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Avoid becoming a flat squirrel in the real estate market. Make the decision and know it is right for you.

My wife and I just returned from vacation in Washington, D.C., and on our way up there she told me a quote that I thought applied well to real estate: “The road is filled with a lot of flat squirrels.”

What does this mean, though? It is all about indecision. Squirrels are not flat because they made it across the road—they run back and forth and eventually get run over from their indecision.

The No. 1 thing you can do in real estate is make a decision. If you are looking to sell your home, decide that that’s what you are going to do and do whatever it takes to sell it. You are selling it for a reason, so do not be indecisive, because

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There are five clear signs that you may be about to purchase a home that you can’t afford.

Our team sell a lot of homes, but what we really pride ourselves on is helping people buy homes they can actually afford

If you’re thinking about buying a home, there are five signs that you might be buying one that you can’t afford:

1. Your purchase has some creative mortgage options attached. If you’re hearing and reading about a hodgepodge of mortgage terms you don’t understand, such as “balloon” or “interest only” or “ARM loan,” it means your lender is getting very creative in order to get you into the home you want. They’re only being creative, though, because you can’t qualify for a traditional mortgage loan to buy that home, which is a red

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  Which six home maintenance items should all homeowners take on this summer? Today we’ll go over this crucial list.

Staying on top of home maintenance is very important, especially if you plan on selling.

Today I’d like to go over six key maintenance tips that are specific to the summer months. Following these tips will make sure your home stays safe and in great shape.  

  1. Check your smoke detectors and change their batteries. Keeping your smoke detectors in working order is crucial, so be sure to test and replace their batteries regularly. If you don’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night by a dying alarm, or find yourself faced with a far more serious situation, you must stay on top of this critical maintenance

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Procrastinating on your next home purchase could really cost you. Affordability will soon decrease, so it’s time to get off the fence.
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If you’ve been considering making a home purchase, now is the time to get off the fence.

I recently saw an article from CoreLogic stating that interest rates are projected to rise by about 0.85% in 2018. This means a typical mortgage payment of $804 or so would climb to $910.

Additionally, home prices are expected to increase by 2.5%. This means an overall increase by about 15% in terms of the home purchase cost.

So if you have been sitting on the fence feeling unsure

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I think it is important to have a home inspection on every single property you buy. If you’ve bought or sold homes in the past, you’re probably wavering on the necessity of a home inspection, but you need to know as much information about the home as you can.
There are several types of home inspections, but the one you want to start with is the general overall home inspection. Expect the general inspection to last from two to four hours. You don’t necessarily need to be there for the whole process, but it is important that you show up sometime near the end. The inspector is going to take photos and notes on…
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Here’s a paradox for you: Right now, homebuyer confidence is at an all-time high, according to a survey performed by Fannie Mae. Furthermore, an increasing number of people, particularly renters, think now is a good time to buy a home. Yet at the same time, housing inventory remains very tight. It’s down 6.5% nationally from last year. Home prices are also up 6.9% nationally over last year.

In other words, homebuyers are optimistic at a time that the market seems to be favoring sellers. So, what's going on? Why are homebuyers so optimistic all of a sudden? Here are three possible explanations:

1. Lending is loosening up. Over the

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Do you think you've found the perfect home here in the Sun Coast? In last week's video, I discussed how to make a good offer on a home, and one of those tips involved not sleeping on a good home. But how do you know that you've found the right home?

Today I have ten different pieces of advice to help you make that decision. You don't want to take too long to recognize the right home in this market or it may disappear.

  1. The driveway has to draw you inside.
  2. The front door should embrace you and lure you inside.
  3. You feel comfortable in all of the rooms, especially in the bathroom.
  4. You're already possessive about the
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Come join my team on October 30, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm for this very special Halloween Open House.  

We are presenting this home at 4040 3rd Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 in a very special way.  Located next to the Fogarty Cemetery with very quiet neighbors this immaculate home has been remodeled and is perfect for the person who loves Halloween and quiet neighbors.  

Come dressed in costume to view the house or just say "hello".  Enter our raffle for prizes, eat our treats or take a self-guided tour of the cemetery before it closes at dusk.  What a better way to present this amazing home neighboring the cemetery than a Halloween Open House.   

Take a look at this amazing home CLICK HERE.

Or click the image below for a VIDEO about the event...  

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Today, we'll go over the 5 do's for you to successfully buy your dream home.

  1. Do get pre-approved. To be taken seriously in this market, you must have pre-approval. Don't go looking at houses until you've talked with a lender and been fully pre-approved. Sellers will not take your offer seriously without a pre-approval.
  2. Do be plugged into the Internet. Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com are all great sources, but they're not the best. These sites only show 60% to 70% of all properties on the market. You need to be plugged in with a system that has direct ties to the MLS, like our site. You need to know when properties first come
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Today, we're going to discuss the market on the Sun Coast. This market is a seller's market. However, there are some big changes today versus what's happened in the past.

For instance, the Internet is huge in today's market. Back in 2005 and 2006, Zillow did not exist. The buyers have a lot of control because they have more information available to them. You can't just put your home on the market and price it however you want, because the buyers will know more about the true value of the home.

As a seller, we want to understand what the market is doing. As we go into this fall selling season, we look like we have a really

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