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5 Steps Before Home Selling

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Don't even think about putting your home on the market before you've done your homework. Here are 5 steps to ensure a pain-free home selling process.

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The Many Types of Real Estate Agents

Friday April 18, 2014
There are so many types of real estate agents that it's almost impossible to keep them all straight.

Where I work as an agent in California, we have about 80 or so agents in my office alone, and about 17 offices. Just looking through the titles of agents in my office is enough to make my head spin. If I were a buyer, I wouldn't have the first idea what kind of agent they were and whether I should care. Some of the titles they bestow upon themselves are confusing, as they are probably trying to set themselves apart from all of the others. But when it comes right down to it, we are all just real estate agents, regardless of what we call ourselves.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, BRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

How Clean to Leave the House Upon Sale

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Sellers often ask me how clean they have to clean the house upon sale.

I don't try to analyze why a seller would ask the question because that would be a waste of time. The fact is they ask it. They are worried, I guess, that they might not make the buyers happy or maybe they just don't want to do any extra work? While it's not necessary to scrub the house from top to bottom, there are common courtesy things a seller should do while cleaning the house for the new owners upon sale. Leaving a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator is a nice touch, too, but not required.

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At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, BRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.

Most Home Buyers Take Out a Home Mortgage

Monday April 14, 2014
Until you decide to buy a home, you probably have not thought much about a home loan nor wondered why it is called a mortgage.

Many people might not even consider a home loan to be a mortgage because it's an unfamiliar term. You get a loan to buy a car but you get a mortgage to buy a home. Is there a difference between the loans? Yes, there is a big difference, especially how the interest rate is calculated. Mortgages are generally amortized using a different set of rules. If you paid off a 30-year mortgage over the full 30 years, you will probably pay 3 times as much as you initially paid for the home. Maybe more.

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It's Best to Limit Home Feature Requirements for a Search

Friday April 11, 2014
Setting up home features that operate as restrictive search parameters to find a home work best when there are a lot of homes for sale on the market.

It doesn't seem to work so well when the features are so precise that none of the homes will match exactly. If you don't get an exact match, then you won't get any homes to look at. It's much better to give yourself broad search parameters and look for common features such as 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and then consider whether you're willing to buy a home that doesn't have all of the features you might prefer.

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