Amy Peterson Reveals 6 Tips Home Buyers and Sellers Can’t Afford to Miss

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 30, 2024

It takes a lot to be the best real estate agent in Minnesota. Sure, you need a promising success rate and a reliable client base. But you also need more than that: a commitment to selfless service only those born to lead the industry hold.

Amy Peterson is a Realtor at Edina Realty. She could spend time mentioning her 2022 Minnesota Realtor of the Year Award or her recent election as the next President of the Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors. But instead, she’s on a mission to help buyers and sellers with their real estate objectives. That means sharing some unmissable advice with the world.

“As the saying goes, “Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.’” she says. “My business has steadily grown by taking this concept to heart in everything I do.”

So, if you’re a current homeowner, a first-time buyer, or just helping with your loved one’s estate, something here could transform your real estate journey forever. Here are Amy Peterson’s three essential tips for sellers and pivotal pointers for those buying a home:

1. Build (and protect) your credit

As a Realtor and held to a higher standard by the National Association of Realtors’ Code of Ethics, Amy Peterson is familiar with the unforeseen hurdles that can create challenges in a purchase. Proving you’re good with money starts before you consider buying a home.

“Pay your bills on time and don’t begin any risky spending patterns,” Amy says. “Loan underwriters want to see consistent and reliable patterns in income and spending so they can be confident you can make future payments reliably.”

2. Assemble your team of advisors

“Real estate agents are not all alike,” she continues. “Find someone with the personality, communication skills, and experience so you feel comfortable as they help you navigate the buying process.”

Curating a team of knowledgeable professionals goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip. A loan officer should form part of your circle of consultants, sharing the best options for your goals and helping you to make informed choices along the way. 

Title closers are also essential, as an experienced one could facilitate your property journey for years. Edina Realty is affiliated with HomeServices of America and Berkshire Hathaway, providing the financial infrastructure to provide consistent service through various home purchases.

3. Focus on your objectives

Talking about what you want in your home purchase shouldn’t be taboo. Amy Peterson believes it is essential to identify your goals and needs before taking the steps to reach them.

As a Realtor, Amy listens to each client’s real estate objectives and develops customized strategies to achieve them. Education then follows, so her clients are confident they are making the best decisions.

4. Hire a professional

Now the focus turns to helping sellers maximize their property’s equity. As with buying a home, choosing the right professional is vital to secure a high-value sale. Using her expertise as a Realtor, Amy reveals the best time frame to get in touch with a real estate agent.

“Consult your real estate professional early in the process if possible,” she says. “Knowledge of current market strategies and trends is important when considering preparations, staging, pricing, etc. The right agent can help you with remodeling advice to obtain the best return on your investment during your homeownership journey.”

5. Prepare your residence

Amy Peterson of Edina Realty can look at properties from diverse perspectives, identifying opportunities and potential issues. She provides preparation and marketing options so you can choose what best fits your objectives. If contractors would be helpful along the way for any of your projects, she can provide contact information for a few in your area who have given great service.

Remodeling isn’t the only option to get the most value out of your home. “The front door and landscaping when you first arrive make the first impression a buyer will form when they arrive at your home,” Amy shared.  “Things like cleaning siding, removing cobwebs, door hardware in good repair, and a few flowering plants often help the buyer feel welcome.”

Simple tweaks, such as decluttering and depersonalizing the interior, can also increase the offer price you’re likely to receive. “It allows buyers to see the rooms and the home’s features then imagine themselves living there without being distracted by your belongings,” she illustrates. “Make sure curtains are open, and there is plenty of light to help your home feel open and comfortable.”

6. Finalize your plan

The time has come to put your home on the market, and you want to get it right. “You have options to help meet your selling objectives,” Amy Peterson advises. “Some agents and real estate brokerages have a variety of strategies depending upon your time frame, target proceeds, and services required. Be sure to ask what specific activities a real estate agent will do to market your home and help you get the transaction to closing.”

If there’s one takeaway from Amy’s wealth of advice, it’s to find out what a professional can—and will—do for you. Empathy is critical for success in real estate, whether seeking that quality in a Realtor like Amy or thinking about your property from a buyer’s perspective. 

Edina Realty aims to make real estate quicker and easier for everyone with a variety of services to make your transition as smooth as possible. Find the right team of professionals for you, and your purchase or sale should fall into place too.

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Spencer Hulse is the Editorial Director at Grit Daily. He is responsible for overseeing other editors and writers, day-to-day operations, and covering breaking news.

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