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Why The Highest Offer Isn’t Always The Best

You are ecstatic because you have received seven offers on your home, many of them over the asking price. Your initial reaction is to choose the highest, but wait. The highest offer isn’t always the best one. You should scrutinize every bid before you make this important decision.

For example, if you receive an offer well above the asking price but the buyer has only a 5 percent down payment, this could become a problem if the bank does not appraise your home at the proposed purchase price. If the buyer can’t put more money down to bridge the difference between the offer and the appraised value, the deal could fall apart or have to be renegotiated — at a lower price. A slightly lower offer with a bigger down payment could be more appealing.

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What Steps Are Involved In Selling A Home?


A great question that many homeowners, considering selling their home, want to know; what steps are involved in selling a home? Knowing the home selling process is half the battle when selling a home; the other half of the battle I’ll save for another article. And knowing what steps are involved in a selling a home, will allow you to prepare both physically and mentally as it can be both physically and mentally exhausting.  From getting your home ready to sell & move, to dealing with the emotional side of leaving your home along with all of the memories that may open the floodgate, selling a home can truly be draining.  Again, a very common question from homeowners considering selling their home. So just what are the steps in selling a home?

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The Benefits of Listing with an Agent

The anticipation of starting a new journey with your family is nothing short of exciting.  You’ve decided to sell your home, start fresh, and maybe in the process make a profit from the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve poured into your wonderful living space.  Of course, this all sounds like a good plan, and in all honesty who wouldn’t want to earn a profit on the sale of their home?  It’s no secret that putting as much money as possible back into your pocket is your number one priority.  Money talks, right?

Selling a home can be time-consuming, frustrating, emotional, and confusing.  Going at it alone may seem like a good idea at first.  For one thing, you cut out the standard 6% commission you would be normally dishing out to the agents who get involved in the sale of your home.  But, is cutting out the professional really the best way to get the most out of your home?

Let me argue the case of the real estate professional.  There are many tools that an agent has at their disposal to help get your home sold and at the highest price.

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Buying a Home in 2018? 11 Tips to Get It Done!

If you’ve yet to enter the housing market but are thinking of buying a home in 2018, there’s a lot you need to know.

As I once pointed out, this isn’t your older sibling’s housing market. Not just anyone can get a mortgage these days. You actually have to qualify. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Let’s start by talking about home prices, which have soared in recent years.

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5 Things Buyers should know before buying a home without an Agent

When it comes to real estate, you’ve probably heard of homes being listed as “for sale by owner.” This is when a home is put up for sale by its owners, without the help of a real estate agent. Similarly, it is possible to buy a home without the help of a professional real estate agent.

It is possible, but not necessarily easy. Though some buyers are able to find a home, make an offer, negotiate and do everything needed to go to closing, there are some things they may want to know before attempting this venture alone.

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Are you ready to buy your first home?


Some say the generation is entitled; some say they’re lazy. They’re also known to be tech-savvy, educated individuals. Who are they? They’re millennials and they’re a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the world today. As far as real estate goes, many millennials are considering whether or not it is their time to buy a home. Like every home buyer, members of the millennial generation should consider a few important things before taking the plunge into home ownership.

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8 Everyday Ways to Live Clutter-free

Zone Maintenance

Maintenance begins when you’ve achieved your ideal. Your home is a place where you are relaxed and comfortable and inspired to live the life you want. You’re surrounded with things that are meaningful to you. You remember the past, look forward to the future, but live in the present. You’ve found the right balance.

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6 Reasons Why I Fell In Love With Real Estate

It’s Valentine’s day again and everyone is either proclaiming their love for another, or grudgingly treating themselves to a personal pizza, a pint of ice cream, and a bottle of wine.

We can’t help who we fall in love with, and even more frustratingly, who falls in love with us. It’s simply one of life’s mysteries. And we might not know exactly why we fell in love with real estate, but we probably have our suspicions. Here are six reasons why I fell in love with real estate:

1. The people

You have to enjoy working with people in order to be a successful real estate agent. Coworkers, clients, baristas who recognize you as you bring in a gallon-sized travel mug for your daily caffeine dose — you’re always around people. It would be dishonest to say that it always goes smoothly, but the relationships and interactions are a huge part of the overall experience, and allow you to connect with people in a way you don’t get to in many other careers.

2. No two days are ever the same

If the drudgery of five days a week at the same office, with the same snack machine, and the same coworkers telling the same lame jokes kills your spirits, then the novelty of working in real estate will be the wind in your sails. No two days will ever be the same in the business, which means every day you’ll embark on a new adventure that could lead to a closed deal, or a trip to the park to meditate and clear your head. If you like variety, you will fall in love.

3.The thrill of the chase

While we may convince ourselves that we hate prospecting or showing up to appointments that go nowhere, it’s those very things that make us appreciate our successes that much more. The pursuit, the hopes and dreams of success, the sweat you have to put in to make things happen — all of these are the ingredients for a successful real estate career, and we appreciate the work more than we are willing to admit.

4. Just me and the open road

While real estate requires working with lots of different people in different capacities, it also has its share of solitude, and is, at its core, an independent profession. Nothing will happen unless you make it happen yourself, so if you’re an independent-minded person who enjoys being out on your own, not only will you be successful but you’ll also fall in love with the feeling of getting in your car and creating your own destiny.

5. The highs are amazing

While the lows are painful, the highest are exhilarating. If you’ve never experienced the joy of a signed contract, or a clear to close, then you have no clue just how energized and happy a signature or a few words can make you feel. Any doubts about the profession can be immediately wiped out, and you can fall in love with real estate all over again after you get to celebrate one of your triumphs.

6. Because I care

They say that if you do something you love, then you’ll never work another day in your life. Well that’s not exactly true, you’ll still have to work, but it will feel different. In real estate, even though you’re helping other people buy and sell houses, it still feels like something that’s yours. And because it’s yours, you will care. And because you care, you will appreciate it in a way that’s different than almost any other job you could possibly have, which is all the more reason to fall in love with it.


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