Home Selling

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An inspection of the physical condition of a house is an important part of the home buying-selling process. Before buying or selling a home it is very important, beneficial, and sometimes even mandatory in your purchase agreement, to have that home inspected by a licensed inspector.

The goal of a home inspection is to evaluate the mechanical systems, structural integrity, and safety features, and identify any items that need attention of a home being sold. The inspection of a home usually takes between 3 and 4 hours and typically covers:

  • Structural features – Walls, floors, ceilings, roof, and foundation
  • Plumbing – Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets, traps, and piping
  • Systems and Components – Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct
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Buying a home is a very important and exciting event, especially if you are a first time home buyer. While you and your family may be overwhelmed with joy during your home buying process, you must remember that you are making  one of the most expensive and intricate purchases of your life. With this being said, there are a few important tips you must keep in mind and make sure to do during your home buying process and before the closing of your home.

  1. Pick the Best Agent

Not every home is created equally, and neither is every real-estate agent When looking for an agent, it is not necessarily best to go to a large firm with a lot of listing. These firms tend to have multiple agents, some who may be great, but others that may be average or

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Being a first time home buyer is intimidating and a big life experience. First time home buyers often don’t know where to begin. Here are some helpful tips for first time buyers looking for a home buying experience that is successful and stress-free.

  • Look for an experienced agent to work with you, preferably someone who to be your “Buyer’s Agent”. Your agent will be guiding you through the real estate process and should be clear when informing on how and when to do things. Your agent should be in charge of managing all of the necessary contracts and deadlines for you.
  • Pick a lender and apply for a mortgage pre-approval. Interview lenders over the phone and then follow up with an in-person interview. Your agent should recommend a few
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According to IdentityTheft.info, approximately 15 million U.S. residents have their identities stolen each year with losses toppling $50 billion. These figures reveal about 7 percent of adults are victimized by identity theft with an average of $3,500 in losses per person. But identity theft isn't just about stolen credit card information or fraudulent utilities and bills anymore. Thieves have entered a sophisticated era of crime directed at the real estate market from loan to refinancing fraud. Here's what you should know and how to stop it.

HELOC Fraud

Identity thieves are getting more brazen and tapping into unsuspecting homeowners' equity lines of credit, or HELOC, and then opening up new accounts. In Virginia, Tobechi Enyinna Onwuhara was

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After searching and searching, you’ve finally found the one. You have found your dream home. It falls within your price range, meets all of your families’ needs and even includes the kitchen of your dreams. While you may be able to afford the list price of the home, you wonder… “could I get a better deal on this place?” “Would negotiating a better deal run the risk of losing the home of my dreams?” The question of making the right offer isn’t about what, but more about how. How do you gauge the right price for a home? Here are some helpful tips on how to assess the right offer...

Use, and Choose, your Real Estate Agent Wisely

Just as you search cautiously for a home, it’s important to do the same with your Realtor. Every agent works differently,

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What is the purpose of getting an appraisal?
Home appraisals are not just for the buyer, but also function to show the lender whether the amount they’re loaning out is adequate for the asking price of the home. Appraisals also help to show sellers if their asking price is too high and gauge how much they should lower the price of their home.


Is it the same as a home inspection?
Home appraisers are professionals licensed by the state and hired by the bank to estimate the value of your home. Though the process of appraisals and inspections are similar, lenders require that you get an appraisal on your home.
The main difference between the two? Appraisers are not required to identify potential defects. They simply assign a value to the home given the

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You’ve decided to move to the big, bold and beautiful state of Texas with your family. You know you love the idea of a state with rich history, booming tech and music cities, and some of the best Chili on the planet. You then realize that’s about all you know about Texas… So, where do you get started with your move? Here’s a few things you need to understand about the real estate market before you choose a home.

Price Texas Real Estate Properly

 

Historically, Texas real estate is cheaper than in most states, especially overpriced areas like California and even some parts of Arizona, according to Business Insider. However, the value of homes in Texas remains fairly steady.

Since the recession and housing crash in 2009, Texas’ home values have…
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The first year of marriage has many milestones, and for many couples, it’s the first time they’re making the buy-or-rent decision together.

While many couplescohabitate before marriage — 48 percent of women live with a significant other before marriage, according to NBC — making the decision to buy or rent can be a stressful bump in that blissful newlywed year.

Here are some things you should evaluate before you decide if you are both ready to buy your first home together.

Lifestyle

Take a look at your current lifestyle. Do you like to entertain, or do you enjoy your privacy? Are you DIY mavens, or do you prefer professional help? Owning your own home means when something’s broken, you can’t just call the landlord. It’s up to you to keep

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The annual amount of foreclosures in the U.S. has been in decline for 17 consecutive months, according the the 2013 CoreLogic national foreclosure report.

However, 4.4 million Americans have had their homes foreclosed on since the 2008 financial crisis. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but many Americans are still struggling.

If you have an impending foreclosure, or even if you’re behind two or more payments and you can see it coming, you may be able to head it off by selling your house fast. Sure, it’s easier said than done, but it’s not impossible if you set everything up right… and right now.

Start a Binder

Put together a binder filled with useful information about the home. Include receipts for any major appliances purchased or

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According to Realtor magazine, 60 percent of real estate professionals encourage their clients to sell their homes during the holidays because they believe it is a good time to sell. With fewer homes on the market, and a pool of more serious buyers, many realtors urge their clients to take advantage of added exposure they may get. High quality pictures of well-staged and decorated homes allow potential buyers to picture themselves in these homes.

To make your home even more appealing, have plates of homemade holiday cookies placed attractively throughout, so that potential buyers can really feel the holiday ambiance as they tour your home.

Holiday Decorating in Moderation

Choose tasteful holiday decorations, but don’t go overboard. You don’t want

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