About Home Appraisal

What is a home appraisal? An appraisal is a written document by a Licensed Appraiser hired by the Lender that will give you the mortgage on your home.

The Appraiser’s responsibility is to make sure the home is worth what you are paying for it and the Lender is loaning on it. It might surprise you to know that your down payments may also be taken into consideration. The Appraisal is not necessarily the value of what the home is worth.

The major determining factor is based on sales in the neighborhood of similar homes in size, condition and style, for the previous six to twelve months. These figures are derived from the same MLS system that REALTORS® use.

If your home purchase is a non-qualifying assumption or a cash sale, an appraisal is not required and in most cases, one is not done.

However in highly competetive markets where multiple offers are the rule, and offers above list are common, the mortgage lenders appraisal policies can become a dominant factor in making a succesful offer. In such cases, it is not uncommon practice for a motivated buyer to offer to pay the differece between the offered price and appraiser's value.

First Time Home Buyer Guide

McKinney Real Estate Buyers Guide

Buying a home is one of the most exciting milestones of your life. To prepare yourself for this moment, you need to know what to expect during the process. This step-by-step first time buyer’s guide created by your agent will help reduce the stress of buying a home and help you enjoy the journey as much as possible.

Step 1: Research

Do you already know where you want to buy? If you want a condo, townhome, or single-family home? Which features do you like and dislike? What’s available on the market now? If you answered no to any of these questions, now is the time to start researching. In addition to looking for homes that interest you, also take note of any changes in asking prices. This could give you valuable insight into housing trends in specific neighborhoods and help you when the time comes to make an offer.

Step 2: Decide on Your Budget

Notice I said to decide on your budget—not determine how much the mortgage company will give you. In many cases, a mortgage company will pre-approve you for more than you’re comfortable spending, which is why you need to determine the monthly payment you feel comfortable with before talking to a lender. This likely includes doing a full household budget and taking into consideration what changes other than a mortgage payment will occur once you move into your new home. If you’ve lived in an apartment or with roommates, you may overlook new expenses like garbage, water, or HOA fees that could easily blow your budget.

Step 3: Get Prequalified

ust because you think you can afford a certain payment every month doesn’t mean the mortgage company will agree. Just as they may approve you for too large of an amount, they may also approve you for a lesser amount or deny you a mortgage altogether. Lack of time at a job, insufficient credit, past bankruptcies, or other financial issues can cause major problems when trying to secure a mortgage. Before you get your heart set on a home, talk to a mortgage professional to find out what amount you can qualify for. This will also be an advantage when you make an offer on a home, as some sellers won’t entertain offers from those who aren’t already prequalified for a loan.

Step 4: Choose a Real Estate Agent

Can you shop for, look at, and ultimately make an offer on a home without a real estate agent? Technically yes, but why would you when it costs you nothing for an agent like me to take much of the stress off your shoulders? Not only will I help identify properties you might be interested in, arrange showings, and ultimately handle the offer process, but I also have a knowledge of the market that you don’t possess. I may be able to steer you away from certain homes or neighborhoods, suggest hidden gems, or give you pointers that will help you find your dream home for the right price.

Jane's goal is to provide her clients with the most personalized service in the industry designed to help you buy your dream home.

Step 5: Find the Right Home

This should be the most enjoyable step of the entire process (other than moving in!). I will arrange showings of homes you’re interested in that are within your price range. Take notes about what you like and don’t like, and make sure to pay attention to details. Turn light switches on and off, open and close doors, and run the faucets in various rooms. Don’t limit your inspection to the home itself. Make sure to take time to explore the neighborhood and keep an eye on traffic at certain times of the day, the parking situation, and how close it is to necessities like schools and grocery stores.

Step 6: Make an Offer

Once you have selected the perfect home, work with your agent to craft a fair offer based on the value of comparable homes on the market. Depending on what the home is listed at and whether the current environment is a buyer’s or seller’s market, your offer may be below, at, or even above the asking price. I will be able to help you negotiate if you receive a counteroffer and reach an agreement. At this point, the house will go into escrow.

