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Monday, August 26, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff When Buying a Home

If you’re on the home-buying journey for the first time or the first time in a long time, you may have the image of the “perfect” home in mind — every wall a color you love, the best flooring, and the perfect backyard. While there’s a chance you may find your dream house, it is more likely that you’ll find that house with a few exceptions. So where should you draw the line? Are there things you should ignore if the price and location are right? The answer is yes! There are some things you can ignore while home shopping if, it means checking the rest of your boxes. Here are some of the things you can overlook if you are considering making an offer on a home that has the perfect location or layout.

While it may be tempting to wait for a home with new carpet or freshly painted white walls, overlooking old carpet or vibrant wallpaper can help you get your otherwise dream-home. Replacing the carpet or painting the walls do ...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon


After all of the preparation required to list your home, you are probably ready to relax and wait for offers to roll in. While most of the heavy lifting is completed, it is important to keep in mind things that you may run into during the sale process. As you begin to allow and welcome potential buyers into your home, here are a few things to expect now that your home is listed!

1. You might feel like you live in a museum. 
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is crucial to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a showing.

2. There will be so ...

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Sunday, May 26, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

My Appraisal Came in Below the Negotiated Price! Now What?

You have been searching for a home for months and finally got an offer accepted and then....the house doesn't appraise for the negotiated price. 

Now what?


It can be heart wrenching for the buyer and seller if the deal falls apart because of the appraisal. Low appraisals happen more often than you might think, especially in rising markets. 
Sometimes there are not enough comparable sales applicable to the home you want, or maybe distressed sales have conflicted with the appraisal. 

Generally, lenders will only lend funds up to a certain percentage of the appraised value. If the appraisal is lower than your offer, you may need to come up with more cash.. but there are other options.

1. Look over the appraisal contingency in your contract.

The appraisal contingency clause built into the contract allows you to reevaluate the situation or renegotiate if needed. But sometimes, even with this clause, you may end up spending more or j ...

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Saturday, April 27, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

What is an Appraisal and Why do You Need It? Part 1

An appraisal is a vital part of the home buying and selling process. 

If you're purchasing a home with a loan or refinancing your mortgage, the appraisal will make an impact on the amount of the loan you will be able to receive.

If you are selling your home, you want the appraisal to go well to support the potential buyers' financing. Either way, it is important to know how the appraisal process works and how an appraiser comes up with the value of your home.

What is an appraisal?

An appraisal is a report of a home's value prepared for a lender. A trained and licensed individual called an appraiser will gather information and submit the report according to specific criteria. The appraisal typically occurs after the seller has accepted the buyer's offer, and the lender is getting the paperwork ready for the loan.

An appraisal is used to determine if the amount of the loan is appropriate based on the home's condition, location, and features. Typically, lenders d ...

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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)


The idea is th ...

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