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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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This happens quite a bit in my market.  The buyers see a home that they like and they naturally want to know everything that they can about the neighborhood.  This is definitely a buying signal! Now for a real life example, Buyer comes through my listing with their agent.  Based on the agent's pe...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 5
Sellers:  Don't Forget to Change Your Address! A cautionary tale from the other side: Just this week, one of my sellers that closed on their former home with me just after Christmas texted me.  He had accidentally ordered a tool from Amazon and forgot to change the mailing address.  When you live...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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May the best offer win!   Unfortunately, neither of my buyers this weekend "won" the house that they wanted.  A cautionary tale... This weekend, I had two different buyers at were interested in two different new listings.  The first buyer couple saw the house and wanted to "sleep on it".  Which i...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 5
Lots of dangers to the temperatures that we are currently experiencing in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor area.  With record breaking cold, there are a few things that you need to watch for to protect your home.  1.  Your furnace vent to the outside.  It needs to be clear of ice and snow.  If...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 1
What is your radon IQ?  Meaning, what do you really know about radon?  Here in Iowa, it is a real estate buzzword... and with good reason!  Our state has one of the highest levels in the country.  And as our homes have become better insulated and sealing out the outside, the occurence of radon le...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Starting in 2018, first time homebuyers in Iowa will be able to open a savings account to save for the purchase of their first home.  And the best part?  The money you save can be tax deductible*  It is a 10 year account that anyone can contribute money into for your first home.  Parents and gran...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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How many of us actually know our neighbors names?  What about their phone numbers?  I bet we might know their children or their pets' names.  Why should we get to know our neighbors?  When you are sellling your home, it can make it a lot easier on you.  Especially if you are already moved into a ...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
I want to say never, but that isn't realistic.  And even if the buyer is purchasing an estate or bank-owned property that is sold as-is with no repairs....I think that an inspection is still important.  Even on new construction, yes...I still recommend a home inspection. But what if the seller al...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 2
For the past few years, I have been counseling home buyers in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor like this:  "When they offer on a home, the seller has 3 ways to respond": 1.  They could accept the offer as written. 2.  They could reject the offer. 3.  They could counter back to the buyer to address...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 2
Buyer's Corner:  Why Is that Listing Still Online if it is SOLD? "Hello, this Karen with Lepic-Kroeger.  How can I help you?"Buyer: "There is a home that I found online that I would like to see.  It is at 123 Main Street.""Okay.  Let me look up that property....oh.  It is under contract according...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 4
I have seen a few annoyed "would be" cash buyers stating they are OFFENDED that all these real estate agents just want to see their proof of funds. OFFENDED? Really?!?!?  As though a stranger's word is enough to put them in the car and show them homes?  Sorry, but no. As a listing agent I would b...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
Buyers:  Don't Wait for the Photos to See the House! In a seller's market, there are fewer listings to choose from and the good ones sell before the pictures are added.  So you cannot sit back and keep clicking and waiting for the pictures as a buyer or you will miss out on the best listings! I h...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 1
In conducting years of buyer interviews, I am never surprised to hear that would be home buyers are looking for a home for their pets too.  Sometimes, they don't have a pet currently, but they aspire to have one....someday.   Some of the things to consider:  For an aging pet, the number of stairs...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Buyer Beware: What are Driveway Easements? A week ago, my buyers found a home that they really liked and they wanted to write an offer.  It was a new listing and I had the listing agent email me the property disclosure.  On the first page, there it was, the driveway easement.  In walking around t...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Now that Labor Day is over, we are looking at the coming of the fall season.  Well, maybe not today....since it is 93 degrees and seems that summer is quite over yet, but now is the time to get ready while the weather is still nice.  1.  Clean outside light fixtures.  They might be full of bugs f...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Last year on November 1st, I started what began as a thankful month challenge to post something that I was thankful for each day on Facebook. At the end of November, I still had more to share. And now, after over 300 days, I am amazed that I have never been stumped for something to say. In fact, ...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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When a Buyer Comes-a-Knockin', Tell Your Seller What to Do! And I don't mean it in a bossy way...but if the sign goes in the yard and a buyer knocks on the door, does your seller know what to do? My very first listing was a home that I sold for my aunt and uncle.  It was the only listing I had th...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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But I Didn't Bring the Checkbook! It happens.  I counsel my buyers to go to a lender, have their pre-approval letter ready, and bring the checkbook when they view homes.  Why?  Because if you find one that you like and you want to submit an offer, I need to have the earnest money check in my poss...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 2
It's a Pricing War and A Beauty Contest! In 2008, I attended my first CRS Sellabration in Hawaii.  It was an incredible experience, especially coming off of my best year in real estate and on track to have another incredible year.  One of the most enlightening statements was that today's market i...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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This is not unique to me, but I wanted to share the way that Zillow is helping buyers find me!  I know that in Zillow's commercials, they never show an agent involved.  But we all know that a buyer's agent is invaluable in the process of buying a home, especially if it is the first time for the b...

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