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There is no doubt that it is easier to sell your house when using the services of a local real estate professional. The agent will provide:

  • Greater exposure to more buyers
  • The skills of a professional negotiator
  • A layer of protection from possible legal liabilities
  • Professional guidance in navigating any pitfalls that may arise
  • A level of safety while showing the home

There is no doubt that these services are valuable to any family that decides to sell. The only question is – how valuable? One of the main reasons For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) don’t use a real estate agent is because they believe these services are not worth the fee an agent charges. But, what if those services didn’t cost the seller a penny?

How much is your

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The days may be getting shorter, but the home-shopping benefits are growing.

Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers.

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If you’re in the market for a home, here are some reasons why fall can be a great time to buy.

Leftover spring inventory may result in deals

Home sellers tend to go on the market for the first time in the spring. They often list their homes too high out of the gate, which could mean that a series of price reductions follow during the spring and the summer months.

These sellers have fewer chances

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sellers rights

Knowing your rights ensures a smooth home sale or purchase process.

By Kayla Albert - Trulia  

Things can get tricky between making an offer and closing a deal.

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Getting swept up in the frenzy of buying or selling a home is easy. After the honeymoon phase comes that awkward stage between agreeing on a tentative deal and reaching the closing table. You might encounter many unforeseen situations in this window, and both parties have specific buyer’s and seller’s rights designed to prevent a major decision from becoming a major regret. These protections will ensure you don’t lose money or endure an unnecessary battle in the process.

Seller: “I accepted an offer, but now I’m

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suburbsPolitics and affordability are causing Americans to relocate, according to data released Friday by Redfin.

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In the first half of 2017, 7.4 percent more people moved out of blue (Democratic) counties than to them, while red (Republican) counties experienced a 1 percent increase. Purple counties, which are classified as counties that share an equal balance of Democrats and Republicans, gained 2.3 percent more than they lost, and swing counties in swing states experienced 1.8 percent more Americans moving in than out.

“As blue counties are becoming increasingly less affordable, we see a great number of residents moving to red counties where they can afford the lifestyle they want,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela

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Home Builders Try to Keep Up With Buyer Demand

Home construction on the rise, but is it enough?

Slow housing starts have played a big role in creating today's inventory-strapped real estate market. But according to new data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), hope for more home construction—and subsequently lower prices—just may be in our sights.

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Builders pick up the pace

According to NAHB analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau Construction Spending report, private residential spending jumped 0.5 percent in August. This marks its fourth monthly increase in a row. Over the year, private residential construction rose nearly 12 percent.

FHA 203(bk) home construction and rehab loan: pros and cons

Private residential construction totaled

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The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for not currently owning a home, as not being able to afford one.

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This brings us to two major misconceptions that we want to address today.

1. Down Payment

NAR’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 39% of non-homeowners say they believe they need more than 20% for a down payment on a home purchase. In actuality, there are many

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You’ve decided to sell your house in Davenport FL. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:

  • Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
  • Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
  • Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset

An agent must be concerned first and foremost with you and your family to garner that degree of trust. Make sure this is the case.

Be careful if the agent you are interviewing begins the interview by:

  • Bragging about their success
  • Bragging about their company’s success

An agent’s success and the success of their company can be important

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A recent article from a reputable news source was titled: Here’s why some homeowners still can’t sell. In the opening bullets of the article, the author claimed, “Negative equity is one of the main reasons why there are so few homes for sale.” The article then goes on to soften that stance but we want to bring better clarity to the equity situation.

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A recent report from CoreLogic (which was quoted in the article) revealed that over 80% of all homes now have “significant equity,” which means the home has over 20% equity. That level of equity allows the homeowner to sell their home if they so desire. (There was no reference to significant equity in the article.)

If eight out of ten homeowners now have significant

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Today’s housing market is fast-paced and often pricier than it’s been in decades. Both renters and buyers are facing challenges in finding a place to call home.

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Both sellers and homeowners also face their own set of challenges — tied to the line they walk between seeing their home as a personal extension of themselves as well as one of their biggest financial investments. The Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report 2017 is a deep dive into understanding all these challenges as well as the deep desires people have around home.

Zillow surveyed over 13,000 people to determine how Americans rent, buy, sell and even think about real estate as part of the report research. Some of our discoveries could be

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No one ever said buying a fixer-upper is easy. But with the right experts on your team, you’ll tackle any problem with confidence.

Buying a move-in ready house sounds like an ideal situation for buyers, although the reality is many of these homes come with a steep price tag.

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Sometimes investing in a fixer-upper is your best shot at getting your dream house and neighborhood. If you’re able to look past the flaws and envision the home’s potential, you’ve passed the first challenge. But vision can only get you so far. If you’re looking to make significant renovations, it’s always helpful to have back up from the professionals.

I’m currently in the middle of a major gut-remodel of a

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