Rent vs. Buy: How to Decide What’s Best for You According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median rent continues to rise. With today’s low mortgage rates, there’s great opportunity for current renters to make a move into homeownership that stretches each dollar a little bit further. While the best timeline to buy a home is different for everyone, the question…

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Watch out that HUD with the Fair Housing Act doesn’t come after you for writing that letter! Many of my buyers over the years have written letters to the home owner about the home that they absolutely love and want to purchase giving details about their family and what they love about the home…… or…

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There are many factors that go into buying that perfect home. It is a critical decision to make. You’ve found the home for you, and this house is affordable. There is one drawback to consider; this home is near a busy airport. How will the proximity to the airport affect your home’s value if you…

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Thinking Outside of the Box When Buying a Home…. For those home buyers who would like to get the best deal, a blog post I wrote in August 2008 “Getting the Best Deal When Buying a Home” is still applicable to our Pensacola real estate market today…. some things do not change! The five points…

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Real Estate Terms Defined…. I ran across a blog post I wrote in August 2010 titled  “Understanding Real Estate Terms | Pending and Contingent Sales” that talks about the terms as it relates to the San Diego market…. however, Pensacola uses the same terms to show the status of the property for sale and have…

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Tasks Performed by the Seller’s Agent Seller’s Agent is also called the listing agent…. A listing is the written agreement between seller and a real estate agent/broker who will represent the seller in the sale of the property.   A brief summary of the tasks performed by the listing agent: Consultation with seller to determine their…

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Home Buyers Potential Inspections In my opinion, home buyers have an advantage in California that many other states do not have….. a buyer can make an offer to purchase a home, obtain the accepted offer (an executed contract with the seller) prior to completing any due diligence.  The buyer’s due diligence may or may not consist…

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How to Obtain a Good Appraisal…. The business of appraisals has changed since I started my real estate career many years ago…. especially when the Dodd-Frank Act was enacted in 2010 which I wrote about in a previous blog “Appraisal Scoop 2012“.  The essence is that real estate agents and lenders can no longer contact…

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Home Buyers need to have an edge over other buyers The real estate market is HOT along the coast of San Diego.  With multiple offers becoming the norm, buyers need to start standing out more from the crowd.  Here are some strategies or hints and tips to being an “attractive” buyer: Plan Ahead – While you…

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