Real Estate

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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Home Buyers: Make Note of These 3 Deal breakers

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

If a home doesn’t fit your needs in any of these categories, move on. While you’re shopping, be on the lookout for things about the home that you can’t change (or that would require major time and effort to alter). These factors will impact the home’s value for the long haul. Here are three serious considerations to evaluate before you determine whether to pursue a home purchase. Location The old real estate cliche doesn’t name this quality as tops for nothing. Unless you plan to take a unique or historic home off its foundation, you can’t change location. If a home is on a busy...

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Lease Agreements: 5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Negotiate

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

When you factor in the formulaic legal documents, generic 20-minute interview, and perfunctory tour of the apartment and its amenities, it’s not unusual for renters to feel like they must either take it or leave it. It may not seem like there is room to negotiate the residential lease agreement. That might be true — sometimes. But renters may actually be in a better bargaining position than they realize. Often, potential renters are able to negotiate some aspects of the lease agreement, especially when the landlord is eager to rent a particular unit. Here are five aspects of your lease...

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Pros and Cons of a Second Mortgage

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Homeowners are always thrilled when their home’s value goes up, and many take this growth opportunity as a chance to take out a second mortgage. A second mortgage — often called a home equity loan — is an additional mortgage that you have on your home. This additional mortgage essentially allows you to have access to the equity of your property, and, just like your mortgage, your home is used as collateral. Since property values are on the rise, these mortgages might be something to consider, but how do you know if it’s the right move for you and your family? Here are some pros and cons of...

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Predicting the ‘Right Time’ to Buy or Sell a Home

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

Buying or selling a home at the ‘right time’ is tougher than it sounds. People usually take these actions because of a life event or financial issues. The economy and real estate forecasts tend to be secondary considerations. Yet both buyers and sellers often pose the question, “When is the best time to buy or sell?” If you have the luxury of choosing when you enter the real estate market, here are some points to consider when timing a home purchase or sale. Every market is different There’s no longer one national real estate market or forecast like there was 20 years ago. And just because...

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