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Foreclosures - Get The Details - 12/31/09 04:11 PM
Have you had a chance to delve deeply into the database of foreclosed properties on remax.com? If you sign up for a free seven-day trial membership, you have access to detailed information about any property in which you're interested. This includes: Property Details - Square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, year built, estimated market value, foreclosure information, and auction date and location (if applicable). Lien & Loan History - Amount owed on the mortgage or mortgages, lender's name, owner's name, date and amount of prior sales. Comparable Sales - Sale price and other basic information on homes recently sold in the same (2 comments)
Foreclosure, Short Sale, REO - 12/29/09 03:46 AM
First, foreclosed properties are not all the same. When homeowners default on mortgage payments, there are three possible outcomes involving the sale of the home. (A fourth possibility is that the homeowner pays off the default amount of the loan, thereby keeping the house.) As a buyer, you can be involved at any of these stages: 1. After defaulting on the mortgage, the owner sells the home during a grace period determined by state law. This is known as the pre-foreclosure period. 2. The property is sold at public auction at the end of the pre-foreclosure period. 3. The lender (or a government agency (4 comments)
Buying Foreclosure - 12/28/09 10:23 PM
Remax.com now includes information on properties at each stage of foreclosure: pre-foreclosure, auction and bank-owned. You can search by several criteria, including city, county and ZIP code and type of property (default, auction or bank-owned). You can receive more detailed information on any property by signing up for a free seven-day trial membership. This advanced information includes the address, loan and lien history, sales history, tax assessment data and recent comparable sales. If there's anything you see that you don't understand or that you'd like me to analyze for you, I'd be glad to help. Buying a foreclosure is different from (2 comments)
Test Your Home Maintenance IQ - 12/26/09 02:38 PM
Knowing how to maintain your home is an essiential part of protecting your investment. Regular maintenance now can prevent huge expenditures in the future. Here is a quick rundown of the most common home maintenance misconceptions. Noisy pipes are just house settling, nothing to worry about. FALSE: The underlying cause of noisy pipes could be associated with viberations that loosen fittings and cause costly leaks. Use salt during winter weather for traction on walkways. FALSE: Salt can actually cause unsightly damage to pavement. Opt for kiyy litter or sand to do the trick without marring the pavement. Hot water aids the (1 comments)
Breathe Easier - 12/25/09 06:47 AM
Poor air quality in the home can cause respiratory damage and aggrevate allergies and asthma. Preventive action and vigilance are the keys to keeping your air safe and clean. Common appliances and home furnishing can negatively impact air quality. Today, more buyers are requesting air quality studies before sealing the deal. Increase air quality and protect the value of your home by knowing the threats. Be vigilant about these major enemies to air quality. Radon: Odorless, colorless gas that, over time, can increase the risk of lung cancer. Test air regularly with testing kits and immediately address the root cause. Carbon (1 comments)
Buying A Heat Efficient Home - 12/24/09 03:39 PM
Drafty windows and poor insulation can significantly drive up the price of homeownership. DON'T BURN A HOLE IN YOUR POCKET Pay attention to the heating and cooling capacity of a prospective property to avoid getting burned by high energy bills. Call the utility company for an estimate of typical energy usage as a guide. Aside from apparent issues, like drafts, here are some less obvious things to consider. High ceiling and multi-level dwellings force your heating and cooling system to work harder to regulate tempertaures. Seek out advanced control systems that allow you to isolate temperature settings by room or time (0 comments)
Decorating For Holidays - 12/23/09 04:36 PM
Keep the holidays safe. Electrical or fire hazards lurking in your holiday lights can turn celebration to tragedy. Safe holiday decorating will prevent you from being one of the 12,500 people in the emergency room each holiday season from falls, shocks and burns stemming from holiday decorating. Enjoy the season in style and with safety in mind using these lighting tips. Inspect lights for cracked sockets, frayed, loose or bare wires or loose connections. Before replacing light bulbs or fuses, unplug light strings. Don't string together more than three sets of lights into one extension cord. Ourdoor lights should be plugged (0 comments)
Choosing Flooring - 12/22/09 12:42 PM
Carefully consider the type of flooring you select for each room in your home. Make choices based on room size, health concerns, traffic, and value. Certain flooring choices can increase allergens, require expensive cleanings, or costly remodeling to implement. Consider these flooring tips when selecting flooring: Room size: Select light colored or large patterned flooring in smaller rooms to create the illusion of space. Traffic: High traffic areas like kitchens and entryways benefit from the durability and easy cleaning of tile or laminate flooring. Maintain warmth and comfort in the bedroom and family room with carpeting. Health: Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting if you (3 comments)
Picture This - 12/21/09 10:55 AM
74% of homebuyers who used the web to search for homes drove by or viewed a home they saw online. Listings lacking a photo, or using low quality photos, run the risk of being passed over. Incorporating new venues, like virtual tours, give buyers a view of the property right from their desk. Here are some tips to increase the face value of your home's online listing photo: Crop out sidewalks, streets, and remove vehicles from the driveway. Steer clear of the shade, and get up-close or angled photos. For exterior shots, make sure the kid's toys are put away and (1 comments)
Ready To Buy? - 12/19/09 09:03 PM
Ask yourself these questions to decide if you're ready to take the homeownership plunge. Have you researched the market? Knowing what homes are selling for in the area can help you determine how much you should plan to spend. Do you have sufficient savings to cover down payment and closing costs? Expect to have 3% - 20% of the sale price in the bank to cover your down payment, plus another 2% - 7% to cover closing costs. Do you know how much home you can afford? A mortgage payment should not exceed 25% of your gross monthly earnings. A home (1 comments)
Buy With Selling In Mind - 12/18/09 08:54 PM
