Market Update WHAT A HOME INSPECTION SHOULD COVER WHAT A HOME INSPECTION SHOULD COVER Home inspections will vary depending on the type of property you are purchasing. A large historic home, for example, will require a more specialized inspection than a small condominium. However, the following are the basic elements that a home inspector will check. You can also use this list to […]
Home Checklists TIPS FOR LOWERING HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COSTS TIPS FOR LOWERING HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COSTS 1. Review the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) report on the property you’re interested in buying. CLUE reports detail the property’s claims history for the most recent five years, which insurers may use to deny coverage. Make the sale contingent on a home inspection to ensure that problems identified […]
Market Update TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD Your neighborhood has a big impact on your lifestyle. Follow these steps to find the perfect community to call home. Is it close to your favorite spots? Make a list of the activities — movies, health club, church, etc. — you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. […]
Home Checklists TIPS FOR BUYING IN A TIGHT MARKET TIPS FOR BUYING IN A TIGHT MARKET Increase your chances of getting your dream house in a competitive housing market, and lower your chances of losing out to another buyer. 1. Get prequalified for a mortgage. You’ll be able to make a firm commitment to buy and your offer will be more desirable to the […]
Market Update TAX BENEFITS OF HOME OWNERSHIP TAX BENEFITS OF HOME OWNERSHIP The tax deductions you’re eligible to take for mortgage interest and property taxes greatly increase the financial benefits of home ownership. Here’s how it works. Assume: $9,877 = Mortgage interest paid (a loan of $150,000 for 30 years, at 7 percent, using year-five interest) $2,700 = Property taxes (at 1.5 […]
Home Checklists TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF HOMEBUYING TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF HOMEBUYING Buying a home should be fun, not stressful. As you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for making the process as peaceful as possible. 1. Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Home buying is not only a big financial commitment, but also […]
Market Update SPECIALTY MORTGAGES: RISKS AND REWARDS SPECIALTY MORTGAGES: RISKS AND REWARDS In high-priced housing markets, it can be difficult to afford a home. That’s why a growing number of home buyers are forgoing traditional fixed-rate mortgages and standard adjustablerate mortgages and instead opting for a specialty mortgage that lets them “stretch” their income so they can qualify for a larger loan. […]
Market Update Should You Buy During the Holidays? 12/09/2021 Here are three reasons why it’s a great idea to buy during the holidays. Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale Looking to sell your home? Find out your home’s value We often get asked whether people should buy a home at the end of the year during the holidays or wait until […]
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Home Checklists QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A REALTOR® QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A REALTOR® 1. Make sure you choose a REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs. 1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — […]
Home Checklists PROS AND CONS OF GOING CONDO PROS AND CONS OF GOING CONDO Condominiums and townhouses offer an affordable option to single-family homes in many markets, and they’re ideal for those who appreciate a maintenance-free lifestyle. But before you buy, make sure you do your legwork. These are some of the important elements to consider: Storage. Some condos have storage lockers, but […]
Market Update Plan Your Buying and Selling Strategy 02/25/2022 in this crazy market, we have strategies in place to help you win.   We’re seeing some crazy things happening in Q1 of 2022. Last weekend in Forsyth County, there was an open house—over 100 cars lined the streets of this neighborhood! The home was priced at $500,000, and there were always 30 to […]
Market Update MOVING WITH PETS MOVING WITH PETS Moving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are many things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Experts at The Pet Realty Network in Naples, Fla., offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move. 1. […]
Market Update Make Your Offer Stand Out to Sellers 11/23/2021 Here are four tips to help get your offer accepted in this market. Looking to buy a home? Search all homes for sale Looking to sell your home? Find out your home’s value Today I’m discussing how to make your offer stand out in a multiple-offer situation and have the seller’s agent want to work with […]
Market Update Magazine Promotion 08/26/2020 Click below to read Paige Grove’s and President and Ceo of Century 21, Mike Miedler’s article in Fortune Magazine: Click below to read Joe Vonderschmidt’s article in Atlanta Business Chronicles: Click below to read Dusty LaBossiere’s article in Greater Atlanta Real Producers: Click below to read Sunny Parker’s article in Greater […]
Market Update LOAN TYPES TO CONSIDER LOAN TYPES TO CONSIDER Brush up on these mortgage basics to help you determine the loan that will best suit your needs. Mortgage terms. Mortgages are generally available at 15-, 20-, or 30-year terms. In general, the longer the term, the lower the monthly payment. However, you pay more interest overall if you borrow for […]
Home Checklists LENDER CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED FOR A MORTGAGE LENDER CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED FOR A MORTGAGE • W-2 forms — or business tax return forms if you’re self-employed — for the last two or three years for every person signing the loan. • Copies of at least one pay stub for each person signing the loan. • Account numbers of all your credit […]
Market Update Is Now a Good Time To Buy? 06/09/2022 Lower interest rates are not on the horizon so you should buy now. Should you wait to buy in this market? Mortgage rates have risen to a little more than 5% on average, and they did so considerably faster than people thought that they would. Some buyers have decided to wait for rates to […]
Market Update iBuyers Have Changed in This Slowing Market 08/19/2022 What happened to iBuyers and how it affects your real estate plans. What’s happening to iBuyers as our market slows? Interest rates are rising, and the market is calming down a bit. iBuyers were everywhere when the market was hot, so what are they doing now? In case you didn’t know, iBuyers are cash […]
Market Update How to Solve Low-Inventory Problems 03/31/2022   The big issue around housing today is low inventory. At 0:19 in the video above, you’ll see that it hasn’t always been like this. From 2005 to 2007, national inventory shot up to four million active homes. As you can also see in that chart, we’re down to just 400,000 properties for sale […]
Home Checklists HOW HIGH TECH HOME IS YOUR HOME? HOW HIGH TECH HOME IS YOUR HOME? If the latest technology or entertainment options are important in your new home, add the following questions to your buyer’s checklist. 1. Are there enough jacks in every room for cable TV and high-speed Internet hookups? 2. Are there ample telephone extensions or jacks? 3. Is the home […]