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
5 Must-Dos for Buying a Home in Texas
Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an experienced shopper, there are things that everyone who’s looking to buy a home in Texas needs to keep in mind during their search. These will ensure that you find the right house for your needs in a timely manner without frustration. Here are the top five must-dos to remember.Continue reading
Selling Your Home: A Checklist
Selling your home can feel like scaling a mountain. You probably have some vague idea of what you need to do, but you might not be aware of all the steps to take, or even where to start. Fortunately, following a simple step by step checklist can help you get everything in order and your home successfully sold. Here is what you should know. Continue reading
Buying A Brand New Home In A New Subdivision Is Risky
Homebuilders and decorators make it very alluring; there is no doubt about it. But yes, buying a brand new home in a new subdivision is risky. Some homeowners have certainly found themselves in an uphill battle when the time comes to sell. Competing with homebuilders, still actively building in the subdivision, when the unexpected or a relocation arises, can be tough. The uphill battle will last as long as new construction continues in the neighborhood. Builders will usually start discounting in order to complete one subdivision as they start building in another location.
A pre-owned home will always be a safer choice if there is any possibility of moving in less than 5-7 years. Continue reading
Realtor Mistake Cost Buyer $25,000
Some Are Worth Their Weight in Gold…Others Not A Penny!
AgentHarvest received an email from one of their elite listing agents in the Seattle area recently. He shared a video of how a mistake by a Realtor cost their own client an extra 25K. It highlights how real estate contracts and contingencies can be confusing for the inexperienced Realtors. Continue reading
Best Uses for Your Tax Refund Around the House
Tax season is just around the corner, and for many Americans that means a tax refund coming in from the IRS. Whether you are getting a check in the mail or a nice direct deposit in your checking, here are some of the best ideas to invest your tax refund in your home to grow your property value, and your home enjoyment at the same time. Continue reading
Millennial “Vacation Movers” Boost Home Sales
When my wife and I moved to Portland at the end of 2014, we knew it was going to be a fun adventure, but we did not know if Portland was going to be our forever home. We rented for a year, then bought a home which we owned for about a year, then moved to California. It turns out, we are not alone. The trend for “vacation moves,” moving to a city for an extended period but not looking at it as a forever home, is on the rise thanks the Millennial generation. Continue reading