Preparing for an Easy Move

Easy move: Possible with good planning and preparation

It doesn’t matter if you are moving 5 miles or 500 miles, moving is a big deal. You have to pack up your stuff, haul your furniture, and get yourself and your belongings from home A to home B. Having moved a few times recently, I picked up some great tips about packing and moving that can make your move an easy move. Follow these tips to ensure your easy move is as low stress as possible. Continue reading

Are Realtor Lockboxes Secure?

Realtor lockboxes are a staple in the real estate industry. These coded boxes give agents, photographers, inspectors, appraisers, and others access to a home’s keys by typing in a few numbers. But are Realtor lockboxes safe? Let’s take a look at the security provided by Realtor lockboxes and some exciting, recent developments that make them even more secure. Continue reading

Real Estate Agents Are No More … They Just Don’t Know It Yet

Real Estate Agents have lost their jobs, they just don’t know it yet. The real estate industry is on its last gasps.  The ramifications from the agreement made by NAR and the local MLS associations, making the choice to give listing information to Zillow, was the beginning of what will be a slow, painful, and inevitable death to the Real Estate Services industry. Continue reading

Personal Finance 101 for Realtors

Real estate agents, whether Realtors or otherwise, have a unique personal finance situation unknown to most Americans. While it feels like you are paying them a lot as a customer, real estate agents don’t get paid every other Friday like everyone else. A real estate agent is running a business with irregular cash flows and other unique challenges. If you are an agent, follow these basic tips to put yourself on the path to financial success. Continue reading

Realtor Fees: Are Realtor Fees Negotiable?

 

The standard rate in real estate is a 3 percent commission for the buyer’s agent and a 3 percent commission for the seller’s agent. But are those Realtor fees negotiable? Like almost anything else in life, the answer is a big yes. But if you want a break on fees, you need to bring something to the table yourself to show why you should get a cut. Continue reading

Should You Get a 15 or 30 Year Mortgage?

The world of mortgage loans can be complex. There are conforming loans and jumbo loans and VA loans and HUD loans and many more varieties, but within those categories you can choose between several mortgage lengths. Two of the most popular mortgages are 15-year and 30-year fixed rate mortgages. To find out which is best for you, follow along with this guide. Continue reading

Buyers Beware!! – Sellers May be Spying on You


Sellers today, more so than ever before, are not only using video recorders to ensure nothing gets stolen during a showing, but they’re also listening to Buyer’s comments made while inside viewing the Seller’s home.  Those comments can sabotage negotiations even before the Buyer’s offer is submitted.

Have you ever wondered why they accepted another buyer’s offer, over your own?  Maybe the other offer was higher, the other buyer offered terms more favorable to yours, or they were a stronger Buyer with a substantial down payment.  Or maybe not.  It could have been because you said something to make the seller not want to sell you the house. Continue reading

Building the Perfect Home Network for Any Sized Home

 

Home internet is an important part of connecting our digital lives. While some areas still struggle with high speed internet options, most Americans can easily find a broadband connection at home. While your internet service provider (ISP) provides their own router to connect you to their service, they’re typically not that good, especially for WiFi. If you have trouble getting a good WiFi signal or internet connection at home, follow these steps to build an amazing home network that includes the latest smart home goodies. Continue reading

When Does an Adjustable Rate Mortgage Make Sense?

During the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, millions of mortgage borrowers defaulted on their loans sending Wall Street and the mortgage industry into a nosedive. With billions of dollars in losses on the horizon, bankers and news anchors were touting the problems of adjustable rate mortgages and balloon payments. But are adjustable rate mortgages all bad? Not at all! Let’s take a look at when adjustable rate mortgages make sense. Continue reading

Why Hiring the ‘Neighborhood Agent’ Could be a Big Mistake

You might want to re-evaluate automatically hiring the self proclaimed “Neighborhood Agent” to sell your home.  Just because they live in the neighborhood isn’t reason enough to hire them, as they would have you to believe, and most certainly doesn’t mean they are your best choice. Here’s why. Continue reading