1. 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
  2. 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 […]

  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. What are Fair Housing Laws?

    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
  6. 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
  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. 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. […]

  9. 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