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Monday, September 7, 2020   /   by Vinda Milless

Pros and Cons of New Construction

When we find a really good article that you might enjoy, we like to pass it on. This one by Laura Mueller gives you some insight into pros and cons of buying new construction versus something already built:
It took about six months of searching real estate listings before my husband and I settled on buying a new construction home. The properties in our price range would all need significant updates and renovations to get them looking how we wanted, and when you’ve already spent big on the purchase price, it’s hard to find the extra funds for customization and add-ons. Deciding to build a new construction home was the easy part. It’s when we started to move forward with the process that we learned it’s not all as simple as just having a custom home built to your specifications.
When you’re buying new construction, you need to be deliberate about asking the right questions and advocating for yourself. The more you can understand about what to exp; ...

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Monday, August 17, 2020   /   by Vinda Milless

Home Staging

Realtor.com published the following article on August 3, 2020 entitled Home Sells in a Mere 12 Hours after Remote Staging. The article by Melissa Dittman Tracey reviewed how Home Stager Francesca Mahoney was able to transform a space without ever stepping foot inside. See what she has to say: 
Remotely staging properties is a growing trend in the pandemic. And the service may stick around even after the health crisis is over, considering the success some stagers are having.
Home stager Francesca Mahoney with Creekhill Designs LLC in Holly Springs, N.C., did a video staging consultation with sellers in April, and then the home went under contract in just 12 hours. The homeowner emailed pictures of the home to Mahoney, and they met over a FaceTime video call for two hours to stage the 3,000-square-foot property, inside and out.
In the family room, Mahoney honed in on the fireplace in the back corner. She had the sellers move the sofa and pare down the furniture and accessories, w ...

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Sunday, August 2, 2020   /   by Vinda Milless

An Often Overlooked Item

We use doors daily. But how often do we really look at them? They can play a huge role in the first impression a potential buyer forms. From entering a home to walking through rooms and into closets, we use doors in every step of the buying and selling process. If overlooked, doors can easily lessen a home’s appeal. Here’s how you can entice buyers by improving the appearance of your doors:

 
Entrance: If you have a storm door, make sure the glass is clean. Or if a screen is installed, make sure it doesn’t have any rips or tears. Also, inspect the main doors leading to the house. There’s a good chance they could use a cleaning or a quick paint touch up. Replacing doors can be costly and should be avoided unless your doors are in complete disrepair.
 
Bedrooms: If there’s a young child or teenager living in the house, doors might be covered in posters, decorations, or worst of all, stickers. It’s best to take these down and. ...

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Sunday, August 2, 2020   /   by Vinda Milless

How Are Realtors Paid?

This is one of the most complete articles I've seen on this subject. 
By JEAN FOLGER - Updated Jun 25, 2019
If you're in the market to buy or sell a home, odds are you'll work with a real estate agent to help you through the process. According to the National Association of Realtors, 87% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker in 2017, a share that has been increasing steadily from 69% in 2001.[1] The vast majority of sellers also relied on real estate agents; only 8% of sellers sold their homes on their own.
As of March 2019, the average annual earnings for real estate sales agents was $42,055.[2] How much money agents make each year depends on a number of factors, including the number of transactions they complete, the commission paid to the brokerage and the agent's spilt with the sponsoring broker. Here, we take a look at how real estate agents are paid.
Real Estate Commissions
Most real estate agents make money through commissions—payme] ...

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