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  Pricing Your Home to Sell
The most important factor in selling a home in today’s market is price. Location and neighborhood are the main reasons why a buyer will look at your home with price being the reason you will receive an offer and ultimately a contract and attend a closing.

Thinking of Buying a New Home Next Year?
If you’re thinking of buying a new home next year, it’s best to be mindful of holiday overspending.

Moving Mom…the Next Step What’s on Your Floors
Have you ever been house hunting and loved everything about the exterior of a home, only to be disappointed upon opening the front door? Of course you have! I have written plenty of articles about the importance of preparing your house for sale and staging it before it goes on the market. Today, I am going to zero in on floors. Oh come on, you say, what’s so important about floors? Well, if you are sprucing things up, and want your home to appeal to the multitudes of buyers to increase your chance of a quick sale at a desirable price, it is an important element of style to consider, particularly when updating.

Short Sales: Ten Tips To Understanding the Process
Before the mortgage crisis gripped the country, many of us had never heard of the term “short sale”. A short sale is an intermediate step for a homeowner, in lieu of the foreclosure process with the bank stepping in to reclaim title to the property.

Moving Mom…the Next Step Keeping Your Home Staged While it Sells
Preparing your home to sell is an important step to ensuring you will have a sale at the highest price possible, in the shortest amount of time. So, how do you make that happen?

  Home Buying During the Holidays
As we all know, this is the time of year where we typically have a shopping list and we purchase gifts for loved ones, family and friends. If you have been considering buying a home here are a few reasons why this may be a good time of year for that big and exciting home purchase.

Color Can Help Sell Your Home
We all have heard that curb appeal is important and lately in real estate, I have written several articles regarding the first visit to a home typically being online through photography. But what ultimately you want is for a buyer to visit your property which you have listed with a licensed REALTOR®: so curb appeal is awfully important as are the color or colors on both the interior and exterior of your house.

Moving Mom…the Next Step Selling and the Struggle with Dementia
Selling and the Struggle with Dementia

Moving Mom…the Next Step Getting to the Truth
Buyers want information. They want to know about you, the seller, who you are, what your motivation is for selling and everything about your property. Sellers want to keep their personal information close to their vest, and sometimes they don’t want to divulge certain things about the house.

  Demystifying Real Estate Terminology. Homebuyers Edition.
Like anyone else when have been in the same business and occupation, for let me say “many years”, you sometimes take it for granted that everyone knows your business. In the Real Estate world it is no different. There are times when you deal with either buyers or sellers who have been involved with numerous transactions or in our case, last week, we were dealing with a first time homebuyer. So this week’s article will focus on discussing the language of real estate professionals, whether it is REALTORS, real estate attorneys, lenders and other professionals associated with a real estate transaction.

Purchasing a Home, How Much is Enough?
Last week we were working with an out of town buyer from Michigan who is both looking forward to the warmer weather and slowing down her life towards retirement. One of the most important thing as REALTOR® is to listen. Listen to, in this case, her needs and vision for her ideal living environment. One of the most important words in the home buying process is “Comfortable”. l never ask a buyer what they can afford rather, I ask them what are they comfortable with regarding monthly payments and carrying costs related to the purchase.

Moving Mom…the Next Step Why turn to a Seniors Real Estate Specialist for your next move?
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) thought so too. As the Baby Boomers of America are aging, services focused on the 50+ folks are expanding. The NAR developed a special designation for those Realtors® with a passion for working with seniors and the unique training that goes with it. It’s called the Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®). The SRES® designation is awarded by the SRES® Council, a subsidiary of the NAR.

  Five Ways to Speed Up the Mortgage Loan Process
When you’re buying a home, there are a lot of moving parts that must come together in perfect harmony for a speedy, successful mortgage loan transaction. For many, time is of the essence during the mortgage loan process, which makes getting a quick loan decision essential to closing the deal on a prospective home or refinance opportunity.

Your Realtor® is Your Ally
Listen to your agent and his/her advice. Licensed REALTORS are continuously trained in new laws and regulations. We know the market in the local Savannah area and more specifically in your neighborhood or community. Below are a few examples of suggestions on what to do, and what not to do.

Mark Bouy Installed as 2013-2014 President of Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah
Mark Bouy Installed as 2013-2014 President of Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah

Right of First Refusal
When including a Right of First Refusal (ROFR) provision in a lease or in this case a purchase and sales agreement, the buyer is essentially locking in a future right to exercise an option to purchase the property at an agreed upon price and terms.

  Risky Waters for Coastal Homeowners
That’s right, of all natural risks, flooding is the most prevalent and causes more monetary damage per year in the U. S. than any other.

Moving Mom…the Next Step The Dos and Don’ts of Applying for a Home Loan
Finding the right home is just the beginning. Getting loan approval is another story in today’s tough lending arena. Applying for a loan, getting approved, and then keeping it until the transaction closes, are challenges that most buyers often face. But, what buyers do along the way can make or break the deal!

Preparing to Sell Your Home - Part 2
Two weeks ago I wrote about the frequently asked question of “what do I need to do to get my home ready for sale in today’s market?” To recap some of the important topics which I mentioned: the significance of good photos, pride of ownership, de-cluttering and especially trying to set aside the emotion of selling your house and not your home. Keep the memories of your home with you while also thinking of the positives and value of closure and starting a new chapter in your life.

Moving Mom…the Next Step Functional Obsolescence and Your Home Value
Functional Obsolescence causes a loss of value due to functional inadequacies, often caused by age or poor design. It can be attributable to such things as outmoded plumbing or fixtures, inadequate closet space, poor floor plan, excessively high or low ceilings, or antiquated architecture. It can be incurable, as in a bad floor plan, or curable, as in the case of an inadequate electrical system that can be replaced with new wiring.

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