Did You Know?
Barrington is an affluent village in Cook County and Lake County, Illinois. The population was 10,327 at the 2010 census. A northwest suburb of Chicago, the area features wetlands, forest preserves, parks, and horse trails in a country-suburban setting.
Barrington is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and serves as the hub of activity for the surrounding 90-square-mile (230 km2) region which consists of six independent villages including North Barrington, South Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington and Tower Lakes, as well as small portions of Carpentersville, Deer Park, Hoffman Estates, Fox River Grove, Port Barrington and Inverness. The village's motto is "Be Inspired".
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What is the purpose of title certificate?
A Certificate of Title (CT) is a public and legal record of land ownership, including interests and restrictions on the land. Ten years ago, Certificates of Title were pieces of paper, but now with the rise of e-Conveyancing, CT's are available electronically.
In Australia, state land registries hold the title information. It can be viewed by doing a Title Search through an authorised provider, in as little as 60 seconds. A title search can be used for many purposes, as it includes the names of the property owner(s), restrictions on the land, mortgage details, lease details and other relevant information associated with the property.
What can you see on a title search?
Conducting a title search to view the title information can reveal key details about a property. Below are five of some of the most important things you can learn from a title search.
1) Who owns the land?
A Title includes the name of all landowners. If there are multiple owners, the type of ownership will be shown as either tenant in common or joint tenants. Tenants in common own a portion of the land and can sell their share or leave it to someone else in a Will. Joint tenants own the property as a single unit, therefore if one passes away the full ownership remains with the other joint tenant(s).
An easement is a right given to another person (who does not own the property), to use the property for a specific purpose. The two most common easements are for services and for the right of way. For example, your property might include a service easement that allows city workers to access an electrical pole in your backyard. A right of way easement could allow your neighbour to cross your lawn to gain access to a road or allow service workers to cross your land to access water, electricity and sewerage infrastructure. Easements can restrict your use of the land and prevent you from building on top of it so it's important that you're aware of them before you buy, sell or renovate.
Covenants are guidelines and/or restrictions on the land that can limit what can be built on it, where it can be built and from what materials it may be built. These rules must be adhered to when altering a property, and are created by the property developer to retain the quality, look and feel of a building or neighbourhood. Common reasons for a covenant include restricting the number of buildings on the land (ie to a single house) or dictate what type of building materials may be used (ie for fences). They can even be as specific as the external colour scheme or size of your driveway. Breaching a covenant can have serious consequences so it is necessary to be aware of any covenants on your property.
A caveat is essentially a warning that someone else has an interest in the property. The word caveat means "beware", and is a legal notice lodged with the state land registry. If a person has a potential claim to part or all of a property, they may lodge a caveat, which prevents the owner from selling their property (amongst other things). For example, a builder may put a caveat on a property if the owner owes them money and this will alert anyone looking at the certificate that the title is not €˜clear'. The caveat appears on the Title, so if you are considering purchasing a property lookout for this red flag.
If there is a mortgage on the property, the bank holds the Certificate of Title, rather than the property owner. The institution providing the mortgage, usually a bank, will be listed on the Title. If you're buying a property, it's important for the seller to discharge the mortgage before settlement or there could be a significant delay.
Is paying 6% to sell a home required?
Traditionally, sellers will pay 6% to their real estate agent. The agent in Barrington will split the difference between themselves and the buyer's agent. This number has been the standard commission rate since the mid-20th century. But sellers don't have to pay this 6% commission; they have other options.
Discount agents may take as little as 3% to sell a home. Flat fee services can connect sellers with real estate agents who will take over the process - all for a flat fee that saves sellers thousands of dollars. Sellers can also take on the job of being a real estate agent, listing their homes online or through multiple listing services (MLS.)
The strongest form of deed is:
When committing to a general warranty deed, the seller is promising there are no liens against the property, and if there were, the seller would compensate the buyer for those claims. Mainly, for this reason, general warranty deeds are the most commonly used type of deed in real estate sales.
There are three basic kinds of deeds: a general warranty deed, a special warranty deed, and a non-warranty or "quitclaim" deed. If you are a buyer, you want your deed to get you everything you bargained for. If you are a seller, you do not want to make promises about the property's title that you cannot keep.
