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Four Killer Questions to Ask Your Agent

Four Killer Questions to ask Your AgentQuestions

By Maria Patterson

As prices slowly start to rise and inventory begins to shrink in many areas, you may finally be ready to put your home on the market. However, selling your home in today’s gradually recovering market is still tricky business and requires the expertise of a professional real estate agent.

Take your time when selecting the right agent to work with. You’re about to embark on a major endeavor so having the right chemistry—and the right level of trust—are essential. Here are four important questions to ask a prospective agent that will help you determine if he or she is the right person to list your home with:

  1. How long have you been a real estate agent? The number of years an agent has been in the business is important information for you to know—and there are pros and cons to every level of experience, so don’t rush to judgment. For example, if an agent has only been practicing for a couple of years, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Agents who started in real estate after the bubble burst only know how to operate within current market conditions and won’t waste time on outdated strategies that worked during the housing boom, but that won’t work now. Measure their success by the home’s they’ve sold so far and how they overcame the particular challenges of those sellers. Conversely, if you’re prospective agent is a real estate veteran, be sure to ask how he or she has adapted their approach for the market downturn. While their years of experience are invaluable to you, make sure they’ve changed accordingly with the times.
  2. What will you specifically do to market my home? In today’s technology-based environment, don’t settle for a general response, such as “online marketing” and “virtual tours.” Ask prospective agents which specific listing syndication sites your home will appear on, how many Read the rest of this entry »

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Pending Home Sales on the Rise

Pending Home Sales on the Rise

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The Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling and What You Can Do about It (Part 1)

The Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling and What You Can Do about It

(Part 1)No Curb Appeal

By Kristin Brown-Orr

Selling a home can be a daunting undertaking, and while you may be helpless to control the state of the market or the number of prospective buyers in your price range, here are a few ways to be proactive against some of sellers’ most common pitfalls:

Problem: Competition. Are there too many homes for sale in your price range? If there are too many options open to buyers in your market, you may not see as many showings as you’d like.

What You Can Do: Unfortunately, the state of the market in your neighborhood or town is pretty much beyond your control. You’ll need to think about how you can make your home a more attractive sale, either by lowering your price or providing attractive terms of sale.

Problem: Your asking price is too high. It’s stating the obvious, but if your asking price is too high, you’ll price yourself right out of a lot of Read the rest of this entry »

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Is The Housing Market In Recovery?

Is The Housing Market In Recovery?


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Downtown Miami 2020

Downtown Miami 2020

Video illustration of ten billion dollar boom coming to Downtown Miami by the year 2020.

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Real Estate Bidding Wars Are Back

Real Estate Bidding Wars Are Back

Pending-home sales in March hit their highest level since April 2010, spurring the return of real-estate bidding wars. Nick Timiraos reports on The News Hub.

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Housing Outlook Continues to Brighten, Say Economists

Housing Outlook Continues to Brighten, Say EconomistsHousing Market

Mirroring the uneven economic recovery, the housing market is expected to move in a slow, gradual upward path in 2012, while encountering its share of speed bumps along the road, according to economists participating in yesterday’s National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) construction forecast webinar on the housing and economic outlook.

While the latest monthly housing data have shown signs of a slight softening, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said this is more reflective of typical month-to-month volatility in the numbers and unusual seasonal factors than they are an indication of any significant downward trend in the broader housing market.

“The aggregate information suggests we’re just in a pause mode right now in terms of these measures,” said Crowe, who noted this could partly be the result of an early spring that brought much better weather than usual into the picture at the start of this year and pulled some housing activity forward.

Pointing out that less volatile quarterly data have continued to show modest improvement in key housing indicators such as builder sentiment, new-home sales and housing production, Crowe said the “housing outlook continues to slowly brighten.”

Crowe noted that numerous other fundamentals remain positive for housing at this time, including demographic factors (with pent-up household demand expected to ramp up and echo-boomers heading into their prime household formation ages), historically favorable mortgage rates that are not expected to move higher than 5 percent by the end of next year, more than 100 local markets currently listed on the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index, and the fact that house price-to-income ratio has now returned to its historical average of about three-to-one versus the nearly five-to-one to which it had previously risen during the height of the housing boom.

However, he cautioned that housing still continues to face formidable challenges of its own such as rising foreclosures, persistently tight lending standards for homebuyers and builders and difficulties in obtaining accurate appraisals. Moreover, disappointing job growth numbers in March and uncertainty in the European economy are undermining prospects for a vigorous recovery.

“No one is anticipating that an upward path for housing will run in a straight-line trajectory,” said Crowe. “The economy is in an uneven recovery and Read the rest of this entry »

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Short Sales: A Viable Alternative to Foreclosure

Short Sales: A Viable Alternative to ForeclosureShort Sales

By John Voket

One of the things we hope to see less of in 2012 is short sales.

This brings me to a blog by Bion Grady, (bionsellshomes.com) who specializes in loan modification assistance and short sales in Paulding County, Ga. Grady says if the only alternative for distressed homeowners is to walk away from their property, a short sale may still be a viable alternative for a number of reasons .

Grady advises homeowners to remember these four things:

1. Debt Eraser. The upside down debt is erased in most cases. If you are selling because of a financial hardship, then the upside down debt will be automatically erased in most cases. If your loan is owned or insured by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, and/or VA, and you are short selling because of a financial hardship, their policies state that your debt will be erased.

2. Faster Rebound. You are eligible to buy another home much sooner compared to a foreclosure. The most common loan program, Fannie Mae, stipulates that you can buy another home under their program in two years. FHA, a popular low down payment loan program stipulates that you can qualify for an FHA loan within three years.

3. No Cost to You. According to Grady, all of the expenses are paid for by your lender. That includes the title insurance, any county taxes or fees on the sale, attorney fees, and the real estate agent. If the lender foreclosed on the house and then tried to sell it, they would have to pay all the costs.

4. Less Credit Damage. Upon completion of the short sale, Grady says your credit score will drop between 50 and 100 points. However, it will rebound fairly quickly, and you will have a lower debt to income ratio, which will boost your credit. In addition, anything and everything bad on your credit can be fixed through the dispute process.

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Ellen Degeneres Talks Real Estate

Ellen Degeneres Talks Real Estate

I hope you got a good laugh, like I did.

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City of Aventura 2010 Census

City of Aventura 2010 Census

Open publication – Free publishingMore 2010

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