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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I want this place!! No, I changed my mind. Lets look at others...Who can do this frustrating job? Finally, I came back to my little place that I call "The Farm"and purchased it. "The Farm" is a manufactured home on 2 acres, and it is heaven. Getting certain documents was a nightmare. the previous owners did not follow certain requirements and had not done registration and …
-Ozzie Huscusson, 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
Stephanie was a great asset when it came to selling our home. I had never been through the short sale process but with Stephanie’s tenacious efforts and negotiating abilities our home sold in a few short months. She was attentive to our needs and worked with our lender and title company to bring the sale to a close.
-Kevin Hector, Client
My niece and nephew-in-laws sold and bought a home with Stephanie's assistance and they referred Stephanie to my wife and I. We were on the buying end since we had already sold our home out of state. Stephanie was great to work with and was a tireless worker on our behalf. Her knowledge of the buying process is outstanding and helped us a great deal as we had little …
-John Kahne & Kathy, Client
When Deborah and I arrived in Florida from Pennsylvania, we needed a Real Estate agent to find a suitable place to live. One of our church members recommended Stephanie LeFew. Stephanie is a Christian as well as an excellent Real Estate agent. We can vouch for her integrity and honesty. She is extremely knowledgeable in the Real Estate business, well acquainted with the …
-Karl and Deborah Park, Client