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10 Ways to Make Your Home Irresistible at an Open House - 07/29/06 05:02 PM
1. Put fresh or silk flowers in principal rooms for a touch of color.2. Add a new shower curtain, fresh towels, and new guest soaps to every bath.3. Set out potpourri or fresh baked goods for a homey smell.4. Set the table with pretty dishes and candles.5. Buy a fresh doormat with a clever saying.6. Take one or two major pieces of furniture out of every room to create a sense of spaciousness. 7. Put away kitchen appliances and personal bathroom items to give the illusion of more counter space. 8. Lay a fire in the fireplace. Or put a basket (1 comments)
Why Use A Realtor? - 07/29/06 04:57 PM
All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again (0 comments)
Earnest money - 07/26/06 01:13 PM
Dealing with earnest money can get buyers nervous during a transaction. The buyer being nervous makes complete sense. Afterall there is usually a lot of money on the line. If all contingencies are met and waived and the buyer decides they want to back out for any reason then they can loose that money. For those not familiar with "Earnest Money" here is the low down. Basically, when making an offer on a property whether house, townhome, condo, coop or new construction it is expected that the buyer put down 3% - 5% of the offer price. This money tells the seller that you (0 comments)
Getting the House Ready to Sell - 07/25/06 04:24 PM
uncluttering the house this is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house. after years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. however, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, drawers, closets, garages, attics, and basements. you want as much open clear space as possible, so every extra little thing needs to be cleared away. take a step back and pretend you are (1 comments)
Disconnect Your Emotions - 07/25/06 04:23 PM
when conversing with real estate agents, you will often find that when they talk to you about buying real estate, they will refer to your purchase as a "home." yet if you are selling property, they will often refer to it as a "house." there is a reason for this. buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling real estate you need to remove emotion from the equation. you need to think of your house as a marketable commodity. property. real estate. your goal is to get others to see it as their potential home, not yours. if (0 comments)
Financing Options - 07/24/06 03:46 PM
fixed rate mortgage the interest rate stays the same throughout the term of the loan - usually 15 or 30 years - so the principal interest portion of your payment remains the same. payments are stable but initial rates tend to be higher than adjustable rate loans and often cannot be assumed by a subsequent buyer. balloon mortgage this is a loan which must be paid off after a certain period. the advantage they offer is an interest rate that is lower than a mortgage that is made for 30 years. adjustable-rate mortgage (arm) the interest rate is linked to a (0 comments)
Choosing your REALTOR® - 07/24/06 03:45 PM
the most important decision you will make in the sale of your home is the realtor you choose. some points to consider: find someone you feel comfortable with. if you don't feel you can ask questions or go to your realtor, you have the wrong realtor. your realtor should show you research to back up any recommendations. this includes information about recent sales, current listings and recent expired listings in your neighbourhood. choose a local realtor. he or she will know your area better than an outsider, will be seen as a source for people looking to relocate in your neighbourhood, (1 comments)
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