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Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

The neighborhood you choose can have a big impact on your lifestyle—safety, available amenities, and convenience all play their part. Make a list of the activities—movies, health club, church—you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engaging in your most […]

Tips on Buying in a Tight Market

Increase your chances of getting your dream house instead of losing it to another buyer, with these easy steps. Get prequalified for a mortgage. You’ll be able to make a firm commitment to buy and make your offer more desirable to the seller. Stay in close touch with your real estate sales associate to find […]

6 Reasons You Need a REALTOR

6 reasons you need a REALTOR: A real estate transaction is complicated. In most cases, buying or selling a home requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page government-mandated settlement statements. A knowledgeable guide through this complexity can help you avoid delays or costly mistakes. Selling or buying a home is […]

Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR

Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? (While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job.) What designations do you hold? (Designations, such as GRI and CRS, which require that […]

10 Steps to Prepare for Home Ownership

10 Steps to Prepare for Home Ownership: Decide how much home you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. Develop a wish list of what you’d like your home to have. Then prioritize the features on your list. Select three or four […]

5 Common First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Below are five very common first-time homebuyer mistakes: They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and miss out on the best deal. They don’t act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house. They don’t find the right real estate professional who is willing to help you through the home […]

10 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Here are 10 tips for first-time homebuyers Be picky, but don’t be unrealistic. There is no perfect home. Do your homework before you start looking. Decide specifically what features you want in a home and which are most important to you. Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have […]

10 Ways to Take the Trauma Out of Home Buying

Here are 10 simple ways to take the trauma out of home buying: Find a real estate professional who’s simpatico. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the practitioner you choose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality. Remember, there’s no “right” […]

5 Things to Do Before You Sell Your Home

Here are 5 things to do before you sell your home: Get estimates from a reliable repair-person on items that need to be replaced soon, such as a roof or worn carpeting, for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs. Have a […]