Hero Home Seller Program – Details
The top real estate transactional service companies in Baton Rouge want to THANK YOU by making your house more attractive to home buyers!
Home buyers have many considerations when selecting which property they will choose to purchase. The purchase price of the home is just one consideration. Smart Move Real Estate’s Hero Home Seller Program allows a seller to price their property correctly. This is accomplished through two unique attributes of the program.
First, the Hero Seller is not forced to raise the purchase price above the property’s actual value in order to cover a Listing Agent’s side of a sales commission. Smart Move Real Estate charges qualified Hero Sellers NO LISTING SIDE COMMISSION TO SELL THEIR HOME!
Smart Move Real Estate charges our local heroes only the $1.00 our Errors & Omissions Insurance requires us to charge plus their choice of a 2.5%-3% Buyer’s Agent’s sales commission.
The commission is offered through the MLS to incentivize the nearly 3000 local Buyer’s Agents to bring their buyers to the Hero Home Seller’s property. The higher Buyer’s Agent’s commission you offer, the quicker the property will sell! Smart Move Real Estate will only earn the designated sales commission if one of our own Buyer’s Agents brings the Purchase Offer accepted by the Hero Seller.
Second, the program required Pre-Listing Appraisal, Pre-Listing Home Inspection, Preliminary Title Search and Wood Destroying Insect Report which are provided our Sponsor Partners, either FREE, or at a significantly discounted price.
These preliminary reports will show the Hero Seller, the potential home buyer and the Realtors involved in the transaction, the actual value, condition and transferability of the property. These reports would normally be upfront expenditures of nearly $1,000 or more which the buyer would need to incur just to determine if they wish to proceed with the purchase transaction. The problem for the home seller is that their property is off the market during the standard 14 day buyer’s inspection period. If these reports are not satisfactory to the buyer, either the Purchase Agreement will be renegotiated or cancelled entirely. PRELIMINARY REPORTS ELIMINATES MOST OF THESE OCCURENCES!
Every party to the transaction benefits by providing the potential buyer of a property the information in these reports. Having a well informed buyer and seller will eliminate 90% of the issues that typically cause a transaction to fail to close in a timely fashion, or cause a transaction to completely fall apart.
HERO SAVINGS PROGRAM SPONSOR DISCOUNTS
THESE DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR PROPERTIES LISTED UNDER SMART MOVE REAL ESTATE’S HERO SELLER PROGRAM OR A HERO HOME BUYER REPRESENTED BY A SMART MOVE REALTOR IN THE PURCHASE A NEW PROPERTY.
*Program sponsors and offerings are current as of 10/01/15. These offerings may have various limitations or restrictions and/or may change without notice. Call (225) 448-2850 to determine if there are any limitations or restrictions which might impact the availability of services available on your property.
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House Call is the leader in home inspection and the preferred choice of many of Greater Baton Rouge’s top Realtors. House Call normally charges $300 to $800 (depending on the size of the property) for a complete top to bottom home inspection. However, for properties listed under Smart Move Real Estate’s Hero Home Seller Program, House Call will perform the program required full PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTION for ONLY $150, regardless of the size of the property.
ADDED BENEFIT: House Call will make the hero’s property more attractive to prospective home buyers by re-inspecting the property for the PURCHASER OF THE HERO SELLER’S PROGRAM LISTED PROPERTY FOR ONLY $150. This saves the buyer of the Hero’s property 50% or more off the cost of the traditional cost of a complete home inspection. This is a significant reduction in the up front out of pocket expense buyers normally have to incur.
ADDITIONAL ADDED BENEFIT: House Call will provide the PURCHASER OF A HERO’S PROGRAM PROPERTY LISTING a Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) at NO CHARGE! This report would normally be an additional up front expense of $100 to $250 to a home buyer.
Nearly 90% of all home sales are financed! According to National Association of Realtors statistics, a property failing to appraise for the contract sales price is the most common reason a real estate transaction fails to close. Unexpected issues arising from a buyer’s home inspection is a close second. Unfortunately for the buyer and the home seller, the appraisal ordered by the home buyer’s mortgage lender is typically received only a week to ten days before the expected transaction close date. Can you imagine the grief that is caused to all parties when just days before they plan to close the transaction they learn that buyer’s loan is denied because the property failed to appraise for the contract sales price? For this reason, a Pre-Listing Appraisal is required to be performed on every Hero Home Seller Program listed property.
The Pre-Listing Appraisal allows all parties to the transaction the assurance that there should be no value issue arising from the appraisal ordered by the buyer’s mortgage lender.
(THE LISTING PRICE CANNOT EXCEED 2% GREATER THAN THE APPRAISED VALUE.)
Bill Cobb of Accurate Valuations Group is one of, if not the best, appraisers in the Baton Rouge market area. To show his appreciation to our local heroes, Bill provides a full Pre-Listing Appraisal of a Hero Home Seller Program listed property for less than half the cost of normal appraisal.
(The maximum acreage size for Bill’s Pre-Listing Appraisals is 2 acres.) If the property has greater than 2 acres of land, the seller will be referred to other sources which will accommodate larger acreage properties.
In our experience, Bill Cobb’s Pre-listing appraisal values have consistently been within 1% of the contract sales price. Pre-listing appraisals not only provide the seller a “legitimate” sales price, they provide accurate measurements of the property which eliminates a seller’s liability of misrepresentation of the property’s square footage.
Closing is the final step in your real estate buying experience and there is no room for error along the path from your signed purchase agreement to your closing. You need an experienced team that understands all of the preparation and has all of the available resources to flawlessly process your closing. Choice Title is the preferred choice for real estate title services and transaction closings. The area’s top Realtors entrust their clients to them because they know they will always provide the highest level of professionalism and quality service. Choice Title will perform a preliminary title search on every HERO HOME SELLER PROGRAM LISTED PROPERTY. By doing this, we head off issues that could impact the transferability of the title and delay or even cause a total failure of a real estate transaction. There is NO CHARGE to the Hero Home Seller for this service!