Step 7: Have the Home Inspected

In most cases, your offer will be contingent on having the home inspected to ensure there is no major structural damage or large repairs needed. I can help you arrange this, and you can schedule it within days of making an offer. If there are no major issues, the process goes to step eight. If there is, you can renegotiate your offer based on what needs to be fixed, or you can withdraw it.

Step 8: Select Your Loan

Now is the time to go back to the mortgage lender who pre-approved or pre-qualified you and choose your mortgage. You will be presented with various options based on your unique financial situation, including fixed-rate, variable-rate, 15-year, 30-year, or special programs such as VA loans or FHA loans. Work with your mortgage lender to select the option you feel the most comfortable with.

Step 9: Get a Home Appraisal

Your lender will have your new home appraised so they have their independent value of it. The appraisal is to ensure that all parties involved are paying a fair price for the house.

Step 10: Finish Paperwork

No one looks forward to all the paperwork involved in buying a home, but it’s a necessary part of the process. Fortunately, everything will be arranged by your lender and title company and, when you’re finished, you’ll know you are the legal owner of your new home.

Congratulations!

After signing the final paperwork to complete the purchase, you are now the owner of a new house. It may take a few days for your loan to be funded once the paperwork has been returned to the lender, but once that check is delivered to the seller, you’ll be all set to move into the home of your dreams.
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    When you first meet Jane Clark, you can’t help noticing her warm smile and her open and friendly nature. Probably the next thing you will feel is her contagious enthusiasm for her work and her passion for helping clients reach the goals of their real estate transactions. Jane has an uncanny ability to listen and drill down to what’s really important to her clients and to make that the focus of her marketing program. You will soon understand why Jane Clark quickly became a top-producing Keller Williams Realtor with some serious experience in Collin County Real Estate. 

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    Meet Jane Clark. Jane is the lead Realtor behind the Jane Clark Realty Group, LLC.  Jane is not only a licensed Realtor specializing in Residential Properties in Collin and Dallas County; she is also a Keller Williams Certified Luxury Home Specialist. This training, and her unique skillset, combined with 20+ years of Practical Experience in the major Real Estate markets has made Jane a potent force in the North Texas Real Estate market.

    Jane has won many awards in her long and prosperous Real Estate career. The hallmark of skill and competence in the local Real Estate market has been "D" Magazine’s coveted Best Realtor Award. Beginning in 2006 Jane has won that award every year. Jane is most proud of her status as a Top 5 Elite Regional Producer for Keller Williams' three-state regional franchise. Jane has been nominated as one of the Top 1000 Realtors in the United States by the Keller Williams National Organization. Living Magazine has selected Jane as both the Best McKinney Realtor and the Best Allen Texas Realtor. Prosper Living magazine nominated the Jane Clark Realty Group, LLC as the Best Prosper Texas Realtor and the Best Fairview Texas Realtor. Texas monthly magazine named Jane Clark as a 5 Star Professional (2012-2021). 

    Jane has lived in North Texas for most of her life. She raised her family in the Plano-McKinney Corridor and became a full-time realtor in 2001. Her knowledge of the area is extraordinary as she has lived through the booms that turned McKinney and Frisco from small country towns to the extraordinary places to live that they have become.

    Jane was nominated by Keller Williams as one of the Top 1000 Realtors nationwide in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019,2020, and 2021, she was recognized as the No 1 Listing agent in Mckinney Texas, as well as, the Top Collin County Realtor..Jane won the Keller Williams North Texas Top Producer of the Year (2001-2021), She was named one of the most successful Real Estate Agents in Collin County by Inside Collin County Business (2002-2021). Jane won Keller Williams North Collin County Top Individual Outstanding Achievement in 2009-2021; Keller Williams North Collin County and she was nominated by Living magazine as outstanding local Richardson Realtor, Jane received the  Gold Outstanding Team Achievement in 2009 and Double Gold Outstanding Achievement 2010 – 2021. The Jane Clark Team was the top producing team in 2013-2021).


