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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

What Happens During an Appraisal? Part 2

Generally, a certified residential appraiser needs about six to eight hours to finish an entire appraisal. They start by researching the home. They look at the location... is it on a busy street or not and tax records. After that, they book the appointment and visit the house. 

An appraisal home visit will take about an hour... for the most part. Sometimes, they may not need that much time if they are familiar with the area. The appraiser comes in and measures the square footage of the interior of the house, minus the garage or any space that isn't permitted. They make sure that the reported square footage is the same as the actual footage.

There are three important factors of the appraisal:

* the square footage of the home
* any home upgrades or renovations
* comparables (homes similar in size, age, condition, and location to the home that have sold within the past six months to a year)

THIS IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET COMPS FROM AN REALTOR

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Why Should I Hire You as my Agent? PART 1

During the home-buying process, you will collaborate with and speak with your real estate agent more than any other party involved. This person will be your right hand, support system, and, in some cases, your eyes and ears. Most importantly, they will be the expert throughout the home search or home selling process. Find an agent that fits your needs and they'll work for you to find the ideal home at the price point you can afford. 

Not every agent is the same. Take a look at their history of homes sold in the past 6 months to a year. If they have just a few, then you know that this not their number one priority. They may work another job, which may not be in the best interest for you. 

There are typically two agents involved in a transaction. The agents are the buyer's agent who represents the buyer and buyer only. There is also the seller's agent who represents the seller and their property. Both agents work on a commission averaging 3% for each agent. This cos ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

Why Should I Hire You as my Agent? PART 2

When choosing an agent, they should not only be good listeners, communicate, and be knowledgeable, they should EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and NEGOTIATE for YOU!

Here are some tips to use while interviewing real estate agents for purchasing and selling homes:

Finding a Quality Agent:

Lender Suggestions: 

You have found a lender. Lenders interact with tons of agents over the years and can usually point buyers in the right direction towards professional agents that provide the BEST customer service and efficient documentation to the lender. TRUST your lender's opinion, especially if the lender is local.

Friends and Family:

Know any friends and family that have recently sold or purchased a home? ASK them for suggestions! They will probably give you the BEST review of an agent and the experience they had with them... whether it was good or bad. 

Check out Reviews:

How do buy online? We look at reviews! I know you are looking at Zillow, Realtor, and Trulia to ...

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Friday, April 26, 2019   /   by Pamela Glende

What is the best time to list your home?

Spring is in the air, the weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and home shoppers are out looking with great anticipation on finding a home.
If you are considering selling your home, Spring is the perfect time to list. As the weather warms home shoppers have come out of hibernation.
The market is a hot seller’s market with just over a month’s worth of inventory. A balanced market has 5.5 months of inventory. This is a great position to be in as a seller, but not so much as a home buyer because the competition to get their offers accepted is tough. With so little inventory and so many buyers there are plenty of bidding wars going on to get into contract on a home purchase.
My advice to sellers would be to get your home on the market as quickly as possible. The longer you wait the more competition you will have as a seller. The further we get into Spring the more listings we have. Beat the competition by getting your home on the market first.  Chances are if ...

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Staging your home can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Picture this: You pull up to a beautiful home for sale with a freshly manicured lawn. The grass is lush and full. The landscaping has pristinely cut bushes and beautiful bright flowers. The steps leading up to the door are clean of any leaves or debris. The freshly painted door is a lovely shade of red and beautiful. You can’t wait to get inside! You open the door and realize the house looks very “lived in.” Jackets strewed over the backs of chairs; toys sitting on the coffee table, dog beds in the corner. Yikes!


I get it. It’s someone’s home. But the best way to sell YOUR home is to make the buyer feel like it’s already THEIR home. That’s where staging your home can bring you big bucks and quick! Staging doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It’s as simple as decluttering, deep cleaning and decorating.


Step one is to declutter and de-personalize. I like to work on the “clutter zones” first aka the are ...

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