Members of the Silver City Regional Association of REALTORS-?, Inc. will write periodic columns under this heading to inform the public about real estate matters.
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You have just completed the biggest financial transaction of your life and can now call yourself a homeowner. With the help of a Realtor, a member of the National Association of Realtors, you purchased your first home, signed all the necessary paperwork and are about to walk up to your front door, keys in hand.
As you walk through your brand new house, you are probably thinking, now what? This is a common question new homeowners ask themselves when the time comes to settle into a new home. With all the excitement and work involved in finding a first home, first-time buyers may not have a transition plan or a checklist for the first few days in their new house.
“Some checklist items are as simple as steam cleaning the carpet while others involve familiarizing yourself with your home’s circuit breakers and water valves. Having a game plan for your new home will give you peace of mind and allow you to settle in quickly and stress free,” said LJ Lundy, President, Silver City Regional Association of Realtors.
Below are important items to focus on during the transition into your new home.
Change the locks. You never know who else has keys to your home, so it is a good idea to change the locks on all doors. This will help you sleep at night knowing that you are the only person who has access to your home. You can install new deadbolts yourself for less or call a locksmith to ensure proper installation.
Set-up service. This may not sound like a top priority, but it is important to contact local utilities and service providers, like trash pick-up to set-up a new account a few days before closing to avoid disruption. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the pick-up schedule for trash and recyclables to avoid garbage stacking up during the first week in your new home.
The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their skill, proficiency, and knowledge.
According to M. Steven Anaya, New Mexico Association of REALTORS CEO, “All those letters you see after a REALTOR’s name indicate designations and certifications that person has earned. Each acknowledges experience and expertise in various real estate sections and is awarded upon completion of required courses.”
There are over twenty designations and certifications a REALTOR can earn. A few of the most common include:
As a seller, you face some dangers in allowing strangers into your home.
Connie Hettinga, 2018 President of the REALTORS Association of New Mexico, and a REALTOR from Las Cruces, offers the following tips to help sellers protect themselves against crime:
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