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  • Escrow FAQ for Homebuyers Escrow FAQ for Homebuyers What is escrow? This is when a third party holds onto money during a real estate transaction. You can’t touch this money and neither can the seller. However, having these funds in a neutral account protects both sides, by making sure the property transaction happens “all at once” at the closing Read More...
  • WINTER STORMS & EXTREME COLD   While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that Read More...
  • How To Prepare Your House For Sale Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here is how to Read More...
  • Rent It Out or Sell It? Options for a Home You No Longer Love You might be one of the countless homeowners who’ve fallen out of love with your current home. Maybe it’s the general area, the neighbors or the house itself. Or maybe the “dream” of homeownership has become a nightmare for some reason. Regardless of your situation, push has come to shove, and it’s time to make a decision on Read More...
  • One Thing Renters and Landlords Should Agree On: Renters Insurance Given the high potential for disputes about rent and repairs, landlords and tenants often find themselves at odds during their relationships. Both sides should agree about one thing: renters insurance. Renters insurance protects both the interests of the tenant (by protecting their belongings from covered perils) and the landlord (by keeping tenants safe, satisfied and Read More...
  • What Real Estate Marketers Need to Share on Social Media What Real Estate Marketers Need to Share on Social Media Posted on April 21, 2014 by Earl Social media can be very useful if you are marketing a product or a service. It’s a big help if you want to hit as many people as possible without even spending so much. It’s also been proven that Read More...
  • When is a real estate agent a REALTOR®? A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she becomes a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate®, the world’s largest professional association. The term “REALTOR®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and abides Read More...
  • Property Manager Or Landlord? Whats Your Preference? As you are looking for a place to rent, the differences between how places are managed—either by a property manager or landlord—may not seem to make much difference. But not all property bosses are created equal. Whom you choose to rent from can make a big difference in your whole rental living experience. So before you sign Read More...
  • 5 Ways Home Sellers Can Be Ready For Spring!! With spring being the busiest time for real estate, homeowners planning to put their homes on the market shouldn’t wait for flowers to bloom before getting ready to sell. Having a few months to prepare can make for a much smoother selling experience. If you’re a prospective home seller, here are five things you can do Read More...
  • Self Employed? the Mortgage Rule You Need To Know. When applying for a mortgage, lenders will classify you as a wage earner employee or self-employed. Furthermore, if you also own a business or a percentage of a business, you might be considered self-employed even though you are a W-2 wage earner. If this is you, here’s what you’ll need to know to complete a mortgage Read More...
  • The Worst Things You Can Do Before Buying A Home… Cynics may scoff, but getting under contract on the right home can turn even the most stoic shopper into a bit of a dreamer. From paint colors to planting a garden, picturing yourself in that property is critical for many buyers. But leave a little room for pragmatism. Remember that getting pre-approved for a mortgage and even Read More...
  • Mortgage Basics: What Is A Mortgage? mortgage — a loan to finance the purchase of your home — is likely the largest debt you’ll ever take on. A mortgage is actually made up of several parts — the collateral you used to secure the loan, your principal and interest payments, taxes and insurance. Since most mortgages last 15 to 30 years Read More...
  • Home Inspections, Finding Home Inspectors… Home Inspections   CATEGORY:Getting Started, Real Estate 101 A Great Tool For Buyers And Sellers The question of whether or not to have an inspection should actually not be a question at all. One of the most common com­plaints against home sellers is in the area of condition, specifically disclosure of the condition. A home inspection Read More...
  • How to buy a foreclosed home. Things to know when buying a foreclosed property If you’re pursuing purchasing a foreclosed property, there is a lot you should know if you have never done it before. Yes, there are tons of great deals to be had in the market these days, but there are different stages of foreclosure and the more you Read More...