How to negotiate the best deal when buying a house

The old saying is that in real estate, everything is negotiable. But is it really? When you go to buy a house, you’re certainly hoping to get the best price and terms. To do that, you need to know when to start negotiating and when to stop. That begins with being familiar with the market, down to the neighborhood and maybe even the street. If there are more homes for sale than people who want them,...

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Home

Buying a home can be stressful and exciting all at the same time. It’s quite the adventure! We recently purchased our second home and I found a few tips very helpful while searching for the perfect home for my family. Here are my top 10 tips for finding the perfect home: 1. Figure out what your ‘perfect home’ looks like. Write down on a piece of paper all of the things you must have in...

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Selling an Empty House Without Losing Money

Do Empty Houses Sell for Less or Take longer to Sell? You are trying to sell your house and for whatever reason, you find yourself in a position where you are not living in the house you want to sell it empty.  You’ve moved the furniture out and now you’re ready to sell but you are worried that you might be crushing your valuation or making it harder to sell. You are also probably in a position...

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How Many Times Should You View A House?

Buying a house is a big decision. In fact, it’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make and that means it’s really important to get the decision right. So, how many times should you view a house before buying it? It’s a question that would-be buyers often ask themselves. Should you rush in after the first viewing and make an offer before someone else beats you to it? Or, should you bide...

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Top 10 Things to Look for When You Are House Hunting

If you're thinking about buying a home, this list can help get your search off on the right foot. While the number of rooms, the condition of the kitchen, and the size of the yard are important, there are other things to think over before you make an offer. Consider these factors. The Location They say that the three most important things to think about when buying...

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Most and Least Popular Home Features With Buyers

  In many areas, it's still a strong seller's market. But that doesn't mean you can count on a buyer paying your desired price without making needed upgrades. Selling a home successfully requires providing what homebuyers want. That means offering in-demand home features and avoiding what homebuyers hate. This can be tricky to determine without help. It pays to consult closely with your real...

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How to Search for a Home

When house-hunting fever strikes, it can hit hard. You’ll probably download a home search app or two and jump into the car, ready to explore a new neighborhood. Before you do, here are answers to some questions that might pop up along the way. What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor? All real estate agents are licensed by the state in which they operate. The title...

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11 things that make a home unsellable, according to real-estate agents

Bad odors from smoking or cats can make a home nearly impossible to sell, according to real-estate agents. Getty Images / Joe Raedle Business Insider asked real-estate agents around the country about what it's really like working in the industry, what they wish they could tell their clients, and if there are any factors that can make a home "unsellable." Some said anything could sell...

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5 Proven Ways to Increase Home Value

Making your house more efficient, adding square footage, upgrading the kitchen or bath and installing smart-home technology can help increase its value. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of U.S. homeowners believe the value of their home will continue to rise over the next 10 years, according to a NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 1,400 homeowners in August 2018. That may be...

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Should You Invest in Real Estate or Stocks?

A Comparison of Real Estate Investments vs. Stocks Asking the questions, “Which is a better investment—real estate or stocks?” is like asking whether chocolate or vanilla is superior or if an Aston Martin is better than a Bentley. There really isn’t an answer because a lot of it comes down to your personality, preferences, and style. It also comes down to the specifics of the individual...

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