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Uncategorized Should You Offer Financial Concessions when Selling? When selling your home, at some point the question of financial concessions will arise. These may be credits for closing costs, repairs, or upgrades and these incentives may improve your ability to sell the home, especially if the home is not in turn-key condition. Yet these do reduce the profit from your sale, so before […]
Uncategorized Are HOA Fees Really Necessary? In addition to mortgage payments, homeowner’s insurance costs, and property taxes, some homes are also located within a planned community that requires monthly HOA fees. HOA (Homeowner’s Association) costs may feel like junk fees that add little to no benefit to the homeowner, but these fees serve several essential purposes aimed at preserving the community’s […]
Uncategorized 5 Ways to Verify Your Real Estate Agent is Experienced Regardless of whether you are a buyer or seller, using an experienced real estate agent is important to the success of your transaction. Yet, how do you know if the agent truly has the experience they claim? While there’s a case to be made that a new agent works harder, and they have the assistance […]
Uncategorized First-Time Sellers – 5 Things You May Not Know Selling your first home is an exciting journey that comes with its unique set of challenges and learning curves. Even if you feel well-prepared and have partnered with as killed real estate professional, there are several aspects of the home-selling process that might surprise you. Here are essential insights to help you navigate your first […]
Uncategorized First-Time Sellers – 5 Things You May Not Know Selling your first home is an exciting journey that comes with its unique set of challenges and learning curves. Even if you feel well-prepared and have partnered with a skilled real estate professional, there are several aspects of the home-selling process that might surprise you. Here are essential insights to help you navigate your first […]
Uncategorized Understanding the Difference Between Interest Rate and APR One of the least understood aspects of obtaining a home loan is the difference between the interest rate and the APR (Annual Percentage Rate). At first glance, they sound like the same thing, but while they both impact the cost of the loan, they are two different aspects of the home loan program.  Home interest […]
Uncategorized Benefits of Downsizing After Retirement Retirement is an exciting new phase of life, and one most people look forward to their entire working life. For those ready to make this change, downsizing their home is an important decision. While the thought of leaving the family home can be emotional, there are significant benefits that can enhance the retirement lifestyle. First, […]
Uncategorized Home Search Frustration? How to Refocus and Keep Going   The best part of buying a new home is going out and touring homes. This is especially true for first-time home buyers. As time goes on, however, it can be frustrating when each home falls short of expectations. While it’s important to be realistic about what is available and affordable, there can be a […]
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Uncategorized Basics and Importance of Title Insurance Basics and Importance of Title Insurance Title insurance is a critical component of the home selling process, yet many homeowners do not fully understand what it is or its value. Simply stated, title insurance protects both buyer and seller from any potential issues with the property’s title. When selling a home, obtaining title insurance offers […]
Uncategorized Do You Really Need to Hold an Open House? Once a staple of real estate marketing, open houses are no longer as effective in selling a home as they once were. According to recent data from the National Association of Realtors®, only 7% of homebuyers found their home through an open house. Of those, most had already retained a buyer’s agent and would have […]
Uncategorized What to Expect From a Listing Agent You already know that the best way to sell your home, and for the most profit, is to hire a listing agent. The fact is that people who sell using a real estate agent make more profit and have a smoother transaction than those who try to do it themselves. Yet often consumers don’t know […]
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Uncategorized What to Expect From a Listing Agent You already know that the best way to sell your home, and for the most profit, is to hire a listing agent. The fact is that people who sell using a real estate agent make more profit and have a smoother transaction than those who try to do it themselves. Yet often consumers don’t know […]
Uncategorized Ready to Simplify Your Home? Some Questions to Help Once the holidays are over and the decorations come down, it’s common to take a serious look at your home and decide to make some changes. Lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, often result in looking at other ways to remove excess clutter, and taking a more minimalist approach to our homes is common. The […]
Uncategorized Weekend Projects That Will Change the Feel of Any Dining Room Winter is here, and with it comes cozy evenings and comfort food. Your weekend plans are more likely to include movies on the couch than a picnic in the park. This is the time of year when everyone takes a closer look at their home and looks for ways to add warmth to the spaces. […]
Uncategorized Home Search Frustration? How to Refocus and Keep Going The best part of buying a new home is going out and touring homes. This is especially true for first-time home buyers. As time goes on, however, it can be frustrating when each home falls short of expectations. While it’s important to be realistic about what is available and affordable, there can be a temptation […]
Uncategorized Is Your Vacation Rental Ready For Winter Guests? Owning a vacation rental, like an Airbnb or VRBO home, is a great way to earn extra income. Much of the year, all these properties need is a way to manage access and a cleaning service. When winter comes, however, it’s important to add some extra care – both for the safety of your guests, […]
Uncategorized Don’t Overdo It When Decluttering to Sell Your Home If you’re preparing your home to sell, you already know that it’s important to declutter. A clean, tidy space allows potential buyers to see the beauty of your home and to imagine themselves living there. But there is a fine line between decluttering and denuding – removing too much can leave your home looking cold […]
Uncategorized Real vs Personal Property in a Real Estate Transaction When buying or selling a home, often misunderstandings occur over the distinction between “real” and “personal” property. Real estate agents across the nation frequently end up playing referee in situations fueled by misconceptions, which can create tension and sometimes even kill a sale. Understanding the difference is important to anyone engaged in a real estate […]
Uncategorized Why Didn’t My House Sell? There is nothing more frustrating for a seller than to watch houses around them sell like hot cakes while theirs lingers on the market. Finally, when the listing expires, they find themselves asking why? Why didn’t my house sell? In a robust housing market like we’ve had the past few years, the good news is […]