FSBO Property Value Options

Once you have decided to sell your home by owner, knowing your property’s value is essential in the For Sale By Owner (FSBO) process. Here are three ways to help determine this value. 1. Tax Assessed Value The tax assessed value can be seen on your property tax statement. It is the amount used by the […]

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Zero-Downpayment. Unsafe?

Does it makes sense to think the key to preventing potential foreclosures is to require borrowers to put a substantial down payment down when purchasing a home? In other words, borrowers need to have “skin in the game”, right? Below are a few things that say there is something wrong with that conclusion. 1. VA home […]

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Mortgages Are Getting Easier To Secure

Phillip Ratliff, a 27-year-old software engineer, is part of a growing class of first-time home buyers that is purchasing in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008/2009. He obtained a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 3.5% interest rate for his four-bedroom house in Seattle, Washington. He put 5% down on the $325,000 loan. Ratliff, […]

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4 Tips For Buying a Home or For Sale by Owners in a Seller’s Market

After more than a half decade of struggles, it appears that the housing market is beginning to recover thanks to a firmer economy, a vast amount of support from the Fed, and investor activity.  The sustainability of the recovery is certainly up for debate, but there is no question that if you are looking to […]

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Sale By Owner Tips-Increase Appeal and Value of Your Home

Now that the house market is getting better, is it time to start thinking about selling by owner? There are several things to think about before you make your final decision. But once you have decided to sell your home by owner, here are 5 items that will help you get the highest price for […]

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Thinking Of Refinancing?

Refinancing is a hot topic right now. You probably know at least one person that is currently refinancing or at least entertaining the idea of refinancing. We are going to discuss a few important things to think about before you make your final decision. Refinancing can be stressful, so you want to make sure you […]

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Low Inventory: The Big Real Estate Story Of 2013?

We’ve heard it on the street, we’ve seen in on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ve seen it in our own neighborhoods: low inventory is a major story in the real estate market right now. While it is not a universal condition, a low inventory of homes on the market seems to be prevalent in many […]

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Inventory Shortage: Move Along; Nothing to See Here

We’ve written about feisty buyers, shown data on multiple offers and told the story of Mid-Peninsula Madness. That opened up the floodgates, and now we’re hearing from our agents across the country: Buyers are frustrated with the lack of homes on the market, and the few sellers out there are using scarcity to their advantage. […]

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Selling your home, How to Set A Fair Price

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When talking about setting a price to sell your home, we have to talk about setting a “fair” price. One that will make buyers feel that they are indeed getting a good deal, and one that will enable you to move closer toward your goal. Let us get one piece of housekeeping out of the […]

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5 Financing Essentials for Buying at an Auction

With foreclosures flooding the market, it’s “standing room only” at real estate auction sales these days. “Foreclosure sales accounted for 28 percent of U.S. home sales in the first quarter [of this year],” Inman News states, with those properties selling for nearly “27 percent below the average sales price of properties not in foreclosure,” data […]

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