Real Estate

3 Common Moving Nightmares (and How to Prevent Them)

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

There’s no other way to put it: Moving is stressful. But it doesn’t have to be a waking nightmare. Here’s how to avoid a move from … you know where. Moving house tops the list of stressful experiences that can feel like a bad dream — and it can easily come true unless you take precautionary measures. However, the most common moving nightmares fall into three main categories. Here’s how they typically play out — and how to avoid them. Bad movers Many moving horror stories involve rogue or incompetent movers. The movers are late or don’t show up at all. The agreed-upon time comes and goes, but...

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Hidden Fees and Add-ons to Watch for in Your Lease

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

You know how much your rent is, but are you paying attention to the extra fees for utilities, pets, parking, amenities and even moving in? But consumers sometimes forget their landlord is running a business, too — until they sign a new or renewed lease, that is. Renters may discover that while the rent seems reasonable, the landlord has included itemized charges for utilities or other amenities that add up to a sizable bottom line difference. The rental market is extremely competitive in many urban markets right now. The most recent U.S. census data showed the largest increase in the number...

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Should You Use the Listing Agent When Purchasing a Home?

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

It may seem easiest to go with the agent who already knows the home, but not having a buyer’s agent represent you could be a mistake. First-time home buyers aren’t typically versed in the intricacies of agency disclosure, nor do they understand the concepts of a buyer’s agent and seller’s agent. They only know that the person they meet at an open house or email about a listing is an “agent.” When they start getting more serious and want to inquire about a property, its price, condition or history, they typically direct their questions to the seller’s agent — which presents an immediate...

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What to Do When a Seller Rejects Your Offer

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

You’ve got your heart set on that 2-bedroom charmer, but the seller turned you down. Now what? Searching for a home can be similar to searching for true love. You may meet many prospects before you find the one. And sometimes, you may long for a prospect more than he or she longs for you. The same holds true with homes. But homes don’t have feelings — their sellers do. And it’s these sellers you must grapple with before making the love connection. If you’ve fallen in love with a home, made the best offer and the seller won’t cooperate, you might find yourself trying to figure out what to do....

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It’s a Sellers’ Market: What That Means for You

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

Whether you’re buying or selling, being prepared goes a long way toward a successful transaction. Real estate is growing strong in many parts of the country. First-time and entry-level buyers find little inventory but lots of competition, leading to a frustrating seller’s market. For sellers, this means quicker and easier sales, if they cross their t’s and dot their i’s. For buyers, this means fighting it out with others for their dream home. Here are tips for both sellers and buyers in competitive markets. Seller: Prepare, inspect, disclose and plan ahead Although you hold the cards and can...

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The Home Buyers’ Guide to New Construction

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Real Estate | 0 comments

Any buyer shopping for a home today, in any market and at any price point, is likely to come across new construction homes for sale. The sellers are both large national builders and smaller local developers. Some homes are for sale as a part of a subdivision, while others are one-off homes. But is a new-construction home the right path for you? Here are five factors you should keep in mind. New homes may not be listed in your local MLS Unlike a regular seller who lists their home with a local real estate agent, homebuilders often have their own sales employees working for them on site. They...

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