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Elizabeth Weintraub

Updated Articles and Resources

By Elizabeth Weintraub

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Why hire a real estate agent when you can do the job yourself? Here are 10 good reasons to hire a buyer's agent or a seller's agent that you might have overlooked and not considered.
    • Companies That Advertise We Buy Houses for Cash Created: Thursday, December 20, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Explanation of companies that pay cash for homes. The truth about cash for homes schemes and how much companies pay when you see those signs that read: We buy houses for cash.
    • Should You Buy a Home With Popcorn Ceilings? Created: Friday, August 26, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Are popcorn ceilings dangerous? Tips for buying a home with a popcorn ceiling. How to test your popcorn ceiling for asbestos and safely remove the textured ceiling.
    • How Do Buyer's Agents Get Paid? Created: Thursday, April 09, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      How buyer's agents in real estate are paid. Does a buyer's agent get paid by the buyer or the seller? How buyer's agents earn a commission.
    • Definition of Deed of Trust Created: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Explanation of deed of trust. Trust deeds evidence a mortgage loan secured by a promissory note. Parties to a trust deed, including role of the trustee.
    • What are the Benefits to Paying Cash for a Home? Created: Monday, June 23, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Advantages and benefits to paying cash for a home. Ways to beat out other non-cash offers. Why a home seller prefers cash.
    • How Long Does it Take to Sell a House? Created: Sunday, October 10, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      How quickly should a house sell? What is the average length of time it takes to sell a house? If your home sold too quickly was it priced too low?
    • Making an Offer to Buy a Home Created: Friday, June 29, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Criteria to use when making an offer to buy a home. Data to help determine the price to pay for a home. Factors that influence home offer prices.
    • What is a Home Warranty Plan? Created: Saturday, September 23, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Explanation of home warranty coverage and plans. What do home warranty program protect? What is covered and what is excluded from coverage? How to ask a seller to pay for a home protection plan.
    • Lease Options and Lease Purchase Sales Created: Monday, September 10, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Difference between lease options and lease purchase sales. Benefits and drawbacks for lease options. Why lease options can be bad for a home buyer.
    • Home Inspection Checklist Created: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Home inspection checklist items to look for when getting a home inspection. How to tell if your home inspector checked the essentials. Major and minor repair concerns.
    • How to Find the Right Home Created: Friday, May 12, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      How to find the right home to buy and cut down on red tape. Here are all the questions you need to answer yourself to define your objectives." itemprop="description" Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      How to find short sales online and in MLS. Secret words that identify short sale listings. How agents advertise short sales.
    • Dumping an Underwater Home Without Doing a Short Sale Created: Sunday, February 13, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Alternatives to selling that underwater home as a short sale. To fully protect your credit, if you home is underwater, you might want to explore other options to a short sale."
    • How a Short Sale Seller Can Cancel Your Short Sale Contract Created: Monday, May 25, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Short sale contract cancellation. How a seller can cancel your short sale contract and either take the home off the market or sell the home to a different short sale buyer.
    • Purchase Contract Created: Friday, June 16, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Definition of a contract to purchase real estate also known as a purchase contract
    • What's the Problem With Calling a Listing Agent to See a Listing? Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Reasons to not ask a listing agent to show you her listed home. Pitfalls to calling a listing agent for an appointment to see a home.
    • Dual Agency Created: Wednesday, October 11, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Definition of dual agency as it pertains to real estate representation.
    • Land Buying Tips Created: Thursday, October 25, 2007 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      How to buy land. Land buying tips for building a new home. Benefits and drawbacks to buying land in the country. Addressing concerns before buying land will help to ensure that you can build the ho...
    • How Are Tax Deductions Restricted for Mortgage Refinancing? Created: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      How mortgage refinancing can limit or reduce a homeowner's tax deductions. An explanation of the tax rules regarding interest deductions for mortgage refinancing.
    • Home Buying Without a Contingency to Sell an Existing Home Created: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Risks and strategy for buying a home without a contingency to sell but still selling an existing home.
    • Can I Short Sale My Investment Property? Created: Friday, November 25, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      Procedure for an investment property short sale. Tips for doing a short sale on a rental property. Drawbacks to short selling a non-owner occupied home.
    • For Sale By Owner Tips Created: Thursday, March 22, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      How to sell a home as a for sale by owner, without an agent, without representation. Proven tips for marketing your home as a for sale by owner
    • VA Loans Created: Thursday, May 27, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      What is a VA loan? Who qualifies to obtain a VA loan? What is a certificate of eligibility and how does a veteran obtain such a document? What are the pros and cons of a VA loan?"
    • Staging the Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank Created: Thursday, March 04, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Professional home staging tricks for staging a bathroom. How to transform a plain bathroom into a staged and appealing bathroom for pennies on the dollar.
    • A Complete List of Home Amenities and Features for Home Buyers Created: Saturday, February 25, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      List of home amenities and features to consider when buying a home. How to help your agent establish home search parameters to find you the perfect home to buy.
    • Is it Better to be Buying or Renting a Home? Created: Monday, December 11, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Not everybody should buy a home. Are you one of those individuals who should rent and not buy? Here are a few ways to tell.
    • Trends for Home Buyers Created: Thursday, September 21, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      What are today's home buyer's hot buttons and trends? Which features and home design do home buyers demand? What types of homes do they buy?
    • How Flexible is That Short Sale Price? Created: Saturday, January 14, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      How you can tell if that short sale price is real. Explanation of why a bank will accept a certain price on a short sale and how to compute the short sale price just like a bank will do it.
    • Senior Living in Style Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Senior living in style for those over age 55. Sample homeowner association regulations for active adult communities.
    • Get Ready for a Home Inspection Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What will the inspector need you to do to prepare for the home inspection? Here are some tips to ensure the home inspector moves through quickly and easily.
    • Definition of encumbrance Created: Saturday, October 14, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Definition of encumbrance as it pertains to real estate.

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