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2018 Staging Trends for Sellers

 If you’re looking to sell your home in 2018, you know the basics. Improve your curb appeal, make sure the house is clean, update what you can. What you may not have considered is not just tidying up and decluttering your home, but actually staging it.

Staging, or preparing your residence for sale to make it appealing to the majority of potential buyers, increases your chances not only to sell quickly, but to sell for a higher price. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of Realtors, a majority of real estate professionals believe staging increases the sale price of the home anywhere from 1 to 15 percent! Staging is more than just decorating. It means choosing props, moving or removing furniture that makes the space look cramped, and creating focal points in the main living areas.

What 2018’s Homebuyers Need to Know

 Learning what you need to know to buy a house can feel like an insurmountable chore, especially when the rules change all the time. Even if you have been through the process before, 2018 brings a host of new tax codes, a surge in demand without an increase in supply, and more risk of fraud and scams to look out for.

Is Working With a Realtor Worth the Cost?

 Everyone likes saving money, especially when it’s a significant amount! Realtors take a pretty good percentage of the proceeds when you buy or sell a house through them, so many people believe that doing it themselves will save them money and they can keep that percentage in their pocket. It’s easy to think “Why should I pay a real estate agent to do something I’m perfectly capable of doing myself?” It’s good to be aware, though, that working with a qualified real estate agent is worth more than what you’ll pay in commission. In fact, working with an agent can actually save you not just money, but time, effort, and a considerable amount of stress as well.

Looking for a Mortgage Loan? Learn the Language!

 When you are a homebuyer, you can sometimes feel that the real estate professionals you deal with are speaking a different language. There is a great deal of terminology that it behooves you to learn as you delve into the closing process. Before you visit a lending institution, it is important to brush up on your banking lingo. Applying for a mortgage is easier when you understand what your lender is saying to you. Here are some common terms you should familiarize yourself with before sitting down with a bank or mortgage provider.

First Time Homebuyer? Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying your first home is a huge milestone in most people’s lives. It can feel very exciting, embarking on the hunt to find your first piece of real estate to call your own, but there are some mistakes that are frequently made by first time homebuyers which may be pitfalls on the path to ownership. We have some tips to help you become more market savvy and to avoid some of these potential errors.

Does the First Owner of a Home Really Need Title Insurance?

In the early 2000s, Fairfax County in Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., was experiencing the peak of the housing boom. Like many other communities in the US at the time, their local government was inundated with thousands of new home applications and in the rush to clear the backlog, some employees were less than careful with their application examinations.

Realtors and Title Insurance: Guiding Your Buyers to Safety

As a realtor, you are a trusted navigator for your client, the homebuyer, steering them through the often rough and rocky path to home ownership. As you move toward the closing table, your buyers may have a lot of questions about the requirements for securing mortgage loan approval and getting through the pile of documents that stand between them and the front door of their new home.

A  Mortgage Calculator is a Homebuyer’s Best Friend

Real estate transactions are filled with dense, wordy documents and terms that are over the head of the average homebuyer. Someone looking to purchase a home is unlikely to understand the details of their mortgage or closing documents. One under-appreciated tool in assisting a homebuyer on their journey to ownership is a good mortgage calculator.

2018 is Built For Home Sellers!

Are you looking to sell your home in 2018? If not, have you considered it? Real estate analysts say maybe you should! Experts predict that the supply of houses will not be able to keep up with the demand, and Florida looks to be particularly strong, with both current residents and incomers looking for new home inventory, which remains tight.

Spring Into Florida Real Estate!

In the real estate market, springtime is the busiest time of the year for home sales. Given this year’s stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be particularly active, especially in certain promising markets, such as Florida.  USA Today recently listed Florida in the top three housing markets likely to get stronger in 2018. It remains one of the best places to invest, as the sunshine state is a perennially popular destination for tourists and permanent residents alike. Warm weather, reasonable cost of living, employment opportunities and a high quality of life are the main attractions in Florida.