Category Archives: Real Estate

Low Home Appraisals Are Still A Problem

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about the dominance of refinances in the mortgage market (see here). This trend is likely to continue, at least for the near term, as housing values continue to delay, cancel, and … Continue reading

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Refinances Dominate Market

I read an interesting article this morning, about mortgage loan market share (I know, who really thinks that is interesting).  What struck me was the actual number of refis taking place vs. purchases. The current number is 81.2% of all mortgage … Continue reading

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Should You Pay for a Home Inspection?

Many home buyers debate the necessity of a home inspection before they buy.  “We’re already spending enough on the house. Besides, it looks good to me.” But can you really afford not to?  There are so many hidden elements to … Continue reading

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How to Write An Offer in Any Market

When purchasing a house, your offer to the Seller is a critical step.  There are protocols to follow, and you want to make sure that you complete the process correctly. The current market conditions can also dictate how you will write your … Continue reading

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How Do You Choose a Buyer’s Agent?

With so much good information available online, do I really need to hire a Realtor to help me buy a home? Legally no. But I would highly recommend working with an agent. The advantages to working with a good agent … Continue reading

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Top 5 Remodeling Projects That Add Value

Looking to add some value to your home? Who isn’t, right? Remodeling Magazine issues an annual Cost vs. Value Report, which highlights 35 projects done around the home. The average price paid by consumers is compared with how much additional … Continue reading

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5 Things You Must Do to Complete a Short Sale

5 Things You Must Do to Complete a Short Sale Hopefully this topic won’t be so relevant soon, but for now it is still a big issue for many people. I have helped several homeowners through this difficult process over … Continue reading

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House Hunting This Weekend? Take These With You…

The weekend is here!  Time to gas up the car, meet our Realtor, and view some homes. But first, be sure to grab these two items before you leave: 1) House Hunting Detail List You are likely to tour several … Continue reading

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Photos Ranked # 1 Tool

Originally posted on Annapolis Homes Info:
Buyers ranked photos #1 as the most useful tool in their buying decision. *

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Originally posted on Homesbyjim Real Estate:
Survey Reveals Success of REALTORS® vs. FSBOs | Realtor Magazine.   This is a follow up to a previous post. The key is to get the home sold in the shortest possible time. Using…

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