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Elizabeth Weintraub

Updated Articles and Resources

By Elizabeth Weintraub

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • 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.
    • Tips for an FHA Short Sale Created: Saturday, October 06, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Tips for a completing an FHA short sale quickly and efficiently. Secrets for processing an FHA short sale as a seller or an agent, especially those unfamiliar with the HUD process.
    • Staging the Kitchen Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Staging the kitchen to sell the home. The kitchen is the most important room in the home to stage. Before and after staging photos of the kitchen. Home staging tips.
    • Top 10 Myths About Real Estate Agents - Debunking Real Estate Agent Myths Created: Monday, January 08, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      What's true about real estate agents and what's not? You've heard the bad things and good stuff - but what is really going on? Here's the straight scoop about why agents are sometimes bad-mouthed a...
    • Agent Duties - What a Real Estate Agent Can or Cannot Do for You Created: Thursday, August 31, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Explains what a real estate agent can and cannot do for a client or customer. Dispels myths about a real estate agent's fiduciary duty to a client.
    • Definition of Easements Created: Saturday, October 14, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Easements - Definition of Easements - What is an Easement?
    • Documentary Transfer Tax Created: Saturday, February 19, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Documentary transfer tax. Definition of documentary transfer tax and explanation of California transfer tax.
    • How to Negotiate With Banks for a Short Sale Created: Monday, November 10, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The biggest problem with short sale negotiations has little to do with the buyer's agent and everything to do with the listing agent." itemprop="description">"description" Saturday, September 01, 2012 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      An explanation of a short sale charge off and why you might not want a short sale loan to go to charge off.
    • How to Spot Purchase Offers from Crooks Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      How to protect sellers from bogus purchase offers when selling a home. Types of red flags that an offer is too fake or not real.
    • When is the Best Day to List a Home For Sale? Created: Saturday, May 25, 2013 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Which day of the week is the best day to list your home for sale, go on the market, and give you the greatest exposure to the largest number of buyers?
    • Tax Consequences for Home Business Offices Created: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      How much will you pay in capital gains when you sell a home that has been partly depreciated due to maintaining a business office?
    • Mortgage Buydowns - How to Buy Down a Mortgage Created: Thursday, October 26, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Details and specifics about mortgage buydowns, which allow home buyers to qualify for loans that might otherwise be out of their financial reach.
    • Is There A Short Sale Alternative for Homes Worth Less Than the Mortgage? Created: Saturday, November 26, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Top 10 Short Sale Alternatives that you might want to consider if you decide that a traditional short sale is not for you.
    • Is it OK to Make Multiple Purchase Offers? Created: Thursday, October 29, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Should a buyer make multiple purchase offers on more than one home in a seller's market? Making multiple purchase offers could land buyers in hot water.
    • How to Get Ready for Your Agent to List Your Home Created: Friday, December 23, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      How to get ready for your real estate agent. Before listing your home for sale, tips for getting ready to list. Ways to make a good first impression on your listing agent.
    • How to Interview a Real Estate Agent Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Questions to ask before you hire a real estate agent to represent you to buy or sell a home, and why it is essential to interview an agent.
    • What is a Short Sale? Created: Sunday, April 10, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      What is a short sale? Explanation of a short sale. Why not every short sale on the market is an actual short sale. What constitutes a real short sale?
    • What is a Conventional Loan? Created: Sunday, April 24, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Conventional loans and how conventional loans fit into the real estate marketplace today. What is a conventional loan? How are conventional loans different from government-sponsored entity loans su...
    • Should You Write an Offer Before Seeing a Home? Created: Saturday, April 05, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Pros and cons to writing an offer before seeing a home and why buyers might be tempted to write an offer first, sight unseen.
    • 5 Crucial Steps Before Home Selling Created: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Before preparing your home for sale or signing listing agreements or making repairs. 5 essential home selling steps to complete before going on the market. How to determine if you are ready to begi...
    • Buying a Home Guide to Getting Started Created: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Complete A to Z guide to buying a home. From figuring out what you need versus in a home to what you want, to finding an agent to help you with buying a home, cleaning up credit, finding a lender a...
    • What is a BPO? Created: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Definition of BPO. What is a BPO as it pertains to short sales and bank appraisal requirements.
    • How to Find Foreclosures Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      How to find foreclosures, government repossessed and bank repos. Find search engines that help you locate foreclosures after the Notice of Default is filed and homes seized by government entities.

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