2016

  • Is The Home You Love In A Homeowners Association? 3 Things To Consider

    When you finally find your dream home, you may be surprised to learn that it is part of a homeowners association. This means that there are certain rules that you must follow to live in the community. Before you make an offer on the home, consider these three things. Will You Need To Make Improvements After Moving In? You may be buying a home in a homeowners association, but that doesn't meant that the home is up to date on all of the rules of the community. [Read More]

  • Selling Your House? 3 Home Staging Tips To Follow

    The challenge of selling a home is that it looks like your home, not someone else's home who is looking to buy real estate. Potential buyers may struggle to see themselves living in your home because you did not take the time to stage it before you sell it. That's why it helps to follow these tips for home staging. De-clutter Your Home You may be used to having things you use everyday out around your home. [Read More]

  • Selling Your Luxury Home? Proactive Marketing Tips That Really Work

    Selling the typical three bedroom, two bath suburban home can have some challenges but the rate of success is still very high simply because the pool of possible buyers is so large. Selling a luxury home, however, can be much more difficult because the group of buyers who can afford it is a much smaller segment of the home buying public. If you are preparing to sell your luxury home and would like to increase your chances of a successful sale, consider using one or more of the following proactive marketing tips to help you succeed. [Read More]

  • The Suburban Commute: The Selling Point For Many Homebuyers And How To Use It

    When you are starting out as a fresh-faced real estate agent, you are taught how to sell to all kinds of people. Everyone looks for something a little different in the places they call home, and you have to figure out what that is and find it for them. However, there are also some very common selling points that you might overlook when you are trying to find your clients the perfect home. [Read More]

  • Ready For Mortgage, But Not For Marriage? 3 Home-Buying Tips For Unmarried Couples

    There are a lot of reasons why you and your partner may have decided to delay marriage or even skip it all together. There's no reason why you have to get married to live your lives together, but being an unmarried couple does make some things – like home ownership – a bit trickier. If you and your partner are not married, but you are ready to invest in a home of your own, take a look at some tips that can help. [Read More]

  • Considering Buying A House In A 55+ Community? 3 Things To Do

    If you're at or approaching retirement age and looking to relocate, you've probably at least considered the possibility of buying a home in a 55+ community. These age-restricted communities come in many forms, such as condos, apartments, mobile homes, and single-family homes. The one thing they all have in common is that they cater to the needs of seniors. If you think that a senior community might be the right place for you to settle in, take a look at some things you should do when touring communities. [Read More]

  • Two Tips for Buying Real Estate

    There are few investments that you can make that are larger than purchasing real estate. Sadly, many homebuyers will not have the experience to be able to confidently go through this process without making oversights. In order to help you avoid making these potentially serious mistakes when buying real estate, you need to be aware of a couple of simple tips to help make sound choices during this purchase. Know the Benefits and Disadvantages of Homeowners Associations [Read More]

  • The Unexpected Expenses First-Time Buyers Often Face

    Purchasing a home is often one of the most expensive endeavors that an individual can embark on, even if it is so rewarding. You may have budgeted for how much your mortgage will cost a month, but you will also need to budget for other unexpected expenses that can result from owning a home. Some of these will be one-time expenses necessary to make your home livable. Other expenses will be on-going and will need to be factored into the monthly cost of owning a home. [Read More]

  • Renting an Apartment Sight-Unseen? 3 Important Things to Check

    Renting an apartment often means scheduling appointments for viewings and checking out the units in detail before making a decision. While this is often the ideal way to find an apartment, it may not be an option if you live far away and cannot travel to the apartment in time. Renting an apartment sight-unseen can be more difficult, but it can be done if you take the time to consider the following tips for finding an apartment without issues. [Read More]

  • What To Do (And What Not To Do) When Choosing A Listing Agent

    If it's your first experience choosing a listing agent for your property, there are a few things to know about the dos and don'ts of choosing an agent. Here are some things to look out for when choosing the right person for your real estate listings. Do Meet Multiple Agents It would be a mistake to only meet one agent before making your decision. For instance, you may like their presentation and be tempted to make a decision on the spot. [Read More]