The Pain of Fixture Feuds – When Buyers and Sellers bicker over what stays.

This article appeared in the June issue of Realtor Magazine.

You are just about at the end of negotiations and out of the blue the parties to the sale are having a standoff over the bathroom faucet. Sounds petty? Read on to find out how you can avoid this situation in the future…

>>>The Pain of Fixture Feuds | Realtor Magazine.<<<


Who Does The Broker Represent?

Whether you are buying or selling a home this article will open your eyes to the slippery field of agency issues and who represents whom in a real estate transaction. Read this short article from Benny L. Kass for a simple explanation.

>>>>> Who Does The Broker Represent?.

Mortgage News Daily for August 22, 2014

Mortgage rates moved lower for a second straight day following a much-anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chair Yellen in Jackson Hole.

Read more here>>> Mortgage News Daily – Mortgage And Real Estate News.

John Martelotti – Staten Island Real Estate Sales & Rentals in Staten island, NY

John Martelotti – Staten Island Real Estate Sales & Rentals in Staten island, NY.

Curb Appeal – Does your home look its best from the outside?

After a long winter, yards can look bedraggled, but if your house is for sale, you can’t let it stay that way. Before the first buyer arrives, you need to create a “Wow” impression from your curb all the way to your front door.

It really is important.

That first view of a home sets the expectation and the tone for the entire viewing. It will make the difference in what they see when they walk inside.

As humans we tend to see what we expect to see. A first impression sets up that expectation, and our minds will subconsciously seek to find evidence that our expectation is correct.

A neglected or run-down exterior tells buyers that the entire house has not been well-maintained, while an inviting exterior tells buyers that what they see inside will be equally inviting.

And generally, that’s what those buyers will see. They’ll subconsciously seek evidence that their expectation is correct, and may even overlook subtle signs that they might be incorrect. That is, if they even get inside to have a look. I’ve been on showings when the buyers refused to get out of the car because they didn’t like the looks of the exterior. They knew that what they saw inside would be a waste of time.

And that’s a shame, because sometimes the interior and exterior don’t match.

While all sellers should definitely make an effort to create a “wow” impression with curb appeal, some simply cannot.

It may be that the homeowners are ill or elderly and have assistance with interior maintenance, but not with exterior maintenance.

It may be that they don’t have the physical or financial capability to keep the lawn neat, shrubs trimmed, fences straight, and trim freshly painted – but they have been able to keep up inside.

So – if you’re a seller, do all in your power to make that first impression set an expectation for good things to come.

And if you’re seeking a home here in (city), try to keep an open mind.

Work to over-ride your mind’s expectations and really look at what you see inside – regardless of what you’ve seen outside.

When you’re ready to buy or sell, call me. If you’re a seller, I’ll help you decide what needs to be done to give your home the greatest appeal to the largest number of buyers. If you’re a buyer, I’ll help you “see through” the insignificant to see the possibilities of the home within.

John Martelotti – (917)202-8309

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson @ Robert DeFalco Realty

Home Sellers: What a Great Agent Can Do For You

Not all agents are the same. Read on to see what a qualified agent can offer you

>>>Home Sellers: What a Great Agent Can Do For You<<<.

Why is a Local Real Estate Agent a Necessity?

 You may know that any agent who is licensed in New York can legally help you purchase or sell a home anywhere in the state. But just because it’s legal doesn’t make it a good idea.
In large metropolitan areas, it isn’t even a good idea to use an agent from the North shore if you’re contemplating a transaction in the South  shore. It’s true that he or she might have access to the listings via the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), but the printed information in the MLS is not everything your agent needs to know.
Neither is the information that listing agents post on their own websites.
 Much of the information and expertise that an agent offers you is located not on line or in print, but in their own memory banks. It comes from focused study of the local market, combined with first-hand experience.
Only an agent who is familiar with the homes in your immediate area and who knows the difference between neighborhoods can give you an accurate estimate of a home’s value. Homes that are similar in size and condition, but are located a quarter mile apart, can have vastly different values.
Only an agent who has been watching the trends can tell you if values are rising or declining.  
Only an agent who has seen similar homes in similar neighborhoods can say if your home or the home you are considering is actually comparable to others that are on the market or already sold.
Only a local agent will have his or her finger on the pulse of local politics and events – and can tell you about outside influences that could affect the value of homes in a given neighborhood.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home here in Staten Island, call me. I do know the local market. And if you’re planning to sell here and move to another part of New York  I’ll be happy to refer you to a trusted colleague who has the expertise to help you there.
I look forward to talking with you,
John Martelotti – Salesperson
Robert DeFalco Realty