What Is A Real Estate “Instant Offer”?

You hear the ads all the time. “We’ll make you an instant offer on your house! If we can’t sell your house we’ll buy it! We’ll make you an offer on the spot!” As you would expect, these offers might be too good to be true.

Why The Zillow Zestimate Is Really Just Bull Zit

Even Zillow says their popular Zestimate feature is a ballpark guess at best and doesn’t reflect the true value of a home. Still, everyday I hear someone who takes the Zestimate as gospel… Poor misguided foolz…

Buyers and Sellers Rarely Have Realistic Expectations

Most sellers are unrealistic about the true market value of their home. Most buyers are unrealistic about how much home they can actually afford. Until both sides bring their expectations down to earth, it’s impossible to do a deal.

What Is A Down Payment?

When you buy a home, you’re likely to run into a number of real estate terms. Let’s look at one. Down Payment. A down payment is made by the buyer at the beginning of a home purchase to show commitment to the transaction. It’s usually a percentage of the total price of the home, and paid through a wire transfer. This payment is immediately applied to the buyer’s equity position in the property.

How To Stage Your Home For Quick Sale

Before you put your home on the market be sure to remove personal photographs and pack up family heirlooms. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on display, and they can’t do that if yours are there. Follow these tips to stage your home easily and inexpensively.

Why You Should Never Buy The First Home You See

Finding the perfect home can be quite an undertaking, but don’t feel rushed into making a decision without first considering all of your options. According to Industry Research, the majority of home buyers saw fewer than 11 houses. In fact, people who saw thirty or more houses only counted for five percent of all sales.

Everybody Wants An HGTV Dream Home For The Price Of A Tiny House

HGTV is killing me… Thanks to HGTV, every home buyer now expects every house to be updated with granite counter tops, hardwood floors, marble showers, and a ton of other high-end amenities. The truth is, most houses would be better suited for a hoarding show than an HGTV dream home. That’s why buyers must either lower their expectations or come off their wallets if they want a house like they see on TV.

Get Organized Before Applying For A Home Mortgage

Before you start your new home search, it’s a great idea to get all your ducks in a row regarding the documentation you’ll need to get a loan. You’re going to need pay stubs, W2’s, a couple of years in tax returns, and maybe more. Here’s how to prepare for the process.

Why You Should Check Out The ‘Hood Before You Make An Offer On A Home

Before you settle on a new home you should thoroughly check out the neighborhood at different times of the day and night. A neighborhood might be calm and peaceful during the day, but all hell might break loose at night. Here are a few tips to help make sure the neighborhood is the right one for you and your family.

When Shopping For A House “Proximity” Is One Word To Keep In Mind

When shopping for a new home the word proximity should be top of mind. How close is the house to schools, shopping, restaurants, doctors, work, friends, family, etc. You might find the perfect home but if it’s off the beaten path, the allure may wear off quickly.