Real Estate Blog

Though there are dozens of reports stating that spring is the time to sell, people actually buy and sell houses all year round. Think about it. If people only bought and sold houses in the spring, real estate agents would be out of a job for three quarters of the year. In reality, there is plenty of action in the real estate market to keep agents busy 365 days of the year. Having said that, there are certain life events and other factors that make home selling more or less favorable.

National Holidays

When listing your home, it’s probably wise to avoid the times around certain national holidays. During Thanksgiving and Christmas for example, many people are preoccupied with cooking, buying gifts, decorating, and getting together with family and friends.

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You’re the one who has lived in your house for years. You’re the one who knows the
house inside and out. If anyone can explain every little nuance about your home, it’s
you. So why does your real estate agent always insist that you leave during showings?

1. You Know Too Much
If you’re home when the home shoppers view your house, they could pepper you with
questions about everything from the squeaky cabinet doors to the dime-sized stain on
the living room carpet. This quickly takes the attention off the house as a whole and
moves it to small details that shouldn’t matter.

2. It’s Their Job
One of the benefits of hiring a real estate agent to sell your house is so you don’t have
to. Real estate agents are highly trained to know how to sell. That skill is what

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One of the first questions that home sellers ask is how long will it take to sell your home.
The answer depends on a variety of factors, which are explained here.

1. Market Conditions in Your Area
At any given time, the real estate market is either favorable for home buyers or favorable
for home sellers. When housing inventory is low, that is said to be favorable for sellers,
since there is less competition from other homes on the market. When inventory is high,
homebuyers have a lot to choose from, which makes conditions more favorable for
buyers. Though this isn’t the single most important factor for how long it takes to sell
your house, market conditions do play a role.

2. Your Listing Price Vs. Comps
The listing price of your home needs to be carefully

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Once your purchase offer for a home has been accepted, the next step is to get a property inspection. The property inspection is done to protect your interests as a buyer, protect the bank’s interest as a lender, and to ensure that the property is up to code before the transfer of ownership takes place. Since so much depends on the home inspection report, it’s helpful to know exactly what things a property inspection covers.

Structural Issues

Inspectors will look for visible signs of structural problems in the foundation and framing of the property. For instance, if the outside of the foundation is cracked or crumbling, you can expect to see that discussed on the final home inspection report. If the roof is visibly sagging, that too would end up on the

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Buying a house is one of the most exciting times of your life. But that wonderful anticipatory feeling you get after you’ve found your dream home can quickly dissipate when you consider all the things that have to happen before the deal is finalized. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Here are some proactive steps you and your agent can take to make sure your home purchase goes through.

Get Pre-Approved

Even though agents don’t necessarily require home shoppers to be pre-approved for a mortgage, it’s worth it to take the time to get pre-approved with a lender before you home shop. Remember that being pre-qualified isn’t the same as being pre-approved. Pre-qualified simply means that you have one or more of the requirements to hypothetically get a

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Before hiring an agent to help you sell, ask them a few questions. Here are five good ones to use.

When you’re hiring an agent to help you sell your home, you want to make sure you hire someone who will do a good job for you. It’s not enough to get your home sold. You want it sold quickly and for the most money possible.

By asking your Realtor the right questions, you can determine whether they can represent you well or not. Here are some questions to consider:

1. How long have you been in residential real estate? While this doesn’t necessarily matter, it is a good sign if your agent has sold a lot of homes in the past.

2. How long does it take you to sell a home? If they have statistics, that’s great. Compare them to the market averages.

3. How

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Today I want to share an exciting announcement. Our company is growing and getting a new look!

I’ve got a really exciting announcement! We’re making major changes to our property management company, and I wanted to give you the scoop.

We’ve been incredibly fortunate to experience the large amount of growth that we’ve had in such a short period of time. In fact, people are often surprised by how many homes we are managing on a daily basis. How do we do it? By bringing the best available property management technology to you here in the heart of Missouri.

        The same great, world-class service that we’ve always had isn’t going anywhere.

Our property management company is also getting a new look! We’re excited to show you our new logos

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Friends and Clients —

If you bought your first home in 2016, chances are you're in for a very new tax experience this year.

That's because for many new homeowners, buying a house is the first time it makes sense to itemize taxes.

The good news is that itemizing your taxes is surprisingly easy to do.

Here's how to make sure you save the most on taxes while minimizing your filing headaches.

First, locate your Settlement Statement. This is a part of your home closing paperwork provided by your lender.

Second, add up the following four main real estate deductions:

1.  Loan origination fees

Your loan origination fee is the upfront fee charged by your lender for processing your loan application. Origination fees usually run about 0.5% to 1% of the

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Our team just received some incredible honors. We are humbled and want to share our success with you.

I’ve got some incredibly exciting news to share. Every year, our local county Board of Realtors honors the top salesperson of the year as well as the top Realtor of the year. We are proud to say that our team won both of those awards this year. This makes us the No. 1 team in the Pulaski County area.

We look forward to winning again in 2017.

We were able to serve 106 families in the last year, and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Whether you are a family member, friend, client, or supporter, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Debbie Austin and I may have won these awards individually, but we owe a lot of our success to

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to let you know about some sweet deals on some lovely homes in our area!

The first home is a cute little house listed at $123,800.

Located at 20834 Lacombe Road in Waynesville, Missouri, it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a total of 1,572 square feet. This charmer is move-in ready and boasts a fresh coat of paint in the living room. Located on a corner lot in the family-friendly Shalom Mountain subdivision, inside this ranch style home you’ll find a living room with vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, and carpet. The dining room and kitchen both highlight tile flooring. The kitchen also features white appliances, medium oak cabinetry, recessed lighting, vaulted ceilings, and a breakfast bar.

The master

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