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Buying New Or Adding On? Homeowners should consider several questions before deciding to add on to an existing home or move up in the market to a bigger house. How much money do you have available for remodeling your current house? How much additional space do you require? Is there room to expan...
04/22/2010
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Perhaps you have no plans to buy or sell a home right now, but you are curious about your possibilities. Real estate professionals can answer any questions you may have about the ins and outs of real estate. We can provide you with information to help you make a decision.We will discuss the local...
04/21/2010
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A Buyers Market Is the real estate section of your local paper filled with stories about how slow the real estate market in your area is? Is it taking months to sell the homes on the market? If this description fits your area, and you have been waiting for the perfect time to buy a house, this i...
04/20/2010
Offers and Counter-Offers Many of the offers I present for prospective buyers aren't exactly what the sellers would like; the price may be lower than they are asking or there might be other terms that will require negotiation. What happens after the initial offer is submitted?The seller's agent ...
04/19/2010
What to Have on Hand for the New Owners   •·       Owner's manuals and warranties for appliances left in the house. •·       Garage door opener. •·       Extra sets of house keys. •·       A list of local service providers - the best dry cleaner, yard service, plumber, etc. •·       Code to the s...
04/17/2010
Understanding Capital Gains in Real EstateWhen you sell a stock, you owe taxes on your gain - the difference between what you paid for the stock and what you sold it for. The same holds true when selling a home (or a second home), but there are some special considerations.How to Calculate GainIn ...
04/16/2010
Tips for Pricing Your Home •·       Consider comparables. What have other homes in your neighborhood sold for recently? How do they compare to yours in terms of size, upkeep, and amenities?  •·       Consider competition. How many other houses are for sale in your area? Are you competing against ...
04/15/2010
Is Your Buyer Qualified?   Unless the buyer who makes an offer on your home has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. If possible, try to determine a buyer's financial status before signing the contract. Ask the following: 1. Has the buyer been prequalified or p...
04/13/2010
How to Prepare for the Open House   •·       Advertise your open house. Ideally you should advertise both the weekend before and the weekend of the open house. Check with the local paper to see when their ad closing deadlines are. •·       Create a property summary sheet. This sheet gives prospec...
04/13/2010
Open House Safety Tips  An open house can be a great sales tool, but it also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Stay safe by practicing these guidelines.   Call the local police department and ask them to have a squad car drive by during your open-house hours. Check you...
04/12/2010
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