Agent Harvesting: The Best Way To Find The Top Producing Real Estate Agents In Your Area

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The biggest mistake buyers and sellers make when hiring a Realtor is that they do not do their homework before hiring a real estate agent.  They end up with a house that sits on the market longer, sells for a lower price, and the time spent dealing with that agent is a nightmare.  AgentHarvest helps minimize the chance of these things happening by finding agents in your area that are currently selling houses like yours, in your neighborhood, for you to interview.  Continue reading

How Buying Real Estate is Like Dating

Did you think your dating days were behind you? Think again. Buying real estate is just like dating. From courting to making a long-term commitment, your adventures in dating have many similarities to searching for and buying a home. By applying what you learned dating to your next real estate search, you can enjoy a more pleasant house hunting experience. Continue reading

HOA Basics for Newbies

Homeowners Associations (HOA) basics for newbies

When searching for a new home, you may find that many desirable communities have homeowner associations (HOA) in place. This shouldn’t deter you from purchasing a home in your favorite neighborhood—there’s a lot to love about entering a community that features an HOA. Continue reading

Calculating How Much Home You Can Really Afford

Buying a home is an exciting time and process, but knowing how much you can afford to spend is not always easy. Calculating how much home you can afford before you start looking helps you to understand your budget, how to create your wants and needs list, and what neighborhoods you should consider calling home. Continue reading

Do You Owe Taxes After Selling Your Home?

Selling a home is a big financial transaction. In most cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars move between banks, title companies, buyers, sellers, and agents. After the dust settles, you can find yourself with a substantial tax bill. However, in many cases you won’t owe a cent. Continue reading

6 Habits of Successful Real Estate Investors

Traits that successful real estate investors share in common

Investing in real estate is a daunting, but potentially lucrative, endeavor. Being a successful real estate investor requires diligence in keeping a pulse on the market. It also is a necessary hunger to see long-term returns. Below are six common habits of successful real estate investors. Continue reading

5 Surprising Factors Affecting Your Home’s Value

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's value

It is common knowledge that factors such as location, neighborhood schools, and the age of the house itself will affect the overall value of your home. When it comes time to consider selling, it is important to keep these in mind as well as making the necessary appliance upgrades and infrastructure updates. What many don’t know, however, are the hidden factors that can oftentimes negatively impact your home’s value. Below are five such surprising kickers. Continue reading

7 Tips for Winterizing Your Home Before the Holidays

"Winter Landscape Lapland Sweden" by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee - Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Winter Landscape Lapland Sweden” by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee – Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. As you prepare and plan for Thanksgiving and beyond, you can also prepare your house for the coming cold condition. If you live in a freezing or snowy climate, taking steps to winterize early can save you time, money, and frustration as winter settles in around you. Continue reading

5 Ways a Real Estate Agent Makes Your Life Easier

Hiring a real estate agent makes life easier

Buying and selling a home is a big deal – quite literally. In fact, it’s one of the biggest deals you’ll sign, seal, and deliver in the course of your life. That’s why when it comes to listing your home, you want to be absolutely certain you are protecting the value of your property and getting the best bang for your buck. Continue reading

5 Things Real Estate Agents Should Always Do for Their Clients

What real estate agents should always do for clients

Anyone interested in buying or selling property naturally wants the best Realtor on the job. What does this mean though? What separates the best real estate agents from those you’d rather not work with? Continue reading