Likewise, what is the strongest form of the deed? Due to the covenants made by the Seller/Grantor, a general warranty deed is the strongest form of conveying property. As a purchaser, a general warranty deed is the most desirable instrument by which to obtain an ownership interest in the property
Similarly, you may ask, what is a common deed?
A deed is a document that transfers ownership of the real estate. Here's a brief rundown of the most common types of deeds: A quitclaim deed transfers whatever ownership interest a person has in a property. It makes no guarantees about the extent of the person's interest.
How many types of property deeds are there?
When you're looking at purchasing a piece of land, there are 5 main types of deeds that you can use: Warranty Deed, Special Warranty Deed, Quitclaim Deed, Bargain, Sale Deed, and a Grant Deed.'
Can the seller see the appraisal?
It's no surprise that appraisals are part of the process when it comes to real estate sales, but sometimes low appraisals can be a surprise. When this happens, lenders may decline to finance. And, if there's a home appraisal or loan contingency, the sale may not go through.
Recently we talked to a CRES client who is the listing agent in Barrington for a property. He recently learned that the buyer may back out because of a low appraisal. He wanted to know if the seller gets a copy of the appraisal.
Who Gets Copies of a Low Appraisal?
The seller often does not generally get a copy of the appraisal, but they can request one. The CRES Risk Management legal advice team noted that an appraisal is a material to a transaction and like a property inspection report for a purchase, it needs to be provided to the seller, whether or not the sale closes.
How Can You Avoid a Low Appraisal?
A number of factors can lead to a low appraisal, some of which are out of a seller's hands. Over-inflated prices or a number of foreclosures in the area can both affect appraisals as can rising or declining market values.
Being prepared in advance for the appraisal can help. While the house doesn't have to be spotless, you don't want clutter keeping the appraiser from getting to or seeing anything in the house, yard or garage. In addition, having any necessary documents available and organized helps the process along. Sometimes it'™s a matter of preparing the seller for appraisals regarding upgrades they made and setting realistic expectations based on what they see on Zillow or other sites.
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Why isnâ€™t anyone looking at my home?
In a perfect world, home selling would be a linear, predictable process. You put your house on the market, you schedule a bunch of showings, and you get your offer. As anyone who has sold a house before knows though, it doesn't always work out like that, and plenty of people are left wondering why their house isn't selling'”and what they can do about it.
Homes in the United States spend about 58 days on the market, according to research from Realtor.com. (You can use their market trends forecasting tool to see the data for your specific county or metro area.) But 58 days is the average, not the rule. And that means that plenty of homeowners are finding themselves waiting longer than that to make a successful sale.
So, here's the bad news: You can't force anything if your house isn't selling. A home sale requires a number of circumstances to come togetherâ'”most importantly, the right buyer at the right time. The good news, however, is that you can try to pinpoint the reasons that your sale isn't making progress in the way that you want it to. Not all of those reasons are in your control, but many are. Sometimes, a couple tweaks can make all of the difference between a house not selling and that done deal.
If your house isn't selling and you're left wondering why here are five possible explanations.
It's Not the Right Market
There are two real estate market trends that play a major role in how fast a home sells:
The time of year that you're listing.
Whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market.
In general, early spring is the time of year that homes fly off the market the fastest. From of end of March through early April, homes have 5% less competition and sell six days faster than homes that go up in late spring, when the market starts to flood. That flood tends to last through the summer, and then dwindle down to a near halt during cooler months, when fewer buyers are looking to move.
Another big factor to keep in mind is whether it's a buyer's market (lots of homes for sale but few buyers) or a seller's market (lots of buyers on the lookout but few homes for sale). In the latter scenario, you're more likely to sell your home quickly, since there's a lot of competition for properties. In a buyer's market, however, you're the one facing competition, and you may find that your house isn't selling nearly as fast you want it to, or even as fast as it might have if the scenario was flipped.
The best way to avoid a stagnant sale process due to bad timing is to be strategic with when you list. It's better to wait and get on the market when your chances for a faster sale are high than to go on the market too early and let your listing get stale.
Your Home is Priced Too High
The higher the price of your home, the smaller the pool of available buyers. Likewise, homes that are priced well above the comps in their neighborhoodsâ'”without any clearly distinguishable added valueâ'”are going to get passed over. Purchasing a home is a huge investment, and buyers want to make sure they're getting the best deal possible. A home that's overpriced is not a good deal, and it's not going to have much luck selling.
