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Homebuying Tips: Consider the Property Seller's Perspective
Posted on 01/26/2020
Homebuying Tips: Consider the Property Seller's Perspective
As a homebuyer, you may want to consider the seller's perspective before you submit an offer to purchase your dream house. That way, you can boost the likelihood of receiving an instant "Yes" to your homebuying proposal. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you analyze the seller's perspective. 1. Review the Prices of Comparable Homes...
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Should You Buy an Old House?
Posted on 01/19/2020
Should You Buy an Old House?
Photo by Wulfman65 via Shutterstock When you’re thinking about purchasing a home, an old house versus that new one is something to ponder. If you’ve thought about buying an older home, consider each of these areas before making an offer. Have your agent write contingencies into your contract, and by all means, don’t forego an inspection. Consider HazMat...
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The Best Houseplants to Use Around the Home
Posted on 01/12/2020
The Best Houseplants to Use Around the Home
Houseplants are a great way to make your home feel more comfortable, colorful, and--in the winter--to bring a bit of living nature back into your life until spring arrives. There are houseplants that will thrive in just about any location of your home. Plus, you can find houseplants that are low-maintenance or ones that are a bit more rewarding...
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Should You Set a Deadline for Buying a Home?
Posted on 01/05/2020
Should You Set a Deadline for Buying a Home?
If possible, it helps to maintain a flexible deadline as you navigate the homebuying journey. Because if you have a tight deadline in place, you risk making a rash homebuying decision. And as a result, you may pay too much to acquire a home. Perhaps even worse, you risk purchasing a house that fails to match your expectations. As...
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What to Do If a Seller Rejects Your Offer to Purchase
Posted on 12/29/2019
What to Do If a Seller Rejects Your Offer to Purchase
If a seller rejects your offer to purchase his or her house, there is no need to panic. At this point, there are many things you can do, including: 1. Craft a New Offer to Purchase If at first you don't succeed, try again. Remember, if you find your dream house but your initial offer to purchase is rejected,...
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Get Your Ducks in a Row When Buying or Selling a Home
Posted on 12/22/2019
Get Your Ducks in a Row When Buying or Selling a Home
Whether you're looking to buy a house or sell one, a helpful saying to keep in mind is the one about recognizing a duck: "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it's a duck!" As silly as that expression may be, there's a lot of wisdom in its message. The...
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Save Money on House Improvements
Posted on 12/15/2019
Save Money on House Improvements
To maximize the value of your house, you may need to perform a wide range of home improvements. Fortunately, there are many quick, easy ways to ensure you won't have to break your budget to upgrade your residence before you add it to the real estate market. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you save...
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Questions to Ask After a Home Inspection
Posted on 12/08/2019
Questions to Ask After a Home Inspection
A home inspection may prove to be exceedingly valuable, particularly for a homebuyer who is on the fence about whether to purchase a particular house. In fact, a house inspection may raise a number of questions that a buyer will need to consider to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with a home purchase. Some of the...
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Open Houses: Everything That Buyers Need to Know
Posted on 12/01/2019
Open Houses: Everything That Buyers Need to Know
An open house may prove to be exceedingly important, particularly for a buyer who plans ahead and makes the most of this opportunity. Because if a buyer enters an open house with a plan in hand, he or she can gain the necessary insights to determine whether to set up a home showing or consider other residences. Now, let's...
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Home Financing - PMI and Down Payments
Posted on 11/24/2019
Home Financing - PMI and Down Payments
Image by Charles 🇵🇭 from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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Tips for Buyers: Plan for a Home Showing
Posted on 11/17/2019
Tips for Buyers: Plan for a Home Showing
A home showing is a key part of the property buying journey. As such, it helps to plan ahead for a house showing as much as possible. Because if you enter a home showing with a plan in place, you can use this event to help you determine whether a residence is right for you. Now, let's take a...
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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home
Posted on 11/10/2019
Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home
While it's not always possible for conditions to be "perfect" when a real estate agent is showing a home for sale, things usually go more smoothly when homeowners are not present. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that the family's presence at a real estate showing may make the prospect feel self conscious and uncomfortable. Among...
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