July 2016

Found 4 blog entries for July 2016.

Home Buyer ShowingsIn order to get a great offer on your home, you will need to help potential home buyers fall in love with your property.  

Whether it is the great kitchen or the impressive landscaping, you need to accentuate the home's positive attributes and minimize the negatives.

Here are 7 tips to help you prepare your home for sale - get the most out of your home's showings, impress home buyers, get under contract, and close the sale as quickly as possible, and for the highest price.

1. Go Neutral

While you may love the blood red paint you used on the kitchen walls and the zebra print couch in the living room, potential home buyers may have less eclectic tastes.  When they look at the bright red walls, they simply see the labor necessary to change

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Down Payment Amount As you look through available home listings in your area, you may be wondering what it would take to buy a home.

Most Americans purchase real estate through mortgages. It is a faster process than working to accumulate the total value of the home to buy it outright. However, mortgages come with interest rates and fees.

To keep your costs as low as possible, you'll want to make key decisions about the amount of the loan you take out. Specifically, consider the down payment.

What Is a Down Payment?

To buy a home, you need to show the lender some level of commitment in the purchase. While it is still possible to find a zero down payment mortgage loan, such as a VA loan, but this isn't typically the best option for today's home buyer.

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Home Inspections Before Closing

The perfect home sits in your desired neighborhood, and you instantly fall in love with it. Nearly ripping out the real estate agent's sign from the manicured lawn, you put electronic pen to paper with your competitive offer, and the seller agrees to your price & terms.

The deal is done and now it is time to move inside your dream home. Unfortunately, in your zeal to win the deal, you skipped the home inspection. A few short days later, it is discovered that the roof leaks, the drain line is clogged all the way to the municipal sewer system, and half the house has no electricity due to the old knob and tube wiring.

It's relatively easy to avoid the the gravest of home buyer mistakes by taking advantage of the home inspection contingency.

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Who Buys a Home They’ve Never Seen?

Home Buyer TipsBuying a home you’ve never seen sounds a little like the old “Let’s Make a Deal”.   OK, listing photos of house number one look pretty good.  Buy it and hope you don’t get the “zonk” once you see inside.  In today’s world, it doesn’t have to be that iffy.  A growing number of buyers are purchasing homes they’ve never seen in real life. 

Investors often buy properties they’ve never seen.  At the bottom of the market foreclosed homes could get 20 offers in a few days.  The investor who waited until they could come into town to see that hot new listing didn’t get it.  They had to work with a local Realtor who knew exactly what they were looking for.  

They could make the offer and come into town once it was in

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