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Asking Price vs. Selling Price - Part Two

In the current market, on average, a home generally sells for $4,000 - $10,000 less than the asking price. What does that mean for you as a buyer? Or seller? As a Seller: 1) Price it to sell: You want buyers bidding you up, not negotiating you down. The most foolproof way to stay out of chasing the market downward with price decreases and negotiations, is to list your home at the right price. What’s the right price? Get with an experienced Realtor to help you set the right pr

The Top 5 Reasons People are Afraid to Buy a Home

Most people dream of homeownership, and generally have a goal to someday, eventually, in the near future, buy a home. It’s always a goal that’s on the horizon, I just have to get a few things straight first, right? With all this procrastination, there has to be something more to it. We are accomplishing so much these days, yet for most, homeownership seems to stay just out of our reach. But why? In this climate, when it is now easier than ever to purchase a home, with a growi

Free Money! Free Money!

Ok, I mean it. Yes, there are some stipulations, as are with most things in life, but yes, there is free money available. This is the moment I bring my lender friend in on the conversation and ask them to explain all the details... Lender: There are a number of programs, under various names, that allow a buyer to take advantage of free money offered to them to help with closing cost and down payment assistance. Me: Ok, that sounds nice, but what's the catch? Lender: Each p

8 tips on how to professionally photograph your home in order to sell it

Tip 1) And I'm not trying to be funny, but really - Get a professional to do it. I can't tell you how many deals have been lost in the photos alone. Beautiful homes that you just can't quite see because momma's thumb was over the camera and she snapped it while little Jonny was still at the table eating his lunch?! We can do better. I know. Tip 2) More is better - I know you didn't get a chance to clean up the upstairs bedroom or clear out the garage like you thought, b