Roof and Gutters Repair or replace loose, damaged or blistered shingles Clean gutters and downspout strainers Check gutters for leaks and proper alignment Inspect flashings around roof stacks, vents, skylights and chimneys Clear obstructions from vents, louvers and chimneys Check fascias and soffits for decay and peeling paint Inspect chimney for any loose or missing […]

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When you choose a Real Estate Professional, you will most likely sign a listing agreement – a contract in which you agree to allow the Real Estate Professional to sell your home during a given period. The agreement says that you will pay the Real Estate Professional a fee when you sell your home. Most […]

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What Makes Low Down Payment Loans Possible? Simply put, mortgage insurance protects the mortgage company against financial loss if a homeowner stops making mortgage payments. Mortgage companies usually require insurance on low down payment loans for protection in the event that the homeowner fails to make his or her payments. When a homeowner fails to […]

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Income. Debt. Down Payment. Closing Costs. Two Years Income Tax Returns. Assets. Liabilities. IRAs. You want WHAT? Just what can I afford? Buying a home in today’s marketplace is a bit intimidating. And your new home purchase is likely to be one of the most important decisions you’ve ever had to make. Usually it’s one […]

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As the seller, you have relatively little to do at this point. Avoid common glitches by keeping abreast of progress on both sides. Be aware if the buyer is having trouble getting a loan on the terms specified in the contract. If he/she is turned down, it could jeopardize the whole deal, and your house […]

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A Real Estate Professional can help you find your perfect home, but only you can decide how much you are willing to offer for it. The Real Estate Professional can supply you with information about the selling prices and marketing time of other houses in the area. Once you have determined the amount you are […]

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When a buyer makes an offer to purchase your home, your Real Estate Professional will contact you promptly. The Real Estate Professional will scrutinize the document, review it with you carefully, and answer your questions. The written offer is important because it lays out all the terms of the proposed transaction and will become a […]

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To set the right price on a home, combine an objective evaluation of your property with a realistic assessment of market conditions. You are more likely to benefit by determining a fair value and sticking close to it than by asking an unrealistic figure. Underpricing can deprive you of money that’s rightfully yours. Unless rushed, […]

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Your newly constructed dream house is almost ready and it’s time for the all-important walk-through with your builder. Do you know what you should be looking for? Some problems may not be readily visible, even if you hire a professional inspector. Fortunately, most builders offer a warranty to cover problems in the workmanship of a […]

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For-sale-by-owner residential transactions are less than 15% of all home listings nationwide. According to a 2008 survey of homebuyers and sellers, 68% of respondents sold their homes through a real estate professional. Of that percentage, 8% tried unsuccessfully to sell on their own. Only 13% of respondents sold their own homes. Further, the research shows […]

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Antique moldings, a unique staircase and a colorful past give one listing a historic charm that can’t be replicated, yet another home is brand-new with all of the latest high-tech amenities. Which one is right for you? We’re fortunate to have a variety of home styles – and ages – to choose from in the […]

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As you interview Real Estate Professional, they may suggest a listing price on your home. Only you can decide what price to set, but you want it to be realistic. The listing price is critical. Set it too high, and you may not find a buyer. Set it too low and you cheat yourself out […]

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If your home is giving you “the squeeze” because your family has grown or you’re seriously thinking about buying a home in a more upscale neighborhood, then you may be ready to move up to your next home. But how do you get started? Begin with a “reality check.” Take some time to really look […]

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Attic Check underside of roof for leaks, stains or dampness Look around chimney for condensation or signs of water Clean and clear ventilation openings if necessary Clean out stored junk Walls and Ceilings Check condition of paint and wallpaper Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster or wallboard Windows and Doors Check for smooth operation […]

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Here’s a nice surprise…good news involving the word “taxes.” Recent changes in the tax laws have made real estate a more attractive investment than ever before. As a homeowner you are eligible to take advantage of these tax changes and deductions to keep more money in your pocket this year. Profits from the sale of […]

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Selling your home can be an exhausting experience. Last minute walk throughs, inconvenient calls, price adjustment and the possibility of being stuck with two mortgages are real concerns. If you are not completely prepared you could end up losing hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in profit. The difference between a profitable smooth transaction and a […]

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Since obtaining a home inspection is one of the most important steps in purchasing a home, I thought I’d take the opportunity to provide some insight into the home inspection process. A qualified inspector can point out potential costly problems with the home you are considering buying, and a good inspector will give maintenance advice […]

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Making a mistake in selling a home can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost profit. Often home sellers make the same mistakes over and over. Avoiding these mistakes is easy and takes little time and effort on your part. Take the time with your home sale and follow the guidelines in this […]

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1. Get “Pre-Approved” – Not “Pre-Qualified!” Do you want to get the best property you can for the least amount of money? Then make sure you are in the strongest negotiating position possible. Price is only one element in the negotiations, and not necessarily the most important one. Often other terms, such as the strength […]

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