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We have a duty to treat everyone , including other brokers, honestly and fairly. However, that doesn't mean we can’t compete for your business. If you have a written brokerage agreement with another Brokerage we encourage you to abide by the terms of your written agreement. If you are working with another Brokerage this gift offer does not apply.
Without a written brokerage agreement binding you to an agent, prior to making an offer you are not bound to work with any Brokerage. If you don’t have a written agreement binding you to an agent you can use anyone that you feel comfortable with. We would like you to be comfortable with us and prove to you that using Atomic Realty is your best choice.
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
NO CATCH: We purchase a home warranty for ALL our Buyers of MLS listed properties. If Atomic Realty represents you as a buyer for the purchase of a home listed on the multiple listing service we will purchase you a one year American Home Shield platinum home warranty. (Value $550)
Why would Atomic Realty buy a home warranty for you when most other brokerages don’t?"
1) We at Atomic Realty would like the opportunity to show you we are the best choice of customer service for you. We want your business.
What we do:
Why would you accept less service?
In our market it is not only about whether a Buyer has offered enough money, it is as often about whether the offer is the best offer in totality, meaning the offer is the most money, and the terms are the best. If you are relocating the following is a list of considerations.
In the current market houses in the area often are often under contract in about a week and may sell for more than the listed price. Be prepared for this reality. Houses in the area are often more expensive than your area. Look at Zillow or Realtor.com and get an idea as to what a house that you could accept may be listed for, but also remember homes often sell for more than listed price.
Generally, there are 7-12 houses per week that become available in Los Alamos County, and then are often under contract within a week.
Terms: Prior to making an offer, get a prequalification or preapproval letter from your bank. Usually, Sellers will not accept an offer without a “prequal” letter. We suggest having that in hand prior to wanting to make an offer. If you don’t have a lender you are working with there are some fine local lenders you can talk to see if they meet your needs.
Many Sellers are doing a pre-listing inspection, and usually they share this with prospective Buyers. This is good for both the Buyer and Seller, The Seller can address any issues, and the Buyer has a better idea as to what they are getting into and make their offer accordingly. In New Mexico home inspectors are licensed and insured.
Terms: Some Buyers will waive an inspection, if a Seller has had a pre-listing inspection done by a licensed inspector. Waiving an inspection makes an offer “stronger” as the process moves quicker and there is less uncertainty. This generally means the sale moves forward faster and the Seller doesn’t have to be concerned with a Buyer renegotiating after an inspection.
Terms: In our market some Buyers also waive the appraisal. What this means is that while an appraisal is still done, if the home does not appraise at the loan amount or higher the Buyer will pay the excess up to a cap.
Terms: Cash vs loan. Often a Seller will find a cash offer “stronger” than an offer with a loan. They find more certainty in the cash offer and have less concern that rising interest rates will make the house unaffordable to a Buyer.
Option #1: Are you willing to buy “sight unseen”? This means you have never physically been at the house. When you see a house you think you may like to buy based on the photos and video walk through let us know quickly and we can do a facetime walk through with you, at which point you can decide if you want to move forward on it. Remember many homes are under contract within a week. If you really want a house but really want to physically see it first you may want to pay the Seller a “Time off Market” fee. This is a nonrefundable fee you may put into your offer that has the Seller pull the house off the market for a specified period of time, allowing you to catch a flight and physically see the house. If you don’t like the house you cancel your offer and Seller has been compensated for pulling the house off the market.
Option #2: If you have a relocation trip planned, organize with us and we can show you what is on the market when you arrive, remember generally 7-12 homes are available in any given week. Hopefully if none of the current inventory is acceptable, we have created a relationship that may make you slightly more comfortable with the possibility of buying “sight unseen”. We can set you up with automated email updates with homes that become available meeting the criteria you have provided us.
