Posts by Fernando

Insurance FAQs for First-Time Home Buyers

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

You’ve just made a huge investment. Make sure you protect it. Buying home insurance for the first time is overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to go it alone. Before shopping for coverage, review these common insurance questions to make sure you’re armed with the knowledge to find the best policy for your needs. Do I need a policy before buying a home? Technically, no. Most states require drivers to possess auto insurance before taking the car off the dealer’s lot. But home insurance is different. However, if you need a loan to buy your home, your lender will likely require you to...

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How to Prepare Your Home for an Appraisal

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

What you need to know about the process, from a veteran certified appraiser. Getting your home appraised can often be a nerve-wracking experience. Your home and your handy work will be on display to be judged and valued so that you can move forward with selling your home. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. With the right tools, tricks and savvy, the appraisal process can not only go smoothly, it can also help you make a giant financial leap toward a future in a new home. Do your homework Ideally, your appraiser will be a local who knows the area well and who has been around...

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How to Ensure Your Pet Is a Good Rental Resident

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

There’s nothing worse than living next door to an incessant barker or yappy dog — even howling cats can be a nuisance. It’s important to make sure your pet isn’t the one your neighbors complain about. While a growing number of rental properties specialize in pet-friendly apartments and homes, it’s understandable why both property owners and their leasing agents are skeptical about pets. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your pet is a good renter. Backed by credentials If you’re looking to rent, being able to produce a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate to show your future...

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5 Ways Home Buyers Make Their Agent’s Job Harder

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Buying a home can be a long and challenging process. It’s a big, expensive and infrequent transaction that can cause lots of stress and anxiety. Some buyers take years to complete a purchase, and they require a lot of hand-holding and make lots of requests. Others are more self-sufficient, and only bring in the agent from time to time. Good real estate agents can accommodate any buyer at any time — as they should. We’re in the service business, and I always say the customer is always right. Here are five buyer behaviors that can make life tough for agents. Planning a (secret) price swap It’s...

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4 Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

So you’ve set your sights on a home that, to put it mildly, needs a little repair work. The stairs are creaky, and you’ve noticed a leak (or three). Still, your mind is made up. What’s a love-struck home buyer to do? If your heart is set on a fixer-upper, this advice from real estate experts can help you make that “needs-work” house a home. Check the zoning Knowing the zone is important because it will tell you what you can and cannot do to the home. For instance, when interiors photographer Josh Gibson decided to renovate his 19th-century cottage in Beaufort, SC, he had to contend with the...

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