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5 Ways to Work With a Real Estate Agent

Are you thinking of buying or selling a home? Have you had a bad (or so-so) experience in working with a real estate agent in the past? Have you ever recommended a real estate agent that you have worked with to family or friends? The National Association of Realtors Survey of Home Buyers and Sellers in 2016 says that while 73% were “satisfied” with the real estate agent they worked with, ...
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Preparing Your Home For A Property Appraisal

You’ve sold your home. Or, you are thinking of refinancing your current mortgage. One of the things that the lender will require is a property appraisal. While the actual appraisal inspection make take only an hour or two, the appraiser must go back to the office, do the research and write a 10- to 12-page report. Here are some tips to help the appraiser with additional information — ...
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What a Good Listing Agent Will Do for You When You Decide to Sell Your Home

We wanted to let you know that since we’ve been in the mortgage business, we have worked with many real estate agents and observed how they conduct their business. There are no bad agents — but some are better than others. Our office often gets questions from people thinking of listing their home for sale, asking what they should look for in a good listing agent when it comes time to put...
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Why Landscaping Adds Value To Your Home

I recently read an article by an appraiser—with the bottom line being “a good landscape can add value to your home, and if you are planning on selling it can reduce the number of days the home is on the market.” It’s called “curb appeal” and it’s the way your home makes a “first impression.” While landscaping usually refers to trees, shrubs and flowers, it also includes yard decorations, fire p...
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Should A Home Seller Pay The Buyer’s Closing Costs?

Assisting a buyer with paying all or part of their closing costs may just be the ticket to getting your home sold—even in a hot market. Depending on the buyer, they are usually required to put 5% to 10% of the purchase price as a down payment. While you (as a seller) also have closing costs to pay, a buyer’s closing costs can also run into the thousands of dollars. Most buyers usually have the ...
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