February 2015

Found 4 blog entries for February 2015.

Making Your Home Wishlist

Before the home search begins, your real estate agent will want to know as much as possible about the features and amenities you desire. To help your agent better serve you, divide your preferences into "negotiable" and "non-negotiable." Here are some details to consider:


  • Type of property (house, condominium, town home, loft):
  • Age of property:
  • Preferences in architectural style:
  • Number of stories:
  • Type of foundation:
  • Roof construction:
  • Lot size and/or location:
  • Landscape preferences (fencing, built-in sprinkler system):
  • Pool/spa:
  • Garage or carport:


  • Number of bedrooms:
  • Number of bathrooms:
  • Minimum square feet:
  • Central air/heat:
  • Wiring:
  • Electrical or
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Opting For New Home Construction

Whether to buy an existing home or have one built is yet another decision to make during the home-buying process. If you decide to go with new construction, a real estate agent can be a powerful advocate in your corner as you negotiate upgrades, a move-in date and other terms with the home builder.

Below are some basic pointers to prepare you for the journey ahead.

Selecting a builder

Shopping for a large production or custom home builder can be a daunting task. Start by defining what architectural styles appeal to you and then seek out the builders in your area who offer those styles. Due diligence is essential. Ask friends for referrals to get firsthand accounts; verify the builder's state license status, if

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Seven Steps to Buying Your Home

  1. Define your needs.

    Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new home! Before you go house hunting, it's a good idea to define what kind of home and neighborhood would best suit your desires and needs and make a wish list. Share this list with your real estate agent. The finer the details, the more effective your home search will be. To further define your needs, you may want to divide your lists into negotiable and non-negotiable items, so your agent can operate with some flexibility when scouting for homes on your behalf.

  2. Get prequalified or preapproved.

    Now that you know what you want in a home and neighborhood, you need to find out what you can afford. There are two ways to go about this:

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Eight Steps To Selling Your Home

  1. Define your needs.

    Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, "Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?" For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you'd like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.


  2. Name your price.

    Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will

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