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Staging a Home…Why It Matters…

Homes sell for emotional reasons! Yes, even rental properties have emotions tied to them as well. Emotions are behind home purchases and staging plays directly to the emotional appeal of a home. Great staging leads to great home photos, and agents more and more are relying on MLS photos as the basis for developing home tours…Continue Reading

Importance of Sewer Line Inspections

Importance of Sewer Line Inspections

Sewer lines made of PVC continuous tubing or connected clay sections each 3-4 feet long carry sewage and waste water away from homes to main sewer lines most often located in the street. To function properly these lines must be pointing downhill their entire length and must be at least relatively clear of tree roots and other…Continue Reading

Condo & Townhome Dues Can Differ…Why?

Condo & Townhome Dues Can Differ…Why?

Some easy answers to the above question can include more shared amenities (pool, tennis courts, workout space, party room, etc.), the inclusion of some utilities and/or insurance. These are understandable conditions that will affect dues from one complex to the next.  However, there may be some other considerations at work that are not so obvious.…Continue Reading

Association Dues for Condos and Townhomes

Association Dues for Condos and Townhomes

Monthly association dues for Condos and Townhomes pay for a variety of items, including exterior upkeep, landscaping, snow removal, trash hauling, amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools, exercise and party rooms and the like, certain categories of insurance and other items.  These monthly dues are viewed as part of your monthly housing payment and…Continue Reading

You and Your Balance Sheet – Pay Off Debt???

You and Your Balance Sheet – Pay Off Debt???

So often I hear both experienced and first time home buyers indicate a need to pay off credit card or auto loan or student loan balances before discussing this perceived need with a mortgage banker. If this strategy is carried out without proper counseling, valuable cash required for down payment or other closing expenses may…Continue Reading

Buyer Inspections…A Few Thoughts

Buyer Inspections…A Few Thoughts

I advocate buyer home inspections conducted by accredited, experienced, full time, inspectors as opposed to your uncle, significant other, builder friend, or father (mother). I can provide the names of several inspectors who have received good grades over the years from my clients, and you are certainly free to investigate this field on your own.…Continue Reading

Why Should I Pay for Buyer’s Closing Costs?

Why Should I Pay for Buyer’s Closing Costs?

“I had to pay my own closing costs when I bought…” Everyone knows that real estate transactions almost always involve some degree of negotiating between buyer and seller. Buyers have been aided dramatically by low interest rate mortgages and the attendant low payments, but they may not have enough extra cash to comfortably handle both…Continue Reading