FOR THE PURCHASER OF THE HERO’S PROPERTY, Choice Title has offered to discount $500 off their normal $850 closing fee. THIS SAME DISCOUNT IS OFFERED TO A HERO WHO IS UTILIZING A SMART MOVE REALTOR TO PURCHASE A NEW HOME!
GMFS, LLC is a Baton Rouge direct lender.
Founded in 1999, GMFS LLC has grown to be a GREAT mortgage company powered by GREAT people who are CHANGING LIVES and committed to even GREATER mortgage solutions.
GMFS is a Baton Rouge based lender and writes more residential mortgages in our area than any other local or national bank or mortgage company. GMFS offers a wide variety of residential mortgage services. GMFS handles all aspects of the lending process, from application to funding, giving us the ability to expedite decisions and control service levels. This means our HERO HOME BUYERS are never subject to a non-local lender deciding whether they can purchase their new Baton Rouge area home. They have the knowledge and experience to overcome most challenges to a successful loan approval.
FOR THE PURCHASER FINANCING THROUGH GMFS TO BUY A HERO HOME SELLER PROGRAM LISTED PROPERTY, GMFS provides:
COMPETITIVE INTEREST RATES
NO APPLICATION FEE (Typical savings of $150 to $500 charged by many banks.)
GMFS will NOT CHARGE for the appraisal required to underwrite a GMFS mortgage used to purchase a Hero Program Listed Property! This saves the buyer of the Hero’s property between $500 to $600 in up front out of pocket expense.
PLUS, GMFS will provide the buyer of the Hero’s home up to an additional $500 IN CLOSING COST CREDIT. Closing cost credit amounts are subject to loan program and loan amount limitations. See www.gmfslending.com/hero for more information.
Program Available ONLY through a Hero Program Mortgage Specialist. CLICK HERE to find a Program Mortgage Specialist. Or, call: (225) 228-3288 or Toll Free: 888-952-2779
Thanks To Our Sponsor Partner Old Republic Home Warranty
A HOME WARRANTY WITH HVAC COVERAGE IS PLACED ON EVERY HERO’S LISTING PROGRAM PROPERTY. In the event the Hero Home Seller has an unexpected repair needed to any covered appliance or mechanical system in the property, including heating or air condition systems, the seller will have the issue remedied for as little as a $100 Trade Call Fee!
THE HERO PAYS NOTHING FOR THIS COVERAGE DURING THE LISTING PERIOD! The warranty is then re-set for an additional 12 month period and transferred to the home buyer at closing at either the seller’s or buyer’s expense. Who pays for the warranty is a matter of negotiation.
Working with Smart Move Real Estate and Jay Johnson was an absolute pleasure. They not only got my home sold for top dollar, they also saved me a lot of money in the process. Jay went above and beyond to educate and assure me throughout the process. There is no other Realtor that I would even consider referring to my friends and family!
M. Frazier, Ponchatoula LA
I didn’t have the best experience with the Realtor who sold me my house. So, naturally I was a bit skeptical when Derek and Jay from Smart Move told me that they could get my house sold for less commission than other agents were telling me that they would charge me. Well, they didn’t just get my home sold quickly and for a great price, their knowledge and experience kept me from making a mistake that could have cost me tens of thousands of dollars. I am so thankful I decided to allow them …
J. Allen, Central LA
Derek is a great guy! It’s been months since we bought our home and I can still call him if I have any questions. If I ever buy another house it will definitely be with him.
D. Thorton, Baton Rouge LA
Brandon did a great job selling our home. He was always available and kept us informed during the process. Brandon is very knowledgeable and more importantly he is honest. I highly recommend Brandon to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
D. Sutton, Denham Springs LA
I am almost 60 years young and have needed to depend on realtors about 5 times in my life, either with buying new property or selling old. Derek was the very first that came with no irritation, or that feeling that I can’t wait to never see this person once the deal is done! With changes in life through new housing being hard enough, Derek Overstreet will become a family friend, due to his professional and trusting guidance as your realtor.
Lizzette, Baton Rouge LA
Brandon is seriously the best real estate agent out there! He literally walked us through every detail of the process and he is so easy to communicate with! He gets back to you ASAP and he exceeded all of our expectations for an agent! I would highly recommend him to anyone!
K. Thibodeaux, Denham Springs LA
We really enjoyed working with Brandon while searching for our new home. He let us know what to expect and lead us through the whole process so that it didn’t have to be a stressful one. He also responded to our calls and texts quickly, with no matter how small or big our question or concern was. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is even thinking about buying or selling their home.
A. Cain, Denham Springs LA
My husband and I purchased our dream home in April 2015. Prior to buying our home, we searched and worked with few real estate agents. Finally our headache was over!!! We meet with Brandon and just by talking to him we felt confident in him. He is very professional and knows his work. He is very prompt and very helpful. My husband and I highly recommend him. He made sure that we were in our dream home as promised. Brandon takes care of his clients. Becoming a homeowner has been the best thing we…
A. Jenkins, Baton Rouge LA
Brandon was very helpful and knowldgeable. My wife and I were new to the area and looking for our first house Brandon was willing to work with us around my work schedule and was very kind in allowing our young son to come along on house searches and helping to keep him entertained as well .
T. Cain, Denham Springs LA
Derek was always ready to meet me and show homes when it was convenient to me. When he understood what was most important to me in a home, he would diligently research new listings and send them to me. He worked for me a few months prior to my move from Colorado, never forgetting to keep me informed.
Kathy, Walker LA