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What is the value of signing a Buyer/Broker Representation Agreement?• It is an employment agreement to hire your Realtor®• You and your REALTOR® are committed to working with each other• It allows your REALTOR® to write offers, submit offers, and negotiate on your behalf• It allows your REALTOR®...
Of course, you can talk to people, google information, and find data on wikipedia; but the BEST way to become familiar with the neighborhoods (and find the communities you like best) is to drive around and observe the neighborhood at various times of the day.Select homes from the email listFrom t...
One of the steps in house shopping is getting a pre-approval letter.  A pre-approval letter is more valuable than a pre-qualified letter because it shows that your lender has analyzed your income, expenses, and credit.Your lender will give you 3 types of loan letters: A pre-qualification letter g...
You know “Murphy’s Law”: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. When you are least expecting it, something will break, and if you don’t get it fixed right away, it could lead to other problems.  That’s where your home warranty comes in handy.  Most things will be covered and all you will have...
Maintain items and replace things as they wear outSome household things need regular cleaning and maintenance, while other things will need to be replaced every so often.  The good news is that with regular maintenance and attention to details, you can avoid major disasters.For example, watch yo...
Make notes of the following items at the houses you view.  Look carefully at both the inside and the yard areas.  Does the house include these items?• Dishwasher• Refrigerator• Clothes washer and/or dryer• Window coverings (blinds or built-ins)• Light fixtures (such as a chandelier)• Shed• Workbe...
By Regina P. BrownWhat’s better than a bright yellow crackling fire on a cold, rainy night?  Fireplaces bring ambiance and warmth into our homes; they create a comfortable atmosphere.  Wood-burning stoves are even more practical:  they radiate heat, and also cook pots of food.  Fireplaces are usu...
Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
Now that you’re a homeowner, you are ready to take on the responsibilities and take good care of your new home.As soon as you get the keys, conduct an orientation of your new home.  Make sure you know which keys unlock what, that the garage door opener actually opens the garage, and how to turn o...
When viewing the inside of houses, you should: Keep an open mind and be flexible Write down features, concerns, and questions Compare the houses to each other Realize that NO house will meet 100% of your "Wish List" Teens may accompany you house hunting if they are well behaved.  However, childre...

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