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    kw-mckinney-realtor-jane-clarkThe Listing Agent is Jane Clark from Keller Williams McKinney's Top Producing Jane Clark Realty Group LLC. She is a certified Luxury Home Specialist. Jane was nominated to the Top 1000 Realtors in the United States by Keller Williams CEO, Marc Willis. She is the Top Producer for KW McKinney and a Top 5 Elite Producer for the entire NTNMM multi-state region. The Jane Clark Realty Group is the Top Producing Real Estate Group for Northern Collin County. She won D Magazines widely acclaimed Best Realtor Award every year since 2006. Jane has been voted the Best Realtor in the McKinney Allen Corridor by the readers of Living Magazine.KellerWilliams Realty Sec Logo GRY

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    Award-Winning Strategy

    "When I first became a Realtor, I made a conscious decision to embrace a philosophy I call "Doing the Right Thing Creates the Right Results." It is tempting to take shortcuts when you are struggling in situations with immediate, adverse consequences. But with a solid belief system in place, it is easy to choose the right path, you already know exactly what you will do.."

    The Power of Listening

    “At the beginning of Jane's career, she realized that she was in the service business, not the sales business. A critical component of serving her customers is listening. It is essential to Identify the Client's priorities and determine what’s important in their lives. Buying or selling a home is an emotional process, and understanding all the different parts of the transaction from your customer’s viewpoint is priceless."

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    Meet Jane Clark

    Meet Jane Clark


    Jane Clark is a driving force in Collin County Real Estate. She is hard working, energetic and one of the nicest people I know. She really lives up to her reputation as the Best McKinney Realtor
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    By any measure of success, Jane Clark and her team are one of the most successful Collin County Realtors. Doesn't Your Listing deserve the Jane Clark Touch?

    What do you get when you cross an extraordinary talent for meeting people, with 20 years of experience in Collin County Real Estate? Throw in boundless enthusiasm, season with a touch of unstoppable energy, and stir in a bunch of battle-tested Collin County Real Estate Knowledge and you would wind up with Jane Clark.

    When you first meet Jane Clark, you can’t help noticing her warm smile and her open and friendly nature. Probably the next thing you will feel is her contagious enthusiasm for her work and her passion for helping clients reach the goals of their real estate transactions. Jane has an uncanny ability to listen and drill down to what’s really important to her clients and to make that the focus of her marketing program. You will soon understand why Jane Clark quickly became a top-producing Keller Williams Realtor with some serious experience in Collin County Real Estate. 


    Superior Market Knowledge

    “At the beginning of my career,” Jane says, “I realized that I was in the service business - not the sales business. A critical component of serving my clients is listening and identifying their priorities. An understanding of the things that are important in their lives is essential. Buying or selling a home is an emotional process, and understanding the moving parts of the transaction, from your customer’s viewpoint, is priceless.”

    Jane Clark's career in real estate earned her many awards and accolades. When you work with Jane Clark, you will experience Professionalism and Service that define the difference between a good, and a truly outstanding, Real Estate transaction. Jane’s tenacity, coupled with her in-depth market knowledge and her laser-sharp focus on customer service, is the key to her tremendous success in the residential Real Estate market. Success leaves Clues! It doesn’t take a detective to see why Jane is one of the Best Realtors in Collin County. She has been recognized by her peers and her clients as well as an outstanding Collin County Real Estate agent. Her hard work and perseverance earned her rookie of the year in her first year with Keller Williams she was named "Rookie of the year, which set the tone for the remarkable career that was to follow. Jane is a perennial winner of D magazine’s Best Realtor award, which is widely considered the ultimate peer recognition in the real estate industry. For the past several years she has been the top producer, both in units and in dollar volume, for the Keller Williams McKinney franchise. That is quite a feat when you consider that Kw McKinney is responsible for almost 70% of the real estate transactions in McKinney. Jane was named one of the top 100 Realtors in the state of Texas by Realty trends magazine and for the past several years, she has been nominated by the national Keller Williams organization as one of the top 1000 Realtors in the United States. Jane is very proud that readers of Mckinney Living Magazine named her as the Best McKinney Realtor and the Best Prosper Texas Realtor as well

    „Jane sold our home when no one else could. Her advice was spot on and her Team was skilled and Professional. Her marketing found the right buyer and we closed with a full price offer,“

    Jane credits her success to a life philosophy she simply carried over into her Real Estate career. She summarizes it as “Doing the right thing will always produce the right result”. Sometimes, particularly in the middle of a contentious Real Estate negation with adverse consequences staring you in the face, it is tempting to cut a corner or two. However, with a solid moral philosophy in place, it is easy to make the right decision. It is perhaps the reason Jane’s reputation as a negotiator is legendary among her clients and peers.

