When writing an offer on a home, agents are regularly asked by their clients how they are supposed to know if there is something wrong with the property. This is where the home inspector comes into play. Home inspectors are a critical part of the home buying process. A great inspector will examine the property … Continue reading How to Pick a Stellar Home Inspector
3 Main Reasons to be Thankful for…Realtors
With the increased amount of information available online, some expect Realtors to become a thing of the past...like lamplighters or bowling alley pinsetters. However, last year 87% of buyers elected to use a Realtor and sellers used Realtors 89% of the time. That is unprecedented. Why are more people than ever enlisting the service of … Continue reading 3 Main Reasons to be Thankful for…Realtors
Divorcing Your Spouse…and Your House?
When you married your spouse, you thought it would last forever. As fate would have it, your mortgage has endured longer than your marriage. Between health care, retirement, alimony, child support, and division of assets, determining what is to become of the home can be extremely difficult. Here are some tips on navigating the … Continue reading Divorcing Your Spouse…and Your House?
What is the Value of My Home?
You want to sell your home, but you don’t know what it is worth. Every real estate website provides you with a different value for your home leaving you uncertain about the home’s value. Some sites even have the wrong bed and bath count! You don’t want to pay $500-$700 for an appraisal just to … Continue reading What is the Value of My Home?
Supplemental Tax Bill?!
It is a perfect day. The sun is shining, and the birds are singing. You walk to the mailbox of your new home thinking about how wonderful it is to have everything unpacked. You open your mailbox, and to your horror discover that you owe a substantial amount of money in property taxes. How … Continue reading Supplemental Tax Bill?!
Buying a House is Easy!
Many people believe getting a loan for a home is difficult. Obtaining financing for your first home is much easier than you would think. There are many loans and programs available for first time homeowners. Admittedly numerous ways to minimize the cost of buying a home. Below are four steps that can minimize your out … Continue reading Buying a House is Easy!
Why the First Offer is the Best Offer
“The first offer is your best offer.” Countless agents (including myself) have tried to explain this to clients as we discuss the sale of their home. This isn’t a sales gimmick, nor are we trying to make a “quick sale.” Emphasizing the importance of the first offer has nothing to do with money. … Continue reading Why the First Offer is the Best Offer
Who Maintains the Home During Escrow?
Everyone knows that when you are selling a home you want it to look as nice as possible. What some DON’T know is that while the home is in escrow the buyers don’t own the property. This means the responsibility of property maintenance is left to the sellers. When I say … Continue reading Who Maintains the Home During Escrow?
Where Am I Going to Live?
Selling a house can be very fun and exciting. The thought of living in a new home conjures a feeling of fresh beginnings and accomplishment. At the same time, it can be stressful and time consuming. There are disclosures to sign, repairs to make, and of course the house needs to always be … Continue reading Where Am I Going to Live?
“What do you mean my house didn’t appraise?!” This conversation is one no Realtor ever wants to have. Sometimes a rogue appraiser can produce a low value for the home. What’s worse is that in some conditions, that appraisal with remain with the home for up to six months. You can appeal the appraisal, … Continue reading Deadly Appraisals