1. Is the offer to purchase binding?

    The most powerful document Without question the offer to purchase is the most powerful document you will be asked to sign in a real estate transaction. In many respects, the physical closing at the title company is simply a confirmation of what happened days, weeks or months earlier. This point in time can be stressful […]

    May 31, 2011
  2. Who sets the rules and laws in real estate?

    What You Do Not Know Can Hurt You Most of us coming into the real estate market today are searching for information. We tend to look for information about homes, neighborhoods and financing. Consumers  do not always ask the right questions  because they do not know which questions  to ask. Conversely,  agents do not realize […]

    May 30, 2011
  3. What should I know about the well and septic systems?

    Problems with your well and septic systems? It is no secret that problems with a well and septic systems can result in much inconvenience, danger, and expense. Fortunately, prior knowledge can help reduce or avoid these common problems. This article is designed to provide you with the proper information and assist rural buyers and sellers […]

    May 29, 2011
  4. Fair Housing Law

    The Law Says.. Federal law requires that all people be treated equally and prohibits discrimination in the housing industry throughout the United States. The law also applies to mortgages, insurance and rental housing. The Federal Fair Housing Law makes discrimination  illegal against individuals based on their sex, age, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, […]

    May 27, 2011
  5. Understanding the importance of home buying contingencies

    What are home buying contingencies? Home buying contingencies are contractual requirements regarding fundamental aspects of the transaction upon which settling the contract is dependent. Because a home is an expensive and complex structure, it is often difficult or costly to address all issues prior to agreeing on the terms of a purchase or sale. The real […]

    May 26, 2011
  6. How much should I fix up before I sell?

    Why Is This So Important? First put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Assume two homes are virtually identical. They are both the same price and in the same neighborhood. Except, one of them is un-kept. Which one will you buy? If you chose the un-kept one because it was 3 blocks closer to work, how much […]

    May 25, 2011
  7. What does a home inspection cover?

    A Great Tool For Buyers And Sellers The question of whether or not to have an inspection should actually not be a question at all. One of the most common com­plaints against home sellers is in the area of condition, specifically disclosure of the condition. A home inspection is a valuable tool in deter­mining and […]

    May 24, 2011
  8. What are the big "red flags" of real estate?

    The Invisible Flaws Of Real Estate Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is imperative you understand what influences price in the marketplace. I want to share some of the most important “red flags” to be mindful of when you buy or sell. The term “red flags” does not mean do not buy […]

    May 23, 2011
  9. How do I ensure a successful home seller closing?

    Many real estate transactions end in water-cooler conversations. The closing takes place, but not on the date planned, or money requirements require changes, or the seller took the washer and dryer; or dozens of other possibilities. Ensuring a successful home seller closing is attainable. Many real estate closings take place on time and as agreed. […]

  10. How do I ensure a successful real estate closing?

    Many real estate transactions end in water-cooler conversations. The closing takes place, but not on the date planned, or money requirements require changes, or the seller took the washer and dryer; or dozens of other possibilities. Ensuring a successful real estate closing is attainable. Many real estate closings take place on time and as agreed. […]

  11. How do I get good referrals in real estate?

    What are good referrals in real estate? Webster’s Dictionary says, “To direct for information or anything required.” That seems straightforward enough on the surface, but let’s take a closer look. In my first year selling real estate, I had an experience that taught me a valuable lesson. A true confession The community I served had […]

    May 22, 2011
  12. Moving out of your home.

    You have an accepted offer, and the closing completed. All of your determination, organization and hard work is finished, right? Wrong! Now, you must put the same preparation and research towards moving out of your home. The moving process can be taken for granted. No matter how often you have moved, something may go wrong […]

  13. What is radon gas?

    How Small Is Small? Radon is a radioactive gas which occurs in nature and has always been present in the air. You can not see it, taste it or smell it, and it can only be detected with specialized testing equipment. Radon is measured in units, called picocuries. The curie is a standard measure for […]

    May 21, 2011