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Rising Rates Will Change What You Can Afford

 How increasing interest rates affect how much home you can afford.  Let’s talk about interest rates and how they affect you as a buyer.  If you’re planning to purchase a $280,000 home and put 20% down, you would have a monthly payment of $1,869 at a 3.25% interest rate. Right now, our interest rates are sitting around 4%, so that same house and down payment cost $2,014 a month. That’s a difference of $118 every month. That might not sound like much, but every time that monthly payment increases, it’ll raise your taxes, insurance, and more. If you stayed in
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Important Facts To Know About Leasebacks

 Here’s what both buyers and sellers need to know about leasebacks.   Since we’re in a pretty extreme seller’s market, leasebacks are becoming more and more popular. Today I’ll talk about what leasebacks are, how they’re used, and what you need to know about them before you form an agreement. In short, a leaseback is when the buyer of a property allows the seller to live there for a certain amount of time after the transaction has closed. Essentially, the seller is renting the property they just sold to the buyer. Usually, this is to allow the seller more
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Why You Need To Review Multiple Offers

We have proven strategies for attracting and reviewing multiple offers.   Today I want to talk about how we handle multiple offers and why it’s so important. It’s common to get multiple offers in the current market. It’s also very important to deal with those offers properly, from dealing with the agents and buyers to how we help you as a seller.   First, we list our homes at a specific time to attract more offers. We’ll typically put them on the market on Thursday or Friday, and we don’t review any offers until Monday so that it has time
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When’s a Good Time to Start the 2020 Home-Selling Process?

 As we near the end of 2019, it’s the perfect time to start preparing if a 2020 home sale is in your future. Here’s what you should do to get started. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Even though it’s December, it’s still an excellent time to think about selling your home and start getting it ready for the market. Here are some quick things you can work on before you give us a call to get a market analysis done for your home. First, take
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Getting Your Home Ready for the Market

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell! What are some of your first steps to getting your home ready?  Often seller’s look at their home through the eyes of love and emotion.  This can hinder really make your home shine and maximizing your value.   It is important to take your emotions out of this to begin and look at your home as a house and a product. It helps to start with a camera – walk through your home and take photos.  Look at what those photos show.  Is that how you want your room to look online and does it
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Sellers Disclosure Statements

The Seller’s Disclosure statement is an important real estate document for both buyers and sellers.  This form is where you tell the story of the property, what it may or may not have present on the property as well as what defects there may be.  It is important the seller fill it out accurately and completely.  It is one of the documents that if things go wrong and parties end up in court that will be looked at in detail.  As a seller, it is important to not leave blanks.  It is important to tell what you know and if
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Mistakes to Avoid When Selling

There are always ways in which sellers can improve their odds of selling and getting top dollar.  There are also ways in which they can cause the opposite effect.  To maximize the success in selling sellers should truly think through some decisions.  One of the first mistakes is thinking your home is perfect and overlooking repairs.  It is important to make sure your home not only shines cosmetically, but it shines because maintenance and other repair items have been taken care of.  A pre-inspection to discover what you may not know is invaluable.  This also helps, so you do not
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Feng Shui

Almost everyone has heard the terms Feng Shui at some point when looking at homes, however, most do not really know what is except flow or a feeling.  Feng shui is actually much more complicated than that if truly practiced to its fullest.  Feng Shui is the art of placing objects and arranging space in a way that is harmonious with the environment.  Its literal meaning is “wind water”.  The practice of it originated in China and was introduced to the United States by Chinese immigrants in the 1800’s.  The basic notion is living in balance with nature so that
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