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The Importance of an Appraisal for a Seller

You are selling your house, and someone has found it to be the perfect fit for their family. They have been pre-qualified for a loan and now it is on to the next step; the appraisal. Why exactly is an appraisal necessary and what useful information does it provide to you as the seller? LawDepot gives us some of the buyer and seller basics here, while we discuss the importance of an appraisal to a seller. A lot of information An appraisal is a large document that goes into great detail about a house, the land and the comparable sales…

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Should You Have a Buyer’s Agent for a New Build?

It’s a beautiful day, the sun is out, and the birds are singing. You decide it’s the perfect day to go look at the model home of the new neighborhood you want to move into. When you’re looking to build in a new neighborhood, it’s important to either take your agent with you or to be sure to let them know you already have a buyer’s agent representing you! Things you should know about having a buyer’s agent The common misconception A common misconception about buying a home that is being constructed as part of a development is that you…

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6 Ways to Correctly Time Your Sale and Purchase

The time has come to sell your home and buy a new one. With this, comes the task of correctly timing your sale with the purchase of your new home. Not an impossible feat, but it certainly can be complex. With a bit of understanding and some planning, it can be successful, especially when considering these 6 items. Same day closing Sometimes the stars align and you can time the purchase and sale to close on the same day. The ideal situation would be to sell in the morning and buy in the afternoon. This works best when you are not…

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You Love Your House, Others May Not

You’re ready to put your house on the market so you call us to come over and determine what you need to do to get your house ready. Don’t be offended when we advise you to make changes to your house to sell it. Please remember that we live in a house differently than we sell it so don’t take it personally. Here are some action items to consider: Expose the floor When we are living in a house, we tend to round corners with furniture to make our space feel cozy. To sell it, we want spaces to appear…

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4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Zillow to Sell Your House

There are many sites available that claim to give insight into your home’s market price.  While a site like this may be helpful for some things, we are going to discuss four major reasons it may not be quite the help you need. It’s a matter of public record The first thing to remember is that these sites use public records as a way of developing information on your home. This means it may only be as accurate as it was at the time the house was last sold. So, if you’re looking to compare your home to another, and…

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Keep Your Family Safe by Screening for Radon

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) about 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has some level of radon that needs to be reduced.  If your level of radon is high, there are steps you can, and should, take to fix it. What is it? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas.  Radon is emitted through uranium that is found in soil, often that is rich in limestone. You cannot see Radon and there is no smell or taste, so there is no way to know it’s there unless you test. How…

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Houses Are Like Perfume

When you go to the store and try on a new perfume, after about the third scent, they all start to blend together and smell the same.  Houses aren’t much different. When you schedule a day and look at twelve different houses, they all start to meld together in your mind. You may get your favorite house mixed up with a house that wasn’t even a contender. We are going to share some tips on how to keep your perspective AND your houses straight. If you have time, take time If you can schedule multiple days to view houses, this is…

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Score with These New Construction Opportunities

Are you considering a move to Frederick County, MD?  There are many new areas being developed and new homes are being built daily.  We’ll share a bit about some of the neighborhoods, the builders and how you can score in our wonderful county. When you are looking for mountain views, minutes to downtown Frederick, paths to ballfields, picnic pavilions and boat launches on the Monocacy River, Tallyn Ridge at Pinecliff Park would be well suited for you.  The builders in this area are Drees Homes and Miller & Smith. Westview South – You’ll have terrific amenities like a pool and…

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Get Top Dollar for Your Home In 2018

Placing your home on the market can be a bit overwhelming so it’s important to have a real estate agent who can help you get prepared for the sale. Below we share some ideas we’d like you to consider to get top dollar for your home in 2018.   Timing When the inventory is low, it is always the best time to put your house on the market. We typically recommend being one of the first homes on the market in January. In our area, January and February are the coldest months of the year, and inventory is low. However,…

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Are Your Neighbors Affecting Your Home Sale?

The time has come to place your house on the market. You’ve done all the proper preparation such as updating the bathroom and replacing that old carpet, and your property is in pristine condition. It should be a piece of cake to sell at or above asking price, right? After all, you have done everything you needed to do in order to sell your house. In a perfect world, all the factors that go into selling would be within your control. However, sometimes we must look to those close to us, like our neighbors.  How they care for their home…

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