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When you are buying a home, searching can be the fun part… deciding which one to buy the hard part! Here are some tips to help you decide when to take the big step and make an offer. Know your top priority and keep your eye on the prize. Everyone has different priorities and ‘must have’ features...
Regardless of other conditions which change from year to year I have long felt late fall is the best time of the year for buyers. Prices are starting to soften seasonally and sellers are often more willing to negotiate as they want to sell before winter arrives Supply is waning, but some sellers ...
There has been a lot of talk lately of a shifting real estate market, and while there isn’t a significant shift to a buyer’s market yet there are signs the strong seller’s market we have been experiencing for the last few years is starting to soften.I consider the months supply of inventory one o...
Last Friday was a big day for Tony… you can see by his morning smile above that he was bracing for a full day! One of the reasons he needed to close on the sale of his current home before he could close on the sale of his new home was because he was using his great VA financing benefit… but he co...
Congratulations… you just closed and got the keys to your new home!! Here are some things to do before you move in.1. Change the locksYou never know just how many people have keys to your new home… many copies of keys could be floating around with friends, family, neighbors of the former owners. ...
When you sign a purchase agreement in the state of Minnesota, “you have the right to choose whether to have disputes about disclosure of material facts affecting the use or enjoyment of the property that you are buying or selling decided by binding arbitration or by a court of law. By agreeing to...
Last month (August 2018) saw the biggest increase in new listings in more than 3 years. That, coupled with  another increase in interest rates begs the question of what that will mean for the real estate housing market, and more specifically for home prices. One month does not a trend make, but i...
Over 30 years ago, the United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day “to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the resp...
Selling the family home can be very emotional… for parents, adult children and grandchildren alike. You are not only saying goodbye to the house, you are also saying final goodbyes to the home where you built family memories.Making the decision to sell can be a difficult process in itself… often ...
New real estate listings for August 2018 were 7.6% higher than the same month last year… the biggest percentage increase since April 2015! New listings showed an increase over last year last month as well… could it be a sign the market is finally starting to break out of its relentless pattern of...

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