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3 Negotiation Tips All Homebuyers Need to Know

ben-white-138762 Buying a home is all about negotiation. Even though you most likely have a realtor to help you through the process (link to previous blog), you should learn some solid research skills to prepare yourself for the negotiation. When you’re buying a house, you want the best price. To get the best deal on the home you’ve always dreamed of, you need to know how to negotiate, when to stick to your guns, and when to wave your white flag and...Continue Reading >

For Sale by Owner Nightmares That Prove You Need a Realtor

douglas-sheppard-522200 It’s tempting to do everything yourself. The sense of satisfaction of doing it on your own, whether you’re changing your oil or fixing a fence, is meaningful. That's why I completely understand when people want to sell their house on their own. The accomplishment of securing a contract on your own feels great…but it often doesn’t make financial sense. The commission on selling a home with a Realtor is often 6%, which adds up to $30,000 for a $500,000 house. And while everyone should...Continue Reading >

Signs It’s Time to Downsize: Smaller homes are sometimes better

nathan-fertig-249917 It is tough to decide to move from your home to a smaller one, especially after you’ve watched your family grow up in your home. It’s often the most practical decision you can make. Here are four signs that you’re ready to downsize from your large family home. It’s too much maintenance If there’s a room that no one goes in except to clean it, it may be time to downsize. Large homes are, at times, difficult to keep up. Big homes...Continue Reading >

4 Home-Buying Compromises to Avoid: Focus on your needs and stick to them

charles-deluvio-453897 A wish list helps you focus your search and keeps you from wasting time. As much focus as your wish list gives you, it’s also likely impossible to check off everything that’s on the list. You want to be a little flexible, but there are some things you’ll want to dig your heels in on. Here are some things you should never compromise on when looking for a home. Getting a Fixer-Upper It’s happened before to our clients and it will happen...Continue Reading >

Hiring a Home Stager? Be Sure to Ask These Questions

luxury-interior-design-living-room-2 In the past, Home Stagers were mostly called-in for vacant homes to help buyers visualize themselves in the home. Over the past few years, we’ve seen that they have become a great resource, especially when you’re trying to sell your home quickly. It’s important to know what to look for when hiring a Home Stager as not everyone who call themselves one is an expert. Here are some questions you’ll want to ask before deciding to work with them. What...Continue Reading >

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 >