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Making the Most of an Open House Visit

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

open-houseOpen houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. But as a buyer, are you making the most of your open house visits? Here are some best practices and helpful questions for buyers at all ends of the home-buying spectrum.

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Millennials: Ready to Buy a Second Home and Rent Out Your First?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

11415696705_b5f18f4122There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when it’s just time to move on to the next home. Maybe it’s because of a job change, the arrival of a kid (or more kids), a marriage or divorce, or you just don’t like where you live anymore.

Many millennial homeowners who represent half of all home buyers these days are ready for that next home purchase. Maybe that describes you.

So, now you have a decision to make: Do you sell your first home, or hang on to it and rent it out? There are many factors that you should weigh when making this big decision.

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3 Things to Do When Your Neighbors List Their Home for Sale

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

home4sellMost people think their real estate concerns end once they’ve closed on and moved into their new homes. But given the constant access to information and the changing nature of society today, smart homeowners know that their real estate awareness should continue after the closing. When a neighbor’s house goes on the market, there can be some important implications for you. Here are some tips for staying real estate aware.

 Document important disclosure items

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The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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Most Americans don’t have a lot of experience bartering for goods, but it’s one of the most important parts of the home-buying process.Buying a home is rarely as simple as making an offer and paying that offer out. Negotiations can go back and forth for weeks before the seller and buyers are both satisfied.The vehicle for this negotiation is the counteroffer, a vital and complex rejection and counter to an offer made by either party.Counteroffers are typically handled between real estate agents and are time sensitive. Selling or buying a home is more of a process than a transaction, so it’s important to understand counteroffers before you make your first offer.

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4 Reasons to Go to Open Houses (Even If You’re Not Looking to Buy)

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

open-houseAfter a seller has staged their home and listed it on the market, it’s likely their real estate agent will recommend holding an open house. Home buyers flock to these events for a chance to get a peek inside the closets and stroll through the rooms.

But not everyone who attends open houses is looking to buy. Here are four opportunities open houses present if you’re willing to devote your weekend afternoons to them.

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10 Expert-Approved Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

moveup1Buying your first home is an occasion worth celebrating. But before you get caught up in decorating and planning that housewarming party, it’s important to make certain your new home is secure.

New homeowners are especially vulnerable to security risks, as they are just beginning to learn about their new home and neighborhood. Get a head start with these 10 home security tips for first-time buyers from experts in the home security field.

  1. Assess the security situation before you buy.

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5 Ways to Troubleshoot Your Home Search

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

searchingThe home-buying process can take some interesting twists and turns. If you find yourself missing out on homes when they hit the market, or you can’t find the exact home you want, you might need to adjust your criteria. Here are some areas to troubleshoot and pivot your search.

 Rethink the neighborhood

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Home Shopping? Walk Away If You Spot This in the Kitchen

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

faucetThere are a lot of things that can set you back when you’re buying and flipping houses, but most of them aren’t going to be deal breakers, if you do your research and plan your rehabs right. With that said, if you’re buying a house for yourself or you’re worried about a tight rehab budget for a fix-and-flip house, there are definitely a few things you should look out for, and many of the big ones are in the kitchen. Some of these problems can be deal breakers and leave you wishing you had waited for a different property.

  1. Water damage

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You Live in a Hot Market … Should You Buy or Sell?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

homesellerThe real estate market is full of ups and downs. So when the market in your area is at the boiling point, should you strike while the iron is hot to buy or sell?

When you’re thinking about testing the waters with either a home purchase or sale, there’s a lot to consider before you make a decision. Here are some tips to get you started.

Determine just how hot your market is

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What Do You Mean My Home Isn’t Legal?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

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Home may be where the heart is, but good luck convincing the authorities of that if your home is illegal. Your heart or finances may lead you to hang your hat in any number of atypical dwellings, but the truth is, it takes more than love to make a house a legal residence. Here’s a summary of the legal status for a few of the most popular forms of alternative housing.

Mobile and manufactured homes

The granddaddy of alternative housing, the modern mobile home (or trailer home) developed after World War II as a response to a newly mobile workforce looking for cheap housing in the midst of a population boom. Although trailer homes are almost never actually mobile, their popularity has endured.

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