Buying a home, whether it is your first purchase or your last, most likely will be one of the biggest purchases, if not the biggest purchase to be made in one’s lifetime! The buying process can be daunting; however with the aid and support of a great realtor, a plan and a goal, it can be a very positive and gratifying experience. There are many emotions that pass through the mind of a buyer; Continue reading “Water, Water, Everywhere…Hopefully Not!” »
At some point, most everyone will need to borrow money, whether it’s for school, a car, a home, a business, or to meet daily expenses during a personal financial downturn. Of course, how that money is borrowed and how it is paid back can make a big difference in the total cost and a person’s overall financial standing. Continue reading “Responsible Borrowing” »
As prices slowly start to rise and inventory begins to shrink in many areas, you may finally be ready to put your home on the market. However, selling your home in today’s gradually recovering market is still tricky business and requires the expertise of a professional real estate agent.
Take your time when selecting the right agent to work with. You’re about to embark on a major endeavor so having the right chemistry—and the right level of trust—are essential. Here are four important questions to ask a prospective agent Continue reading “Four Killer Questions to ask Your Agent” »
Tip 1: Understand the market. In strong markets, where demand outstrips supply, home sellers can old out for top dollar. In weak markets the reverse is true—there are many homes on the market and unless you price your home very competitively you’ll be very unlikely to attract any buyers. Whatever the current market conditions you will be most likely to get the highest possible price Continue reading “6 Tips to Sell Your Home” »
Summer creates many great photo opportunities, but also picture-taking challenges. The following tips can help you avoid common photo-taking challenges, such as lighting, blurriness, candid photography, and more.
• Photography Dos & Don’ts - Although it’s often said the only rule to photography is there are really no rules, there are still some helpful guidelines to better enhance even the simplest snapshots.
Rule of thirds – envision an imaginary grid – 9 equal squares – Continue reading “Have a Picture Perfect Summer with these Outdoor Photography Tips” »
Today is a tempting time to buy a home with interest rates and prices at their lowest levels in years. Deciding whether to buy or rent can be complicated, and potential homebuyers have a lot to consider this summer. As part of National Homeownership Month, the American Bankers Association came up with these key questions to help shoppers make wise financial choices when considering buying a home.
1. How much can you afford to put down? Can you afford the monthly payment?
A mortgage down payment of 5 to 20 percent of the selling price is typical, but can vary depending on the situation. Continue reading “What to Do This Year: Rent or Buy a Home?” »
Have you ever wondered why you seem to hit it off right away with some people and with others it is like oil and water? If you have ever opted into a Sales 101 class or seminar, you most likely have heard and discussed personality types and how best to deal with each. It is of course also interesting to find out, although most of us already are aware of our behavioral traits, body language patterns and buying styles, just how these traits influence our compatibility with other people. Continue reading “What is your style?” »