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Preparing For Your Move, Part 2.

Get an On-Site Estimate. The cost of a move is primarily determined by three factors: distance, weight, and extra services rendered. To get an accurate number, The Move Advocate strongly urges transferees to obtain an on-site survey. Having the mover come to your home will result in a more accurate estimate of the amount and […]

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What is Staging? Part 3.

Will a staged home sell for more money? A staged home in this context is the use of furniture and decorative items supplied by the stager – usually on a multi-room basis (and the removal of existing furniture and decorative items if necessary). Time and money has been put into research about staging, and there […]

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There’s More than the Contract, Part 3.

As well as competent preparation of the contract and supervision of the escrow, buyers and sellers need guidance. What is essential is knowledge of all of the options, so clients can make informed, reasonable business decisions. In other words, the client has many choices, so the most important job of a licensee is to educate […]

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Preparing For Your Move, Part 1.

Lower the cost and hassle before the movers come using these 5 prep tips: 1. De-Clutter – Clean out your closet and get rid of anything that you don’t need. Consign, donate, give away or have a garage sale to reduce the weight and cost of the move. 2. Pack to Unpack – When boxing […]

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There’s More Than a Contract Involved in a Sale, Part 2.

The work required in the purchase of a home involves much more than getting a signed contract. There are potentially several disclosure issues and documents that must or should be supplied by a seller. So what’s included and excluded can be vital. There are also the all important post-contract and escrow issues. Who is going […]

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What is Staging? Part 1.

Staging is the process of making a home more appealing through the use of personal property and lighting. Staging accomplishes this through the following: Showing purpose – exercise equipment demonstrates a room without a closet could be used for working out; Showing scale – to emphasize or de-emphasize the size or shape of a room; […]

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Reject dual agency.

Single agent dual agency allows one agent to represent both the buyer and seller at the same time. That means the agent is not required to put your interests first. So dual agency is dangerous for you, as it shortchanges both buyer and seller. But its good for agents, as it allows them to collect […]

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There’s More to Preparing a Contract than Filling in the Blanks.

Arizona’s residential purchase contract form is a minimum of 9 pages. There are a multitude of blanks that must be filled in to complete it. Generally there are 3 separate parts to the contract: price, terms and conditions. The gross purchase price occupies just one line of the 473 lines in the contract. So offers […]

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Solar Panels, Part 2 – Lease Transaction Traps.

Leased solar panels interfere with and sometimes prevent sales and closings. Buyers that sign a contract to buy a home with leased panels will need to qualify to take over the lease. If the solar company decides the buyer doesn’t qualify, unless the seller buys out the lease, the deal is dead. Plus the lease […]

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Solar Panels, Part 1 – Lease Transaction Traps.

You have solar panels on your home and you decide to move. You assume that the presence of solar panels will be a marketing plus, maybe even get you a higher price. That should be case, but when the panels are leased, it might not. Some buyers will balk when they learn that they’ll need […]

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Don’t Neglect Your Landscaping.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a beautiful yard to buyers. 84% of adults say that the quality of a home’s landscape and yard would affect their decision on whether to purchase a home or not, according to a survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

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Home Sale Issues You Can’t Control.

I recently wrote about the issues you can control, which must be managed to obtain the best price in the quickest time. There are also things that a seller can’t control: your location; the market; interest rates; and the number of motivated buyers in the market. But that doesn’t mean that these factors should be […]

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Home Sale Issues You Control.

As a seller you can control the following: the asking price of your home; the condition of your home; and when you will allow showings. Make the prospects of a sale easier by pricing reasonably and painting, updating and decluttering. And don’t forget to make it as easy as possible for agents to show- access […]

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Why Do You Need Title Insurance? Part 1.

Title insurance is an indispensable part of a real estate transaction. It’s a standard requirement in most real estate contracts and its required by lenders. It also protects the buyer and seller from title defects if later something goes wrong. Examples of covered defects include where an executor transferring real estate never had the probate […]

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FSBOs Get Significantly Less.

Sellers tempted to try to sell their home on their own to avoid commission costs may get a much lower sales price. According to a new study by Collateral Analytics, sellers not using a real estate licensee achieve prices “significantly below” those from similar properties sold through REALTORS®. During the study period of 2016 to […]

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