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By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 The answer to the question about whether any individual or family would be better off if they rent or buy a home can differ depending upon when the question is posed as well as the particulars of the available properties in either category. Even when the financial calculations make it clear that...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 There is one overriding quality you must demand when you hire the Metairie agent who will be your partner and representative. It’s a quality you and you alone are qualified to judge. And it should be the final determinant—the last factor you consider before you make your final agent choice.Now i...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 Your front room will be the first thing buyers will see when they enter, so make it bright and inviting.Clear out excess items and perhaps add some fresh flowers or a nice plant.If you paint any room or area in your home, make sure this is one of them. Keep it sparkling clean and well lit.Change...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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It’s October­­­; a time of year that has a lot to recommend it. In many parts of the country, it’s the season when Mother Nature goes full throttle with the Technicolor. Sunsets can be outrageous. In some parts of the country, leaves can bid adieu with displays that put rainbows to shame. Fall we...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Safety is a frequent For Sale By Owner concern.  After all, you are letting a complete stranger into your home. You don't know anything about this person.  Are they a thief, or a serious buyer?  One never knows.Real estate agents use several measures to assure your safety.  They always get full c...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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                 When Metairie real estate trackers keep tabs on the progress of the national rebound, they note the findings of the major pollsters and data miners, read what the pundits have to offer, and look at charts and graphs—lots of charts and graphs.                    The graphs that ch...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Just because you are selling your Metairie home yourself, doesn't mean your marketing has to suffer! Terez Harris NOLA Real Estate Group is offering FREE online tools to anyone selling For Sale By Owner! See our FREE marketing tools for Metairie For Sale By Owners Terez B. HarrisKeller Williams R...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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If you are considering buying a new home in Metairie, it might have occurred to you that building your own could be another option. Even if you aren’t one who has always dreamed of designing your own new home with exactly the features you want (and none you don’t), the idea might seem worth explo...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Tips for Selling Your HomeClosing Company/AttorneyIt is best to identify a closing company/attorney earlier rather than later.  Ultimately the buyer can choose any closing company but you should be prepared to make a recommendation.Disposition of DepositsYou can never be assured a closing will ta...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 Whenever the words “reverse mortgage” are uttered, any Metairie TV viewer immediately makes the connection with one of several celebrity spokesmen who blanket the airwaves with commercials touting the concept. If you listen carefully, those reverse mortgage ads do actually describe the product w...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Loan ApprovalBefore you start making arrangements to move, make sure the buyer provides you with a letter from the mortgage company indicating that the buyer is pre-approved for the amount of loan needed to make the purchase.  This letter should not be confused with a final approval of the mortga...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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When it comes to understanding the factors that come into play when buying or selling home— or any practical real estate information at all—Metairie high school (or even college) graduates are on their own. If any real estate information has even been touched upon, it will have been in the most c...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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Earnest Money DepositThe more money you can get in the form of a deposit from a potential buyer the greater the chance of getting to a closing.  The more a buyer has to lose the more motivated the buyer becomes to buying your home.Agreement to PurchaseDon’t wait until you have a buyer, get an acc...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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 More than one Metairie home sale has resulted from a couple’s chance encounter with a Metairie open house. It still happens that they just drop in on the spur of the moment.         “Oh look! They’re having an open house down the street!” turns into curiosity, then interest, excitement—and ultim...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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When you read up on the dos and don’ts for selling your home, there is one piece of advice that’s universal when it comes to negotiating a successful deal: don’t let emotions get in the way. It does seem peculiar that something that is so obvious about any negotiation would have to be stated at a...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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QuestionsYou can learn a great deal about people and their motives, likes and dislikes by asking a lot of questions.  Learn to stop the selling and ask more questions but more importantly, listen to the answers.NegotiationsTry to avoid discussing or negotiating price until the buyer has decided t...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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If 90% of home buyers use the internet at some point in their search, the percentage who go to the Metairie listings has to be close to the same ballpark. It’s hard to imagine anyone NOT wanting to take at least a peek at the current listings. Even if they have already settled on a target propert...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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DefectsDisclose, disclose and disclose!  You can sell a home with defects as long as you disclose them.  Knowing about a defect and not disclosing it could prove legally dangerous and may even revere a sale if serious enough. ApologiesNever apologize for the condition of your home.EmotionsDifficu...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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“Metairie home loan game theory” sounded like an intriguing topic when the phrase first occurred to me. I thought it would mean figuring out whether a mortgage would constitute a financial move that made sense. But the more I studied “game theory,” the more complicated it got. And maybe not as th...

By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  There is an interesting theory about why some Metairie real estate agents complete so many more home purchases than do others. It isn’t that ‘success breeds successes (although the thing we call “momentum” is certainly real enough). It has to do with being able to harness two somewhat opposing ...

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