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Until I know how much you’re going to charge me and why…I’m really not interested in your sales pitch.While driving between appointments this afternoon I heard a radio ad for replacement windows. The owner of the company explained that one of the biggest distinctions between him and his competiti...
04/30/2015
Can’t swing that new house because you don’t have enough equity in the house you already own?If you currently find yourself in this situation, don’t worry you’re not alone. Statistics show that just over 10% of all homeowners either owes what their house is worth on their existing mortgage or th...
04/17/2015
ABAs are a way for real estate brokers and/or agents to legally receive a share of the profits from mortgage financing and/or title insurance when you purchase real estate. Under federal RESPA guidelines (Real Estate Settlement and Procedures ACT), the real estate broker and/or agents that are p...
03/18/2015
I received an email from Dianne, a woman who recently listed her condominium for sale in Montgomery County PA. She was online researching settlement services costs, which already struck me as odd because the buyer typically chooses the settlement company because they pay for the title insurance,...
03/06/2015
Thinking about buying a home? Statistics tell us that 40 million Americans are on the move annually and nearly 75 percent of the population moves every five years. If you’re thinking about buying a new home, or your first home, those statistics need to be seriously considered. While it’s no secr...
01/14/2015
Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about your home’s “scary” appeal. With nearly 42 million potential trick-or-treaters this year, you’ll want to be sure that your home meets the fun and safety standards of today’s eager Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Monster Hi...
10/28/2014
When the time comes to buy or sell a home, there are many advantages to enlisting the help of a realtor. They have the education and experience in your local market, can act as buffers between you and the seller’s agent if you’re looking at a home to purchase, and can handle the negotiations and ...
10/03/2014
When you finally find the perfect home for you and your family and the seller accepts your offer, you’re not quite across the finish line. There is still plenty of work to be done. For most homebuyers, the next move is to enlist the help of a settlement company.   Since buying a home isn’t someth...
09/18/2014
There is already a lot of stress associated with selling your home and buying a new one. However, if you decide to close on both properties in the same day, you’ve just added another level of stress to the process.   That’s according to Frank Dowd, a licensed title agent and the founder of Assoc...
09/16/2014
When you finally find the perfect home for you and your family and the seller accepts your offer, you’re not quite across the finish line. There is still plenty of work to be done. For most homebuyers, the next move is to enlist the help of a settlement company.   Since buying a home isn’t somet...
09/01/2014
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