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The Ten Commandments Of Selling A Home

Tue, Oct 15th 2019 7:30 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

So your home’s on the market — are you jazzed about getting it sold? Good. But there are a few things you need to know. More specifically, ten things. They’re called “The Ten Commandments of Selling a Home.”

Read them. Absorb them. Emblazon them to memory, because one tiny mis-step can make your dream of moving on to your next home come crashing down like a sandcastle at high tide.

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The Ten Commandments of Selling a Home

  1. Thou shalt vacate the house for all showings.
  2. Thou shalt assume every day is a showing day. Keep it clean and clutter free, with pets properly secured.
  3. Thou shalt not turn off utilities before closing.
  4. Thou shalt fill out pro...


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Do You Need A Real Estate Agent When Buying New Construction?

Tue, Oct 8th 2019 7:45 am by Tiffany Hereda Buying

If you consider buying a new construction home, there’s a good chance you’ll question whether or not you even need to use a real estate agent.

You might even wonder if there’s an advantage to not using a real estate agent…perhaps thinking you can get a lower price, or more upgrades thrown in, if the builder isn’t paying a real estate agent their commission.

Or, you just might not give it any thought whatsoever, and stumble into buying your new construction home, without having your own real estate agent to represent you.

So, do you need to use a real estate agent when buying new construction?

Technically? No.

Should you? Yes.

Beyond Just Signing A Little Paperwork

One reason people...



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A Simplified Guide to Your Home Inspection – Part II

Tue, Oct 1st 2019 7:30 am by Tiffany Hereda Buying

If you have recently gone under contract to buy a home, you may be planning for your physical inspection. A lot of information will be thrown at you in a very short period of time, and a large amount of it is confusing. Hopefully, this will simplify your process. Part I of this article covered roofs, foundation, plumbing and electrical systems. Here, we will cover windows, landscaping, and termites.

Your inspector may recommend new windows. If you are happy with your old windows, they function well, and the casings are in good shape, that is great. But installing new windows is a great way to make your home more energy efficient. New windows are not inexpensive, though. Your window ins...



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A Simplified Guide to Your Home Inspection – Part 1

Mon, Sep 23rd 2019 1:32 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

If you are under contract to purchase a home, congratulations! Of course, you are excited and a little nervous, too. Your physical inspection can be especially nerve-wracking. In a short amount of time, you will receive more information than you can process, and it will all seem very serious. And confusing. And potentially expensive. In order to calm your nerves, here is a breakdown of the inspection’s most important home components and priorities. (Homes and condos are constructed differently across the U.S.; this will deal with structures that are mostly wood and not brick, and homes that are not new.)

Your home’s most important elements are its roof, foundation, plumbing, and electr...



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8 Ways A Great Real Estate Agent Can Change Your Life

Tue, Aug 27th 2019 10:15 am by Tiffany Hereda Informational

A real estate transaction can be an exciting thing to experience, but it can also be nerve-wracking and stressful. Your experience will largely depend on the circumstances surrounding your transaction and, perhaps more importantly, the agent you’re working with.

A great agent will not only get you over the finish line to the best of their ability, but they can also change your life for the better. Here are eight ways:

1. They’ll show you they care

In today’s fast-paced world, it seems like everyone’s attention is in short supply. A great real estate agent will show you that’s not always the case, by listening and caring about you and your needs. Not only will being a good listener he...



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Should You Buy A Home On A Main Road?

Tue, Aug 20th 2019 10:49 am by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Everyone’s heard that the three most important things to consider when buying real estate are “location, location, location”…

It’s true enough. Location matters.

Location affects the value. Location affects how easy it is to re-sell. Location affects the enjoyment of the property (depending on a person’s tolerance levels).

In a perfect world, everyone would live on a quiet, dead-end street, with professionally landscaped yards, and friendly neighbors.

But that’s just not the case…

There are homes on main roads. And people buy them and live in them.

Yet, pretty much anyone you ask will say, “You shouldn’t buy a house on a main road.”

But, maybe you should…

Where Do You Draw The L...



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3 Things Real Estate Apps Commonly Get Wrong

Wed, Jul 31st 2019 1:41 pm by Tiffany Hereda Informational

Listing sites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, and Craigslist have become the go-to source for many buyers and sellers (particularly people attempting to buy or sell property on their own) to get information about the market, view properties, and connect with property owners.

But while most people believe these listing sites are a reliable source of information, there’s actually quite a bit of misinformation that can throw a wrench in your home search or sale.

Here are the three things real estate apps commonly get wrong (and how you can avoid them while selling or buying your home):

1. Not all postings are real

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One of the biggest problems on most real estate apps is that the...



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Seller Optimism Jumps An Impressive 12% in Q2

Tue, Jul 16th 2019 10:33 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

Before you list your home, you want to feel confident in the market and the opportunity to sell your property at a competitive price. And in Q2 2019, it looks like that confidence is on the rise.

According to the most recent Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey from the National Association of REALTORS®, nearly ¾ of people—73 percent—believe that now is a good time to sell a home. That’s up from 65 percent last quarter (Q1 2019), a jump of 12 percent. The percentage of people who are strongly optimistic that now is a good time to sell is also on the rise, increasing from 37 percent to 46 percent.

The Takeaway


The jump in optimism points to favorable market co...



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10 Ways To Add Curb Appeal With… Color!

Wed, Jul 3rd 2019 2:44 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

We’ve had tasteful greys, farmhouse whites, and classic beiges up and down the street for so darn long… It’s no wonder people are going cuckoo for color these days!

Just think, with these projects, you can brighten up your life AND add to your house’s curb appeal in a weekend or less.

Front Door

This one seems like a no-brainer, and yet, so many people are afraid to try it out! The reason why? They’re afraid they’ll choose the wrong color or paint.

