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3 Questions Every Buyer Should Answer First

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Buying a Home | 0 comments

Thinking of Buying a Home? 3 Questions Every Buyer Should Answer First If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Answering the following 3 questions will help you determine if now isactually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.   1. Why am I buying a home in the first place? This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard Universityreveals...

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The Importance of Using a Real Estate Professional

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Selling a Home | 0 comments

Selling Your Home? The Importance of Using a Real Estate Professional When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold.   In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professional. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. For the past three years, 92% of all buyers have used the internet in their home search according to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers. However, the report also revealed that 95% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through either a real...

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How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your Home

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below). Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. In that way, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price, but instead will have multiple...

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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner In today’s market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five of those reasons:   1. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner: The buyer who wants the best deal possible The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country) The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will...

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