Making Big Moves
MAKING BIG MOVES, WITH STEPHEN & MADALYN BATMAN.
This is everything you need to know as you go through the buying & selling process.
“I WANT TO BUY A HOME. NOW WHAT?”
In this episode of Making Big Moves, Madalyn & Stephen go through the five things you need to think about when buying a home.
Plus, a helpful “grocery store” analogy showcases the importance of getting pre-approved for a loan before shopping for homes. If you look closely, you can see a wild Madalyn racing through her domain.
SELECTING THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT
After Stephen goes through the incredible list of tasks a real estate agent can take care of for you, Madalyn explains how to find the perfect real estate agent.
Something important to Madalyn and Stephen is their local expertise. And as you can see, Madalyn’s been ’round these parts for quite some time.
LET’S TALK LENDING
Time to bring in the big guns. Mortgages and loans can seem very overwhelming, so we sat down with Ryan Larson of Amerifirst Home Mortgage.
You’ll find out what it takes to get pre-approved, how to improve your credit score, the different loan programs that are currently available, and much more.
“I’M READY TO SELL MY HOME. NOW WHAT?”
Perhaps you’ve found your next dream home, and it’s time to sell. Madalyn and Stephen hand out tips and strategies to get the highest sale price for your home, and make the process run smoothly.
Then, a simple playing card analogy will help you understand that the benefit of using a real estate agent far outweighs the cost of their commission.
THE DANGERS OF “FOR SALE BY OWNER”
“For Sale by Owner” means you attempt to list and sell your home without the assistance of a real estate agent. Stephen explains some of the potential issues, including personal safety!
After Madalyn unwittingly lets Stephen the Craigslist burglar into her home, you’ll start to wonder what other dangers you might come across during FSBO.
AFFORDABLE RENOVATION IDEAS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK
Just a few simple upgrades to your current home can make a massive difference in sale price. Madalyn gives a few step-by-step instructions for easy renovations that boost your chances of a quick and easy sell.
Most sellers don’t actually choose to make it rain cash at the closing table, but it’s technically allowed.
“I JUST BOUGHT A HOME. NOW WHAT?”
Just because the last box is unpacked doesn’t mean you’re quite done with the moving process. There are some essential tasks you must complete to ensure you save money on everything from property taxes to utility bills.
All those savings mean you’ll take us on a nice vacation, right? …. Right, guys? Hello?
MAKING BIG MOVES: STORIES EDITION
If you’re nervous about the entire buying or selling process, it’s helpful to hear from success stories. A few of Stephen & Madalyn’s past clients stop by to share their experiences.
Staged? No way. We just happened to pan the camera towards the couple during a very emotional scene. Stephen, we said stop smiling. Sigh. Take 17, let’s try it again.
THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY: RENTING VS. BUYING
Do you purchase a home or just keep renting? It’s the age-old question. These three reasons to buy might help solve the problem forever.
We put money on Madalyn. Stephen has the height and strength advantage, but she’s scrappy like a honey badger.