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How do I Plan for Property Taxes?

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Knowing what to expect from property taxes, and what tax relief you can use, is an essential part of budgeting for home buying. The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard by a large tax bill you aren’t in a position to pay. What are Property Taxes? Property […]

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What Red Flags Should I Watch Out for When Buying a Home

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Oh, those crafty sellers, disguising the deferred maintenance of their homes! We’re not saying they’ll lie, but if they can get away with selling the house and not having to spend thousands of dollars on a moldy basement re-do? Well, it’s hard to blame them: they want to make the […]

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How to Negotiate Your Closing Costs

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At the end of the home-buying process, you will be faced with closing costs, the fees due at signing required to complete a home sale. Closing costs can be expensive, but some of those fees may be negotiable. Check the Market Temperature The nature of the housing market may […]

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What Are 9 Things Buyers Regret Overlooking?

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The last thing you want after moving into your new house is buyer’s remorse. With so many details to track when buying a home, items can slip through the cracks. Figuring out which areas you shouldn’t overlook is the first step toward mitigating remorse. 1. Lifestyle vs. resale value […]

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Does a Seller Have to Make the Repairs Requested by a Buyer?

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Scenario: The seller disagrees with the buyer’s inspector’s findings with items needing repairs. Question: Does a seller have to make the repairs requested by a buyer? Answer: No. There is no requirement for a seller to make any repairs. However, a seller who rejects any repair amendment or […]

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What are Some Helpful Apps and Websites for Buyers and Sellers?

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Looking for helpful apps and websites? Visit this page often to get the latest helpful sites! Found other cool sites while surfing the web or playing with apps on your phone? Please email me! I’d love to know! HomeStyler.com Design your dream home in 3D! Express your creativity, […]

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What Exactly is a REALTOR®?

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A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate salesperson… who belongs to the National Association of REALTORS®, the largest trade group in the country. Not every agent is a REALTOR®. REALTORS® are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of […]

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What Is a Listing Agent?

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The Listing Agent is the Seller’s Representative. That means the listing agent has a legal obligation to work on the seller’s behalf—to get the highest possible price and the best terms available for the seller, not the buyer. Sellers and agents have a written contractual agreement outlining […]

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What Is a Buyer’s Agent?

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The Buyer’s Agent is the buyer’s representative. That means that the buyer’s agent has the legal obligation to work on the buyer’s behalf— to get the best possible price and the best terms available for the buyer, not the seller. Buyers and agents have a written contractual […]

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How Do REALTORS Get Paid?

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Selling real estate is a commission-only business. That means an agent can work with a buyer for months without ever making a commission—because deals fall though and not every listing sells. It’s a business run on trust and faith. The real estate commission is the agent’s fee […]

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