What To Do After Signing a Contract

… Understanding  the process for retail buyers Let’s just say that if the fun hasn’t begun already, it will start now. For the next thirty to sixty days, or whatever time frame you put between contract signing and closing, the gears will be in motion, getting everything ready for the big day when you take […]

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What Are Lead-Based Paint Hazards

If the home you’re buying was built before 1978, you have certain rights concerning lead-based paint and lead poisoning hazards. For starters, the home seller, or her real estate agent must provide you with the EPA pamphlet entitled “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home,” or other EPA-approved hazard information. The same party must […]

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What is a Home Appraisal?

A residential property appraisal helps establish a home’s market value, or the likely sales price that the property would fetch if offered in a competitive real estate market. Whenever someone uses a home or other type of real estate as security for a loan, the lender will order an appraisal to be conducted by a […]

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Who Pays the Real Estate Commissions?

Your contract with a buyer’s agent will usually stipulate that the agent’s commissions – typically about 3 percent – be paid out of the seller’s proceeds at closing. Does that mean the seller pays? Well it does and it doesn’t. Since you, the buyer are the one taking the cash to the table and the […]

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Finding an Agent: Experience is the Best Credential

Not all those million agents are serious pros. It’s relatively easy to get into the real estate business but it is tough to make a good living there. Some people just dabble in real estate and some inexperienced agents get precious little hand-holding from their brokers. Brokers are also licensed by the state. They typically […]

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Contemporary-Style Homes

This catch-all describes the homes you will find on many builders’ lots today. Even if the exterior looks like a colonial, craftsman or Tudor-style home or a Mediterranean villa, inside you are very likely to find a medley of greatest hits. Among the highlights: Showroom kitchens that are fully open to an expansive, high-ceiling family […]

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Cape Cod or Cottage Homes

Cape-cod style homes were built as early as the 1700s but their modern heyday was in the first half of the 1900s. These are the modest but comfy family homes, typically with only one or one and a half stories as the second floor is actually converted attic space with dormer windows to let in […]

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Spanish/Mediterranean-Style Homes

The British were not the only ones to establish colonies in the New World. In areas from Florida westward to Texas and on through most of California where the Spanish language prevailed among early settlers, Spanish is also the language of the architecture. Homes built with a Spanish/Mediterranean flair still are among the most popular […]

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Ranch-Style Homes

Ranch-style homes started to be built during the 1940s but they became the house of the postwar baby boom of the 1950s and 60s. The suburbs were expanding and land was still cheap enough that homeowners did not feel compelled to stack the bedrooms on top of the living space. Homeowners’ Manifest Destiny would be […]

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