clients section of HomeKeepr for Professionals
  • Select a client (make sure you’ve invited them first)
  • Click  Add Appliances 
  • You’ll be prompted to snap pictures of the appliance ID tags (model and serial number)
That’s it! Within 48 hours your client will find a library of appliance manuals they’ll have at their fingertips anytime they need it… and they’re going to be thrilled to learn that you’ve gone the extra mile for them.

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Repairs Not Done Right….


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That loose tile, rotting deck or wobbly ceiling fan could result in you getting sued if someone visiting your home gets injured because you failed to carry out adequate maintenance.

The problem with dangerous areas is that while the homeowner may be fully aware of the trouble spot, anyone visiting the home may not be as informed and homeowners may get sued if injuries occur.

A case discussed in a recent newsletter published by attorneys Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes (STBB) highlights the legalities around this issue. The case – Muller vs Lawrence – involved an injury sustained due to a loose tile at the top of a stairwell. Interestingly, although the court found that the homeowner wasn’t liable in this particular instance, it wasn’t due to the fact that the homeowner wasn’t negligent, but rather that the applicant wasn’t able to prove that she fell because of the loose tile (it had been raining and there were conflicting reports as to how the incident occurred, with the hospital records stating she had fallen up the stairs and the applicant noting she had fallen down). The applicant also couldn’t prove that the homeowner was aware of the broken tile and therefore he could not be held liable.

The outcome could have been very different had it been proved the homeowner was aware of a problem that could possibly lead to injury. In this instance the applicant was seriously injured and was suing for R750 000. Before you argue that your insurance would cover you in the event of something like this happening, it’s unlikely that your insurer would pay out if it found that you as the homeowner were aware of the problem, but neglected to rectify it. In other words, read the wording of your insurance policy with care.

Generally speaking the only winners in these situations are the lawyers and the best way to avoid high legal costs is to keep your home in tip top shape.

Obviously accidents can happen regardless of how careful the homeowner is, but it may be a good idea to conduct regular inspections and fix any potential hazards before they become major problems.

Common problem areas include:

  • Wooden decks. Untreated or old decks that are not maintained can rot. Unfortunately, the damage may not be visible from the top of the structure and regular inspections should be undertaken to assess if there is any damage underneath the structure.
  • Uneven paving or potholes in the tarred driveway. Replace or relay any paving stones that could lead to injury. Repair holes in the driveway.
  • Keep an eye on any large trees in the garden and prune any dead limbs.
  • Get on the roof and reattach loose tiles.
  • Regularly inspect stairways to ensure there are no loose tiles. Likewise, your carpeted stairs should be wrinkle and fray free.
  • Don’t wait for an accident to happen – replace slippery tiles around a pool area with a nonslip variety.
  • Inspect light fittings to ensure they are firmly fixed to the ceiling. Replace old, rusty fittings if necessary.
  • Regularly inspect your ceiling fans – ensure the blades are balanced properly. Check the ceiling fitting to ensure the appliance is firmly affixed and replace rusty blades.
  • Ensure that all electrical items are earthed and that there are no exposed wires. Conduct regular inspections on items such as washing machines and dishwashers and repair any leaks.

Burying your head in the sand and adopting an ‘it will never happen to me’ approach could end up costing you a friendship, not to mention a small fortune in legal fees. Remember negligent homeowners found wanting by the courts could also be held liable for the complainant’s legal costs as well as the amount claimed for injuries.

The lesson in all of this? Get your home in apple pie order and keep yourself, your family and your friends safe.