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A Good Agent is Important

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Real estate sales are complex transactions in which snags can occur. Professional real estate agents are trained to handle the many facets of buying a home. A good real estate agent is an invaluable asset to you in largest purchase you might ever make.

When you find a real estate agent with whom you feel confident, it is important to enter into a committed working relationship with that person. Concentrating your search with one real estate professional will allow the agent to become totally familiar with your housing needs, desires, and financial capacities.

Here at the Tom Randall Real Estate Team we have great agents that can focus on you and your specific needs and find you a home of your dreams.  Call today! 515-232-5700.

Inspection Repairs

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

When you sell a house, the buyers will probably have a home inspection before they sign a contract to purchase the home. The inspector may turn up something that needs attention or repair, and after the inspection, the buyers may produce a list of items they want repaired as a condition for moving forward on the sale.

When you get the buyers' list, remember that some of the items may be negotiable. Sales contracts usually require that all the systems be in working condition. Some buyers may make requests that go beyond the normal obligations of the seller. They may ask for a new roof or certain structural repairs that you may not want to make. I can help you to assess the risks of just saying "no" to buyers who are making demands you consider to be unreasonable. You may decide to decline the requests, but the buyers may also decide to back out of the deal as a result.

When you agree to make repairs, hire licensed professionals who will guarantee their work, and give copies of the reports to the buyers. Arrange to have the repairs made as far ahead of time to avoid last-minute complications which could compromise the transaction.

Curb Appeal

by Tom Randall Real Estate Team

Reminders and hints to keeping your home attractive to grab a potential buyer’s attention to your home and set it apart from all the rest!


  • Mow regularly
  • Weed
  • Put away unused hoses, yard equipment, children’s toys, bikes, etc.
  • Rake leaves, pine needles, etc.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed
  • Colored plants & shrubs are a plus!
  • Keep sidewalks and outside entryway swept
  • Try to find a place for boats/campers/extra vehicles not being used
  • If you have a backyard patio with furniture, you could put a nice plant on the table & stage it with a table cover or placemats, magazines, coffee cup, etc.


  • Keep entryway, sidewalks & driveway clear of snow and ice.
  • Again, you will want to keep the yard free of unused yard equipment and children’s toys, etc.
  • To show what the backyard or patio offers in the spring and summer seasons, you may want to keep the patio and deck clear of snow and ice.  You could also have photos available of how it looks in the spring/summer.

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Tom Randall
Tom Randall Real Estate Team Keller Williams Ames
517 Grand Avenue, Suite 103
Ames IA 50010