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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Surprise! You might know more about real estate than you think. For example, you know that square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size, and location determine home value: A 4,000-square-foot, five-bed, five-bath beachfront home for sale in Miami, FL, will almost always be worth more than a 2,000-square-foot, two-bed, two-bath home on a quarter-acre lot 20 miles inland.

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Q: When is the best time to refinance?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Many people flock to refinance while mortgage interest rates are low, particularly when rates are two percentage points below their existing home loans.

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By Kyle Hannegan

In today’s competitive market with such low inventory and high demand from buyers, many sellers are receiving multiple offers on their home. But if you’re a seller, which offer should you choose? While you may think the obvious answer is to go with the highest offer, it is actually more complicated than that. Here are some tips to help you navigate any multiple-offer situation:

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Q: Do I Have to Be Concerned with Building Codes and Permits

A:  Depending on how your contract is written with the home improvement professional, either you or the contractor will be responsible for securing government approval to perform most remodeling jobs.  Building codes set minimum public-safety standards for such things as building design and construction.  Codes vary from one state, county, city, and town to the next, but specialized codes generally exist for plumbing, electricity, and fire.  Each usually involves separate inspections and inspectors.  In addition, permits are generally required when any structural work is planned or the basic living space of a home is altered.  They generally cover new construction, repairs, alterations, demolition, and additions to a structure.  Some jurisdictions require permits to be posted in a visible spot on the premises while the work is being done.  Besides structural changes, permits also may be needed to cover the installation of foundations for tanks and equipment, as well as the construction or demolition of ducts, sprinkler systems, or standpipe systems. 

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How to Hire a Mover

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

How to Hire a Mover

Moving from one home to another is an arduous task; hiring a mover for the job may be even more challenging. But before you decide to forgo the services of a professional, consider the following:

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Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it is first important to learn what prospective buyers or tenants are searching for in a house. For most homeowners, the biggest concern is usually the budget required for upgrade, renovation and home maintenance.

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August 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, August 6th, 2015


Consider a Professional Stager

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

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July 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Stay connected with market conditions, buyer's and seller's advise and real estate news from your local market expert.

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FSBO, Think Again

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers. Here are five reasons:

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