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Explaining Escrow

For many home buyers and sellers, escrow is an unfamiliar term that’s often confused with closing. While an escrow agent is involved in the closing of a real estate transaction, escrow itself is the process where an impartial third party ho...

How to Deal with Offers

You got an offer – Congratulations! So…what now? Read on to learn what to do when you receive an offer to buy your home.

An offer should be submitted in writing as a sales contract, which is a binding legal agreement. Neve...


How to Find a Lawyer

If you’re concerned about the legal logistics of selling your own home, hiring a real estate lawyer may give you peace of mind. In most states, a lawyer isn’t required to finalize the sale of your home, but some sellers prefer having ...

How to Secure Financing

Buying a house is the biggest purchase most people will ever make, and securing a mortgage is a huge financial commitment. In a time when foreclosures run rampant, understanding your financing options and making a responsible choice can make all ...


How to Take Photographs

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s certainly true than when it comes to selling your home. Nothing will capture a potential buyer’s interest like pictures that showcase the best attributes of your house. With a f...

Top 10 Mistakes Buyers Make

#1 Making major purchases. Your finances will be scrutinized before a bank will approve a home loan application. Even if you have perfect credit – or you’ve recently come into some money – extravagant purchases can jeopardize yo...


Top 10 Mistakes Sellers Make

#1 Setting the price too high. Not only will you get fewer offers, but buyers may think something is wrong with your property when you lower your price. Get an appraisal or do a Comparative Market Appraisal (CMA), then set your asking price accor...

Where to Place Your Sell Sheets

In this competitive housing market, it takes a lot of hard work to make your home stand out – and advertising has become more important than ever. If you want your house to sell, you have to be aggressive and get creative with how you use y...