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    Powerful and Effective Marketing

    Local Feature Stories

    There is probably a reason why Jane might seem familiar to you. As a well known Collin County Real Estate expert, Jane often appears in local Magazine articles. And, as an informal spokesperson for her Keller Williams McKinney Organization she is well versed on issues related to Collin County Real Estate.

    Seminars and Presentations

    Jane is passionate about Collin County and the amenities it offers to its residents. Some have said Jane is a one women Chamber of Commerce for McKinney and Collin County. Afterall, she has been one of the leading KW Realtors for over 20 years. In addition to finding Jane at major national Keller Williams conventions and educational events, you may also see Jane assisting civic leaders in thier quest to bring Major corporate clients to the area. No wonder her network of trusted associates is one of the largest in the area.

    The Power of Team

    Jane learned the value of team at an early age. More importantely, she has never forgotten the lessons about teams her olympic swimming star mother taught her. When you buy or sell with jane, you are working with a well coordinated and trained group of Specialists who handle every aspect of your transaction with expertese and precision.

    Social Media

    Social Media offers a great opportunity to reach more buyers than ever before, and Jane has been an active social media user for quite some time now. As a well known Real Estate expert with many public appeareances and local media articles to her credit, Jane has garnered an inpressive following of both domestic and international followers.

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    Janes Mission and Values

    Our Perspective

    We are members of the Keller Williams family. We are with Keller Williams because they are the best fit for our values and goals. Keller Williams provides the bestand most complete training and a real estate technology platform that delivers the best results for our clients.

    We are in a service industry and will strive to give the best in personal representation.

    Our Beliefs

    • Win-Win: or no deal
    • Integrity: do the right thing
    • Customers: always come first
    • Commitment: in all things
    • Communication: seek first to understand
    • Creativity: ideas before results
    • Teamwork: together everyone achieves more
    • Trust: starts with honesty
    • Success: results through people

    Our Mission

    My team and I will always strive to bring the best technolgy and best in our personal experiences to accomplise our clients goals.

    We are in a service industry and will strive to give the best in personal representation.

    Our Vision

    is to have the Name Jane Clark become synanomous with Quality, Service, and Integrity in the Real Industry through Collin County.

    We are equipped with finest tools in the Real Estate industry.

    Our Values

    Our Most important values are the relationships we forge in our lifetime. Our families, of course, are our rock. Friends and Clients are an important part of who we are. Our business is a tool to serve our Communities, but we are more than our business.

    Our Reputation is made one transaction at a time.

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    Ranked as the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014 by Money Magazine, McKinney is a perfect slice of bucolic small-town heaven located just 30 miles north of Dallas. It’s a peaceful getaway from the daily hustle and bustle of big city life. 

    This fast-growing, friendly small town surrounded by an abundance of nature, including a beautiful nature preserve and miles of hiking trails, is also an affordable place to live with a high quality of life. Historic buildings, constant business development, great schools, low cost of living, and the tight-knit community have attracted a significant increase of homebuyers over the past few years.  

    What to Love

    • Historic downtown 
    • Peaceful and quiet
    • Beautiful hiking and mountain trails  
    • Friendly atmosphere 
    • Tight-knit community
    • Small-town charm 

    Living in McKinney, TX

    A low cost of living combined with economic opportunity has helped put McKinney on the map. Despite being a relatively small town, McKinney still offers a range of housing options. If you want to live in the heart of the city, there is no better place than the Historic Downtown, where you'll find a mixture of charmingly historic buildings and modern apartments. 

