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    Step 16 to Selling Your Home: The Home Inspection

    The home inspection usually occurs within 10 business days of the contract being executed.

    The buyer will schedule the inspection and his/her Realtor will confirm the day/time work for us.  Most inspectors do not work evenings or weekends so usually the inspection takes place during a week day.   It’s important that the home inspection occur quickly as it often takes the inspector 1-2 days to write the report after the inspection.   Sellers should not be present for the home inspection. Instead, it’s a time for the buyer and the buyer’s Realtor to be alone in the property with the inspector.  For condos, plan to be gone for 2 hours.  For single family homes, the inspection can take 3 – 4 hours depending on the size of the home.  The home should look just like it did for the showings with beds made, dishes put away, pets out of the home, etc.

    After the inspection, the inspector will write the inspection report. This usually takes 1 – 2 days.  Then the buyer will need to review the report and either the buyer’s Realtor or attorney will ask us for any credits or repairs the buyer wants. We’ll then negotiate these items back and forth and, hopefully, come to an agreement.   If major problems are found during the inspection, the buyer does have the right to walk away from the deal and the earnest money will be returned to him/her. This is the reason why a pre-listing inspection may be a good investment.

    Withing the inspection time frame noted in the contract, the buyer will provide a ‘Buyer Reply To Inspection’.  This will show us whether or not they are accepting the property as is or whether or not they are requesting repairs.  Keep in mind that just because the buyer requests something does not mean that you need to agree to it, however, there are some repairs that could prevent financing (though I am usually able to identify these before listing).  Once all parties agree to terms then we will complete a ‘Change in Terms to the Agreement of Sale’ and this document gets appended to the contract.

    Any agreed upon repairs need to be completed prior to the final walk through which usually occurs the day before closing and receipts need to be provided to the buyer showing the required work was completed and paid for in full prior to the walk through and/or by the date noted in the change in terms.

    Questions?  Call 717.963.0016 or email homesalesinyourarea@gmail.com.

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    Gina Casner

    In 2016, I began my tenure in real estate as a licensed Executive Assistant for a leading real estate training coach and subsequently for high-producing real estate teams. I very quickly fell in love with real estate and by 2019, I transitioned into personally helping clients turn their dreams into keys. After dozens of transactions, I have been dubbed the “unicorn hunter,” finding out-of-the-box solutions for clients looking for a home with unique requirements. In addition to managing my real estate practice, I am involved in providing community education on responsible home ownership through my exclusive Path to Home Ownership workshop series. I also am the founder of Chronically Strong, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our local communities. I take a holistic and individualized approach to real estate. Buying or selling a home in Central PA can be complex, sophisticated and often a deeply personal endeavor. Your experience should mimic the high level of customer service all of my clients have, while being very specific to your own individual needs. I work with a team of experts to provide a full, complete experience that only a cohesive team can consistently provide. Working with us, you will be given personal attention in every aspect of your home buying and selling experience with the professionalism and consistency of a thoughtful business model. And yes, superior results will follow! On a personal note, I attribute my success not only to my passion for helping clients execute on their next “big move”, but also to my knowledge regarding the psychology of buying and selling. My clientele works in diverse industries with an emphasis on technology, finance, medicine, law, and business. My real estate practice has grown successfully and consistently thanks to the repeat business of happy clients and their introductions to friends, family and neighbors. This track record is only possible because we deliver both results AND an enjoyable experience. Growing up, my family moved frequently all across the continental U.S., but you will hear me say that I am from California because that is the longest place that I lived during my formative years. Moving became a way of life for my family and each place I lived became a part of my story. It taught me that our home truly is the foundation of everything in our lives, and it is this belief that compels me to work hard for my clients when they are buying or selling their home. In many ways, our home becomes a part of our identity, an identity and memory that should be honored. I have been accused of being tenacious and super honest. I like to win (for my clients) but do so with a calm demeanor and a smile. I live in a raised ranch home in Lower Paxton Township with my main squeeze, my teenage son, and our very spoiled dog, Ginger. I have mad faith, and truly believe that each and every one of us is capable of great things. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors’ in Sociology. There is a running joke in my family that every day I go to real estate school because every day my clients teach me something new. I continually invest time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Why? Because I believe that you deserve to have the best working for you. I want to live life on my own terms, and am committed to helping you do the same. Would you like to work together? Please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you! Gina

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