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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sellers: Are You Ready for Your Close-up? Before your home enters the market, your home is prepared for the close-ups of the contract.  The first being the professional photos of your home.  How important are these pictures?  These pictures are the first impression of your home.  Bad lighting and...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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National Night Out for Law Enforcement August 2nd As many of you may know, my grandfather was a police officer for over 25 years, even rising to the President of the Iowa State Police Association in 1984.  So this cause is near and dear to my heart.  Especially with all of the shootings and turmo...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sometimes, You Need to Look Past the Photos This week, I had the pleasure of working with a young couple that is relocating to Cedar Rapids after 4 years in Mexico.  When we started talking over a month ago, I created a search for them and they would feel defeated when all of their "favorites" we...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Buyers: Use the Home Inspection to Gather Information! Most buyers look at the home that they are going to buy at least twice.  But they will see different things each time...and forget some other things that they might like to know.  The home inspection is the buyer's opportunity to see the hous...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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 In the home buyer consultation, I talk to buyers about my role in our "partnership".  My role is point out all the little stuff.  The flaws in the house, the quality of the remodel, the location, the way that they want to live in the house, etc.  I am the proverbial "mom" that is showing them al...

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