Stephanie's Real Estate Blog & Tips
"What happens if the property I'm buying doesn't appraise?"
Once the price and terms are negotiated and you're under contract for the purchase of your new home, one of the next steps is your mortgage person will order an appraisal to determine that the home is worth at least the contract sales price. We Realtors breath a lot easier once the appraisal comes back, as appraisals are so subjective. (More)
When selling a home, de-cluttering is so important, but do you store or sell?
I always encourage my customers preparing for a move to cut back on their possessions to improve a home's staging. If a house is listed with the clutter remaining in the home, the potential buyers automatically think there isn't enough room, not enough storage in the home. Closets should be neat and tidy - with a clear floor, not piled up suitcases, etc. (More)
What is the Benefit of Selling your House with a Home Warranty?
If you list your home for sale with Coldwell Banker, you can pay for a home warranty to cover you during the time that the home is listed for sale. Also, you can offer to pay for the new home owner once the sale is completed. It gives those looking at your home a feeling of security -- For (More)
Home Inspection - Always a Smart Decision
Under the inspection repair and maintenance section of your home purchase contract, a seller has some limited responsibilities to the buyer to warrant certain items and/or systems in the home. While your agent may be representing you as a buyer, they are in no way qualified to determine the condition on these (More)
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We are eternally grateful to our realtor, Stephanie, in her tireless efforts to help us buy our first home. She was patient, punctual, extremely organized and essential in our search for our home. We had endless questions, frustrating demands by our own mortgage company, and last minute requests to see new homes. Through it all, Stephanie was there for us and made sure …
-The Swammy family, Selva, Sheri, and our new baby , Client
As a veteran with 20 years of service I know first hand what it means to be a professional and to serve with pride. Stephanie LeFew exemplifies those values in her profession as a realtor. My wife Kim and I could not have had a better experience in searching and buying a home if not for her. She exceeded our expectations with her expert knowledge and attention to detail. …
-Jeff & Kim Schaefer, Client
I was very fortunate to have had Stephanie LeFew for my real estate agent. She was at all times very courteous, helpful, willing and understanding, as well as efficient and knowledgeable in the purchase of my new home. She helped to make my daughter and my dream of owning our own home come true. I would recommend Stephanie to anyone in the Tampabay area whether it be to …
-Alissa Young, Client
My wife and I were blessed to meet Stephanie even before we knew what we wanted to do in terms of next steps in the selling of our old home and buying of our new. She met us late afternoon on Memorial day, a holiday which gave us an early indication of how dedicated she is. From the first discussion we had with her forward, she was always incredibly honest and such a …
-Jeremy & Jennifer Seals, Client
Stephanie was a great realtor. She was patient and made my transaction stress free. I will definitely use Stephanie again for a future home purchase.
-Christine Sahyers, Client