Option #3: If you want to live here prior to buying, we suggest renting or staying in temporary housing. If living here we can also set you up with automated email updates with homes that become available that meet the criteria you have provided us and we can show the homes to you as they become available.
Buyers- The process of making an offer.
1) The first thing a Broker will ask is “Are you working with another broker?” If you say no some Brokers will require you to sign a Buyer’s brokerage agreement binding you work with them for some period. Atomic Realty will not do this. We will ask if you are working with another Broker and if you say yes, professionalism dictates we recommend you contact them. If you say no we are not working with another Broker, we trust you are honest, will take your word and will work diligently to earn our commission.
2) The next thing we will need to know is do you have a preapproval or prequalification letter from your lender? The reason this is the important next step is that The Buyer needs to know how much they can spend and Seller needs some assurance the Buyer can get a loan for the amount offered before accepting a Buyer’s offer.
Generally a buyer will present a prequalification letter with their offer. The prequalification letter should indicate 1) the Buyer has made a loan application, 2) A credit report has been reviewed by the lender, 3) The lender has pre-qualified the Buyer for $X. 4) and the loan type the Buyer has prequalified for.
Please be aware the “pre-qualification” letter is based on consumer-submitted data, compared to a “pre-approval” letter where the borrower must complete an official mortgage application as well as supply the lender with all the necessary documentation to perform an extensive credit and financial background check. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage actually speeds up the buying process as the lender has already verified much of the information provided. In a competitive market this signals the Seller that the Buyer is serious about moving forward.
In an environment of rapidly rising interest rates, a buyer and a seller will want to both make sure that the interest rate is “locked in” for a period of time that extends beyond the closing. Why? What happens if the interest rates suddenly increase and the Buyer no longer qualifies for the loan? If that occurs the Buyer can back out of the transaction as they no longer qualify for the loan and they will get their earnest money back. In the meantime the Seller will continue to have to carry the cost of the house until another buyer is found. Not a good outcome for either party.
Buyer’s Tip: To make the Buyer’s offer stronger the Buyer should make sure the prequal letter presented to the Seller is locked in at a specific amount, duration, and interest rate.This helps assure the seller that an interest rate increase will not affect the Buyer being able to obtain financing.
Buyer’s Tip: Buyers to strengthen your offer consider providing a preapproval letter rather than a prequalification letter. Sellers - Both a pre-qualification and pre-approvals are merely documents to assist the Seller in feeling more secure the Buyer is financially capable of the purchase, not a guarantee.
Buyer’s Tip: Buyers -PLEASE . do not misrepresent yourself for you prequal letter or loan application. There could be civil and criminal implications from doing this.
3) If available prior to making your offer: Review the Adverse Material Fact form, NMAR 1110. This used to be called the “disclosure form” It is supposed to disclose any latent defects the Sleer knows about. Atomic Realty does not provide, complete, or corroborate this information, it is a document ONLY the Seller can complete. Acknowledgement of the Adverse Material Fact form, NMAR 1110 does not prevent you from objecting to an issue during the Inspection Contingency Period.
4) Prior to making your offer: Investigate the Surrounding Area to verify you are satisfied with it. While it is a possible ethical and HUD violation for us to suggest areas to live, we suggest looking into crime statistics, school information and other data that is important to you and verify it is acceptable to you.
5) Buyers - Atomic Realty has found you a great house and you now want to make an offer. – Now what? We will write up the offer. There are numerous documents that you will need to review, initial, and sign. Read the entire purchase offer BEFORE signing it physically or electronically as electronic signatures are binding. We at Atomic Realty will discuss and advise you regarding all the forms and entire process during your purchase. However, if you are still uncomfortable with, do not understand, or still have questions regarding the meaning or veracity of any document in your transaction, Atomic Realty recommends seeking your attorney’s advice. ALWAYS, as with any contract, understand what you are signing and verify anything that is important to you. The obligations/ responsibilities set forth in your Purchase Agreement, other than the specific listed broker duties, are those of the Buyer and Seller.
