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The Essential First Steps for First-Time Homebuyers

brian-babb-256298 Buying a home for the first time can be a stressful, albeit exciting, rite of passage. Knowing what your first few steps should be can tremendously lower the amount of stress you’re probably already feeling. Without any further ado, here’s how we tell people they should start: Get Your Finances in Order When you’re about six months out, you need to start organizing your finances. First, this means checking your credit score and making sure your score is maximized. Creditworthiness is a huge...Continue Reading >

What to Look for When Buying a House as an Investment Rental: It’s a time and money investment

for-rent-real-estate-sign-in-front-of-house Buying a home as an investment, and becoming a landlord, can seem like an easy way to rake in some extra money, but it’s still an investment of your time and money. It’s important to be prepared and know what to expect. Know Your Limitations First and foremost: if you’re going to get a mortgage, make sure you can handle the monthly payments if the property is vacant. I've known too many people start to build a portfolio only to have sell...Continue Reading >

5 Questions to Ask If You’re Buying a Flipped House: Some extra due diligence will save you some headaches

happy-couple-after-buying-house Buying a house for a great price, fixing it up, and then reselling it sounds pretty exciting, which is why there are so many shows on HGTV about doing just that. In Miami, there is certainly a cottage industry of people that dedicate their time and money to flipping homes. If you’re thinking of buying a flipped house, you may need to do a little extra homework before making an offer. Before you buy a flipped house, be sure to ask these...Continue Reading >

What’s the Difference Between Market Value and Assessed Value?

home-values-represents-selling-price-and-building When you’re trying to put a price tag on your home, determining its value is a given. But, what is value exactly? Two types of “value” will come up in the conversation around selling your home: assessed value and market value. They may seem similar but the numbers can be different, and they’re used in distinct ways. Understanding the two will give you an advantage as you sell your home. What Is Market Value? Market value refers to the likely price that...Continue Reading >

9 Things to Know About Home Inspections

inspection blog pic So, you’ve found your dream home, and your offer was accepted. Congrats! Now, it’s time for the home inspection. A home inspection might seem worrisome. But, it’s a necessary step in the home-buying process, ensuring that you know exactly what’s going on within the bones of the house. Not all homebuyers fully understand how inspections work. Here are nine things you should know about them: Inspections Are (Technically) Optional.  It may come as a surprise, but home inspections are not a required part...Continue Reading >

How to Buy Your First Home Like a Pro

exchange of keys Buying a home is a huge commitment. If you’re a commitment-phobe or just new to the process, it can seem incredibly overwhelming—maybe even terrifying. The most important first step is finding the right realtor to help guide you through the process. You can rely on your realtor’s expertise, but you also need to educate yourself on the home-buying process so that you understand what’s happening at every stage. These tips will help you get through the process of buying your first...Continue Reading >

How to Get Ready for an Open House

drews open sign Hosting an open house is a great way to get lots of potential buyers through your door. You just need to make sure your home is ready to be seen. It’s important for buyers to envision how they will use your space. Sometimes the best way to prepare is to stage your home so that it looks inviting but not too lived in. To get ready for an open house, use these tips: Clean Up Too much stuff on the kitchen counter or...Continue Reading >

5 Appraisal Myths Explained

analyzing-appraisals-focus-on-sales-comparison-take-away-manual-39-638 The appraisal is one of the most intimidating parts of selling a home. It can also be one of the most confusing. Buyers and sellers rarely understand the purpose of an appraisal. Appraisals, which determine the value of a home, are usually required by mortgage companies and typically take place after a listing price has been determined and an offer has been made. The appraisal takes away any emotional attachment that the seller and buyer feel toward the house, because it...Continue Reading >

Mistakes That Keep People from Selling Their Homes

Drews sold sign Selling your home can be daunting. Markets fluctuate and demand can be sluggish. But, sometimes – and bear with us – but sometimes it can be you that gets in the way of your own sale. When it comes time to selling your home - you hire a real estate agent to list your home and work for you to get it sold. But the sale of your home is not entirely dependent on the agent. Sellers have many responsibilities in...Continue Reading >

Palmetto Bay vs. Pinecrest: Which Neighborhood Is Best for You

PINCREST VS PALMETTO BAY Location is the biggest factor for homebuyers. And, there’s so much to consider when choosing the best location: schools, commuting, and local amenities. Two of Miami’s neighborhoods—Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest—have a lot to offer buyers. They feature a variety of housing options, and depending on what you’re looking for, they are both great choices. Here’s an overview of the neighborhoods’ best features. The Benefits of Palmetto Bay From a wealth of amenities, to a community feeling and a range of real estate...Continue Reading >