Stephanie's Real Estate Blog & Tips
"What happens if the property I'm buying doesn't appraise?"
Once the price and terms are negotiated and you're under contract for the purchase of your new home, one of the next steps is your mortgage person will order an appraisal to determine that the home is worth at least the contract sales price. We Realtors breath a lot easier once the appraisal comes back, as appraisals are so subjective. (More)
When selling a home, de-cluttering is so important, but do you store or sell?
I always encourage my customers preparing for a move to cut back on their possessions to improve a home's staging. If a house is listed with the clutter remaining in the home, the potential buyers automatically think there isn't enough room, not enough storage in the home. Closets should be neat and tidy - with a clear floor, not piled up suitcases, etc. (More)
What is the Benefit of Selling your House with a Home Warranty?
If you list your home for sale with Coldwell Banker, you can pay for a home warranty to cover you during the time that the home is listed for sale. Also, you can offer to pay for the new home owner once the sale is completed. It gives those looking at your home a feeling of security -- For (More)
Home Inspection - Always a Smart Decision
Under the inspection repair and maintenance section of your home purchase contract, a seller has some limited responsibilities to the buyer to warrant certain items and/or systems in the home. While your agent may be representing you as a buyer, they are in no way qualified to determine the condition on these (More)
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