Most buyers will sell thir homes within 5 - 10 years due to expanding families, job transfers, or other factors. Keep an eye out for features that will fetch top dollar in any housing market. Here are a few features to look for: Look to the view: Homes with an unencumbered view of nature or city lights sell higer than comparable homes without a view. The more the merrier: Demand for homes with three or more bedrooms and at least two bathrooms is greatest. Busy landscaping: Avoid property that is over-landscaped. The money you'll invest to keep it up may outweigh (4 comments)
Investment Financing - 12/17/09 03:55 AM
Finding the right lender can make all the difference when it comes to an investment purchase. Because the loan terms are more complicated than a conventional purchase, most investors opt to only work with those lenders who specialize in non-owner-occupied investment real estate.If you'd like to discuss your financing options, call or email me. I'm here to help. (0 comments)
Investing 101 - 12/16/09 11:47 AM
For most buyers, owning their primary residence is all they're willing or able to handle financially, and with good reason, as being a homeowner is probably the biggest financial responsibility of one's life. However, with interest rates remaining relatively low, more and more of my clients are venturing into the world of investment property, and those who were best informed before they purchased are now reaping the rewards!As your real estate professional, I'm always searching for new opportunities for my clients. Please reply to this message or call me to discuss any investment questions you may have. (0 comments)
Take Advantage Of The Competition - 12/16/09 11:42 AM
While the level of competition in the real estate market is never easy to contend with, one way to use this to your advantage is by focusing more on buyers competing for your property than trying to compete with other sellers in your area. By merely altering the way in which I position your home on the market, I can guarantee you a rising interest in your property. Call or email me today! (0 comments)
Buyer's Syndrome - 12/14/09 10:42 PM
We've all been there: shopping around, eager to make a purchase, not sure what we need or even want. The same goes for the real estate market. Many buyers simply aren't sure what they're looking for, the kind of indecision that can break the hearts of buyers and sellers alike.As your real estate professional, I can help combat buyer's syndrome by working with you to represent your property in a powerful and market-friendly manner. Don't let the buyer find excuses not to purchase your home. Call or email me today! (0 comments)
Perception Is Everything - 12/13/09 07:43 AM
Perhaps the most critical adjustment necessary for any re-listing is changing the public perception of your property. In order to set ourselves up for success, we need to go about marketing your home in a manner different from your previous attempt. In real estate, perception truly is everything; once you change the market's perception of your home, you increase its chances of being sold! Call or email me so we can put together a marketing plan. (3 comments)
Get Back In The Saddle! Get Back On The Market! - 12/13/09 07:31 AM
While I can appreciate the frustrations of an expired listing, my advice would be to put your home back on the market as quickly as possible. I can help you keep the public aware of your home and your readiness to sell! Call or email me today! (2 comments)
Time To Show Off Your Home - 12/12/09 05:02 PM
In my experience, I've found that my clients are best served by highlighting the unique strengths of their home from the very first listing. With the sheer number of homes for sale out there on the market, a seller such as yourself needs to make sure the property stands out from the rest. Don't let the challenges of the marketplace keep you from selling your home. Call or email me today and together we can start showing off your home! (0 comments)
Your Marketing Company - 12/12/09 02:13 PM
Just as the world's largest corporations aggressively introduce new products to the marketplace, you must do the same in order to sell your home. Oftentimes, agents will list a home for sale without adequate marketing. Or maybe the seller didn't have a sufficient grasp of current market conditions to maximize the chances of the home selling.If any of the above excuses sound familiar, I invite you to call or email me today. I'll make sure we take the appropriate measures to get your home sold! Dallas Chambers 770-595-1541 MobileRE/MAX AGENTS REALTY (770) 922-7777 Ext. 316http://email@example.com Each Office Independently Owned and (1 comments)
Reinventing Success - 12/11/09 09:40 AM
For real estate professionals like myself, there simply is no greater challenge than selling a previously-listed home. Because of my experience with properties like yours, I am uniquely qualified to effectively market and sell your home. Call or email me today so we can start planning for success! Dallas Chambers 770-595-1541 Mobile RE/MAX AGENTS REALTY (770) 922-7777 Ext. 316http://firstname.lastname@example.org Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
What Went Wrong - 12/10/09 04:04 AM
Although you may be frustrated by being unable to successfully sell your property after its first listing, the very first step you should take is to assess the listing process and determine what went wrong. Once you address any mistakes, the results should be more effective the second time around.After all, the process of selling a home is always complex. That's why I invite you to call or email me, and together we can achieve your real estate goals! Dallas Chambers 770-595-1541 MobileRE/MAX AGENTS REALTY (770) 922-7777 Ext. 316http://email@example.com Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
What Your Remodeling Contract Should Say - 12/04/09 04:03 AM
What Your Remodeling Contract Should Say By: Oliver Marks Published: September 30, 2009 Review your remodeling contract carefully and adjust it to make sure it protects you in terms of payments, work schedules, and project specifications. Progress K Effort Low 3 hrs (review contract) Investment Low $0 Added to Binder. Unless the contractor signs the document, it doesn't matter what it says-it's not a valid contract. Even if you never intend to pick up a hammer for your remodeling project, there's one tool that's absolutely essential-a solid contract. But just having one often isn't enough. That's because the document a contractor (0 comments)
Journey Begins With A Step - 12/01/09 05:19 AM
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Confucius I know from experience that for some people, the process of finding a home is mostly work, and little joy. The road can seem long...and winding. As a RE/MAX Premier Customer Satisfaction provider, my goal is to create a situation where I do all the work and you can relax and enjoy the process. I'll be sorting out the ads, finding the addresses, and timing your home viewing appointments. In this way I can help eliminate hassles and save your time. I'll show you homes you can afford with (4 comments)
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