Posts by Fernando

Making the Most of an Open House Visit

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

Open 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.  Use the open house to learn the market without committing For the most part, open houses are just that open. They make it possible for anyone to see a property in a certain time period, without an appointment or even being a very serious buyer. New buyers should...

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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

There 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.  Financial perks and considerations In...

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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

Most 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 For the most part, good fences make good neighbors. But sometimes the folks on the other side of the fence don’t cooperate and...

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The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal

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

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...

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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

After 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. Learn from listing agents Would-be sellers and nearby homeowners represent a large portion of open house traffic. You can use the open house not only to see what’s for sale and...

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