buyer considerations: FAQ #11 for Sellers: How Important is My Assessed Value? - 04/07/11 04:21 PM
This is one of those questions where the answer really depends on WHO you ask!  The seller wants the value to be as low as possible...since this is the amount that their TAXES are based upon.  The buyer however, looks at this number differently.  So the question beomes:
How Important is My Assessed Value?  In some areas, the assessed value used to be a good indicator of the market value of a property.  However, this is not always the case.  There are many homes in Cedar Rapids and Marion that are over-assessed.  Meaning that the homes in the area are selling … (6 comments)

buyer considerations: Did Cupid Miss His Mark? - 02/15/11 03:35 AM
Did Cupid Miss His Mark?  Funny story....just happened to coincide with Valentine's Day yesterday...

Mr. Seller has relocated across the country.  His home hit the market at what seemed to be the worst time of the year, right before Halloween and long after the school year had started.  But it had its own pluses.  Due to a September hail storm, he was able to get a new roof and new siding which greatly improved the curb appeal of his home.  Fresh paint and new blinds throughout, professionally cleaned carpets, staged to sell, and an at market value price and we were in business.
Then … (4 comments)

buyer considerations: FAQ#15 for Buyers: What if There is Another Offer on the House WE Want? - 01/31/11 02:28 AM
This can be a sticky one.  You never really know if you are truly competing with another buyer.  There are many unethical agents that will tell you that they think that there will be another offer in an effort to get my buyer to up their price to compete.  I never fall for it.  If there truly is another offer, the listing agent should give me the opportunity to change or rescind my offer prior to presenting to the seller. 
What if there is another offer on the house that you want to buy?
The answer is never simple.  There are … (6 comments)

buyer considerations: FAQ #8 for Buyers: What are Restrictive Covenants? - 01/12/11 01:48 AM
This is a question that typically comes up as we are searching for homes.  Sometimes it is discussed in the initial home buyer consultation particularly if there is a need for the ability to store a boat, camper, or trailer on the property, if they need to have fencing, or if they have a number of pets. 
What are Restrictive Covenants? 
Restrictive Covenants are the rules associated with the development and use of the property.  These are recorded at the time that the subdivision plat is approved. 
Some things that are addressed in restrictive covenants:
The minimum size of the … (12 comments)

buyer considerations: FAQ #1 for Buyers in Cedar Rapids: What are Closing Costs and Who Pays Them? - 01/04/11 02:07 AM
This is the most frequently asked question that I get from buyers, especially first time home buyers in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
Closing costs are addressed three different times when I represent a buyer. 
1.  We discuss closing costs in the initial buyer consultation.  This is part of the down payment and financial discussion that we have.  I will ask many questions about your ability to pay for these costs in addition to the down payment required for your loan.  Closing costs can also include the prepaid expenses such as the home inspection, radon inspection, termite inspection and the first year … (6 comments)

Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) Rainmaker large

Karen Feltman

Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group

Address: 4850 Armar Drive SE, Ste B, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403

Mobile: 319-521-0701

Office: 319-423-4139

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Whether you are relocating from another state or you are moving within the market area, there is always some adjustments to be made! My focus is on the well-being and safety of your family. A house is very important, but making the Cedar Rapids area your home takes a little more effort. My clients call me long after the closing for advice on a veternarian for their new puppy or the best daycares in the area. Meeting new people is always fun for me and I love my job! Call me if you would like to know what your home is worth in the current market or if you think that you might want to move up to another home somewhere else. We will miss you, but I will happy to get you on your way to your next adventure as quickly as possible!




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