    If you prefer a more residential experience, life in the upscale Provence Estates might be just for you. Provence sits on a large plot of park and nature preserve and is only a few minutes from the center of town. Trinity Falls is another popular living community that benefits from being close to nature and surrounded by winding hiking trails. Other suburban neighborhoods in McKinney include Auburn Hills, Adriatic Village, Mallard Lakes, and Hardin Lake. 

    Shopping in McKinney, TX

    Historic Downtown McKinney is the best place in town to dine, shop, participate in fun events and festivals, experience the nightlife, and enjoy family fun. The heart of the city since 1848, Historic Downtown is the place to embrace a uniquely McKinney experience by discovering fascinating historical and cultural attractions. 

    Restaurants in McKinney, TX

    If you consider yourself a foodie, you'll want to tour downtown since it's full of unique dining experiences and one-of-a-kind restaurants. 

    • Hutchin's BBQ: Neighborhood staple for delicious, mouthwatering all-you-can-eat BBQ, Hutchin's has everything from fried catfish to brisket. 
    • Rick's ChophouseRick's is an upscale, fine-dining steakhouse located inside a historic hotel characterized by a tin ceiling, leather seats, and gas lamps.  
    • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: A rustic eatery that prides itself on farm-to-table dining, Harvest is a Downtown McKinney staple serving seasonal American cuisine and drinks. It is also a neighbor to Rick's Chophouse.

    Things to Do in McKinney, TX

    A celebration of art and wine in Downtown McKinney, Arts in Bloom features 150 juried artists. The local village and the Student Art Tent from the McKinney Independent School District are set up in the area surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center. This three-day event features Texas wineries, food vendors, fine artists, performances, live music, and so much more. 

    Red, White and BOOM! is an entire day of free family fun in celebration of the Fourth of July. Alongside live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show, you'll find tons of free family activities, a classic car, truck, and cycle show, and a hometown parade.

    The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important attractions in the city. This nature preserve features a sprawling wildlife sanctuary, 50 untouched acres of wetlands, a butterfly house, indoor and outdoor exhibits, hiking trails, and a native plant garden. 

    Golf fans will be excited to know that the AT&T Byron Nelson will be played at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney starting in 2021. This five-year agreement provides a new home for this charitable fundraising tournament.

    Schools 

    According to Niche, McKinney’s Independent School District is ranked #14 on the list of best school districts in Texas. McKinney is home to the Central Park Campus of Collin College and two K-12 private schools: McKinney Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian Academy.

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    Visitors Guide to Frisco Texas

    A Visitors guide to Frisco Texas

    Frisco Real Estate is in high demand! Here's Why

    Looking for a new home for your family can come with lots of stress and uncertainty. You want to find a place to live where every member of the family feels like they belong, which means checking out cultural offerings, restaurants, and more. You also want to make sure your kids have access to the best educational opportunities, all while ensuring your new chosen home is safe. If all that feels like a lot, you’re not alone.

    There is one Texas city that really checks all the boxes when you’re looking for a place to move. Frisco is great for families, and it provides a range of opportunities for enjoying nature, culture, and sports. Here are some of the top reasons why Frisco is perfect for families. Here are seven reasons to move to Frisco.

    FAMILY-FRIENDLY VIBE

     We love Frisco texas Real Estate

    Speak with any Frisco resident about their favorite part of living here and you’ll likely hear the word “family” at the top of every list. Frisco offers a haven for families thanks to neighborhoods built with community in mind, not to mention affordable housing and of course, friendly neighbors! You’ll feel welcome the minute you start checking out places to live in Frisco. Grab a coffee and some pie from a local cafe and let your new neighbors tell you all about their welcoming hometown.

    SAFETY AND SECURITY

    Texas boasts an array of cities, but Frisco consistently ranks highly on lists of the safest cities in the state. With so many places in Texas, that’s an impressive feat. USA Today has even ranked Frisco as Texas’s second-safest city, and as the 14th overall safest city in the entire United States. So, you can rest assured you’re moving to a place that will have you and your family feeling safe and secure in your new home..