Sellers rely strongly on their realtors to guide the pricing for their houses, but realtors who suggest listing prices that are too high don't tend to have their client's best interests at heart (or might not really know what they're doing). How do you know if your home is priced too high? There are a few tell-tale signs:
1.Your home is listed higher than the comps.
2.Other homes in the neighborhood are selling but yours isn't.
3.You're not getting a lot of requests for showings.
4.Your listing pages aren't getting much traffic.
If you suspect your home is priced too high, get a second opinion from another realtor or twoâ'”it may be time for a price drop.
Your Listing is Insufficient or Outdated
Your home's listing is usually the very first place that buyers go when they're deciding whether or not they're interested in learning more about your property. But if your listing isn't doing your home justice, you're going to end up with a marketing plan that falls flat and a house that isn't selling.
An insufficient listing can mean a few different things. It might be that you didn't include enough information about the property, or that your listing is lacking in images. Or it could mean that the information and images are there, but they're not quite doing their jobâ'”think dark, blurry pictures, or wordy descriptions that leave out the stuff that really matters, like what's so great about the location or key features of the home. When a lot of care hasn't been invested into the listing, it suggests that a lot of care hasn't been invested into the home either. And that can be a big turn-off for buyers.
An outdated listing, on the other hand, says something different: that the home has been on the market for a long time. If it's early June and the listing for your home is full of pictures with snow in the yard, buyers are going to know that the house isn't selling, and they're going to wonder why. Try to avoid having your listing pictures taken with details that could date them, such as Christmas decorations. If you can't avoid it (such as if there's snow on the ground when you first list), have new pictures taken when the season changes.
Your Home Isn't Being Marketed in the Right Places
The methods that your real estate agent in Barrington uses to market your home matter a lot. Gone are the days of the glossy print listing being the gold standard for home marketingâ'”today's buyers want tech.
According to the National Association of Realtor's Real Estate in a Digital Age Report, 44% of buyers look to the internet first when they're home shopping, versus just 17% who start the search process by contacting a realtor. For sellers, the tech tools that provide the highest quality leads are (1) social media, (2) MLS, and (3) brokerage websites and listing aggregator sites. And considering that 76% of all buyers find their home using a mobile device, it's safe to say that relying on tech-based marketing isn't just preferred, it's required.
Old school realtors will remember a time when this wasn't the case. It certainly would have been hard to predict that social media would outrank MLS as the go-to digital hub for finding listings, or that buyers would be significantly more likely to start their searches on their own with the help of the internet instead of reaching out to a brokerage firm. As such, some realtors might be resistant to the changing tides, which could lead to outdated marketing practices that don't meet buyers where they're at.
As a seller, it's your job to advocate for your listing and to make sure that every possible avenue for marketing is being exploredâ'”particularly the ones that are most likely to draw in buyers. It's also a good idea to engage with the marketing process yourself. Start sharing your listing with your social network and social-based real estate community groups. The more eyes you can get on your listing, the better chance you'll have of speeding up the sale process.
Your Home Isn't Making a Good Impression
If you're getting showings but your house isn't selling, consider that it might be due to aesthetics. Not everyone wants to take on a project, so if your home is in poor condition and in obvious need of some repairs or a good cleaning, it's not going to be attractive to buyers, even if the bones are good. The same goes for if your home is decorated boldly, in a style that says "niche" more than widespread appeal. Again, it's not that these things can't be fixed, but that many buyers are looking for a turnkey home or at least one that isn't going to cost them a lot right at the outset in repairs and design.
To show off your home in its best light, aim for a neutral appearance. That means no clutter and no loud design choices, as well as cleaning and repairs where needed. If you're not sure how to go about tackling this task (it can be a big one), bring in a professional stager. Staging your home can be as simple as decluttering your space, or might require putting overflow furniture into storage or painting some walls. If you do it right though, you'll go a long way toward ensuring that your house makes the right impression with buyers and helps them more easily envision themselves living there.
If your house isn't selling, try to figure out why as soon as you can. The longer your home sits on the market, the less action you're going to get on it. But if you identify and take care of the issues that are preventing it from getting an offer, you could speed up the process and finally get your home sold.
What hurts a home appraisal?
Factors that might or might not matter: Location and layout
Certain elements about your property that would be impossible or difficult to change, such as its lot positioning, proximity to a big retailer, or overall layout, may impact its appraised value or homebuyers' perception of it.