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IF YOUR HOME INSPECTION REPORT COMES BACK BAD, NOW WHAT?

One of the biggest deal killers for any real estate transaction is the home inspection. It strikes fear into the hearts of sellers and buyers...even though virtually everything about a home can be repaired or replaced. The good news is that if you have a great real estate agent and a competent home inspector, you can usually handle a failed inspection report properly without having to panic in the process.
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WHY YOU SHOULD WAIT TO BUY THAT CAR UNTIL AFTER YOUR HOME PURCHASE?

Getting preapproved for a mortgage is a major step in buying a home. When done properly, it’s like having cash in your hands so you can negotiate effectively with a seller to buy a home. It’s easily one of the most important things you can do in order to buy the home of your dreams.
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WHAT IS YOUR DEBT TO INCOME RATIO…WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Any time you have more income and less debt, you’re in good shape in life. That said, there is an ideal ratio between your debt and income in order to qualify for a good mortgage. When your debt to income ratio is on the high side, you run the risk of not getting a good loan (or not getting a loan at all) if your income were to take a hit during right before or during the loan funding process.
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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO SELL?

You want to sell your home, maximize the amount you sell it for and get it sold in a reasonable amount of time. While there’s no horrible time of the year to sell your home, there are better times of the year to put it on the market to get the best results for yourself. We’ve done the research and the results are in.
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HOW TO SELL A HOME THAT DIDN’T SELL

The housing market is faring much better than it was a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean every home sells for top dollar or for that matter, sells at all. So, if your "for sale" sign has been sitting on your front lawn a lot longer than you expected, you might be wondering how to sell your home that didn’t sell when you thought it would.
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WHY LANDSCAPING CAN MAKE YOUR HOME SELL FASTER AND FOR MORE MONEY

Plain and simple, the quality of your landscaping determines whether or not your home feels inviting from the outside. Curb appeal is what people call it and it’s a key ingredient in the decision to buy a home to more than 71 percent of homebuyers.
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HOW MUCH MONEY WILL GO INTO YOUR POCKET AFTER YOUR HOME IS SOLD?

It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep that matters. This holds especially true when it comes to the sale of your home. The sales price you see at the top of the closing paperwork is rarely, if ever, the amount of money that ends up in your pocket as the seller.
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WHY YOU SHOULD GET A HOME WARRANTY WHEN YOU LIST YOUR HOME

Home warranties aren’t just for buyers anymore. In the past, buyers have asked sellers to pay for a home warranty to give the them a year of protection after it sells on roughly 16 major systems in the house including things like the electrical system, appliances, hot water heater, furnace, etc.
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WHAT DOES A REAL ESTATE AGENT ACTUALLY DO?

Being a real estate agent requires you to employ a significant number of skills to complete a variety of different tasks on a daily basis. Trying to put what an agent does each day in one or two sentences is virtually impossible to do. It would be like trying to tell you what a chef does “cooks food” or
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MARKETING STRATEGIES: LUXURY HOMES VS AVERAGE PRICED HOMES

As you can imagine, driving up demand for a luxury home takes a uniquely different approach than does selling a regular home. From the word, go, you need a strong, clear and focused strategy that details how it will position your luxury home above the ordinary,
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TOP DEAL BREAKERS FOR A HOME UNDER CONTRACT AND HOW TO FIX THEM

Selling your home, while exciting, can also be extremely stressful. Even the best of real estate agents have to deal with complicated issues that arise with a home sale. In fact, you’ll find that even when seller and buyer get along great and the sales process is humming along smoothly that challenges can crop up
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YOUR HOME IS UNDER CONTRACT, WHAT’S NEXT?

Great news, you’ve put a home under contract and you’re excited to move in one day soon. There’s a lot that has to happen before you can take occupancy: home inspection, appraisal, financing paperwork, contingencies and other dates to be met. Here’s what you can expect to happen over the coming weeks.
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