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Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2019


An Insiders Look at the Reality of Home Staging
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

But just how do those two contingents break down? The National Association of Realtors NAR 2019 Profile of Home Staging provides some insight. The study separated the study into three categories: Buyersrsquo; Agent Perspective, Sellersrsquo; Agent Perspective, and Buyer Expectations. Wersquo;re taking a closer look at the key points.Home Staging...


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What Is Considered an Official Mortgage Application?
Written By: David Reed

Lenders must also determine affordability. When issuing a preapproval letter, itrsquo;s typically after the borrower and the loan officer have had a conversation about monthly payments, down payments and closing costs. This prequalification is the result of a general conversation between the two regarding current credit status, employment, asset...


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The Biggest Hurdles When Renovating Old Homes and Buildings
Written By: James

Developers, home owners, and businesses alike all have a vested interest in purchasing the best properties within their budgets. Especially true in older communities and cities, a variety of high-quality buildings and homes can be found, many of which use more solid building >Youve probably heard the phrase ldquo;this home has good bones.rdquo; ...


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How to Determine a Sellers Market
Written By: Emily Benner - Red Barn Real Estate

What the Heck is a Sellers Market?There are no better words in the English dictionary that can make a home owner do their infamous happy dance than these four little words: ldquo;itrsquo;s a sellerrsquo;s marketrdquo;.Sohellip;.you askhellip;.how do you know if it really is a sellerrsquo;s market and what exactly does that mean?Irsquo;m going to...


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3 Ways to Reduce Your Closing Costs
Written By: David Reed

Saving up for a down payment is probably the biggest challenge, especially for first time home buyers, but closing costs also need to be addressed. Here are three ways buyers can reduce or eliminate these costs.The first way is to have your lender quote you an interest rate that provides a lender credit toward your closing costs. When your lende...


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Tips For Redecorating While On A Budget
Written By: Lindsey Patterson

ReuseBefore you start buying new furniture, bedding, and fixtures that will quickly eat through your budget, start by taking an inventory of what you already have. Think about ways that things can be reused. Simple furniture pieces can be painted or even just have the hardware changed out that will change the way a piece looks.Many types of furn...


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How to Scam-Proof Your Roof
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Wersquo;re talking about those who show up at your door unannounced with an offer to check out your roof or repair/replace it for a price that seems too good to be true, and then run off with your money without fixing anythingmdash;or doing a shoddy job.ldquo;Some of the most unbelievable home improvement rip-offs come from scam-artists disguise...


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Do Energy-Efficient Windows Really Save You Money?
Written By: Luis Rios

An energy audit of your home is often the best option for evaluating your homersquo;s insulation and the efficiency of your major appliances, and your local utility companies can often arrange such an audit for you. However, note some vital information about new thermal windows and other energy-saving features in the home so that you can make th...


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Why Is Everyone Moving to Austin?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Migration to Austin has skyrocketed over the last decade; according to MagnifyMoney, ldquo;60 of the cityrsquo;s current residents moved here since 2010.rdquo; That increase in population has put pressure on housing, resulting in diminishing inventory and skyrocketing home prices. Yet, still they come. At a rate of nearly 150 people per daySo wh...


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Market Conditions Video
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5 Things That Can Do Double Duty When Cleaning Your House
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Mr. Clean Magic ErasersDirty baseboards. Scuff marks on sneakers. Crayon or pen on painted walls. Shower scum. What do they all have in common? They can be cleaned with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Theyrsquo;re good in a pinch and also as a regular addition to your cleaning regime, so do like we do and buy them in bulkDryer SheetsThe sheet that kee...


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Dealing with Bully Offers in a Hot Market
Written By: Jim Adair

Canadian real estate markets have generally cooled down during the last year, but there are always popular neighborhoods where bidding wars between buyers end up frustrating potential homeowners.Recently the Ontario Real Estate Association OREA called on the provincial government to outlaw the practice of ldquo;bully offersrdquo;, also known as ...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Welcome to the HOA Board
Written By: Richard Thompson

What does it mean to be on the board? You have made a commitment that you will serve the HOArsquo;s interests to the best of your ability, be fair on matters that come before the board, will do your best to preserve and enhance the values of the common areas and that you will spend money in a prudent manner. Being a director also means that you ...


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What Exactly is a Manual Underwrite?
Written By: David Reed

Today, loans are preapproved with an Automated Underwriting System, or AUS. When someone fills out an online application, the digital file is downloaded by the lender, reviewed and then entered into the AUS. This process is a rapid one, as the ldquo;findingsrdquo; of the submission are returned within a matter of moments. This speeds up the loan...


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Great Exterior Tips for Selling Properties
Written By: Vincent Stokes

Make Minor RepairsOne of the easiest and affordable things that you could do to improve the overall curb appeal of your home would be to make minor repairs to your property. If you have some past due maintenance needs or other repairs, making these repairs before you list your home for sale would be a great option. Any past due maintenance and r...


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Preparing to Buy Your New Home 5 Things You Must Know
Written By: Mikkie Mills

Location Location LocationBe sure to look into the local school district. If you have children, it goes without saying that the quality of the school is key to your childs educational experience. The school evaluation, however, also includes the quality of the grounds and facilities. This is a major structure in the neighborhood and its conditio...


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5 Ways to Make Your Backyard Look Amazing
Written By: Carol Evenson

You have your dream house and it even has a nice backyard, yet you arenrsquo;t quite sure how to make your backyard stand out. Yoursquo;ve thrown around a couple of ideas but none of them have really stuck. This is normal and it takes some time to figure out what you want to do to make your backyard a place of refuge and enjoyment. Depending on ...


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Seeing It All When Viewing Property
Written By: PJ Wade

When buyers attend an open house or view a listed property with a real estate professional, itrsquo;s what buyers donrsquo;t see that may be most important.When buyers >To start with, itrsquo;s essential to view listed properties with a professional who is working for you, not the seller. At first meeting with a real estate professional, and bef...


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

An Insiders Look at the Realit...
But just how do those two contingents break down? The National Association of Realtors NAR 2019...

What Is Considered an Official...
Lenders must also determine affordability. When issuing a preapproval letter, itrsquo;s typical...

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