1. What should I know about a mortgage?

    Find the money first Shopping at a price point over your maximum loan qualification is just one reason the importance of mortgage pre-approval is not taken for granted. Critical first step Even before you start looking for a home, have a mortgage loan officer pre-approve you. It is a critical first step. Here are the […]

    June 20, 2011
  2. What is the true price of a home?

    “A Pig in a Poke” We’ve all heard this phrase. It means to buy something that is worth less than you thought it was. Determining a home’s value is one of the biggest struggles for buyers of real estate. For sellers, the reverse, being underpaid, is true. Both buyer and seller wonder how they can protect […]

    June 19, 2011
  3. What is the listing agreement?

    An employment agreement In the simplest terms, the listing agreement is an employment contract between the home seller and the broker. The agreement describes the relationship between the two parties. It is driven by state and federal law to ensure compliance with existing law and outlines each party’s responsibilities in the process. When both sides […]

    June 3, 2011
  4. How should I prepare my home for showing?

    Under the looking glass Imagine the home buyer walking into your home with a large magnifying glass ready to examine every nook and cranny. Even if  the magnifying glass is not physically visible, it is present to every prospective home buyer. That’s why it is up to you, the home seller, to present your home […]

    June 2, 2011
  5. What should I look for when viewing a home?

    …Smartly Experience has proven that the more you know about viewing a home smartly, the better chance you  have of making the right decisions when you are ready to make an offer on one. This prior knowledge can help save you time and result in a successful transaction for both you and the seller. Ready, […]

    June 1, 2011
  6. The basic facts for real estate negotiation

    Negotiations Are An Important Key So many times I have seen ego, misinformation or just downright stubbornness cost a sale unnecessarily. In most cases, one or both of the parties were not willing to consider the concern or objection of the other party. Many critical concerns will be  discussed and decided upon during the real […]