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Are You Buying the Right Home?

Should you buy a home in the suburbs or downtown? In an established neighborhood or a new subdivision? One story or two? Stop wracking your brain trying to figure out …Read Full Post Continue reading

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Reasons to Meet the Neighbors Before Buying

It might not occur to you to meet the neighbors before buying a home, but let’s consider a few reasons why that’s a good idea.

First and foremost is the fact you could be living next door to these people for a long time, and who knows if you’ll eve… Continue reading

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What Happens After the Purchase Offer is Accepted?

So much can happen after the purchase offer is accepted that we real estate agents sometimes caution our buyers not to get overly excited too quickly.

Not that it ever slows anybody down enough to carefully inquire about the next home buying steps. N… Continue reading

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Asking for Seller Repairs After a Home Inspection

An experienced agent will tell a home buyer that seller repairs are not a guarantee in any transaction after a home inspection.

A much better time to ask about seller repairs is during the offer stage. Particularly if the repair is an item a buye… Continue reading

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Is There Anything Worse Than an Expired Listing?

The moment a home hits the marketplace is the moment a seller should think about what would happen if that home turned into a an expired listing.

Many agents think about it, believe me, especially if they know the home is overpriced in the beginnin… Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About Joint Tenants

When I was working decades ago as an escrow officer, almost every escrow involved buyers holding title as Joint Tenants.

Buyers would ask me back then just like they do today when I’m a real estate broker about whether I think they are doing the righ… Continue reading

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How to Buy a Home When It’s a Seller’s Real Estate Market

It’s tougher to buy a home in a seller’s market than it is to buy a home in a buyer’s market, but it’s not impossible.

The best thing a home buyer can do is ask a buyer’s agent to explain what it takes to get an offer accepted in a seller’s market. Y… Continue reading

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The Problem is in the Resale of Former REO Homes

This is not a particularly good period of time in which to specialize in selling REO homes as an REO agent.

That’s because the number of REO homes on the market has been dwindling and the foreclosure numbers are falling. There is an increasing numb… Continue reading

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Does the Seller Always Pay for a Pest Inspection?

The seller loses quality control if the seller does not pay for a pest inspection, but on the other hand, a pest inspection might not always be required.

Whether a pest inspection is required depends on the buyer’s lender’s requirements for the type o… Continue reading

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How Do Buyer’s Agents Work?

Home buyers who want to tour homes don’t always think about calling buyer’s agents to see that home.

I suspect part of that reluctance is because buyers might not understand how agents work. They think that only the listing agent is paid by the s… Continue reading

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