buying a home: Is There a Shift Happening in the Real Estate Market? - 09/27/18 10:31 AM

Housing inventory is up year-over-year for the first time in three years which means that home price appreciation will likely begin to slow. If you're looking to buy or sell a home, now is still a great time! Let's get together today to go over what this shift in the market means for you.
  
 
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buying a home: 4 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR HOME'S CURB APPEAL - 11/03/16 08:49 AM
Apart from the possibility of a quick sale, punching up your home’s curb appeal is a good way to sell your house for more money. According to Realtor.com stats, thirty two percent of buyer’s agents believe home staging increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer from one percent to five percent. Every type of buyer, no matter the age group desires to live in a home with beautiful landscape, pleasing color and a welcoming feel.
Curb appeal is simply creating the emotional appeal that will draw buyers into your home and leave them wanting to buy. Here are some … (2 comments)

buying a home: 5 WAYS TO IDENTIFY OVERPRICED HOMES - 11/03/16 08:38 AM
While selecting a home that fits your criteria can be demanding, selecting a home that is a good investment requires a little more. There are homes priced well above their actual value. Being able to spot these homes will help to narrow your search and get more bang for your ‘real estate buck’. Here are five red flags to watch out for.
1. Stand-alone home
When the price of a home is much higher than other similar properties in the area, it is conceivably overpriced. You should check out comparable homes in your area and see what they sell for. Location matters when … (4 comments)

buying a home: 4 COMMON HOME BUYING MISHAPS TO AVOID - 11/03/16 08:35 AM
Home buying is exciting and it’s similar to a new adventure. It’s easy to make mistakes though, especially emotional mistakes. Many buyers allow their feelings to cloud their judgment, hence avoidable mistakes occur. Since home buying is a big purchase, it might be the biggest investment you make. It is necessary to get familiar with the mistakes and unforeseen situations that may arise within the home buying process.
1. Foregoing the pre-approval process
A buyer who is only prequalified for a loan will be able to search for homes but sellers and their agents prefer to work with pre-approved buyers, resulting in a … (1 comments)

buying a home: HERE’S HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REAL ESTATE FORECLOSURES - 11/03/16 08:30 AM
Real estate foreclosures may be an unlucky occurrence for the seller, but for a savvy buyer, foreclosures present an advantageous opportunity. How do you approach foreclosures?
1. Research. There are many resources available online about foreclosures. The most important thing to know is how much money you have and how much you want to spend on repairs. There are foreclosure listing websites that now have advanced search options. You can narrow down the list based on your desired location and budget. Once you know these things, you wouldn’t spend time on homes that will eventually turn out to be a waste of … (1 comments)

buying a home: 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE SEARCHING OUT HOMES - 11/03/16 08:26 AM
Home buying is a complicated process. Sometimes you get lost in the mirage of processes involved. Hence it is important to approach your quest for a new home with purpose and direction in order to save time, money and unnecessary hassles. Before looking around at homes for sale, you need to do these six things to remove the ambiguity from the home buying process:
1. Carefully check your credit.
This means you need to request a credit report from at least two credit reporting institutions. For example, one from Experian and one from Equifax or Transunion. In that way, you offset any mistakes … (4 comments)

buying a home: 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN'T BUY A HOME WITHOUT A REALTOR - 11/03/16 08:19 AM

 
So you’re thinking: why not cut costs by going through the home buying process on my own? There are so many things involved in the home buying process that can make it very costly on your time and money. On the one hand, you need professionals when searching for homes because it takes time to find the right property. Apart from that, here are five other reasons buying a home without a realtor might not be a wise idea:
1. Problem of dual representation
Dual representation means the seller’s agent represents both the buyer and the seller. Obviously, the agent will promote the … (3 comments)

buying a home: MISTAKES FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS MAKE - 10/06/16 03:07 AM
 
MISTAKES FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS MAKE
Engaging in an асtіvіtу fоr thе fіrѕt tіmе is аlwауѕ a lеаrnіng еxреrіеnсе. In any case whеn buying a hоmе for the fіrѕt tіmе уоu can’t rеаllу bear to соmmіt еrrоrѕ. Thе еxсіtеmеnt аnd рrеѕѕurе of purchasing thаt flаwlеѕѕ hоmе gеnеrаllу gеtѕ tо fіrѕt tіmе buуеrѕ, аnd bесаuѕе оf thіѕ thеу оftеn wind uр committing еrrоrѕ. Hеrе аrе 7 mіѕtаkеѕ еvеrу fіrѕt tіmе hоmе buуеr muѕt avoid:  
 
1. Sеlесtіng a Rіѕkу Mоrtgаgе Plаn  
Buуеrѕ unaware of thе complexities оf mortgage plans оftеn times choose a mortgage рlаn that іѕ rіѕkу … (0 comments)

buying a home: 7 SIMPLE TIPS TO STAGE A GREAT OPEN HOUSE - 10/04/16 05:31 AM
 
Open houses offer a chance to build connections and present your most prized possession in its best possible light. You only get one chance to make the best impression. Hence you and your real estate agent need to be well prepared. Remove all unwelcoming odors, clear clutter, create a good landscape and follow these tips to stage a great open house. 
1. REMOVE SCENTS. 
The best scent is no scent according to a recent study that shows that 30% of your potential buyers are irritated by scents. So, that cinnamon air freshener might chase 30% of your buyers away. Hence it’s wiser to avoid the use of air fresheners and scented candles. Apart from eliminating the use of scents, you … (1 comments)

buying a home: Pick A Real Estate Agent Who Cares - 02/10/14 08:24 AM
So you’ve decided to sell your home.  You start the process of choosing an agent.  Pick a real estate agent who cares.   As you begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the home selling process, choose carefully. Some agents may come in and immediately start bragging about their success or the success of their company.

 
Even though an agent’s success is important, you want someone who will represent you that you trust to set the market value on probably the largest asset your family owns, your home.  So for starters, you need to know that … (3 comments)

 
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