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    EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

    When you’re looking for a new place to live, you’re likely thinking about the educational needs of your kids both immediately and years into the future. Fortunately, Frisco boasts countless opportunities for kids’ academic growth. Educational institutions are committed to student individuality, striving to get to know each and every student by name.

    Students feel like they belong while participating in innovative education programs and experiences along with extracurricular activities. It’s no wonder, then, that Frisco is one of the country’s fastest-growing school districts. The district has a reputation for academic excellence, too, so you know your kids will have opportunities for success and learning as they develop and grow.

    Frisco pioneer woman

    OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUN — AND FOOD!

    While Frisco has a great reputation for academic excellence, it certainly doesn’t skimp on the possibilities of having fun. Kids and adults alike will find plenty of ways to explore their interests and have fun in Frisco. The area in and around Frisco features a bustling nightlife, with everything from live music to outdoor spots, beer to wine, tapas, and beyond.

    Indeed, the area around Frisco is a haven for foodies. The popular Gloria’s Latin Cuisine has a location right in Frisco, so whether you’re looking for margaritas, “Mar y Tierra” (or, Surf and Turf!), or anything in between, you’ll want to check this place out. Craving barbecue? The famous Hutchins BBQ has a location right in Frisco, too. There’s really something for everyone close to home when you’re living in Frisco..

    PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITIES…

    When you want to branch out into major cities, living in Frisco also makes that easy. Frisco is in Collin and Denton counties, and it’s part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. That means easy access to the entertainment and amenities Dallas and Fort Worth offer, whether you’re interested in heading into the city for a day of fun or looking for a jumping-off point for a bigger trip. After all, Frisco is only about 25 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, making travel to other areas of Texas, the United States, and beyond a breeze.

    …AND EASY ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPACE

    Of course, sometimes you just want to relax in the great outdoors instead of getting caught in the bustle of life in the big city. Frisco has you covered there, too. The City of Frisco has nearly 50 parks, totaling more than 1,300 acres. Parks are open from sunrise to sunset, so it’s easy to find time for everything from sports to solo exercise to outdoor playtime with the kids.

    Frisco offers both neighborhood parks and community parks, with the latter typically the bigger options. Some highlights include:

    • Beavers Bend Park boasts a 1.2-mile trail along with picnic tables, a pond, and a playground.
    • B.F. Philips Community Park is a ranch-themed park featuring youth-size baseball and softball fields, soccer fields, concession areas, and a picnic pavilion including tables and a playground.
    • Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt is a 77-acre natural oasis with trails, ponds, wetlands, and platforms for viewing wildlife and fishing.
    • Frisco Commons Park is an award-winning park known for its family-friendly features spanning 63 acres, including a walking trail, playgrounds, picnic tables, a stocked pond, and more.

    ONE LAST WORD: FOOTBALL

    Football fans, rejoice. Frisco is an epicenter of football fans, and you’ll find opportunities for kids right up to professional football here. Let’s start with The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco’s very own multi-purpose, 12,000-seat indoor stadium.

    This is not just the spot where you can find the Dallas Cowboys football operations and practice fields. The Dallas Cowboys also share the state-of-the-art facility with the City of Frisco and the Frisco Independent School District. In other words, if you’re looking to move to a town where other folks love football as much as your family does, you’ll want to have Frisco at the very top of your list. There you have it,  Frisco’s top reasons why you should move to Frisco! 

    Whether you are moving to Frisco, Texas for a new business opportunity or simply for a change of scenery, Frisco is awaiting your arrival. Before moving to the area, make sure to reach out to The Jane Clark Realty Group to answer any questions that you may have while guiding you through the home buying process. Take advantage of Jane's 22+ years of experience in Frisco Texas Real estate once you have decided on a budget and property type, Jane will be with you every step of the way on your homebuying journey to find your dream home in Frisco, Texas!

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  • What Is a Repair Amendment?

