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Keys to Buying a Second Home

(TNS)—If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there are some vital things to do before you start shopping. Follow these steps to make buying a second home a smooth process: The best way to start the search […]

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Ask the Expert: Can a Home Inspection Help the Mortgage Process Along?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process along? A: If you’re a seller, it behooves you to get your own home inspection prior to putting your house on the market. But why spend money on one […]

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6 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Home

(TNS)—Buying a home is a huge investment—probably the most significant purchase of your life. It’s not something you should do without preparation. Before you start on the road to homeownership, make sure you are ready. Improve your credit score. A high credit score snags you the best deals. “Below 660 or 680, you’re either going […]

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What to Consider When Selling Your Home in a Rising Rate Environment

There are many economic variables to consider when selling your home when interest rates are rising. If that’s the only changing economic variable, you’re generally going to see a negative impact on both home sales and home prices. This means as interest rates rise, the buyer pool for your home is going to shrink. In […]

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4 Ways to Prepare for a Competitive Spring Home-Buying Season

(TNS)—With housing inventory far lower than demand and mortgage rates poised to rise, it’s going to be a competitive market for homebuyers this spring. If you’re looking to buy a home this season, here’s how to prepare yourself to enter the fray.  Get your financial house in order. Unless you plan on paying for the […]

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Ask the Expert: What Can Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Buddy Stark, director of Operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service. Q: What can sellers do to prepare for a home inspection? A: Completing these quick and easy tasks before beginning the selling process will help reduce stress and save your clients valuable time during the home-selling process. Clean the House […]

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Making Sense of Valuation’s Alphabet Soup: CMAs, BPOs, AVMs and Appraisals

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD). This article explains the four most common valuation methods used for real property transactions and how and when they are used. It’s important to note that the methods below are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Lenders, servicers, investors, and other professionals use one or […]

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Guide Clients Through the Home Inspection Process?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service. Q: What can be done to guide clients through the home inspection process? A: After being in business for 25 years and performing over a million inspections, HomeTeam Inspection Service has identified the top ways to ensure a smoother home inspection, contributing […]

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Ask the Expert: How Can Staging Pave the Way for a Better Sell?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Patty McNease, director of Marketing for Homes.com. Q: How can staging pave the way for a better sell? A: Staging allows your clients to show off the unique features of their home that buyers can come to love. During the holiday season, staging can make a home stand out […]

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How Much Do You Know About Your Credit Score?

While your credit score affects everything from your ability to buy a car or a home to how much interest you will pay on the loan, many people don’t know how these scores are calculated or what impacts them positively or negatively. Moreover, says the Credit Federation of America (CFA), more than 25 percent of […]

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