6) If the Seller accepts the offer the Buyer will need to write a check or wire transfer Earnest Money funds to the title company. The Buyer or Atomic Realty can deliver this to the Title Company. If you have not done so already, move forward with your lender and/or supply your proof of funds.
7) If the Seller accepts the Buyer’s offer Atomic Realty will “Open Title” with a title company that services the area. The title company will make sure all the necessary documents for transfer of title are complete at closing.
8) If the Seller accepts The Buyers offer the Buyer should expect 6-8 weeks to close. Some faster some slower depending on the individual circumstance.
9) The Inspection Contingency Period: If the Buyer wants inspections completed we will help schedule and be willing to attend such inspections with the Buyer or in their stead. There are strict timelines for this. We have listed some companies that work in our area under the “resources” tab, the Buyer may want to talk with them or use a different company.
10) Confirm your ability to obtain insurance and insurability of the property during the insurance contingency period. Talk to your insurance company, if you don’t have an insurance company you are working with there are some fine local companies you can talk to see if they meet your needs.
11) The Buyer’s bank will send an Appraiser to confirm the house is sufficient collateral for the loan. The listing Broker generally attends this not the Buyer or Buyer's Broker.
12) Review the Inspections paragraph of the purchase agreement. Please understand the consequences of waiving any part of the appraisal or inspections prior to making an offer. Furthermore, understand the consequences of escalating your offer above the asking price. (See our FAQ page for more details and examples.)
13) Adhere to all of your agreed deadlines. Deadlines can ONLY be extended if BOTH parties agree.
14) Review the entire Title Commitment, including all exceptions, within the Review Period Time. If you believe there is an issue, we must object in the proper time. The title commitment will tell you about encumbrances currently on your property and tell you exactly what the title insurance will insure against.
15) The title company may require an Improvement Location Report. This is to verify that the home sits on the property and generally it is used for the Title Insurance Company to verify that the improvements are where they are supposed to be thus can be insured.
16) While most people accept the county provided square footage information. If you are suspect of the Square Footage listed or it is a material matter to you, you are advised to have it inspected and verified during the purchase agreement's inspection period.
17) Conduct a thorough pre-closing walkthrough with the Buyer Broker. Usually this is done a few days prior to closing. The purpose of this is done to verify the property in the same condition as when you contracted and are all the things there that were agreed upon. IT IS NOT ANOTHER INSPECTION PERIOD. If the property is not what you have agreed to and it is unacceptable, speak up. After the closing might be too late.
18) At closing when the Buyer’s bank has funded the loan and all the documents are signed the title company will provide the Buyer the keys, NOT BEFORE.
If you feel a Broker is trying to maximize their commissions by only showing you homes they have listed, and are pushing you towards their listings or are not showing you homes that pay them lower commissions, (FSBO’s and properties listed by other brokerages.) call us ( 505-208-0480) we will show you anything that is out there, we will even call FSBOs and try to get you in to see them. Our primary goal is to help you find a home. If you have found a FSBO that you wish to buy, and no other Broker is involved, again we will manage the entire transaction, for both the Buyer and the Seller for $599 + 1% of the sales price, that"s it!.
We are professional honest Brokers, we use no misleading tactics. Unlike some other brokerages we will not require you to sign a "buyers agreement" forcing you to work with us nor will we work against your interest. We work as "transaction brokers" - this means we will work with you with and provide:
a) Honest and reasonable care and ethical and professional conduct;
(b) Compliance with local, state, and federal fair housing and anti-discrimination laws,
(c) Performance of any and all written agreements.
(d) Written disclosure of any potential conflict of interest.
(e) Written disclosure of any adverse material facts actually known by the broker.
If there is nothing currently for sale that meets your needs, we will happily set up an alert to notify you when something comes up that may interest you and if out of town we can do a virtual showing with you.
Kate Houck. "I am ready to help you."