That’s understandable. No one likes to get stuck with a do-over, and no one wants to live with a Shrek green mistake on the front of their home.

The easy solution? Go with what you know. Pick a color from the existing palette of your hom...



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7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Mon, May 13th 2019 1:29 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.

With that in mind, it’s important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction.

The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

1. ‘If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!’

When sellers...



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Thinking About Renovating? These Features Can Help Your Home Sell Faster

Mon, Apr 22nd 2019 9:00 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When you renovate your home, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Not only do you want to make your home a better place for you and your family to live, but you also want your renovations to add to your home’s resale value.

But what, exactly, are the features that will help your home sell faster?

According to recent data from Realtor.com (which analyzed more than 1 million single-family listings), the top three renovations that will help you sell your home quickly and at a prime price point are:

  • A chef’s or gourmet kitchen
  • A theater room
  • A home gym.

These renovation projects were named the “most profitable home features for sellers banking on quick sales.”

Those three ...



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4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Real Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale

Tue, Apr 16th 2019 1:40 pm by Tiffany Hereda Informational

When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home, there are obvious things you notice them doing to help your house sell. Things like: hosting open houses, bringing potential buyers on home tours, and marketing your property in multiple ways to make sure it gets enough exposure.

But when it comes to adding value to your home sale, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A huge percentage of your agent’s job takes place behind-the-scenes, and they’re working around the clock to get your house sold — even when you’re not looking.

Here are 4 behind-the-scenes way your real estate agent is working to get your house sold:

1. Performing market research

When it comes to pricing your home, your ...



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6 Reasons You Should Avoid Buying A For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Home

Tue, Mar 26th 2019 2:31 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

When you're looking to buy a home, you may wonder, "Does it matter if the property is listed with a real estate agent or the owners who are trying to sell it themselves?" Um, yes. It matters. A lot. The truth is: When it comes to signing contracts, handing over escrow money, and digging into the home's history, going it alone can end up costing homebuyers a bundle. The following are 6 reasons to avoid a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) home.

1. Are you sure it's legit?

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Unfortunately, scams abound and the real estate industry isn't immune. If you don't have an agent looking out for your best interests, it's easy to be duped. For example, would you know what a proper sales contract l...



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Why Do Real Estate Agents Ask If You’re Pre-approved?

Wed, Mar 20th 2019 2:11 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Have you ever walked into an open house, or called a real estate agent about a listing, and within minutes, they’re asking you if you are “pre-approved” for a mortgage? If you haven’t, then you have never walked into an open house or called an agent. Or at least enough of them... Just wait. It’ll happen. And you’re going to feel like it’s pretty pushy for them to ask that.

It’s like a joke.

It makes you feel like telling real estate agents this knock-knock joke… You: Knock-knock. Real estate agent: Who’s there? You: Nunya. Real Estate Agent: Nunya who!? You: Nunya business if I’m pre-approved or not! Just show me the house, and I’ll get pre-approved if I even like the house. I can defin...



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FSBOs Make Up Only 7% Of Home Sales In 2018—And For Good Reason

Tue, Mar 12th 2019 2:43 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

Thinking about listing and selling your home on your own? You might want to think again. According to the 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of Realtors, FSBOs (for sale by owners) only made up 7% of home sales in 2018. And for good reason! Not only can selling your home without the help of an agent cost you time, energy, and frustration throughout the process—but it can also cost you serious cash. In 2018, FSBO homes sold for a median of $200,000, a whopping $64,000 less than agent-sold homes.

The Takeaway

If you're thinking about selling your home on your own, you may want to reconsider. Working with an agent will make the process of selling your h...



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4 Tips For Buying A Home From A Distance

Wed, Feb 27th 2019 2:08 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Chances are, if you're looking for a new home, you're ready for a change of scenery. And while that might mean just a new property or a new neighborhood, for many potential homebuyers, that often means a new city. And if you're considering buying property in a city other than the one where you currently reside, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. Will you have to fly to your new city every weekend to look at properties? Will you miss out on hot properties? Is it even possible to buy without physically being in your city? Buying a home from a distance certainly presents its own set of unique challenges, but by no means is it impossible. Here are four tips for buying a ...



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7 Pricing Myths You Need to Get Past If You Want to Sell Your Home

Fri, Jan 4th 2019 10:47 am by Tiffany Hereda Selling

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest. With that in mind, it's important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction. The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

1. 'If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!'

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Home Price Growth Finally Slowing, Spelling Good News For Buyers

Tue, Dec 11th 2018 2:01 pm by Tiffany Hereda Buying

Thanks to record low inventory and heated competition, home values have been rapidly rising in markets across the country. But according to recent data, it looks like home price growth is finally showing signs of slowing. According to recent research from Redfin, home sale prices increased just 4.7% in August, capping off six straight months of declines and delivering the lowest price growth in four years.

The Takeaway

If you've been putting off buying a home because of the intense seller's market in the US, this is great news—low price growth means you won't be seeing the dramatic price jumps that have become commonplace in recent years. And as more inventory hits the market (accordi...



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Want To Increase The Value Of Your Home? Choose Paint Colors Wisely

Thu, Nov 29th 2018 1:53 pm by Tiffany Hereda Selling

If you're thinking about putting your house on the market, obviously you want to do everything you can to increase the value before you sell. And if you want to add to that value without breaking the bank? Try a little paint.

According to Zillow's 2018 Paint Colors Analysis, which analyzed the effects different paint colors had on home values, choosing the right paint colors—and incorporating those paint colors in the right way—can make a huge difference when you list your home.

Which colors will give you the most bang for your buck? According to the analysis, painting your door black can boost your home's sales price by 2.9% while covering the bathroom walls in a periwinkle blue can ad...



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