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Short Sales

Short sales, or trying to convince the lender to accept less than is owed on a property can be a wonderful thing for both buyers and sellers. By working with the bank, the seller can get out of an one... [read more]
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1. Get help.
Develop a relationship with a Realtor as your buyer's representative. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer's representative is working only for ... [read more]

Home Buying Don'ts

Your home buying process is well underway. The sellers accepted your offer to purchase. The home is officially under contract and you're counting down the days to closing. The lender pre-approved you,... [read more]

Definition: Escrow

Both buyer and seller deserve the assurance that no funds or property will change hands until all of the instructions in the Purchase Contract have been satisfied. Buyers and sellers submit signed doc... [read more]

Why Titles Should Be Insured

1. A fire destroys only the house, and improvements. The ground is left. A defective title may take away not only the house but the land on which it stands. Title insurance protects you against such l... [read more]

After The Contract Is Signed

You've signed the contract and are looking forward to moving into your new home, but there are a few steps that cannot be overlooked. By following these easy steps, you will ensure yourself a smooth m... [read more]
Unlike the experience of buying a first home, when you're looking to move-up, and already own a home, there are certain factors that can complicate the situation. It's very important for you to consid... [read more]

Beat the Stress of Buying a Home

˜DEATH, DIVORCE & MOVING are the three most stressful experiences in life. There are two very different kinds of needs that people have while moving. First there are the transactional needs... [read more]
By Jim Messenger
Get your offer in before others arrive. The old adage that the "early bird gets the worm" applies here. Your agent is in constant contact with other agents who just got a ... [read more]

Definition: Buyer's Agent

A real estate buyer's agent represents the consumer who is purchasing a property in the transaction. This agent owes full responsibility and loyalty to the homebuyer. He or she has solely the buyer's ... [read more]

Why Use a REALTOR®?

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo... [read more]

Help Me Sell Your Home

Of all the things homeowners control when selling their home, the condition of the property is one of the most important

The crucial part of marketing any product is the presentation... [read more]
It has been said that what makes a property sell is Location, Location, Location. Sounds catchy but is only partially correct. There are five factors that will get your house sold: LOCATION, PRICE, CO... [read more]
You put your home up for sale and it simply didn't sell. Undoubtedly, this has created a lot of stress, inconvenience and anxiety for you and your family. Perhaps you already bought another home. Mayb... [read more]
If your house did not sell during the listing period, it is referred to as an "Expired Listing". And now you're wondering what to do. The question you may be asking yourself is, "Where did I go wrong?... [read more]

Home Improvements That Pay

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Here's a few things to keep in mind.

Exactly how much of your home improvement dollar you'll recoup by selling your home depends on several factors. Th... [read more]
Whether you just want your house to look better or you are serious about getting your house ready for potential buyers to start viewing your house to purchase, Here are 38 valuable tips to get you on ... [read more]

Common Mistakes Sellers Make

1. Failure to effectively market the property.
Good marketing distinguishes your home from hundreds of others on the market, selling its benefits not just its features. Open houses and pr... [read more]

Setting Your Price

In setting the list price for your home, you should be aware of a buyer's frame of mind. Based on a list of houses for sale in your neighborhood (which can be in the form of a printed list from us, or... [read more]

Getting Ready to Sell

A house that "sparkles" on the surface will sell faster than its shabby neighbor, even though both are structurally well-maintained. From experience, REALTORS? also know that a "well-polished" house a... [read more]
How To Evaluate Potential Agents!
A good real estate agent is worth her or his weight in gold. A good agent will help you identify a home that is both a good investment and fits your lifes... [read more]

Security for FSBOs

It's Easy, but Important

1. For your safety never set an appointment with anyone to see your home unless they have given you their name and number and you have called back to verify that n... [read more]
Many homeowners believe that to maximize their profit on a home sale they should sell it themselves. At first glance, they feel selling a home is simple and why should they pay a broker fees for somet... [read more]

Why You Shouldn't Go It Alone

Occasionally, one can see "For Sale By Owner" signs, and some owners think that selling their own home will not only save them money, but believe they have an advantage over the sellers that have thei... [read more]
1. I can sell your house for more money.
According to the 2003 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the typical For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) home sold for $145... [read more]

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