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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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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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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What to Do If Your Home Has Radon

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

By John Voket

Do you know radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.?

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By John Voket

Fall is fast approaching, and with it, the need for home maintenance. According to DIYNetwork.com, the most important tasks for late summer are:

Painting the Exterior

Lower humidity and cooler temperatures make late summer and early fall ideal times to paint the exterior of the home.

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Comeback Kitchen: 3 Old-Is-New Trends

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

By Suzanne De Vita

Kitchen design’s trending more behind the times than ahead of the curve, with once-dated features like colored appliances and tile countertops resurfacing in new, of-the-moment styles.

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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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7 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

 7 Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

By Barbara Pronin

If you are always short of cabinet and counter space, it’s time to de-clutter the kitchen. But that’s a chore that seems to get relegated to, ‘someday.” The job may be easier if you know where to start, say consumer editors at Country Living Magazine.

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Easy Ways to Manage Your Whole Home in Zones

(Family Features)—You’ve been taught from childhood to turn off the lights when you leave a room to save energy and money. Now, technology is allowing homeowners to apply those years of training to managing energy consumption – and comfort – on a room-by-room basis throughout the house.

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