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By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 0
Three Central High School seniors are National Merit Semifinalists--Lessley Dennington, Blake Kidd and Noor Wadu. They are among those singled out from the over 1.5 million students who take the PSAT annually. With 341 being honored in the state of Missouri, the three from CHS are the only winner...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 8
Betcha did not know that, did ya? It's true, and here's the proof (publication EPA-747-F-96-002, in case you want to look it up yourself): ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Most REO sellers know, however, that most other parties in a resid...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
Designated Agency is what most clients think they are getting when they sign a listing agreement for the sale of their house. Clients usually believe that the agent with whom they sign is their representative. Designated agency simply means that other agents in the company do NOT represent the cl...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 2
"Wing walls need railing," was on the FHA appraisal, and the client was mystified. Since it was an FHA appraisal and it involved a railing, I knew the appraiser was talking about a wall or ledge off of which someone could fall. I had never heard the term "wing wall." The house did not have an ope...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 14
The responsibility for arranging utility turn-on rests with the buyer and the agent for the buyer, NOT WITH THE LISTING AGENT or the inspector when purchasing a HUD owned property. So, be prepared for that from the start, but also know that there are additional caveats. While most state contracts...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 4
Hmmm. They already told you what they will take, and that is the listed price. It's when "What do you think they will take" is followed by "Maybe I'll just test the water" that a savvy agent needs to step up to the challenge. When testing the water equals wasting time for everybody involved, stat...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
Dewinterizing a foreclosure property is not as simple as turning on the water, so please do NOT schedule your inspector to visit the property right after your offer is accepted. A few things need to happen before the water will actually be on in the house. You (or your client) must actually be un...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 34
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD give priority to owner occupant buyers, and all three require buyers to state whether they are owner occupants or investors. Don't even THINK about misrepresenting yourself as an owner occupant if you will not personally be occupying the property. As a listing age...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
What happens next if the seller of a property does not respond to your offer before the deadline stated on your paperwork? That depends on you, actually. In part 1 of Time's UP, I outlined realities and suggestions for buyers.  And now for the realities of REO! The REO seller does not even know w...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 3
HomePath.com is the Fannie Mae consumer website. If you are interested in purchasing a foreclosure property, it’s a good place to start. Not only can you search for Fannie Mae properties that are for sale in your area, you can learn about HomePath financing, be introduced to the FirstLook program...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 2
My sister Linda had double mastectomies (one was a radical mastectomy), and 22 lymph nodes were removed. The doctor says that she will have three maybe four more surgeries over the next year to complete reconstruction. The amount of radiation she will need depends on test results. It has been sev...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 13
I had to turn my car around and go back to take this photo when I passed Cedar Hills Subdivision this morning (Hwy 177 just at the north edge of the Cape Girardeau, MO, city limits). It sure looks like this flock is being led by the one "snow" looking goose! Actually, I believe that these geese ...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
For three weeks last month, death hovered around my Mom. I took her to the doctor that first week of October, because she had been losing weight and was getting increasingly weaker. She would barely keep her eyes open. Since Mom had suffered bouts of MRSA twice before and had gone through a tough...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 3
I wanted to be sure that they did not take flight and end up in the grill of my car, so I slowed down. At first, they were watching me while I was watching them graze in the expansive front lawn of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I couldn't believe it when they alerted but did not run from me...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 10
Now that I've been a REALTOR® for a few years, I understand the connection an agent has to a house she listed or sold. After I have listed it or sold it, the house is no longer just another house. I know its rooms. I have been in the basement and looked where most visitors never would--the furnac...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 11
It was an innocent question from a brand-new agent who was going on her first agent tour, and she was serious when she asked the question. She thought it was her job to come up with a sales pitch that would convince would-be buyers. "I don't pitch a house," I told her, "and neither should you." T...

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