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Thursday, February 21, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Should You Have Your Home Inspected Before Selling

Let’s start with when NOT to have a pre-inspection


Let's face it if you are trying to offload a fixer-upper that would give even the most seasoned buyer an obvious reason for concern, there’s no point in paying for a pre-inspection. But if you've maintained your home and want to sell it as quickly, and as profitably, as possible, a pre-inspection is almost always a good idea.


Normally, a serious buyer will pay to have a home formally inspected. The goal is to uncover any potential problems before signing on the dotted line, while there’s still time to negotiate. So, why cough up cash for a pre-inspection if buyers typically pay for a professional inspection of homes they’re serious about? After all, do you really want to know there’s a leak in your roof and that your electrical panel needs updating?


Simply put: Yes, you do. A pre-inspection gives you a heads-up on what a buyer will likely discover and a head start on identifying what to fix ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Christian Robinson

Thinking of waiting for Spring?

Look, we all know spring really does spring up for real estate. There are a large number of home sellers and homes sold during the spring buying season. It really is no question about why many homeowners hold off putting their homes on the market until then. Here's my question: Have you ever stopped and considered whether or not that is a good strategy this year?



To illustrate, let's look at the market in a new way.  I love getting deals at the grocery store. So, let's imagine that the housing market is the grocery store and that the home sellers are the farmers and manufacturers that make all of the food available. Now, the people that shop at the grocery store are our homebuyers. Imagine that the grocery store has had a shortage of food. The grocery store expects their next shipment in two weeks. It's easy to see that the price of the food that is available during the shortage is going to be at a premium. Imagine the grocery store receives the shipment they were looking f ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

7 Selling Myths You Need To Get Over Fast If You Want To Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.

With that in mind, it's important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction.

The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

“If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!”

When sellers receive an offer, they may be skeptical or hesitant to accept it, wondering if other prospective buyers would be inclined to pay more. Thoughts of potential bidding wars could cause sellers to want to wait and see who else falls for their place. While holding off to accept offers f ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

4 Ways to Rock As a Real Estate Client

Why do you care if your Realtor considers you a good client or not? Because the better client you are, the better results you will have. No, you and your Realtor do not have to be in love with each other, but effort on your part will bring you better results and a more positive transaction. Here are some best practices.

1. Be easy to educate


Most Realtors are teachers at heart, and the more you can learn, the better prepared you will be. Yes, your friends, family and various websites have lots of good information to give, but nobody has a better “boots-on-the-ground” perspective on your local neighborhood and various current trends than your Realtor. Ask all the questions you like and try to absorb as much info as possible. Yes, there is a lot to learn, but you will find that you become educated very quickly.

2. Be easy to communicate with


If your Realtor must text you five times before you respond, you will eventually miss some important info or even the ho ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

5 Ways Your Real Estate Agent Is Like Your Best Friend

You want to work with a real estate agent who’s nice to be around. It’s stressful enough buying and selling houses. No need to work with someone you don’t get along with.
But it’s not like you’re looking to be friends with your real estate agent…let alone best friends.
More often than not, you end up becoming friends with your real estate agent.
The weird thing is, you don’t even realize how much of a friend you’ve become to each other, until you’re done buying or selling a house.
Sure, you both promise to keep in touch. And you do. But it’s not the same.


Here are 5 ways your real estate agent feels like one of your best friends.
1. Do I look fat in this?
Ahhh, that old question. Only a true friend can answer you honestly when you ask this question. Sheesh, a best friend will probably tell you even if you don’t ask.
Maybe your agent would too…
But more importantly, think ...

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