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Get Their Attention!

Get Their Attention!

There are many reasons to feel pressured to sell, be it a job transfer, family medical issues, or financial hardship.  This is when you face cold hard facts about your home’s value and what you can expect to net from…

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Listing Lingo

As if the language of real estate weren’t confusing enough, the wave of bad lending practices and loan defaults of recent years have added more terms that have subtle but important shades of difference.  When you prepare to speak with…

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The Numbers Tell a Story

Real estate transactions are increasingly complex these days, especially in relation to short sales and constantly changing mortgage lending rules.  Setting a fair price today is also particularly challenging, as markets correct themselves amid fluctuating factors. So it’s no surprise…

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Look at it This Way

Look at it This Way

Most of us don’t have the resources – or the guts – to own stocks in really large quantities.  That’s what makes your home such great “risk capital.”  It’s not the stock market, and you shouldn’t look at buying a…

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It Pays to Stay

It Pays to Stay

If you want to take advantage of the affordability of homes today, but anticipate major life changes in the next couple of years, you have to consider the implications of selling so soon.  Keep the following factors in mind when…

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It’s All About Approval

These days, a buyer’s biggest concern shouldn’t be so much about finding the lowest interest rate, but finding a lender who will approve their application.  There are three basic types of mortgage providers, each regulated by a different agency, and…

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Pet Proposals

Pet Proposals

Did you realize that 6 out of 10 U.S. households have pets?  That means that those without critter companions are in the minority, but if you’re a pet owner selling your home, you shouldn’t ignore the perceptions of those families…

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Final Exam

You’re ready to celebrate: your offer was accepted, you got your dream home under contract, your financing has been approved, appraisal and inspections performed, and settlement and closing are only a handful of days away.  What important step have you…

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Create a Comfort Zone

Create a Comfort Zone

While experts may debate the value of holding an open house, your home may be a good candidate for this marketing tool.  If your agent offers to show off your home on a Sunday afternoon, apply some elbow grease and…

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Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment

In spite of the real estate roller coaster of the last few years, homeownership remains the bedrock of financial and familial security.  Having a long-term investment that provides the satisfaction and pride of ownership beats just about anything else you…

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