Buying a Home? Know your Must-Haves

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

By Maria Patterson

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch.  An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have.

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By Zoe Eisenberg

Ever wondered where Santa parks his sleigh year-round? Now you can rest your worried mind—Zillow has created Santa's idyllic North Pole home, and calculated how much it's worth.

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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service

Q: What are the best ways to prepare a client for a home inspection?

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By Andrea Davis

Many homeowners find the holidays to be a difficult time of year. To ensure that your holidays are as enjoyable as possible, be sure to get your home ready to face this festive season. Here are a few tips to prepare your home for the holiday hustle:

Create a Master To-Do List

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7 Tips For Choosing A Real Estate Agent

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

By Trulia

Consider the real estate process: there’s time spent researching neighborhoods, searching for homes that match your budget (and your lifestyle), negotiations on price and repairs, the commitment level of making one of the biggest purchases of your life. Does going it alone sound scarier than entering a haunted house at midnight?

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We were under the impression that Thanksgiving was supposed to commemorate a cooperative feast shared by Native Americans and Pilgrims. Somehow, it’s turned into a high-pressure challenge to show off how well we cook elaborate dishes that we never make any other time of year.

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By Brie Dyas

Fall is the season for posting apple-picking photos on Instagram, enjoying pumpkin spice–flavored everything, and spending weekends enjoying the autumn scenery. Just peek out your window —whether you live in Boston, MA, or own a piece of Atlanta, GA, real estate — the cooler temps and changing leaves are hard to resist. While beautiful, fall is also the perfect time for rolling up our sleeves and tackling those home improvement projects we put off during the summer.

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Fall into Home Maintenance

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the urge to lounge on the couch by the fireplace becomes powerful. But before you start your winter hibernation, it’s imperative to take care of certain fall maintenance projects around your home.

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Last week, Select Properties had 62 agents complete the Ninja Selling Installation, the top real estate training program for professional real estate agents. Ninja Selling has well over 25,000 graduates in the United States, Canada and Spain. The system is less about selling and more about how to create value for people. Select Properties agents now have even stronger and more effective tools to bring that value to their clients in making the home selling experience the best it can be.

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by Margaret Heidenry

The hardest parts are over: You’ve found that perfect home in a haystack of listings, negotiated a deal you’re happy with, and secured a mortgage—and you’re now in the home stretch of the home-buying process. Just one more critical hurdle lies ahead: the home closing. Also known as “settlement” or “escrow,” this is a day when all involved parties meet to make this transaction official.

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