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Do You Need a Real Estate Agent?
Home Selling
If you are thinking about buying or selling your home, then skipping the whole “work with an agent” thing has probably crossed your mind. After all, there are plenty of resources these days for both the buyer and the seller, from online search sites to how-to guides, to get by just fine, right?...
5 days ago
Leisl Bailey
How to Save the Most Money Downsizing Your Home
Home Selling
Minimalism is growing in popularity. This wave of minimal living seems pretty appealing–maybe Millenials are onto something! However, it’s not just the young ones who see the benefits of living smaller. Downsizing your home can really help to trim the fat from your monthly expenses. You...
1 week ago
Leisl Bailey
How To Get a Real Estate Rebate
Buying a Home
Opinions about real estate rebates will get a hot discussion going among realtors. It’s understandable why some agents would reject a practice that lowers commission. However, rebates are used as a strong marketing tool and are quickly growing more popular. In fact, the Department of Justice beli...
1 week ago
Leisl Bailey
How To Fire Your Real Estate Agent
Home Selling
It doesn’t matter if you’re buying or selling–your real estate agent needs to be your rock. But what happens when you feel like they’re flaking and you have nobody on whom to lean? It might be time to put the brakes on the relationship. Yup. We mean it could be time to fire your realto...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
How to Pick a Real Estate Agent and Save Thousands On Commission
Home Selling
  Many agents will tell you “You get what you pay for,” when you talk about negotiating their commission. Is that really the case or merely a way to get you pay more money than is necessary? There is no need to pay 3% or even 4% fo your home’s sale price to get a high-quality...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
How Can I Find a Trustworthy Real Estate Agent?
Home Selling
  The world has become a salesman’s paradise. Since the launch of social media, salespeople now directly access hundreds of thousands of their market without you even going anywhere. If you join a mom group online, you immediately get bombarded with Avon ladies and clothing lines. You go gol...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
Do Sellers Pay Buyer’s Agent Commission?
Home Selling
  You did some serious hunting and scored the perfect house. Now it’s time to sort out the payments. Despite your late-night Google searches, you’re still unclear how it’s all going to work out. Who pays the real estate agent? This is a very common question. To fully understand who pays ...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
7 Real Estate Interview Questions You Need to Ask Agents
Home Selling
Buying a home is a big deal. Selling a home is a big deal. You’re feeling overwhelmed and need to call on the help of a professional to assist! But you shouldn’t jump on the first agent that appears in your Google search. Savvy consumers interview potential real estate agents before dec...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
What Does a Real Estate Agent Do For a Buyer?
Buying a Home
    Many buyers feel stressed about the complicated process of purchasing a home. Although a bit daunting, the process is easier with an agent. Buyer’s agents can use their knowledge and experience to help buyers find evaluate and negotiate the purchase of a property.   What is a...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey
How Do I Determine the Fair Market Value of My Home?
Home Selling
When you go vehicle shopping, you probably compare multiple vehicles of the same make, model, and year to each other to see where you will be paying the most reasonable price. If you find one that is priced much higher than the others due to a small added feature (i.e., heated seats), then you prob...
2 weeks ago
Leisl Bailey

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