Select one of the frequently asked questions below to learn more about buying, and selling real estate. Also, begin to think about important things to consider when diving into your real estate search.

Question about selling

Is an pre-owned home as good a value as a new home?

This is really just a matter of preference, but both newer and older homes offer distinct advantages, depending upon your unique taste and lifestyle.

Older homes can generally cost less than new homes, however, there are many cases where new homes can also cost less then older homes. Most new homes will not have any backyard landscaping and some don”t include any front landscaping either. With an older home, the landscaping is normally already completed and could have 10”s of thousands of dollars in landscaping done, which is included in the purchase price.

Taxes on some older homes may also be lower. Some people are charmed by the elegance of an older home but shy away because they”re concerned about potential maintenance costs. Consider a home warranty to get the peace of mind you deserve. A good Home Warranty plan protects you against unexpected repairs on many home systems and appliances for a full year or more after you move in.

In a new house, you can pick your own color schemes, flooring, kitchen cabinets, appliances, custom wiring for TV”s, electrical, computers, phones and speakers, etc., as well as have more upgrade options. Modern features like media rooms, extra-large closets and extra-large bathrooms and tubs are also more attainable in ground-up construction. In a used home, you rely largely on the previous resident”s tastes and technological whims, unless you plan to farm thousands into a remodeling and rewiring.

New-home designers can use new building materials such as glazed Energy Star windows, thicker insulation and other technology that will lower future energy costs for the owner. Most states now have minimum energy-efficiency requirements for new construction. Kitchens and laundry areas in new homes are designed to house more efficient energy-saving appliances. Older homes, unless they have undergone an energy retrofit, usually cost much more per square foot to air-condition and heat.

Builders have to follow very strict guidelines in new-homes and additions, especially in the West and Northwest, where earthquake safety standards must be observed. In general, new homes are usually more fire-safe and better accommodating of new security and garage-door systems.

Older homes can be better judged for their quality and timeless beauty. New homes that now possess a smooth veneer might reveal the use of substandard building materials or shoddy workmanship over time.

As you can see there are advantages and dis-advantages to each, but it really comes down to what fits you and what you are looking for in a home.

Question about consignment

Why should I consign with Blue Diamond?

We have a constant flow of interested buyers coming to our web pages and via other web sites and internet sources. We have For Sale signs in parks that prompt interested buyers to come to us. We advertise locally in the media. We have buyers interested in new units who can really only afford something pre owned.

Do you take Trade-ins?

We have interested buyers who want to trade in their current RV or park model and we are able to take their trade at no cost to you, the seller. We are also able to aid potential buyers with financing sources.

How much does it cost to consign?

It costs you as the seller absolutely nothing. You work with us to establish the cash amount you want for your home or RV. This is known as the net cash to seller. When this amount has been established, we then set an asking price for your home. We normally ask a bit more for room to negotiate if your potential buyer has a trade.

How to establish an asking price?

There are many factors to take into consideration when establishing an asking price. This list includes age, condition, location, amenities in your RV Park, but most importantly a comparison of other units that have recently sold which is your true market value. Blue Diamond will establish a reasonable price based on our expertise and the current sales within the Yuma Arizona Area.

Here is an example:

Let’s say you want $15,000 for your home or RV. We will do our best to market and sell your unit for the agreed price you desire, which is the net cash to you, the seller. Anything over $15,000 is what Blue Diamond  makes as a profit for marketing and selling your unit. When we publish an asking price, it will be over the $15,000 that you want from the sale. The price difference enables us to take a trade and also gives us the ability to negotiate with buyers. People like to haggle and we all want to feel like we are getting a good buy and value for our money.