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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
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Why Do You Need Title Insurance?Title Insurance.It’s a term we hear and see frequently - we see reference to it in the Sunday real estate section, in advertisements and in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased a home before, you’re probably familiar with the benefits and pro...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Understanding Title InsuranceWhat is title insurance? Newspapers refer to it in the weekly real estate sections and you hear about it in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased a home you may be familiar with the benefits of title insurance. However, if this is your first home...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Title Insurance - Where Does Your Dollar Go?Title Insurance: As a homebuyer, the term is probably familiar - but is it understood? What is your dollar actually paying for when you purchase a title policy?Title Insurers, unlike property or casualty insurance companies, operate under the theory of ...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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The Functions of an EscrowBuying or selling a home (or other piece of real property) usually involves the transfer of large sums of money. It is imperative that the transfer of these funds and related documents from one party to another be handled in a neutral, secure and knowledgeable manner. Fo...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Statements of InformationWhat’s in a name?When a title company seeks to uncover matters affecting title to real property, the answer is, “Quite a bit.”Statements of Information provide title companies with the information they need to distinguish the buyers and sellers of real property from other...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Required Reporting to the I.R.S.Sellers of real property will have certain information regarding the sale reported to the Internal Revenue Service.This required reporting is a consequence of the Tax Reform Act of 1986; it is intended to encourage taxpayer compliance and aid in audit and enforceme...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Closing and Title CostsIt’s the big day.The day you go to the title or escrow company, sign your name on the dotted line, hand over a check and prepare to take ownership of your new home.It’s also the day that you and the seller will pay “closing” or settlement costs, an accumulation of separate ...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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What is a Short Sale Anyway?An increase in foreclosure rates will inevitably bring with it an increase in short sales. But what is a short sale?A short sale happens when you sell your house for less than your remaining mortgage balance, the proceeds of which go to the lender and in return the len...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Plan of Action Analyze why you are selling - If you understand your motives, you will be able to better negotiate and to get what it is that you want, whether it be a quick sale, high price, or somewhere in the middle.  Prepare your home for the buyer - Maximize the strengths of your property and...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
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Making a Good First ImpressionIf you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer both emotionally and visually, thus prompting them to make an offer. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they think of wh...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Know Why You are SellingIf you know exactly why you are selling then it is easier for you to follow the right plan of action for getting what you want.If you are a seller who needs to close a sale as quickly as possible, then you should know that getting the highest price possible is not one of y...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
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Insist on a Home InspectionA professional home inspection protects both you and the buyer. It allows both you and the buyer the opportunity to learn about the property’s defects.A home inspection usually covers the following: Plumbing conditions - if there is leakage or clogging Roofing condition...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Getting the Highest Price in the Shortest TimeIn order to get the highest price in the shortest time, you need to know how to market your home. The better you market your home, the more offers you will get. And the more offers you get, the more choices you have to get the price and terms you want...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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For Sale By Owner - A Good Idea?FSBO (pronounced fizz-bo), or For Sale By Owner, is a way of selling your home without the use of a professional real estate agent or broker. The idea behind FSBO is that by selling your home yourself, you save the approximate 6% that would be the agents’ commissio...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Finding the Right AgentNot all agents work the same way. The most important attribute of an agent is that he/she is well connected to the real estate industry. He/she should know the market and provide information on past sales, current listings, his or her marketing plan, and at least 4 solid re...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Considering OffersWhen reading an offer, keep in mind that you are out to get the best price AND the best terms for you. If you focus solely on the price, you may overlook terms that could be favorable to you as a buyer.Some terms that may work in your favor: higher-than-market-interest in a seco...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Why You Should Not Make Any Major Credit PurchasesDon’t go on a spending spree using credit if you are thinking about buying a home, or in the process of buying a new home. Your mortgage pre-approval is subject to a final evaluation of your financial situation.Every $100 you pay per month on a cr...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Use a Buyer’s AgentIt’s important that you choose an experienced agent who is there for you. Your agent should be actively finding you potential homes, keeping you informed of the entire process, negotiating furiously on your behalf, and answering all of your questions with competence and speed.F...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Thinking About Buying a Foreclosure?With the housing bubble burst and the subprime mortgage crisis, millions of homeowners found themselves unable to make their mortgage payments. Many found themselves owing more on the house than the home was worth. Many just walked away from their homes. As a r...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Is Buying a Home Still a Smart Plan?With the burst of the housing bubble, credit crisis, and millions of foreclosures across the country, you may wonder if buying a home is such a good idea after all. However, it’s important to consider all of the facts. The important message to take away from th...

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