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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 8: Ace the Inspection

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 1:00pm. 35 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

A home inspection can be a terrifying process to newbie buyers: What if the house you adore has major problems hiding beneath that shiny new coat of paint? If you lie awake haunted by visions of mold or “foundation issues,” it’s time to take a deep breath. This installment of our weekly 2016 Home-Buying Guide illuminates everything you need to know about home inspections, and how (as scary as they might seem) they exist to protect you from a very bad deal.

Here are some insights into how to make the most of this all-important step. OK, exhale.

Hire a top-notch inspector

While it may be tempting to hire any run-of-the-mill home inspector to get the job done—particularly if the price is right—the

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 7: Get Ready to Close

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 4:56am. 85 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Hooray! You’ve found a buyer for your home. You’re done, right? Right?

Not quite. All you have to do now is get yourself—and your house—ready to close, and we’re here to help, with this week’s installment of our weekly step-by-step Home-Selling Guide. Let’s dive in!

Earnest money

When the buyer makes an offer on your house and you accept, the buyer will write you a check for a deposit known as earnest money. Everyone at some point gets a bit puzzled by earnest money. It comes down to a simple idea: This is money you put forward that proves that you are earnest about your intentions to move forward on the deal. These funds are held by a third party until you close the deal; on average, buyers

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 6: Strike the Right Deal

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 7:08am. 120 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Once your home is finally on the market and listed, it’s showtime. Will you be deluged with offers, or will your home be pervaded by the lulling but ever-so-unnerving sound of crickets?

And if you do get just one or two offers, and they’re not as high as you’d hoped, what do you do? What do you do?

Never fear, dear sellers—that’s why we’re here! In this sixth installment of our weekly 2016 Home-Selling Guide, we’ll show you how to navigate the negotiation process and come to a deal that will make you happy. More than happy, even.

Getting those offers in

If you’re not in a rush to sell your house, it may make sense to see what offers roll in over a few months. But if you need to sell

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 6: Perfect the Art of the Offer

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 7:01am. 74 Views, 0 Comments.


By Jamie Wiebe

We’ll get right down to it: Shopping for a home is fun. But once you find “The One,” things start to get real—real fast. Think of making an offer on a home as setting the roller coaster in motion: You might have sharp drops in emotion and slow, trudging climbs to success, but the ride won’t end until the car slows down and the safety bar is lifted. (OK, this metaphor is now officially over.)

You need to learn how to make the right offer, the one that will end with your receiving the keys to your new house. So check out this installment of our weekly 2016 Home-Buying Guide for some agent-approved negotiation tactics to make the process a whole lot less bumpy.

Pick the right price

Just because the home is

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 5: Florida Global can create you an Eye-Catching Ad

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 at 11:12am. 449 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Long before home buyers set foot in your place, declare with a flourish “This is the one,” watch the clouds part and the rainbows form, and make you a terrific offer, they have to know you’re selling it first. And it’s up to you and your Realtor® to spread the word. Only how?

Look no further than this fifth installment of our weekly Home-Selling Guide, which will show you how to put together an attractive online ad that will win you plenty of admirers—and plenty of honest-to-God prospective buyers!

Take great pics

Online house shopping is a lot like online dating. Everyone will tell you they loved your bio, but really, they’re  just looking at the photos. To show your home in the best

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Happy Valentine's Day! Paradise is always where love dwells.

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at 8:00am. 99 Views, 0 Comments.

 

Many of us have probably always dreamed of coming home to find a brand new car parked in the driveway with a big red bow. Well, take that just a bit further and how about pulling up a driveway to see an entire house all wrapped up?

 

Jasin Boland, a celebrity film photographer from the UK, surprised his finance Maria with a new 4 bedroom house, wrapped in hearts and a pink bow, for V-Day.
What a surprise! How would you like that?

Happy Valentine's Day! Paradise is always where love dwells.

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 5: Pick the Right One

Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:58am. 120 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

You’ve done your research, saved up for a down payment, and found a Realtor® you adore. Now comes the next step in our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Buying Guide: Find your dream house already!

This is the really fun part, although it does come with its own unique challenges. Even if you love the entire process of house hunting, the options can be overwhelming. Ranch or Colonial?  Suburb or city? Small apartment or palatial townhouse? Built-in 40-foot waterslide or stand-alone 40-foot waterslide? It’s hard not to feel like you’re drowning in the possibilities.

To help winnow the myriad options to find the perfect place for you, heed these tips—and happy searching!

Have a long chat with your agent

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So You Wanna Sell Your Home? Step 4: Pretty It Up

Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 10:50am. 110 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Angela Colley

Once you’ve made repairs, chosen a Realtor®, and decided on an asking price, your home is almost ready for market—but first, how about a little primping and polishing? Or maybe a lot of primping and polishing. After all, you want your home to make a great first impression on buyers—and that’s where this fourth installment of our weekly, step-by-step 2016 Home-Selling Guide can help. To show your home in the best possible light, heed these savvy seller tips.

Stash your stuff

When you’re just living in your home, a bit of clutter is business as usual. You know the drill: video game cartridges in the bathroom, toolbox in the kitchen, tuxedo shirt inexplicably in the garage. But when you’re trying to

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Mortgage Rates: Homebuyers Rejoice, They’re Down Again

Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 10:43am. 135 Views, 0 Comments.

 

Written by Lorraine Woellert on January 28, 2016

Mortgage rates fell for the fourth-straight week, hitting 3.79 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan. A week ago, rates averaged 3.81 percent, according to Freddie Mac. We haven’t seen 4 percent or higher since, well, 2015.

Our run of low rates has been incredible, especially when you look at the big picture.

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Source: Freddie Mac

Let’s zoom in on that chart. Everyone was worried last year when the Fed was preparing to raise interest rates on overnight loans made to banks. The central bank doesn’t set mortgage rates, but its actions typically have a ripple effect.

Chair Janet Yellen and her team finally pulled the trigger Dec. 16, raising short-term rates for the first time

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So You Wanna Buy a House? Step 3: Figure Out What You Can Afford

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 11:34am. 114 Views, 0 Comments.

Article by Jamie Wiebe

Knowing you want to buy a home is one thing; knowing what you can pay for is quite another. Too often, dreams and reality collide: You’re yearning for a four-bedroom Colonial, but your wallet can handle only a two-bedroom bungalow. So how do you filter the myriad options out there?

Welcome to Step 3 in our 2016 Home-Buying Guide, in which we help you figure out how much home you can afford. Progressing without nailing this step is like jumping off a mountaintop without one of these cool flying squirrel outfits. You’re leaving yourself open for a world of pain.

Consider your salary as a starting point

Getting a ballpark estimate of how much home you can afford boils down to how much money you’re pulling in.

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