Essentials for Your Real Estate Closing

These are the must-have items all the well-informed Buyers AND Sellers are bringing to closing! A valid photo I.D. (drivers license): Everyone involved wants to be sure the right people are signing this day, so don’t forget it! Your Checkbook: Even if you normally use only plastic. Sometimes there can be a small overage or […]

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House? Condominium? Which is Right for You?

Are you trying to decide what kind of home to be searching for? Singles, young couples, small families and empty-nesters often weigh condos and single family homes. It’s all a matter of deciding what is most important to you, and what is not important. Many articles and websites evaluate “the pros and cons” of each…but […]

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Not All Real Estate Advertising is Created Equal

I took a late night picture of the exterior of this home while visiting New Orleans during Carnival week. When I looked up the information, I realized it was a perfect example of how listing marketing can vary by agent as well as demonstrate how listing facts can appear inaccurate online. I wrote about the […]

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Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home – Part 5

This is the fifth and final post in a series called Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home. See Buyer Mistake #4 here. Buyer Home Search Mistake #5: Assuming all sellers are desperate to sell their homes You’d think that if someone has placed their home on the market for sale that […]

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Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home – Part 4

This is the fourth post in a series called Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home. See Buyer Mistake #3 here. Buyer Home Search Mistake #4: Exclusively Searching Foreclosures Because You Assume They Are The Best Deals When the market first dropped foreclosures were most often the best deals because home owners […]

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Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home – Part 3

This is the third post in a series called Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home. See Buyer Mistake #2 here. Buyer Home Search Mistake #3: Using Search Criteria that is Too Restrictive Thank goodness for modern technology, computers, auto-searches and databases. When the market was seller centric… meaning there were more […]

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Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home – Part 2

This is the second post in a series called Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home. See Buyer Mistake # 1 here. Buyer Home Search Mistake #2: Assuming an agent will let you into a house with very little personal info on you. For most people, purchasing a home is an exciting […]

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Top 5 Mistakes Buyers Make When Searching for a Home – Part 1

Buyer Mistake #1: Believing all the property information online is accurate and up-to-date. With so much available information online, finding your dream house yourself is a good possibility. Over 90% of buyers search for their homes online before they ever step into one. There are just a couple of things you need to be aware […]

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Are You Working with a Real Estate Agent?

“Why does every Realtor always ask me if I’m working with someone? It makes me feel like they don’t want to talk to me!” Of course they want to talk to you!  There’s two great reasons agents ask this question. One: Ethics!  An ethical Real Estate Agent doesn’t want to “steal” another agent’s client.  Realtors […]

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Twelve Steps: A Guide to Buying a Home

Step One: Determine what’s on your list for your dream home. A location close to schools, work, recreation? What features are important to you, such as a garage, fireplace, roomy back yard, number of bedrooms? Does the home need to be on a bus route, or in a certain school district? Step Two: Select the […]

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