Uncategorized Should You Lock Your Interest Rate? Rising Interest Rates – Should I Lock in the Mortgage Rate? One of the most important financial considerations of buying a new home is the interest rate paid on the mortgage. Over time, a higher interest rate can add thousands of dollars to the true cost of buying the home. When interest rates are low […]
Uncategorized Would you buy your home again?   Buying a home is often an emotional decision; perhaps even more so than a practical, financial decision. Real estate marketing has recognized this for decades which is why agents have emphasized curb appeal and staging to their clients. Open houses have featured the smell of fresh baked cookies and soothing music, all in an […]
Uncategorized What does “In Escrow” really mean?   What Does “Pending Sale” Mean? Buying a home is a process. Once a buyer writes an offer and has it accepted, the listing is placed in a state called “pending sale”, also known as “in escrow”. During this stage, the principals involved perform all the elements of the contract, and once complete, the title […]
Uncategorized Seller’s Guide to Buyer Contingencies   Seller’s Guide to Buyer Contingencies Every news article talks about the fact that it’s a “seller’s market.” This means that if you are selling your home, you’ve probably gotten a few offers from which to choose. While sales price is important, so are the contingencies attached to the offer. Understanding what these contingencies mean […]
Uncategorized What Stays with the Home? More than one seller has been surprised to find that their favorite chandelier is not theirs to take when they move. First-time home sellers might be especially confused when confronted with an exclusion form presented by their agent, but understanding what is, and is not included in the sale by statute is important to avoid […]
Uncategorized Expectations for Selling This Season Sellers: Expect Multiple Strong Offers this Season The winter season has traditionally been a slower time for home sales. The guidance in the past has been to wait for the warmer months of spring before listing. However, the current real estate market has created a strong seller’s market and if you’re considering a move, it […]
Uncategorized Tips to Make Your Home both Beautiful and Kid-Friendly Have you ever been to a home where it’s clear that the kids have taken over the space? It’s obvious that the home has become more of a playground, filled with toys and bright-colored plastic everywhere. Homes like this often sacrifice style for durability or stain-resistance. Maybe this is your home? The good news is […]
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