    You may need to think about repair amendments during the course of buying a home, typically during the option period and after your inspection. Your agent will prepare your repair amendments for you, but as a buyer, it pays to understand how to write an effective repair amendment as the language used in them can have serious effects down the road. Understanding both how to write a repair amendment with negotiations and the final outcome in mind, as well as how to write them so that what you want is really what you get, can save you a lot of time and hassle later down the road. Remember, these repair amendments become part of the contract and performance of the items contained within them is serious business. Many real estate lawsuits center around the repairs agreed to and made and whether or not they were sufficient. Know what goes into the repair amendment before you sign so you can avoid any issues that could affect your purchase.

    Negotiating Repairs

    After your inspection and your review of the inspection report, you’ll probably have a laundry list of items that you want to be repaired in order for you to continue with the purchase of this home. We understand anyone’s desire to have everything perfect in their new home, but the reality is that all homes have items that can or should be fixed. Even the inspection on a brand new home will turn up items that need correcting. The goal here is to come up with a list of items that the seller needs to fix…and that they will agree to.

    Since no home is ever perfect, you’re going to need to take a look at the inspection report and decide what matters to you most and what can be negotiated by both parties to create the magical win-win situation. Simply sending over an inspection report and saying “fix everything” will more than likely get you a denial from the seller. So how do you determine what to ask for and what not to ask for?

    You want to take a look at the big picture. What items do you feel are the so-called “deal killers” – those items that you cannot see past and will cause you to walk away from the home in an instant. Typically, we see these are big-ticket items like roofs and HVAC units or health and safety issues such as faulty wiring or items that create a risk of fire, electrocution or explosion (think leaking gas).

    Every homebuyer is different though and what you might consider a no-go, the next homebuyer might not even flinch at. It all depends on your needs and comfort level.

    As well as your needs, you’ll need to consider where the seller is coming from. Did they just take a really low offer from you on the home? Are they trying to move quickly due to a relocation? Are they facing foreclosure or perhaps they just need to sell because they don’t have the money? There are so many factors to consider and your real estate agent can help you see some of the potential pitfalls to the negotiation before they even happen. Remember, the goal is to get the seller to repair items, not bury them in so much that they refuse to do anything.

    Writing Repair Amendments

    Our biggest tips to writing repair amendments are simple: be specific, don’t overuse words and don’t under explain what you need, and let the inspection report do the talking.

    Be specific. We’ve seen cases where repair amendments said something along the lines of “have sprinkler system checked.” The seller did exactly that. They paid to have someone come out and inspect the sprinkler system…and nothing more. There were issues with the sprinkler system (in this particular case a broken pipe under a sidewalk which was causing a major loss of water) and because of the language in the inspection report, the seller merely confirmed what everyone already knew, the sprinkler system needed repair. The two strongest words you can use in a repair amendment are repair and replace.

    Over/under explaining things. Be succinct in your wording. Don’t become a junior inspector or plumber or electrician. Let the experts determine what is wrong and fix it. Sometimes people try to use a lot of big words or even legalese to make the repair amendment sound official. You want to write clearly and in simple, plain language to get to the heart of what it is you want to be accomplished.

    Let the inspection report do the talking. Quote items in the inspection report and give reference numbers for pages or sections of the report where the item appears. Let the inspector’s words inform what needs to be done.

    Remember, that all repairs must be done by a licensed person if the trade requires a license (plumbing and electrical are two examples) or by someone regularly employed in a trade that reflects what they are doing. In other words, if you hire a handyman to fix items on a repair amendment, they need to be a handyman as their regular job, not just Uncle Bob who says he can fix it. These two requirements can be overruled if agreed to by both parties and put into writing.

    The more precise you are with repair amendments, the better your results will be. Remember to think items through as well, what are the consequences of the action you’re requesting? We see a lot of arguments over removing items like TV brackets. If someone requests “remove TV brackets” on a repair amendment, they might get exactly that. What’s left when you remove TV brackets? Big holes and mismatched paint. You may want to use something more along the lines of “remove TV brackets and repair, patch, texture, and paint to match current walls” so that you have a more detailed explanation of what you want to be done. Remember, there is no “they should have known what I meant” clause in contracts.