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From Renting to Homeownership

Most of us rent our living spaces at one time or another. Whether it’s a room in someone else’s house, an apartment, or even a single-family home, renting is very often the best option for Americans just starting out…and sometimes for those who’ve been there and done the buying thing and are ready to scale down. (More on that in another blog!)

Anyway, suppose you’re now feeling quite settled and are tired of paying rent and watching your monthly payment disappear with clearly no financial advantage to you. You want to start building equity and want to select a place that you can make “your own”. So, in your mind, it’s time to buy. After all, if you can afford rent, you can afford a mortgage payment that’s equal to it, right?

Not so fast! While

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A Guide for New Real Estate Agents

Getting started in real estate can be fun and exciting…but it’s not always easy. Especially in areas where realtors seem to be a proverbial dime-a-dozen, new agents can have a hard time standing out in the crowd. It takes a lot of work, in the beginning, to get one’s name out there front and center AND plenty of consistent work to keep it there.

Marketing and Branding 

Marketing and branding. Those are certainly two “buzz” words of the 21st century. We hear them all the time, associated with products and services of all sorts.

Anyone in the real estate business should do their best to establish a “brand”, which is defined as a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s goods or services as distinct from

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Steps to Surviving your Home Sale

When your home goes on the market, it’s exciting because it usually means you’re heading on to something new and different. But selling your home can also be stressful, emotionally draining, frustrating, and all those other emotions. Things can go wrong, and feelings get hurt, expectations sometimes fall short.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are certain things you can do that will lessen the angst associated with selling a home, from proper pre-planning to other things that will keep you sane during the entire process – from the time the sign goes up until that last signature at the closing table. 

Prepare, prepare!

While most of us don’t just wake up one morning and decide to list our house, sometimes we don’t give ourselves

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Being a Buyer in a Seller's Market

It’s happening all around the country. You’re hearing the phrase “seller’s market” mentioned in conjunction with many of the real estate markets in the U.S. today.

Indeed, it’s a good time for sellers to capitalize on the fact that there are lots of folks hoping to buy a home but not enough homes to fulfill all those needs. That leaves sellers with a smile on their face and buyers wondering whether or not they’re going to be able to buy an affordable home in this tight market. 

As a buyer, you’ll especially feel the crunch if you’re looking for a home in a first-time buyer’s typical price range for your area AND if you’re looking for a home that doesn’t require that you go in and do a lot of repairs or updating. If you are a bit more flexible on

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Avoid These Mistakes During an Open House

If you’re a real estate agent, chances are you’ve had your share of sellers who’ve hounded you to hold an open house – or two or three – at their property. Or, if you’re a seller, maybe you’ve been the hounder – convinced that the only way you’re going to sell your property in a timely manner is to show it to the world via a Sunday open house.

Facts show, however, that an open house isn’t really necessary in precipitating the sale of a particular home, especially if the home is already priced right, is clean and attractive, and is readily available for showings.

However, realtors often have different reasons for hosting open houses. Such events can help the listing agent gain more clients by allowing him/her to prospect visitors that come into

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What to when selling your home wit bad neighbors

When a buyer considers the purchase of a home, they are buying not only a house but the neighborhood in which it sits and the neighbors surrounding it.

So, when you’ve got a problem neighbor that makes your home and other homes in the vicinity look less than desirable, what do you do? After all, your home is lovely, as are the others around it! It’s just that one inconsiderate or sloppy neighbor that’s giving your street a black eye!

How do you conquer this situation and still come out with the best sale price possible and a buyer that’s assured they’ll be happy with their new purchase?

Well, a lot of it will depend on what kind of problems the errant neighbor is creating as well as the type of community in which you live.

Obnoxious/Noisy

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Home Renovations Flooring

So, you just bought a new house, but it needs a little work. You got it for a good price, but you know you’ll need to put some dollars into a renovation that will make you happy.

You’re especially eager to tear out that old shag carpet or to rip up those outdated vinyl tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms. But when you head to the home improvement store and browse through the flooring department, the choices are a little overwhelming. You were adamant about hardwood, but now you think laminate is okay. And what about bamboo? What the heck is that and why would you use it on your floors? And there’s always the carpet route.

Consider your Lifestyle

number 1 

How you live, who lives in your house, and what you can afford will largely determine in which

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Being a Realtor When the News is Bad

In the real estate world, we’d like to think that every transaction will go off without a hitch. But if you’ve been a realtor for a while – or if you’ve been a home buyer or seller – you know that it’s often not the case. While stress-free deals are what we all hope for, the proverbial monkey wrench is usually thrown into the mix and – boom! – there’s trouble up ahead.

When you’re new to the real estate world, and you’re working on one of your first transactions, breaking the bad news to your clients becomes a thing of great fear. You’re not sure how they’re going to react about the news and – worst of all – you believe they’re going to think it’s your fault, even if that’s far from the truth. You worry about losing commission, losing the customer,

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Should I Sell my Home in the Fall

Ah, autumn! It’s that time when everything seems to taste like pumpkin or smell like cinnamon and apples. Summer is over. Beach days are a thing of the past. The kids are ready to go back to school, and it seems as if life gets a little more serious. Christmas is just around the corner and, before you know it, the weather will turn colder (depending on where you live) and the leaves will start to fall. 

Maybe you’ve been thinking about selling your house soon, and now that summer vacations are out of the way, and you’re getting down to business as usual, perhaps it might be the right time to list. But maybe you’ve heard it said that fall isn’t a great time to sell and that you missed the golden opportunity to unload your house once the summer set

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What Millennials Want in a Home

Millennials – or members of Generation Y – are heading into their home-buying years. Many have graduated from college and found success in the workforce, with salaries that support their desire to own their own place. Others went straight from high school into trades or other jobs and have now amassed enough money for a downpayment on a starter home and are eager to start shopping.

This generation, however, say the experts, is definitely different than generations before when it comes down to what they are seeking in the home of their dreams or – at least – the home that will eventually lead to the home of their dreams. It’s not necessarily the big back yard for the dog and the kids those baby boomers sought or the sprawling house in the suburbs

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