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Is a Fixer Upper Right For You

June 11, 2013 |  Article By :   | 

Is a fixer upper right for you? Many home buyers feel that they can get a better deal if they purchase a home that needs a lot of work, but before you make such a decision you need to know if it is the right decision for you.  Are you a handy person? Do you know people that can help you out? Can you afford to fix up the home the way you want it? Can you live in the home while you fix it up or do you need another place to live? There are many things to consider before buying a fixer upper.  See the infographic below for some thoughts.

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Why Own A Home

June 10, 2013 |  Article By :   | 

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Why own a home? Need some good reasons to buy your own home? Take a look at this short list.

  • Prices are still fairly low and so are interest rates. They say prices will increase by at least another 5% in the next year and interest rates may also rise, so get in as early as you can.
  • Rent is normally a variable that is only set for a short amount of time and seems to always increase. If you buy your own home and get a fixed rate mortgage, your “rent” will be the same for the life of your mortgage.
  • Rather than paying someone else for your place of residence, you are paying yourself with your mortgage payments. You can look at it as a form of savings plan as the equity builds in your home.
  • Mortgage interest is still a tax deduction. If you buy soon, you get a double bonus with the low interest rate and being able to use it as a deduction.
  • Paying your mortgage on time every month as well as your other bills will help get you a great credit score.

If you are on the fence about buying a home, now is the time to get off that fence and do it while homes are still a great deal!

Meet Wendy Carson

May 22, 2013 |  Article By :   | 

Take a look at this short video to find out more about who I am and what I do!  Please call or email me if I can help you with any of your real estate needs!

Is Your Realtor The Problem

April 5, 2013 |  Article By :   | 

REALTORHome buyers and sellers tend to always blame their Realtor when things do not go as they had planned, but is your Realtor the problem? Buyers and sellers are quick to just jump to a different Realtor if they don’t see the results they want in a short amount of time but this is not always the best decision.  Working with a Realtor is a two way street where each party needs to do their part. Sure there are all types of Realtors out there and not all Realtors are the same but you need to think about why you chose the Realtor you did and why the relationship is not working as you had planned.

If you are a buyer that is not finding the right property, think about what your Realtor has recommended and what you have put into the search.  Have you been open and honest with your home search criteria?  Have you made your schedule flexible so you can view properties when they come onto the market?  If you have lost out on homes in multiple offer situations, but not followed your Realtor’s suggestions on making an offer? Your Realtor can only do so much to find homes for you and they cannot read your mind to know what you are looking for. It is up to the buyer to also put in a certain amount of effort and to accept some guidance.

Is your home on the market and not selling? Have you priced your home as your Realtor suggested based on comparable properties? Is your home staged correctly and kept neat and orderly. Are you allowing showings when buyers request them? Don’t forget to take your emotions out of the sale. Just because you love your home as it is does not mean the buyers see it the same way. Let your Realtor give you an objective opinion and seriously consider what they have to say.

Sometimes it is necessary to switch Realtors because let’s face it, not everyone “clicks”. But often buyers and sellers blame their Realtor for things that are actually their own fault. Before you move on to a new Realtor take a good thorough look at your situation and make sure that not only your Realtor, but you are also doing everything you can to buy or sell a home.