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Budgeting For Your First Home

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Think about your dream home. What do you imagine? A decked out kitchen? A giant garden tub? A workshop off the garage? Now think about which one of those things you could live without. The truth is that your first home purchase is going to be stressful and you may not find exactly what you are looking for as a turnkey property. Much of the stress comes from the financial responsibility required of a homeowner.

3 January 2017

Leave A Questionnaire With These Questions At Your Next Open House

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Although you aren't physically present when your listing agent organizes an open house to generate interest in your property, that doesn't mean that you can't get some feedback from those who attend. Some homeowners who are eager to sell will put together small questionnaires that people can fill out upon viewing the home. If your agent politely asks people to consider filling out a questionnaire before leaving the open house, you may be able to develop some worthwhile feedback that you can take into account moving forward.

29 December 2016

Things To Find Out From A Real Estate Agent Before You Buy A Rental Property

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When you're thinking about buying a rental property, you're smart to start your search by hiring a local real estate agent. The assistance of this professional will help you find the right property that you'll be able to turn into a lucrative investment. Before your agent can start pulling up real estate listings for you to consider, the two of you will need to have a conversation about what you're looking to get out of renting out a house.

22 December 2016

Contractors To Develop A Relationship With When You Begin Work In Property Management

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When you accept a position as property manager for a residential property, regardless of the number of units you're overseeing, you'll find that aligning yourself with the right team of professionals will save you countless headaches. It's a good idea to connect with people in the trades and other residential property managers to get some recommendations about ideal contractors and professionals on whom you'll be able to rely. This way, you can build a network of people who can help you by promptly dealing with any issues related to your property.

22 December 2016

Decide How to Proceed with Your Chattels Before You List Your Home for Sale

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Upon hiring a real-estate agent to help you put your house on the market, you'll become acquainted with the term "chattels." If this isn't a word that you've previously had in your vocabulary, you should know that in real-estate terminology it essentially refers to the items that could be included in the sale of your home or excluded. In other words, chattels are things that you're okay with leaving behind or things that you want to take with you when you sell.

1 December 2016

Leasing New Office Space? Two Tips To Help You Get The Best Deal

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Whether you're just starting your business and need to find a building to operate out of, or you've had your company for some time and are expanding, it's important to get a good deal when you're leasing office space.  You want your money to go as far as possible so you can get the most bang for your buck.  However, you may not quite know how to go about the process of getting the best rental rate on office space.

25 October 2016

Use A Multi-Layer Approach To Increase Your Sales As A New Real Estate Agent

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If you are a new real estate agent who is just starting out, it can be frustrating going through all of the work it takes to break into the market and start actually selling homes. If you want to actually make sales as a real estate agent, you need to utilize a multi-layer approach to building your sales. #1 Find A Mentor The first thing you need to do is find a real estate agent in the area who is willing to be your mentor.

29 September 2016

Want The Best Chance At Buying A Home Of Great Value? 3 Tips For Looking At Listings

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Becoming a homeowner is an exciting prospect, but the execution is not that simple. Finances can certainly get in the way, but first-time homebuyer programs can help in that regard. It is also possible to look at foreclosures, but then you run the risk of moving into a home that needs major repairs. You may find it a little more desirable to exercise patience and dedication in an effort to purchase a home of great value.

29 September 2016

Don't Turn Off Potential Buyers With These Rookie Home-Selling Mistakes

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If you are like a lot of homeowners who decide to sell their home, you might first attempt to sell your house on your own without the help of a real estate company or agent. There are many good reasons why it is a much better idea to trust a real estate agent when it comes to selling your home, but one of the biggest is the fact that certain mistakes are turn-offs for buyers.

21 September 2016

3 Good Reasons To Ask For A Reduced Commission Rate When Selling The House

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When you put your house up for sale with a real estate agent, you must agree to pay a commission if the house sells. This rate is usually around 6%, but this varies. The agent that lists your house will only receive a portion of the commission you pay, and this is why agents typically do not like to negotiate rates. There are times when they might be more willing to offer a lower rate though, but you should not ask unless one of these reasons applies.

30 August 2016