Starter homes are often townhomes, single-family houses, or condominium units that are on the lower end…
Perhaps you want a sprawling garden where you can hold parties or have a big pool and grotto installed. Maybe you want a spacious home that you can decorate to your liking. Perhaps you want a home with a large interior, a well-manicured lawn, a beautiful backyard space, as well as all the comforts of living money can buy.
If you want to find the best luxury homes for sale in Kansas, Cami Jones & Company is the key. We can provide you with the best listings around the state and take care of the details so you get the luxury home that suits your needs.
The Benefits of Teaming Up with A Real Estate Expert
Finding and closing the deal on a new home is not a simple task. There’s no easy way to know whether the property you’re buying is good or bad unless you have an expert helping you out during the walk-through and inspection process. The buying process can be tedious, too. Although some of these real estate practices are generally similar for a number of states, some components may differ slightly. Therefore, they need to be processed according to local state law.
For example, here in Kansas, closing fees are divided between seller and buyer, while in other states, the same fees are taken care of by the buyer. In Kansas, closings can be facilitated by title companies, real estate agents, attorneys, and independent escrow firms, while in some states only an attorney can facilitate a closing.
There are plenty of other factors to consider, including property tax guidelines and policy costs. However, having an experienced real estate agent alongside you all throughout your buying journey, you’ll be able to navigate your options better and have the nitty-gritty stuff taken care of by the real estate firm’s team of experts. All you have to do is to tell us what you’re looking for, and we’ll do the legwork for you.
Talk to Us About Your Dream Home
Sit down with one of our real estate agents to discuss the specifics of your ideal hone. We can then set up a timeline that works for both you and the seller.
Be as specific as you can be when it comes to your requirements, especially if you’re after green home technology, smart home technology, or turn-key offers. This will help us filter the listings and narrow down the choices based on your requirements and preferences. It also makes the selection process more convenient for you.
Consider These Factors Before Putting Pen to Paper
Buying a home is an exciting journey and it’s easy to agree to an offer when you’ve finally found the home that you’ve been looking for. However, before taking another step, you’ll want to perform a thorough inspection so you can determine your negotiation leverage before closing the sale. If you’re not sure what to put on your worksheet, here are the things that you can negotiate.
Before setting the close date in stone, you’ll want to factor in your seller’s timeline aside from your planned move-in date. Most sellers are eager to close, as they may be moving to a new state or out of the country. These homeowners are motivated to close sooner rather than later.
Several factors can affect the timeline and alter the closing date. Appraisals, inspections, and repairs are time-consuming factors that can prolong the time between accepting the offer and closing the home.
- The close date may also take another 30 to 60 days longer, depending on the bank and mortgage timelines.
- Closing on a purchase mortgage may have a shorter lead time than closing on a refinance, as these are processed differently.
- Paying with cash up-front does cut the mortgage lead time, but it doesn’t preclude the closing timetable from being affected by the matters mentioned.
If this sounds a tad complicated, our team of real estate experts can make things light and easy for you. We’ll sort the paperwork and create a timeline that works for both you and the seller. This way, you can determine a tentative close date and plan for temporary living arrangements in case the close date is beyond the move-out date from your former home.
Contingency for Inspection
Consider contingencies as your safety net. Contingencies allow you to negotiate inspection timeframes, as well as repair costs, especially if these affect the structural integrity of the property. You can also negotiate a final walk-through to verify that all the necessary repairs were made and that your new home is in top condition before you take the final step.
Contingencies are indicated in the contract and will have to be met before it becomes binding. It protects you, the buyer, from being trapped in a situation that isn’t beneficial to you. You can walk away from it and direct your time towards finding the best home for you.
Sellers often have a tight schedule for inspections, leaving you, the buyer, with less time than you need to ensure that your potential future home is in top condition. You may ask for a longer inspection timeframe in your contingencies to maintain your negotiation leverage even after accepting the deal.
Our clientele is quite meticulous, so we understand why our buyers need a longer inspection timeframe. Besides, buying a property is an important investment; we agree that it’s only right to know that you’re putting your investment in the right property and that you’re getting the best one for you.
Repairs and Improvements
More often than not, sellers spring for repair costs before putting their property out on the market. Some sellers offer the buyer credit, which is a certain amount from the contract price. This amount goes toward repair costs, allowing the buyer to take care of the repairs themselves.
Repairs can be structural or superficial, but both require proper attention, as these can lead to further damage later on. Also, It’s much harder to schedule repairs around your new home once you’ve moved in and may cost you storage fees if it’s impossible to move your belongings in just yet.
Performing any repairs or improvements is ideal before closing, as you’ll want your potential future home to be move-in ready once the property has been turned over to you.
Cosmetic improvements are surface enhancements and do not involve any form of teardown or floor plan alteration to change the size of the floor area. Not all cosmetic improvements are worth negotiating for, so if you’re planning to include any improvements in your contingency, go for the ones geared toward preventive maintenance like fixing minor cracks on walls and installing energy-saving lights.
Cosmetic improvements can also be done by applying a fresh coat of paint on the interior and/or the exterior of the property, as well as replacing broken moldings, crowns, and fittings.
Appliances, Furniture, Fixtures, and Decor
You can negotiate with the seller which appliances, pieces of furniture, fixtures, and decorations you would like included or removed. As a rule, anything that is bolted down is considered a home fixture and stays in the property, unless you prefer to upgrade it.
Some luxury homes are sold fully furnished and, in some instances, are fitted out with made-to-measure furniture. You might want to take note of customized pieces and make an offer to buy these, instead of having to have new ones made later.
If you love the decor and find interesting furniture and decorative pieces you’d like to have in your future home, you can make an offer for the pieces that you’d want to keep.
Pre-Move In-Home Cleaning
If repairs were made on the property after you accept the offer, chances are it will need a thorough cleaning to remove any dust and debris left behind. The real estate company can find a contractor for your move-in cleaning requirements and also help you with unpacking your belongings, if you don’t have this included with your movers, to make moving-in faster and you can enjoy your new home right away.
In case of an extended close date, make sure the home cleaning company also offers storage services. This way, you have a unit to store your belongings until you can move into your new home.
We’ll help you negotiate these things with the seller to ensure that you’re potential new home is on par with your standards.
We Make it Easy for You
Finding and buying your dream home can be tedious, but if you work with an experienced team of real estate experts like Cami Jones & Company, you can make it a wonderful and enjoyable experience. After all, the memories you’ll be making in your new home start from when you first set foot in it and fall in love with it.
If you’re looking for a luxury home in Kansas and would like to have a hassle-free and smooth buying experience, we’ll make it happen for you. Call us at (913) 402-2550 or fill out our secure form to book an appointment today.