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No one's going to buy a home without taking a thorough tour, and Open Houses are an easy and convenient way to make the initial rounds. If you're going to visit one open house, you may as well plan to visit several in the area to get an overall impression and basis for comparison. While you're “o...
A "staged" home always makes an impression on buyers, and it's a marketing tool you should consider, particularly if you'll be moved out of your home while it's listed for sale. Your real estate agent may already have connections to staging professionals, but if you're going to conduct your own i...
As you plan to buy a home, seek pre-approval for financing so that you'll know how much home you can afford and how much to budget for monthly mortgage payments. Aside from the financed amount, some other regular expenses associated with homeownership will also impact your payment amount. First i...
There are three basic ingredients in the recipe for selling a home: location, condition, and price. Sellers have the most control over that final ingredient, price. If a home isn’t selling after a couple months, that element will likely need some adjustment. Generally, if your home isn't selling ...
Want to see homes that are exactly what you can afford? Want the best possible terms for your mortgage? Want to show sellers that you're serious and capable? Then start with pre-approval, from several lenders. Forget about "pre-qualification" - that's just a quick ballpark figure the banks will o...
In these days of Internet scams and credit card fraud, we're all a little more protective of our privacy. However, if you're selling a home, you also know that posting a virtual tour online and having your agent show your home are absolute necessities for successfully landing a buyer. What can be...
One way to get the best mortgage terms is to make a down payment of at least twenty percent. That not only gets you a lower rate and monthly payment, but you'll also avoid additional PMI (private mortgage insurance) fees, and have "instant equity" in your home. But what are your options if you ca...
Federal foreclosure-prevention tactics have recently been expanded to encourage delinquent borrowers to avoid foreclosure by streamlining the short sale process. Cash incentives are also being offered to the homeowners, as well as to the lenders and the buyers. Perhaps the best feature of the new...
It used to be too common a story: you're excited about signing the paperwork, shaking hands, and grabbing the keys to your new home. But the day before closing, the lender advises that your closing fees are several hundred dollars more than their Good Faith Estimate listed. Suddenly, your excitem...
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®, close to one third of existing home sales were either foreclosures or short sales (meaning sales in which the lender agreed to allow the home to sell for less than the amount outstanding on the mortgage). Indeed, it ...

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